This was my first time in Seoul, South Korea. My Cathay Pacific red-eye flight landed us in Incheon International Airport. We took the shuttle to our hotel. We briefly wandered the streets, showered and headed out to explore the city in 72 hours. First day […]
Some time ago we were visiting Toronto for a friend’s wedding. Like any other trip, it becomes culinary at some stage. We arrived at Fat Pasha. This was Anthony’s Rose latest collaboration with Robert Wilder. It is located at 414 Dupont Street (between Spadina Road and […]
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 always needed some sort of comfort food.
Nubo was clean and had a fusion, hip vibe. The menu offers more authentic Japanese cuisine than fancy fusion items.
Lucky Strike Roll 13: smoked salmon, seared tuna, spicy tuna, prawn tempura, avocado, fish eggs.
Nigiri sushi – Saba, Hotate, Amaebi. The sashimi was very fresh and I liked the giant pieces of butterfly scallops
Off the tapas menu we ordered Tamago Spam Musubi 9: spam, tamago, pressed sushi. This was not my favorite and thought it was rather dry and bland. The spam was too thin and the rice too dry.
Nabeyaki Udon 17: udon soup, mussels, scallop, prawn
We could never have a Japanese meal without at least some cooked food. This Nabeyaki Udon was especially comforting for a windy night after spending a day at the waterfalls!
Buta Gyoza 4: Pork dumplings.
If you have any recommendations for good quality sushi, please me know in the comments below! I need this next time we head over for a staycation!
Nubo Japanese Tapas
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Bar
Mon 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
739 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N9
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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 upgrades and renovations (structural, systems, buildings) since Brunner took over from the Kiltz family.
During our Vancouver Island road trip, we had no idea that the Cowichan Valley was home to so many BC wineries. Every few kilometers pointed us to a different vineyard. The southern slopes of the vineyard provide ideal growing conditions for German style wines. It is enveloped by evergreen trees to protect the vineyard from the wind. This area enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperatures!
Cowichan: First Nation’s word meaning “the warm land”.
Blue Grouse Estate varietals includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muller Thurgau, Ortega, Black Muscat, Siegerrebe and Bacchus. Approximately 2500 cases are sold each year. Their 2015 Pinot Gris and Quill Rose are already sold out!
Paul took Dave and I around facility and to the cellar. I love seeing the wine making process! Everything is like a science. It is very Walter White.
Both the barrel room and the sparkling wine room are temperature and humidity controlled.
Down the road from the Tasting Room is the Guest House. It has a gorgeous patio with a panoramic view of the vineyard. Trellis full of table grapes soon to be installed to provide shade to the ground floor. Ground floor suites now ready for private party and rentals.
Seriously, I can’t wait to wake up to this view. Easy!
Dave and I tried a few different wines and our favorite was the Siegerrebe and Ortega.
The Siegerrebe is a clear and bright with aromas of ripe apple, grapefruite, spring blossom and pineapple. It is a light-medium bodied wine that is smooth with a refreshing mouthfeel with flavors of papaya, tangerine and floral aromas lingering on the finish.
The Ortega is a cross between Muller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe. The flavors are clear and bright with a bouquet of pear, green apple and elderberry. Again this light-medium bodied wine is balanced with refreshing acidity and flavors of dried apricots and grapefruit to round out the palate.
The Tasting Rooms gets busy usually between 1-4pm. For groups of six or more, reservation is highly encouraged. The cost for a group tasting is $5.00 per person and will not be refunded with purchase for parties of 10 or more.
This estate does not have a restaurant on site, so you will need to fuel up first!
Blue Grouse Estate Winery
Cuisine: Estate Winery
Sunday 11am – 5 pm
Monday 11am – 5 pm
Tuesday 11am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11am – 5 pm
Thursday 11am – 5 pm
Friday 11am – 5 pm
Saturday 11am – 5 pm
2182 Lakeside Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3
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 […]
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 coined the cafe Hey Happy Coffee after Indie film Hey, Happy. There are a few seating booths and a bright naturally lit space in the front. A bright splash of lime green on the wall highlights the menu and an old record player.
For coffee lovers, Hey Happy offers a rotating fresh sheet. 21 grams of coffee to 325 grams of water for each single brew pour over a Chemex. There is a method to this madness. There is a science to good tasting coffee. Stocklist and coffee beans includes Phil & Sebastian (Calgary), Heart (Portland), etc.
Regardless one sip of their coconut milk iced latte and you will be converted too! Still not convinced? Cascara Slushee, Mint Julep coffee cocktail and chilled bottle coffee makes your standard iced Americano cry.
But first, let’s talk about their coconut milk iced latte. Most “coconut milk” anything is thin and watery. Instead HH’s version is creamy, rich and ultra smooth. The coconut milk itself gives it that splash of sweetness. Now that’s five bucks I’m happy to pay for!
Nitro Cold Brew: Smooth and crisp like beer. Super refreshing on dog days of summer.
Cascara Slushee: this light and slightly sweet slurpee is pretty just to look at. Cascara itself is actually the fruit that the coffee bean is grown in. The fruit is dehydrated and then steeped with honey, mint and lime. Then into the slushee machine. It is not the same cascara buckthorn native to Western North America from southern British Columbia south to Central California
Does your coffee make you happy?
Hey Happy Coffee
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Cafe
Mon 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tue 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wed 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thu 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fri 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6
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 […]
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 Cream or Rain or Shine. Anyways, Salt & Straw since now have also invade Los Angeles with their rich, creamy “farm to cone” philosophy.
Their flavors are not common as simple vanilla. Though I would argue a tasty scoop of vanilla ice cream is not that common as normcore as fashion blogs. Instead, their “Classic flavors” include Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon, Pear & Blue Cheese, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and yes, Double Fold Vanilla.
Salt & Straw also offers the very best of seasonal Portland’s farmers’ market ingredients for scoops like Carrot Cake Batter Pralined Hazelnut, Caramel Corn on the Cob, Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Freckles and Green Fennel & Maple (if you are in the month of August).
The obligatory ice cream photo with the epitomize ice cream waffle cone Instagram worthy photo is a must. Because how else are you going to prove to Kim and Tyler Malek that you’ve been licking up sweet ice cream cones? And if you didn’t Instagram is, did it really happen?
Salt & Straw
Cuisine: Ice Cream, Desserts
Mon 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
3345 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, United States
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 […]