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Dead & Pancakes: The Best & Worst B&Bs

Pancakes

My favourite pancake recipe

Pancakes were the first food I ever learned to cook.  Every Sunday, my dad and I were allowed to take over the kitchen and make breakfast.  The recipe was from this nondescript kiddie recipe book, but I’ve been using the same recipe ever since.  I still love making Sunday morning pancakes, but I also bring along this pancake mix whenever I go camping or to a cottage. There is nothing more comforting then waking up to the smell of fresh pancakes.

Classic Pancakes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Calories per serving: 521

Classic Pancakes

Calories include 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup sifted flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. To make the perfect pancake batter, mix all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and create a little hole in the middle for the egg to sit.
  2. Whisk the egg gently while slowly adding the milk, soon you will have the perfect lump-free pancake batter!
  3. Start with a nice hot skillet and melt the butter, a teaspoon at a time, turning the temperature down before cooking.
  4. Using a ladle pour approx half a ladle full of batter into the hot, buttery skillet.
  5. When the batter begins to bubble, gently flip the pancake with a spatula, monitoring the temperature closely to avoid burning.
  6. Place the cooked pancakes in a toaster oven on low to keep them warm.
  7. Top with real maple syrup.
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Here is my classic pancake recipe, presented in all of it’s worn glory:

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Having just watched the line dancing zombie splatterfest Dead & Breakfast, I’m reminiscing about some of the best and worst B&B’s I’ve stayed in during my travels.

Dead & Breakfast

Dead & Breakfast                                                                                        Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment

As my boyfriend can attest to, I love – love  – breakfast buffets.  One of the more unique breakfast buffets that I had the pleasure of devouring was in Japan.  We stayed in this quaint, traditional inn called a ryokan in the town of Hakone.

Washitsu (traditional Japanese room)

Washitsu (traditional Japanese room)

Each room had authentic sliding doors that are called fusuma and we slept on tatami mats that were originally considered an item of luxury (fancy!).  For breakfast we were treated to a complete Japanese breakfast, buffet-style.  I’m not quite sure what I ate, but I do remember the delicious fish, it was so fresh that it melted in my mouth.

Traditional Japanese Breakfast - Hakone, Japan

Traditional Japanese Breakfast – Hakone, Japan

Luckily, I have never been barricaded by a swarm of zombies, but the B&B in Bolivia definitely lacked appeal and stands out as one of the worst places I’ve stayed.  I needed a last minute accommodation in the small town of Sorata, nestled high in the Bolivian mountains.  This was supposed to be one of the nicer B&Bs in the town, full of “European charm”.  Perhaps they meant Eastern European charm as my room was so sketchy that I slept in my sleeping bag and kept my knapsack packed, avoiding all contact with anything in the room.  The security features weren’t exactly reassuring either.

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Lock for my hotel room door – Sorata, Bolivia

Needless to say, I didn’t stay for breakfast.

Bolivia

When I first saw photos of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, I knew that I had to go there.  The pure, desolate landscape was unlike anything I had seen, or knew existed.  The rumbling trip through the endless white desert did not disappoint.  After over 1000km covered in 3 days by 4×4, I had seen everything from hexagon salt flats to a 900 year old cactus; from volcanic rock formations to hundreds of flamingoes in various coloured lagoons.  The journey was rough, but well worth it, and a real reflection of my experience in Bolivia as there were many highs and lows throughout my trip.

Threats of riots along with bumpy “roads” and crappy “toilets” as well as a severe lack of good food really tested my sprit at times.  But despite this there were beautiful moments caught in between the modernity of everyday life and the traditional ways of the indigenous people.  

Mountain biking down the Death Road amongst lush greenery and waterfalls; hiking through the quiet town of Sorata nestled in the hills; discovering a farm run by an Irish nun on a mountaintop;  and one of the more surprising experiences: ending up in a yoga class with Hare Krishna devotees.  I love some of the shots I took – because they remind me of one thing about Bolivia: expect the unexpected.

"Crossing Over", Bolivia straight

“Crossing Over”, Bolivia straight

Valley of the Moon, La Paz

Valley of the Moon, La Paz

"Craters", Valley of the Moon, La Paz

“Craters”, Valley of the Moon, La Paz

"Freedom of Expression", La Paz

“Freedom of Expression”, La Paz

"Layers", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Layers”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Sense of Spell", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Sense of Spell”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Lucky", Llama Fetus', Witches' Market, La Paz

“Lucky”, Llama Fetus’, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Message in a Bottle", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Message in a Bottle”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Sullen Sullus", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Sullen Sullus”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Connect", La Paz

“Connect”, La Paz

Train Graveyard, Salar de Uyuni

Train Graveyard, Salar de Uyuni

"A Window In Time", Salar de Uyuni

“A Window In Time”, Salar de Uyuni

"Where They Go To Die", Salar de Uyuni

“Where They Go To Die”, Salar de Uyuni

Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni

Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

"Bitchin" female cacti, Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

“Bitchin” – female cacti, Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

"Bitchin'", female cacti, Salar de Uyuni

"Porthole", Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

“Porthole”, Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

"Five Sides", Salar de Uyuni

“Five Sides”, Salar de Uyuni

"Twisted Horizon", Salar de Uyuni

“Twisted Horizon”, Salar de Uyuni

"Fresh Start", Salar de Uyuni

“Fresh Start”, Salar de Uyuni

"The Road to Chile", Salar de Uyuni

“The Road to Chile”, Salar de Uyuni

Volcán Ollagüe, Salar de Uyuni

Volcán Ollagüe, Salar de Uyuni

Jame's Flamingoes, Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Jame’s Flamingoes, Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

"Elegance", Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

“Elegance”, Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

"Splurge", Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

“Splurge”, Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

"Shimmer", Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

“Shimmer”, Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

"Rock Tree", Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

“Rock Tree”, Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

"Points", Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

“Points”, Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Colorada, Reserva Nacional, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Colorada, Reserva Nacional, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Colorada, Reserva Nacional, Salar de Uyuni

"Sprinkles", Red Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

“Sprinkles”, Red Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

"Second Chance", La Senda Verde Animal Refuge, Coroico

“Second Chance”, La Senda Verde Animal Refuge, Coroico

"Water Dance", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Water Dance”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Bathing Ceremony", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Bathing Ceremony”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Devotion", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Devotion”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Radha's Birthday", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Radha’s Birthday”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Inner Glow", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Inner Glow”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

Coroico

Coroico

"Top Score", Coroico

“Top Score”, Coroico

"Growth", Coroico

“Growth”, Coroico

"Picked", Coroico

“Picked”, Coroico

"Daily" - Coroico

“Daily” – Coroico

"Settled In" - Coroico

“Settled In” – Coroico

Sorata

Sorata

Plaza Murillo , La Paz

Plaza Murillo , La Paz

"Settled In", Coroico