Sunday, May 9, 2010

A quick stop at Ottavio - Victoria BC

*I think I've posted on pretty much everything from our Victoria trip now, so back to Edmonton stuff next post.

On our very last day (well, half day) in Victoria, we finally made some time to head over to Oak Bay. I had been hoping to make it over sooner to have lunch at Ottavio, but no luck. So we arrived full from a Blue Fox breakfast, and there was no cheese or salumi for me. I thought of bringing cheese home like Valerie did, but we just didn't have time to get it together, and all I could think of was a warning from David Lebovitz - don't even attempt to shove cheese in your suitcase.

I didn't want to tempt myself by taking pictures of the meats and cheeses, but they did look amazing. House made salumi as well as imported, and lots of local cheeses as well as those from around the world. There are lots of Kusmi teas, Illy coffees, breads, baked goods, olives, pastas, etc. All this can be either taken home, or they have a little cafe offering charcuterie and cheese plates, as well as baked goods, sandwiches, salads, coffees, teas and beer and wine.

My touristy tote to bring home

Although we were too full from breakfast to even attempt charcuterie or sandwiches, the weather seemed nice enough that we would finally be able to sit out on a patio. So it was a cappuccino and a small lemon-current scone with jam for me, and a latte for Charles, along with a sunny patio.

Ottavio - Italian Bakery and Delicatessen
2272 Oak Bay Avenue
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*I didn't take any pictures of the inside of the place, but they've got lots on their website here.


rachel said...

I've shoved cheese, butter and even yogurt in my suitcase at one time or another with no ill effects, but electing not to is always a smart choice, I think. I'm sure it will backfire on me some day.

Marianne said...

Cheers to you, Rachel. I'm guessing Lebovitz was referring to the smell, but next time, I think I'll just give it a go and see what happens. I think if it's worked out for you keep going... having nice cheeses when you get home seems so worth it.

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love th west coast in the spring... your posts have really made me ache some how longing for the air and the walks and the coffee and just the atmosphere out there. Loved the reads!
So much... and I can't wait to sit out on a patio here!

Marianne said...

I know... even writing the posts makes me long for the fresh air and walks by the sea. Thanks, Valerie.

Can't wait for patio season here as well. The weather looks promising for this coming week, so I'm really hoping to take a cappuccino outdoors!