Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays from BeaverTails!

Whether you are currently hopping from one shop to the next avoiding slush puddles on the corners of the narrow, snowy and windy city streets holding rolls of wrapping paper and colourful bows, adding the final and delicate touches to tonight’s dinner table presentation or have wrapped yourself in a warm blanket while drinking warm coco watching the best that daytime television has to offer (is the Young and The Restless really still on?), BeaverTails would like to take this time to wish you a warm and sweet Holiday Season!

For those of you who need just a little more convincing, a little push if you will, that this is the right time to get into the Holiday Spirit and to find ones inner sweet tooth, or for those of you who need a little breather between snow storms, interminable shopping experiences and food preparation, here are some inspirational moments that were captured on Parliament Hill and in the ByWard Market on George Street in Ottawa a few Saturdays ago when the 2010 Winter Olympic Torch Relay’s arrival coincided with fireworks, national pride and free BeaverTails!


British-Columbians, Tails and the Olympic Torch!




Parliament Hill, beautiful Christmas lights and long line-ups for Free Tails!




You can check out all of our BeaverTails videos and “favourited” videos on our addictivebeavertails YouTube Channel.

Again, happy Holiday Season dear BT addicts and wishing you the sweetest in 2010!

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Friday, December 18, 2009

TAIL BLAZER and Just How Far Would You Go For A BeaverTail?

And the winner of the Name Me Contest is…*drum roll*....drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….BING! TAIL BLAZER by QJ H.! Congratulations QJ! BeaverTails will be sending you a whole bunch of BT stuff just in time for the Holidays and the busy Ottawa winter season! Winterlude, here comes QJ! Now, when you see this delectable truck on the road, all you BT addicts can yell out in glee; “IT’S THE TAIL BLAZER!” Remember that the TAIL BLAZER isn’t edible, no matter how delicious it looks…

Thank you to all of our finalists of the Name Me Contest and all those who voted on our poll at the bottom of this blog. We’ll have more contests coming up for our BT addicts in the New Year! Stay tuned…

In the spirit of competition (and mischievous behaviour), we here at the BT Head Lodge have recently contemplated just how far one would go (physically and metaphorically) to satisfy their BeaverTail cravings.

Would you…
  • Saw a piece off of the Rideau Canal Skateway, place it in your backyard and set up a BeaverTails hut so you can have access to BeaverTails whenever you wanted?
  • Hire the best botanists in the world to figure out how we can make BeaverTails grow on trees?
  • Repetitively write “A bunch of BeaverTails please!” on a 200 page letter addressed to Santa Claus?
Let us know just how far you would go for a BeaverTail.

 
 
 
Regretting nothing,
 
Justin

Friday, December 11, 2009

Free Tails Reminder and Finalists For the Name Me Contest!

Hey there BT Addicts!


A quick message reminding you of tomorrow’s Lights Across Canada event which will coincide with the arrival of the 2010 Winter Olympic Torch relay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm where you will be able to get FREE TAILS AND HOT CHOCOLATE (while quantities last)! Look out for BT videographer Simone at this event who’ll be filming you while you devour your favourite pastry treat. If you can’t make it tomorrow night, head to the Mayor’s Ninth Annual Christmas Celebration at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa this Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm where you can also get some more Tails and hot chocolate!

Before I wish you all a nice weekend, a quick word on the Name Me Contest

We here at the BT Head Lodge have taken the liberty of naming our Honda Element "Puffy" in reference to what a Tail does when cooked, that is, puff up. Some of you however, have proposed a series of other names during this contest. Here are the finalists for the Name Me Contest;
  • Cube Tail - by Meggie H.
  • Castor en Metal - by Harry Mc.
  • Tail Blazer - by QJ H.
  • BeaverTails Gaiter - by Diane R.
Let us know what you think would be the best name for our truck by voting for your favourite at the poll at the bottom of this blog before December 18th and let’s cross our fingers that we get this vehicle baptised before another snow storm hits us this year! The winner of the proposed name will get cool BT stuff!

Have a nice weekend eating BeaverTails dear addicts! See you next Friday.

