Monday, September 7th, 2009
My granola mix for breakfast has evolved much since I started Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast Spa in August 2006. At the beginning I would mix the granola mix with yogurt and serve it bowls for each guest, I noticed leftover which had to be thrown out. Then I mixed it the yogurt and the granola mix in bowl had the guests serve themselves out of the mix which there was still extra which I couldn’t keep for long thus, had to be thrown out.
It was summer 2008 when Dana Cowin, the chief editor of Food and wine magazine came to stay at the inn with her family for a week that I realized I really shouldn’t mix anything, I should simply leave everything in a bowl separate for each guest to serve themselves as much or as little as they want.
Now, I put the oats flakes that I bake with organic, canola oil in a separate bowl, a bowl of mixed dried organic, sulfate free fruit, a bowl of my homemade yogurt, a small bowl of raisins, a small bowl of coconut flakes, a small bowl of seeds which I buy raw and roast. A bowl of wild, organic, MOFGA certified Maine blueberries.
I also never seem to serve the same style. Here are couple of photos of today’s granola breakfast for Mala and Sohil who were referred to Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast, Spa by Khyati and Ajay who stayed at the inn Labor Day Weekend 2008.
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Lisa & Sam were to arrive at the Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast Spa Inn, around 3 p.m. on Friday, July 31st 2009 but Delta Airlines had overbooked so they were flown to Boston then shuttled to the inn. They got here after midnight closer to 1 a.m. totally exhausted. I made them a big jar of ice water with lemon. So they lost a day getting here all disappointed from their flight. I felt very bad for them. All I could do was to make sure they have a good time, relax and get some smile on their faces.
I had told them they could get up late for breakfast as I do with all of my guests so they were down for a piece of toast and jam around 10:30 then had yoga followed by real breakfast which was wild mushroom omelet. After breakfast I insisted they take my car drive to ‘Reid State Park’ then go to ‘Five Islands Lobster’ to have lobster for dinner. They tried to resist but finally they accepted and when they went they loved both the view at the park which is full of amazing rocks and cliffs and the ‘Five Island Lobster’ where lobsters are caught fresh from the water and served right there, the view is really amazing as well.
Both Sam & Lisa had yoga with Susan Lubner, my yoga teacher and a massage (3 deep tissue massages and one Shiatue/Thai massage.) They also had dinner at the inn every night, they didn’t want to try any of the local restaurants. One last note, they came to town of Bath, simply because Kismet Inn is here. I am glad I can bring business to Bath, Maine.
Here is what Lisa wrote in my guest book… what more should an innkeeper ask for but a comment as such.
Like ships passing while sailing through the night -
our kindred souls have connected in our paths of life -
We are eternally grateful for the uplifting experience….
Lisa McDonnell & Sam Mofer
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Every year Downtown Bath hosts free musical events throughout the summer, with weekly concerts at the Gazebo in the Library Park rich across Kismet Inn Spa Bed and Breakfast. In fact, often guests sit on the porch people watching and listening to the music. Live music in a lovely quaint town. My guest sip on tea, nibble on some of the confections I make, chat and enjoy the music as well as the scenery. It is often quiet with few cars so it does give the feel of times gone by specially since Kismet Inn bed and breakfast is a completely organic, local and natural place. So organic, local and natural that even my washing detergent is locally made, chemical free, so organic that I hardly ever use a dryer to dry the wash, always line dry them or during winter dry them on the magnificent old radiators that are original to the house with a date on each one of them reading ’1891′
City of Bath, Maine has more music to offer than just the Gazebo across from Kismet Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Spa, at Waterfront Park which is only one block away from the inn, right on Kennebec River. There is also special performances held at the ‘Chocolate Church Arts Center’ which also is only couple of minutes walking distance from the inn.
The Gazebo Concerts are Tuesdays & Fridays starting June 26 – August 21st
Concerts begin at 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation are pleased to announce the first ever open house of Maine lighthouses.
The largest effort of its kind in the nation, the event is designed to provide access to the public to all participating lighthouses on that one day.
The partnership with the Coast Guard, State of Maine and American Lighthouse Foundation is intended to increase awareness of Maine’s maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers.
For further information please click on the link:
Maine Office of Tourism – Open Lighthouse Day
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Halva is mostly known in the West made with sesame. This is totally different. The ingredients are flour, ghee, syrup made with saffron, rose water, cardamom, sugar. I become creative and add roasted slivered almonds or coconut or blueberries and always ginger, it all depends on my mood and availability. It is very aromatic and tasty, it is best served with tea.
You can enjoy different kinds of halva with served with tea with your stay at the Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast, Spa.