I was at a party with a mouth full of eggnog, describing how the Whistler Film Fest compared to Vancouver's. Having only participated in the latter, and casually at that, I had zero expectations before arriving in Whistler on the 3rd of December.
|Whistler Film Festival Awards Brunch - December 5, 2010|
We only managed to see three films: the hard-to-swallow-but-you-have-to-see-it The Whistleblower; the light-hearted geek-fest of The People vs. George Lucas; and the heart-breaking beauty that is Marwencol. They were all excellent for completely different reasons.
Marwencol, for me, was the most memorable and perhaps even left the bigger emotional impact:
Following Marwencol and before driving home, we bit the bullet and splurged on an incredible meal at Araxi Restaurant. It seemed such a fitting end to the weekend. For those who were following Hell's Kitchen last year, Araxi Restaurant was where the winning chef would work. I don't think he's there anymore, but it didn't matter. The food, service, and atmosphere confirmed to me why they're consistently rated amongst the top restaurants in BC.
|Seared Albacore Tuna|
|A variety of BC oysters|
|Sunday evening is apparently a quiet time for Araxi!|
|Baby gem and romaine lettuce salad|
|Local onion veloute with tapenade and a crispy oyster|
|Fraser Valley free range chicken|
|Buffalo ricotta and truffle gnocchi... I even got an extra gram of fresh black truffle!|
|This was amazing... let's leave it at that!|