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Free Tails and Hot Chocolate and The Olympic Torch!?

It’s that time of the year again! It started with just a slight brisk breeze in mid November, then we wrapped our necks in our latest and most fashionable wool scarves and found ourselves standing at the bus stop waiting for our morning public transport to arrive, when, all of sudden, we were gently kissed on the nose by a melting snowflake that wistfully fell from the sky. Then another. And another…and…another. And then we were reminded of the following;
  • I have to send out those Holiday correspondences soon (something you say every year that you never really do…)
  • Ginger bread and beef barley soup sounds very nice for this evening’s dinner. Who can I get to prepare that?
  • Are the Christmas lights still stapled to the roof for convenience’s sake or did I diligently wrap them in an unsightly little ball and stash them somewhere under the plastic blinking Rudolph mannequin who may or may not also be stapled to the roof and/or housing a family of squirrels?
  • Argh! I’m standing in a slush puddle, wearing my runners, waiting for the bus to come!

Fortunately, with the fall of the first snow flakes also comes exciting news about Ottawa’s Holiday season activities and, of course, our favourite treat to eat during the coldest time of the year.
 

For those of you who have been diligently been following the 2010 Winter Olympics Torch Relay, you’ll be happy to know that, in addition to arriving on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 12th 2009, the Olympic festivities will be intermingled with the NCC’s Christmas Lights Across Canada event. The Christmas lights will be “switched on” at 5:30 pm that evening and, in order to keep you warm, a BeaverTails mobile will be on site from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on the Hill, distributing free, yes you read that right FREE, BeaverTails and hot chocolate to keep everyone warm as they wait of the Olympic Torch to blaze by!
 
Colourful lights, flaming torches, piping hot Tails and hot chocolate!? It’s actually going to be a hot blazing evening of fun and celebration making you forget, at least for a brief moment, the upcoming snow flurries, ice patches and numerous slush puddles along your street corner.
 

If you find yourself taking pictures of this colourful event and would like to share them with the rest of the BT addicts, you can upload them on the BeaverTails Facebook Fan page or send them to me. We here at BeaverTails love to see sugary and chocolaty smiles wrapped in tuques and scarves!
 

Regretting nothing,
 

 
Ps. A note on the “Name Me!” contest; Stay tuned tomorrow for the unveiling of our chosen names and get ready to vote for your favourite one to win Tails and a bunch of BeaverTails products! Just in time for the Holidays. There is still time to participate. You can add your name suggestion for our new Honda Element here on our Facebook Fan Page, here in the blog entry dedicated to the contest, or send your suggestions directly to me! Good luck!

Friday, November 6, 2009

What’s My BT Name Contest?

We, at BeaverTails, got ourselves into a little predicament. It’s like we took the time, to comb our hair, spray ourselves with cologne, wear our best rented tux, walk confidently to the ball displaying our wonderful selves to the other guest, but when came time to introduce ourselves to all the lovely people around us, no words could be uttered out of our mouths. We can’t even scribble it on a piece of paper, because, truth be told; WE’RE NAMELESS! Can you help?

Here’s the situation. Our new Honda Element has been all wrapped up with pictures of our delectable Tails, our logos and our now famous coco face kids complete with sticky sugary hands. All of these images are displayed on the truck’s rusty red background, even on its windows. We look pretty flashy and snazzy on the highways, but every time we come to introduce the vehicle to general onlookers, no names are muttered and we find ourselves at a loss for words…ho…hum…


This is where you come in dear BT addicts! * Cue Superman theme song here or any uplifting symphony George Lucas might use in his next film.* It’s up to you! Yes you! To figure out what our new truck should be called.

Just come up with what you think would be a great name for our new truck by submitting it either in the comments box below this blog, our Facebook Fan Page’s general wall or in the comments section of the photo album dedicated to the famous nameless metallic beauty that makes you hungry for your favourite treat every time you see it on the street!

Once all the names have been collected, the best names will be put to a BT addicts’ voting process right here on these pages in the next following weeks and the person who chose the winning name will find themselves getting fun stuff on behalf of BeaverTails like our hats, Tails and t-shirts!

