Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Middle Earth Victoria Style

Yesterday our curiosity got the better of us, so we set out to find Greater 
Victoria's version of the Hobbit living in Middle Earth, which just happens to be off Metchosin Road in Colwood. Middle Earth Victoria style is the
dream of Joe Thompson. His imagination and hard work have produced something very unusual and certainly worth seeing. Joe does tours of his Hobbit home on Sundays from 3-5 pm and serendipity had us there at 2:50 pm on Sunday. We were content to take a picture or two of the home from the road until Barbara, Joe's wife came out and told us about the tour. Joe showed up shortly and our journey through time began. The home is visual overload both inside and out. His eclectic collections of rocks and wood are interesting in and of themselves. There are faces watching you wherever you go, some carved in wood, others created of rock. Some are subtle and many are not. It is easy to believe you are in Middle Earth. The Hobbit home is a labor of love in progress and Joe is very protective of it, being careful about who he takes on tour, so trust that your vibes are good. Although Joe and his creation have been featured on TV and in the newspaper, his address is not public, but a little creative sleuthing will help you find it. Please, if you go, respect their property and do not show yourself around.  For more photos, please go to our Facebook Page.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Inside JAM Restaurant Victoria BC - Great Breakfast Location

We just convened our Breakfast club in one of Victoria's busiest and popular places to grab a great breakfast. The restaurant is small so when you show up with 7 people it gets tricky. After a short wait, we managed to get our group seated at the bar which was perfect. The food was plentiful and very delicious. The ambiance and decor unique and the staff accommodating and very friendly. The JAM is homemade by the mother of the owner and man, it is really good. For a unique experience give JAM a try. You won't be disappointed. They also serve lunch.


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Day On Victoria's Waterfront

 Today I had a couple of hours to kill between appointments so I went down to the waterfront on Dallas Road where there is always something to watch. The cool little birds with great haircuts were first. Then one of the many planes flying from the Inner Harbour to Vancouver and Seattle passed by. The a small group of Mergansers huddled together. The breakwater is also the location of the Pilot Boats.

 Every large ship that comes into Juan de Fuca Strait that is headed for Vancouver must pick up a Canadian pilot to guide the ship to and from Vancouver. Every time I go to the breakwater there seems to be something new. The art has progressed along the sides and the handrails look great. I then followed the scenic tour into Oak Bay and passed the Victoria Golf Course. Along the way I discovered a daffodil display. The recent cold spell has made their spring appearance a bit behind the normal schedule. All this only killed one hour, but a very enjoyable hour indeed. For more pictures go to our Facebook page.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wolf with Seal Pup for Lunch near Victoria

Today BC Whale Tours sent me this picture that was taken from their boat while out on an excursion.  The cool thing is that it was on Discovery Island which is just off the shores of Eastern Victoria (Oak Bay).  The Wolf was dining on a Seal pup.  Life goes on in the wild.  Enjoy the photo and thanks to BC Whale Tours for circulating it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Steamship Grill and Taphouse

Tonight we had the opportunity to check out Victoria’s newest restaurant, the Steamship Grill and Taphouse.  General Managers, Steve Baert and Shona Bellows explained the restaurant's impressive philosophy and operating plan.  The Steamship Grill & Taphouse team provides a food style that incorporates international flavours with interesting and eclectic use of the world's spice rack to enhance the fresh west coast seafood and local products that are the mainstay of the menu. Chef Jim Romer's approach emphasizes organic, local and sustainable products — featuring British Columbia, and in particular Vancouver Island ranchers, micro-brewers, vintners and artisanal producers that share his vision and passion.
This is a unique restaurant in a restored heritage building, the former steamship terminal on the Inner Harbor.  When the massive water-front deck is finished, it will be one of the premiere restaurant locations in Victoria.  The patio and deck will have a glass windbreak and high-tech umbrellas with built in radiant heaters and lighting, making the patio usable 10 months of the year. 

The menu is varied with plenty of seafood choices.  The liquor menu is extensive as well with interesting house cocktails, micro-brews and wine.  The staff provided us with a sample of their appetizers, all of which were delicious.  The Monterey Bay Calamari was soft and tender with a delicious batter.  The Old Bay Popcorn Shrimp were served with fresh popcorn… how unique.  The Voodoo Meatballs were to die for and the incredible Mini-donuts were warm and came with a chocolate dipping sauce.  The Flatbreads were full of fresh flavors.  Check out their menu at!menu/c24tf
The staff was very friendly and helpful.  We think that this is the birth of a winner on the restaurant scene in Victoria and we will soon be back for dinner.  Members of the Victoria Guest Services Network who attended the Steamship’s Meet and Greet were truly impressed.  Visit their web site at  The Steamship Grill is participating in Dine Around Victoria with $30 and $39 menus.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tour of Facilities | Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Be sure to put Butterfly Gardens on your  to do list as it is a world class attraction you just don't want to miss.  Take our advice and you will be glad you did.  We are the tourist experts and send you to only the best places.  Enjoy.