DINER | New Location Of Meat & Bread To Open On Yates Street In Victoria This July

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by Andrew Morrison | Frankie Harrington, Cord Jarvie, and Joseph Sartor are opening a new location of Meat & Bread - their third – at 721 Yates Street in Victoria, BC’s old Churchill Building. That’s between Douglas and Blanshard, so right in the heart of the city. It’s a heritage space – a little bit bigger than Meat & Bread’s Gastown location – and they have Craig Stanghetta reprising his role as designer. I don’t expect they’ll veer too far from the original modern-meets-heritage aesthetic, and the menu will still be anchored by their famous porchetta sandwich and either a vegetarian or grilled cheese. We can also expect a location-specific signature sandwich, much like Gastown has its meatball and Coal Harbour has its corned beef. They’ve only just taken possession and hope to start construction in early May for a July opening. Need work? They’re setting up interviews for core staff as we speak. Email your resumes to info [at] meatandbread.ca.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Tofino’s “Spotted Bear Bistro” Is On The Lookout For Staffers

Spotted Bear Bistro is located at 101 4th Street in Tofino, BC | 250-725-2215 | www.spottedbearbistro.com

Spotted Bear Bistro is located at 101 4th Street in Tofino, BC | 250-725-2215 | www.spottedbearbistro.com

THE GOODS FROM SPOTTED BEAR BISTRO

Tofino BC | Spotted Bear Bistro is on the lookout for brunch and dinner service line cooks as well as servers for the upcoming season. Both part time and full time positions are available. Cook applicants must have experience, be passionate about food, work clean and well on their own and be presentable. Time management is vital for both positions. Brunch positions will be approximately 7am to 2pm three days a week and dinner position start times will vary from early afternoon to early evening until 11pm. Hours are great for those that want to enjoy what Tofino has to offer. Applicants must be willing to commit through to Labour Day, and positions through the winter may be available. Serving positions are available both on a part time and full time basis. Applicants must have experience, be passionate about food and wine, and work well in a fast paced environment. Brunch shifts are from 7:30am/8:00am – 2pm and dinner shifts vary from 4:00pm/6pm starts to 11pm. Interested applicants should apply Attention Cameron at sbbistrocatering[at]gmail.com. Learn more about Spotted Bear after the jump… Read more

The Islands

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The southern coast of British Columbia is fronted by dozens of islands, the largest among them being Vancouver Island, which is home to several towns and cities including Duncan, Parksville, Tofino, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Port Hardy, and the provincial capital, Victoria. Between it and the mainland of BC are the Gulf Islands. These include such gems Savary, Galiano, Mayne, Saltspring, Thetis, Gabriola, Denman, Hornby, Lasqueti, Texada, and both Penders (they are a great many others).

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In The Islands at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the two blues on the funnel of BC Ferries Coastal Celebration vessel; the brick interior of Victoria’s Habit Coffee; the hot stones in the spa at Sonora Resort; the thirsty August grass at Mile Zero in Victoria; the smooth pebbles of Higgs Beach on Pender Island (tri-colour); purple and orange starfishes; the green of Pagliacci’s exterior in Victoria; sunset on the wooden cabins of Bodega Ridge on Galiano Island; the six shades of a winter storm from the The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn; the blue veins of Beddis Blue cheese from Moonstruck on Saltspring Island; the stunning sand of Savary Island’s better beaches; the light blue of Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria; the copper green dome of the provincial legislature; the yellow of the Mary Jane’s Kitchen sign on Lasqueti Island; a Margarita at Sobo in Tofino.

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A WODDEN BOAT MUSEUM IN COWICHAN BAY
GOOD SURFING IN TOFINO AND SOMBRIO
RENAISSANCE BOOKS IN VICTORIA’S BASTION SQUARE
THE SINGULAR EXPERIENCE OF HIKING THE WEST COAST TRAIL
SUMMER BASKING ON WHIFFEN SPIT
THE WIDE AND (USUALLY) EMPTY SUN SWATHE OF VICTORIA’S GONZALES BEACH
GREAT EXPLORING AT FORT ROD HILL
THE VALUE VILLAGE & LOWER JOHNSON VINTAGE HUNT LOOP IN VICTORIA
DITCH RECORDS ON FORT STREET IN VICTORIA
BACH, HAYDN, HANDEL, AND VIVALDI ON REPEAT AT MUNRO’S BOOKS IN VICTORIA
BEACHFRONT CAMPING AT BELLA PACIFICA IN TOFINO

