Nubo Japanese Tapas is located on a quint little corner on 739 Pandora Ave. in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. We were over on Vancouver Island for a weekend getaway. Every time we are on vacation we always crave Asian food at least once – we […]
德庄火锅 Morals Village Richmond is located atEmpire Centre where Chef Tony 頤東大酒樓 and Shiang Garden is. The Richmond restaurant is a branch from its sister locations in Toronto (Downtown, Markham, Waterloo and Mississauga). Morals Village offers higher end hot pot with private rooms with its own […]
Be Love in a wonderful all vegan, organic and locally sourced plant based ingredients located in downtown Victoria at 1019 Blanshard Street. The restaurant is bright and airy. There are a patio seats outside perfect for a nice sunny day! Travelling is hard on the body, having the option to eat some nourishing and energizing superfoods is so good for the soul.
Our cleanse began with a wheatgrass shot and refreshing kombucha. Dave doesn’t like kombucha. He thinks it tastes funny like old socks. But I am totally into fermented tea! Perhaps it is an acquired taste like Uni (sea urchin).
Raspberry Kombucha 7: kombucha, raspberry, lemon juice, honey, soda water.
Be Love also offers a bunch of superfood cocktails that are both healthy and tasty.
Bayou Bowl 16: Grilled BBQ tempeh, fresh corn, veggies and sprouts, dirty spiced quinoa and black beans with southern greens, avocado and chipotle aioli.
I love the vibrate colors of this Buddha bowl filled with Macronutrients and free from processed sugar, wheat, dairy and gluten. Although we are not Celiac and also do not suffer from gluten sensitivity, it is a nice change in pace from greasy fast food.
The salad itself is very tasty. There is a not a lot of salad dressing and no salt is added. If you prefer it salty, there are salt shakers for you to adjust to your own taste buds. But not having to add extra salt is great to keep water retention away!
Taco Salad 15: avocado, corn, black beans, cashew queso, pepitas, tomato, cilantro, green onion, veggies, sprouts, romaine, baby greens and sweet chilli lime dressing. I thought I wouldn’t be full, so I also added a soft boiled egg. The egg was very much a hard boiled instead.
If I am ever back in Victoria, I definitely will come back to Be Love. Eating superfoods simply makes me so happy to nourish myself with fresh ingredients. I wish someone would make this for me everyday!
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Mon 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
1019 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2H4
Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard is located in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Situated in the heart of Cowinchan Valley, Blue Grouse is one of the founding estate wineries on the island. The winery is family owned by Paul Brunner. Since 2012, the winery has undergone sizeable […]
We just came home from an incredibly relaxing road trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Unlike previous visits to the island, we avoided all things touristy and focused on water sports, waterfalls and trails, and of course good food! The Ford Focus is perfect for zipping […]
OLO Restaurant Victoria is an urban farm to table eatery in Chinatown at 509 Fisgard Street. Since the last time we were on Vancouver Island, the award winning Ulla closed and rebranded itself as a chic approachable spot perfect for brunch and late night. Executive Chef & Co-Owner Brand Holmes and Sahara Tamarin continues the same philosophy of sustainability, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients on to your plates.
I love the stylish exposed brick interior, faux wooden posts, and the abstract wood nest chandeliers that frame the restaurant. Canned provisions, wheat grass and cacti warms the entrance.
The staff are warm and welcoming. They are genuine and attentive. Brunch menu is offered daily (not just on weekends)! Hallelujah! Dinner offers five course tasting menu for $55 per person (vegetarian/vegan option for $45 per person).
The menu is concise and thoughtful. Each dish is eye candy with depth of flavors, colors and textures.
Buttermilk Biscuits 4: We started Sunday morning with these delicious airy, melt in your mouth buttery biscuits. I love that they not very dense with a bit of crunch. Served with cultured butter and seville orange marmalade.
Smoked Wild Salmon 15: poached eggs to your liking (soft golden yolk for me please), crispy roesti (hash browns) with a tender center, pickled onion, yogurt, radish and nasturtium. This is easily the best smoked salmon one could hope for at brunch!
Lamb Sausage and Fried Eggs 14: sunny side up eggs, tomato sauce, seasonal greens, jalapeno, charred sourdough toast. The lamb sausage is hearty and flavorful without being too gamey. A satisfying dish without the 3pm food coma crash.
While we waited for dessert to arrival. I took a stroll to OLO’s herb garden in the back. A cute space getting ready for patio and private events. Seeing the abundance of fresh greens makes you appreciate farm to table / garden to table a tad more.
I want to grow my own herb garden at home too; but I kill cacti. So scratch that.
Souffle Pancake 11: Airy. Pillowy. Soft. Served with honey yogurt with black plum and rhubarb sauce. Tart and not too sweet. Just the way I like it!
