La cucina piccola fal la casa grande. -Italian proverb

Translation: A small kitchen makes the house big.

Padella Kitchen and Wine is located in Estevan Village , just minutes from Willows Beach and Beach Drive in the Oak Bay area.


Tastefully decorated rooms divide this small restaurant into cozy and intimate dining areas.



We began with the  Housemade bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar….delicious!


For our first appie we chose Crab Arancini: Fried rock crab and arborio rice croquettes resting on a bed of  lemon and avocado cream. So tasty!


And for our second appie…Eggplant Fries: Crispy fried eggplant, spicy (not to bad) chili aioli, lemon, parsley. Wonderful!



Lil and I split the entree…Handmade Pasta: Gnocchi with proscuitto and peas with Pecorino Romano….Absolutely amazing!



For dessert: Raspberry and White peach sorbet…I raved about the raspberry while the white peach intrigued Lil.


Chocolate truffles- Housemade…….Awesome!


It was an amazing meal and I look forward to trying the other housemade pastas and appies.


Padella Kitchen &Wine

2524 Estevan Ave.

Victoria, BC


La Rochere Glassware

“Elegance is timeless”Habeeb Akande

La Rochere Glass Collection


La Rochere glassware


Founded in 1475 (a few years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue) La Rochere is the oldest glass factory in France. The clear glass and sturdy construction is a mixture of sand, soda and lime. The glass is dishwasher safe and lead free. The collections include the Dragonfly, the Napoleon Bee, and the Fleur de Lys emblems.

La Rochere glassware
La Rochere glassware

I own the Napoleon Bee glassware and I love the elegant but sturdy stem and base. The glasses are casual enough for breakfast and lunch but will also look delightful on the dinner table.


I have discovered three stores that carry this delightful collection.

French Vanilla Home & Garden
1848 Oak Bay Avenue,
Victoria, BC

Bungalow Gift Shop
2525 Estevan Avenue,
Victoria, BC

Lilaberry Home Décor
2474 Beacon Avenue,
Sidney, BC

Calla Design

“If you love something, it will work.  That’s the only real [design] rule.”  — Bunny Williams

Newly opened in fall of 2015, Calla Design is a longtime dream of designer Janice Long.

Janice says, “People walk in and say that this is the kind of shop/studio they’d expect to find in Los Angeles or maybe Vancouver, but Victoria?”   Yes, in Estevan Village in Victoria!

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The shop features original paintings by local artists,
decor and furniture by Martha Sturdy in Vancouver, solid and custom made furniture by Whittingdon  & Co from Mississauga, Lafco lotions and soaps from New York, and
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luxury home fragrances by Antica Farmacistica from Seattle.

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Calla Design also features unique items found by Janice Long, such
as this chair from the Ken Shore estate in Portland.
Throughout the store Janice has created vignettes showcasing pieces of the fine furniture lines, along with a variety of the decor items and accessories she offers.

The Egyptian cotton towels are sumptuous.
The furniture throws are fine pieces well-crafted from natural fibres.

But the jaw-dropping items for me were the Kinzig lamps made as future collectors’ items using solid brass and copper, with shades of fine silk and other elegant fabrics and inset with
coloured blown-glass features.  Kinzig Lamps are made by Susan Kinzig in San Francisco and the shades are made by Susan’s sister-in-law in Philadelphia.  The colours and shapes of the shades and blown glass in the lamps can be custom ordered through Calla Design and are available as table lamps or floor lamps.  These are undeniably unique and as much pieces of art as they are functional.


Calla Design
2541 Estevan Ave, Victoria

Open Tues – Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sun

Crumsby’s Cupcake Cafe

“A balanced diet is a cookie(Cupcake) in each hand.” -Barbara Johnson

West Saanich Location


Estevan Location

Cupcakes galore: Petit cupcakes with the most delectable buttercream icing. In house made, there are many flavours and varieties to choose from. I went in and bought six cupcakes: two chocolate and four salted caramel.


Determined to eat only two a day with my tea…. I gobbled five in the first day…. what a delicious snack!

Crumsby’s does sell breakfast and luncheon items but I go there for the best cupcakes in Victoria!!

Crumsby’s Cupcake Café
2509 Estevan Ave.
Victoria, BC

T-Sat 7:30am-6pm
Sun-Holidays 9am-4pm
Closed Monday


4525 West Saanich Road

T-Sat. 7:30am-5pm
Sun-Holidays 9am-4pm
Closed Monday