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Hotel Review – Delta Whistler Village Suites

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, on our way to Whistler our snow bus took us to the whistler village and Pandabear has booked us into Delta Whistler Village Suites. We had to cart our luggages around and was struggling to locate the hotel. It was tucked away behind some pine trees and then when we spotted the signs we couldn’t find the entrance door. Which prove to be quite difficult carting around 2 heavy lugguages 😦 Eventually, Pandabear went and ask people around to locate the main reception.

The main reception area was nice, warm and inviting. We were greeted with some Aussie who were really friendly and gave us a map around Whistler village and recommended us some restaurants as well. The bell boy helped us with our luggages and because he was so friendly and helpful we gave him a tip 🙂 Our bedroom has a really nice bed and it even has a small sink & microwave

It was lovely, outside our window there were amazing views..

Overall, we are quite happy with our stay. The place was nice and clean and the staff was pretty friendly. would

Falafel Town – Canada

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, I wouldn’t call this post a restaurant review. It’s not really a restaurant more like a take away shop with some dining tables available. I’ve never had falafels before so I was excited when I came across it midnight when we arrived at the comfort inn. It had a bright green sign saying best falafels in town. So I was keen to try it out. When we arrived there for lunch there was basically no one, but then again it was a weekday and we were abit early.

I said to the owner which wrap will you recommend and he’s like ofcourse the “Falafel wrap” and I asked him what is falafel? He said basically it’s cooked chick peas and then they dip fry them into balls. I was like is it tasty cos it’s kinda vegetarian and I’m more like a meat person. His reply was ” it’s much better than our meat wraps and it will certainly fill you up, rich in vitamins. It didn’t take much to convince me so I decided to be adventurous and went for the falafel wrap and Pandabear went for the safe option chicken pita wrap. You get to select which salad you would like to have inside the wrap.

Chicken Pita Wrap

Chicken Pita Wrap

Falafel Wrap

Falafel Wrap

Well, I must admit my falafel wrap was pretty tasty – it’s kinda grainy but full of flavours the only thing was it was too much in my wraps – after a few mouthfuls you start to get a little sick of the taste and I was eying for Pandabear’s chicken pita wrap so he gave me a bite into his wrap – yum yum – I’m a meat person so the falafel was too vegetarian for me. Also after few hours later, I was feeling really bloated. So I guess in future try out falafel but don’t have the whole wrap as there’s just too much chick peas. 🙂 The owner was pretty friendly, there was a TV there for people to watch and he asked us whether we like Bruce Lee, we’re ok with Bruce Lee so he switched the channel to watch Bruce Lee.

Hotel Review – Comfort Inn (Canada)

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, I’m so sleepy today – haven’t been sleeping well lately due to heat rash…yup I have heat rash and it especially gets worse in Winter when I have the heaters on. I’ve ran out of my medication for them so for the whole night I’ve been scratching!!! So this morning, I’m feeling tired and sleepy. Plus this week I have been working late as well which doesn’t help. Never mind, it’s nearly Friday and then there’s weekend 🙂 Well, we arrived at Canada late at night and we thought since we’re only staying for 1 night might as well just get an average 3-4 star hotel. So we found Comfort Inn, we’ve never stayed there before and read some ok reviews about it.

When we arrived at night, it was freezing cold in comfort Inn and there were some steps to go to the reception. Fortunately the hotel staff spotted us carting our huge luggages and came and helped us out. He had to press the button to open the entrance door for us.

When we arrived in our bedroom, it was pretty clean and lovely. The bed looks really comfy – I just want to sleep it was close to midnight and we have to catch a snow bus tomorrow to Whistler. The bathroom has a lovely big spa as well. But I was too tired to even get in the spa.

Breakfast was included with our stay. So after a good night’s rest we decided to head down for breakfast. They have a pub downstairs and it’s self service. I made myself some waffles 🙂 it was pretty tasty. There was a huge machine that warms up your toast and then I spotted a really cool machine – it’s slices your bagels in half so you can put stuff inside it. Yes, I love my gadgets – and it was really cool playing around with the gadgets. 🙂

My waffle

My waffle

bagel slicer

bagel slicer

My bagel

My bagel

Overall, we were really happy with our stay and the brekkie was pretty nice too. So would recommend this hotel, the staff were pretty friendly and the rates were pretty cheap 🙂

Restaurant Review – Elephant Cafe Restaurant (Whistler)

Published June 29, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. Anyways, this week is going to be a killer week cos we’re working late but nevermind it’s only going to be for a week then we’re back to our normal hours. Anyways, I’m going to try to finish my Canada & Whistler post hopefully this week. I’m really excited cos this Saturday I’m off to the food & wine festival. 🙂 let’s hope I don’t spend too much money…

Well, this particular restaurant was at the ground floor of our hotel – and yes I will do a hotel review later. I loved the name: Elephant Cafe restaurant and it actually has a picture of an elephant for it’s logo 🙂

This restaurant is pretty casual it has a bar next to it. So it’s kind of like a pub restaurant. I love pub restaurants cos usually their food is pretty good and you get a huge serving.

