The Seven Hour Tour … to Tropical Island?

Tropical Island
3690 Shelbourne St #1
Victoria, BC

Hours: 11am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 9pm
Phone: (250) 477-2538

DK: We wanted thick toast in a floral tea bar that rides shotgun with a fitness studio. Instead, we got fried milk and Usher & Lil Jon’s “Yeah” soundtracking voyeursque video of a woman doing squats (I was snooping on the table behind us). More on the tea bar in a future mission. For now, we discuss the compromise.

Tropical Island has an air of reliable tameness that seems to make it popular with old people and families. Buffet fare served a la carte is the general vibe.

ES: I don’t recall how long this operation has been around along the Shelbourne Street corridor, but in all my years living in this municipality, have I thought about going? It certainly looks popular, as Don has said, because of the many apartments nearby. The service is nice and friendly. The food is a mix of various Southern Asian influences.

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Crispy Churros Dessert Cafe

Crispy Churros Dessert Cafe
2A – 4071 Shelbourne
Victoria, BC

Hours: 11am to 8pm
Phone: (250) 590-2277

¡Ay, caramba! Miss Fruits H.K. Desserts closed up shop, and it changed from Asian style sweets to Spanish—well, sort of. The new operation has shaved ice, designer brand coffee and to its namesake, crispy churros!

When the people behind the counter are Korean, this mishmash of cultures is fine by me! The churro has no clear origin story. It may have come from the Orient. In China, we have our own doughnut, a Youtiao. It’s a starchy crispy delight I love to have with congee (or any other thick creamy soup). In Spain, they have a sweeter version which can be consumed on its own and the dips, ranging from chocolate, vanilla or caramel, only enhances the cinnamon flavour. I could eat them all day if I had the metabolism!

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Chi-Chi-Chimac for Chicken!

Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken
512 Yates St
Victoria, BC

Hours: 11:30am to 1am
Phone: (250) 590-5098

KFC can mean either Kentucky Fried or Korean Fried Chicken. While some will say it’s tough to eat that secret blend of spices, I think the latter is far tastier. The fact the process involves double dipping during the frying process speaks to me. The way the chicken was treated was like a perfect french fry.

Anyone thinking of doing take-out should live nearby so none of that crispy goodness disappears. When considering the many ways this chicken can be eaten, from side-dips to other toppings, I’m definitely coming back to see if my stomach can handle the hot sauces. I was with my bud Jake and we met up to grab dinner and a movie. Because time was tight (he did not get off work until much later), we opted for fast food and ended up at Chimac.

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[Burnaby, BC] Moving on Up to Yaguchiya Ramen

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Yaguchiya Ramen
4679 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
Phone: (604) 620-4679

 

Yaguchiya Ramen has a secret and they are willing to tell noodle lovers one of their recipes “of toppings for nice ramen.” Okay the grammar is odd, but I suspect the following image I took makes up their soup base.

I’ll have to try this recipe with refrigerated (not instant) ramen at home. But it will not compare to the succulent and drool worthy spicy dish offered by this operation. Simplicity and offering something slightly different from other traditional ramen shops has certainly earned this place an extra mark.

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The aromas from this broth were a delight and the texture from the house made noodles were mouth-watering. The dish can be improved upon with your standard add-on options, from corn to poached vinegar egg. I had the spicy ramen, and the combination floored me. I just could not stop savouring the base enhanced with the right kind of heat. Very rarely will I find a broth that is perfection.

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[Burnaby, BC] Yaguchiya Ramen has a secret …

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Yaguchiya Ramen
4679 Kingsway St,
Burnaby, BC

Hours: 11am to 3:30pm, 5-9:30pm
Phone: (604) 620-4679

… and they are willing to tell noodle lovers one of their recipes “of toppings for nice ramen.” Okay, the grammar is odd, but I suspect the image I took makes up their soup base and this revelation will have many reproduce it at home. I doubt this will work for instant ramen (we have sake for that) but for properly refrigerated noodles, to have that perfect broth defines the experience.

I’m enjoying this freedom to discovery establishments when travel lust hits. James R. Shaw to do his research than take chances. For me, I simply look at a map and either decide or roll a die than to depend on what other people say. I’ll gladly ask afterward, but definitely not before! After a long day checking out Metropolis at Metrotown, I did not want to simply visit the food court. Instead, I walked across the street to sample one of a handful of diners occupying this street block.

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W & J Wilsons Limited (1862 – Present)

W & J Wilsons Limited

1221 Government St

Formerly at:

332 Menzies St.
James Bay
Victoria, BC
(250) 382-8282

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W & J Wilsons is an established fine clothier that carries tasteful fashion for both men and women. Wilsons carries among their three locations such brands as Vetono, Mycra Pac, Marc Cain, Betty Barclay, Viyella, Esprit, Eileen Fisher, Joseph Ribkoff, Tommy Bahama, Culture, Gerry Weber, and Bianca. Wilsons is also one of the oldest customers of such firms as Burberry and Alan Paine.

Among the men’s fashion, they carry Harris Tweed jackets and navy blue and black blazers.

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