By Carla Mont, Travel Media Relations Specialist
I need fuel when I’m in Whistler. Maybe it’s the fresh air that prompts me to explore every nook and cranny. Or maybe I just like food. Luckily I’m spoilt for choice here, and with an eager crew of friends in tow, edible exploration of a few local favourites is delectable fun.
Breakfast of Champions
Ordinarily I prefer breakfasts of the bacon-and-potato variety, so you can imagine my hesitation when The Green Mustache Organic Juice + Live Food Bar was the only early-morning option on the menu. The good news? I’m easily won over, thanks to a starter that includes oatmeal chock-a-block with apple sauce, homemade almond mylk (not a typo), nuts, seeds and cinnamon. I paired this with not one but two smoothies: go green with the Magnum (kale, romaine, chard, banana, orange, chlorella, maca and almond mylk) or sip on the Dali (mixed berries, banana, honey, goji berries, hemp seeds and almond mylk). Delicious.
Devotees of the coffee bean will love Mount Currie Coffee Co., sister shop to the wildly popular, independently owned gathering spot in nearby Pemberton. It’s tough to choose between the apple chicken Panini or the Mediterranean veggie wrap. Luckily baked goods are less complicated; the vegan banana bread, peanut butter bar and chocolate oat cookies fit nicely into my bag, thank you very much. And the hot pours? Just ask the crew in charge, who profess to be “pretty nerdy about coffee.”
It’s a lovely story: Boy meets Girl. Boy wins Girl over. Girl feels homesick for her Australian homeland. Boy makes Girl feel better by baking her traditional Aussie meat pies. Girl loves them so much she wants to share with others. These Peaked Pies, made by sweethearts Kerri and Alex, are so decadently delicious that I plan my next visit while I’m still eating. There’s steak, bacon and cheese (Alex’s preferred pie), chicken, mushroom and leek, beef curry and even a vegetable medley. I peak my pie, topping it with mashed potatoes, mushy green peas and gravy (the gravy’s OK for vegetarians). Next time I’m going to sample the savoury wonder that started it all: a traditional Aussie with ground beef, onions and gravy. It’s Kerri’s favourite.
Ring the Dinner Bell
Loosely translated, sachi means happy in Japanese, and that’s what you’ll be if you settle in for some fine Whistler fare at the aptly named Sachi Sushi. It’s all fresh and fabulous under the skilled knife of Chef Toshiyuki Kobayashi, a fact that is foremost as I sample his signature Sachi roll, an addictive little morsel of prawn tempura, avocado, salmon, scallop and spicy mayo, all rolled in a soy bean sheet.
Pasta Lupino started as a deli but the offerings here were so good that they turned it into a full-blown restaurant. I’m glad they did, because I can’t get enough of the chicken parmesan, the creamy spinach pasta and Bolognese so rich and delicious that I nearly well up (I love me a good Bolognese). This place is a hit with families, and as I scan plates cluttering our table, all brimming with food, it’s not hard to see why.
At Evening’s End
Two words: Crepe Montagne. This authentic French crêperie is a popular brunch spot but makes an equally enticing option for after-dinner dessert. The dark Belgian chocolate fondue with seasonal fruit is delectable, as are the light-yet-rich sweet crêpes. The debate over which of the latter offerings stands above the rest becomes heated, resulting in a vote: three for the berries with crème anglaise; three for the lemon curd; three for the praline. I guess they’re all winners.
At evening’s end, Brickworks Public House is a grand spot to kick back with a craft beer. Here, delectable offerings like curried short rib poutine or the from-the-smoker crispy pork belly are the perfect accompaniment to a frothy pour. Or maybe even a flight of beer. Maybe tomorrow I can cap off the day with a cocktail — after I eat, of course.
Where to Stay? Slumber at The Summit Lodge & Spa
More often than not, I’m far more intrigued by what’s available outside of my hotel room’s four walls; not so at The Summit Lodge & Spa in Whistler. This whimsy, dog-friendly retreat entices with in-house yoga, delectable brunch at Elements Urban Tapas Parlour and even Thursday night pool parties. And should the familiar desire to explore come rushing back, I can always look to Adam, the hotel’s concierge dynamo, who will happily show me the village in all its glory as part of a Spitfire Scooter tour.
For now, though, I’m happy to call it a night next to my in-room Sock Monster (a.k.a. Sammy). Thanks to today’s lineup of food and drink, I’ve more than earned some cosy downtime.
(photo cover above: Peaked Pies)
What are your favourite places to eat, sleep and play in Whistler? Leave a comment below and let us know!