adventures in whistler

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The Labour Day weekend always marks the end of summer, doesn’t it? I was lucky to get away this weekend, if only for one night. We escaped the city to Whistler to stay at Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel and attend the Araxi Long Table Dinner Series… it was an amazing experience. My piece was also published on BC Living – pop over to see it all.

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The meal was prepared al fresco, and the 200+ person long table extended across Pemberton’s North Arm Farm. It was absolutely beautiful, and the food.. some of the best bites I’ve ever had! My fave was probably the Dungeness Crab Stuffed Squash Blossoms (below) – they were beyond. Paired with wines from one of our favourite wineries, LaStella and Le Vieux Pin, each course was so fresh. I can’t wait for next time.

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I took over Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel’s Instagram for the weekend, did you catch it? The location of the hotel is perfect – right in Whistler Village. Roberto and I had never been to Whistler together before, so we loved that the central location let us get out walking for a bit on the Sunday. The hotel has a very inspiring Pollinator Project. Almost 90% of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruits and seeds, including 87 of 128 global food crops, and their Pollinator Project is one of the reasons Araxi chose to work with the hotel as their accommodation partners for the Long Table.

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I wish we had more time to borrow the hotel bikes, or enjoy the pool and hot tub, but it was such a quick trip. Next time!

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On the Sunday, we had a champagne brunch at the Fairmont Whistler to learn about the upcoming Cornucopia Wine and Food festival November 5 – 15. I’m currently choosing which events to attend… it’s going to be my first time, but over the years, this festival has become a must-attend event. The Bubbles and Brunch on November 8th is one of the Fairmont’s signature Cornucopia experiences… judging by the preview they shared with us (above) you don’t have to tell me twice. In!


our trip to osoyoos

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Every summer we make it a priority to get away for a chunk of time. The Okanagan is an area in BC full of wineries, and we always escape for a few days there. It started out as a tradition with friends, and as they had babies, we started to go just the two of us. We always choose a different area to stay and this year, we chose Osoyoos! Roberto has family there, and I wanted to stay at the Watermark Beach Resort, since I had heard amazing things. Sadly, the weather was anything but summery, but we still had such a wonderful time. Is there anything more wonderful than a hotel bed? This one was delicious. We were in love with it. If you’re with me on Snapchat, you saw more than a few snaps from that very spot (erincsousa, if you wanna get in on the party).

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We spent any slivers of clear sky by the pool, and really just relaxed, enjoyed breakfast in bed, sleep ins, and the restaurant at the Watermark. I seriously looooved the menu there – they have so many organic choices and almost everything is locally grown. We were treated to a tasting menu, with wine pairings.

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This girl is really getting into white wine, and I loved the sparkling one from Covert Farms.

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I’ve been a huge fan of LaStella and since they were our wedding wine, we are huge fans. It was a treat to visit the winery, learn about their processes and meet with the winemakers. This one was Roberto’s favourite, and I was sipping on this white all night.

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We explored the area and wandered the vineyards at another fave winery, Nk’Mip (pronounced ‘Inkameep’). Aren’t those grapes so luscious?

diner en blanc vancouver


Diner en Blanc Vancouver happened this week, and we enjoyed our evening! If you don’t know what this event is, it started out in Paris, and now in Vancouver, it’s an annual tradition. Bringing your own table, chairs and food may seem silly, but the outcome is really an experience to be had.

I obviously went with my hubs, and we had our meal catered by the italian eatery, Cioffis Cucina… now that was a charcuterie board, yes?

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If you have the opportunity to go to one in your city, do it. At least once!

life lately

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Happy Friday! I’ve been SO bad at blogging lately! Don’t lose faith in me! If you’re on Instagram and Snapchat with me (erincsousa), y0u’re up to date, and honestly, that’s where I share the most, so I hope you’ll pop over to join me.

Summer has been so busy and wonderful thus far! It was my birthday (this lemon vanilla cake from Sweet Bake Shop was beyond), our first anniversary, and there have been lots of fun outings and events to take part in. On top of that, and primarily, it’s been work. I’ve been so busy with clients – the business has really blown up and I’ve been having working so, so much.  For the later part of the summer, I’ll be heading to Osoyoos for a mini holiday before the summer ends at Watermark Resort, and to Pemberton for Araxi’s epic long table dinner, and staying at Summit Lodge in Whistler.  It will be really needed to get away for a bit, so I’m really looking forward to it!


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Deighton Cup is a day at the races, and I was so excited to wear a fancy lady hat – thanks so much, Hive Mind Hats!

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For our anniversary, I gifted Roberto a Hudson’s Bay blanket – he’s always wanted one. I say perfect for picnics, and he says he won’t let it touch the ground…

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Poolside content creation for a client – dying over this Barefoot Contessa romper and hat.

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Ava is too much. Especially in cute sunnies (from Barefoot Contessa)

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A business trip for Sparkle Media’s client Uptown Shopping Mall took us out to Victoria for a few days! This sunset was like nothing I’ve ever seen.

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Working anywhere has it’s perks, and sometime it’s from a hotel bed in Victoria.

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This oil is so lovely – it’s from Aerin’s fall collection! Estee Lauder is really doing some fun stuff for fall, and I was able to get a sneek peek at their fall launch.

our favourite summer dinner


A few weeks ago, we celebrated my mom-in-law’s birthday, and I had NO time to focus on menu planning. Thank gosh for my hubs who came up with the most brilliant idea: Greek barbecue! Ok, so not sure that’s actually a ‘thing’ or that this meal is really all that Greek, but we had pita and tzatziki, so it kind of was, yes?

This is seriously one of the most tasty and easy meals to make and we officially decided it would be our go-to for entertaining. It’s as simple as getting some veggies (peppers, zucchini, red onion – toss in olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper before you poke ’em), and some meat (we chose chicken thighs because they aren’t only tastier, but more affordable than breasts). We marinated our meat in piri-piri sauce from Nando’s… do they have Nando’s in the US? Such an easy cheat. Pile everything onto your soaked skewers and you are ready to bbq!


Grab your olive oil brushed pita, and warm them on the grill, get your homemade tzatziki ready, and some feta! I would love to nix the meat next time, and add pineapple to these skewers. I like to wrap everything in the pita, but you can eat them separately, too. I see it all as a form of self expression, really.


And we must take a moment of silence for this cake. It’s a Lemon Meringue Cake from Sweet Bake Shop. A new fam fave (like, literally, the fam goes crazy for it). Isn’t it gorgeous?

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