Good luck dear BT Addicts! Thanks for your help!

Regretting nothing,
Justin

Friday, October 30, 2009

BeaverTails Heads to the USA!

When are you coming back to the US?

It’s been a while since BeaverTails were last devoured in the United States of America! Many of the US BT addicts have rather fond memories of their first bite into a BeaverTail taken at Disney World’s Epcot Centre in Florida but had to resort to nostalgia when we closed up the shop at the Canadian Pavilion a few years back.

You’re right US BT addicts! It’s been too long and we’re so glad to see you again!

This time around, we are strapping on our hiking boots, skies and snowboards and wheeling our BT mobile to the mountain top town of Breckenridge, Colorado and setting up a boutique store at the Keystone Ski Resort, also in the Colorado Mountains!

Both stores in Colorado will open just in time for the ski season and have already garnered much attention as they set up, as you can see here from the picture below taken from summitdaily.com’s e-edition of October, Wednesday 28th 2009.




The location of the BT mobile in Breckenridge, CO can be found here.

Be the first to taste the addictive treats and upload your pictures and comments onto our Facebook Fan Page.

Give me more fun news for skiing/BeaverTails fanatics!

On the Canadian side of the border, the Horseshoe Skiing Resort in Ontario is also getting ready to open its doors at the end of the month to a hoard of BeaverTails addicts/skiers/nature lovers for another winter season of hot chocolate lips, chocolate sauce moustaches and cinnamon & sugar crumbs on wool mittens. More news and pictures of the official opening will be uploaded on these pages as the date approaches.
Hey! You forgot to mention Halloween!
This year, in celebration of every dentist’s favourite time of the year, BeaverTails decided to disguise its official truck in its famous red colour, with logos and pictures of its yummy treats! Even on the windows! Note: Please refrain from eating portions of the car if you see it on the road, no matter how mouth watering it looks, as the car is not edible.

We were so proud of the finished product that we forgot to name it. This is where you come in dear BT Addicts. Stay tuned next week on this blog and Facebook Page on how you can propose then vote for your favourite name of the BT truck and to win prizes that will surely delight your taste buds!

Happy Halloween!

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Slices Of Life



Just like magic, as you’re looking out your car window driving down the freeway on a crisp Sunday afternoon, a leaf turns to reveal a yellowish part of itself that automatically calls upon its brothers and sisters to do the same in order to reveal their “true colours”. All of sudden, and in unison, these splashes of deep dark purples, rusty reds, milk chocolate browns from every tree top call upon their onlookers to either wrap a light scarf around their necks, collect their school notebooks or to gather what’s left in the crops and gardens to make, what will be for the next five months, soup and stew dinners.

Just before you carve out your pumpkin for that celebration your dentist calls an “unfortunate tooth decaying time” (aka Halloween), you remember all the fun you once had as a kid climbing those large orchard trees trying to collect all the Macintosh apples you could with your Super Man sweatshirt as a net. You giggle at the memory of the apple fights you had with your cousins, friends and siblings and the few remaining apples (you kept eating the ones you picked!) that were left in your basket on your way out of the orchard’s grounds. Your apple “endeavours” were usually rewarded with a homemade apple pie and a warm cider at the end of the day.

Can’t head to the orchards this time around or looking for something more to go with those delicious apples during this time of comfort foods and pre-hibernation? BeaverTails understands how a culinary urge must be satisfied before anything else (or before it’s too late!), and so, the famous Apple & Cinnamon Tail was created in honour of this traditional time of year.

Take your classic Cinnamon & Sugar Tail, layer slices of delicious apples smothered in apple and cinnamon spread and drizzle a caramel sauce on top for that extra touch of sweetness that heads straight to your nostalgic heart. The result? Purely apple-licious. Make sure to wash it all down with a warm cup of coco to make that afternoon stop at one of the BeaverTails stores that are still open this time of year even more memorable.

Until then, as we continue to look at the leaves changing into a rusty rainbow, have your self a nice apple inspired day and a great beginning of this autumn season!

Regretting nothing,




Monday, August 31, 2009

BT Fashion Crisis?

