Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Only in Whistler! Part I

My favorite time of year! Racing in Whistler, B.C. I try not to dream or think about it because it's so good all around that it's painful for me to not always be here. I'll start with Mogul's Coffee/The Gone Eatery.
 Begin: favorite cookies in the world!
 Holy Wow! (salt shaker for size ref)
I thought about these cookies for one year. I was almost a little worried my taste would have changed  and I wouldn't appreciate them as much. But they are just as good! Even bigger than I remember. I've pretty much had one per day. That's impressive considering they are 1400 calories for a whole one (word on the street is). At least there's oil instead of butter and they do have fruit/oats/wheat flour in them!
Raspberry Blueberry Oat Chocolate Chip
I never want it to end when im eating it and it almost never does! it has all the best aspects of a raspberry, oatmeal, chocolate chip, and sugar cookie somehow. The raspberry is strong and sweet yet fresh and moist. The texture is perfect. Not overly airy or dense. The baking time is perfect creating ease to break apart sans crumbling and with delightful chewiness. Damn. I'd pay a lot of money for the recipe!
The outside gets more cooked so the middle is like fruity tart chocolate chip cookie dough while the outside remains more crunchy less sweet oatmeal choco chip. Stoked on both blueberries and raspberries together although solo raspberry is just as good. Bite into what ever section your in the mood for!
The popular banana version is quite delicious as well.  The doughyness comes out more and the banana pairs nicely with the slightly salty oaty goodness!
I discovered they make the cookies from a mix and just add fruit. I bought some but think it might be a Canadian Quaker product re-labeled. More on how that goes soon!  I also need to try the apple pecan and strawberry editions (they are more rare)! Checking for availability every day... But onto the muffins!
They do epic XL Muffins.  Massive Blueberry Oat Bran are delicious, and many more.  Of course I got my idea for pumpkin oat bran pecan muffins from these last year! They pair so well together. So big and mostly muffin top, the way it should be! Also such a delicious spice combo of nutmeg and cinnamon and cloves with raisins too! I think some hints of roasted maple too? I enjoyed with a little extra nuttiness from Almond Butter and some blueberries for my daily fresh fruit/antioxidant fix.
The Morning Glory Muffins are pretty sweet as well. Literally. A carrot muffin gone occasionally tart with apple, currants or golden raisins, and pineapple. So moist and delicious with just the right amount of chewy crunchy morsels!
 With the best burgers to choose from such as Spicy Lentil, Buffalo, Lamb, Turkey, or regular, Splitz is the coolest burger place ever.  You can also get chicken breast, or teriyaki salmon.  With or without Yam Fries! Served on white or multi grain bun, or a wheat wrap, OR GLUTEN FREE BREAD! You choose your burger and then move down the line with all sorts of toppings.
 My first was the local B.C. Buffalo (grass fed). It tastes more earthy/gamey which pairs perfectly with the semi earthy gluten free bread by Food For Life.
  • Baba Ghanoush
  • Grilled Pineapple
  • Guacamole
  • Carrot
  • Sprouts
  • Pickles
  • Cucumber
  • BBQ Sauce
The baba ghanoush was amazing, exploding with garlic and roasted eeggplant. The bbq sauce from the burger with the pineapple paired a perfect sweetness.  I will be going back for the lentil and turkey burgers (so be ready for some more epic combos!). 

The 2 dollar meal! Local trail/race organization, WORCA, puts on 'Loonie Races' every Thursday night. They cost a loonie (Canadian $2 coin) and include apres meal and beer. And the winner gets $50! 150-300 people usually attend. I only made it 1/4 of the way through the race due to a flat tire, but was in around 6th with 300 people behind me! Sponsored by the Lift Coffee Company this time, the meal after was delicious. Pretty gourmet for $2! I want to make all 3 of these items! They also had wraps and cookies which I skipped.
  • Quinoa Salad (Black Beans, Corn, Parsley, Tomato) 
  • Roasted Cauliflower (Lemon, Red Pepper, Fennel)
  • Kale Salad (Garbanzos, Barley, Tomato, Onion)
Another well known: The Mongolie Grill
 Get your bowl and put in your ingredients!
 Choose your sauces/flavorings!
What I got:
  •  Broccoli
  • Cashews (for the crunch and source of fat)
  • Water Sprout Shoot (white things?)
  • Water Chestnuts (I love them and they are so rare!)
  • Carrot
  • Lemon 
  • Coconut Milk
  • Onion
  • Olives (had to give it a shot for stir fry b/c I could)
  • Shrooms
  • Garlic 
  • Ginger (such bomb flavor)
  • Chicken
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
 And it gets stir fried and mixed up right in front of you!
 Most people go with various noodles/meats and sugary sauces but I opted for the more veggie-base flavor options.
 My veggie combo stands out among the rest...
All done! Topped with Sesame Seeds, a tid bit of soy sauce, and accompanied by your choice of jasmine/brown rice, and miso/hot 'n sour soup.  I love that you can get it exactly the way you want. So customizable in every way!  My garlic-ginger-coconut-lemon flavoring was bomb and I got my veggie fix for sure.
 Next up will be everything I actually made (didn't eat out all the time, gotta save some $$$) and the remaining foods I have to try!

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