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Review From The Cellar

“Taste" fine foods and wines in restaurant reviews in my home base of Vancouver, on international travels on land and on cruise ships. Explore wines from boutique wineries in British Columbia, and the Pacific North-West, or around the world.

Snow on the peaks in JulyI visit Whistler, BC in the summer  of 2011 to check out whether it lives up to its international reputation for consistent fine dining experiences - and it definitely does. 

Farmer's market cherriesI also check out the spa scene and walking trails, as well as the Peak to Peak Gondola ride.

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

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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 it only serves breakfast...

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 of Saturday...

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  with two of my...

SALT Tasting Room
45 Blood Alley, Gastown
Ph: 604-633-1912 or Reserve Online

Sweet tooth? Not I. I choose salami over strudel any time.So it is appropriate that the first supping experience I report occurred at SALT, a restaurant specializing in charcuterie and cheeses. Mmmmm. Just thinking about it sets my mouth watering.

Wandering with a friend around Gastown at lunch time, I remembered an enthusiastic report on SALT from my son on his recent visit here from New York. Making our way though a less than savoury looking...

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