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Non-restaurant eats in Victoria (to take back to Vancouver)?

queueueuq Apr 26, 2012 11:16 AM

Hi everyone. I'm looking for recommendations on food items to buy in Victoria that I can't buy in Vancouver.

To clarify, I'm NOT talking about restaurants.

For example, is there a certain pastry from a bakery that can't be missed? Something interesting at a specialty shop? Anything along those lines would be great. Thanks!

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  1. peter.v RE: queueueuq Apr 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    The bread from Fol Epi is essential. Best bread in the province. Other than that, maybe coffee from Fernwood or Discovery?

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      queueueuq RE: peter.v Apr 26, 2012 01:09 PM

      Ooh, that place looks great, and I'm running an errand just a few blocks from there. Perfect, thanks!

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      kinnickinnik RE: queueueuq Apr 26, 2012 01:47 PM

      Head on down to Fort street and pick up some great charcuterie from Choux Choux

      A little further east on Fort is Hillary's Cheese shop (their Victoria outpost - main space is in Cowichan Bay). http://www.hilarycheese.com/

      Over near Fol Epi, the Moon Under Water brewpub features excellent very English style ales - not all that easy to find in Vancouver http://www.moonunderwater.ca/

      Over on Oak Bay - The Whole Beast makes some wonderful cured and smoked charcuterie products, and their pickles and preserves are quite wonderful http://thewholebeast.ca/

      If you're up in Saanich, and fancy some spirits, Victoria Spirits has a few more spirits besides their wonderful Gin that's fairly widely available in Vancouver. The hemp vodka is quite smooth and nutty.

      Those and the above mentioned Fol Epi bread are among the goodies I like to bring back home to Vancouver.

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        anewton RE: kinnickinnik Apr 27, 2012 06:59 AM

        Good list kinnickinnik. Especially second the recommendation for the Whole Beast, which has a ridiculously large selection of excellent house made charcuterie. Love the pepperoni.

        Another idea: truffles from Chocolat (not to mention their excellent house made chocolate bars).

      2. NoMoreSnuggles RE: queueueuq Apr 27, 2012 09:22 AM

        Fol Epi bread for sure. I would also suggest, though it isn't strictly food, teas from Silk Road.

        1. queueueuq RE: queueueuq Apr 27, 2012 09:30 AM

          Thanks for the ongoing suggestions! I forgot to mention I eat fish only but many of these are still great (as I'm sure I'm not the only one with this question). Is there a particular cheese or tea that stands out?

          The pickles intrigue me...

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            islandgirl RE: queueueuq Apr 28, 2012 09:53 AM

            The Japanese Sour Cherry green tea from Silk Road is very unusual and lovely.

            I would also recommend the Cinnamon Dip Bagels from Mount Royal Bagel Company (1115 North Park - near Pandora and Cook St). They're amazing fresh from the bakery.

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            jamesalexandra RE: queueueuq Apr 30, 2012 04:01 PM

            Okay, was going to suggest the meat pies fom the Dutch Bakery but seeing you only eat fish maybe the Flyer Saucer cookies if you like almonds. So nostalgic that place!

            1. queueueuq RE: queueueuq May 2, 2012 11:45 AM

              So, I picked up a few things at some of the recommended shops (too bad so many places in Victoria are closed Sun/Mon, which were exactly my free days). Thanks, everyone.

              But what I came here to say is CURSES to anyone who suggested Fol Epi. Curses! Now it's all I can think about and I'm counting the days until I go back. The bread is fantastic. I also had an amazing smoked albacore sandwich, very tasty macarons, a canele with super creamy interior, and a delicate eclair (over 3 days, though I could have eaten all that at once, it was so good!). My previous Victoria visits always included a trip to Pure Vanilla for their caramel tarts but I think I have a new obsession(s).

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                kinnickinnik RE: queueueuq May 2, 2012 01:07 PM

                Just be thankful you weren't there at Christmas time to sample their panettone :-)
                (as for me, I'm obsessed with that and their sausage rolls (along with everything else)- best ever!).

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                  cassie RE: kinnickinnik May 2, 2012 01:31 PM

                  Also - if (when?!) you come back in the summer, Fol Epi might have their home-made soft ice-cream in handmade cones again.
                  Agreed on the smoked tuna.....it's fabulous.

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                    queueueuq RE: cassie May 2, 2012 01:48 PM

                    Ice cream? What are real estate prices like at Dockside Green?

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