While searching for something fun to go with my girlfriends, I came across the website for Off The Eaten Track. We were all really excited to try some new foods and get out and explore downtown Victoria a bit.
We met our guide Mary Lou at Terroir Tea Merchant for our first stop where Charity delighted our taste buds with an informative tasting of 4 different teas. What I loved most was the unique way they brew their tea using a combination of hot water and steam, perfectly calibrated for the type of leaves that they’re brewing. My favourite was the Jin Xuan Oolang which had a creamy milky taste to it that was unlike anything I have tried before.
Our next stop was Choux Choux Charcuterie located conveniently right beside Terroir. We sampled a variety of tasty treats including a triple cream brie, duck breast, prosciutto and fig bread. They do a lovely take away picnic for 2 starting at just $35.00. All their pates are made in house and I can’t wait to go back and try more.
At La Taquisa, we sampled their vegetarian taco and learned that the tortilla is just as much a part of the dish as the filling. You could taste the authenticity of the food in every bite.
A note for Vegans: All vegetarian options can be made into a vegan dish just for you.
We briefly popped into Farm & Field, an upscale butcher in the heart of downtown. While we didnt’ get a chance to talk with them, I did pick up a couple of their Cheddar & Pickle burger patties for dinner. They were amazing!
One of my favourite stops was next, Yalla, a middle Eastern street eats restaurant. I had never heard of this new dining venue and was excited to see what they had to offer. We had a sampling of shawarma, hummus, pickled vegetables and falafel. The hummus was creamy and delicious and the lamb shawarma was flavoured to perfection. I gobbled up my dish so quickly that I forgot to take a picture! (Thankfully Yalla’s website shows a similar dish to what we sampled)
Lastly, we popped into Crust bakery where our sweet cravings were subdued by the sampling of treats offered to us. And they have more than just sweets available. If I wasn’t already so full from the food from the tour, I would have happily munched on one of their enticing sandwiches with a cup of coffee.
This was the first food tour I had experienced. Off The Eaten Track offers 3 others that I can’t wait to try. It’s a wonderful way to get out and see our beautiful city and try some amazing foods from local, independent restaurants. Mary Lou, our guide, was knowledgeable and friendly and made the tour interesting, fun and informative. I highly recommend this tour to locals and tourists alike.