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While a white Christmas can’t be guaranteed everywhere, you can be almost certain of snow on the big day in Whistler, BC. This Canadian winter wonderland boasts Christmas card scenes as standard as well as some of the best ski and snowboard opportunities in the world. Aside from snow sports, Whistler has lots to offer families and groups seeking a festive getaway. We take a look at the best events and activities to enjoy in Whistler this Christmas.
Dress like Santa and head for the slopes…(December 16th)
What better way to bring Christmas to the slopes than with the traditional Dress Like Santa Day?! The first 100 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company dressed in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire traditionally enjoy a free lift ticket too. Upload starts at 8.00am so get down there early donning your finest Claus costume!
Sing carols at the 35th Christmas Eve Carol Service (December 24th)
The 35th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service will take place at the Westin Resort & Spa, hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers. Traditional carols, choral music and readings by community members are sure to get you in the mood.
See the Christmas lights…
Stroll through the village to check out over 280,000 lights and decorations. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs to brighten up that social media feed.
Get competitive and learn to axe throw!
Forget the board games this Christmas and give axe throwing a go instead. This quintessentially Canadian pastime sees participants throw axes at a target with the hope of hitting a bullseye. What better way to test your aim and fire up the competitive spirit? Forged Axe Throwing has all you need to get started and will provide all the training and guidance you need.
Enjoy an indulgent Christmas feast…
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a hearty dinner on the big day. Whether you opt for a traditional roast turkey dinner or feel like mixing it up, there’s an abundance of dining options from which to choose. For a classic roast, Hunter Gather offers three serving times on the big day, while Araxi, 21 Steps and Basalt are also great choices for a turkey meal with all the trimmings.
Go ice skating…
Head to Olympic Plaza to enjoy everyone’s favourite winter activity. Once the skates are off, grab a hot chocolate and soak up the atmosphere.
Watch the Fire & Ice Show…
Take the family to Skier’s Plaza every Sunday night to witness a spectacular display of ski and snowboard skills as part of the legendary Fire & Ice Show.
Ring in 2019…
Spend New Year’s Eve in Whistler and ring in 2019 in style. While there are plenty of pubs and bars for those looking to party the night away, the strolls and plazas cater for families with over six hours of entertainment, music, crafts, games, and a Fire & Ice Show.
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The tiny 45 seater restaurant is a tight space. Designed by Palmerston Design and artwork by Jeff Blackburn that somehow minds me of Genghis Khan destroying tribes in Northeast Asia.
It was early in the day and the restaurant was already fairly packed. Even before doors opened, crowds were forming outside on a weekday. This is crazy. I needed to settle in with a drink. All I remembered was that it was refreshing and tart tasting.
Liver and Verscht on Rye 18: Chopped liver, beef salami, hard egg, gribenes, radish, and caramelized onion with pickles. We were presented a generous portion of the chopped liver. The hostess drizzled schmaltz into the boil and began mixing over the boiled egg and hard fried bits of chicken skin. Too fast to get a decent photo. Spread it over toast and enjoy. This was a heavy dish.
Roast Cauliflower 17: One of their signature dishes and perhaps one of the main reasons we wanted to come to Fat Pasha. I mean, until Fat Pasha, vegetables was not really a thing for Rose’s ventures. Rose and Sons and Big Crow both were unapologetically heavy and meat focused.
Tahini, skhug, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and halloumi. You literally need a steak knife to chop thru this monster. It is filling despite it being all cauliflower. It is meaty and hearty with every bite. Yet it is not heavy and very refreshing with the acidity and spice.
We also recommend sharing their Salatim platter. Choose from Tahini with everything bagel spice, garlic fried tomatoes, chopped eggplant and tahini and garlic labneh with za’atar.
Next time you are in Toronto, come with a few friends. The portions are too large just for a couple and it is hard to sample everything. There’s enough pitas and latka platter for life.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Mon 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9
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Our cleanse began with a wheatgrass shot and refreshing kombucha. Dave doesn’t like kombucha. He thinks it tastes funny like old socks. But I am totally into fermented tea! Perhaps it is an acquired taste like Uni (sea urchin).
Raspberry Kombucha 7: kombucha, raspberry, lemon juice, honey, soda water.
Be Love also offers a bunch of superfood cocktails that are both healthy and tasty.
Bayou Bowl 16: Grilled BBQ tempeh, fresh corn, veggies and sprouts, dirty spiced quinoa and black beans with southern greens, avocado and chipotle aioli.
I love the vibrate colors of this Buddha bowl filled with Macronutrients and free from processed sugar, wheat, dairy and gluten. Although we are not Celiac and also do not suffer from gluten sensitivity, it is a nice change in pace from greasy fast food.
The salad itself is very tasty. There is a not a lot of salad dressing and no salt is added. If you prefer it salty, there are salt shakers for you to adjust to your own taste buds. But not having to add extra salt is great to keep water retention away!
Taco Salad 15: avocado, corn, black beans, cashew queso, pepitas, tomato, cilantro, green onion, veggies, sprouts, romaine, baby greens and sweet chilli lime dressing. I thought I wouldn’t be full, so I also added a soft boiled egg. The egg was very much a hard boiled instead.
If I am ever back in Victoria, I definitely will come back to Be Love. Eating superfoods simply makes me so happy to nourish myself with fresh ingredients. I wish someone would make this for me everyday!
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Mon 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
1019 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2H4
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The staff are warm and welcoming. They are genuine and attentive. Brunch menu is offered daily (not just on weekends)! Hallelujah! Dinner offers five course tasting menu for $55 per person (vegetarian/vegan option for $45 per person).
The menu is concise and thoughtful. Each dish is eye candy with depth of flavors, colors and textures.
Buttermilk Biscuits 4: We started Sunday morning with these delicious airy, melt in your mouth buttery biscuits. I love that they not very dense with a bit of crunch. Served with cultured butter and seville orange marmalade.
Smoked Wild Salmon 15: poached eggs to your liking (soft golden yolk for me please), crispy roesti (hash browns) with a tender center, pickled onion, yogurt, radish and nasturtium. This is easily the best smoked salmon one could hope for at brunch!
Lamb Sausage and Fried Eggs 14: sunny side up eggs, tomato sauce, seasonal greens, jalapeno, charred sourdough toast. The lamb sausage is hearty and flavorful without being too gamey. A satisfying dish without the 3pm food coma crash.
While we waited for dessert to arrival. I took a stroll to OLO’s herb garden in the back. A cute space getting ready for patio and private events. Seeing the abundance of fresh greens makes you appreciate farm to table / garden to table a tad more.
I want to grow my own herb garden at home too; but I kill cacti. So scratch that.
Souffle Pancake 11: Airy. Pillowy. Soft. Served with honey yogurt with black plum and rhubarb sauce. Tart and not too sweet. Just the way I like it!
Not a sweet tooth? No problem! This fried dough of deliciousness also comes with bacon, cheese fondue and green garlic.
I could have easily ordered the Honey and Yogurt Panna Cotta with blueberry compote and shortbread too; had we not already reversed space for one last coconut milk iced latte before hitting the ferries!
Cuisine: Canadian, Brunch
Mon 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 09:00 am – 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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