I wasn’t feeling too hungry, just cold so I decided to go with the soup of the day which is vegetable soup – yum yum I needed a vegie boost. Pandabear went for the fish & chips – it comes with a coleslow.

vegetable soup

vegetable soup

fish & chips

fish & chips

The soup was really hearty – full of vegies and very tasty too it came with some crackers, I would have preferred some crusty bread but that’s ok, I ended up picking on Pandabear’s chips. His fish and chips looked awesome, large pieces of fish and large cuts of chips and the coleslow was pretty tasty 🙂

I even mucked around with a tomato sauce and put a smiley face on my plate. The waitress were pretty friendly and the food came out pretty quckly.

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? Yes

Snow Mobile Lessons (Whistler)

Published June 28, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, apart from spending some time with skiing lessons Pandabear has also signed us up with some snow mobile lessons. They had some dog sleighing as well, but as most of you know me that I’m strongly against any form of ‘using animals to carry humans’ cos I think it’s kind of a little on the cruelty to animals bit. I know it sounds a bit extreme, but I’m a full on animal person – the thought of getting these furry creatures to carry human beings are either on a carriage or bob sleigh just doesn’t sit right with me. So the other option is going on a snow mobile. I’ve never been on one before and when the bus came to took us to the snow mobile area we were greeted by our snow mobile guide. Who gave us some instructions on how to use these snow mobile.

Honestly, it was freezing cold that day – with a bit of a rain and when I saw the huge snow mobile – I was thinking to myself how am I going to ride on this huge machine on a cold and wet rainy weather. Anyways, I hopped on and stared at other professionals turning their engine on and away they go. Fortunately, our guide were a really nice guy he’s also from Aussie land. Lay back, and said he’ll go first and I can follow after him and Pandabear would follow after me just incase I get lose. So I’m kinda wedged in the middle heheheh

It turned out that it wasn’t too hard to steer this monster, the road was slippery but because the snow mobile was heavy it was quite stable on the snow grounds and you have the option of breaks and accelerate. First, I tried a little of acceleration to get the juice of it and then I started on full acceleration and made sure that I followed behind my guide. He was an experienced guide, he would turn around to make sure I was still behind him. All along, it was rather fun – and when it hit about lunch time – I was starving and the guide seemed to pick this up so he took us to this little tent place.

The tent place

The tent place

My face was totally frozen from the rain and spits of snow right into my face while I was riding. I was so glad to enter into this nice warmish tent and we met another Aussie who was heating up some minestrone soup.

Minestrone soup with bread

Minestrone soup with bread

I was so hungry that I scoffed down the minestrone soup and some bread. It was really tasty, not hot enough but it didn’t matter cos I was cold and hungry and anything would have tasted fantastic!! So we end up chatting to each other and it was time for a bathroom visit. So the guy showed me where the bathroom was, it was outside and it looked rather unusual as if when I walk into it, it’s going to collapse on me. A little on the flimsy looking. When I walked inside it was dark, no lights just natural light from the ceiling then there was a big hole and toilet seat but there’s no flush – it’s literally a big hole through the toilet seats. Very bizzare, I hurried quickly thinking to myself I hope I don’t fall through this gigantic hole.

The bizzare toilet

The bizzare toilet

After this, we were ready to go on again on our snow mobile. Our guide took us to many beautiful places with awesome sceneries that were just breath taking. Here’s some of the beautiful nature sceneries.

Now, there were some scary incidence that happened – our tour guide stopped at this place and explained to both myself & pandabear that we are now going to go down this really steep hill and make sure we occassionally break otherwise we might find ourselves struggling to stay on the snow ground. Now to make it worse, there were no fencing along the snow grounds, you could literally see the cliff side – and cos I’m afraid of heights, it made me really really scared. Our guide assured us that it’s going to be ok, provided we pulse on our breaks. So he went first followed by me, it was sure a roller coaster ride – I was going so quick and I kept pulsing on my break and thank goodness we survived it was an awesome but scary experience. Now, this was not the worse part, along the end of the causeway for some reason I ended up tail gating my guide and it was too late I was so closed to him that I ended up smashing myself to his snow mobile which caused him to sly down this small hill and all this time I was hitting on the turn off engine button as suppose to break!!!

Anyways, he was ok with it and I apologised profusely but it was all good we were covered under insurance. It was a once in a life time experience but I don’t think I’ll ever ride a snow mobile again – it’s just too dangerous. 🙂 I’m just glad I’ve done it now and that neither Pandabear nor I got hurt.

Restaurant Review – Araxi (Whistler)

Published June 28, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, hope everyone had an exciting weekend. I didn’t get up to too much as I was still recovering from this nasty cold. but I had a fruitful Saturday where I went with my mate to Ikea to purchase toddler class plastic tables & stools. They were so cute, and had some fun assembling them together. I’m not really good with assembling furnitures, but these ones were pretty easy so I managed. Sunday, finally we cleaned out the library in our church 🙂

Well, this particular restaurant was recommended by Panda bear’s boss – it’s a fine dining restaurant and we were really excited to try it out. Upon arrival at the restaurant we see a large sign displaying Araxi, when we enter the restaurant – it was lightly lit, the waitress offered to take our jackets and she appeared very friendly.

