Gathering Graces 2/24/2018

*We had a beautiful day here in Nelson with blue skies and nice temperatures to do some exploring in the area.

The sun was shining today in Nelson
*After we left our Airbnb, we headed to the Oso Negro Cafe for coffee and a Breakfast Bun.  Paul and I both ordered a Canadiano, which is a mug of drip coffee with shots of espresso.  It was delicious.  Oso Negro also roasts their own coffee.

Lovely breakfast and coffee at Oso Negro Cafe

*After breakfast we headed downtown and visited the Touchstone Museum.  When we went in we discovered it was Heritage Week, and so the museum was free that day.  The first exhibit was photographs of indigenous peoples in Canada.  I was struck how the photos from the people who lived around Nelson had similar facial characteristics to some of the tribal members where we live in north Idaho.  Then we went upstairs in the museum, and learned about the history of Nelson.  It was very interesting.  Much of the mining information was very familiar.  It even mentioned Jim Wardner visiting the area in the late 1880’s.  I was also reminded that the movie Roxanne, with Steve Martin, was filmed in Nelson.

Nelson was the setting for the movie Roxanne

*After the museum we headed to Baker Street, and went to The Craft Connection to buy an item Christy wanted me to buy for her, and also went to the Dollar Store.  This is the only dollar store where no item I saw was $1.  Everything I saw cost more than $1.  I am really not sure why it is called a Dollar Store.  But Paul bought some reading glasses and sunglasses.

New sunglasses
*After shopping we drove to Ainsworth Hot Springs to relax in the healing mineral waters.  A unique feature of Ainsworth is a cave that you can walk through, with water temperatures at 110 degrees.  It was a lovely couple of hours enjoying soaking in the pool and caves before we headed back to Nelson.

Relaxing Hot Springs

*We had some leftover meat, cheese and bread when we arrived home, and rested for a while before heading back to downtown Nelson for dinner.  While we were resting, I heard someone out front sweeping snow.  I went outside and met our Airbnb hostess Laura.  She was very nice, and we told her how much we enjoyed her Garden Observatory to stay in for our little getaway.
*My friend Rebecca recommended dining at the Hume Hotel.  We took her up on her recommendation, and dined at the Library Lounge.  It was wonderful.  I ordered a Chocolate Chipotle BC Salmon.  The menu described my entree as a Cocoa and Chipotle Rubbed Sockeye, served with Garlic Rubbed Broccolini (there was also sauteed red cabbage and steamed carrots), and a Sweet Potato and Carrott Latke with Harissa Sauce.  The highlight for me was the latke served with Harissa Sauce.  I had no idea what Harissa Sauce was, so I looked it up, and here is a description:
Harissa is a spicy and aromatic chile paste that's a widely used staple in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. Harissa recipes vary between countries and regions, but a standard version includes a blend of hot chile peppers (which are often smoked), garlic, olive oil and spices, like cumin, coriander, caraway and mint. Tomatoes and rose petals are also common ingredients.

Delicious dinner

*Paul enjoyed a Nelson Brewing Company Ale Battered Halibut Fish and Chips.

Paul's fish and chips
*For dessert, we tried the Cashew Cream Custard made with Burnt Miso, Almond Milk, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Candied Pecans and Himalayan Salt.  It was very delicious.

Coffee and Dessert
*At dinner, Paul asked our waitress if it was obvious we were Americans.  She said you can’t tell by looking, but when we talk you can tell.  We have longer “A” sounds.  She used the word “draft” as an example.  We hold out the “a” sound longer in a word like draft.  I have observed some Canadians sound very similar to the way we speak.  Others have a very distinctive dialect or accent. 
*Once back at the Garden Observatory, Paul and I talked about a project we are researching to possibly start working on, and finished an episode of The Crown we had started the night before.  What a beautiful, wonderful full day spent here in beautiful British Columbia.

What a wonderful day

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