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CHOCOLATE DIPPED CONE FROM BEACON HILL DRIVE-IN
PIZZA FROM LA PRIMA STRADA IN VICTORIA
VOLTAGE ESPRESSO STOUT FROM
HOYNE BREWING
HABIT COFFEE IN VICTORIA
THE BIG BURGER AT THE SPOTTED BEAR IN TOFINO
SPAGHETTI ALIO OLIO AT ZAMBRI’S IN VICTORIA
ANYTHING AT SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE
STEAK FRITES AT BRASSERIE L’ECOLE IN VICTORIA
CHAMPAGNE SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE POINTE IN TOFINO
SEASONAL TASTING MENU AT THE COWICHAN VALLEY’S STONE SOUP INN
DEEP FRIED SOFT SHELL CRAB AT NORI IN NANAIMO
CAJUN HALIBUT SANDWICH AT THE HUMMINGBIRD PUB ON GALIANO ISLAND
ESPRESSO AT THE TOFITIAN
PIMENTO ROOT HASH AT THE CAFE AT HOPE BAY ON PENDER ISLAND
THE BREAD AT PAGLIACCI’S IN VICTORIA
CIBOLO SHRIMP & KEY LIME PIE AT SOBO IN TOFINO
PEA SOUP AT ULLA IN VICTORIA

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- Except for rocky Mace Point, Savary Island is almost entirely ringed by white sand.

- Active Pass (the narrow straight between Mayne Island and Galiano Island) was named after the USS Active, an American survey vessel that navigated the area in 1855.

- “Cowichan” is an English treatment of Halkomelem Quw’utsun, or “warm land”.

- The entirely of the undeveloped 100 acre West Ballenasa Island off Parksville is currently for sale for $1.4 million.

- The old Painter’s Lodge fishing escape in Campbell River was a favourite of Old Hollywood stars, including Bob Hope and John Wayne.

- Tofino’s Sobo restaurant was named one of the Top 10 best new eateries in Canada by enRoute Magazine when it was just a food truck operating out of the Botanical Gardens.

- The body of water that encompasses the divide between Vancouver Island and the mainland – including Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound – was named the Salish Sea in 2010.

- Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada (second in North America only to San Francisco’s).

- In 2010, Kuper Island had its name changed to Penelakut Island in honour of the Penelakut First Nation.

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The View From Your Window #161 | Flying High Above The City In A Small Float Plane

February 17, 2014 

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Reader T.R. | High above Mt. Pleasant | 8:00am | SHARE YOUR VIEW

We love posting the photographs that reveal the views from our reader’s windows. Whether it’s a back alley in the fall or a sandy beach in high summer, we’re always stoked to see what you see from home, work or while on the road. What does your view look like right now? Take a snap of it and send it in. Check out the gallery of our all-time reader submissions below… Read more

GOODS | “The Modern Bartender” Hits Road To Host Pop-Up At Victoria’s “Little Jumbo”

December 5, 2013 

The Modern Bartender is located at Unit 28 East Pender Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-684-1747 | www.themodernbartender.com

The Modern Bartender is located at 28 East Pender St in Vancouver, BC | 604-684-1747 | www.themodernbartender.com

The GOODS from The Modern Bartender

After a successful pop up operation in both Edmonton and Calgary at the end of the summer, Victoria has called on “The Modern Bartender” to be on the move yet again. Shawn Soole from “Little Jumbo” has asked us to set up shop Monday December 9 starting at 4pm and we’re in!

We’ll be taking all manner of barwares and essentials such as a bevy of classic mixing vessels, japanese import bar spoons, piles of jiggers, muddlers, strainers and of course other must haves from our huge selection of books, ice trays and sphere makers, Tiki mugs, assorted syrups and more bitters than you can possibly imagine. Come visit The Modern Bartender at the Little Jumbo in Victoria at 506 Fort Street on Monday December 9 starting at 4pm. Read more

WELCOME | Tofino’s “Spotted Bear Bistro” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

December 4, 2013 

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We’ve invited Tofino’s excellent Spotted Bear Bistro to join our GOODS section. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making British Columbia a tastier place to be.

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VANCOUVER LEXICON | BC Ferrys

December 3, 2013 

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BC Ferrys | Social Media/Person | A twitter parody account lampooning the beleaguered BC Ferries, a crown corporation that is seemingly always under fire for service cuts, fare increases, and executive bonuses.

Usage | ”If you take the ferry a lot, you have to follow BC Ferrys on Twitter. It’s hilarious.”

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GUIDE | Where Your Boss Should Be Taking You For Your Annual Holiday Staff Shindig

November 19, 2013 

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One of the things that I remember from working in restaurants was the crush of private staff parties that come every year in advance of Christmas. That crush has already started, of course, but we thought we’d make finding and booking quality venues for private parties a lot easier for our readers by providing a list of places that we know from experience to be excellent. We canvassed the Scout Community to see what was available out there – specifically how many seats for buyouts and private rooms – and we think the responses to date will serve you in good stead. If you missed the invitation to contribute to the list and would like to add your establishment, by all means please contact Mitsumi Kawai at mitsumi [at] scoutmagazine.ca lickety split and she’ll hook you up. Get feasting after the jump… Read more

Spotted Bear

November 15, 2013 

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DETAILS

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101 4th Street | Tofino, BC
Telephone: 250-725-2215 | Email: info@spottedbearbistro.com
Web: www.spottedbearbistro.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Head Chef | Cameron Young

About The Spotted Bear

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The Spotted Bear Bistro is located in charming downtown Tofino just steps from the harbour, set against the backdrop of the lush mountains of Clayoquot Sound.

