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TELUS WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER (1/2)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Allan and I just got back from a FANTASTIC extended weekend up at Whistler Blackcomb for the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

Should have picked up our passes yesterday! So much to do @wssf #TWSFF

We were invited by the amazing Whistler Blackcomb media team (thanks Michelle, Tabetha, Amber!) to check out some of the festivities and attend some events. This was our first year attending as “media”.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

We rushed to Whistler Blackcomb after work on Thursday and checked into our hotel for the night — the Coast Hotel Blackcomb Suites (thanks Danny!).

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

The hotel had tons of amenities such as a gym, full breakfast room, outdoor pools and hot tub, not to mentioned located right on the side of a run for ski-in ski-out access.

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We loved our room! Super comfy and had a full kitchen too.

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Then, it was off to Araxi Restaurant for a dinner hosted by Cindy of the BC Ministry of Tourism and Breton from Tourism Whistler. Araxi has been one of our favourites restaurants for many years (long before Hell’s Kitchen and the crazy amounts of press it has been getting over the past year or so)… and still is.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

As soon as we arrived I was peer pressured into “sabre-ing” the champagne… my first time ever! It was pretty scary but very cool. I got to use a real sabre to chop off the top of the champagne bottle. Videos to come.

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Araxi is well-known for its seafood, sustainable food, and local and organic cuisine.

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Chef James Walt makes some amazing dishes. He actually lives in Pemberton on a farm and partners with the producers out there to source seasonal foods. The gnocchi and souffle were to die for.

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It was also my first time ever tasting venison… and I loved it. So tender. Allan also loved his lamb.

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For dessert we had the pistachio ice cream covered in chocolate and an apricot cheesecake. Yum. Also to note — it was my first time ever really trying champagne, red wine, white wine and dessert wine. Steve Edwards (restaurant manager and sommelier) gave me tons of information and some really amazing recommendations. I may slowly be starting to be a convert.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

Here’s Michelle, Steve (thanks for all the wine tips!), myself and Cindy.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

The next morning (Friday) we woke up and had a hot breakfast at our hotel.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

Then it was off to Scandinave Spas in Whistler.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

I can’t say enough good things about this place. The eucalyptus steam room (mmmmm), the cold baths, the hot mineral baths and the waterfalls everywhere. We spent about 4 hours here before we were completely shriveled and jello-like, and then it was off to dinner.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler

We decided to try the Rimrock Cafe in Whistler (by Creekside) as it was recommended to me by one of my coworkers as her favourite restaurant in BC. The drinks we had were a great start — Allan had some wine and I had a kiwi lime Brazilian caipirinha . My drink was sooooooo good.

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The appetizers were also pretty good… I had the scallop lobster capellini (very delicate… loved it), and Allan had the cariboo medallions (good, but not as good as the venison at Araxi).

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For dinner we had the gnocchi, mushroom risotto with sablefish, and salmon stuffed with crab. I personally thought the gnocchi and the sablefish were pretty good but the mushroom risotto was terrible. Very acidic and not creamy at all — more like a rice pilaf. Would not order again. Allan liked his salmon but thought it was too rich and the crab overpowered the salmon. The dessert was the toffee pudding which was AMAZING. So basically — we would go there for drinks and dessert but probably not dinner again.

Overall… a pretty good couple days in Whistler so far! Next post coming soon with the last few days of the weekend. What did you get up to this past weekend?

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HÔTEL PLACE D’ARMES

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

A couple of hours in the office on Monday morning and then it was off to Montréal via Air Canada for a work conference.

Travelling for work has its pros and cons. On the upside, you get to travel on someone else’s dime, visit new places, learn a lot for your job, and make new business contacts. On the downside, you generally have to lug around heavy work laptops and other work-related items, rarely get sightseeing time, you don’t really get evenings off, and you end up working maybe twice as as long as you would in the office. There’s definitely a trade off there. Still, I think it’s always important to be grateful for any opportunities to travel for work, especially in this economy.

I arrived in Montréal at just before 10 pm EST which is 7 PM on the west coast. I rushed back to the hotel and tried to catch the end of the Canucks game. Fortunately, I got to see the entire third period. Unfortunately, well, we all know what happened last night.

The rooms at Hôtel Place D’Armes are beautiful. I didn’t get a chance to shoot the lobby last night but I will when I get a chance. The rooms are very spacious, modern, and well-lit.

Hotel Place D'Armes Hotel Room

Here are a couple nice touches about the room: beautiful brown faux-fur rug over the corner of the bed, padded leather headboard, large firm king-size bed, desk for working, and a fireplace!

Hotel Bathroom

The bathroom is also really cool. My favourite: a large stainless steel rainwater-style shower head, plus the standard extendable shower head. It really does feel like I’m showering under a waterfall. I like the one sheet of glass for the shower divider, and the square sink basin.

Hallway

I like having a hallway in a room, because it makes it feel like less of a cave. Digging the large armoire and the full length mirror across from the paintings and suitcase stand.

Another bedroom angle

Here’s another view of the room.

Exposed Brick Wall

You may have already noticed the strips of exposed brick in the hallway, bathroom and the main room. I LOVE IT! Definitely adds character to the room and reminds me I’m in Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal).

Canucks jersey hanging up

And so I hang up my jersey beside my suit in the armoire. I didn’t even really get a chance to parade it around on the East Coast. Alas, the Canucks lost last night and are out of the playoffs. I had a hard time sleeping last night. My heart was just broken. It really felt like it was the year. Not sure who to blame… Lou? The coach? The entire team?

All I know is that the other team had more heart and hunger. I hope the Canucks have gotten some good playoff experience on how to play a little tougher. I hope it shapes our choices for building the team next year… I’d like to see more grit and players who know how to play with hussle.

Till next year, Canucks fans. It’s going to be another long wait, but at least we had a good run. Right?!

In other news, I’ll back in Vancouver on Thursday. For Twilight fans, I’ll sadly be missing Rob’s birthday. :(

Well, I’m off to work here in Montréal! Have a good day everyone.

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