Broughton Street Deli Blues

BroughtonDeli1Broughton Street Deli
648 Broughton Street
Victoria, BC
(250) 380-9988

J: Broughton Street Deli is one of those places I’ve always wanted to try but I could never get to its location at the right time. It has to do with their early closing hours. They’re a daytime operation but I’m sure they would make at least some money if they were open on Friday and Saturday nights. Sometimes people going to the bars or movie theatres (what few of the theatres there are left) don’t need the hassle of the full dining experience. Some people just want a quick bite to eat that isn’t McDonald’s.

E: By some fortune, we managed to come in here when the place was empty of all life. But when the operation only had another half hour left before closing, maybe a quick bite to eat elsewhere seemed to be the better idea. Upon walking in, James and I were treated to a sign purporting that this operation offers authentic Montreal smoked meat.

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Mr. P – The Story of the Real Mr. Potato Head is Fringe-worthy Fun!

1184948_500545486699996_1927149996_nQuebec-based Belzébrute Theatre has a wonderful show that really must be taken on the road for more people to see. If there’s a lesson to be learned afterwards, many a person from the entertainment industry will get it. The creative minds behind this production know how rigorous life is when constantly travelling, hitting places like Radio City Music Hall, just to perform night after night. Between balancing the struggles for finding recognition to just finding that me time to relax, the team who wrote this show created an entertainingly comic product which brings nearly a century of the best performers from live entertainment into a fun-filled 90-minute production.

Mr P – The Story of the Real Mr Potato Head looks at the life and times of the world’s most famous nightshade. An usherette welcomes audiences as they come in and provides much of the live music. The silent film montage introducing the spud gives this show a surreal-like quality ala Toy Story (especially when Pogo the sausage dog is introduced), and when he can channel the best — ranging from Frank Sinatra to Elvis to Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury — this potato can win many a crowd!

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Eerie Ed’s Top Picks for the 2016 Halloween Season

From getting my spooky fervour on as a Paranormal Investigator to enthusiast this Autumn, this downgrade is not because of the group, Paranormal Victoria (PARAVI), I was with decided to take an extended break since we all have busy normal lives. We sometimes make it a tradition to investigate a venue at this time (and sometimes it’s with media, like the Oak Bay and Victoria News back in 2012). One day, I hope the great folks who make up this PARAVI team will be back.

In the meantime, I will continue my interest on the cinematic, theatrical and storytelling front. My love for the supernatural started from discovering this genre in those mediums and here are my picks to get my muse singing the praises:


Movie Under the Maltworks
Shaun of the Dead Movie Screening

Oct 28th, 7:00pm
(doors open 6pm)

Admission: $20

Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
(2010 Government St)

I have often wondered what a perfect cinematic night during this season would be like? To boil down the perfect pair depends on the mood and which sub-genre best represents Halloween. Some may say zombies and others will say ghosts. For the former, comedy is needed. While not everyone will appreciate the golden age classics, my choice would be Shaun of the Dead and Fido. With kids in the audience, it would be hard to keep them down for two films, but for one, the former will do and the Victoria Film Festival committee has this choice easily nailed down. That’s tough to do for keeping a zombie still.

Best of all, the night includes a costume contest!

Arnold Lim/News staff Historian John Adams will soon be leading ghost tours through the sights and sounds of Colwood with the launch of the Colwood Heritage Ghost Tours. VICTORIA, B.C. February 14, 2012.

Haunted Carriage Tours

Oct 27th – 30th
between 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Please Call 250-383-2207 for Reservations

Admission: $20

Menzies and Belleville (corner)

John Adams (pictured above) is Victoria‘s best-known historian who loves telling spooky stories. Not only does he have multiple types of walking tours happening throughout the year but also his Ghostly Walks (running Oct 14-31, starting 6:30pm & meeting by the gates at Market Square; $13-15) is popular when All Hallow’s Eve arrives. He wrote much of the content which gets recounted by the guides who rides along with you as the horses clip-clops through James Bay. Most of the stories are about the “residents” who still reside here. On a foggy night, the imagination can go wild. Fortunately, riders do not have to worry about any legends of a sleepy hollow. Most of this neighbourhood is well built, but some say there’s a persuasive energy around here ….


Monsters Haunted House – Fear on the Pier

Oct 13th to 31st
from 6:30pm – 11pm

Admission: $13
($1 off by non-perishable food item donation, limit of one)

Ogden Point
Pier A – 2-3 Dallas Road

Formerly known as Evil Acres, just what can this group of scare enthusiasts do with a themed attraction that incites “Fear on the Pier?” When considering what I know of their work in the past, I’m deadly curious! Will there be the smell of rotten seaweed and shambling glow-in-the-dark divers ala Scooby Doo? As a H.P. Lovecraft enthusiast, I can only imagine the Deep Ones crawling about and gibbering strange echoes in a shanty home of a deceased fisherman. This group has trained actors to instil that chill in the air. When this attraction is set by the sea, is it from the ocean breeze or elsewhere?

Tip: Please do not bring anything valuable to leave in your car or have on your person. This company is not liable for loss of cellular devices / portable lighting equipment while crawling through the very dark dungeons here. It spoils the fun for others.


