Whistler BC — there’s no better place to spend the upcoming long weekend.

If you caught this column last week, you know that the best place to stay in Whistler in the spring is the Nita Lake Lodge. Check out the full review for all the juicy details. But once you’re ensconced in your paradise by the lake and mountains, you get to fill your days with all that Whistler has to offer.

Where to dine, what to do and where to stay in the Northwest spring paradise.

You may think of white peaks and White Russians when you ponder a weekend getaway to Whistler, BC, but perhaps the best-kept secret of the wintry wonderland is just how happening it is all year long. When the sun–of which there is plenty–is out and the temperature rises, the mountain town plays host to myriad activities

Five of Seattle’s hottest chefs honor the needle in the sky with era-themed entrees.

The Space Needle got a facelift to celebrate her five decades watching over our fair city. In addition to sprucing up her exterior, SkyCity restaurant’s menu got a little help from five Seattle icons. The 50th anniversary menu is available now through May 31st, and it includes five courses for only $62.

Take an Italian journey in your glass and on your plate with these springy suggestions.

Spring is out in full force in Seattle and with it, the opportunity to eat and drink all manner of lovely things apropos of more gentle weather. Of course it’s also a time when we all wish we could stretch our wings and fly off to some far-flung global destination, but if your job and responsibilities don’t allow you to flee the floods just yet, why not bring the world to your fingertips in the form of libations and nosh?

Win a copy of his debuting cookbook, learn his recipe, and a pop-up you don’t want to miss —

Little known fact: I was a vegetarian for two decades, which is why I’m making up for lost porcine time now that I’ve hit my dirty thirties. Despite my meaty ways, I still have mad respect for vegetarians. Meat is probably the easiest thing on the plate to prepare. It takes a little more ingenuity to showcase vegetables and grains so they truly shine.

Hama Hama Oysters and Taylor Shellfish make one hot duo for a pairing extravaganza.

Seattle is a hotbed of oyster activity. I could probably pen a weekly column dedicated to the beautiful bivalves, but since they are amongst the sexiest of all sexy foods, for now news of them resides here. This week there is a lot to tell. I had the great fortune to attend an oyster and wine tasting that featured oysters from Hama Hama Oyster Company as well as Taylor Shellfish.