With everything going on in the world, it’s nice to find a deal locally. Food prices are high, gas prices are fluctuating, but sometimes a place just goes against the norm and delivers.
Our downstairs tenants mentioned they went for breakfast yesterday at a local restaurant called “The Henry”. They told us that there is a $4.99 breakfast. Two eggs, hash browns, toast and a choice of bacon or sausage. For five bucks, it was worth a shot.
Honestly, the breakfast was pretty darn good. The service was also good. However, the coffee was not something I would buy again next time. Yes, there will be a next time.
So if you live in Langley or Surrey- definitely make your way to The Henry in Cloverdale for some cheap eats. It’s located on the street just south from the old Clova cinema. Some of my old friends may remember the location as an old strip club (just sayin’). My how times have changed.
I digress. It was a good Sunday brunch. Now to relax.
As I have mentioned numerous times before- I love to shop local and support small businesses. If you live in Langley, BC I recommend you follow Tourism Langley on Instagram. They are always out there sharing great moments in our little neck of the Fraser Valley.
Yesterday they shared this picture. Langley grew over the past year adding four more breweries to their name. Previously it was only Dead Frog and Trading Post that graced us with craft beers.
I was excited to hear about the other breweries that opened This Year, that I went out and filled some growlers to share tonight. We have a few friends and coworkers stopping by for the Winter Solstice. And what goes great with food and friends? Sharing beers. I picked up samples from Dead Frog, Trading Post, 5 Roads, and Farm Country. I’m excited to try them and share with everyone.
Hopefully the beers I grabbed taste as good as their names sounded. We shall find out tonight.
For my wife’s birthday, I took her out for lunch this afternoon at a place called The Raving Gamer Bistro in Langley, BC.
It’s the perfect style of place for my wife and I. It’s locally owned and operated. The menu serves locally-sourced ingredients from many of the places that I love to visit in Langley and nearby.
I enjoyed the Three’s Company Grilled Cheese: Golden Ears cheddar & gouda on Langley’s A Bread Affair’s Three’s Company bread.
My wife ate the Raving Water Buffalo Burger: a house-made patty of local water buffalo with bread and butter pickles, fresh tomatoes, red onion, gouda from Golden Ears Cheese Crafters, double smoked bacon and a house-made Russian dressing.
Both of us opted for the house-cut fries with “butta-shoyu” & Japanese spice; and a local beer to wash it all down.
During our lunch, we had a chance to enjoy some one on one time while playing board games. The selection of games to play was extensive. After our meal, we browsed through some of the games for sale. These aren’t your typical Monopoly variations or poker games. Many of the games I had never heard of. But when I asked the staff about games- they had knowledgeable answers.
We had a nice quiet lunch- we were the only two customers in there. It sounds like they are much busier in the evening time, especially on the weekends. I highly recommend visiting the Bistro. But be prepared to spend time and money! We were there for about an hour and a half and spent $100. But we also picked up a game that we have been wanting for some time now. So it was worthwhile investment for the future of our fun!
There’s a Distillery located just south of Fort Langley called Roots and Wings. We drive past it everyday taking the kids to and from school. I finally decided to stop in and sample some of what they had to offer.
Looking at the building from outside doesn’t seem like much. It’s still fairly new only being established in 2015. Supporting local businesses is always something I encourage. Since they grow their own potatoes and corn for their vodka, gin, and whiskey (or rather, rye because it hasn’t been aged long enough yet)- it didn’t surprise me that there was only a small tasting room.
Inside holds about a dozen patrons. I was alone when I sampled each of their liquors. Natural flavors and a taste unique to each bottle kept me wanting more. There wasn’t a throat burn or the cheap taste of “nail polish remover” you find in bottles of similar price point elsewhere.
As I sat there, the hostess gave me a history of the distillery and the name. “Roots” being their starting in Langley, and “Wings” for how they want to expand and grow. I also learned that in the following month or so they will be offering cocktails in their tasting room along with charcuterie. Sounds like I’ll be back for more when that happens.
