Challenge Accepted: September’s Mini-Adventure at Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery

After a failed Skype date (poor Internet connection on Coen’s end) put me in a not so stellar mood I decided I need to get out and find something that would make me smile. The sun was shining so I decided to find somewhere new to go for my challenge. I was thinking about a Farmer’s Market but by now it was already 3pm so that was out of the question. Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery in Langley popped into my head. Berry season is over but a quick look at their website assured me it would still be worth a trip there.

When I first arrived I saw beautful, bright flowers, still gorgeous in fall.

The entrance to the Wine Tasting area looked very inviting, but I saved that for next time. Today I was here for the market.

Beside the entrance way was a display of pumpkins and other squash. Yum!

And The Porch, where you can order and enjoy food. There is a limited menu right now and they didn’t have any waffles left by the time I arrived so I’ll try those another time. Too bad though because it would have been a lovely day to sit outside.

I was pretty much in Heaven when I walked into the market area and saw the pies directly ahead of me. Pie is my favourite dessert and they appeared to have every pie imaginable. Except Peach Raspberry – and I admit I was a little disappointed. Peach is my all-time favourite but since Krause is a berry farm I chose Raspberry. Sorry Dad, I just couldn’t resist! 

There were also Ice Cream and Berry Perogies which I had never seen before.

There was a little fresh bakery section but there wasn’t much left and they also had some produce. The market area had tons of preserves, food and kitchen and giftware. I’ll be back to check it out again closer to Christmas!

I bought a few things and am curious to see how it all tastes!

All in all it was definitely worth a visit!

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Summer Eats

Who doesn’t love food? If you say you, I think you might be lying. Anyway, that’s besides the point because this is about me and some of the scrumptious foods I came across throughout the summer. 

Sweet Chili Cauliflower, MeeT in Gastown, Vancouver
Iced Mocha & Shortbread, Blacksmith Bakery, Fort Langley
Noodle Box with Chicken, Roaming Dragon Food Truck, Shipyards Market – North Vancouver
Vegan Mango Pineapple Ice Cream, Welcome Parlour, North Vancouver
Bacon and S’mores Waffle, Waffles with Benefits, PNE – Vancouver
The Main Event with Bacon, Reel Mac and Cheese Food Truck, PNE – Vancouver
Roasted Mushroom + Country Bacon Pizzette, The Belgard Kitchen, Vancouver
Chief Dominic Charlie Burger, The Tomahawk, North Vancouver
Salted Caramel, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mint Chocolate Gelato, Matteo’s Gelato, Port Coquitlam
Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger, Montana’s BBQ & Bar, Langley
Baja Shrimp Tacos, The Dime, Vancouver
Chili Cauli & Cucumber, The Dime, Vancouver
Warehouse Poutine, El Furniture Warehouse, Whistler
Sea Ya Later Tater, Taters: The Baked Potato Co., Shipyards Market – North Vancouver

Slavic Roll with Lemon and Raspberry Filling, Slavic Rolls Food Truck, Shipyards Market – North Vancouver
And now, something that totally surprised me. Coen suggested we have this for breakfast one day and I admit I was totally skeptical. It only took one bite to discover how delicious it was!

Bread, Butter, Sliced Strawberries and a Sprinkle of Sugar
There you have it. Some of my summer 2017 top eats! Below are links to some of the websites in case you get a hankering for something you see here. Happy Eating!

MeeT

Blacksmith Bakery

Roaming Dragon

Welcome Parlour

Reel Mac and Cheese

The Belgard Kitchen

Matteo’s Gelato

Montana’s BBQ & Bar

The Dime

El Furniture Warehouse

Taters: The Baked Potato Co.

Slavic Rolls

Challenge Accepted/Tourist in My Own City: Fort Langley

Earlier this month Coen and I visited the Fort Langley National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index) but when we left we couldn’t find any parking to check out the town.  Yesterday I met my friend, Christine, and her adorable little man, Jackson, for lunch in Langley and decided I would check out Fort Langley afterwards.  It was an insanely hot day so my first stop was Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe (http://www.wendelsonline.com/) for a cold drink. 20170828_155458 It was a cool little spot with a small bookstore on one side and cafe on the other.  I ordered an unsweetened Iced Tea to-go.  It was super refreshing!  My parking spot was only good for 30 minutes so I hopped back in my sweltering car and drove across the little bridge to Brae Island Regional Park (http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/brae-island-regional-park).  I enjoyed my Iced Tea while taking a short walk on one of the trails and checking out the view of the Fraser River.

Afterwards I headed back over to Fort Langley and found another parking spot.  I popped into a few shops, including TAP (http://www.tapstore.ca/).  I’m pretty much obsessed with lavender so I picked up some tea and lip balm!

2017-08-29 11.49.00I haven’t tried the tea yet, but I love the lip balm; the lavender scent is amazing!

My last stop was the Blacksmith Bakery (http://www.blacksmithbakery.ca/) which my sister-in-law had told me about.  It DID NOT disappoint.  The service was great and my Iced Peppermint Mocha and shortbread were delicious!20170828_160958
I could see myself setting myself up with a drink, a snack and my laptop to get some work done!

While I didn’t spend much time in Fort Langley, I got a little taste of what it has to offer.  I definitely want to explore it a little more one day!