“I’m Only Here for the Food!”

Is it the snow? Sure it is! Big White receives an enormous amount of dry snow and offers (as outlined here) amazing skiing opportunities. But if you’re not a skier? I’d debate that the area is just as much of a destination for you, too.  Ice-climbing (for real – they’ve a 60-foot ice tower for both the extreme Sporty-Spice, as well as the beginner), tubing (their mega-snowcoaster is definitely not not grandma’s tubing hill!), ice skating, hockey and sleigh rides are just the beginning.

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But c’mon – let’s talk about the food!

I counted over 20 restaurants near the base of the resort – each offering unique culinary experiences.

    • My grab-and-go Americano at Beano’s was piping hot and perfectly-pulled and the staff uber-friendly!
    • Tapas at Globe Bistro & Cafe was so delicious, I went there twice! With a large, globally-inspired menu, you too might find it difficult to choose just one meal there, too. Looking for suggestions? Their slow-braised lamb is what (my) dreams are made of!  You can imagine my surprise, too, when their s’mores dessert came out FLAMING! Talk about an ultimate dessert – their house-made marshmallows and thick, chocolate ganache  were beyond the icing on the cake!

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    • Love poutine? Santé Bar and Grill offered a choice of six eccentrically-inspired options  (and five different Caesar’s, too!). Looking for locally-casual?
    • The bar at the Moose Lounge – near the base of the Happy Valley Gondola – offer hearty burgers, daily specials, poutine slathered in cheese curds, rare steak and peppercorn gravy (of course – it’s Canada) and a fun evening round of trivia on Thursdays, to boot!

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  • And then there’s Gunbarrel Grill – offering (along with a large casual café menu) a flaming drink run down the double-barrel of a 1900’s shotgun!
  • Thinking steak, wine and charcuterie?  Kettle Valley Steakhouse brings fine dining – and an abundance of it – to the area. With local Kelowna wines, brews from the Okanagan and Certified Angus beef, their harvest table (which seats up to 22) is worth a return trip!

I may have left Canada a few pounds heavier, but can easily justify they’ll work their way off with more skiing in my future. And come summertime? I heard unofficial whisperings on the hill  that the summer of 2015 may offer hotel accommodations, as well as options for mountain biking and hiking in the area. Coupled with a few fish-able streams nearby, count on me making it a vacation summer spot soon. And who knows, maybe we’ll bump into our moose friend again, too!

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