Long Day was Long… and fun!

Yesterday was great, up until the drive back between Field, B.C. & Lake Louise, Alberta that is — my butt started rebelling against being in the car for so long.


Highway between Field, B.C. & Golden, B.C.

I have lots and lots of pics and my appologies to everyone, I’m too lazy to put a lot of this stuff under the cut, some of the pics are too neat to hide.


Golden, B.C. — I had to take the pic, I’m sorry.

For some reason, without fail, I always manage to forget stuff.


Rogers Pass Interpretive Centre

Yesterday’s weather was pretty nice for driving, but not so much for being roadtrip-y to stop off at places, hop out of the car and wander. It was freaking cold out from Lake Louise out to B.C. Wearing shorts and a tank + a hoodie is NOT enough clothing for 13C + wind & drizzle, even if I did have a rain shell in the car.


Freezing my butt off at Rogers Pass (wearing proper clothing thanks to Lake Louise)

We ended up spending too much money at Lake Louise for a new fleece (me), a Buff headthingy (me), new jacket (The Hubbs) + nice shirt (The Hubbs). The last two items weren’t actually needed, The Hubbs just happens to really, really, really, really, REALLY likes Columbia-wear. The headband thingy wasn’t really needed either, but I’m getting tired of the ugly bandanas and this thing will apparently wick away sweat because it’s made of microfiber so that’s what I’m hoping for… plus it can be worn 12 different ways (which amused me, greatly).


The new fleece in its upper body-encompassing glory at Hemlock Grove

This is what happens when The Hubbs insists of having me shooed out of the house before I have adequate time to think things through and pack things up. I forget stuff.. LOTS of stuff. I made 3 rolls of california rolls to take for snackums! I forgot how awesome homemade cali rolls were. I hate that all restaurants (and grocery stores) make them inside out with the rice on the outside with sesame seeds. Blech. Having the seaweed on the outside just makes it taste so much better. I get the super-important stuff like meds and snacks, but the “what if” stuff I totally forget.


Homeward Bound from Rogers Pass, B.C.

We got as far as a little point of interest not too far away from Rogers Pass, B.C. called Hemlock Grove Boardwalk Trail, it was so cool! It’s a 400m boardwalk inside a rather awesome little hideaway with super old-growth stand of Western Hemlock trees. I even did it without the stick! Woo! Not that 400m is particularly long, but we were a little concerned given the altitude (~1330m) that my lungs might poop out. I think the cold + humidity actually made it slightly easier to breathe.

Heading homewards, I think we finally got back to Banff at about 700pm. We had dindin at The Bison, which was nice enough, but I have to say I was kind of disappointed that their menu has changed so much considering their online menus haven’t even been updated to reflect the significant changes.


Homeward Bound

Current menu is one double-page spread of all locally and regionally sourced ingredients. They’re getting into ~that~ sort of thing. We enjoyed dinner, but I was just bummed about not seeing anything left of the old menu or the fact a good portion of the items on the new menu I couldn’t have because of wine reductions or whatever. Oh, wait, there was something that hadn’t changed: the bread basket with the accompanying frozen pat of butter, topped with coarse sea salt and extra virgin canola oil :P That hadn’t changed.

The Hubbs had wild salmon with a rather strange risotto. It may have been barley, but it definitely wasn’t rice. I had the hand-torn pasta with asparagus, pine nuts, peas, mushrooms and goat cheese. Tasty enough, but their old tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and chevre was so much tastier. No more duck carpaccio, no more fondue frites, no more lamb(!) on the menu, even.


Chocolate Tart @ The Bison

For dessert, The Hubbs had the booziest of boozy chocolate tarts (basically a flourless chocolate cake with a crazy-boozed up chocolate mousse on top with Chambord jelly on the side) and I had a vanilla smore with homemade marshmallow atop a freakingly huge cakie chocolate brownie with some macerated strawberries.


