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Berries, tongs, Julia Child's cookbook

Lots of people picking and eating berries from the bushes that line the Galloping Goose and Lochside trails.

Nando's opens downtown restaurant

Nando's has opened its downtown Victoria outlet on Government Street at Pandora, taking over a spot that previously housed a sushi restaurant. The first Greater Victoria outlet for the international chain was in Langford.

Obsessed with "healthy" food

People sometimes scold me — playfully, I think — when I talk about eating burgers and fries, fish and chips, steak and potatoes, eggs and corned beef hash. Obviously not a good diet, if you do it all the time.

Devour: Menu is always changing, always intriguing

"Go big or go home" might be an accurate -- if ironic -- way to describe what Jena Stewart and Alison Bigg had in mind when they decided to open their own eatery in the culinary minefield known as downtown Victoria.

Menu is always changing, always intriguing

"Go big or go home" might be an accurate -- if ironic -- way to describe what Jena Stewart and Alison Bigg had in mind when they decided to open their own eatery in the culinary minefield known as downtown Victoria.

Burgers, patties, fries, curries and tamales

Brief notes on recent meal outings. More details when I visit a few more times. Caribbean Village , 2646 Quadra St., Victoria. They have tasty, slightly spicy Jamaican patties — beef, chicken and vegetable; $2.25 each or six for $12.

Signs of food at the Dragon Boat Festival

There was a modest selection of food tents at the Dragon Boat Festival on the weekend. The place was packed, and anyone who bought food had to do a balancing act, especially if they also bought a drink.

Recent semi-homemade quick meals

Boiled potatoes for 10 minutes, drained. Mixed up mayo and seedy mustard. Chopped up sweet pepper. Microwaved frozen peas for 30 seconds. Mixed it all up with chopped up tomatoes. No additional salt. Tasted fine. Boiled thin spaghetti.

Paranoid thoughts when the bill comes

When the restaurant bill comes, I get a little uncomfortable, and not because I have a cheap streak. There are two major parts to my discomfort. 1. Fraud and theft. 2. Paying protocol. The fraud and theft part: Yes, a lot of this is plain paranoia.

Korean fare adequate but service needs work

If you want to set the bar high, give your restaurant a name that suggests a meal is an experience fit for a king. Sura roughly translates to "royal table" in Korean.