Victoria’s Habit Coffee, A Habit Worth Keeping Part II

Habit Coffee, originally uploaded by andai. …from part I I did head on up to the place, and sure enough the shop was closed. I actually walked right by the shop because I was looking for some prominent signage. Almost reaching the end of that block and wondering if the two women had misdirected me,…

I still remember my first day at school…

Morning…, originally uploaded by andai. I still remember my first day at school. I was 6 years old… I remember the school I went to. I remember the school uniform I wore. I remember being dropped off at school. I remember my mom buying me all my school supplies… I remember my chewing my eraser…

Victoria’s Habit Coffee, A Habit Worth Keeping Part I

Habit, originally uploaded by andai. Even before I went to Victoria this last time, I kept hearing good things about Habit Coffee. One of the readers commented on a previous Victoria BC blog post I had written and he included a list of coffeehouses that I should have visited. For some reason, Habit Coffee kind…

Caffé Artigiano, the Real Home of 49th Parallel

Image Title: 143/365 – Coffee break Originally uploaded by, and used with permissions from kennymatic. I discovered Caffé Artigiano a few years ago on one of my first trips to Vancouver BC. At that time I really didn’t know much about the coffee they served other than the fact that I thought the coffee was…

Some News…

This weekend I just received some really terrible news. I just found out that a close relative of mine was diagnosed with TB. The sad thing about this is that I was not surprised at all. In fact, I am surprised that this did not happen earlier simply because he has been abusing alcohol and…

Mirage Coffee is Bold as Brass

Mirage Signage, originally uploaded by andai. I first walked by Mirage Coffee attracted by their bizarre sign which is of some woman who looks like the stereotypical Virgin Mary images you tend to see. Being that I live on Capital Hill, the home of everything wonderful and bizarre, I have seen my fair share of…

Afternoon Tea at The Empress

Empress Tea Cup, originally uploaded by andai. One of the things that I really wanted to do the first time I visited Victoria BC was to do the old afternoon tea… something you really don’t see in Seattle, the land of all things coffee. At that time, we had considered going to the Fairmont Empress…

The Modern Italian Style Macchiato Caffé

Umbia at Macchiato, originally uploaded by andai. Macchiato Caffé or simply Macchiato, is located on the corner of Broughton St and Broad St (entrance) was the first official stop on my second coffee excursion in Victoria BC. I actually passed by Macchiato several times during my first trip to Victoria. I did not however go…

Victoria Coffee Culture Not Quite Up After Dark

Murchies, originally uploaded by andai. A couple of weeks ago, I took a weekend trip to Victoria BC so that I could once again sample Victoria’s growing coffee scene. This is the second trip that I have taken to Victoria over the last 12 months. The last time I visited, I was there for a…

Gwilym is the 2009 World Barista Champion

nuova simonelli espresso machine at the 2009 NWRBC, originally uploaded by andai. And there you have it. A heart felt congratulations to Gwilym Davis from London, who emerged top barista in the 2009 World Barista Championship held this year in Atlanta GA after beating five other contestants with a total score of 623 points. Sammy…

Volunteer Park Café and Marketplace Prefers Stumptown

Volunteer Park Cafe Coffee Cup, originally uploaded by andai. I was somewhat surprised but not really when I went to Volunteer Park Café some months ago and found out that they no longer carried the Café Vita coffee beans but instead had switched to Stumptown coffee beans. I thought that was really interesting and at…

Visiting in Victoria

Submarine Deck, originally uploaded by andai. This past weekend we were in Victoria BC. It was a pleasant trip for the most part. At the same time I was reminded how dismal the customer service is at the Victoria Clipper. I mean you have a number of people working for the clipper who simply cannot…