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Apr 5, 2011

SAISON - MY KIND OF MARKET

While visiting my sister and brother in law in Duncan, B.C. they took me to a fabulous market for morning coffee and other treats. This place is quite a find. 
It is a melange of delights. Although it is a working farm and vineyard it also boasts an amazing in house bakery that is only open on Saturday and Sunday. I hear they pretty much sell out both days. 
When you walk through the doors you are greeted with a blast of bakery aromas mixed with the heady roasted coffee. I am a bit of a coffee snob and let me tell you they know how to make it here. I can't wait until summer to go back and sit on that deck. 
 They grow grapes used for Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Seigerrebe types of wine. I have never heard of Seigerrebe before but found out from One Rich Wine Guy's blog that it is a cool weather grape varietal, crisp and cool and similar to a Pinot Gris with pear and citrus flavors. Did I mention I can't wait until summer? I will have to find some wine made from this type of grape.
Saison (Ingrid Lehwald & Frédéric Desbiens) have won the Black Tie Business Achievers Award locally. One is a chef and the other a baker. Together. Ooh la la, they are perfect. 
You can buy many breads, quiches, French onion soup and a bevy of baked treats. Fresh eggs too.
  Biscotti and Cinnamon Pecan buns. 
I had a raspberry, white chocolate scone that was so light and tender. I have never had a better scone in my life. I was so busy munching down on it that I never took a picture. 
Some savory breakfast items too. 
L-R: Tarte Flambe with onion.bacon and gruyere cheese and sour cream; Roasted tomato with roasted tomatoes, parmesan and garlic; and last but not least Roasted garlic, parmesan and almond foccacia. 
Granola and preserves too. Imagine some of their freshly baked bread slathered with some Pear & Pinot Gris Compote. 
 Line ups move quickly and people wait patiently for a table to empty out. When the weather improves they can sit out on the deck and enjoy the fields below. 
I know I will be back here every chance I get. I am dreaming of fluffy soft scones filled with raspberry and white chocolate. 

10 comments:

Pat said...

What a great little trip, thanks for taking me along! Beautiful area, too. Love it.

Pat

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds perfect to me! I'd be in heaven if there was a place like that close to home:@)

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

I think I gained 5 lbs just reading this post! Looks like a great place to visit.

Kasia said...

Ahhh, there is nothing more beautiful than the smell of freshly baked bread :D The little trip was delightful, now I have a craving for munchies as well! Its great that you found a superb place like that! Next time you go, I want a pic of that scone... ;)

Hugs,

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Drooling here. Oh my gosh! Yum!

jojo said...

yum, sounds absolutely wonderful!

Maureen said...

Looks like my kind of place.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Oh, I just love places like that! :-) yum!

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Lori.....it was great hearing from you. This looks like my kind of place. If I ever make it up to your neck of the woods...it is a must see.

Hugs,

Jo

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh darn, and now you publish that? Now that I am back?????

Girrrrrlll!!

I thought I had died and gone to Saison. Oh that is definitely on my "next time" list.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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