MIS EN PLACE PODCAST // Episode 8 — Ending Tipping on the Other Side of the Pandemic

Chef/host Robert Belcham talks with Carl Heinrich and Dr. Sylvain Charlebois about revitalizing the hospitality industry.

The Phenomenon Making Victoria Almost Three Times Sunnier Than Vancouver

"Southwestern BC isn't always wet. It really depends are where you are in relation to the Olympic Rain Shadow."

OP-ED // On Raising Prices, Moving Away From Tipping and Paying Staff More

Victoria restaurateur/baker Clif Leir shares some thoughts on operational changes coming to his Fol Epi and Agrius eateries.

MIS EN PLACE PODCAST // Episode 5 — Hospitality, Covid-19 and ‘The Big Reset’

In episode 5, leading restaurant owner/chefs explore how the industry can evolve for the better in the wake of the pandemic.

Why Not Try and Fix the Broken Restaurant Industry Before Reopening it?

The fixes need to come from diners, not restaurants. They need to figure this out, if only because it's clear we never will.

We’d Like to Self-Isolate in This Off-Grid Tiny House on the Other Side of the World

To be able to escape the city for the sake of social distancing is a dream worth having in these weird and dangerous times.

Diver Films School of Juvenile Fish ‘Walking’ Ocean Floor Off Bali

A bunch of young striped eel catfish were recently filmed schooling together for mutual protection and 'walking' the floor of Jemeluk Bay.

The View From Your Window #5

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How Some BC Neighbourhoods Once Tried to Keep People of Colour Out

"So this racist lady on the bus starting ranting about Land Title Covenants, asking a young Asian couple if they were servants..."

Cool Treehouse Has a Suspension Footbridge That Leads to a Soaker Tub With a View

Located in the wilds outside Austin, the Yoki Treehouse offers a cozy, snow-free escape from the urban doldrums.

The View From Your Window #4

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On the Kind of Person Who Steals Menus and the Midlife Crisis of the Restaurant Review

In her latest read of the food and drink news, Talia gets curious about tater tots and finds a Michelin chef in full droop.

Antiques Roadshow Expert Sips 180 Year-Old Human Urine, Declares it Port

What Andy McConnell thought was old port was really a superstitious brew of the time meant to ward off witches, bad luck and curses.

That Time Our Government Made Millions Being Unabashedly Racist

"Most of my younger friends think racism towards Chinese people is a new thing in BC. Then I tell them about the Head Tax..."

That Time a Real Estate Developer Scammed Investors With an Extra Apostrophe

According to widespread local legend, duped investors they thought they were investing in a 480 foot high skyscraper...

The Thing Travelling Islanders Cross Their Fingers and Hope For

“I know it's Friday afternoon on a long weekend and I don't have a reservation but I'm crossing my fingers and trusting in ferry luck...”

The View From Your Window #3

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The Legendary Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road

"The first thing I do whenever I get to Tofino is hit SoBo for some Tofu Pockets and a big slice of Key Lime Pie..."

The Breathtaking, Quintessential Gulf Island Journey Some Love, Others Hate

"Hi Mom. I made the ferry just in time but it's a milk run so it's probably best that you start dinner without me."

The View From Your Window #2

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Can You Correctly Identify This Vancouver Island Restaurant?

Do you think you know the Island restaurant scene well enough to identify this spot? Give us your best guesses in the comments...

The Colloquial Abbreviation of an Iconic Victoria Restaurant

"When I was at my poorest I survived on bottomless soup and focaccia bread at Pag's..."