About Nicholas Kohn and Marissa Heiser
Monday, Feb. 22
Today was our first day without any kind of Olympic event. We took our time in the morning and strolled into the village. The town was jumping for a Monday afternoon with live music and cheering fans. We took our time at all the shops. There was a line up to the official Olympic store and we got in the queue.
We picked up souvenirs, bobsled pins, tee shirts and cow bells. The one thing everyone at home is requesting we bring home is those red mittens. We asked if they had any and they said they get a new shipment every morning. People start lining up at 7 a.m. and the store opens at 9 a.m. They're gone in minutes. Sleep or mittens? Hmm, for now we're choosing sleep. We'll see how we feel at the end of the week.
We took our treasures home and got ready for dinner. Mike was taking us to the Bearfoot Bistro in the Village (you can check out the link here. http://www.bearfootbistro.com/). It was the most amazing food, service and ambiance of any place we've ever been. The menu was meticulously chosen by celebrity chef Melissa Craig. Most opted for the Caribou with foie gras. For dessert we had ice cream made right before our eyes with fresh cream and liquid nitrogen. It looked like a witches brew.
We got some extra special service at the end of our meal when Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, gold medal figure skaters from the 2002 games, cleared our table. They were doing a segment for the Canadian coverage of the games. Even though we didn't have tickets to an event we still had a gold medal night.
After dinner we went down to the wine cellar where there were 20,000 bottles of wine. The owner of the Bearfoot Bistro, André Saint Jacques, was the Guinness World Record holder for sabering 21 champagne bottles in one minute. Henry, Nick and Mike's dad got a first hand lesson on how to do it and sabered a bottle for us all, delicious local sparkling wine. It was a perfect end to a perfect day in Whistler.