Micah and I have been out and about a lot the last three weeks. A couple weeks ago, we spent a long weekend (4 days) to celebrate our anniversary. We headed up to Whistler via Vancouver for some hiking, aimless wandering and eating. I actually can’t remember why we chose Whistler but we’re glad we did.
On the drive up, we decided to stop in Richmond, British Columbia (just south of Vancouver) for some Ramen. I was cruising a few Vancouver food blogs and decided we had to have Ramen. For some reason you can’t get good Ramen in Seattle. It just hasn’t caught on here. We originally wanted to stop at a place called G-Men Ramen but it was closed. We wandered around and found a place called Yuu Japanese Tapas. We’re weren’t sure about it until we noticed the place was completely packed with locals. Always a good sign.
I had the Spicy Miso with Pork and Micah had a the Pork Katsu Ramen. Both SO good and well worth the stop.
We got to Whistler Saturday evening and were a little surprised by the crowd. There was some sort of BMX event and the place was packed. We wandered around a bit, enjoyed some ice cream and then retired to our room to people watch from our balcony.
On the advice of our friend Karen, we booked an ATV tour for Sunday morning. It wasn’t a tour we would have picked on our own so we’re glad Karen suggested it. It was SO fun and a great way of seeing the area. We even lucked out and booked the tour for half price via a Groupon deal.
The view from behind Micah. Look at those mountains.
Our group was fairly small and consisted of just one family from Brazil. We spent the rest of the day hiking around a couple of small lakes and enjoying the warm weather. For lunch we enjoyed a Canadian treasure, Poutine. What’s Poutine? It’s french fries with cheese curds covered in gravy. Seriously. Check out the picture. It was good. Weird but good.
On Monday we headed up to the one of the Olympic venues for a wander and on the way ran into this guy:
He was just hanging out on the side of the road eating a little grass. We watched him for a while and then left him to his lunch. I feel like we’ve been pretty lucky with the wildlife our last few trips. We also saw an Eagle Tuesday afternoon on the Lummi Reservation.
We left Whistler late morning and headed to Lummi Island outside of Bellingham, Washington. On the way down we stopped for Chinese in Vancouver and stumbled upon a great little place (which was packed) that served made to order dumpling. They were delicious.
Look, she’s making them while we wait:
The highlight of our trip was supposed to be our stay on Lummi Island at the Willow’s Inn. The New York Times goes on and on about the chef there and how eating there is worth a plane ride. Our verdict? It was good. Worth the drive but not a plane ticket.
Before I go on, I want to say that we weren’t there on a night when they do a full tasting menu. I bet that’s to die for. We were there for Spotted Prawns night. Our meal package included a salad, a pizza, spotted Prawns and the best margarita EVER for each of us. I thought my salad was good but Micah’s was just OK. Same for the pizza. Mine seriously lacked flavor but his was good. Nothing to write home about. The prawns? AMAZING. Seriously the best single thing I eaten in a while which is saying something considering all my raving about the Corson Building.
These were so good that Micah and I did a little head slurping. I always said I wouldn’t eat the contents of shrimp heads but these little guys were so good that I had to. Really. And that butter, it tasted like unsweetened caramel. It was amazing. I mean look how crazy I look because of these shrimp.
Micah looks less crazy and more concentrated.
The view from our table wasn’t bad either.
So, the Willow’s Inn is completely worth the drive for those shrimp. The Inn itself was OK. Everyone was really nice but the place is old and the plumbing is not great. There was a toilet overflow incident the morning we left which kind of tainted the stay. We had to pack up and leave sooner than we’d have liked.
The weekend was the perfect getaway and a great way to celebrate two great years of marriage. We loved Whistler in the summer so much that we’re thinking of renting a house up there for a week next summer.