Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

When I first walked past The Whistler Tea House, I had to stop and take a look. Large, open windows showcase the beautiful interiors – the mostly white room is accented by a stunning cherry blossom accent wall, warm wood floors, and rustic tables and stools all beckoned to me. Inside, it was even more lovely. The fragrance of different teas,  a stack of delicious cookies in beautiful glass jars, and a selection of tea cups to choose from.

The place is tea heaven. It’s one of those places that you might dub “adult only”, saving it for those moments without the kids – but seconds later the sound of hilarious laughter bubbled through the air and I was brought back to reality. The Whistler Tea House is more than child-friendly, it even hosts a weekly mom-and-kid tea time!

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Yulia opened The Whistler Tea House especially for locals to enjoy with their families. Being a local Whistler-ite, she sought community and friendship within Whistler, and decided to give the resort town what it was missing. The inspired decor is the perfect backdrop to meet with friends and make new ones.

Being a mom of two girls herself, Yulia knew firsthand how difficult it can be to make new friendships, and maintain them! So every Wednesday, she hosts a Mom’s Tea Time at The Whistler Tea House for mommy’s and their children to enjoy. It feels so warm and inviting, like an impromptu gathering at a friend’s house – it’s so full of joy and laughter!

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea Hosue

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

The weekly Mom’s Time has quickly become a tradition for many Whistler moms – each Wednesday they come back, and each week more and more new faces arrive! You can’t help but relish in the coziness of it all! The owner, Yulia, is also a photographer, and started taking pictures during Mom’s Time. All the mom’s are so grateful to have photos of themselves with their children – how often does that happen? Usually the mom’s are the ones taking the pictures!

The Whistler Tea House specializes in loose leaf teas. Enjoy a delicious tea inside, or purchase loose leaf to go. Try a delicious locally-made biscotti or cookie to go with your tea – the matcha tea is amazing!

Visit The Whistler Tea House, open from 10am – 6pm, located at 122-4368, Main Street, Whistler BC (Market Place, next to IGA). And follow The Whistler Tea House on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming events and beautiful photography by the owner, Yulia. Mom’s Time is Wednesdays at 2:30 pm. All photos in this post were taken by Yulia Gladysheva and used with her permission.

The Whistler Tea House has now closed.

Whistler Tea House

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Fondue at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler & a Salted Caramel Fondue Recipe! #CornucopiaWine

Fondue at the Fairmont in Whistler

The Cornucopia Food & Wine Festival came and went in a flurry of wine glasses, artisan cheeses, tapas-style plates, and indulgent desserts. Throughout the eleven delicious festivals days, the new workshop series at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler was the most buzz-worthy event, by far. I was lucky enough to get a coveted spot at The Art of Festival Fondues, one of my favourite and indulgent holiday feasts.

The ‘Lunch & Learn’ featured Chef de Cuisine, Kreg Graham, cooking up a wine-paired, three course menu. It was held at the luxuriously warm Grill Room at The Faimont Chateau Whistler.

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Our first course consisted of two mouthwatering cheese fondues, the Applewood Smoked Cheddar and Bacon Fondue, as well as a Dried Cranberry, Pistachio and Brie Fondue. The pots were served with an array of sausages, charcuterie, artisan breads, vegetables, and pickles. While each fondue was equally as delicious as the other, the indulgent combination of Bacon-Wrapped Pears in the cheddar fondue was to die for.

Different wine pairings were chosen for each course, because what’s a wine festival without wine, am I right? Our wine glasses were always full and it added a definite merriment to the occasion. Large, plump scallops, shrimp, and beef were served up for our second course. Again, two fondue pots, one with oil and one with broth, were there for cooking our selected protein in. A variety of sauces were arranged on our plates, including a lovely mustard sauce and a spicy yogurt-curry sauce.

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Throughout the luncheon, Chef De Cuisine Kreg Graham demonstrated different cooking techniques. He discussed different food and wine pairings, and we learnt which fondue pots are best for which recipe. I think my jaw dropped when the dessert came out.

Served with a sweet red dessert wine, the candlelit fondue pots held a rich chocolate fondue and a heavenly salted caramel fondue. We dipped strawberries, cookies, and meringues to our hearts desire!

The Art of Festival Fondues was the most memorable part of my Cornucopia Festival experience. Dining at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is an incredibly luxurious experience, and we came away from the fondue workshop delighted and absolutely full! Below is the luscious Salted Caramel Fondue recipe, courtesy of the Recipe Book from “The Art of Holiday Planning” Workshop Collection at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

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Salted Caramel Fondue
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Fondue
 
From The Art of Festival Fondues, 2014 by Chef De Cuisine Kreg Graham
Ingredients
  • 65 ml water
  • 360 g fine granulated cane sugar
  • 25 g glucose
  • 280 ml whipping cream (36%)
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1 g sea salt flakes (Maldon)
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, water, and glucose. Cook on medium-high heat to caramel stage.
  2. Add whipping cream, and then butter.
  3. Finish with Maldon salt, or other specialty salt.
To find out more about The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, check out their official website. To learn more about Cornucopia, visit their website.

