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A Peak to Peak CabinAfter several rather grey and overcast mornings, Thursday dawned with a clear sky and my IPhone told me that there was going to be a temperature high of around 20º in Whistler. It was definitely the day for us to do the Peak to Peak Gondola ride.

The Peak to Peak Gondola connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on a 4.4 kilometre long ride. Opened in December 2008,  it breaks three world records. Supported by only four towers, two...

I was up by 7 as usual and brewing coffee. Breakfast for the second day was a bowl of Liberté the tempting Pure breads baking listMediterranean yogurt, thick and creamy, with blue berries and strawberries. Then while my friend headed off for a golf lesson at Whistler Golf  Club Driving Range, I settled down to catch up on my writing.

By 11:30 we were ready to head out on an exploratory walk around the village to see what was open for lunch....

the aesthetics chairs in Avello SpaTuesday dawned overcast and grey but I was optimistic that the sun would be busting through the clouds a little later. After coffee and  a breakfast of yogurt and berries, I went off to the Avello Spa to be indulged!

At the Avello Spa they were offering a special treatment deal for a paraffin wax manicure and pedicure. I was greeted by the reception staff and then Aiko, a delightful young aesthetician originally from Osaka, came to...

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

Araxi on Urbanspoon

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...

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...

the foie gras sundae from heavenEnsemble
850 Thurlow Street
Vancouver
Ph: (604)  569-3415   or Reserve Online at Open Table

Ensemble on Urbanspoon

Ensemble, which opened in Vancouver a couple of months ago, was on my "must visit" list and finally, before going to see Anything Goes at Theatre under the Stars, I managed to organize  a pre-show dinner visit.

Like many of my local foodie friends I had followed the ups...

charcuterie appetizer plateLe Bistro de Paris
751 Denman Street,
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 687-1418 or Reserve Online at Open Table

Le Bistro de Paris on Urbanspoon

We picked Le Bistro for  our pre-show meal before heading into Stanley Park to see the Theatre Under the Stars production of Bye Bye Birdie in Malkin Bowl. This was my first visit to this restaurant although it has been around for a long time.

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Antipasto Misto - part of the dishItalian Kitchen
1037 Alberni Street,
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 687-2858 or Reserve Online

Italian Kitchen on Urbanspoon

We were going to be treated to a Mother's Day brunch at Italian Kitchen but at the last minute, had to cancel due to illness. So we were very happy to be able to reschedule to a later date. There were five of us who arrived for the Sunday...

Dungeness crab salad in buttermilk crepesDiva  Restaurant and Bar at the Metropolitan Hotel,
645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Phone (604) 602-7788  or Reserve Online

Diva at the Met on Urbanspoon

For our pre-show dinner, before seeing Bridge Mix 2011, a site specific theatre production at the Metro Parkade on West Pender, we went to Diva at the Met Restaurant.

It was a pleasant twenty minute walk to Granville and Howe,...

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