Cold Comfort, Kid Sister, and Parachute Ice Cream Makers

“Believe me, I love a good chocolate chip ice cream. I’m not going to go for some lousy version of it. If I’m going to have it, I’m going to have a really good one. I believe in treating yourself occasionally to something.”  — Christie Brinkley

I knew this was going to be good — I just didn’t realize how much of that good I’d have!

Another typical Victoria summer day:  wonderfully  warm and sunny!
So unsurprisingly, after errands  in Cook Street Village, we found ourselves craving a cold treat.

Happily, we were near Cold Comfort……….a small, independent ice cream company that makes some unique flavours.


On offer today, for example, were Peach & Bourbon, Pineapple & Mint, and
Hoyne Dark Matter &
Happy Hour Bar Nuts.
No kidding!


We shared a cup of the Peach & Bourbon ice cream and remarked on both flavours coming through individually and also working so well together.



I like their loyalty card which gives me one free ice cream sandwich or pint for every ten purchased.

I also appreciate that Cold Comfort uses organic and locally sourced eggs, milk and cream, and local sea salt. They also use organic & fairly traded cane sugar and cocoa for their chocolate.

And here’s a truly unique offer!   Cold Comfort sells postcards that are good for a custom-made flavour delivered to the door:  I give a postcard to a friend who fills it out, drops it in the mail and when Cold Comfort receives it, they make the requested flavour and delivers!
I daresay, this is one instance where it may be more blessed to receive than to give!


Outside the shop,
two kids were happily dipping into their Pineapple & Mint
ice creams,
and their Mom
is clearly a
Cold Comfort fan
as well!


Need a warm, fuzzy feeling?
Cold Comfort delivers!



We were blocks away before I realized that we had pretty much inhaled our cup of Cold Comfort ice cream – and I had forgotten to catch a photo…… this is all I had left!

After a somewhat lengthy stop at MEC to find new tennis shoes, we badly needed another cold treat.
We crossed the street and in Fan Tan Alley, we found Kid Sister.

Kid Sister has been making ice cream for seven years and moved to Fan Tan Alley about a year ago.
Once again, we were impressed with the diligence of Kid Sister’s owners to source organic ingredients, where possible, and to source locally.

We had a taste of the Quince & Creme Fraiche Ripple and it was so fresh on the palate!
The very pleasant Kid Sister attendant insisted we try the Classic Grapefruit Sherbet.  Truly, that was grapefruit juice perfected!

And then, we had to make a choice………….

………………..we watched the “makers” work their magic, but still had to make a choice…………

………….and the Pistachio Almond Chocolate was the chosen one!
I wanted to see whether I could distinguish each flavour, and yes! the pistachio, almond and chocolate were all present in creamy glory!
Again, we left, smiling!
Welcome to my family, Kid Sister!

I had to follow up on an errand near the Gorge, and, true to form, my friend suggested we pick up a half-pint of ice cream to take home.  (Are you kidding me?!)
Being the staunch trooper that I am, I agreed, and I suggested Parachute Ice Cream.


I had enjoyed Parachute’s ice cream before this so I was already aware of Parachute’s advice, written on the wall of their ice cream shop:

Parachute varies their flavour offerings according to available ingredients.
For example, today they offered Vanilla Jasmine, Passionfruit, Lychee Black Tea, Blueberry, Chocolate Coconut Vegan, among others.  When the container of a specific flavour is depleted, they move on to offer another one.
We chose a half-pint of Brown Butter Brownie ice cream to go.

Not much left of that either, is there?!

Too much of a good thing?  Perhaps, if it was a daily habit!  But for an occasional treat — true bliss!

I defer to Parachute’s sage words: “Every problem has a solution and more often than not, that solution is ice cream.  One spoonful of our carefully crafted confections triggers the ultimate release.  Two will save the day.  Ice cream is love and love is all you need.  Let it go.”    Amen!


