Strong, intelligent, generous and caring.
Those characteristics only begin to describe the fathers I know and that are a part of my life. Whether it be my own father, my son’s father, or any other men that take on the task of raising little boys and girls, the pillar of strength it represents is integral to a child’s growth. The type of play and the lessons taught are truly unique to the role of the father. I know my son will learn things from his dad that I will never be able to replicate. I also know that the lessons I learned from my own dad are ones that I hold near and dear.
After celebrating my first Mother’s Day last month and being treated to an amazing and thoughtful day I now have the opportunity to celebrate my husband and all he does for our son. My own dad for the on-going love he gives me and my father-in-law who lends me support in my life and endeavours will also be celebrated as no matter how old we get we never forget our own moms and dads.
This June we will be offering a new product in honour of all the Dad’s. It’s a little sweet and a little salty, a nice blend of sophisticated flavours that are sure to impress. The item is called The Pearl and it is a blend of blueberries, soft goat cheese and fresh basil. It’s a hit with my family so why not take some home to share with yours.
Happy Father’s Day!
THE BAKERY EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
SECHELT, BC CANADA – 25 MAY 2016
The Bakery is proud to have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
Here is what some of the reviews we’ve received….
We’d love to receive your review if you enjoy our food, service & friendly staff….
I think it is fair to assume that most coffee shop goers are guilty of taking their coffees to go in paper cups. I know I have used my fair share of disposable cups over the years and with Earth Day approaching it got me thinking about ways The Bakery can work towards being more kind to our beautiful Mother Earth.
For years we have tried to entice customers to bring in their own mug by offering a card stamp program. Buy ten of your desired beverage using your own mug and we will treat you to a free eleventh drink. While some customers take full advantage of this program, sadly the majority do not.
What is it about the elusive travel mug?
Why don’t people want to join the movement in trying to create less waste?
I really believe that most people would be on board with reusable mugs if they were able to remember to bring them. Of course there will be a few who don’t conform and that’s okay.
This Earth Day we are rewarding our travel mug users with free drip coffee all day long.
A thank you for keeping our landfills a little less full. Every little bit counts.
Happy Earth Day!
Oh, the cherry blossoms are blooming and spring is just a couple weeks away. I feel my body giving a sigh of relief that we have made it through another west coast winter of grey days. With the days getting longer and day light saving springing into action on March 13 it feels as though everyone is climbing out of hibernation and there is a buzz of activity around town.
It’s a lovely time of year to be on the coast and we still have the town to ourselves before the arrival of summer tourists. Why not take advantage of this time of year and get outside, stroll the streets of downtown Sechelt and relax with a cup of coffee and delicious treat.
Try out our new Mediterranean Veggie Wrap – a fresh, flavourful healthy lunch item. We’ll be celebrating Easter with our own spin on chocolate eggs.
Check out our mouth-watering Oreo Truffle Eggs or an individual celebration cake decorated for the season.
And it wouldn’t be Easter without Hot X Buns, we’ve got them fresh baked daily.
Come in and try one warmed up or take a half dozen home with you. We think you’ll love them.
Years ago a good friend of mine spent a few years in Japan living and working. He was the one who informed me of Japan’s traditions surrounding Valentine’s Day. February 14th is a day reserved for women to treat the men in their lives to chocolate. Not only that but specific chocolate dependant on the relationship you have with the man. There are two types of chocolate given, Giri-choco and Honmei-choco.
Giri-choco is meant to be for friends, colleagues, bosses, and close male friends. “Giri” means obligation hence this Giri-choco has no romance involved. On the other hand, Honmei-choco is given to a boyfriend, lover, or husband with true love. Japanese women often prepare the Honmei-choco by themselves as many of them think it is not true love if they just buy the ready-made chocolate at shops. Lucky for women in Canada, we can run to our local shops and purchase chocolate and treats guilt free.
Exactly a month later on March 14th White Day occurs and the men reciprocate the gesture of giving gifts to the woman he received chocolate from in February. As the name implies most of the gifts given are white in color. Many department stores and shops will have displays out well in advance to help men remember the day is approaching.
I often think that it is a shame that in most cultures we require special days to recognize our loved ones. In a perfect world we would show our love and appreciation for one another every day. Until we master that skill Valentine’s Day will continue to be the day that couples remind each other just how special they are. Treat your honey to something sweet. The Bakery will have lots of options this year, including chocolate dipped strawberries, cheesecake and rich velvety ganache.
I’m cheating, its only half way through December and I’m already writing about the New Year. New Year resolutions are on my mind because even though we haven’t reached the peak of holiday season I already feel like I have overindulged in one too many good things. You see, I love cookies, cake, bread and basically all bakery items. Christmas is typically a baking holiday, I mean even Santa Claus gets in on the action with his milk and cookies.
