Saturday, May 30, 2015

Whistler Peak to Peak unlimited a great deal if you do Whistler every week end

Here is a nice Special for BC Residents 
360 Pass Perks


Purchase a PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Pass before June 12 for $69.95 and receive a Free $10 Voucher
Bonus offer valid on Adult, Senior, Youth and Child Passes. Bonus offer cannot be combined with the discounted EDGE Card rates.
May 23 – Oct 12 
360 PASS
Unlimited Season Pass 
Advance Purchase*
Regular Price
Advance Purchase*
(6 & under)
EDGE Cardholders
Load a PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience Pass to your existing EDGE Card for the low price of just $54.95 (Adult). Additional age categories: Youth/Senior $47.95, Child $27.95.
*Advance Purchase rate applys to tickets purchased 5+ days in advance.
Price do not include applicable taxes. Some restrictions apply. 

Whistler Blackcomb - The Wonder Of An Alpine Summer

Whistler Farmers Market May, 31, 2015

 I could not be more happy  
We are opening the Whistler Farmers Market Season 3 week earlier this year 
 May 31  2015  from 11 am to 4 pm,  Upper Village at the Chateau 

I am so happy  We are opening the Whistler Farmers Market Season 3 week earlier this year 
 May 31  2015  from 11 am to 4 pm,  Upper Village at the Chateau 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cauliflower, Olive and Almond Pilaf

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Dinner in 5.
We're clear that some techniques require standing at attention. You can't rush risotto, leave caramel alone or brown butter on high heat; but it doesn't mean quick can't be great. Here are a few of our most helpful tips for summer meal planning to save you time and money.

Check out Hadley's killer Cauliflower Pilaf recipe below. Serve warm on Day 1 and cold as a sandwich side for lunch the next day.

1. Sides can be mains
Double batch your salads and add grilled salmon to your leftovers for a full meals.

2. Dressings double as marinades
Use your favorite dressings to marinate chicken, shrimp or grains for an overnight flavor infusion.

3. Use greens first
Don't let your greens wilt! Come home from the farmers market and use what wilts faster first. Save the zucchini, carrots and onions for later in the week.

4. Repurpose
Did you not heed the #4? Use your limpish greens to bump up the nutrients in your smoothies.

5. Pesto Perfect
Don't forget that carrot tops, beet greens and spinach can make great pestos. Pair them with your favorite cheeses and freeze them for later.

Cauliflower, Olive and Almond Pilaf
1/2 head cauliflower (about 1-1/2 lbs.)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup green olives roughly chopped
1/2 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup basil, finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
Juice and zest of 1-2 lemons
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Rice cauliflower in a food processor with a sliver disk or grate by hand.
2. Sauté cauliflower in olive oil over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until tender. Set aside to cool.
3. Stir all the rest of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add cauliflower serve at room temp or chill for 3-4 hours. 

Wishing you a delicious day, 
Clémence and Hadley 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Opening of the White Rock Farmers Market this Sunday May 24 2015

Great News I will be at the Opening of the White Rock Farmers Market this Sunday  
May 24, 2015 - 10am to 2pm

Whistler Farmers Market have a 3 weeks early opening (May 31)

Great News  
Whistler Farmers Market is opening 3 week early this year  Still at Upper Whistler every Sunday from 11am to 4pm come and join us at the Chateau  
May 31 2015 
every Sunday till Thanksgiving

Smoky Poblano Pepper Soup

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Pick a pepper.
The slow roll out of summer vegetables is hitting a critical mass. We're getting sweet tomatoes, peas and favas are giving way to beans, and peppers are creeping up in size and heat. 

The heat of summer may not have stabilized yet, but our craving for bolder, more refreshing flavors has caught on. Hadley made this soup yesterday and it won us over; it's warm enough to keep us cozy when the marine layer creeps in and packs a punch with smoky peppers and a zest of lime. 

Smoky Poblano Pepper Soup
2 Poblano peppers
2Tbsps olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 yellow or red bell pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 tsps ground cumin
3 Tbsps tomato paste
4-6 cups chicken stock
1 small roasted or rotisserie chicken, shredded (about 1-1/2 lbs.)
salt and pepper, to taste

1 avocado
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges

1. To roast Poblanos, place on a lined cookie sheet and bake in the broiler for about 3 minutes on each side or until charred. Place these in a closed bag for 10 minutes, then peel, seed and chop. Set aside.
2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.
3. Add onion and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until translucent.
4. Add carrots, bell peppers, celery and Poblano peppers, cooking these down for 5 minutes or so.
5. Add the tomato paste and cumin to coat the vegetables. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
6. Add the chicken, season with salt, pepper and desired spices, cooking for an additional 10 minutes.
7. Ladle into bowls and garnish, squeezing a bit of lime in each bowl.

Wishing you a delicious day, 
Clémence and Hadley 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

French Savons de Marseille and Black olive oil soap available at Maison Cote

The West coast is always slower then other big City, we have our own rhythm we love our great life here but sometime  there is products  so fantastic  I have to introduce them again to you all .
23 yeas ago when I move to Vancouver  introduce the province to French soap and french Laundry products it was a failure To early to expensive compare to commercial products available in BC at that time.
Well I think it time to give it a try again as this is what I use all my life  and could not live without it
So From the Oldest Family own soap production facility is Salon de Provence France
I Will carry a sélection Of Marius Fabre Olive oil Soap Maker  Florilège des meilleurs produits)

Genuine Marseille soap is 100% natural, made only from olive, copra and palm oil, with neither colouring nor synthetic additives. It must obligatorily contain 72% of oil, which is stamped on each cube of Marius Fabre soap.
Its properties come from this exceptional purity : gentle, natural but still effective. Marius Fabre soap is not harsh for the skin. It is often recommended by the medical profession as an alternative to other modern products which can cause skin problems.

