Thursday, December 22, 2011

INSPIRE: Five Fun Finds of the Month

We enjoy making treats, but we also enjoy finding them on the internet. With so many hilarious, thought-provoking and entertaining websites, we sometimes miss the coolest ones. Here’s a list of our five fave finds of the month. We think you’ll enjoy them!

#1 Famous Magazine First Covers

Oh, how times have changed! Although we’re partial to our glossies, we adore the vintage fashion drawings that used to grace the cover.

#2 Mealtime Myths

Indulge in your morning coffee worry-free! It isn’t as bad as they say. Phew.

#3 Hot Spot Destination

Want to get away in the New Year? Bali is definitely an option! We promise you’ll love it. Could you bring us, too?

#4 Cute Homes

We’ve never seen a home so adorable! This home is in Portugal and costs about the same as a family car. When can we move in?

#5 Chocolate Treats

We love chocolate so much that we’ve found a list of 35 ways to satisfy our chocolate cravings. We always prefer BeaverTails though!

Friday, December 16, 2011

EXPLORE: Breckenridge, Colorado

Come visit beautiful Breckenridge and help them celebrate its 50th anniversary! You'll love hitting some of the best slopes in Colorado and, of course, a quick trip to nearby Keystone, CO to indulge in a yummy Beavertail pastry and a warm cup of cocoa. This town has a lot to offer, including these fun activities that you won’t want to miss:
Take a break from skiing and enjoy the thrill of riding down the mountain on a roller coaster! Ride solo or with a friend as you whiz through the beautiful wintery wonderland.

Time for some R 'n' R! Spoil yourself with one of their unique rejuvenation massages or relieve some stress with a Blue River Stone Massage.

If you’re looking for something romantic to do with your loved one, you’ll definitely appreciate Breckenridge Stables’ Dinner Sleigh Ride. Enjoy a 45-minute sleigh ride through the breathtaking scenery, and stop midway for a delicious meal overlooking the city.

Monday, December 12, 2011

LISTEN: Holiday Cheer!

'Tis the season to crank the holiday tunes and shamelessly sing along. We hope our playlist, featuring wonderful Canadian artists, helps put you in the spirit! Happy holiday to you and yours from everyone here at BeaverTails Inc.
  1.  Justin Bieber (feat. Mariah Carey) - All I Want For Christmas Is You
  2.  Michael Buble - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  3.  Sarah McLachlan - Happy Christmas
  4.  Justin Bieber (feat. Boyz II Men) - Fa La La
  5.  Celine Dion - Blue Christmas
  6. Michael Buble (feat. Shania Twain) - White Christmas 
  7. Justin Bieber (feat. Busta Rhymes) - Drummer Boy

Friday, December 2, 2011

EXPLORE: Whistler

Happy December! Jack Frost is nipping away across Canada, and we couldn't be happier because colder weather means winter sports! Whistler got a lot of buzz for the last Olympics, and it's still a top spot in Canada for a winter wonderland getaway. Aside from hitting the world-class slopes and eating piping-hot BeaverTails pastries there are some other great activities that you won't want to miss.

Take an incredible 4.4-kilometer gondola ride that zips you from Whistler mountain across to Blackcomb. One for the record books, it boasts the longest unsupported span (3.024 kms), the highest lifts of its kind (436 metres) and is the longest continuous lift system in the world.

Surrounded by a spruce and cedar forest this outdoor spa is the epitome of relaxation. Relax in hot pools, eucalyptus steam rooms and Finnish saunas, then refresh yourself in crisp waterfalls, showers and baths. All the while breathing in the fresh country air. Top it off with a massage and you're likely to float all the way home.

Photo: Robin O'Neill 
Exercise your mind and learn about the two different BC First Nations cultures whose traditional land overlaps in Whistler. See incredible handiwork including woven goods and totem poles, and pick up some Native art in the gift shop.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MOVEMBER: A delicious cause!

It’s Movember and we want BeaverTails lovers of all ages to get in on the action! All you need to do is indulge in a yummy tail and send us a picture of yourself with a chocolaty moustache to support the fight against prostate cancer. For every picture you send us on Twitter or Facebook, we will donate $1 to the cause, up to $1000!

Check out some cute and creative campaigns that we're happy to share!