So I confess, I have a sweet tooth. I also must tell you that I, like many others, care what I eat. This brings me to my resolutions. I know that I am not going to last five minutes staying away from The Bakery, however I can be wiser in what I choose to treat myself with.
The Bakery over that past year has introduced a few new health conscious “treats”. The paleo nut bar, vegan breakfast cookie and the chocolate oatmeal wedge are naturally sweetened and are heart healthy. Kombucha is a drink that is known for being a probiotic and is a great way to start your morning. Look for our new Mango Coconut Almond Protein Bar in the new year too.
So you see on the days where I feel like behaving and choosing healthily I have options. On all the other days I’ll treat myself to my old favourites and at the very least know that it has been made with loving hands.
Happy 2016 Everyone!
Believe it or not it’s
already the month of November
we are hard at work in The Bakery preparing like little elves for the holiday season. Come mid November we will be rolling out an additional half dozen cookie types as well as multiple other items. When I say rolling out I quite literally mean it. Christmas cookie baking involves a ton of dough rolling. Between vegan gingerbread people and multiple flavours of shortbread we have our hands and table tops full of dough.
To make the most of this beautiful time of year we will be decorating the shop after Remembrance Day and building our cookie displays. Along with cookies we will also be making chocolate bark, mincemeat tarts and pumpkin pies.
There is a saying that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, well why not treat someone to some holiday baking this year. Slip a package in the mailbox for the postman or leave some on your child’s teachers desk.
Better yet treat yourself to a buttery shortbread cookie and a cup of tea.
With all the holiday planning you’ll need it!
With Thanksgiving approaching the theme of gratitude and giving thanks is prevalent. I was blessed this summer with the birth of my first child, a baby boy, and was able to take a step back from working in The Bakery. If it were not for my amazing staff I would have found myself in a difficult position trying to prepare for baby’s arrival and managing a business during its peak season.
Thank you to Tessa, Craig, Rachel, Stephanie, Jenn, Alix, Dana,
Patti, Aurora, Jon and Robyn
for all your hard work and allowing me to take time away stress free. While the entire staff rose to the occasion a special thanks goes to Tessa Mae for seamlessly moving into a management position and keeping the store running over its busiest season to date.
This summer The Bakery also celebrated its second anniversary.
Thank you to all the customers who have contributed to the success of The Bakery.
Finally, with the help of customers The Bakery is pleased to present a cheque to the Sechelt Food Bank this Thanksgiving. With so many blessings in our lives it is great to give back to the community and help each other out.
Have you tried a cowboy cookie?
They are pretty amazing if I do say so myself. Easily one of my favourite products The Bakery has to offer and I believe it has to do with the story behind it.
In June 2013 our neighbouring province of Alberta suffered some of the worst flooding seen on record. Homes, business and even the zoo filled with water from the local usually tame rivers. I kept thinking about the devastation the people of Calgary, High River and other affected communities must be experiencing. What would I do if my home and business ended up under water?
One evening the topic came up in conversation and the idea of a cookie fundraiser was born. The idea was to create a new cookie to raise money for the Red Cross to help those affected by the flooding in Alberta. $1.00 from every cookie sold over the month of July would be donated to the Red Cross relief efforts.
A hearty oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, coconut and roasted pecans seemed beautifully appropriate for the cause. What better name to call it than a “Cowboy Cookie” for our cattle raising neighbours. That summer hundreds of the Cowboy cookies sold. They continue to be one of the most popular items sold in the shop.
When your goal is to help others I don’t think you can fail.
I think that is why the Cowboy cookie has continued to be successful.
Go on and try one today. I think you’ll be impressed.
Over the past year or so I have heard about and had friends talk about Bulletproof Coffee and how The Bakery “has really got to start serving it”. I’ve never been one to jump on passing trends and the idea of replacing my morning breakfast with a special coffee seemed insane to my food loving self. All that being said I recently tried my first cup of Bulletproof coffee and fell in love. Typically I am a coffee and cream gal. I like to save my sugar intake for more delectable items such as cake and cookies. The Bulletproof coffee is essentially a combination of grass fed butter, MCT oil (found in coconut oil) and hot coffee. Put it all together in a blender and voila, you have a frothy creamy beverage that tricks you into thinking you’re near a beach somewhere in the Caribbean.
Now like with anything there are multiple opinions circulating the internet on whether or not Bulletproof coffee is indeed good for you. I don’t feel the need to get into all the details of it because my beliefs lie in the idea ‘everything in moderation’. So with that a few times a week I have been enjoying a cup of Bulletproof coffee. I savour every last frothy drop of it and I feel like my brain gets a little more of a get up and go boost.
The Bakery has sourced an organic grass fed ghee combined with raw organic virgin coconut oil. You can add this fancy elixir to our regular organic brewed coffee or take it up a notch and treat yourself to an Americano. However you try it, I recommend that you do indeed try it. See what all the hype is about and then make your own decision.