We decided to order some non alcoholic beverages, Pandabear decided to have Kiwi honeybee – consists of saffron infused honey, lemon, kiwi and ginger beer and I went for the Symphony – consists of ginger, lemon chamomile tea, elderflower cordial and cucumber. The drinks were delicious 🙂 We felt like going for seconds, infact Pandabear went for seconds.

Kiwi Honeybee

Kiwi Honeybee

Symphony

Symphony

For entree we decided to share a chilled lobster salad – which consists of Nova Scotia Lobster with avocado and cilantro toasted Israeli cous cous with lemon and yuzu dressing. When it arrived the presentation was fantastic – except I thought the serving was a little on the small side. But I guess they wouldn’t serve large servings of lobster for people. Still, it was pricy so I expect a bigger portion 🙂 The lobster was well cooked, tender and fresh and usually we are not into cous cous but these toasted Israeli cous cous were gorgeous and very flavoursome.

Chilled Lobster Salad

Chilled Lobster Salad

As for mains, Pandabear decided to have Canadian prime rib eye and I had Fraser Valley Free Run Chicken. We thought we’ll try their house cut truffle fries. I’ve never had truffle before so we thought let’s give the truffle fries a try 🙂 when our meals arrived, the prime rib eye were juicy with generous amount of sauce and served on a bed of green beans and some carrots. As for my meal my chicken tendaloins were wrapped with proscuitto, sage and spinach, it was on a bed of wild mushroom risotto served on top some slow cooked petit gris snails and fried basil. I’m not a snail person, I’ve only had snails a couple of times. When the dish came I saw lots of these grey looking snails on top of my chicken. I flicked them off and started my chicken first – it was juicy and tender nicely balanced with the generous amount of sauce. As for snails – well, they were little chewy for my liking so I didn’t finished all the snails. As for truffle fries, well they tasted quite salty and had lots of parmesan cheese on top of it..

Canadian Prime Rib Eye

Canadian Prime Rib Eye

Fraser Valley Free Run Chicken

Fraser Valley Free Run Chicken

House cut truffle fries

House cut truffle fries

And since we had some room for a dessert, Pandabear and I decided to share a dessert together. We went for the Vairhona chocolate fondant – chocolate dentelle and dulce de leche triple chocolate stracciatella icecream. It sounds devilish & rich but I really want to see what their fondant were like. When it arrived, the presentation was amazing – with a waffle stick lying on top of the icecream and round drips of chocolate sauces around the whole plate. Now it comes to the test of spooning into the fondant to see whether inside is full of flowing chocolate.

Valrhona Chocolate Fondant

Valrhona Chocolate Fondant

Here’s what you see, the chocolate sauce oozing out 🙂

Complimentary orange mini cakes

Complimentary orange mini cakes

Well, we were pretty happy with our dessert and when we asked for our bill they brought along our bill and a little surprise of orange mini cakes on a plate – what a sweet ending to a meal. This is rather thoughtful. Overall, we were pretty happy with food waiting time and the food experience was lovely. The service there were nice and friendly.

Here’s my rating:

Food experience: 4.5 star
Dining experience: 4.5 star
Would I recommend? Yes

Whistler Village

Published June 25, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, when we arrived in Canada we checked into this average hotel and the next morning we had to catch a bus that would take us to Whistler. It was freezing, thank goodness the snow bus was nice, warm and comfy so that made the trip pretty pleasant and I spend most of my time sleeping on the snow bus. When we finally arrived at the Whistler area, checked into our hotel and decided to go for a walk around the block. Everyone you come across are from Australia – so you feel like you’re at home. They all said they were planning to stay for the winter season and some how ends up staying for like 3 years. All Aussies love Whistler because of it’s skiing.

Snow Bus

Snow Bus

We arrived at Canada just after the winter Olympics so you still see winter Olympics soft toys for sale.

Winter Olympics Soft Toys

Winter Olympics Soft Toys

Found a huge teddy bear sitting alone by himself so I went and gave the bear a big bear hug 🙂

Big Teddy Bear

Big Teddy Bear

As it was really cold, we’ve decided to warm ourselves up at Star Bucks and their hot chocolate are delicious plus you get free wifi internet access at Star Bucks which is a bonus 🙂

Star Bucks hot chocolate

Star Bucks hot chocolate

As the place gets darker, the place was looking more beautiful with the lights on the pine trees it really felt like you were spending a white Christmas there. Here’s some of the lovely night scenes…

Then we came across this awesome candy/chocolate place, now both Pandabear and myself ain’t really into sweets stuff but we had a good look and their sweets variety looks very tempting.

Found this shop that’s really cute called – Knicknacks Skitch Paddywacks – hahaha my type of shop but we didn’t end up buying anything as most of my shopping are done in States already so I’ve spent nearly all my shopping money already.