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The long Whistler winter is drawing to a close, and the long sunny days of summer are now just weeks away. While Canada’s popular ski resort might not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a summer getaway, the months of June, July and August now attract an equal number of visitors as their winter equivalents.
While the winter months offer snow sports and apres-ski, summer travel in Whistler promises an altogether more laid-back feel. While outdoor thrills and stress-busting activities can still be found in abundance, Whistler’s legendary mountain spas draw visitors from all around to enjoy a relaxing summer BC-style.
Here’s our guide to the best spas and top activities to inspire!
WHISTLER SPA RETREATS
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort tops the list when it comes to Whistler spa retreats, having been named the #1 hotel spa in Canada at the Travel and Leisure’s “World Best Awards”. You won’t find a more quintessentially Canadian signature treatment! Consisting of a maple syrup and brown sugar scrub, followed by a clay body wrap and finished up with an Argan oil hair treatment, this is a treatment not to be missed! The spa is family-friendly too, so if you’re travelling with kids check out the kiddo specific manicures and gentle facials. There’s also a comprehensive offering of sports massages, custom facials and nail-care services designed for the active man.
The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge
The Nita Lake Lodge boasts arguably one of the most desirable locations in all of Whistler, and the lakeside spa is the perfect place to relax and recharge. While the rooftop hot tubs offer incredible views, visit the eucalyptus steam room for a truly revitalizing experience. The ultimate HydraFacial experience comes highly recommended. The treatment uses LED light therapy with anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits. Nita Lake is ranked as the number one place to get your relaxation on according to TripAdvisor, and the impressive dining options on site are ideal for grabbing a healthy bite or a more indulgent meal.
Vida Spa at The Fairmont
The Vida Spa boasts an impressive service menu with everything from massage treatments to body wraps on offer. Many of Vida’s treatments are based on the principles of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year old system of holistic Indian medicine. According to Ayurveda, the key to a long and healthy life is achieving a balance between body, mind and spirit. Vida has created its own all natural signature ayurvedic line that is made locally, using treatment ingredients including eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and sandalwood, so you can even take a few products home with you. The de-stress treatments are most definitely worth checking out, comprising a tension target massage, foot therapy and express massage.
If an outdoor spa that operates a “quiet policy” sounds like your kind of thing, make a beeline for the Scandinave Spa. The spa is located on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove, and the rustic wooden setting includes an array of massage rooms and saunas, as well as an extensive hydrotherapy offering. Journey through three stages starting with the hot installations made up of eucalyptus steam baths, wood burning sauna and Finnish sauna. Move to the cold installations including Nordic waterfalls and showers, before finishing up in the relaxation areas made up of solariums, outdoor fireplaces and yoga studio.
WANDERLUST 2019 (Aug 1-4th 2019)
Whistler’s most laid-back festival returns this summer, and once again the emphasis for Wanderlust 2019 is all about wellness. The event brings together instructors, speakers and influential figures from around the world to celebrate yoga, meditation, and the outdoors. Top musical acts and DJs provide the soundtrack, while top chefs serve up healthy and delicious culinary treats.
Yoga: If you can’t make it to the Wanderlust festival, don’t worry. Yoga is popular in Whistler at any time of year, and there are plenty of places to get your yoga on. Heli-yoga is popular in these parts too. Take a short helicopter ride to a secluded area of Whistler backcountry and enjoy a practice like no other.
Axe Throwing: Break from the norm and relieve your frustration lumberjack-style, trying your hand at the rapidly-growing sport of axe throwing. This popular Canadian pastime is kind of like darts but with axes, and Forged Axe Throwing is one of the original urban throwing venues. Lumberjills are just as welcome, and the venue has been in the press for its work on engaging and encouraging more women to try their hand at this fun activity. Trust us, there’s nothing more satisfying than sinking a bullseye!
