Areta Wong is the awesome food-blogger behind “Foodgressing” which features reviews and recommendations from the perspective of a Vancouverite constantly on the hunt for some great eats.
Areta has been on 2 of our tours, The Finer Things Tour and Self-Guided Lunch Tour, so we wanted to catch up and see what her favourite parts of Whistler are!
Where are you from?
I was born in Richmond but now I live in Downtown, Vancouver.
How did you get into food-blogging?
I’ve always admired and read different food bloggers. Especially with Vancouver being a huge foodie scene, it’s hard not to want to share your own experiences with restaurants, products, and events. I started Foodgressing 5 years ago but didn’t fully commit to keeping it active until about 3 years ago. I love photography and it really motivated me to dedicate myself full time. I’ve also been writing restaurant reviews for Yelp and Urbanspoon for a while but I wanted to have more freedom with creating my own content.
What was your favourite part of Cornucopia this year?
This was actually my first year at Cornucopia and I was amazed by how organized it was and all the different types of events that were offered. It was a very wine focused festival and I enjoyed learning a lot about various pairings. There were also a lot of experts brought in to share their knowledge throughout the education seminars. I was really interested in the seminar that focused on the benefits of Paleo and how to prepare some delicious recipes.
Tell us about your experience on tour:
I’ve never done a self-guided tour in a different city so the Lunch Tour was a really interesting experience. It’s a lot of fun trying to find all the places while getting to know the Whistler atmosphere even better. My tour visited 6 places in the Whistler Village and each location gave a different aspect to the Whistler food scene.
The Olives on Tap stop was unique because it wasn’t just sitting in a restaurant, but offered a way to try different oils and balsamics while talking to the owner.
I was also lucky enough to have my stop scheduled at Rocky while they were making fresh in-house chocolate and got to learn about the process.
Lastly, I loved the restaurant, Hunter Gather, and thought this was a great way to try out something new that has just entered the Whistler dining scene.
Where would you bring a visiting friend?
I’d highly recommend the Peak 2 Peak for the best 360 views. I also love the Scandinave Spa and think their massages are incredible.
Which restaurants would you recommend if you were trying to impress your guests?
In Whistler, I’d bring them to Araxi but in Vancouver, I’d say Notch8 in the Hotel Vancouver. I also want to give an honourable mention to Peaked Pies (pictured below) which have incredible meat pies and locations in both Whistler and Vancouver!
What is so unique about Whistler?
The ski season is really long and the Village is ultra charming and an attraction in itself. There’s something for everyone whether you want to be active, relax, or go shopping. Basically, there’s a variety of activities for a variety lifestyles!
If you want to see Areta’s blog, check it out here!
Posted By: Melanie Zikatano