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A quaint bed & breakfast stay

Last week we did a road trip from Calgary, Alberta to British Columbia! On our way back to Calgary (from Vancouver), we stopped over at this lovely B&B on the Shuswap Lake for the night in Sorrento.

A lady named Grace and her husband who were both in their sixties ran the B&B. It was obvious that running a B&B was something the hosts were very passionate about. From the moment we arrived, they went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable in their home.

They told us the history of the large house and that they had been running it as a bed & breakfast for the last three years. It had 7 en-suite bedrooms for guests. The grounds were filled with plants and colourful flowers. The communal areas included an upstairs patio/balcony, an atrium, a lounge, a large games room etc.

We arrived at the quaint B&B around 1pm and Grace promptly showed us to our room. She explained how each room had a different theme, our room was called the ‘Sailor Room’!

The ‘Sailor Room’

We told Grace we wanted to visit some of the wineries nearby and asked where we could go for a casual supper. She suggested a few wineries and a simple lakefront eatery serving mostly Canadian seafood.

We did a wine tasting at two different family-run wineries and enjoyed the stunning views of the vineyards with a backdrop of mountains.

Enjoying wine at one of the wineries we visited!

Later, we had a delicious meal at the suggested restaurant. I went for tempura king prawns as an appetiser and fresh battered fish as a main.

The following morning was spent indulging in blueberry pancakes, crispy bacon and hot coffee on the upstairs patio whilst admiring the views of the Shuswap Lake.

Banff in the summer

So yesterday I took a day trip to Banff National Park. Just an hour and a half’s drive from Calgary. We picked the perfect day for it – glorious sunshine and blue skies!

For those of you who don’t know too much about Banff, it’s located in Alberta’s rocky mountains (also known as the ‘Canadian Rockies’) and is the oldest national park in Canada. The rocky mountain peaks surround the picture-perfect mountain town of Banff, which is filled with quaint boutiques, gift shops and eateries.

We arrived in Banff around 11am and decided to take the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. At the top, we got to enjoy 360° views of the national park. Truly stunning! There was comfy seating and we packed a small picnic to enjoy whilst admiring the views, a good way to avoid paying touristy prices in the restaurant there!

We then spent some time wandering around the tourist shops in the town of Banff, stopping halfway for a beer at a lovely rooftop bar!

Rooftop bar!

After that, we grabbed an early supper at a ‘cheap and cheerful’ diner and then headed over to a cute bakery/candy store for bear claws! What a fabulous day!

White bear claw!

travelwithkay xo

My Decadent Boston Brownies

It took me a long time to perfect this recipe! Even though brownies are one of those baked goods that most people can easily bake, I’ve also come across some bad ones (too dry…too cakey…too dense etc.).

Follow my recipe for easy, extra-chocolatey decadent brownies! Brownies are super versatile. You can play around with what chocolate chips you want to use…semi-sweet, extra dark, white…whatever! Or maybe you want to swirl in some peanut butter? Or M&M’s?! My recipe uses walnuts but you could substitute the walnuts with others nuts, e.g. macadamia nuts.

I find a lot of brownie recipes use a refined caster sugar. I prefer to use a dark soft brown sugar…this gives them a more ‘fudgy’ taste and make them super moist!

For a dinner party, I like to serve them with fresh crème Chantilly and raspberries!

Ingredients; 115g dark chocolate (I like to use a good-quality chocolate that’s 75% or above)
225g unsalted butter
4 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups soft dark brown sugar
1 cup plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips (I like to do half milk and half dark)
Icing sugar (optional)

Grease and line a rectangular baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Pre-heat your oven to 165°c.
Using a large heat-proof bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and add the sugar. Allow to cool slightly.

Using either a stand mixer or hand-held mixer, whisk the eggs and vanilla together until light and pale in colour. Gradually add to the cooled chocolate mix. Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 20 – 25 minutes.

When the brownies are cool, cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.

travelwithkay xo

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