Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekend Wanderings - Part II

Hello bloggies:

How about we wrap up Part II of my weekend wanderings and move on to a lovely new recipe. :o)

By far, the highlight of my weekend was my Saturday. That's the day the fiance and I got to spend together. Since the weather was beautiful we decided we should head to some natural hot springs. No spa-like resorts this time. Rather, they were beautiful pools by the side of a river.

But first I had to take breakfast! Since we were in a rush I grabbed another one of the Honest Foods squares:

I know I previously pledged my love for the maple flavoured plank . . . I take it back! They're still good but this one was just AMAZING! :o) It was the apple ginger variety but strangely enough I couldn't really taste the ginger. If anything I'd say it tasted like a perfect apple pie - YUM!

Want to see the nutritional info?

On the way to the hot springs I also ate a banana (no picture). It took us a while to pack our lunch, drive up, and then hike to the hot springs. I was mungry by that point so we ate the sandwiches I packed for lunch.

A yummy sandwich with a lovely natural background - kind of close to perfect! :o)

Right after lunch we jumped in the hot springs. Someone (I'm assuming the Parks service) had taken stones to create three separate pools. The three pools were progressively further away from the source. So when you were too hot from the first one you moved to the slightly cooler second one and so on. Then if you were really brave you would jump into the adjacent river!

Voila a bit of the view we enjoyed while sitting in the hot springs:

It was really nice but I think I'm pretty well done for hot springs this year. I like hot springs but I prefer being in them when it's colder outside. Or else I tend to over heat. We'll have to go back to those springs in the fall!

Since we were already up near some of our favourite recreation spots we decided to spend the rest of the day poking about. We first headed to the Kicking Horse Cafe where we each had a drink and the fiance also indulged in a SERIOUS looking cheesecake!

I had my usual London Fog (called a Newfoundland Fog at this Canadian cafe). But I also stole a couple of sips of the fiance's Black Asam tea and Oh My! I loved it - loved it so much I bought a canister of lose leaf tee to bring home with me.

After our snack we headed to one of the local lakes to try our hand at fishing. Okay so I didn't do any fishing (I don't have a license) but I came with for the ride.

While the fiance fished I entertained myself in a variety of different ways. First I played with my ring. I'm rather proud of myself - I finally managed to capture some fire! lol

I also played with this little guy - the only fishy I saw that day . . .


Eventually I got a case of the nibbles so I ate some of the mangoes I had packed earlier in the date. I put them in Tupperware when they were still frozen - by the afternoon they found themselves in a nice semi-thawed state.

After a while we gave up on fishing and headed to the shores of Lake Windermere to chill for a bit before dinner. It's still early on in the season here but I can totally see how this lake would be just beautiful in the summer!

For dinner we headed to a local hot spot. The restaurant was located near the Hoodoos that we climbed last week. The sign outside said they opened at 5pm and we made it a point to be there for opening hour. It's a good thing we were too because the place was absolutely packed!

I was excited - I'd heard great things about the restaurant and I couldn't wait to see how right (or wrong) those recommendations were. Instead of having a main dish I settled on two appetizers for my meal.

First came a Caesar salad. I never order Caesar salads but this one came with the lettuce slightly grilled so as to wilt it and heighten the slightly bitter flavour. I was curious so I decided I was game. I should probably also mention that I was assured that the salad would come with a VERY light drizzle of dressing. lol

Well . . .

The presentation was lovely and the salad was really good. But the dressing! lol Oh the dressing! I think they ran out of their usual drizzling instrument and resorted instead to a ladle! :oP

Since it was so yummy I didn't really mind - I figured there were worst things then excessive amounts of dressing. I did however make a mental note to ask for about a 1/3 of the usual dressing portion.

My second appetizer was out next - a lovely bowl full of steamed mussels:

Here in the Rockies I don't get to have mussels often so whenever I see them on the menu I make sure to order them! :o) Apparently lovely shellfish make me a happy camper! lol Now if there were only freshly caught oysters nearby . . .

After dinner the fiance and I headed back home. Kind of exhausted but happy with our day. Once we walked back in the front door I was all ready to chill when the fiance suggested we run.

Yes. That's right. The fiance suggested we run!!!!

I can't even begin to tell you how shocked I was! :oO Ever since my Selecttech Dumbbells arrived he has been trying to workout every day. He'll even throw down and do push ups in the living room! And now he's running too!

I happily went outside and ran with him. Anything to keep him motivated! :o)

And that bloggies concludes my weekend highlights . . .

Come back tomorrow for a Lemon Power Bar/Ball Recipe!!!!

Buenas Noches!


Sharon said...

Oh my gosh, what an awesome time!!! And love your sandwich, beautiful scenery!

A Toronto girl out West said...

It was a lovely time!! We had to make it count since I won't get to spend much time with the fiance over the next two weeks! :o)

Run Sarah said...

Looks like such a fun I have an idea for a more local vacation perhaps next summer. I love your engagement ring - it's gorgeous!

A Toronto girl out West said...

Run Sarah,

There's some awesome stuff out here! :o) Let me know when you decide to come out and I can totally recommend some stuff!

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said...

I didn't even know there was a Kicking Horse Cafe. That cheesecake looks amazing. As does your dinner. But I'm a sucker for all things seafood & caesar salad :D

Leah said...

Wow, the scenery is just BEAUTIFUL!

Looks like such a nice day you two had. I'm happy for you!

Leah @ Simply Fabulous

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

you had such a great weekend! I'm jealous! :)

Jocelyn said...

hahaha, I loved that you held up food with a natural background. The sandwich picture is the best :) looks so beautiful! (food and landscape)

A Toronto girl out West said...


I think this is the only one - it's in Invermere, BC. Right next to where they roast the coffee. Really cool place!


'Twas lovely! I hope you're getting over your Post Vacations Sadness! I know how it goes.


Thanks! :o) I know this is going to sound silly but I'm jealous of all the bread you had! lol Seriously . . . . I LOVE bread!

A Toronto girl out West said...


LOL Yeah I figured I might as well get two pictures in one! :oP

aron said...

looks like a beautiful weekend!!!!

Sarah said...

natural hot springs? cheesecake? mussels? AND a run with fiance?

i don't think you can get any more perfect!

A Toronto girl out West said...


It was! :o)


lol When you put it that way - yes - it was perfect!!! :o)

healthy ashley said...

Great food with beautiful scenery? Yes!! And I just love your ring!!

A Toronto girl out West said...


lol Thanks! :oD I'm sure you can tell I'm still fascinated by the ring!