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.

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