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August 2013

Araxi Roasted Tomato Frittata

I seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Whistler food scene. I adore being in Whistler and the idea of enjoying a great al fresco meal out on a patio somewhere. And apparently, I love Araxi, as it was my second time there and both experiences were fantastic. But what I dislike is a lack of other options. If you stroll the village and type the name of each restaurant into Urbanspoon, you’ll be shocked at the low ratings. My friend and I sat down at one patio (seated ourselves as there was no one around), and then overheard a table complaining about how long the food’s taking – the server’s response was that they have a small, slow kitchen. And it wasn’t even busy, so we bolted – I’ve learned that oftentimes it’s best to listen to your guy and just walk away. We decided to re-visit Araxi, since it was so great the first time around (and because I pretty much refuse to dine somewhere rated below 80% on Urbanspoon – I typically try to stick to 85%+). I also discovered Purebread, which has some gluten-free goodies, and strolled the farmer’s market. Non-food wise, Brandywine falls are beautiful. Read on to find out about this round of eats in Whistler.

Brandywine Falls

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Squash Blossom and Zucchini Frittata

Squash blossoms have been teasing me at the farmer’s market all summer. I’d walk by them and gawk at their beauty, without the faintest idea of what to do with them. Yet I knew I had to have them. I didn’t feel like stuffing them, which is the most common way of enjoying these lovelies.

Frittata to the rescue! Not only are frittatas great for clearing out the contents of your fridge, they’re terrific at showcasing whatever is in season. The blobs of fromage frais add to this frittata’s picturesque landscape and provide a nice, tangy contrast to the eggs.

Running with the nose-to-tail squash theme, I’ve made zucchini the main filling. It’s only fitting, since the squash blossoms come from the end opposite the stem of the zucchini. The leeks and green onions add a little more flavour and bite. And there you have it, a frittata that screams summer, and is as enjoyable to chow down as it is to look at.

Squash Blossoms

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Beaucoup Bakery Macaron Frais

Beaucoup Bakery occupies a small but lovely spot in the South Granville area. The high ceilings, large windows, and pretty details like potted orchids and floral mugs that match the branding create a bright, welcoming space. There are a few small tables out front, and limited seating inside – so be prepared to either wait or take your treats to go, as they do get quite busy, especially on weekends.

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Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Popsicles 3

More popsicles! I’ve been on a bit of a popsicle kick lately. And these popsicles are absolutely delicious (if I do say so myself!).

Roasting the strawberries concentrates their flavour and really brings out their sweetness. The buttermilk adds a creamy tang. And the vanilla complements both the buttermilk, and the strawberries. But the strawberries really are the star of these popsicles – their flavour is intense!

These popsicles are also a great way to use up any leftover buttermilk you may have from making your own crème fraîche!

Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Popsicles

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