We are out on the trail again, the Nanaimo Bar trail that is. And we are here to tell you about some of the amazing sweet treats that you can discover on the trail in Nanaimo. This week our adventure takes us to some truly unique Nanaimo locations to try some truly unique creations. From the Nanaimo Bar Spring roll, to a sweet drink, a traditional bar, and to a raw Nanaimo Bar. The new Nanaimo Bar Trail brochure is out and you can pick it up at any of the locations on the trail or the Nanaimo Visitor Centre. Or you can view it (here) on the website or on your smartphone.
Power House Living Foods Co.
Owner: Toni Jefferies
Nanaimo Bar: Raw Nanaimo Bar
Key tastes: Nutty, Complex, Creamy
The Nanaimo Bar is a creamy and nutty dessert that came of a beautiful wooden plate This Nanaimo Bar is not the traditional kind but it pulls its roots from the original recipe. This is a Nanaimo Bar you can order, devour and feel good about eating!
Owner: Jim and Roxanna Gain
Nanaimo Bar: Nanaimo Bar
Key tastes: LIght, Chocolate-y, Sweet
Ohana’s Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant in Nanaimo, located on Bowen Road near Northfield Road, It is a beach style, tropical restaurant with good and whole homemade food. Jim and Roxanne describes their cafe as “A fun, beach-style Cafe-Deli in tropical colours with freshly baked treats & homemade comfort foods… Many with a light & spicy twist” and we couldn’t agree more. Ohana’s makes a traditional Nanaimo Bar with a little bit of a twist. While the twist part is a secret, it delivers less sweet flavours and more of the creamy light goodness that we all know and love in a Nanaimo Bar. You might also note that Ohana’s Cafe have reached the #16 Most Favorite Cafe (out of 269) in Nanaimo… after barely a year! They have some AMAZING LOYAL CUSTOMERS & FANS that they would like to to thank and give a shout-out to!
Owner: Tony and Heidi Aupers
Nanaimo Bar: Nanaimo Bar Tea Latte
Key tastes: Creamy, Subtle, Smooth
Tea Desire is a family owned business located inside Country Club Mall. They carry a very large selection of loose leaf tea and beautiful tea-ware:
They also have cups of tea available to be made “to go” and that is what the Nanaimo Bar Tea Latte is.
You can either get it hot or cold, over ice. In the cold tea latte you will find chocolate syrup, brewed velvety vanilla black tea, almond milk, whipped cream and shredded coconut to top it all off. In the hot tea latte, instead of whipped cream, they use wonderfully frothed milk. Delicious!
Nanaimo Bar: Nanaimo Bar Spring Roll
Key tastes: Crispy, Gooey, Sweet
Nodlebox is a Southeast Asian noodle bar that started in Victoria as a food cart, on a corner in downtown. It exploded, the lines got bigger and bigger, the demand grew and grew so a store was opened in China Town in Victoria. A few years later they opened another on Douglas street. Noodle Box at Port Place mall opened only a couple months ago and they have been booming so far.
Noodle box’s Nanaimo Bar is unique because it comes in spring roll form. Along with the Nanaimo Bar Spring Roll it comes with an amazing coconut dipping sauce. It is light and creamy and goes really well with the decadent spring roll.
This is something I have never experienced before, a truly Nanaimo unique treat. Make sure to check out the Port Place Noodle Box because that is the only place you can pick up this sweet treat!
That’s all for this jaunt on the Nanaimo Bar Trail. Stayed tuned for more from us on this sweet and delicious trail!
~ Sarah & Sean