whistler: new discoveries and opening day

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i don’t think anyone has ever mentioned a restaurant to me in whistler that i haven’t heard of or tried… until this weekend. maybe it’s because i’ve never really explored creekside fully, but the southside diner is a hidden gem that i experienced for the first time this weekend. the one that didn’t get away is their salmon eggs benny and it is delicious. the entire place is very cozy and cute, with an open kitchen that made me want to try everything that the cooks were making.

i’ve always known that no matter how many times you go up on the mountains, and no matter how familiar they become, you can always discover something new; it’s nice that the same concept can apply off the mountain as well.

opening day at whistler is one of my favourite days. maybe it’s because i went a whole six months without the place, but as soon as i step foot into the village, this giddy feeling of “i’m home!!” washes over me. the snow is always better than expected, and it just feels sooooo good to be riding again; i can’t even put the euphoria i feel during that very first run into words, because the term “euphoria” is definitely an understatement. every time i’m in whistler, i just feel so peaceful and content, and realize it’s a big part of why i worked so hard to stay in vancouver for all these years.


november 16, 2013 – whistler, opening day. photo taken by olga fedorov.


whistler’s best patio

Imagethe french onion soup from christine’s (aka whistler’s best patio). bluebird day. double-vodka waters with a lot of limes. amazing views. crisp mountain air. great company. patio perfection.Image

xmas eve dinner


bucket-list item #72. eat at hy’s steakhouse.

xmas eve = my christmas. it has been a tradition since i’ve been little to go to mass on xmas eve, have a huge xmas eve dinner afterwards (noche buena), and then stay up until midnight to open presents and wish your family around you a merry christmas. i’m so lucky that i got to enjoy christmas this year in whistler with my family, both blood-related and chosen. my best friend kelly and her parents (who are like my parents here in vancouver) were able to join us at hy’s for this feast of (a perfected medium-rare) steak, seafood, sauteed mushrooms, creamed spinach, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower gratin, and caesar salad that was made right at the table by a chef (it was honestly the best caesar salad i’ve probably had in my life). paired with lovely bottles of red wine and a lot of laughter, it was a great night overall… that left us all in massive food comas. merry christmas!


every time i’m in whistler, i have to get…


…the classic poutine from zogs. obviously. it’s seriously the best poutine in all of whistler.

my family is visiting from the philippines right now and poutine has become one of my brother and sister’s favourite things about canada. apart from eating poutine, we spent the week ice-skating outdoors, tubing, snowboarding, hottubbing, drinking, eating, shopping, and just wandering around the village, admiring all the lights and snow. i think the last time any of us experienced a white christmas was well over ten years ago, so it was pretty exciting that we got to enjoy one this year.