Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nautical Nellies Special BC Family Day Offer

Canoe Club Special - Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl Sunday @ Canoe

The SPIRIT OF 12 is alive and well at Canoe Brew Pub.

Join us in the pub on Feb 2nd as The Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks and catch the game on our big screen tv's. Kick off at 3:30pm PST, doors open at 11:30am. Come down early to grab a table and enjoy our all day food and drink specials.


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ithaka Greek Restaraunt - OPA!

Vanisle Tourism continues to bring you features that focus on Living Life to the Full in beautiful Victoria BC.  Last night we had the opportunity to explore Ithaka, Victoria's newest Greek Restaurant. 
VGSN was generously hosted tonight by family-run Ithaka, Victoria's newest addition to the Greek restaurant scene. Rated #1 in Victoria by Trip Advisor, Demitri, Pat and John served up a feast of traditional Greek favorites prepared by Andreas and Mama Maria in the kitchen. Although Greek by name, Ithaka also serves steaks, ribs, pasta and other not-so-traditional menu items to delight every palate. We enjoyed the flaming Saganaki Opa! - cheese with an unpronounceable name doused with Metaxa brandy and set alight, and Greek Salad, along with Maria's House Salad - a variation on Greek salad with lettuce. Then we feasted family style on Greek Platters of moussaka, spanakopita, tender chicken and pork souvlaki, kalamari, sauteed prawns, lamb chops, and dolmades with tsatziki and rice. We rounded out the meal with Ekmek, an Athenian sweet served with Maria's coffee almond ice cream. The evening would not have been complete without a dance recital by Demitri and Andreas to Zorba The Greek! Located on the corner of Cook and Yates Streets, Ithaka is close to downtown with free off-street parking and a glassed-in patio that just begs for leisurely dining and sipping summer wine. Reservations are a good idea, this place was hopping on a Monday night! OPA!  For more pictures go to our Facebook page. Be sure to watch the Zorba the Greek dance on our facebook pageMap to Ithaka.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Great Day in Victoria

The day started with a brilliant sunrise and got better from there. Sure there was frost on the windsheild of my car, but it melted by 10 am. I had a very tasty Caesar Salad and shared an avocado spring roll and some fantastic meat balls with a hint of curry, with my friend Jeff at Nautical Nellie's (my favourite Victoria restaurant). When I got home, the snow drops were well out of the ground in our flour bed. That says "spring" to me. What a great day.
For more pictures please go to our facebook page.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bird View - Cities of the World

Would you recognize where you live from the air?  Scroll down slowly and look for features and guess before you uncover the name at the bottom of the picture.  Good luck and have fun!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Nourish Cafe & Bistrio - A Place to Share, Relax & Laugh

A Place To Share... A Place To Relax... A Place To Laugh...

Nourish is dedicated to offering a tapas style service with dishes intended as a unique taste experience. They offer a beautiful variety of organic savory and sweet dishes designed with the concept of sharing in mind. They handpick all of our ingredients and make everything fresh to order. The eclectic Decor and enchanting atmosphere provide a quaint, relaxing experience. A visit nourishes the mind and soul as much as it feeds the body. This great little bistro is at 505 Quayle Road, phone
(250) 590-6346. Reservations are a good idea. We arrived to a brunch menu and had oatmeal pancakes with coconut whipped cream and pear sauce. Also ordered was a Eggs Benny with kale and roasted mushrooms sitting on a roasted sweet potato and bacon added. The food was delicious. Nourish is on the grounds of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific. We encourage you to take your friends and visitors out to this great little Bistro. You will be glad you did. For more photos go to our Facebook page.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Steeples Restaurant Shawnigan Lake Village a Must Visit!

When you are traveling through Mill Bay try and remember that Shawnigan Lake Village and Steeples restaurant is only a five minute drive off the highway, just watch for the signs. Take the Shawnigan Lake Mill Bay Road of the Island Highway and in 3 miles (Km) you will be there. This restaurant has an enormous menu and the food is incredible. The prices are very reasonable. Today we had a three course lunch consisting of roasted tomato soup with parmesan, a steak sandwich with fries and cold slaw, and Taramisu for desert, all for $9.99. Every single bit of it was delicious. One of our party had a strawberry and goat cheese on field greens salad. It too was delicious. The staff were very friendly and the service was good. It was a great place to meet up with old friends Darrel and Edith. We will be back. Be sure to pass on this secret to your island friends and to guests and tourists who will be travelling the Island. This place should be on all your must visit lists. For more pictures of Steeple Restaurant visit our Facebook Page.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Retun to Nautical Nellies Restaurant in downtown Victoria

Well, we decided we would go back to Nautical Nellies for some more great food. The menu is so extensive that it took us quite a while to choose what we wanted. Linda chose a tasting canoe. It was an appetizer and she could not eat it all. It contained crispy calamari with citrus mirin sauce • spicy beans • scallops & macadamia nuts with sweet pepper chutney • one of their famous crab cake & cocktail prawns. Ron started with probably the best Caesar salad in Victoria and then Fish & Chips with Halibut. Nellies makes the best french fries in Victoria - so tasty. No wonder Linda could not eat her meal - she got into Ron's fries! Everything we eat at Nautical Nellies is so tasty. If you have not tried NN or if you have not been back for a while, you are missing one of the very best restaurants in Victoria. Great service, excellent food and great ambiance. See you back at Nellies.
For more pictures please visit our Facebook page.