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Hernande’z on Bay – Victoria, BC


By: Simone Paget 

If you’re planning on visiting Victoria, BC and love amazing, cooked from scratch Latin American food, you need to make sure you grab a meal at Hernande’z on Bay Street. Locals are already familiar with Hernande’z, as their self-serve location on Yates Street has become a Victoria institution since it started serving up it’s signature, home-cooked tacos and burritos. In fact, when I was still living in Toronto, I’d always make a point of stopping by for some tacos whenever I was visiting the West Coast. Needless to say, I was super excited to find out that they have opened a second, full-service location on Bay Street.


Flanked by palm trees and nestled between two of my favourite neighbourhoods (Fernwood and Haultain), Hernande’z Bay Street location serves as a welcome tropical oasis amidst an otherwise quiet residential area. Described as “the smallest, earliest closing cantina on the West Coast” inside the cozy and inviting space you’ll find a handful of tables (candlelit at night) and colourful art that plays homage to the owner’s El Salvadorian heritage. (more…)

Travel Guide: Victoria, British Columbia


By: Simone Paget

After spending over a decade living in Toronto, I decided to move back to my hometown of Victoria, British Columbia in search of a change of pace. I’ve since discovered that my sleepy hometown on the West Coast has produced a surprising number of really great restaurants, independent coffee bars and boutiques since I’ve been away. I’m really excited to be sharing with you today some of my favorite places to eat, drink and shop in my hometown!


Where To Eat

Red Fish Blue Fish: This tiny seafood take-out stand is located right on the pier of the Victoria inner harbor in a transformed freight container. The menu features 100 % ‘Ocean Wise’ environmentally friendly seafood and it is delicious. Try one of their fish “Tacones” – BBQ Wild BC Salmon wrapped in a thin flat-bread with sweet-smoked chili adobe, pea shoots and lemon pickled onions. Enjoy it while dangling your legs off the edge of the dock. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Simone Paget


Think you have a crazy dating story?

I can betcha Simone Paget has an even crazier one! As a sex and relationship columnist, Simone is always pulling from her own life experiences with her fantastic wit and hilarious sense of humour. I have been so proud to watch my friend’s career grow from blogger to a national syndicated columnist. I love Simone Paget and think you will too!

How did you become interested in writing about sex and relationships?

Throughout my twenties I dated extensively and during this time people would always tell me things like, “You have the craziest stories!” I started my blog Skinny Dip on the cusp of my 30th birthday so I would have a place to sort through the romantic wreckage of my 20’s and tell some of these stories. My blog and my freelancing career have grown from there! (more…)