Fondue at the Fairmont in WhistlerDisclosure: I received media entry to the event for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own and based on my own experience, which was absolutely incredible.

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Fun & Brews at Whistler Village Beer Festival 2014

Whistler Village Beer Festival 2014Whistler is a popular destination for travellers and tourists all year long, and while I adore the winter season (and all the snow! and all the skiing!), there’s something about summertime in Whistler that has my heart. It’s a gorgeous and pretty little village full of excitement and fun things to do, surrounded by sweeping mountain ranges.

How can you go wrong when there’s beer added to that equation?

The second annual Whistler Village Beer Festival took place last weekend, it was full of fun debuachery, craft brewing companies, foosball & frisbee, and even a roasted pig dinner!

The fine gentlemen from Four Winds Brewery in Delta, BC

The fine gentlemen from Four Winds Brewing Co. in Delta, BC

The Polka Band Keeping Spirits High - Prost!

The Polka Band Keeping Spirits High – Prost!

The Keg Art Competition

Whistler Brewing Co. Keg Art Competition

The festival has gained popularity since last years’ event, and fellow beer enthusiasts came from all over to taste craft beers from British Columbia, Canada, and the rest of the world. Clear blue skies and the bright sunshine held up all weekend long and really made it feel like summer.

We also visited Brickworks to enjoy their ‘Triple B’ event showcasing BBQ Bob’s delicious roasted pig paired with a spectacular selection of BC craft beers.

The roasted pig at Brickworks

The roasted pig at Brickworks

A delicious pulled pork sandwich from Brickworks

A delicious pulled pork sandwich from Brickworks

Enjoying a Kolsch at Brickworks in Whistler

Enjoying a Kolsch at Brickworks in Whistler

Every year festival goers vote for their favourite brew, and this year’s Best in Fest award went to Parallel 49, with Whistler Brewing Co and Old Yale Brewing taking second and third place, respectively.

If you missed the sunshine and revelry at Whistler Village Beer Festival this year, mark your calendars because next year it’ll be back September 17th to 20th, 2015.

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Red Bull Joyride #Crankworx

Red Bull Joyride Whistler

All great things must come to an end, and now that Crankworx Whistler has joined that category I want to look back at five days of amazing energy and excitement and share them with you!

Day Six brought with it a charged vibe in the air, furthered by the erratic weather that had low-visibility conditions and wet, muddy terrain added to the already difficult Fox Air DH race course. The riders raced down the A-Line trail, one of the world’s most infamous with 39 jumps and 30 berms, and a 1200+ meter vertical descent – the reputation is well-earned.

Fox Air DH

Fox Air DH

The fans were whipped into a frenzy when spotting their favourite riders take to the course, and the mountain bikers certainly didn’t disappoint with their speed and style on the course. The winners of the race were Mick Hannah for the mens category, and Jill Kintner for the women’s category. Check out the official Crankworx Fox Air DH site for more info.

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Finn Isles at the Whip Offs | Photo Credit: Clint Trahan

The Official Whip Off World Championships brought excitement to Day 7, when Crankworx announced a day prior that 14-year old Finn Isles would be allowed to participate in the event. The young Whistler boy was being rooted on by his fans on twitter and other social media, and the hashtag #LetFinnIn quickly changed to #FinnIsIn. Finn Isles ended up winning the event and his victory was emotionally charged for all those involved.

Later on that night, Crankworx hosted the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, one of my personal favourite events to watch. It was a fairytale night for the couple that won the top spot in each category, Barry Nobles and Caroline Buchanan, read more about their story on the official Crankworx website.

Day 8 brought on the Giant Dual Slalom and the Canadian Open XC races. The cross-country Canadian Open XC is a tough race to complete, with many technical course challenges along the Whistler Lost Lake Trails. The Giant Dual Slalom was very exciting to watch as two racers battled to get to the bottom of the course first. The winners were Mitch Ropelato for the men’s category and Jill Kitner for the women’s category. For more information on the Giant Dual Slalom, check out the official Crankworx website and view the highlights video below!

The Red Bull Joyride event is one of the most anticipated events at Crankworx, and for the whole mountain biking community. It saw Brandon Semenuk, a celebrity of the sport, finish first place for the third time in the history of the event, a feat that had never before been accomplish. This year the top 3 riders were all from Canada, with Brett Rheeder coming in second, and Anthony Messere finishing off in third. The riders definitely proved their worth with a variety of strong performances, however there were also many falls, spills and trips to keep the crowd oohing and aahing in suspense.

Gulevich jumping onto the Red Bull Cabin

Gulevich jumping onto the Red Bull Cabin

How the family watches Joyride!

How the family watches Joyride!

