New year’s resolutions are as reliable as the turning of the calendar pages to a new year.  The question is how easy are they to sustain? Inns and B&Bs come to the rescue to help you fulfill your 2013 resolutions and make it as easy as a rhyme to take better care of yourself in the upcoming year.

Did your resolution for the new year resemble one of these? Here are some solutions for your resolution rescue.

Treat her like a queen in 2013

She’s the love of your life, but how often do you tell her that?  More importantly, how often do you treat her like the queen she is?  This year, give her the treat of a better way to stay.  Book a B&B getaway each quarter.  Return to some of your favorites or try a new one. Better yet, if you’ve never experienced an inn or B&B, make this the year you do.  She’ll feel like a queen and your resolution to pay closer attention to both her welfare and yours will be accomplished in some memorable travel.

Break the routine in 2013

If your resolution was to spice life up a bit, we’ve got the answer for you.  No cookie cutter, always-the-same-look lobbies at inns and B&Bs.  Each one offers a unique experience, with plenty of welcoming hospitality and everything from modern to traditional and local/sustainable to high cuisine.  Take a cooking class, try a couples massage, eat a good breakfast, get a good night’s sleep for once; all of these experiences will help you break out of the routine in 2013.

Try new cuisine in 2013

Dieting not only tops the list for the most popular resolutions, it also tops the list for the most broken one too.  Make 2013 the year you commit to trying new cuisine.  Start with a good breakfast, which you’ll find with a focus on locally sourced and homemade healthiness at inns and B&Bs throughout the country.  And while breakfast is the second half of the B&B’s name, good food doesn’t stop there.  You’ll find complimentary snacks, or afternoon teas and stocked guest pantries at the majority of inns and B&Bs throughout the country.

Article compliments of our friends at Better Way To Stay www.betterwaytostay.com

For a great B&B in Nanaimo BC , try Long Lake Waterfront B&B 

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Innkeepers take a holiday

 

Did you ever wonder where B&B Innkeepers go to get away from it all?    They go to other B&Bs!  Even though we have to tie them to their chair so they don’t clear the table after breakfast, we love when our fellow innkeepers come for a visit. Gary and Judy came to Nanaimo for a couple of days for a getaway.   Gary is always on the water with his boat taking kayakers to the Broken Island group but when I ask him if he wanted a Sea Doo ride around the lake, he said yes and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.  There is always something wonderful to experience in every different B&B. We enjoyed sitting on their deck watching the waves crash , the otters enjoying the surf, and fresh crab and wine to top off the scene.  Ask Judy about the Wild Pacific Trail – one not to miss for sure.

Check out  Bostrom’s Bed and Breakfast on Little Beach Bay in Ucluelet

 

 

Nanaimo Bar Shot Glass Desserts (Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 3 graham cracker broken into smaller pieces
  • 6 tbsp marsh mellow fluff (jarred)
  • Chocolate mousse

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼  cup egg whites
  • 1/8th tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 shot glasses

Method:

  1. Divide broken graham crackers into bottom of shot glass
  2. Mousse: Microwave chocolate and butter for 45 seconds on high just until chocolate is soft. Mix until smooth. When cool add egg yolk and mix well.
  3. In clean glass bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar just until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff. Fold whites into chocolate until all incorporated.
  4. Divide marshmallow fluff between shot glasses. Top with mousse. Garnish with piece of graham cracker

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Friday, October 21st, 2011
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM   

Tickets are $12 in advance only, at all participating restaurants, at Tourism Nanaimo and at TheatreOne. Cash only at all outlets except TheatreOne.

$1 food and drink tickets are sold at the event in exchange for sample-sized ‘bites’ priced $1-5.

FEATURING:

A Wee Cupcakery
Acme Food Co.
Amrikko’s Indian Grill
Gabriel’s Café
Kelsey’s
Lighthouse Bistro
Markt Artisan Deli
Mix Restaurant
Montana’s Cookhouse
Rawmbas
Richardson Foods Group
Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen
Serious Coffee
The Keg Steakhouse
VIU Professional Baking Program
White Spot
Winston’s Tea Co.
Wolf Brewing Co.

Thanks to everyone who comes out to savour the flavours of our local restaurants and help raise funds so that TheatreOne can continue to offer our audience quality, live, professional entertainment.

For more information, visit:
http://www.theatreone.org/

Information courtesy of Harbourliving.ca
While visiting the Food Festival, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Canada’s Own…the ‘Nanaimo Bar’

Canadian cuisine varies widely from region to region. A cross-country culinary tour from the west coast to the east represents these diverse origins. Canadian cuisine is the fusion of modern culinary techniques and uniquely Canadian ingredients. Each Province and Territory has something to offer that is exclusively Canadian.

Starting on the west coast in British Columbia, we find a diverse type of cookery. It is in Nanaimo, British Columbia we find the home of the famous and uniquely Canadian dessert called the ‘Nanaimo Bar’. The chocolate slice of heaven as it is referred to, first became known in the 1930’s. It consists of a crumb-based layer, covered with buttery custard and topped with a soft chocolate. In 1985, Major Graeme Roberts of the City of Nanaimo ran a contest to find the greatest ‘Nanaimo Bar’ recipe. Local resident Joyce Hardcastle’s recipe won and has now become the legendary ‘Nanaimo Bar’. You can read all about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaimo_bar . There are many versions of the recipe online but this is the official recipe courtesy of The Mayor’s Office, Nanaimo, BC http://www.nanaimo.ca/visitors/index_inside.asp?id=189

Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Bottom Layer
½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Second Layer
½ cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Chelsea Barr, Media Relations & Travel Trade Destination Nanaimo was extremely helpful with providing me with more current information regarding a new brochure titled the Nanaimo Bar Trail, that let’s the visitor indulge in a self-guided sugary adventure throughout Nanaimo where you can taste many versions of the Nanaimo Bar. The first stop is at the local Nanaimo Museum where you can learn first hand all about the bar’s history. Along the way are a series of stops that serve the Traditional Nanaimo Bar. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy what about; The Peanut Butter Nanaimo bar, Deep Fried Nanaimo Bar, Nanaimo Bar ice-cream, fudge or cheesecake. There is a bar for everyone including a Gluten Free Nanaimo Bar as well as a Vegan version. The brochures are available at the Tourism visitor centres

By the end of your tour you might be thirsty so why not sit down at the Modern Café http://www.themoderncafe.ca/ for a Nanaimo Bar Martini. Owner Scott Cooper says that, “I cannot take credit for the invention of the Nanaimo Bar Martini. The honour would go to one of the bartenders that work here; however, as the Nanaimo Bar Martini is a closely guarded secret, we cannot even divulge any history or give any credit to whom it is so richly deserved.” He did however tell me what the ingredients were in the Nanaimo Bar Martini: Vanilla Vodka, Crème de Cacao, Espresso and Coconut Syrup laced with Chocolate.

The Nanaimo Bar is truly a unique Canadian dessert and deserves a place as part of our culinary heritage. TREASURED RECIPES

Many thanks to: Chelsea Barr, Elizabeth Williams, Jan Kemp, & Scott Cooper for their help with this article and the photographs.

courtesy – Tempt Every Palate blog