See how people all over the world are Movember-ing! 

Whoever said only men could grow moustaches never met Ella!

Mous-tag yourself on the Biotherm Canada Facebook page!

Which Habs player is sporting the best mo’?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

UPDATE: BeaverTails Make The News!

We're proud to report that we were able to create some pro-beaver buzz last week! As the debate about our national symbol rages on, we're fighting the good fight and standing up for our toothy friend. Check out some of the stories that have been circulating, and sign our petition below to help save our beloved beaver!

Sign our petition to save the beaver at Canada's national animal:

Friday, November 4, 2011

DEBATE: Beavers vs Bears

The debate is on! Senator Nicole C. Eaton is proposing that our beloved beaver be replaced by the polar bear as the official emblem of Canada. You can guess which side we're on... To bolster support for our favourite furry symbol, here are our top five reasons why beavers are better than polar bears:
1. They've paid their dues! The trade of beaver pelts played a huge part in the settlement and history of Canada.
2. Beavers are the strong silent type. They're stoic, smart and will stand up for themselves. Did you see those teeth?
3. Unlike some animals that are known to hibernate, beavers are hardworking all year long.
4. Beavers are community builders and help forestation. They were eco-friendly before it was trendy!
5. When it comes to tail-shaped pastries, it's a no-brainer! Bigger is better!

Rest assured, we at BeaverTails are sharpening our teeth on a project that will show the noble beaver just how much we care…and demonstrate its majesty to all who behold it. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

INSPIRE – Our 5 Fave Links of October

October is among our favourite months, thanks in part to Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween. There's also something special about it being part of the season where the air cools and the leaves change colours... As you'll see from our five favourite links this month, we've fallen for fall!

  1. Food blog extraordinaire, Tiger In A Jar, released its latest mouth-watering video that has spiced pumpkin mini-cakes growing on trees. Doesn't get much better than that!
  2. The NHL has kicked off its regular season and there's already been plenty of action. Our bets are in the pool, are yours?
  3. We're on the move! BeaverTails will soon be setting up shop in majestic Niagara Falls. Check out our travel guide to get to know our new neighbourhood.
  4. Satisfy your appetite and get into the Halloween spirit with this adorably spooky Tentacle Pot Pie.
  5. Hockey isn't the only sport we love. Baseball also gets us going! We were glued to the television for the World Series and the festive victory parade in St. Louis.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

EXPLORE: Fall for Niagara Falls

The majestic vista of Niagara Falls has been a favourite destination for honeymooning couples and families for ages! We’ll be opening a store at 4967 Clifton Hill on November 4th (with a Grand Opening on November 12th), and are thrilled to be part of one of Canada’s great tourist attractions. Of course, the biggest draw here is the falls itself, a gargantuan cascade system that draws over 28-million visitors a year to its plunging waters. Here are some of our favourite ways to enjoy the falls (on the Canadian side, of course!):

Queen Victoria Park is a green space whose manicured gardens can be enjoyed by picnicking families. The park also has platforms with spectacular views of the falls. 

Named after a mythical character of First Nations origins, the Maid of the Mist is a historical boat that docks on both sides of the border and takes passengers behind the misty veil of the falls for an up-close-and-personal view. 

Both the Skylon Tower and the Minolta Tower offer breathtaking aerial views of the falls.

The Whirlpool Aero Car is a cable car built in 1913 that still takes tourists over a section of the falls known as the Niagara Whirlpool. 

Get ready for your trip by watching out some movies starring the falls, like Niagara with Marilyn Monroe and Superman II

Of course, nothing beats the awesome experience of seeing the falls in person—and indulging in a tasty BeaverTail while you’re there will only make the visit sweeter!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LISTEN: American Music Awards Nominees

The nominations for the American Music Awards are in! Until we find out will be taking home the hardware on November 20th, we'll be busy listening to this fresh playlist featuring some of the hottest artists in the running and placing our bets... 

We hope you enjoy the tracks from stars like Adele, Sara Evans and Taylor Swift. There's also a sweet little remix by the Canadian most likely to succeed at the AMAs. Can you guess who? His name rhymes with "beaver."

Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Live)
Justin Bieber - How To Love (Remix)
Sara Evans - A Little Bit Stronger (Live)
Brad Paisley ft. Carrie Underwood - Remind Me
Blake Shelton - Footloose
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Adele 21 - Found A Boy
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks (Live)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WATCH: Films with Canadian Actresses

Fans of Lost who are still in withdrawal will be thrilled to see Canadian star Evangeline Lilly in Real Steel, which just hit the big screens. It’s a robot-fighting flick that’s fun for the whole family, and also stars Aussie heartthrob Hugh Jackman.

For those with a hankering for other tough-as-nails Canadian heroines in action-packed flicks, the following might make for a good movie-night-in:

Whip It
Haligonian Ellen Page plays a newbie in the hardscrabble world of Roller Derby, where she learns to elbow aside the competition and make friends with Drew Barrymore in the process.

Sherlock Holmes
The beautiful Rachel McAdams (originally from London, Ontario) plays the love interest of Robert Downey, Jr. in director Guy Richie’s take on the Edwardian detective stories.

Toronto’s Sarah Polley (once a child star on Road to Avonlea) is all grown up in this sci-fi thriller about a genetic experiment gone wrong, which was one of 2010’s big sleepers.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

INSPIRATION: We're Talking Turkey!

How can it possibly be October already? If you’re like us, the harvest season has crept up pretty fast, but that doesn’t mean we're willing to skimp on festive Thanksgiving fun! To help you get the table ready, here are five of our favourite Thanksgiving links—from turkey trivia to kids crafts, along with some delicious recipes.

An all-Canadian turkey-cooking strategy from CanadianLiving: Barbecue the bird! A great option if the weather cooperates and we can still cook outside.

Remember those paper turkey decorations you used to make? These craft projects for kids are classic!

The Montreal Gazette’s chef smackdown: A little friendly competition when it comes to cooking the bird is never a bad thing! Recipes included. 

Can turkeys fly? Take Martha Stewart’s trivia quiz to test your knowledge. (Psst! Brush up for bragging rights before the big dinner!)

This tasty meatless thanksgiving menu will satisfy more than just the vegetarians at your table.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

INSPIRATION: Our Fave Links This Month

When we're not cooking up delicious treats for our friends, we're searching for interesting content to share with you on Twitter, Facebook and right here on our blog. This month's roundup of our favourite links of the month include recipes for harvest-season dinners for the whole family: Three delicious and nutritious recipes, plus one beautiful dessert idea. (Of course, BeaverTails always makes the best dessert…) Enjoy!

Epicurious crafted a whole menu based on The Big Bang Theory, to usher in the new television season!

Pick a pepper! Then find out how to roast 'em, stuff 'em or make 'em into soup from Canadian Living!

Montreal’s Grumman ’78 taco truck talks Banh Mi tacos. So, so good...

And finally for a real treat, drool over Deena Pricheps’ Figs with Dolcelatte at DesignSponge.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

LISTEN: Driving Songs

Drive, the first mainstream outing from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, was the toast of TIFF this year. Ryan Gosling plays a Hollywood stunt driver in big with L.A.’s crime underground alongside Carey Mulligan and Christina Hendricks (Joan from Mad Men). We can’t wait to see this one! In the meantime, here’s a playlist of driving songs for your next road trip. 

Prince - Little Red Corvette
Paul McCartney - Drive My Car
The Wallflowers - One Headlight
Jackson Browne - Running On Empty
Rascal Flatts - Life Is A Highway
Dave Matthews Band - Drive In Drive Out
Bon Jovi - Lost Highway
Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running
Aretha Franklin - Freeway To Love 
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song

Friday, September 9, 2011

WATCH: Three Must-See Canadian Films

The Toronto International Film Festival began yesterday, and we’re on the scene to let you know what’s hot on screens! These Canadian flicks will be released over the calendar year in theatres, so don’t worry, you'll get a chance to see them if you can't catch them at TIFF.

Director: Sarah Polley
Polley’s follow-up feature to 2006’s Away From Her is a lighthearted love letter to Toronto.

Viggo Mortensen’s third collaboration with Cronenberg is about the relationship between psychoanalysts  Jung and Freud.

Director: Sheldon Larry
A musical coming-of-age story about a boy who finds himself on the dancefloor in L.A.’s vogueing underground.