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July 2011

Arctic CharAraxi
4222 Whistler Village Square
Whistler, BC
Ph: (604) 932-4540  or Reserve online at OpenTable

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Araxi was the fourth of the major restaurants that are synonymous with fine dining in Whistler, that we could try on this brief five day visit.

A five minute walk from our hotel in the village,  Araxi's patio seating looked inviting with its white table cloths and comfortable-looking chairs.  Despite the lingering sunshine, we opted to...

goat cheese frittersLa Rua
4557 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC.
Ph: (604) 932-5011   or Reserve Online at OpenTable

La Rua Restaurante on Urbanspoon

For our dinner at La Rua we were joined by our friend, Hilary, a talented chef who had prepared a great brunch for us at her home,on our second day in Whistler.

the view from our table...

sparkling wine flutesBearfoot Bistro,
4121 Village Green,
Whistler, BC
Ph: (604) 932-3433  or Reserve online at OpenTable

Bearfoot Bistro on Urbanspoon

I thought our Whistler dining experience could not get much better but it did. Bearfoot Bistro was the restaurant for the second night of my Destination Whistler: Five Days of Fine Dining Travelblogue.

  The menu offered a three course option - a selection from the starter, main and dessert course menus but...

the Cobb saladFireRock Lounge at  the Whistler Westin Resort and Spa
4090 Whistler Way
Whistler, BC
(604) 935-4345

Firerock Lounge on Urbanspoon

We were quite hungry by the time we had driven up to Whistler after a stop in Caulfield Village, and then checked in for our week at the Westin Resort.

West Coast Crab cakeWe were hoping to try the Aubergine Grill for lunch but...

charcuterie plateMallard Lounge at Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Blvd
Whistler, BC

Ph: (604) 838-8000

Mallard Lounge at Chateau Whistler on Urbanspoon

Wandering through the Chateau Whistler we thought we would have lunch at the Wildflower Restaurant but instead we were directed to the Mallard Lounge, where lunch was being served.

cheese platterWe were seated at a table with...

warm mushroom salad Rimrock Cafe
2117  Whistler Road,
Ph: (604) 932-5565 or Reserve Online at OpenTable

Rimrock Cafe and Oyster Bar on Urbanspoon

Rimrock Cafe is the first of the fine dining restaurants that I am visiting for  my Destination Whistler: Five Days of Fine Dining story. We had a reservation for 6 PM and the Shuttle bus from the Westin Resort and Spa dropped us off at the restaurant, shortly before 6 PM....

Blue sky and sunshine on Georgia StreetIt was a gloriously  sunny day in Vancouver, one of the few we have enjoyed so far this summer. I was stuffed to the gills- or I would have been if I had gills. 

I had just walked back home from the media launch of Michelle Ng's 2011 Foodie Street Cart Tour during which we tasted fare from 5 downtown Vancouver...

Day Three

The third full day session of the Level II course was held on the weekend following the first 2 sessions. It was on the Sunday, and after the educational component, we were to write the multiple choice examination. Luckily at this level there is no actual tasting component. By this stage in the course I was feeling pretty good about white wines, but probably had no hope of getting through a red wine tasting.

I had planned on spending time during the week and and then all...

The Second Day: Wines by Region and Classic Varietals

Lynn had alerted us that the afternoon of the second day might be a bit challenging as the focus was on red wines. But despite the fact that I spent the previous night enjoying Richard III instead of studying my WSET manual, I hopped off the Canada Line and walked over to BCIT with a definite sense of optimism. After all we were starting the morning ...

Photo credit. Laura Findlay.I am not a rabble rouser. I don't sign petitions or march in parades to support  or protest against ideologies or political actions.  I don't subscribe to any particular socio-political ideals but make up my mind based on how I see the reality of a specific situation. So why did I, along with a whole lot of people, head off to hear a reading of Homegrown by Catherine Frid, on the same night  in eleven different locations across Canada?

It's simply...