Do you wake up in the morning stricken with the fear of wearing the same old bland thing? Do you feel your clothes don’t reflect your addictive personality as much as you hoped too? Don’t know what to wear to show off your Canadian pride and your love for all things sweet and delicious?!

BeaverTails comes to the rescue with its line of new t-shirts which can be worn anywhere from the baseball field to that trendy new club downtown…or when stopping by at your favourite BT store for that late night bite.

First step, choose your favourite Canadian animal silhouette and its adjoining quote.
  • The bear says “Always leave room for dessert”.
  • The deer asks you to not even think about touching his BeaverTail treat – en français.
  • The beaver yells out “Dip This” in reference to our yummy chocolate dip.
  • The moose sternly stomps his hooves while roaring “Bite Me!”
  •  …or you can choose a t-shirt that quotes the year when BeaverTails made its first appearance with “Addicted Since 1978”.
Step two, choose the available colour that goes with the animal/quote print; from baby blue to pink or from forest green to chocolate brown, and voila!, you’ve got yourself the latest piece of Canadian culinary fashion on your back.

 
All t-shirts come packaged in the exclusive inspired BeaverTails maple syrup can-tube for easy gift giving or travel use!

 
Currently, the BT t-shirts are found at the Queues de Castor boutique store in Old Québec on Champlain Boulevard and will soon be available on our on-line shop at http://www.beavertailsinc.com/ for those of you who will not be heading to Québec City this fall.

 
Your fashion crisis has now been sweetly resolved!

 
Regretting nothing,

 


 

Friday, July 31, 2009

Crazy Weather Makes For Nice BeaverTails Fun!...If You Want It!

The Canadian climate is so topsy-turvy these days, what with the sweltering heats in British-Columbia and the constant drizzle of rain in Eastern Canada (how can we reverse that exactly?), that it left us to contend with a series of wet wedding dresses and flattened bouffant hairdos ruined during the traditional “walk in park” photo shoot, grumpy sour faced little kids at summer camps endlessly playing games of chess and Monopoly as their tents continue to collect water from that little hole in the front flap, and the creation of a Facebook group of British-Columbians who are unsure of what to do during their sunny lunch breaks (how does one eat outside without holding an umbrella?) and where to store all their snazzy raingear they bought earlier last April.

Ah, complaining about the weather. A great Canadian past time! This year however, especially on the blogosphere, Canadians have had enough of Mother Nature’s bouts of temper tantrums and have resulted in taking their anger (virtually speaking) on weather networks and their commentators.

Don’t worry dear friends, as the little curly red haired girl sings; “The sun will come out tomorrow…”…right?...tomorrow? Perhaps?...please…

Some of you, dear BeaverTails fans, have ventured into this wonderland type climate in search of a great summer vacation experience and for some BeaverTails! Kudos to you and your determination in making every moment count and memorable! More recently, Canadian Bald Guy visited the Tall Ships Festival in Nova-Scotia on a very foggy day in Halifax with his family, where his partner, Sunshine, got to taste her very first BeaverTail!




Looking good Sunshine!

Meanwhile, within the Halifax Waterfront Store, franchisee Marianne Peryer, was explaining to Ashlee from Haligonia.ca the origins of a BeaverTail and how they are prepared. You can view her video here.

How will you defy the weather this summer BeaverTails fans?

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy Canada Day and Welcome To the Jungle…er…um…Welcome to the Canadian Forest!

Time to celebrate all things proudly Canadian! Tomorrow, main streets across Canada will be flooded with the famous red and white maple leaf flag and children will run through water sprinklers trying to keep cool as their parents look on sitting on lawn chairs taking in the heat waiting for a clear evening sky to form for the famous annual fireworks to light up in their eyes. Culinary delights in honour of Canada’s 142nd birthday (looking good Canada, you don’t look a day over 35!) will include a large Canadian breakfast with Peameal bacon, moose burgers grilled on the barbeque, a swig or two from a bottle of Saint-John’s Moosehead beer and, of course, for dessert, BeaverTails! If you find yourself in our Nation’s Capital tomorrow, check out the following listing to plan out your day and night.

