Café Jumbo – First Look

It’s a cold and rainy evening in early November. Covid cases are on the rise everywhere, and the world is anxiously awaiting the final US election results. What I could really use right now is a little escape, and I wonder if the newly opened Café Jumbo, glowing warmly on this dark night, might be […]

CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021

A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well as a rotating selection of sweet and savoury pastries. They are open Wednesday-Sunday. Keep an eye on their Instagram feed for updates. (   Also in Rock Bay is a […]

December|January Issue Out Now

December|January issue on the stands. Inside: Small Gatherings Big Impact Outdoor Wood Ovens Restaurants Sausages Hot Sauce Tasting Gift Guide Books for the Cooks Recipes: Salmon en Croute Cabbage au Gratin French Quiche Healthy Greens Soup Peppermint Tuxedo Cookies Read Here

Eating Out—At Home

  Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy brunch pancakes of your dreams? These days, everyone has something they’re craving, but thanks to our creative chefs, there are new ways to take away those addictive flavours and enjoy dining […]

Hacking Your Kitchen

Shelora Sheldan collected her own favourite kitchen hacks, then reached out to chefs, passionate home cooks, bakers, bartenders, poets, and even an heirloom bean grower, for more innovations. Ready, set, hack! Face it, we’re all looking for shortcuts to save on time, energy, or effort, and hacks, those innovative solutions to tricky problems, are the […]

Wood Oven Envy — Tips, Recipes, Links

Some tips on cooking with wood in an outdoor oven, recipes, and links to the wood ovens mentioned in our article Dec|Jan 2020-2021 Tips on Cooking with Wood Kreg Graham, executive chef at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, learned to cook with fire in his parents’ backyard wood oven, and when he helped design the […]

Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf

A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday gatherings, or simply enjoy with whipped butter, a hot soup, and a glass of wine. Serves 8-10. 2 Tbsp active dry yeast 2 tsp sugar ½ cup […]


Spicy Chicken and Shiitake Skewers Rebecca Wellman serves up her delicious take on chicken and mushroom skewers with a tasty side of sauce. Serves 4 ½ ripe Asian pear, grated, with any juices 2 Tbsp red miso 1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil 3 Tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp chili flakes […]

Sheet Pan Jambalaya

An untraditional take on a classic recipe using local West Coast ingredients, leftover rice, a few kooky twists and just one pan. Hooked yet?   West Coast Jambalaya Serves 6. Recipe by: Jennifer Danter Plan ahead, if you don’t have leftover cooked rice languishing in your fridge, make some the night before. It will help […]

Belfry’s Crush Fine Wine Auction Goes Online November 30 to December 6

Staff, volunteers and board members from Victoria’s Belfry Theatre have been raiding some of Victoria’s best wine cellars to find rare and unusual wines to auction online for Crush 2020 presented by Odlum Brown Limited, the theatre’s premiere wine fundraiser. This year’s lots will feature wine from France, Italy, California, British Columbia, Uruguay and two […]