Here at the end of the road, be delighted by classic upscale comfort food from a menu that reflects the abundance of quality products available on Vancouver Island. Along with a cozy, intimate atmosphere and an open-concept kitchen, this locals’ favourite also deals in sophisticated cocktails, local brews, and carefully selected wines. The casually elegant dining room combines salvaged wood, seating at a yellow cedar slab bar, antique cookery and eclectic local art for a funky, friendly setting. Private heated patio seating is available in the summer.

Head chef Cameron Young brings a fresh perspective to former-chef-turned-creative-consultant Vincent Fraissange’s tradition of classic French-inspired cuisine. A proud member of the Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild, the Spotted Bear focuses on the freshest and best in local seafood, specialty meats, and Vancouver Island sourced produce.

Chef Young’s seasonal menus include such delights as tuna tartare, braised local octopus, duck breast and daily fish. Also available are chef’s three- and five-course tasting menus, family-style dinners, and an unforgettable weekend brunch (Sundays only in off-season). On an innovative beverage list developed by service manager Meggan Leeck, find Tofino Brewing Company beers on tap, inspired cocktails, and specialty wines and liqueurs.

A perfect setting for an intimate dinner, and ideal for private group events and wedding dinners, the Spotted Bear Bistro truly offers the best of the west coast.

Still Life

October 9, 2013 

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DETAILS

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STILL LIFE Vancouver
2315 Main St. | Vancouver, BC | V5T 3C9 | 604-876-5659

STILL LIFE For Him
551 Johnson St. | Victoria, BC |  V8W 1M2 | 250-386-5655

STILL LIFE For Her
550 Johnson St. | Victoria, BC | V8W 1M3 | 250-386-5658

www.stilllifeboutique.com | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Matt Jensen – Owner
Kim Jensen – Owner
Alex Chichak – Vancouver Manager
Jordan Stout – Media

Everyone can be emailed at: shop [at] stilllifeboutique.com

About Still Life

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Still Life opened the doors to retail fashion on Victoria, BC’s historic Johnson Street in 1984. Offering locals and tourists a wide variety of vintage and modern fashion for more than two decades, Matt & Kim Jensen took ownership in 2007 breathing new life into the iconic business now nestled amongst a growing community of locally-owned retail shops.

Upon taking over the business Matt, an expert woodworker from Vancouver and Kim, a former product developer for a major retail fashion chain began work on renovations at 551 Johnson Street. What became of the original location was now Matt & Kim’s vision of the new Still Life, filled with quality modern retail brands from smaller, international fashion labels.

In the summer of 2011 the newlywed Matt & Kim expanded their reach, opening the beautiful, new Still Life For Her at 550 Johnson Street, directly across the street from the original Still Life, freshly rebranded as Still Life For Him.

Two short years later, in the summer of 2013, Still Life For Him & For Her opened up a brand new location, just blocks from where Matt & Kim first met in beautiful Vancouver, BC at 2315 Main Street.

With thirty years in business serving the needs of the fashion savvy of Victoria, and now Vancouver, the Still Life brand has never looked better. Continually striving for the absolute best in customer service, brand individuality and quality retail fashion styles from around the globe, Still Life For Him & For Her stand tall as a testament to hard work and quality goods.

The View From Your Window #160 | Waiting In A Pub For A Ride Home From The Island

October 8, 2013 

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Reader K.K. | Lighthouse Pub | Nanaimo Harbour, BC | 4:58pm | SHARE YOUR VIEW

We love posting the photographs that reveal the views from our reader’s windows. Whether it’s a back alley in the fall or a sandy beach in high summer, we’re always stoked to see what you see from home, work or while on the road. What does your view look like right now? Take a snap of it and send it in. Check out the gallery of our all-time reader submissions below… Read more

GET YOUR ASS OUTSIDE | On Jumping Ship For The Island And Exploring Port Renfrew

September 5, 2013 

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by Ariel Taylor | So I’ve jumped ship from Vancouver. Well, I suppose a more accurate description would be that I boarded one, but you catch my drift. Over the last few weeks I’ve traded in my urban digs for Cowichan sweaters, ferry lineups and double decker buses. Yup, Victoria is now officially home. Though it was my life as a graduate student that prompted me going rouge, I’m discovering that Vancouver Island has more than enough to keep getting my ass outside, even if it almost always involves a gortex jacket.