In honour of our lush Canadian forests and the animals that inhabit them, the BeaverTails head office has adorned itself with dividers representing various silhouettes of animals rummaging, galloping or flying through a wild forest we call our office. Here are some pictures below. Enjoy!







Happy Canada Day BeaverTails addicts! Tell me how your day went when you come back to your monitors on July 2nd!

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Friday, May 29, 2009

BeaverTails Concept Stores!

BeaverTails is rolling out its boutique style stores this summer in Quebec, McMasterville (QC) and Old Montreal and can't wait for you to see them! Click on our website's store listing for more details.

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Thursday, April 16, 2009

April Showers Equal May’s New BeaverTails Flavours?

Pollen allergies are acting up around the country, rain pours to melt the remaining mounds of snow to reveal backyard items that were once thought lost (“Hey! There’s my inflatable kiddie pool – which I use exclusively for my feet…” – “Man, is that what my barbeque really looks like…? Sheesh”) and little sprouts of green on the tree branches’ tips can only mean one thing; It’s time to discover the new BeaverTails flavours at your favourite store!

Without further ado, and just in time for the upcoming summer season, I give to you the newest members of the BeaverTails family!

Peaches and Cream: She’s sweet, not too sweet, cool, but not too cool, inspired by the homemade jams your grandmother once made (but with a bit of an edge!), and spread with peach preserves with a hint of maple and topped with fresh whipped cream. Ideal to help you cool down on those warm lazy summer afternoons when sitting in a corn field while looking at the fluffy clouds form funny animal shapes.
Coco Vanil’ (Oreo Tail): For anyone who has ever had the irresistible urge to take apart an Oreo cookie and lick its creamy vanilla insides, here’s a Tail that will fulfill your inner cookie-kid’s wishes. With warm vanilla icing, sprinkled with Oreo cookie crumbles and drizzled with chocolate sauce, you may want to plan your evening around this sweet delicacy with two glasses of milk for dunking purposes! BeaverBites; “Hmmm…can I have these with ice cream? Um…better yet, perhaps with some of that gelato. Oh, is that caramel sauce? I’ve changed my mind; I’ll take mine with chocolate sauce. Wait, I didn’t realise I could throw some candies on top of the ice cream. Man, I’ll be here all day constructing the ideal yummy mix!” Bite sized BeaverTails in a hand sized cup on which you can put anything you want. What more could a discerning palate for all things sweet ask for? Let me know what you think of these new flavours!

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Life Is a Cartoon Editorial Old Chum!

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In our case, we believe that “parody” might be a better fit for that old saying.

Not since Prince Charles placed his royal seal on the official Royal Family’s tea biscuits has a treat been so politicised then on the day the 44th President of the United States decided to make an impromptu stop in the Ottawa ByWard Market during his first foreign visit where he asked out loud where he could find a BeaverTail. Result: Ladies and gentlemen of the Press and of the World, feast your eyes on the ObamaTail, as the BeaverTails ByWard Market store employee, Jessica Milien, hands the newly inaugurated President a Tail in his honour. This photo opportunity received so much positive coverage and media attention, from nightly newscasts to follow-up blogs, that it was just a matter of time before cartoon editorials (funny ones!) would eventually surface.

Ladies and gentlemen of the good humour jury, I would like at this time to introduce to you exhibits A and B for your referral.

Le Devoir’s Garnotte has our current Canadian political leaders lining up at a BeaverTails stand looking to purchase a custom made Tail (possibly! Oh maybe hopefully!), made in their honour, in order to attract the same positive crowd reactions Obama has been showered with since his inauguration and during his stop in the Ottawa ByWard Market. Harper asks for a plain old Cheez Whiz Tail, Michael is looking for a fancy caviar Tail, Gilles is looking for a blueberry Tail (with blueberries from Lac Saint-Jean Québec please!) and Jack, as not to bother too much, would like a simple orange Tail.
La Presse’s Chapleau, has the Canadian Prime Minister freely distributing from a tray, with a grinning smile, in hopes of softening his usually stern image, BeaverTails at the United Nations in New York during his Canadian seduction campaign. An event which followed the overwhelming positive responses Harper received in regards to President Obama’s fist brief foreign visit.
With all this media attention regarding world leaders and BeaverTails, some former Canadian Prime Ministers have been left wondering why a BeaverTail had never been created in their own honour. Take Kim Campbell for instance…
Regretting nothing,

Justin

Friday, February 27, 2009

What is a BeaverTail? - Animoto

video

Here is the video you can view when you click on the What is a BeaverTail? section of the new BeaverTails website.

