On The Road ~ Whistler Canada #12

Where to Eat in Whistler

Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, in the Whistler Village Square

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Executive Chef James Walt was an early pioneer of farm to table dining. Menus are seasonally focused celebrating the locally sourced ingredients. Above is the follow up to his James Beard award winning cookbook.

Loved this beet salad

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Oysters

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Very interesting flavor, butter in the middle of the olive oil. Bread was great.

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Angus Reserve Tenderloin with BC potato croquette, butter glazed Pemberton carrots, ruby port sauce and grilled chimichurri.

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Wild BC Sablefish, glazed with sake and soy, served with scallions, shiitake mushrooms, radish and bok choy in smoked lemongrass dashi broth.

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Shadow Art

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On The Road ~ Whistler Canada #11

We have arrived at Whistler, what a beautiful ride getting here. The Whistler Olympic Park was the location of the Nordic events facilities for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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On The Road ~ To Whistler Canada #3

Seattle, one of my favorite cities in the US…. it’s chilly and windy today, so we are off to see the amazing Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit in the Seattle Center. When in Seattle, this is a must see. Dale Chihuly is a true genius.

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On a The Road ~ Colca Peru 21

The Colca Lodge, beautiful and peaceful.

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Meet some friends

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Real flowers not embroidery

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Bringing fresh herbs and veggies to the kitchen.

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Welcome to Colca Lodge… his name translates to Julius Caesar.

Lunch by the the hot springs.

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Assorted tastes for bread

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Chicken crusted with quinoa, French fries and spicy sauce.

 

On The Road ~ To Colca Canyon Peru 20

This Canyon is reported to be one of the deepest in the world, reaching a depth of 4,160 meters (12,939 feet) it is located northwest of Arequipa.

We are headed to Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs

Altitude 11,000 feet

My suggestion is to NOT choose the scenic route, take the highway and that should be about two and a half hours by car or bus. As opposed to seven and a half over several mountain ranges. Though we did see the salt flats and a dam, without the help of many people, we might still be up in the mountains. 😬

Endless mountain ranges and valleys we crossed.

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Salt Flats

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Alpaca crossing

Below are kind people who gave us directions along the way.

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A local shepherd

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The dam, we almost freaked, there was a locked gate blocking our way. Finally a lovely man came out, gave us directions, opened the gate and in ten mins we were lost again.

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This young man literally saved us, he went out of his way to get us out of the mountains and to the highway. A blessing.

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Its getting late we are on the highway and have another hour and a half to our destination.

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This is the highest altitude we got to.

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We made it, we are in the parking lot of  Colca Lodge 🙏🏻

On The Road ~ Arequipa Peru 19

Where to eat in Arequipa Peru

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Start at the bar with a special Arequipa craft Pisces served with herbs and fruits. This one has Pisces, blackberry, tangerine and black pepper. Awesome

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Seasood Sarza – Sea urchins, octopus tolina and limpets in onion and tomato sarza.

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White Corn Tamale – Filled with pork adobo, served with onion sarza

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Chupa – They say this is their proudest dish. River shrimp soup, with potatoes, fave beans, cabbage huacatay herb and a sprinkle of milk.

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Jumbo Shrimp- Crispy  jumbo river shrimps, served with roasted potatoes and criolle sauce.

 

On The Road ~ Arequipa Peru 18

We spent a good part of the afternoon at the Santa Catalina Monastery

The Monastery of Saint Catherine (Spanish: Santa Catalina) is a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order.

It was built in 1579 and was enlarged in the 17th century. The over 20,000-square-meter monastery was built predominantly in the Mudéjar style, and is characterized by its vividly painted walls. There are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex; the rest of the monastery is open to the public.

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