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Celebrating June with
Champagne and Roses 
Rekindle, Restore and Ignite Passion and Romance...... 


We've introduced a tantalizing turndown service designed to ignite passion and romance.   Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, engagement, honeymoon, or just need to reconnect and rekindle the flame of love that first brought you together, our new "Champagne and Rose" turndown service has been specially crafted by our team of romance experts to ensure you have an unforgettable evening. 


While you are out enjoying dinner, our "romance cupids" will sneak off to your room to prepare a perfect romantic scene that awaits your  arrival.  This luscious service includes:    

  • Turndown service with silk rose petals sprinkled over the bed
  • A bottle of chilled Champagne
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • A tray of "Keyano Aromatics" amenities including: a Champagne and Rose scented candle, Champagne and Rose Body Scrub and Champagne and Rose Body Butter
  • Breakfast basket delivered to your room the next morning


Add our "Champagne and Rose" turndown to any of our fabulous room rates for just $175.


Add a "Rose & Champagne" Spa treatment in The Pearl Spa:

  • Rose & Champagne Body Polish with 30 minute Swedish, Reflexology or Aromatherapy massage - $99.00
  • Rose & Champagne Pedicure - $45.00  
Early Bird Special

Because it's never too soon to plan a vacation!  Book your stay with us by July 31 and receive an additional 15% off our fabulous fall rates!  Starting at just $165, it's an easy escape you can't afford to pass up!

...... and don't forget, all rates include our unforgettable breakfasts, evening appetizers, parking, 24 hour coffee and tea stations, wireless internet, local calls, bottled water and welcome cookies.  Need we say more?  It's the closest thing to an "all inclusive" vacation you'll find in Victoria.

Book online today using the code EBSPC11.

Based on availability, can not be used in conjunction with other packages or promotions. 
The  Good, The Pig and The Ugly
Enjoy our latest casual restaurant review of a local favourite: Pig Restaurant

You have no idea how hard it is to write a review about a place called Pig without using a single porcine pun.


In my Café Brio review I mentioned that I was a fan of barbecue. I was raised in the American Midwest, where BBQ and southern food is as much a tradition as it is a way of life. In Victoria, however, man's eternal craving for the succulent reward of burnt meat and tangy barbecue sauce presents a problem, because your choices are pretty slim. Unless you want to visit the city Langford out in the Western Communities you have but one option and thankfully it's a good one.

We live in Victoria.

We have Pig.

We are glad.

I've been a fan of Pig for years. I loved going there back when it was located in a literal hole-in-the wall on View Street. Victoria's BBQ salvation was the type of place where overflow was the norm, and the combination of local buzz and quality food has allowed them to move into the newly completed Atrium this past year.


The new building divorces the old brick and drywall for glass and steel. A wide counter runs the length of the restaurant, plenty of seating, and even an outdoor pavilion that is an essential part of the experience come summer.


But don't let the new digs fool you: it's the exact same food inside. The best thing about Pig is the best thing about all soul food: it nourishes more than your gut. This is the kind of place that you swing through for a bite when the stars align and all of your friends are free at the same time.


The menu consists of the usual nutritious barbeque standards such as pulled pork, beef brisket, or smoked chicken sandwiches; fried chicken, loose barbequed meats, and ribs sold by the half pound or pound; and of course traditional sides like BBQ beans, coleslaw, and cornbread. The entire menu is pretty fantastic faire that when served up with a bottle of sugar cane cola or a shot of bourbon is bound to leave you feeling fat and happy, but, as you're about to find out, my favourite thing to do at Pig is to hold hard and fast to their ever growing list of daily specials.  To give you an idea of what to expect, here are my three most noteworthy experiences with Pig's specials.


The Flauta: This is a tortilla on loan from Heaven, then stuffed with pulled pork and deep fried in sin. Seriously: I have no idea how they can make it taste so good, but am pretty sure that it's going to kill me. It's served with a type of sour cream sauce and the whole shebang only runs you about $7.50.


BBQ Spaghetti: Perhaps the greatest invention since the remote control, Pig's BBQ Spaghetti is the Mack-daddy of comfort foods. They take spaghetti noodles, weak on their own, and combine them with the might of a BBQ/tomato sauce hybrid packed with pulled pork. The final product is amazing, powerful, majestic, and about $7.00.


Fried Chicken and Waffles: Be still my beating heart. This flavour concoction may sound strange to folk from the Northwest, but where I come from it's not so much a dish as it is a love affair. Pig's fried chicken is good on its own, but pair that with a home-style bigger than life waffle, slather it all with maple syrup and daintily top with a mandarin orange butter and you have one of the most satisfying brunches on Earth.


And it doesn't stop there. Pig specializes in making sure that satisfaction happens. The decor is Spartan and the art is minimal, but the taste is maximal. I say try it for yourself and then for sure you'll get it. Try something off their regular menu or one of the specials I mentioned (or the infamous Pulled Pork Poutine, the Bacon Explosion, the Schnitzel & Blue Cheese Sandwich...) and you can bet that this soulful eatery will give you a reaction like seeing a great work of art or getting a donkey kick in the heart: it'll bring a tear to your eye.


The downtown location is open seven days a week, 11am to 10pm.



Written by Kelly J Clark

Guest Service Agent

Chef Victoria's Blueberry Hazelnut Tart

Pacific Northwest Blueberries & Hazelnuts make this Tart fabulous!


1-1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

2 egg yolks

1/4 lb butter, softened



21 oz fresh or frozen Blueberries

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup Grand Marnier or Cointreau

3/4 cup butter

5 large eggs

3 tablespoons cornstarch 

8 tablespoons heavy cream

3 tablespoons orange zest

3 tablespoons lemon zest


3/4 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts

3/4 cup icing sugar



  • Defrost fruit, if necessary, & drain off surplus juice.
  • Line base & sides of greased 10 " removable rim tart pan with pastry, prick & chill.
  • Add the blueberries, 5 Tablespoons sugar, liqueur, 5 Tablespoons butter, into pan, heat & stir gently until the fruit has slightly caramelized.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Beat together remaining butter & sugar until pale & fluffy; beat in eggs one at a time, add the cornstarch & cream. Mix in the orange zest & lemon juice, then fold in the Blueberry mixture.
  • Scatter the hazelnuts over the base of the pastry shell & pour in  the prepared filling.
  • Sprinkle with the icing sugar & bake 350 for one hour. Leave to set in the pan on a cooling rack.
  • Serve with softly whipped & sweetened cream.
Chef Victoria 
Events Around Town

TD Victoria International Jazz Fest

June 24 - July 3 

Celebrate the 27th year of JazzFest! Enjoy 10 days of fantastic music from artists around the world. The festival features free and paid admission performances along with workshop/clinics by visiting musicians. See the lineup, check out the schedule, and get your tickets today!  

Click here for more details 


Cirque du Soleil presents "Dralion"

June 22-26 

Save on Foods Memorial Centre

Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil.  "The name Dralion is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. Dralion derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.

Click here for ticket information 


Sunday Market in the Square

Every Sunday until September 25

11am - 4:30pm 

This popular market runs every Sunday in Centennial Square offering an exciting assortment of arts, crafts, locally designed clothing, imports, food and entertainment.  



In This Issue
Champagne & Strawberries
Early Bird Special
Restaurant Review - Pig
Recipe of the month
Events Around Town
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