Off to the land of poutine and Nanaimo bars
Do you know what poutine and Nanaimo bars are? If so, you know where we are headed on our 2015 summer vacation.
Here’s a photo of poutine:
Poutine. Photo by Yuri Long from Arlington, VA, USA (road_trip-9349.jpg) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s basically French fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. If you think that’s a weird combination, welcome to the club. But I’m willing to try it.
Nanaimo bars are much easier to stomach, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
Nanaimo bars. Photo by Stephanie Spencer (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
They’re no-bake dessert bars with a wafer-crumb base topped with custard and melted chocolate. We’ll spend a night in the town of Nanaimo where the Nanaimo bar was supposedly invented. I’m sure our kids will talk us into trying some.
So have you guessed where we’re going? If you said Canada, you’d be right. British Columbia, to be more precise. We’ll do some exploring in and around Vancouver and Vancouver Island (including Victoria). On the way there and back, we’ll stop in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA to visit friends and fellow gardeners. No room for plant purchases due to the crammed automobile situation.
Expect to see posts from the road as early as Thursday. Our first stop will be at the Danger Garden in Portland.