Enjoy!

Regretting nothing,

Justin

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pres. Obama takes a stroll on the ByWard Market

Obama makes an unscheduled stop in the Ottawa ByWard Market during his first offcial foreign visit to Canada to get a few things and to sample the BeaverTails made in his honour, the ObamaTail!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Presidents, First Ladies and Winterludes, Oh My!

Ottawa is buzzing with excitement as it anxiously awaits the newly inaugurated President of the United States for his first official foreign visit.

The red carpets are laid out, the proper teas are being brewed and the pitchers of water that have yet to be placed in the centre of the discussion tables are being chilled for what the RCMP is calling “a veritable political rock star visit!” The Parliament expects to see many supporters of President Obama for today’s visit as he carries the hope of so many to strengthen Canadian and American relations. In honour of this special day, the BeaverTails stores in the ByWard Market and on the Rideau Canal Skateway will be distributing the now famous ObamaTails, served at the Canadian Embassy in Washington last month during the President’s inauguration. Not since Hilary Clinton, back in 1995, known then as the First Lady of the United States, had adorned some skates and frolicked on the Rideau Canal to a BeaverTails hut has there been so much excitement over a political figure in Ottawa during the busy Winterlude festivities.

Will President Obama have time to partake in Winterlude festivities I hear some ask? Unfortunately, many speculators agree that the new President will have a lot on his plate to discuss with Prime Minister Harper and so the chance of seeing him skating along the Rideau Canal might not be in the cards for now. Nonetheless, you can show your support and have an ObamaTail in celebration of his visit. After all, the parliament is a mere seven minutes walk away from the Rideau Canal and the ByWard Market.

How busy of a schedule?

President Obama will be greeted by the Governor General at 10:30 this morning at the International Ottawa Airport. At 11:30 he will meet with Prime Minister Harper and then following-up with a press conference at 2:45 this afternoon. At 4:00 pm, he will be greeted and sent off for his return to Washington at the airport by Liberal opposition leader Michael Ignatieff. A short and sweet visit, like a neighbour casually making his introductions around the block.

SNOW ALERT

This weekend is your last chance to partake in the Winterlude festivities for the 2009 edition. With the newly fallen snow, it is the ideal time to take in some winter fun as opposed to the dewy temperatures of the previous weekend. Here’s hoping for another great wrap-up season!

Regretting nothing,

Justin

****UPDATE****

In the end, President Obama had time to visit the ByWard Market and have a BeaverTail!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ObamaTails for Everyone!

It’s time! Today’s the day! Hooray! A breath of fresh democratic air into the world’s lungs has just been inhaled which makes us seem a little giddier than usual. Never has the word “inauguration” and “presidential” spun so many smiles of relief and beaming eyes of hope in so many. A very exciting time for anyone or anything with a pulse! The people of BeaverTails are also very excited about Barack Obama’s inauguration to the American presidency, so much so, that we have created a Tail in honour of the celebration and the 44th President of the United States. To test them out before the big day, founder Grant Hooker and his wife Pam, distributed free, what are now called ObamaTails, last week on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Whipped cream and chocolate hazelnut in the shape of a letter O on a warm Tail became an overnight hit in Canada. Today, the ObamaTails will be served at the Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during the inaugural parade at a good old fashion tailgate party! If you don’t have a ticket to the inaugural festivities in Washington, the ObamaTail will be served once again on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa in celebration of the new American president.

What better way to celebrate the sweet ascent to the presidential seat!

Here are some pictures of last week’s event on the Rideau Canal. Doesn’t that Tail look deliciously democratic!

Regretting nothing,

Justin