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Here in Victoria, we are blessed with so many exceptional dining options. We would happily eat out every day and never tire of the diverse offerings. We certainly have our regular breakfast favourites. And for lunch and dinner one can experience everything from Vegetarian Chinese to Indian to French and everything in between. I love that many of our local restaurants take pride in our region and source many of their ingredients from local sustainable farmers and fishers.

Last Saturday my beautiful sister was visiting and treated us to an amazing dinner at Camille’s. It was the second time in two months we’d been treated to this amazing experience; we are very spoiled. It was my intention to photograph all the items we ordered, but after the appetizers had been consumed, I was in such a deliciousness-induced daze that I forgot all about the camera! Here are the three shots I did get. I’m afraid I don’t remember all the ingredients for each dish, but they were all amazing as were the mains and desserts. The food is rich and intensely flavourful and the chef is happy to accommodate special food concerns. The servers are all friendly and helpful, yet remain relaxed. I would recommend Camille’s to all visitors an locals who want a very special food experience.

GJ had the seared tuna atop lightly dressed baby potatoes and duck egg with halibut ceviche.

Leek and onion tart with field greens, candied pecans and pear. This delicate tart just melted in your mouth.

Roasted local asparagus with pastry triangle and field greens. I think this was the appetizer with the rhubarb sabayon.

We’ve been watching a space very near our front door transform for the last couple months. They opened yesterday and today we went. Jam Cafe on Herald Street serves breakfast all day; we were not disappointed! The menu had nice variety and some interesting dishes. I had their Huevos Rancheros, which was very good; bright fresh flavours. It consisted of a fried corn tortilla piled with black beans and sour cream or cream fraiche, then another tortilla, two perfect basted eggs with a very lovely fresh cut guacamole and delicious green salsa. It was served with chorizo sausage (which I gave to GJ) and corn cakes, which was two slice of a yummy corn bread that had been grilled. GJ tried the Charlie Bowl, I think it was called, which was a big bowl full of yumminess: crumbled biscuit, hash browned potatoes, gravy and eggs and some other perfectly placed ingredients. The decor was lovely and inviting. We will definitely be back to sample more.

Jam Cafe, breakfast all day. open 8 am to 4 pm in the 500 block of Herald Street, Old Town, Victoria BC.

Sweet decor: very inviting; not overdone; nice attention to detail.

More decor.

As usual, I excitedly dove into my meal before I remembered to take a pic! The presentation was very nice.

Charlie Bowl, with addition of my sausage.

We love to eat out, especially breakfast. We have our local favourites, but today we sampled a new place, Clay Pigeon, which just opened yesterday, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was delicious and the atmosphere inviting in this small bistro on Blanshard at Broughten, kitty-corner to the Royal Theatre, in downtown Victoria. The menu was well stocked, and with not-the-usual breakfast fare. GJ had a Ratatouille with poached eggs and I had the Kale Florentine with caramelized onions and crispy potatoes also topped with eggs. I was torn between several dishes and almost went for the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, which will likely be what I order the next time we are there. Thanks to our hosts for a delightful meal!

A new Victoria eatery, Clay Pigeon

A nice job transforming the space.


Kale Florentine