Hiking: A walk in the wilderness is a sure-fire way to relieve stress and see the stunning scenery that British Columbia is renowned for. Hiking in Whistler is a summer essential and the best way to enjoy it is with a guided hike. An experienced guide will not only share their local knowledge but also keep you safe.
Biking: Biking is another hugely popular summer activity in Whistler and there are over 200 trails ready to explore. Hire a bike from a number of places in Whistler village and get your cardio fix while taking it all in.
Fishing: Whether you’re an experienced angler or are yet to pick up a rod, fishing in Whistler is one of the best ways to let off steam. Choose between wading along the shoreline or casting from a boat, enjoying the peace and serenity of Whistler’s lakes and rivers.
Have you booked your hotel in Whistler yet?
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This delicious recipe blends familiar flavours like cumin, peppercorn and cinnamon with exotic spices like star anise and ancho chillies. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by serving this traditional Mexican dish!
- 20 fresh corn tortilla shells
- 4 lime wedges
- 20 pieces shaved radish
- Chopped cilantro leaves
- Cooked and shredded lamb
- Pico de gallo
Adobo Seasoning Paste:
- 1 dry chipotle
- 2 pieces guajillo peppers
- 2 pieces ancho chilli peppers
- 1/3 of a white onion
- 10 garlic cloves
- 2 cloves
- 1-star anise
- 1/3 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorn
- 1 inch piece of a cinnamon stick
- 3 lbs boneless lamb shoulder
- Banana leaves
- Butchers Twine
- 70 ml of Adobo
- A generous amount of kosher salt
Pico de gallo
- 2 whole Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 of a medium red onion, diced
- Cilantro, chopped
- 1/3 of a lime’s juice
- Lime zest
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cracked black pepper
Adobo Seasoning Paste
- Toast dry chillies over a grill on low heat for 1 minute.
- Soak the chillies in hot water for 20 minutes to soften.
- Remove the chillies from the water and remove all the seeds.
- Grill the onion and garlic on medium heat until slightly blistered.
- In a dry saucepan, gently toast the cumin, cloves, star anise, peppercorn and cinnamon stick over a gentle heat for 3 minutes, gently moving the pan around the stove to agitate the spices.
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth in a high-speed blender and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 325˚F.
- Wipe the wax off the banana leaves with a damp cloth.
- Overlap the banana leaves, at least 2 layers.
- Season the lamb with a generous amount of salt.
- Spread the adobo paste on the lamb until fully covered.
- Wrap the banana leaves around the lamb to form a tight parcel and tie with butcher’s twine.
- Add 2 cups of water to the bottom of your HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Roaster and put in the roasting rack.
- Place lamb parcel on the rack, cover with a lid.
- Cook for 4 hours, checking after 3 hours – the meat should be fork tender.
- Add more water if needed and cook further until desired tenderness.
- Let rest for 30 minutes.
- Combine the lamb with the liquid from the bottom of the roaster in a bowl and shred the lamb into small pieces with a fork.
- Adjust seasoning, adding in more adobo if desired.
Pico de gallo
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Grill tortilla shells spraying with water from a spray bottle to steam the tortilla.
- Place 1 large tablespoon of lamb on the tortilla and garnish with pico de gallo, shaved radishes and cilantro. Put lime wedge on the side.
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Vietnamese food is such a vibrant cuisine. It is one of my favourites. It is homey and comfortable; yet, it can be so complex. Sometimes, it is hard to think outside of a bowl of pho noodles. Kim Thuy’s cookbook Secrets of my Vietnamese Kitchen shares beautiful storytelling with simple and wonderful recipes that are full of flavour and easy to make. Reading her cookbook is like reading the Joy Luck Club all over again.
- Bowls and Stir-Fries
- Grilled and Fried
- Slow Cooking
- Desserts and Snacks
- Vietnamese Food-Wine Pairings
- Vietnamese Food-Music Pairings
There are over 50 delicious easy to make recipes to choose from in Secrets From My Vietnamese Kitchen. Every meal is an opportunity to show how and to be grateful for those who sit down and eat with us.