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Victoria, as you’re more than likely already well aware, sits at the southern end of Vancouver Island, and though it’s a beautiful spot in its own right, its surrounding coastlines have their own allure. The 109kms separating Victoria and the end of Highway 14 at Port Renfrew are particularly stunning; exactly what you’d expect a wild coastal frontier to look like. Home to iconic beaches, surf breaks, and hiking trails, this area has been miraculously spared the development seen in tourist hubs like Tofino, despite being much closer to town.

As the western terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail and the main access point for the West Coast Trail, Port Renfrew enjoys a steady diet of dirty, hungry, and exhausted backpackers. Botanical Beach sees its fair share of day visitors, but near-perpetual wet weather keeps even them to a minimum. Besides the two annual music festivals hosted there (Tall Tree and Song & Surf), there’s little else to attract outsiders, unless you’re like me and have a thing for giant Douglas Firs and Sitka Spruce.

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From the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, take Highway 17 south to Mackenzie Avenue. Exit at Mackenzie and follow it until you reach Highway 1 (also called the Island Hwy), which you’ll take north for about 3km before you exit again onto Hwy 14 (Sooke/Jordan River/Port Renfrew). The trip to Port Renfrew should take around 2 hours. Don’t let the low number of kms fool you, the winding road means you’ll be lucky to crack 80km/hour and a single lane makes passing nearly impossible. Once you’ve gone beyond Sooke, you won’t have another opportunity to fill up on gas (there is no gas station in Port Renfrew), so make sure you have a full tank. At this point you’ll also be out of luck in terms of cell reception. Take your time and plan to make some pit stops at the many beaches along the route. They’re well marked and equipped with pit toilets, maps, and even some picnic tables.

Once you arrive at Port Renfrew, take Parkinson Road down to the docks or follow it all the way to Botanical Beach. Low tide is the best time to visit as the tidal pools reveal the dense ecological network that gives so much life to the region. A 2km loop down to the water offers the best route from the parking lot. For another perspective, head back through town and follow the signs towards Cowichan Lake. The road will take you across the river to a fork. Stay left and you’ll enter the Pacheedaht First Nation where beach front campsites and drift wood shelters dot the lengthy shoreline. Pitch a tent for $20, but make sure you’re prepared for rain (this is officially North America’s only temperate rainforest). When heading home, you can exit the way you came or head back to the fork and take the right side towards Cowichan Lake and then Duncan, winding back over the Malahat (Hwy 1) and down to Victoria. It’s longer, sure, but if you have the time it’s a fun drive along newly paved logging roads.

The Advice

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If you can sneak away, think about making this a multi-day trip, particularly if you’re coming over from Vancouver. You can camp on just about any of the beaches between Victoria and Port Renfrew, so if you have a tent, I suggest using it. There’s nothing quite like falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves or waking up to thick fog blanketing the shore. That being said, having the right gear is key to making this an enjoyable adventure. Warm clothes, waterproof shoes, and plenty of food and water are essential.

If you’re not into roughing it, try stopping into Port Renfrew’s Coastal Kitchen for some delicious local halibut and salmon. Generous portions of homemade pie and fresh coffee make this a visitor favourite whether you’re fresh off the trails or just passing through. For a cold pint, head down to the harbour for a patio perch and a front row seat. There are no shortage of places to crash in town, so go ahead and order two. It’s easy to watch the world go by from here.

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Ariel Taylor is a writer and professional student living and working in the West End. Though never short on opinions, she approaches most things in life with an open mind and a grain of salt. She suffers from acute wanderlust (hence her Get Your Ass Outside column) and as a result can be packed for most adventures in 10 minutes or less.

1,000 COOL THINGS ABOUT VANCOUVER | The Gnarled Brilliance Of The Arbutus Tree

August 1, 2013 

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by Andrew Morrison | The next cool thing is the arbutus tree. Nothing says coastal BC to me more than the sight of a gnarled, peeling arbutus tree hanging out over a rocky shoreline. Not even the smell of weed and patchouli can compare. There’s just something about the colour of the shedding red-brown bark and the green flesh of the wood in high summer that whispers of how everything will be alright and that the fire is going strong and the food and the wine will turn out fine and the blanket is soft and the sound of the gentle waves rolling and receding up and down a hundred million perfect skipping pebbles is exactly how it should be if the sun is to go down and the stars are to come out. Though that’s primarily a Gulf Island feeling for me, I’ve seen big ones out at UBC just south of MacMillan Building, in McCleery Park at Marine and 49th, on West 5th between Macdonald and Bayswater, on West 4th Ave between Blanca and Tolmie, and a virtual forest of them close to the water out at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.

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