For our anniversary this year we planned a little getaway to Jasper, AB. The mountains in Alberta and British Columbia are absolutely stunning and we like to take every opportunity we can to spend time appreciating the Canadian wilderness. We picked the Tonquin Inn for our stay over the weekend mostly because it was in our price range and it had outdoor hot tubs which would be perfect for soaking in after a day of hiking. We planned to do one or two hikes during our stay and picked Mount Edith Cavell and Opal Hills which both had great reviews on a hiking forum but unfortunately when we got there we discovered that the Edith Cavell hike had been closed for a couple months due to a glacier falling and destroying the road in and the trail. This made me very sad to hear and see first hand the effects of global warming happening so close to home.
First thing Saturday morning we needed to find a good breakfast spot! I read some reviews on Yelp quickly since my phone was dying and we decided on Lou Lou’s Breakfast and Pizzeria. We both were pretty hungry and prepping for a day of hiking so I decided on waffles and fruit and my boyfriend chose french toast and fruit. Bad choice. Now when I think of waffles and fruit I think of berries or peaches or even cinnamon apple slices not Dole canned tropical fruit mix.. It was terrible and I swear the fruit was rotten too.. Shadoe said that fruit cocktail sometimes tastes like that but something was not right and neither of us ate it. Seeing how we don’t eat canned fruit anyways paying for it at a restaurant seemed ridiculous.
It had snowed overnight and when we got up in the morning the road to the Opal Hills hike was also closed.. So much for our two hikes. We decided to do the Maligne Canyon hike instead and spent the day trekking up and down the Canyon. It was so beautiful, especially with the fresh snow and ice!
For lunch we stopped at Coco’s Cafe a cute little cafe which caters to vegan and vegetarian diets, after some delicious paninis we did some wandering around town and stubbled upon the best chocolate/candy store of life! We stocked up on elk hooves, bear paws, and hazelnut dumplins, all insanely delicious!
After a nice long soak in the hot tub and swim in the pool we went for dinner at Fiddle River. It was pretty pricey but sooo worth every penny! They had lots of organic ingredients and the meat on their menu was organic beef, elk and bison. I ended up getting the phyllo wrapped arctic char and while I usually stick to vegetarian meals when eating out I was so glad I opted for the fish. It was the most delicious fish I’ve had in a very long time. I pretty much stopped eating all meat, chicken and fish during the past year after learning about the factory farming industry or all the environmental reasons to not eat meat but this piece of fish was a welcome treat! My boyfriend got the bison lasagna and said his was amazing as well. Definitely gets a thumbs up from us and if you are in Jasper you must stop here!!
After returning home I realized I hadn’t changed our order for our organic box and that we’d be getting another 5lb bag of apples. So I guess I’ll be making apple everything for the next couple weeks. To start things off I came up with a recipe for apple cranberry white chocolate scones. Yum!
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pinch nutmeg
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup chilled butter cut into small pieces
- 1 med apple shredded
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 Tbs quinoa flakes
- 1 Tbs ground flax seed
- 2/3 cup chopped white chocolate
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 425° F
- Mix flour, salt, nutmeg, baking power, and baking soda in large mixing bowl.
- Cut in butter using a pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly.
- Add the shredded apple, quinoa flakes, flax seed, chocolate and cranberries then slowly pour milk into mixture. Stir until just mixed.
- Knead mixture a few times just until it forms a ball (4-5 times). On a floured surface, pat out dough into a rectangular shape and slice into triangles or whatever shape you prefer.
- Place dough triangles on a prepared pan and cook for 15 mins.
*Recipe adapted from MyRecipes
Oh we also ran into a ton of Elk and Sheep on the drive back to Edmonton. Since we only had iphones for cameras these aren’t the best pics but I wanted to share the cute baby sheep!