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French Beach: Beyond Victoria, BC

The easiest way to get to Victoria, BC  from Seattle is the Clipper, a three hour passenger only ferry departing from Pier 69. When I have a little extra time, I much prefer hopping on the good ol’ MV Coho from Port Angeles. I always find this car ferry more enjoyable; here are some reasons why: […]

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Victoria, BC: The Locals’ Guide

Victoria BC has a population of over 300,000 people, a killer coastline, milder weather than its sister city, Vancouver and is touted as one of the most livable cities in Canada. This city located in the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island also reigns supreme as the cycling capital of Canada. That means there has to […]

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Part 1 of 2: Victoria, BC a.k.a. “Portland North”

I’ve been hearing rumors Victoria is undergoing a bit of a culinary/coffee/craft brewing renaissance.  I set out on a long weekend to determine if Victoria is more than that cute little town on Vancouver island only worthy of a day long visit to walk around the inner harbor, hit up Butchart Gardens and high tea […]

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Galiano Island, BC: Forget I Ever Told You About This Paradise

I ask the owner of the bookstore on Galiano Island what type of people live on the island. He responds: “50% freaks, 50% rednecks. So, I reckon, just like the States.” Kidding aside (or was he?), the driest gem of the Gulf Islands in BC is a mere 40 minute ferry ride from the Vancouver […]

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Meeru Dhalwala: The Matriarch of Vij’s Indian Restaurant

If you dig Indian food, chances are you have made either Vij’s or Rangoli a destination spot as you travel into Vancouver, British Columbia.  I have been an adamant fan of Vij’s ever since my first visit to Vancouver 11 years ago.  I jumped at the chance last summer to meet Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner of […]

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The Okanagan Wine Region: Revealing the Secret Canadians Have Been Keeping From Us

Love secrets, but WikiLeaks is bringing you down? Fear not! I’m here to blow the lid off a Canada-sized conspiracy. The Okanagan, BC region, flush with family-owned and run boutique wineries and sunny dry weather, has got an almost island-like easy going feel.  A six hour drive from Seattle, the Okanagan has a total of […]

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Pemberton: Potatoes, Bears, and a Great Value

Whistler is cool, but Pemberton may just be a little bit cooler.  That is, if you are craving something more low key and you are not intimidated with being surrounded by a plethora of laid back 30 something adventurers with healthy glows, voracious appetites, who all use their tricked-out mountain bikes as the main mode […]

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Best of: Whistler eating – 25 loonies or less

Sometimes you crave a bit of ambiance to go along with your meal, but you don’t want to break the piggy bank. This is the second of a 3-part series on Whistler eats:  On a tight budget, in 25 loonies or less, and I don’t mind throwing down some bones. Araxi’s Happy Hour:  Fondue from […]

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Part 2: Ramen-off on Ramen row continues

Santouka:  Motomachi’s neighbor has a global ramen presence with longstanding roots in Japan’s northern island Hokkaido (where the first store modestly set up shop in 1988) and now a well-established franchise with numerous outposts throughout Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong and select parts of the US. The usual “full house” scene at Santouka, but rest assured, the […]

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Part 1: Ramen-off on Ramen row (Vancouver, BC)

I am not embarrassed to admit part of my motivation in planning a recent trip to Whistler was to make a food pit stop in Vancouver. This time, my target was a ramen-off (which sounds far more grand than what it really is – pretty much just me eating a bunch of ramen) and my […]

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