Monday, November 26, 2012

A Day In The Life of The Shop

Hello everyone, Lauren Wilson here. I wanted to take a moment and share some snapshots of the shop recently, from the honey cabinet to the wild chamomile stems. I hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Glory Hole Doughnuts! Local business shout out!

Glory glory halleluja! I never thought I'd say Glory Hole and delectable in the same sentence but here I am! You know a glory hole is really just a pleasurable place, let's not judge but unite! To pleasure seekers everywhere, praise to the doughnut queen herself Miss Ashley Jacot De Boinod and her fantastic team of fun Glory Holers. This place rules, it's like heaven birthed a doughnut baby and only 4 doors down from Coriander Girl! Ashley uses only the best ingredients and her flavours are as varied as an ice cream case. Toast and butter(yah!), chocolate pretzel(yes please), cinnamon(slam dunk), banana cream(in my dream), lemon merengue(hello), cookies and cream(yes yes yes!) There's more people!

These doughnuts take me back to a trans canada road trip 10 years ago, my friend Laura and I stopped in Salmon Arm on our way to Tofino, that's right, Salmon Arm! This is where the doughnut bar was set for me and set impossibly high. Grandma Memm made a doughnut that put Mr. Horton to shame (Sorry Tim but it's not that hard to kick your doughnuts ass) but Grandma Memm just got it, the perfect density, soft sweet pillowy dough like a choir of angels singing, dancing and raising the roof on my tongue. These perfect doughnuts lasted me to Banff, and since, I've been searching for that same doughnut high that never quite hits the mark. Too doughy, too glooey, too sweet, too dense, not dense enough, too greasy, ughh. Was it all imagined?!

Then I tried the Glory Hole doughnut. It took me aback, I stumbled, shook a little, I may have even cried tears because, there it was, a doughnut to rival Grandma Memm. Was I dreaming?
Oh no, this place is real and it's in Parkdale, did I mention only 4 doors down? I think my family is planning a doughnut intervention, "Alison, we love you, we miss you."

Granda Memm, wherever you are, thank you. You taught me to hold out for the best, if I hadn't come to Salmon Arm, I might be held up in some cheap motel, elbow deep in a bakers dozen! You saved me.
Here's to Glory Hole! Doughnut lovers, pleasure seekers, confectionary dreamers unite in harmonious glee!
Visit Glory Hole doughnuts here for more delicious info.

Doughnut fries with raspberry coulis! I know. 

Alison xo

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wedding Reflections: Rachel and Paul

Here are some lovely images of Rachel and Paul's wedding taken by the incredible Joseph and Jaime.  The florals were among some of our favourites created this season. Congratulations Rachel and Paul! Could they be any cuter? 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I'm back baby!!

Hello sweet sugar nuggets!
So, wedding season has officially come to an end. I've got some wicked battle scars to show for it,  I saw things in the field this year that will haunt me in my sleep but, I'm a stonger, faster and smarter florist then I was this time last year. Bring it!!! Thank you to Kerriander(Master Yoshi) for coming back to help when I needed you most, sweet Sarah of My Luscious Backyard for late night boutonniere wrapping, pep talks and kitkats, I couldn't have done it without you! Thank you to dear Lauren for shop help and always keeping my spirits up, you're so "cuuuuute." The Coriander Dad brought his A game this season and even did an entire wedding set up on his own while I was setting up my dear friends wedding in Huntsville, Jaime of The Sassy Lamb! Congrats to all the brides and grooms this season. My wedding clients were all super cool people, the kind of people you would want to have dinner with, how lucky am I?
Here are some photos from the last few months! Where is the time going? I feel like Rip VanWinkle!
Much love to you all.
Alison xo