$12.00 Each or 2 for $20.00  Olive  or Palm oil 

Black Soap, a 100% natural plant productLe savon noir, un produit 100% végétal

$25.00 Each or 2 for $40.00 

The black soap is made with 100% of natural oils including olive oil and has been produced in Salon-de-Provence by Marius Fabre company for the past 110 years, following the traditional Marseille method,
The black soap is an environmentally friendly solution, a multi-purpose, non-polluting cleaning product for the house (floors and tiled surfaces, window glasses…), leather, laundry etc… but also is a natural shampoo for animals, pets, horses… It gently cleans and adds shine to their coat, and helps prevent allergies (eczema etc)

Black soap household spraySavon noir pour la maison - spray 500 ml

This ready-to-use liquid olive oil black soap can replace over a dozen specific household cleaning products. It is so effective and environmentally clean that it will soon become a must-have for cleaning everything around the home.

Black soap garden spraySavon noir "Spécial Jardin" - spray 500 ml

Our “gardeners’ special” liquid black soap with olive oil is the natural ally for your plants. Ready-to-use, it is made according to the Marius Fabre patented formula for black soap and owes its natural colour to the olive oil it contains.
"Olivia" The organic cosmetic product line with olive oil"Olivia" la ligne cosmétique bio à l'huile d'olive

“Olivia” is a natural and organic certified line of cosmetic products, with olive oil and essential oils all organic, paraben free, dye and synthetic fragrance free. All the products are Ecocert certified. 
Like all the Marius Fabre products, this line is characterized by its quality and authenticity, finely packed in their glass bottle.
L'ATELIER - Intensive hand repair cream 75 mlL'ATELIER - Crème réparatrice pour les mains abîmées

PARABEN FREE, With essential oils.
The ideal balm for hands that are damaged by gardening, DIY, mechanical and other manual work, etc. Its formula is rich in olive oil and shea butter to moisturize dry skin; it also contains lavender and Chinese camphor essential oils

"Herbier" by Marius Fabre"Herbier" de Marius Fabre

Honey, Verbena, Lavender, Jasmine… These typical fragrances of Provence are illustrated with botanical drawings, in the style of an herbarium. This Herbarium line combines vegetable bar soaps, liquid soaps and beauty care products.

Plus a wonderful selection of Aleppo Soap and liquid soap 
Aleppo Liquid SoapSavon liquide d'Alep

Marius Fabre Aleppo liquid soap is obtained from traditional saponification, by heating noble vegetable oils like olive oil, with its rich moisturising nutrients, and bay laurel oil, for its soothing properties.
Aleppo liquid soap is an extremely mild cleanser for the skin thanks to its natural glycerine.
Aleppo SoapSavon d'Alep

$12.00 Each or 2 for $20.00

The Aleppo soap Douceurs Du Midi is a 100% natural soap. Its main ingredient is Olive Oil and it also contains 20% of Laurel berry Oil.
Manufactured in the region of Aleppo in Syria with the traditional method, its ancestral composition gives our Aleppo soap hydrating, purifying and nourishing virtue for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel

January 14, 2015 on the rooftop of the Los Angeles athletic Club

I am so disappointed with this hotel,
I book a 1 bedrooms suite for 2 night January 13 & 14 leaving checking out on the 15 as I had still lot of US cash I decide to paid in cash  total of $482.80 US  recite and account # 30020235879 and we leave to a airport hotel as we had a early flight back to Seattle  then back to Vancouver, Canada.
In February I received my CC statement and the Los Angeles athletic club hotel have charge a $683.47 US to my CC I call them to try to clarified this situation the receptionist assure me then my bill was fully paid in cash  and there is only this charge under my name, I request  to talk to someone in charge of the billing, I am told they will call me back as there is no one at this moment. nobody call me back  and after 4 attempt to talk to someone with no success I call my CC to try to fix this.
We go to the process by writing a letter to the cc with all the fact the amount is frozen till we find a resolution, I received latter a letter saying the hotel  stick to the charge and send me a rebottle  I have till April 12 to respond as I live in Canada + Easter long week end  I received the letter on April 14   on the Papers send by the hotel  I realize the room they want to charge start on January 16 till 19 for a John Wilken he even leave is CC # finishing with 9661  The copy of the transaction with my CC was sign on January 19 when I was in Vancouver ???
 I call the CC hotline to explain I received the information on April 14 and have to reply by April 12 they told me to respond anyway and they will take care of it  I fax all the papers by the 15 and told them I will be away to Asia  and California for the next 22 days
at my return I received a charge back saying I have to paid  the 683..47 as they did not received my rebottle but just a fax on the 15 with black pages. I am inform the case is close and I do have to paid  for Mr  John Wilken  is room and drinks at the bar   even if the date where wrong , the name is wrong and my CC was use without my permission  and sign by someone els,
I try to call the hotel again today  to have a explanation why my CC was charge for someone els  and again I was told someone will call me  it more then 5 hours and no call back.

Moral of this story there is none sometime a little mistake from an employee make someone life more miserable and there is nothing you could do to make it right

I just came back from Los Angeles and this time I stay at the millennium Biltmore hotel.
 Never again at the Los Angeles Athletic Club

May 06 looking at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel where I stay this time from a beautiful little pocket Farmers Market