Sunday, April 12, 2015

Finding New and Exciting Places


Living in Langley, BC, close to the city's edge allows us the opportunity to explore a number of country roads. Last Friday Barbara and I took off in the car along 56th Avenue east towards Abbotsford. We had a destination this time, Singletree Winery on Mt Lehman Road, about 40 minutes away. We would also be stopping at Mt Lehman winery which is an annual thing for us to do.

Our drive to Singletree was about 40 minutes it included one wrong turn. The wrong turn was perfect since it took us into an area called Bradner where there was an annual flower show happening. The drive also provided the opportunity to see some of nature's spring wonders, such as the beautiful cherry trees, new born calfs and lambs.

A couple of large road signs greet you on the approach to Singetree Winery as well as a well designed driveway that leads to the new tasting room. Here we had an enjoyable time chatting and tasting wines with the Etsell family before heading down to the road to Mt Lehamn Winery. here we were happy to see Ms Hospitality Heidi behind the bar. Please see Robert''s Report

After a pleasant visit at Mt Lehman it was time for a late lunch, Heidi the hospitable hostess of the winery suggested we try the Bramble's Bistro at Tanglewood Gardens. We took her advise and were extremly glad we did. Our experience there was one to remember.

Tanglebank Gardens is a “boutique” style nursery situated in beautiful rural West Abbotsford. Upon arrival we spent a few minutes admiring the outside of the main building before entering the flower/gift shop and bistro. We were quickly greeted and led to a window seat. We soon had two very pleasant and charming staff buzzzing around us. It was nice to see that the Bistro was almost 100 % full.

The menu surprised and delighted us at the same time. The first thing we did was order coffee and thanked the waiter for having local BC wines on the menu. We would later learn that owner (along with her husband Arnold, Brenda Falk helped design the garden entrance to Singletree Winery. Brenda was also instrumental in creating the Circle Tour guide brochures for the area.

The bistro serves breakfast from 7:00am to 11:00am however brunch is served all day,
Here are a few menu items:

Blueberry Farmer Sausage Benny
Gelderman’s farmer sausage, two poached eggs on a potato pancake with house made
hollandaise sauce

Wild Mushroom Frittata
Herb & garlic sautéed wild mushrooms, goat cheese, fresh spinach and fire roasted tomato jam

I had the following which was so good!!

Apple & Turkey Melt Panini
House roasted turkey, granny smith apples, black pepper and citrus cranberry compote,
aged cheddar, garlic aioli

Barbara ordered the

Ultimate Grilled Cheese
Roasted tomato relish, bacon jam and tons of cheese with mediterranean quinoa and kale salad

We were equally impressed with the service and the quality of the food
From the bistrol to the garden where we also purchased an number of plants with the guidence of Brenda Falk. Brenda and Arnold were busy bouncing between garden customers and helping out in the Bistro.

A quote from their website
At Tanglebank we are committed to provide unique, quality products that inspire and encourage people to cultivate exceptional beautiful garden landscapes. At Tanglebank we maintain the tradition of family and community involvement and will continue to provide outstanding, personalized customer service to all those who tour our country gardens. It is our goal to make this world a more beautiful place.… One garden at a time!

Thank you Tanglewood we will be back very soon with friends in tow.