My favourite recipes that I’ve bookmarked include:
- Garlic Beef Stir Fry – Bo Xao
- Caramel Pork – Thit Ram
- Stuffed Squash Soup – Canh Bau
- Soursop Smoothie – Sinh To Mang Cau
- Vietnamese Meatloaf – Thit Chung Trung
- Fried Lemongrass Fish – Ca Chien Sa
- Salmon Steaks two-ay – Ca Chien
- Nathalie’s Matcha Tea Cookies
A hot bowl of soup always seems fitting no matter the season. A hot bowl of soup is warming in the winter. While a bowl of sweet and sour soup is cooling in the summer. The longer you let the flavours infuse, the better the soup is.
- 3 Tbsp (75 g) tamarind paste 3/4 cup (180 mL) boiling water 6 cups (1.5 L) water
- 3 Tbsp (45 mL) fish sauce
- 11/4 lb (560 g) tilapia fillets (or another
- firm-fleshed fish)
- 1/4 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into quarters 8 to 10 fresh okra, sliced
- 1 stalk taro, peeled and sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 11/2 cups (150 g) bean sprouts
- 1 bunch rice paddy herbs, coarsely chopped 1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped Fried onions or garlic, to taste
- Bird’s eye chili, thinly sliced, for serving Fish sauce dressing, for serving (p. 23)
- Spoon the tamarind paste into a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Pour the 6 cups (1.5 L) water into a stockpot, then add the fish sauce.
- Pour the tamarind paste and water mixture through a sieve into the stockpot. With a spoon, press down on the tamarind flesh to extract as much pulp as possible. Discard the seeds and residual pulp.
- Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
- Add the fish fillets to the broth and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the fish and reserve.
- Slice the pineapple lengthwise, then cut each piece into 1/2-inch (1.2 cm) thick slices.
- Add the pineapple and tomatoes to the broth and bring back to a boil.
- Add the okra and taro, lightly season with salt and pepper, and keep cooking for 2 minutes.
- Add the fish back to the pot, then stir in the bean sprouts, rice paddy herbs and cilantro. Bring back to a simmer, then remove from heat.
- Serve piping hot, sprinkled with fried onions or garlic, with bowls of bird’s eye chili and fish sauce dressing to dip the fish in.
- The longer you let the flavours infuse, the better the soup is. You can prepare it hours in advance and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.
- Garnish with reserved cilantro and green onions just before serving.
Excerpted from Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers by Kim Thuy. Copyright © 2017 Editions Libre Expression. Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman. Recipes translated by Marie Asselin. Appetite by Random House edition published in 2019. Food Photography by Sarah Scott. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
This cookbook is a gem and every meal is so homey and comforting. Although some recipes take time to digest and perfect, but I would recommend this to anyone looking to bring more flavours to their kitchen.
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ISBN – 10:0525610227
ISBN – 13:9780525610229
From The Official Press Release
In this unique and inviting introduction to a vibrant cuisine, Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen offers more than 50 easy-to-make recipes from bestselling novelist and former restaurateur Kim Thúy. Seven extraordinary women, Kim joined by her mother and five aunts, share their stories and their culinary secrets, accompanied by stunning photographs, charming descriptions and evocative extracts from Kim’s novels.
Between careers as a lawyer and an acclaimed novelist, Kim Thúy ran a celebrated restaurant called Ru de Nam in Montreal. Now, in her first cookbook, Kim combines her beautiful storytelling style with simple and wonderful recipes that are full of flavour: surprising yet comforting, and easy enough for every day. Welcoming us into her close-knit circle, she introduces us to her mother and five aunts, each with her story, each with her secrets, told through the food of the country they had to leave, Vietnam.
