Food!

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It’s really not a big secret, or even a little bit of a secret … I love food.

I thought that I had it good in Halifax, all sorts of tasty and delicious foods and drinks. But the more I think about it, Victoria might have Halifax beat. There’s certainly no shortage of places to eat in Halifax, but it’s the same old everywhere – bar food. And don’t get me wrong, I love me some bar food, but it’s nice to eat something else, or have a certain flair put on something.

Halifax, I also find, is prone to trends. At the time that I left, burger joints and frozen yogurt shops were popping up everywhere. Eventually the market gets over-saturated, and trends die. I’ll be surprised if a lot of those places are still open when I eventually visit home – and I hope that they are! I love burgers and froyo!

Brunch is a big deal here in Victoria. There have been a couple of times when Brad and I have gone somewhere on a weekend, only to leave because the line goes out the door. It’s on days like that when we tend to go to the chain, Chez Cora, or our new favourite local eatery, John’s Place. Of course, Brad being the wonderful cook that he is often makes us breakfast and brunch on the weekends, and it’s better than anything we could pay for in the city. My friend Ryan, who is currently off a couple of days during the week, has shown me some other great spots, and some hidden gems as well!

One of my first meals here was at Yates Street Tap House, and it was delicious. The bar/pub scene in Victoria is reminiscent of back home. Except that there are even more microbreweries here than there are in Halifax! I don’t think I’ve had a big brand name beer since I arrived, and I’m keen to keep it that way. I have a soft spot for Ithaka Greek Restaurant as well. It was where Brad and I went for dinner on Valentine’s Day, and the food was nothing short of amazing. Delicious and decent Greek food is sometimes so hard to find!

And of course, there are sweets. There are an abundance of shops where you can indulge your sweet teeth. I’ve only had the pleasure of trying out a couple, but look forward to trying out many more! Being currently without employment, I’ve been spending time in some tea and coffee shops. Like most things, there are an abundance of them here, and I’m looking forward to trying them all. My favourite so far is probably Murchie’s, as they serve more tea than coffee. Brad is definitely a regular at the Habit Coffee location that’s closest to his office.

There is an overwhelming amount of food here in Victoria, and we have barely indulged in a fraction of it, but here are some links to my favourite places thus far. If you’re in the area, give them a whirl! There’s something for everyone.

RESTAURANTS

BARS/PUBS

SWEETS

COFFEE/TEA

As I’ve said, I’m far from an expert on all things delicious, but I know what I like. And Victoria has yet to disappoint my taste buds!

Letting life happen.

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I’ve been too high strung lately.

Thinking that last sentence over, I suppose that it’s to be expected. Three weeks ago my life endured a massive upheaval, and while it was exactly what I wanted to do, life changes such as that do not come without an adjustment period. An adjustment period which I am most definitely still in. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

But, for the first time since I was sixteen years old, I’m unemployed. It’s an odd feeling, and to not know where your next paycheque is coming from is not something that I’m used to, nor is it something that I’m a big fan of. All job hunting aside, I’m trying to keep myself busy. Which is actually quite difficult when you have little to no expendable income. Finding balances in that is something challenging and new to me. Not to say that I don’t enjoy being home, but I’m in a new city, I want to do some exploring. But exploring comes with a cost in most instances.

I’ve decided over this past weekend to simply let life happen. It’s too short to spend every waking moment worrying about the fact that I don’t have a job. I’m in a position where not having a job isn’t the worst thing in the world – my fella has employment and with that alone we’re fine financially. But I really and truly dislike not being able to contribute. I realize that not everyone has that luxury, and I truly appreciate the situation that I’m in knowing that.

In the time that I’ve been in my new home, I’ve certainly been keeping busy, whether it be on my own, with my boyfriend, or with friends and family I have here in city. I have seen so many wonderful new things, even if the weather since I’ve arrived has been less than cooperative. It’s been either too cold, too wet, too unpredictable. Which is fine, but it makes venturing out and exploring difficult. But I’ve managed to get out to a couple of restaurants, explore a couple of new shops, and spend an afternoon at the BC Maritime Museum. There was even a day when my fella and I went on an epic day long walk, just exploring parts of the city that we hadn’t yet. I’ve been truly atrocious at taking photos, which I promise that I will get better at!

I’m looking forward to when the weather is cooperating more so that I can get outside. Today Victoria is expected to get 5 – 15 centimetres of snow, which is unheard of! Needless to say, I’m spending today indoors, taking care of some neglected housework. The weather is supposed to clear up tomorrow, so hopefully I can find my way outside at some point.

One year ago today, I returned home from my trip to New York, which I truly do consider the first days of the rest of my life. Taking chances and doing things that frightened me wasn’t something that I often did, and that trip taught me that I could. It also taught me so much about myself. I don’t think I’d be where I am (in so many ways) had I not taken that journey.

But for today, I am simply going to take it easy, allow myself the simply pleasures that I find in things like putting away laundry, doing some reading, and not trying to plan out my day too much. I do apologize for the sort of “stream of conciousness” of this entry – finding a particular topic to focus on when there were so many things I hadn’t really put to paper in a few weeks was somewhat difficult. I promise to be less scatter brained in future entries!