Sunday, July 15, 2007

Hello Victoria

I'm here in beautiful Victoria, about to go in search for a coffee. Can I find those previous recommendations from months ago? No.
Send 'em in folks, if you know a coffee shop I might like. I will be heading up island in a few days, getting as far as Nanaimo if you want me to check out cafe's - or bakeries for that matter - while I'm about.


Anonymous pseudobaker said...

Caffe Fantastico in Cook St Village (close to downtown) has some awesome coffee. For yummy bread, I've heard good things about Wildfire Bakery on Quadra. Patisserie Daniel on Cook also has many delicious goodies. Have fun exploring!

8:55 PM  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Do NOT go to Kadalima's in Oak Bay. OK, go in and tell me what you see, but DO NOT BUY ANYTHING. This is the bad bakery I worked at last year when I was abused - with the black mold and mildewy proofer, just to name a few things...

10:59 PM  
Blogger Stagg said...

I wish I was with you...we could go to Ti Ho's and order crullers!

Say hi to everyone for me and give Mary a big hug!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Stagg said...

oops...that says Stagg, but it's me, I guess I forgot to make sure he was logged off...heh heh


6:08 AM  
Anonymous GeneR said...

Just a note on Fantastico. Their first store is on Queens, just West of Quadra. Queens is the first stret south from Hillside. Larger and a bit more funky

Our other choice is Stella di Paradisio on Bastion Square. That's downtown facing the harbour accross Wharf street. Great place to people watch.

Our favourite breads come from House Bread. Bit of a story, at least as I've heard it. The baker is Cliff Leir. Some years ago he started baking in the driveway of his house in a wood fired oven that he built. Sales grew. He and a partner started WildFire on Quadra just North of Pandora. For reason that I don't know they split. (None of my business really). He's baking again and selling through several boutique food stores, including Fantastico His contacts are at

Bond Bond's on the west side of Douglas just below Fort is another

10:11 AM  
Blogger Rockitoomee said...

MacDonald's, anywhere, anytime, baby. Just read their name tags first to ensure they are "Napolitano" baristas.

My god those cakes down below look good. I want to get naked and pack them into all my crevasses in some Louis the XIVth orgiastic fit of decadence.


10:11 AM  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Wildfire Bakery rocks!

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, how did you coffee and bread visit go. Some feedback, please.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous GeneR said...

Can't find Ti Ho's. Candy, can you help with anaddress?

10:34 AM  
Blogger Underground Baker said...

Hi Folks,
I have been crazy busy so I'm sorry there hasn't been alot of action on my part.

I have checked Wildfire Bakery a few times, but not Cliff's new digs. I'll be back in Victoria and up Island mid-August and will track down all suggestions then and write about them.

Haa haa, Ti Ho's, they are everywhere. Candy and I differ there, I find their coffee passable, but the crullers - a fat sugar heaven! Not to mention that to even read the word puts Minx and I into giggle fits.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous GeneR said...

I'm thick as a brick!or should I say a stale loaf.

Ti Ho, Tim Horton! Right anyway back to baking

10:54 AM  
Blogger David Aplin and Camelia Proulx said...

Hi, Cool moniker. I am travelling to Victoria in late June and early July. I would like some recommendations for interesting bakeries on Vancouver island, would you oblige?
Much appreciated, from a fellow baker.
Regards, David Aplin

1:36 PM  

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