Starting with easily-prepared base ingredients of sauces, quick pickled vegetables and toasted rice flour, we move on to soups, sautés, vegetables, grilled foods, desserts and more. Sample recipes include Stuffed Squash Soup; Vermicelli Bowls; Caramel Pork; Calamari, Pork and Pineapple Stir-fry; Fried Lemongrass Fish; and Vietnamese Tapioca and Banana. Also, in collaboration with sommelier Michelle Bouffard, Kim suggests wine pairings for these Vietnamese dishes.
Kim says that Vietnamese often display their affection more easily with food than with words. This exquisite book deliciously demonstrates that every meal is an opportunity to show love, and to be grateful for those who sit down to eat with us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Saigon in 1968, KIM THÚY left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of ten and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner, and commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing. SHEILA FISCHMAN is the award-winning translator of some 150 contemporary novels from Quebec. In 2008 she was awarded the Molson Prize in the Arts. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal. MARIE ASSELIN is a food writer, translator, recipe developer, stylist, and culinary teacher who is based in Montreal.
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Acknowledgement Excerpted from Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers by Kim Thuy. Copyright © 2017 Editions Libre Expression. Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman. Recipes translated by Marie Asselin. Appetite by Random House edition published in 2019. […]
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Just like that the 6th annual Healthy Family Expo took place last weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 24th, 2019. This was a fun-filled day for with over 200 exhibitors showcasing healthy, active, eco-friendly products and services for Metro Vancouver families. We enjoyed all the healthy & tasty food and beverage sampling and shopping in the Whole Foods Market and London Drugs Health Zones.
Emily and we enjoyed stage highlights with Live Dino Shows, a Science World Demo, and Gumboot Kids Live Shows featuring Jessie Farrell and her CBC Kids friends Daniel Tiger, True, Daisy and Scout!
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Exhibitor List 2019
Exhibitor List 2019
6Pack Indoor Beach
A-Star Art Parlour
Alia Ledoux Essentials
Anitau2019s Organic Mill
Around the Back Chiropractic
BC Childrenu2019s Hospital Foundation u2013 RBC Race for The Kids
BC Parent Magazine
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
Caboo Paper Products
Canucks Autism Network
Cultus Lake Adventure Park
Cultus Lake Waterpark
du014dTERRA Essential Oils
Everland Natural Foods
Evo Car Share
Evolve Skateboard & Scooter Camps
Fatso High Performance Peanut Butter
Floating Leaf Fine Foods
Four Ou2019Clock Tea
Frog Friendly Coffee
Good Food For Good
Grimmu2019s Fine Foods
GTu2019s Living Foods
Health Canada u2013 Environmental Health Program
Kicking Horse Coffee
Kuddles Early Learning Centre
LaCroix Sparkling Water
Little Picasso Series
Little Winks Sleep
Loot Toy Company
Love Child Organics
Love Good Fats
Monarch Pediatric Dental Centre
Movies for Mommies
Mr. Quinleyu2019s Adventures
My Whole Earth Academy Preschool
Natural Calm Canada
Nature Bee Beeswax Wraps
North Shore Pediatric Dentistry
Ocean Wise AquaVan
One Degree Organics
Organika Health Products
PDG Pediatric Dental Group
Peaceful Easy Vegan Nutrition
Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia
Plastic Oceans International
Posh Baby and Kids
Prostate Cancer BC u2013 Fatheru2019s Day Walk Run
Raou2019s Specialty Foods
Renewal by Anderson
Science World On The Road
Silver Hills Bakery
Spark Fitness Cloverdale
Spark Fitness Surrey
Squamish Water Kefir
SweetLegs Abbotsford with Katie
SWISH Your Breath
Tender Leaf Toys Canada
the breeze 104.3
The Little Explorers
Third Eye Martial Arts Studio
TJu2019s The Kiddies Store
Vancouveru2019s Pediatric & Family Wellness Chiropractor
Vegan Family Kitchen
West 1st Chiropractic Wellness Centre
West Coast Bugs
West Coast Families Magazine
West Coast Railway Heritage Park
Whole Foods Market
Wild Coast Fruit Co.
Zorbas Bakery and Foods
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