Field Trip to Victoria

“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.

Field Trip to Victoria

Last month, my family and I visited Victoria, once on the road we headed on to Hwy 99 going South, then taking the exit onto Hwy 17 towards the Tsawwassen terminal of BC Ferries (30 minute drive) where we then sailed on the Spirit of British Columbia (90 minutes) to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

Inn at Laurel Point

After a 30 minute drive we arrived at the Inn at Laurel Point to check-in for the first night stay. I then headed out to visit Pizzeria Prima Estrada, a local restaurant specializing in Neapolitan style pizza where I was meeting up with Gary Lindsay (Purveyor of Precious Liquids for Driftwood Brewery and Cristen Dallas, Co-Owner of Pizzeria Prima Estrada) both who I then interviewed for my SIP & TASTE feature on Just Here for the Beer Radio Show.

Pizzeria Prima Strada

Making Pizza

Funghi Pizza

While talking a sampled some of their pizzas falling in love with the Funghi pizza. They focus on local and Italian products and strive for quality, taste and freshness.

 

Pizzeria Prima Strada

2960 Bridge Street

Victoria, BC

http://www.pizzeriaprimastrada.com

Phone: 250.590.4388

 

I then headed back to the hotel and straight to dinner at Aura Restaurant. Located on main floor just off the lobby of the hotel, dinner is served nightly at Aura, it’s a good size dining room with great views overlooking the Victoria harbour.

Arugula Salad

Sable Fish

Surf & Turf

Butternut Squash Creme Brulee

 

Aura Restaurant

680 Montreal Street

Victoria, BC

http://aurarestaurant.ca/menus

Phone: 250-414-6739

Fol Epi Bakery

The next day I visited Fol Epi , one of the areas’ best bakeries located about 10 minutes away by car or about 20 minutes for me as I walked.

The shop was quite small connected to Café Fantistico where they have seats.

 

Fol Epi Bakery

398 Harbour Road

Victoria, BC

http://www.folepie.ca

Phone: 250-477-8882

 

The London Chef

Salmon Burger

After eating some of their delicious baked goods at Fol Epi, I headed back to the hotel to check out and then visited The London Chef downtown for lunch. At this ever so tiny gourmet café I ordered the Salmon Burger.

The London Chef

953 Fort Street

Victoria, BC

http://thelondonchef.com/

Phone: 250-590-1865

Delta Ocean Point Resort

After lunch I drove 10 minutes over to the Delta Ocean Point Resort located West over the Johnston Street bridge to check-in for the second night.  After a rest, I had dinner at Lure Restaurant located on the lobby level of the hotel.

Sweet Corn and Coconut Bisque

Oven-Roasted Pacific Halibut

Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Goat Cheesecake Mousse

Lure Restaurant

45 Songhees Road

Victoria, BC

http://www.lurevictoria.com/menus.htm

Phone: 250- 360-5873

The next day I walked around the city visiting shops and the collections in the Victoria Art Gallery.

Art Gallery of Victoria

After visiting the gallery, I walked about 30 minutes back to the hotel to check-out.

Delta Ocean Pointe Resort

45 Songhees Road

Victoria, BC

http://www.deltahotels.com/en/hotels/british-columbia/delta-victoria-ocean-pointe-resort/

Phone: 888-778-5050

Schedule and information for BC Ferries is here http://www.bcferries.com/

Stay tuned for my next Field Trip outside of Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak