Domestic PhD Travels: Victoria, B.C

PHOTO CRED:: HIKEVICTORIA.COM

PHOTO CRED:: HIKEVICTORIA.COM

Last week the Domestic PhD travelled to Victoria, B.C for a nutrition and physical activity conference with our fellow blogger, Angela (https://www.eatrightfeelright.ca/). While we learned  a lot at the conference (and got to nerd out sharing our own research with people from around the world), we also had lots of time to take in the sights and tastes of the beautiful island city! Here is a run down of where we went and what we ate: 

La Taqueria Pince Taco Shop

Michelle and Angela were told about this taco place, which was referred to as a hole in the wall. Side note: In our opinion, anything that is ever described as a hole in the wall is usually a hidden gem. Not surprisingly, the place was packed and had an energetic and retro kind of vibe. People were coming in and out non-stop, and although it isn't a formal sit down type of restaurant, there were seating areas if you wanted to eat in. Michelle got a fish taco and a pollo con mole taco (chicken with a chocolate mole sauce). What is mole you ask? It's a thick sauce that is made with a medley of sweet and spicy chillies paired with a bitter chocolate - both delicious!

Fish and chicken tacos & guacamole and chips

Fish and chicken tacos & guacamole and chips

Barb's Fish and Chips

The three of us went ventured over to Fisherman's Wharf on the recommendation from our tour guide (see below about our amazing hike). We ended up at this fish shop not only once, but two nights in a row! Unfortunately, both evenings the salmon was sold out and we had to settle on the halibut and breaded shrimp (sense the sarcasm). The area was so quaint with the coloured houses floating on the water. There were restaurants and gift shops along the harbour, but most of the houses belonged to residents. It was about a 10-15 minute walk from downtown Victoria but you also had the option of taking a water taxi from the downtown harbour if wanted a little trip over the water.

Be Love

None of us are vegan, but we went to this restaurant based on the recommendation of a colleague and it did not disappoint (errrr...well maybe dessert did and we'll get to that in a second). Be Love serves organic, local, plant-based foods. Michelle had the Spring Sandwich that had cashew cheese and various pickled veggies served on a delicious buckwehat sourdough focaccia. Kathryn and Angela had a green coconut curry bowl (not pictured because we were so hungry and couldn't wait for the photo-op!). This place not only had great food but also had amazing cocktails. We all tried the Bees Knees (gin, mead, aloe vera, lime, and ginger beer) and made those cocktails disappear quite fast. As for dessert, Michelle tried the chocolate lavender infused mousse. She was warned by the waitress that it was an acquired taste. Michelle's thoughts? "It tastes like I'm eating a spa." Maybe not a taste Michelle will acquire anytime soon, but don't let that discourage you from trying out this restaurant (Angela loved it so much she went back a second time).

The Local

Michelle had a chance to try out this restaurant on her last day in the city after a morning at The Butchart Gardens. This restaurant was downtown Victoria and it had a gorgeous patio seating area with a view of the harbour. The patio was beside a side street that had local buskers selling homemade items and there were three guys playing acoustic music that added to the vibe. Michelle got the halibut burger with garlic Parmesan fries paired with a Sunsetter Peach Wheat Ale that hit the spot after long day of sightseeing - a must try!

Halibut burger with pineapple salsa + guacamole & garlic & parmesan fries

Halibut burger with pineapple salsa + guacamole & garlic & parmesan fries

Perhaps by far the best part of our trip was a guided afternoon hike with Hike Victoria! We hiked for 4.5 hours (up and down) the peak at GowlLand Tod Provincial park. Our tour guide, Mark was amazing- full of cool facts about the surrounding nature and area- AND a professional photographer! We don't usually skip out of afternoon conference sessions, but this was highly worth it! Special thanks to Mark for embracing our love of having our pictures taken! Aren't they incredible though?! 

I'm not actually as close to the edge as I look!  photo cred: hikevictoria.com

I'm not actually as close to the edge as I look!  photo cred: hikevictoria.com

Photo cred: hikevictoria.com

Photo cred: hikevictoria.com

Have you ever been to Victoria? Comment and let us know where you ate, drank and toured! We love hearing from you. 

xo

Kathryn, Michelle & Angela