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Nanaimo Fever

So I recently added a riff on Canada’s classic dessert, the Nanaimo Bar, to the menu. I put up a post about it and then, late last week, we got a phone call. Danielle, my daytime prep chef, answered.

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“Hello?”

“Hi, I’m calling from Nanaimo.”

Danielle: confused, not Canadian. Thinks, “Why is someone calling from our dessert?”

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“This is Nanaimo calling.”

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It was the Nanaimo Daily News (Nanaimo, British Columbia! Bathtub Racing Capital of the World! Home of the Nanaimo Bar!) and they wanted to talk Nanaimo Bars. So we did. And they ran a story about it (and, yes, it’s true what they say: in short order, the Nanaimo Bar has become our best-selling dessert). Then more Canadian papers picked up the story. Then more.

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Nanaimo means “excitement” in Canadian!

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So far, the fact that we’re selling a Nanaimo Bar for dessert and New Yorkers are loving it has been picked up by the Times Colonist, the Vancouver Sun and the Nanaimo Daily News. The story has gone out on the wire and appeared on Canada.com, GlobalTV.com, the Star Phoenix and more.

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The little bar that has caused so much fun!

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I’ve been described as an expatriate Canadian (something I’ve never thought of myself as, but it is accurate) and a “proud Canuck” and I’ve been in the Nanaimo Daily News talking about the Nanaimo Bar (very meta). I’ve never felt more Canadian in my life. Go Canada, go!

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Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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Gift Certificates

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