Sunday, 31 March 2013

Flashback 003

It's no real secret that pop culture and food are two of my favourite things. So when they're combined, it's Chantal Heaven. Which leads us to my 3rd Flashback post - having some cherry pie at the Double R Diner.

I've been a fan of Twin Peaks for a number of years - my band's name was Audrey & the Agents (Audrey Horne, Agent Cooper...few people ever really understood the reference until I explained it to them. Once we released our EP called "The Diane Sessions", a few more people clued in).

If you've seen the show, or even if you just have a basic knowledge of it, coffee and cherry pie probably come to mind. When I found out from a friend of mine a few years ago that the diner they filmed at was an actual real place and not just a set, and that not only was it real, it was still in business, I knew I had to go.

My first attempt at finding the Double R Diner (Twede's Cafe IRL) was a complete bust. It was my first time driving across the country - I met up with a friend in Victoria, BC who joined me for most of the US part of my trip. We took the ferry to Seattle and decided to stop at the diner in North Bend, WA before making our way to Portland for the night. It started pouring like crazy and I think it messed up my GPS, so we ended up driving around aimlessly on the tree-lined highway for hours in the rain and finally gave up once we realized we wouldn't be able to find it. 

The next time was a lot more successful. We were driving from Portland to Banff and found the diner without a problem. It looked exactly as it did in the show 20 years ago.

With a few updates, but mostly the same

I was so excited! I even drank some of the coffee, even though I don't like coffee usually. Still, it was actually bearable, so I would say that it was, in fact, a damn fine cup of coffee.

But what I was really there for was the cherry pie. And it did not disappoint.

Look at it! It's a thing of beauty! The sugar crystals were glorious. This is, without a doubt, the best pie I've ever had in my life. It's been almost 2 years and I still dream about this pie. They do ship, but not across the border, so it remains out of my reach, unfortunately.

If you ever find yourself in Washington or nearby and you have your own mode of transportation, do yourself a favour and stop in at Twede's Cafe in North Bend. Especially if you're a Twin Peaks fan. The walls are lined with pictures from the show and you can buy some neat memorabilia (I got a coffee mug).

If you do go, just do me a favour and bring me back some of that cherry pie.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Breakfast in Bathurst

This weekend was my step grandmother's 80th birthday and my dad rented a bed & breakfast in Bathurst, NB for the occasion. I've always wanted to stay in a B&B but I'm not really sure why. I guess it's all the time I've spent in hotels and hostels and wanting to experience something different for once.

We rented the entire B&B for the 11 of us, and I was beyond blown away by the place when we got there. Bathurst doesn't really scream modern and swanky, but this place was definitely that and more. There was a faux fireplace made of glass with precious stones lining the edge, beautiful artwork on the walls, and brand new, stainless steel everything. Each bedroom had its own flat screen TVs and washrooms with giant glass showers. The room I had was Paris themed which was perfect for me.

In the morning, they made us pancakes topped with strawberry cream cheese, fresh fruit, and maple flakes. Again - not something I expected!

The only negative thing I'd have to say is that because this place was so modern and because we had rented it out for all of us rather than me staying there with a bunch of strangers, I felt like I didn't have a true B&B experience - or whatever my idea of that is. I feel like I'll have to stay in another more traditional B&B some time to compare the two experiences.

That being said, if ever you're looking for a great place to stay in Bathurst, you really should go to this place. It's about the same cost as a regular hotel, but is nicer than most places I've stayed at. Check out their website and let me know what you think!