Parachute Ice Cream
105-2626 Bridge St, Victoria
Mon – Sat 11 am – 7 pm,  Sun Noon – 7 pm

Kid Sister Ice Cream
 #10 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria
Sun – Wed  noon – 6 pm, Thur – Sat  noon – 9 pm

Cold Comfort Ice Cream
1115 N Park St #2, Victoria
Sun – Thur  11 am – 9 pm,  Fri & Sat  11 am – 10 pm

Needle in the Haystack — European Tailoring & Alterations

“North Americans as a whole need to embrace having clothes altered to their body. I hear it all the time: why do the Europeans always look so good? They have a relationship with their tailor and spend the time and money to make their clothes look their best.”
—  Michael Kors


And so I found my own European tailor in Victoria!

Lilia is always busy.
There’s no shortage of work for one like her who is dedicated to good quality work.

I had a special occasion with the perfect dress, except that the dress needed a few nips and tucks here and there to fit perfectly.  Plus I explained my time constraint.

Lilia told me to put on the dress and she immediately said, “You need to fix this.”
She inserted a few pins and told me to return in an hour.

The dress was perfect!
Truly, Lilia was a magician with that dress.




Lilia sews clothes from scratch besides making excellent alterations.

She learned to sew at a young age in her native Latvia.

Springtime is especially busy with bridal party outfitting, plus grad gowns.

And Lilia is seemingly always smiling, despite the demands on her time.


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Of course, I have returned with more items since my initial visit……..but now I ensure I allow plenty of time for Lilia to work her magic!


Needle in the Haystack — European Tailoring & Alterations
1581 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
(250) 590-1094

Tue – Fri 10 am – 6 pm,  Sat 10 am – 3 pm


Prima Strada Pizzeria

“I believe gelato is meant to be treated as medicine and taken daily as a prescription.” — author Ally Carter

Probably most locals in Victoria have heard about Prima Strada’s pizzas.
With three locations in town, it’s easy to get there, although not always easy to get in due to the lineups at peak times of the day/week, but always worth the wait.  Plus their system of notifying waiting diners allows us to wait nearby at a shop/watering hole while anticipating our meal.
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However, the eye-opener for me has been their gelatos and sorbettos.
With a good selection of flavours, these house-made dolci desserts are the perfect ending to any meal, or just a treat unto themselves.

Silky smooth, strongly flavoured and a good sweetness balance — makes it nearly impossible for me to pass by any one of Prima Strada’s pizzerias without stopping, even if it’s simply to run in to pick up a gelato to go.


Pizzeria Prima Strada
Bridge Street                        Cook Street                               Fort Street
2960 Bridge St, Victoria         230 Cook St,  Victoria               1990 Fort St,  Victoria
250-590-4380                           250-590-8595                             250-590-8599
Tue – Sat 11 am – 9 pm             Sun-Thur 11:30 am – 9 pm       Sun-Thur 11 am – 9 pm
                                                      Fr & Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm        Fri & Sat  11 am – 10 pm



Bubby’s Kitchen

Take time enough for your meals, and eat them in company whenever you can. There is no need for hurry in life—least of all when we are eating. ~Edward Everett Hale

On a bleak October day we visited Bubby’s Kitchen in the heart of Cook Street Village. The interior was warm and welcoming as was our server. Her two recommendations proved to be delicious….the perennial favourite…Classic Benny and the very popular Lemon Grass Chicken and Cashew Salad.

Classic Eggs Benny rested on a  house made herb & cheese tea biscuit, served with seasoned potatoes and fruit.  So satisfying!!  There was just a hint of the tangy lemon in the Hollandaise sauce.Bubby's Kichen Eggs Benny

Lemongrass chicken with house made dressing, julienned carrots, cucumber sticks, red pepper strips on a bed of vermicelli with additional dressing on the side. Very tasty!Bubby's Kichen Vermicelli salad

Bubby’s Kitchen has breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with all-day breakfast served to 3 pm.

Bubby’s Kitchen

355 Cook Street

Victoria, BC


M-Sun  8:00 am -9:00 pm

Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods

“I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture. “ ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods is a “big little” store filled with vintage finds.

Furniture, décor items, books – it’s an inviting display of goods from various bygone periods and not much from the current one! Continue reading “Kay’s Korner Experienced Goods”