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Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn
~Elizabeth Lawrence 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests, past and present, for helping us make this summer one of the busiest on record!

September is a time of change, the weather starts to cool, the leaves change colour, students go back to school and at the hotel, we say goodbye to some old faces and hello to new.  This month we welcome Vicky Jackson, who comes to us from Scotland, she will be working 2 days a week in Night Audit.  In August we bid a tearful goodbye to long time employee and friend, Chef Victoria, who has had to leave us for personal reasons.  Taking Victoria's place is Chef Marc, who comes to us from the Med Grill.  Although he has big shoes to fill,  we know Marc will do an outstanding job and judging from his plate sized pancakes and fluffy Frittatas, our waistlines wont be slimming any time soon.  (See Marc's Frittata recipe at the end of this newsletter)

An Evening with
  
 
On Saturday, November 3, Abigail's Hotel is teaming up with The London Chef to provide a night of exquisite accommodations with the tantalizing teachings of the Italian Countryside. Guests of this exclusive package will learn how to create the comforts and delights of rustic Italy in their own homes with an intimate cooking lesson followed by a relaxing stay at our hotel.

In the words of our partners at the London Chef:
"Rustic Italian is one of the most celebrated food styles throughout the world.  Simple yet satisfying, and complex without being complicated, it is the perfect fare to enjoy with family and friends.  From land to forest to sea, rustic Italian food celebrates local ingredients, freshness and seasonality.  Join me for a look at both northern and southern styles of rustic Italian cooking.  We will talk about, prepare and eat simple and hearty Italian dishes that can be easily and affordably recreated at home."

The Evening's Menu:
Slow Braised Shoulder of Pork on Polenta with Gremalata, Risotto Nero with Grilled Prawns, and Chargrilled Vegetables with Salsa Verde and Roasted Lemons

Chef Dan Hayes and his wife Micayla have developed The London Chef into a driving force among Victoria's culinary ranks. Chef Hayes has crafted the night's menu specifically for this event to delight and inspire the hearts and stomachs of foodies and non-foodies alike.

or call us at 1-800-561-6565
Space is limited to 12 people so book your spot today!

Package rates start at $319 CAD


Fall Packages and Promotions

 
Royal BC Museum and IMAX Experience
Make the most of your visit, experience both the Royal BC Museum and IMAX Theatre!

Explore BC's rich history, as its past, present and future come alive with a collection of more than fourteen million unique objects and documents. IMAX is the ultimate film experience! With crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, the Victoria IMAX lets you feel like you're really there. Six stories high and 81 feet wide, the screen pulls you in!  

  

Package rates start at $229 CAD

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Fall Foliage Package

Autumn is a beautiful time in the city as the foliage is transformed into a stunning display of red and gold.  Stroll through the magnificent fall colours of The Butchart Gardens and experience the rich history of the legendary Craigdarroch Castle.

Package Rates start at $235 CAD
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Stay A Little Longer
Because one night is never enough...

This Fall and Winter, when you stay 3 or more nights we'll give you 20% off our standard nightly rate! 

With so much to see and do in Victoria, why rush to experience it all in one day. Take time to stroll through the many parks and interesting neighbourhoods, enjoy a variety of culinary delights and visit a number of world class attractions.  So stay a little longer with us, relax and enjoy your Victoria Vacation!  We're not just a summer destination.  

 

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Events Around Town

October 20
The Royal Theatre
Join celebrity baker Buddy Valastro for an evening of cakes, stories, and fun. In this rare live, interactive event, TLC's Cake Boss will share the stories behind his hit series and his colorful Italian family, answer audience questions, and give a live demonstration of the techniques that have made him one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the nation. Buddy has a big personality, and an even bigger heart! Bring the whole family for a night with the Cake Boss.
 
October 7
The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is one of the most popular and scenic running events on the west coast attracting runners and walkers from all over Canada and the United States. This marathon is listed as one of the Top 10 destination marathons in North America.  Shorter racing options include a Half Marathon, 8K Road Race, and a 1.2K Thrifty Foods Kids Run and Marathon. The four events will attract about 12,000 participants.

November 20
The Royal Theatre
The Capital OneTM Just For Laughs Comedy Tour is back - and this year's Relationship Edition has issues! Last Comic Standing winner John Heffron hosts a line-up featuring Canada's sweetheart Debra DiGiovanni and returning tour favourite Godfrey, along with special guest SNL alum Jim Breuer.  Catch these hilarious comedians with their hysterical insights on relationships (or lack thereof), talking about everything from family to marriage to dating - and everything in between. Ah, people... can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em!

November 23-25
Crystal Garden
This 24th annual event is Vancouver Island's most prestigious artisan show features a thoughtful selection of contemporary crafts from across the province and points east, artisan food and indie fashion. Don't miss the the popular Friday night fashion show with runway models featuring designer clothing and accessories found at the fair


Chef Marc's Roasted Vegetable Frittata

Ingredients

 

1 Red Pepper, diced

1 Zucchini, diced

8 Brown Mushrooms, quartered

1 tin of artichoke hearts, quartered

1 bunch of small asparagus, diced

2 cups of Whipping Cream

10 eggs

5-6 oz. of Soft Goat Cheese (originally chevre)

Salt, Pepper, and Olive Oil

 

Method

  • Once your vegetables are cut season them with olive oil, salt, & pepper.
  • Roast at 250 for 20-30 minutes (asparagus will only take about 10 minutes). Vegetables should be roasted individually as they all cook at different rates.
  • Whip your eggs & cream together
  • Line a small roasting pan with parchment paper.
  • Layer your roasted vegetables in the pan.
  • Sprinkle goat cheese over the top of your vegetables
  • Pour egg custard over everything and back at 350 for 25-35 minutes.
  • Frittata should be firm to the touch but still a bit soft.

In This Issue
The London Chef cooking class
Fall Packages
Events Around Town
Chef Marc's Frittata
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