There is nothing like having a holiday right here at home in
Whistler. You’ve got time to get out on the mountain, sleep in a little more
than usual and throw dishwashing liquid to the wind and get out to some great
For the first time, I visited Bavaria. The place was packed,
even on a Thursday night, with fondue pots lined up as far as the eye could
For $55 per person, a three-course fondue lands you straight in
the middle of the Swiss Alps.
A plain Jane, traditional approach is taken with the cheese and
Chinoise (broth) fondues. The chocolate fondue is everything a chocolate lover
could desire, with accompanying strawberries red right the way through, even in
the middle of winter.
The fondues didn’t leave me totally yodeling from the mountains, but the beer definitely did and the non-filtered variety with lemon, is worth a trip to Bavaria on its own.
sFondue is only one style of dining available at the cozy dining
room located off Main Street across from the 7-Eleven. Other menu items include
traditional Swiss raclette, schnitzel specialties, tartiflette and a children’s
The holidays also give you time to catch up with friends, even
if only over a quick drink.
Another first, I caught up with a friend over a glass of
sparkling at Morgan’s restaurant in Creekside.
You step into another world when walking through the doorway of
the vaulted, post-and-beam escape. The soft guitar strumming and easy-listening
vocals from classical musician Cesar de Acha Beltran wafted through the main
floor, which includes an open kitchen adorned with its signature wood-burning
mesquite grill. Booth seating wraps around huge bay windows and an upstairs
wine library provides even more dining hideaways.
There was bar seating, but instead we opted for soft leather
chairs tucked beside a roaring fireplace.
The menu showcases a certified-organic showing, ranging from
Moroccan lamb stew for lunch to seafood and game meats for dinner.
Araxi also hosts a great bubbly-clinking hangout perfect to
catch up at. While the award-winning dining room hosts an evening culinary
escapade, the lounge/bar setting welcomes a more casual crowd taking advantage
of Araxi’s raw bar of sushi and seafood tiers as well as cocktails.
My friend opted for bubbly, myself for one of Araxi’s infamous
creative concoctions: the cucumber and kiwi martini.