GLO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE | My fabulous waterfront meal in Victoria

When you’re vacationing in a city as picturesque as Victoria, BC you definitely want to find a spot where you can enjoy a great view and get a fabulous meal (no one wants to sightsee when they’re hangry). I’ve got the perfect place for you: Glo Restaurant & Lounge.

Glo Restaurant is located right on the Selkirk waterfront, just opposite downtown Victoria. They have an amazing patio that looks right over to the inner harbour and down along the Gorge waterway. That’s where I sat, of course.

I had the chance to have lunch at Glo Restaurant a couple of weeks ago. I was really impressed with everything – from the food, to the service, to the interior and the overall layout of the restaurant. So, let me tell you a little bit more.

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My waterfront meal at Glo Restaurant & Lounge

It was a gorgeous day when I went to Glo Restaurant & Lounge. Everyone was sitting on the patio so I decided to get the full Glo experience and sit out there too (fun fact: not only did I get a delicious meal but I left with one hell of a tan).

We decided to start out the meal with a glass of prosecco – because there’s always a reason to celebrate, right? We then moved on to appetizers: crispy parmesan polenta sticks and bacon wrapped prawns, which are served with chipotle aioli and fresh pineapple salsa.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

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After appetizers, it was time to order our mains. We decided on the Thai Peanut Salad and the Tan City Salad. I was this close to ordering the Buddha Bowl but in the back of my mind I knew I wouldn’t have room for dessert. That would’ve been terrible.

Thai Peanut Salad: “Your choice of either grilled chicken or pan-seared tofu, served with shaved red onion + carrot, bell pepper, broccoli, seasonal greens + snow peas with farkay noodles in a Thai peanut lime dressing.”

Tan City Salad: “Moroccan-style blackened chicken, chopped dates, roasted almonds, avocado, goat cheese, seasonal greens, oranges + fresh mint in a key lime dressing. Substitute blackened sockeye salmon.”

The salads were incredibly satisfying. The protein we ordered with them (chicken with the Thai, blackened salmon with the Tan) were both cooked to absolute perfection. The chicken was still moist and the salmon was so delicious I even ate the skin (and I never eat the skin).

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Last but not least it was time for dessert. My salad was honestly so filling that I didn’t think I could possibly eat another bite – until I saw the dessert menu. I have a sweet tooth in the best of times, and the worst of times.

The two we decided on were the Cinnamon Fritters and the Torched Brulee Cheesecake. Even being as full as we were, the desserts were still divine. Ultimately we couldn’t finish them and had to take them home. They were even better later on.

Cinnamon Fritters: “Cooked fresh to order, tossed in sugar + cinnamon, served with smooth cream cheese icing.”

Torched Brulee Cheesecake: “New York style cheesecake made in-house with a crisp brulée topping.”

What totally sold me on the cinnamon fritters was the cream cheese icing – so delicious. The only thing I would change next time is to ask for caramel sauce instead of chocolate. That’s just my personal preference, they were still delightful.

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Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

I don’t think we even walked out of Glo Restaurant after out meal, we rolled. It was definitely worth every single bite! Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals and definitely want to go back – hello, there’s a million other things on the menu to try!

Thanks for having us, Glo! I’ll definitely be back next time I’m on the West Coast.

Other photos from Glo Restaurant & Lounge

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

The front doors at Glo Restaurant.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

My favourite piece of art at Glo!

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Another interior shot.

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A view of the back patio.

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The view from the back patio.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

A beautiful spot to do a post-meal stroll.

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Just me, thinking about how great that meal was.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

 

TRAVEL GUIDE | 5 things to do in New York City

Every time I go to New York City, I try to do at least a few things that I haven’t done before or go to places I haven’t been. I mean, New York has so much to offer so why would you want to get stuck in the same old rut? Beats me. So what are 5 things to do in New York City?

On a recent trip to the Big Apple with VANE Airport (my other editing gig) we, of course, made time for all of our business meetings and editing sessions but you can’t have all work and no play – that’s just wrong. So once the work was done we got right into the New York lifestyle.

It’s time to get your passports ready, follow in my Saint Laurent clad footsteps and check out the top 5 things to do in New York City!

5 things to do in New York City

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Eat the best sushi you’ll ever have at Sushi Roxx

Hands down, Sushi Roxx is the most entertaining sushi restaurant I’ve been to. It feels less like you’re dining out and more like you’re having the most amazing sushi at your best friends house party. The waiters double as performers (we had a beautiful serenade of Mariah Carey’s Hero) and the owner, Jason Apfelbaum, regularly makes his way around the tables to make sure everything is as phenomenal as it should be. I can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu (Jason sent us out a selection of his favourites – all of which were divine).

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Do rooftop yoga with a view of the Empire State Building

This is a great way to calm yourself down from the hustle & bustle of the city. When you’re 15 stories up and striking an impeccable mountain pose, you’ll forget that there are thousands of people rushing to work and fighting over cabs right down there on the sidewalk. Plus, you can #twin with the Empire State Building. Namaste!

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Have extremely dirty martinis at Vandal New York

Vandal is a hip, eccentric and artistically decorated bar where you can get a filthy martini and stimulating conversation (I think I had too much of both). The inside boasts an exposed brick interior and floor-to-ceiling graffiti art on the walls. Plus, there are a lot of handsome men in suits that frequent Vandal and can you really go wrong with that? Definitely not.

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5 things to do in new york city

Score amazing designer deals at Beacon’s Closet

I’m all about getting a deal on high-end designer clothing – especially in New York. I stopped into Beacon’s Closet on W 13th Street a couple times during my one week stay in Manhattan. On the first day I scored a Wilfred dress for $14, which was nice, but it was the second time that I really hit the jackpot: Yves Saint Laurent caged heels for $45, Marc Jacobs kitten heels for $25 and a vintage fringed leather jacket with embossed leopard print (I’m very into “being the brand”) for $40. There was so much more but unfortunately my wallet said no.

5 things to do in new york city

5 things to do in new york city

Visit Times Square in a bad ass outfit

Each time I go to New York City a visit to Times Square is a must. People say it’s too crowded and commercialized and whatever, but I like the experience. It’s so vibrant and unlike anything anywhere else in the world. True, this time when I went there I was in a bit of a mood (don’t we all get like that sometimes?) and almost wanted to karate chop someone, but I didn’t, okay?

Until next time NYC – which could be sooner than you think! On my next trip I promise to bring you back even more things to do in New York City.

WHAT I’M WEARING

LOOK 1
white neoprene dress | ATELIER GUARIN
white neoprene coat | ATELIER GUARIN
vintage fringed leather jacket | BEACON’S CLOSET
vintage YSL caged heels | BEACON’S CLOSET
black suede bag | SEED HERITAGE

LOOK 2
white t-shirt | TOPSHOP
vintage denim | LEVI’S
vintage fringed leather jacket | BEACON’S CLOSET
navy blue + metallic kitten heels | MARC JACOBS

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