Messere landing a back flip onto the Cabin

Messere landing a back flip onto the Cabin

My little man cheering on the riders

My little man cheering on the riders

Semenuk doing a 360 off of the Red Bull Cabin on his winning ride

Semenuk doing a 360 off of the Red Bull Cabin on his winning ride

The last day of Crankworx brought out some of the fastest racers in the world to compete in the Canadian Open DH race. Straight down, no mercy – the Canadian open DH course is a ripper, a one-run takedown of Whistler’s rooty single-track, steep rock drops and big air features. This technical test-piece calls for blazing guns and laser focus from those who dare to drop in. 

Day 10’s action wraps up another year of Crankworx Whistler, one that many people will look back on as the best year yet. Mountain biking fans won’t have to wait too long for their next dose of Crankworx, as it was announced that Crankworx Rotorua has just been added to the mountain biking’s festival roster for the 2015 season, kicking off down under from March 25th to 29th in New Zealand.

For more information on everything Crankworx, go to their official website. For more pictures of my time at Crankworx in Whistler, check out my Instagram feed.

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Crankworx Whistler

Crankworx Whistler

I’m writing this in the hot tub of my hotel, trying to soothe my aching body after the beating it got on the mountain yesterday. I’ll tell you all about my little tumble on my bike in a little bit but first, let’s recap the last few days of Crankworx.

The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized brought out 350 riders to test their metal on this grueling race on Day 3 of Crankworx. Most racers described it as the toughest race they’d ever done, and as an all-day bike race with multiple runs and hike-a-bike sections, I couldn’t even begin to comprehend how difficult it was. Check out the results and more information on the Crankworx Enduro results page.

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Monday at Crankworx was a day of fun for the kids and amazing races – the Kidsworx B-Line race took place that day. Kids from ages 7-15 took part in the races, where future athletes of the sport get their first taste of competing.

Crankworx brings the top mountain and XC biking athletes from all over the world to the little mountain town of Whistler, and it’s super inspiring for the kids to walk and bike among the greats.

Spotting the Coastal Crew in line for the lifts, seeing Andreu LeCondeguy at a restaurant with his friends, catching Brandon Semenuk at the SRAM tent, and even sneaking a peek at Stevie Smith, broken leg propped up in his wheelchair, puts these kids face to face with their idols and inspires them to be more like these top riders.

This was my daughter’s first downhill race, and unfortunately she took a huge fall during her training laps, but still got back up and did her best! All the kids had a great time competing and having fun racing down the trails!

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The next day was my turn to hit the trails. I’m a newbie at the sport, and Jay loves showing me the ropes – and showing off in the process. I have so much to learn about the sport – how to control my bike, the brakes, and how to do catch some air on the jumps.

Crank It Up has to be my favourite trail so far, an intermediate trail which is great to practice jumps and catching air on. It was here that I decided to take a few small rolling hills and turn them into something ridiculous.

Going way too fast, I launched into the air, flipped over, rolled a couple of times, and then flew off the cliff side. Well, not quite. A small, thin tree broke my fall, literally catching me while my bike flew further and got stuck on another tree. The only scary part of the fall was that my helmet flew off, and I remember thinking that the only way my body was going to stop was if my head smashed into a tree.  Thank goodness for that baby tree, which dug itself into my upper thigh and caught me.

I knew shortly after that I wasn’t seriously injured, just very, very sore. I was laughing at my ridiculous state, catching my breath and trying to get the courage to stand up and keep going. A couple of other riders saw me fall and stopped to make sure I was okay – this is so common the mountain. Whether you’re skiing or biking, if people see someone on the sidelines, they always want to make sure everyone’s safe and having fun.

After a few minutes, I go back on my bike, shaky, nervous, but alive. I rode the rest of the way down the mountain, just a bit slower this time.

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The Garbanzo DH took place on Tuesday afternoon (Day 5 of Crankworx) and is one of the events’ legendary races – it’s been run every year of Crankworx and is known as one of the toughest downhill courses in the world. Descending 3400 vertical feet across seven kilometers of trail, some refer to it as a downhill Enduro race, where no less than 100 per cent will do. Congratulations to men’s winner Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas and women’s winner Claire Buchar. To see all results and webcast of the event, check out the Crankworx Garbanzo DH results website.

Tuesday night we took in the GoPro Dirt Diaries movie festival, where six mountain bikers are invited to create a five minute movie capturing the essence of the experience we all share and love. The riders are given two months to put together their videos to tell their own unique story, and are then screened in front of a massive audience under the open skies at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Our favourite film won the festival, “What I Do In Whistler” by Ross Measures, but all films were amazing. My second favourite, which received third place, was Claire Buchar’s “Hate”, which was amazingly filmed and really showcased her true talent as a mountain biker.

Watch Ross Measures’ “What I Do In Whistler“, the winning GoPro Dirt Diaries movie below:


What I Do In Whistler from nsmb.com on Vimeo.
I’m stoked for the next few days of Crankworx with exciting events including  the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, the Official Whip-Off World Championships, and the Fox Air DH race. For all event results and upcoming schedules, check out the official Crankworx website.

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