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Mary's Stories

Mrs. B.
Published November 7, 2007, in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

Mrs. B. was a stately, attractive woman in her mid-eighties. She arrived at the Inn in a flutter because she felt the taxi driver had not driven the most direct route from the airport to the Inn, even though she had never been to Fairbanks. It was easy to see from the get-go that Mrs. B. was going to be a high-maintenance guest. She quickly informed us that her deceased husband, the Navy Admiral, always insisted on first-class accommodations and good service from the servants. There was little doubt who the servants were during her very long six night stay.

At breakfast on day one, the food was wonderful but the portions were too large. On day two, the food was sooo good, could she have more. On day three, why did we serve her meat everyday. On day four, she was tired of our breakfast and only wanted fruit and toast. On day five, melon was not the type fruit she ate, take it away. Get the picture.

Breakfast at the Inn is served in the dinning room twice each morning. Guests are requested to let the staff know which time best suites their schedule so the meal can be served fresh and hot. The first seating at 7:30a.m. is usually selected by those who have early tours or a long day's journey. The 8:30a.m. seating is more often those who are in no hurry and prefer a nice leasiurely meal and visit.

On day six, Mrs. B. arrived 30 minutes late for her requested 8:30a.m. breakfast. The table was flowing with pleasant conversation which did not stop when she entered the dinning room. She stepped to her vacant seat at the table with hands on her hips and announced, “I’m here if anyone cares.” As in unison, the thank yous for a wonderful breakfast echoed to the staff as every guest excused themselves. You have never seen a room empty so fast. Mrs. B. ate her breakfast alone and departed with “breakfast was good.” In this case, the cook accepted Mrs. B. remark as a compliment. Sometimes a simple meal served in a quiet setting is comfort to the soul, Mrs. B’s, the other guests, and the Innkeepers!

Mrs. B’s Breakfast Parfaits

  • 1 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh slices strawberries
  • 1 whole strawberry, fanned
  • 1/4 cup slices bananas
  • 1/2 cup of grape-nut cereal
  • 1 slice melon or cantaloupe
  • 2 thin slices raisin bread, toasted

In a clear, two cup parfait glass layer the above ingredients. Begin with 2 tablespoons of yogurt in the bottom of the glass. Over the yogurt, spoon in a layer of cereal followed by a layer of fruit. Repeat the layers until the glass is full, ending with yogurt sprinkled with a small amount of cereal to garnish and top with one whole fanned strawberry.

Place the parfait glass on a pretty plate along with a slice of cantaloupe and the hot toasted raisin bread.

INN TIPS. At the Inn we often have guests with dietary restrictions. As an alternate to our full breakfast we always have fruit, cereal, and yogurt on hand. These three items can be combined in many arrangements to make an attractive meal. Presentation often wins the day for a simple, fast breakfast.

Use any flavor fruit yogurt arranged with any type fruit or cereal. If you don’t have a parfait glass use a clear wide rimmed drinking glass or bowl. The clear glass shows off the layers and creates an eye-catching appeal. To fan a strawberry, rinse a large whole strawberry in cold water. Slice the strawberry from bottom to top four or five times being careful not to cut through the top of the berry. Gently press the berry between your thumb and finger until the strawberry forms a fan

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Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

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