I took a few small samples home. A coffee infused one, a cinnamon one and a horseradish one- that last one turned out to be perfect for a Ceasar FYI.
I recommend checking out Roots and Wings on a Saturday to try some of their offerings. Or be on the lookout for them at the local Farmers Markets coming up this year.
Crap. Where is summer going? We are in the last two weeks of summer vacation for the kids. Seven weeks have already passed and it feels like we need to squeeze in more activities to end 2016 on a high note.
The start of summer was laid out before us with ideas and plans being made. Some things we did, others were put by the wayside. A last minute camping trip made it in last week- much to the joy of my children (and my wife was pleasantly surprised that she liked it as well). But what to do with these fleeting days before the hustle and bustle of the new year (admit it, you feel like the year begins in September, not January just like I do) takes over our lives?
I’ve complied a list for myself- because I love lists and crossing things off.
Read a book or two.
Hit the beach early in the day.
Take walks with just my wife.
Enjoy some casual last minute meals with friends.
See my family.
Enjoy a nature hike.
Take more photos.
See more of British Columbia.
My list seems doable. I should be able to accomplish my goals in a fairly stress-free way as well. Here’s how I plan on meeting my goals:
I love reading, so not watching Netflix before bed is how I will accomplish this.
Just waking up and getting out the door before the crowds hit the beach. Perhaps calling it a day by lunch will ensure this to happen.
This is a no-brainer. No excuses here.
“Whatcha doin’? Let’s meet up.” Done.
I don’t see my mother or sister on a regular basis since they moved away. Perhaps taking the initiative to do so and putting our differences behind us will help in achieving this more often.
I have the shoes, I just need a little push.
My iPhone is more than just Facebook and Pokemon Go. I should take more pictures of life to remember the good times.
This Province of ours is amazing. Forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, people… Getting up early and hitting the roads will help out. Some money for gas and a map is all I need.
I also love hearing about places and events going on around us. If you have anything to share, please let me know. Or if you want to meet up, shoot me a message. These are the last few days of sunshine before autumn enters and the busy life kicks in.
Last year I took my children to a local water hole to cool off from the summer heat. It was a place that was shared with me about twenty years ago. When I posted photos of us last year, some of my old friends got all excited and were like: “I remember that place!”
After sharing about the rope swing and the shady pool of water, more of my friends asked where it was so that they too could go with their children. There’s no greater feeling of joy than sharing a little piece of paradise with friends. Later, I saw photos of my friends and their children enjoying a cool dip on a hot summer day. Today I brought another friend there to share an afternoon of doing nothing, but having fun. Even our dog cooled off from the summer heat.
The water isn’t chlorinated. There is no payment required to enter. There’s no fancy waterslide or waves. Not everything in life costs money. Today was all about just enjoying life. Taking the time to experience nature and put down our devices can be very fulfilling. My children even made some friends for the day and splashed around having a great time.
Sure my phone came out to grab a few pictures, but hey, that’s what being a parent is all about. I need to get some embarrassing shots for future use as well…
I love finding out about new places to explore locally. A big thanks to all my friends over the years for sharing these places. My children and I look forward to going around to these locations every time.
I love traveling to new places. I also enjoy seeing the parts that most people overlook. The small bistros, the Indy art scenes, the boutique shoppes; there’s something alive about small towns and big cities that people tend to miss.
What I imagine Whistler to look like.
It’s the individually owned and operated places that add flavor to their city. I love the small businesses and farmer’s markets around my hometown. Today we are venturing out to Whistler, BC (about 3hr drive from our home) to meet up with a friend. I haven’t been there for a couple of decades now. I’m sure there is plenty to see and do (especially after the 2010 Olympics were there). Besides the beautiful scenery up in the mountains we are hoping to discover some small shoppes.
Later this weekend, my wife is planning on taking our friend out to showcase our little hometown. We love the country living and this time of year is especially nice to show it off. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a plenty, & the weather looks like it should be nice.
Spring time is the best. We are lucky to live where we do as well. I wouldn’t change it for the world.