Arkenham Abbey: Psychological Horror Comedy
Launch Pad Productions

Date: Oct 19th to 31

$28 public or $25 for Castle Members

Craigdarroch Castle
(1050 Joan Crescent)

Bat … er back for a second year, this take on the Batman mythos shows an evolution of a Victorian-age crime fighter to modern era ninja. This interactive theatrical production gets fans of this timeless character to understand this character more from the perspective of the inmates he imprisoned. From The Joker to The Sandman, the rogue’s gallery is well covered. But since this is not a licensed DC Entertainment product, the names are changed. Fans who know the characters can easily identify them all. To learn more about the group Launch Pad Productions, please read this interview here.

sm-evil-dead-8-5x11-w-12-bleedEvil Dead the Musical
Last Chance Productions

Date: Nov 4th-5

Tickets can be bought at the door
Approx: $25 (Non Splatter) / $35 (Splatter)
or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Metro Studio Theatre
1411 Quadra St

Technically, the only reason this post-Halloween event is listed is because the fun can always continue after, and the venue was pre-booked many months in advance prior to Last Chance Productions’ decision to come to the Garden City. I have always wanted to see some group — local or not — put on this show here and to hear that this event is coming, by a performing troupe whose work I know, is not only thrilling but exciting. I look forward to seeing what they have up their sleeve this year, as their shows are not always exactly the same year after year. Anyone who knows the Evil Dead lore has some extra material, namely the updated film and the television series, that might get slotted into this production. And who does not want to get splattered with “blood?” This show is famous for its Splatterzone.


Rocky Horror Show 
Atomic Vaudeville

$25 at the door or $15 online at Ticket Rocket

Oct 19th to 29th

Metro Studio Theatre
1411 Quadra St

This live production shifts theatre companies year after year, and that’s not a bad thing to know. From its humble beginnings under the guidance of Kaleidoscope Theatre which introduced Griffin Lea to the masses (He’s an excellent Dr. Frank-N-Furter), the show continues with him forming Rebel Knock Out Productions (RKO) to continue the fun the following years. But as with any group, there’s always the challenge of keeping the energy going. This year has Atomic Vaudeville producing, and Britt Small is handling the directing chores.


14th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

Oct 30th 10:00am

Admission: Unknown

Location: Saxe Point Park

For an event that is cool and unique for folks from all ages to participate in is a pumpkin carving contest that can only be done underwater. As for how can everyone watch what is going on, perhaps lessons in scuba-diving are needed. Divers are invited to challenge their skills in the cold waters off Saxe Point.

The festivities taking place by land may be like in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Participants will be under water while the viewers stand on platforms waiting to see which pumpkins end up floating up prematurely with half finished faces and other strange items coming to the surface. However the show will look like, at least on land, there will be food, contests of other sorts and plenty of pumpkins to nibble on.

All of this craziness is being offered while raising money for the Animal Rehab Centre (ARC).

[Seattle, WA] Getting drunk on Sazerac

IMG_20160407_205656540Sazerac Restaurant
1101 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA
(206) 624-7755

Once the ragin’ Cajun in me saw the Sazerac offered upscale Southern (Louisiana) inspired food, I knew I had to make this place a must during my next visit to Seattle! As I stay in different hotels, I like to explore what’s nearby instead of walking to another district for my usual grub. This city has more wide and varied tastes within reach in the downtown core than any other I’ve been to. While my knowledge is mostly centered around feasting in either Emerald City or Hollywood North, there’s a reason why I love living in the Pacific Northwest. The access to seafood is immediate and fresh.

I think both cities have eateries that are worthy of earning at least a star in the Michelin guide. That book is not the be all end all for diners looking for new and exotic tastes. At this place, their Buttermilk Panna Cotta is an Italian dish that I could eat forever! The strawberry foam settled upon my lips like an air nymph and I was sent to heaven with how added basil cream made my tongue dance. A symphony with little gelatinous berry nubs was playing hallelujah in my mouth!

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Bugs on the Menu to Debut on Documentary Channel Oct 11th! & Its Future

Bugs_on_the_Menu_-_The_Vic_Poster_for_Web_2_250f94b0a36d369d5b4497e974f0aed8The feature-length movie Bugs on the Menu will soon be served across Canada beginning Tuesday, October 11 (9pm ET / 6pm PT) on CBC Canada’s Documentary Channel! If you can’t PVR this show, it does repeat again on the 16th (9 pm ET/ 10pm PT) and hopefully change a few culinary minds.

When I first saw this movie during the Victoria Feast, Food and Film Festival, I was all over it like ants to sugar because I have always been open to the thought of adding an unusual crunch to any of my meals. Samples were offered and I was anxious to see if a vendor would appear to offer up grasshopper (there was). To imagine the staples — mealworms or crickets — added to hamburger only has me salivating. But the question of which source has more protein needs to be asked. Some people may get surprised at the fact that crickets contain more per ounce than a similar slice of bovine, and this detail is just one of many factoids revealed in the program.

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Uvic’s Phoenix Theatre Celebrates 50 Glorious Years this Month & “One” Huge Revue


The University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre is celebrating 50 glorious years of creating great theatre and many great acts are on board to let citizens know just how awesome this school is. From Charles Ross working an exhaustive One Man Marathon (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Batman) starting things off  October 11 – 17, 2016 to TJ Dawe with The Slipknot [October 18 – 22] and Shannan Calcutt (Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity) & Sue Morrison in Burnt Tongue [October 25 – 29], the list does not end there!

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