Vanilla S’More @ The Bison
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Urgh…

I’m hot, tired, sweaty and headachey… not to mention hungover for almost 5 days straight now.

Blech.

I’m sitting at the kitchen table after a huge pantry/essentials re-stocking trip to the grocery store with an ice pack on my head in hopes that it slows down the sweating and cools me down. Other than looking really stupid, I guess it’s working. Plums, nectarines and apricots are in my fruit bowl just waiting to be devoured, they’re on their way to being perfectly ripe, I’m so excited! (I’m also rather ashamed to say that we haven’t done a grocery run in at least 3+ weeks, possibly four.)

The Hubbs has had a 5 day mini-break and we’ve been out and about doing stuff almost every day. Yesterday was the annual Bad Golf Day for the boys and so I stayed home and tried to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Thursday was a rather anxiety ridden day as The Hubbs’ youngest sister was admitted for an emergency C-section for her twin boys, 8 weeks premature. Good news: mom and both wee baby boys are doing well, and I do mean WEE! Dad and big sister are also happy, relieved and excited.

Friday we went for a great road trip to Peyto Lake, 40km from Lake Louise. It was a rather long drive, but it was great scenery along the way with the beautiful weather. My apologies to the #Planet for the mass influx of pics.


Castle Mountain — on the left, Bow River below

More roadtrip pics

No more rattlesnake, but…

I had burmese python!

Yep, that’s what I had for dindin last night along with Shark, Alligator, Ostrich, Frogs Legs, Buffalo and Venison for a total of 7oz of meat, cooked over hot stones and in a hot oil fondue.

The Exotic plate, including burmese python tonight instead of rattlesnake.
(The python is on bottom left corner of the plate)


The restaurant for Lovers & Hedonists (aka Grizzly House in Banff) was the location for dinner last night. We finally got to go after months and months and months of planning but no action.

We’ve arrived! The Grizzly House.

Everyone chose a different variation of the Complete Dinner which included: a soup/salad, Appetizer fondue of Neuchâtel or Bagna Cauda, Main course fondue in hot oil or over hot rock, and of course chocolate fondue to finish.

Knowing my inability to digest alcohol, I am sorely disappointed at not having ordered the bagna cauda, after all. I’ve had cheese fondue before and I do enjoy it (it’s cheese and it’s melted with bread to dunk! What’s not to like??) but when I tried the bagna cauda, which was veggies cooked in a garlicky, olive oil & butter soup with anchovies melted in, I kid you not: I swooned. There were huge mushrooms in the bath along with cherry tomatoes, sliced red onions, red & green pepper chunks, a little bit of carrot as well as florets of cauliflower & brocoli. And of course, it was served with chunks of bread. Although, whether it actually comes with bread normally or not I am not sure since there were 2 pots of cheese fondue on the table as well with the requisite baskets of bread, so it could just be that we all hijacked the bread for purposes other than the Neuchâtel. And oh-god-help-me, when you took a chunk of bread and rolled it around in the all that wonderful garlicky-anchovy broth *faint* it was just so wonderfully salty and buttery and olive oily. Yeah. Next time, we order Bagna Cauda, and make sure to skip the ‘shrooms for The Hubbs’ sake.

I am so making this at home when I have the chance, I have a recipe for it too!

I have pics… they’re just not here at Mom & Dad’s. So I will post them later on when I get back home.

One of the specials of the evening — The Alberta Dinner with house sauces in background.
Choice of cooking methods: Hot Oil (L) and Hot Rocks (R)

Chocolate fondue made with Toblerone chocolate to finish off the evening.

Baby Bro comes home this afternoon so I am at Mom & Dad’s cooking a ragu bolognese — my way, so we can have something resembling family dindin plus Dad & Favourite won’t have to fend for themselves for lunch tomorrow.

Two more days and then Mom comes home as well, then things might come back to something resembling normal.

I miss my family :(

On the road to dinner, about an hour’s drive from home. Town of Banff & the restaurant are just to the left!