Introduction to Victoria

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Mal and I arrived safe and sound in Victoria around noon this afternoon, but we’ve already had a great little introduction to the city. Victoria has a ton of cute shops and restaurants, and it’s such a pretty place to walk around and spend a vacation. The city is also sort of romantic! 😉

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After the Clipper ride, I was SO exhausted! I took a dose of motion sickness medication, so I felt completely out of it when I arrived in Victoria. Meh. 😕


I wasn’t sure what to expect with our hotel since we picked the cheapest option out of the ones recommended to us, but our room ended up being pretty nice.

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The view from our balcony…


After checking into our hotel room, Mal and I wandered around Victoria until we decided that we needed a snack to hold us over until our late lunch.


We stopped at the Irish Times to refuel. Mal ordered a beer while I ordered a much-needed mug of coffee.


Omg. Need coffee!

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We also shared a plate of French fries with garlic mayo on the side.


We didn’t want to fill up with a big meal because we were scheduled to have “high tea” at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. (The tea was AWESOME, by the way! I will tell you guys all about it later.)

Mal and I are off to enjoy cocktail hour and dinner. See ya later, gators! 



  1. Oh man, every time I go to Victoria (which is like, 3 times in my life) my family has high tea at the Fairmont. Glad you got to enjoy it, too, and can’t wait to read your post about it!

  2. Oh man . . . I lived in Victoria for four years and moved away last August. I haven’t been back since so your post is pulling at my heartstrings BIG time!!!!!! 😉

    Enjoy the city!!!

    Oh and if you’re looking for THE best sushi go to Tamami. It’s on Fisgard Street right at the foot of China Town (so basically where it meets Wharf). You will NOT be disappointed!!!!

  3. You totally lucked out on the weather today to get those awesome photos of the inner harbour 😀 Sadly, I think it’s supposed to rain tomorrow.

    Irish Times is a fun place to go for a drink in the evenings. You could also check out Bard & Banker down the street, as it’s owned by the same people.

    Looking forward to seeing what high tea in the famous Empress Hotel is like. I’ve lived in BC my entire life, and in Victoria for 4 years, and yet I’ve never been.

    PS – in that photo you took in Bastion Square, in the building on the left is Rebar, and really great almost vegetarian restaurant & juice bar you should check out. I’ve yet to have a bad meal there, and their cookbook is amazing!

  4. You’ve just made me incredibly homesick. Irish Times is part of my old stomping grounds (although truth be told we like it a little dirtier down at Darcy’s Pub…hehe). The commenter above that recommeded Rebar is absolutely right on…you shouldn’t miss it! There’s also another cute place for snacks and drinks…called Tapa Bar…it’s in Trounce Alley just off of Government Street…most people could point you in the right direction (it’s right across from a lovely little purse store called She-She too!)

  5. I was just in Victoria two weeks ago! If you have time, check out Glo for drinks/dinner (super chic, delish) and Nautical Nellie’s for lunch. For breakfast, you absolutely MUST NOT miss The Blue Fox. Order the Peasant Toast. Uh-Mazing! Have fun!!!

  6. Oh my gosh Victoria looks absolutely stunning!!! I can’t wait to hear all about your high tea experience!! What made you all choose Victoria for vacation? I’m glad you did b/c it looks really pretty there.

  7. It’s always fun to read about visitor’s experiences in the town I call home: Sometimes, you just start to take living in Victoria for granted. I must admit though, no matter where I am traveling in the world, coming home is never a disappointment. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Oh, and another thing: Victoria is mecca for those loving a healthy lifestyle! Our climate is pretty temperate, so we can keep up our favourite outdoor activities all year long! Except swimming in the ocean. The water’s pretty cold up here 😉

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