Whistler: Where To Eat

One of my closest friends, Mana visited a few weeks ago and if you follow me on Instagram Stories then you know that we spent a day in Whistler with a couple of our other girlfriends Sabrina & Michelle. Since Mana was in town for only a week we knew we had to take advantage of our time with her before she heads back to Toronto. Without driving too far and for too long, we decided to head to Whistler for the day!

Even thought I’ve grown up in British Columbia, I actually don’t take much time to head to Whistler. It’s only a 2 hour drive from Vancouver so you would think that it would be a regular visit but without a car, it can be a little bit of a trek. Luckily, we had the opportunity to test drive the new 2017 Ford Explorer and Whistler seemed like the perfect time to take it for a spin.

I picked up the girls in the early morning and we headed down the Sea To Sky Highway to make it in time for our lunch reservation. I think one of my favorite parts of the entire trip was our drive down. Not only were we in a super luxury SUV but we turned the inside of the car into a full on dance party. You would have thought we were a girl band on tour! Mana showed up prepared with all of the best hits from The Spice Girls and I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard and smiled so much in a 2 hour span in a while. By the time we reached our first destination, my face hurt.

Nita Lake Lodge is a place that I’ve seen a lot on Instagram but more so for it’s views and stay options. It was great to experience it first-hand but for it’s food! We all know that I love to eat my way through a new place so needless to say, I ordered the most indulgent item on the menu.

Nita Lake Lodge is nestled on the shores of a stunning glacier-fed lake in Whistler BC. offering oversized suites, a full-service spa, and innovative local cuisine.  Our lunch date was spent at CURE Lounge & Patio where we were they transport the authenticity and soul of local, farm-fresh producers and their flavorful ingredients to Whistler’s Creekside. Chef Dean works with fresh, seasonal ingredients from small, local artisan farms to create flavorful, rustic dishes from scratch and presented to share, naturally.

What we ordered:

DRINKS
Hemingway’s Daughter – peppermint tea infused wallflower gin, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, grapefruit juice, rosé, poured over house made grapefruit sorbet in a coupe
House Ceasar

STARTER
Cure Taster – roasted artichoke hummus, warm olives, raw vegetables, artisan baguette and crackers
House Marinated Olives
Cure Salad – warm beets, baby kale, quinoa pilaf, honeydew, pecans, granny smith apples, maple dijon vinaigrette, herb and cashew spread
Two Rivers Charcuterie – chef’s selection of three hand made charcuterie, house made pickles and mustard, crackers and baguette

ENTREE
Organic Beef Burger – house-made bun with a crisp onion ring, chipotle aioli and all the fixings
Crispy Boneless Chicken Bites – sriracha hot sauce, buttermilk ranch dipping sauce, raw vegetables
Nita Poutine – pulled farmcrest chicken, bc artisan cheese curds, pan gravy
Cure Salad – warm beets, baby kale, quinoa pilaf, honeydew, pecans, granny smith apples, maple dijon vinaigrette, herb and cashew spread

After lunch, we worked up a second appetite walking around the Whistler Village. Unfortunately, we happened to be in Whistler during the forest fires so the smoke levels were at an all time high. We could only stay outside of a max of 10 minutes at a time before we spent the rest of our time at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  The Fairmont connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. That is the perfect way to explain our dinner at The Wildflower. It’s signature warm and inviting ambiance is the ideal casual resort setting for breakfast and dinner. Showcasing locally inspired dishes and innovative classics in a family-friendly restaurant setting.

If we could have picked any day to dine, this was the day as it was Food Day Canada 2017 with an exceptional tasting menu in celebration of the Sea To Sky prepared & served by Executive Sous Chef, Derek Bendig.

What we ordered:

DRINKS
150 Cocktail – served with house made jam and a pure gold leaf to take away.

FIRST
West Coast Salmon Tasting – Salmon tartare with rooftop herbs and crispy BC grown rice, cedar cured salmon with candied beet confit, salmon crudo with spruce vinaigrette, served on puffed salmon skin.

SECOND
Sea to Sky Harvest Platter – Local potato, crudite vegetables, sprouted seeds, arugula dressing

THIRD
Trio of Pemberton Meadows Beef – Dry age ribeye, braised shortrib, stuffed deckle garlic scape pistou, creamed corn, chanterelle mushrooms, garlic chips

LAST
Cheakamus River Rock – Cedar scented- Chateau dark chocolate, Saskatoon-pine compote, basil-pistachio air sponge and blueberry sorbet

After a 3 hour dinner experience we packed up the car and headed back to Vancouver. Since we spent the full day in Whistler and enjoyed our time experiencing different options that Whistler had to offer, we did pack multiple outfits to suit each occasion and items that we would need throughout the day. To pack 4 girls worth of items, the Ford Explorer did not disappoint! The Explorer seats 7 comfortably with a short storage trunk. Once you need more space, press the Powerfold to immediately fold the back 2 seats into the bed of the car for maximum trunk space.

The Sea To Sky is notorious for winding roads and lack of light so to ensure we had the safest drive home possible, the Ford Explorer is equipped with Curve Control, slowing you down as much as 16 km/h in approximately one second when it senses that you’re going too fast for a particular curve.

The Ford Explorer starts at $32,469 with financing at $582/mo.

Thank you to Nita Lake Lodge and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for having us dine for the day. Our experienced were made truly unforgettable and I cannot wait to head back for more! Thank you to Ford for providing us with an exciting, safe and comfortable ride to Whistler.

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