Not a sweet tooth? No problem! This fried dough of deliciousness also comes with bacon, cheese fondue and green garlic.
I could have easily ordered the Honey and Yogurt Panna Cotta with blueberry compote and shortbread too; had we not already reversed space for one last coconut milk iced latte before hitting the ferries!
Cuisine: Canadian, Brunch
Mon 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 09:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hey Happy Coffee puts a smile on my face period. This single-cup service of robust coffee is located in Downtown Victoria at 560 Johnson Street. I’m happy to see a new wave of boutique cafes instead of chains that boast “serious coffee”. Owner Rob Kettner […]
Blue Star Donuts in Portland is one of the best doughnuts available. I love them for their delicious buttery brioche dough. And if you’ve visited Portland, Oregon, I’m sure you’ve been told that Voodoo Doughnuts is a must. Truth is, Voodoo Doughnuts is for tourists. […]
Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland is a high-end coffee shop that has developed quite a cult following. This specialty coffee shop has locations throughout PDX (much like Prado and 49th Parallel coffee in Vancouver). But of course, many of its fans got really upset when Peet’s Coffee & Tea bought Stumptown. Many of us, simply scared that the quality will just go downhill.
We visited the 4525 SE Division Street location after having an early lunch at Canteen. I particularly like this coffee shop in the Richmond neighbourhood. I like the different shops nearby. I like that Salt & Straw Ice Cream is just a blocks down.
The lineup for coffee normally goes out the door. We were lucky and missed the bubble and was able to grab a seat. I really like the hipster merchandise selection Stumptown offers and even their brew kits (available online) is pretty rad. I mean, AeroPress and a copper pour over kettle set. You got me!
Cold Brew Coffee: A sweet, smooth, syrupy coffee made with Stumptown House Blend.
Cappuccino: Because it is early, having a hot coffee is the only way for me.
And for my Vancouver friends looking for some Stumptown Coffee, you can head over to Platform 7.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Mon 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
4525 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206, USA
If you are visiting Portland here are 10 Things You Need To Know about Portland!
Salt & Straw is a really popular ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon. Those that live in Portlandia will know this. And for us folks in Vancouver, BC probably know this too during our many road trips down South. It is like the Earnest Ice […]
Nongs Khao Man Gai Portland is a food truck turned restaurant in Oregon. Not only is the food delicious, it has comes with a heartwarming story. Owner and Chef, Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in the US from Bangkok, Thailand with just $70 and two suitcases. Learning […]
During our roadtrip to Portland we stayed at the Hotel Pineapple Rose – a boutique hotel at 50 SW Morrision Street. It is part of Bellevue’s Pineapple Hospitality. It acquired ownership of Hotel Fifty in downtown Portland.
The 140 room hotel is renovated with a cute aesthetics featuring their signature pineapple logos and a plush husky. They are for sale for you to take home! The beds are comfortably firm for a restful night of sleep.
Roomy bathrooms and steps away from the heart of downtown Portland is a huge win. It is also located just across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Morning runs along the water and over the bridge was quite enjoyable.
One thing about the showers however they do not have a physical door that shuts. So it is easy to flood the floors if you are having too much fun in the hot showers.
Hotel Pineapple Rose offers the complimentary guest services and amenities like bicycle checkout program, hotel-wide WiFi internet access, free in room water bottles and coffee, pineapple cupcake at the guest service welcome desk.
Daily parking rates average $20 USD. However, I liked how we were able walk to Nike Town, Nordstrom and enjoy a nice meal at Departure by Top Chef Greggory Gourdet. The leisurely stroll back to the hotel room was safe.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in downtown Portland, Hotel Pineapple Rose is a great option for around $200 USD per night. Plus it is near bridges, so you can easily access between North-West and North-East of Portland.
Pineapple Hospitality Co. includes Hotel Five in downtown Seattle, the Maxwell Hotel in Seattle’s Queen Anne, Watertown Hotel and University Inn in the Seattle University District, and Hotel Rose in Portland.
Hotel Rose Portland
50 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, United States
Book a Room and make reservations HERE
If you are visiting Portland here are 10 Things You Need To Know about Portland!
西貢全記海鮮 Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant Hong Kong in Sai Kung is where you want to go for seafood. Every time we visit Hong Kong, we make it a point to enjoy the extraordinary range of seafood that is available: nearby fishmongers, crab, razor clams, cuttlefish, […]
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”19317″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][image_with_animation image_url=”19307″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Trifecta Tavern Portland is one of those places I will gladly spend my hard earned dollars. It is located at 726 SE 6th Ave in PDX’s budding Southeast Industrial District. The restaurant is low-lit with a […]