I know, it looks modest, but this is one fine pastry. The frosting recipe is a closely guarded secret, but it is fabulous -- tastes a bit like strawberries.
|The name for the pastry comes from General Pershing, not the Persia of the Middle East.|
And then there is yarn!
Who can resist a store with this sign outside?
Olives and Bananas is named after the owner's children's favorite foods. Cute, huh? Definitely an unusual name for a fiber shop. This darling downtown store is filled with colorful yarns, but I wanted local yarn -- and I found it:
This is a Fire Fly Fibre Arts kit for a shawl designed by Fire Fly owner and dyer, Maggie Erickson. The kit contains the yarn for a Fringe Frenzy Shawl, which I fell in love with as soon as I set eyes on the store sample. Maggie lives and works in Thunder Bay, so this is perfect souvenir yarn -- and thus does not count as stash yarn.
On our way back to Grand Marais, we stopped at the Thunder Bay Art Museum, where we saw an amazing exhibit of the art of indigenous artist Christi Belcourt.
Her paintings are incredibly beautiful -- and reflect her deep love of her people and the Earth.
She is very concerned with proposed oil and gas pipelines that could affect waterways and has made some stunning banners to convey her concerns:
Do check out her website, which I linked above. I admire so much the way she has combined her talent with real world issues.
Now, to end on a sweeter note. I have a sort of obsession with candy bars you can't buy in the States, so we had to stop at a convenience store, where I picked up a few of my favorites:
You might guess that the Coffee Crisp is my favorite. I'm wondering why I only bought two? Calories? Silly me.
As we came back into the States, the customs agent asked us, "Are you bringing back anything purchased in Canada?
"Yes," I replied, "five candy bars and three Persians."
He had a good laugh.