If you know me, you know I love a good contest. I do have a lucky streak and I’ve won a lot of contests: a bike, a trip to San Francisco, two nights at the Montelucia in Arizona (that I never got to use…), $1,000 certificate with Intrepid, etc. So when I heard about the travel blogger fundraiser Passports with Purpose to give away a prize of my choice to help build two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read, I jumped at the chance! I’ve won enough things. Now it’s my time to help you win something and give back to an amazing cause that’s close to all the things I value: education, children and travel. I am so overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten from my sponsors and cannot thank them enough. And kids, they are top notch!
So what do you have the chance to win?! Well, I’m giving away two prizes: A “NEAR” Prize and an “AFAR” prize. Woot Woot! This post is dedicated to my afar prize. *You have to enter on the Passports with Purpose website!
About the Rosewood Hotel Georgia from their site:
First opened in 1927 in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Hotel Georgia came to be known as the city’s most elegant retreat. The Georgian Revival structure welcomed a who’s who of the entertainment world to British Columbia, including Elvis Presley, Nat “King” Cole, Katharine Hepburn and British royalty. The legendary boutique hotel, unveiled in July as Rosewood Hotel Georgia, now features 156 guest accommodations, Sense, A Rosewood Spa® and signature fine dining restaurant by renowned Chef David Hawksworth. Recipient of 2011 AAA Four-Diamond Award
And on top of it all, you get a tasting menu for two at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Hawksworth Restaurant.
Hawksworth Restaurant has been lauded as one of Canada’s best restaurants by many major Canadian publications. The restaurant was just given the high honour of # 2 Restaurant on En Route’s 10 Best New Restaurants List in Canada. You can take a look at the variety of menus that they offer. All I’m saying is that if I was getting a proposal in Vancouver, I’d want it to be here. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the menu looks like perfection.
I personally haven’t had a meal at the restaurant but I was at their bar (do you expect anything less of me?) and I was treated like a star. Bar Manager Brad Stanton is the vice-president of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA) so this is a top-notch place to grab a drink. The bar staff took such good care of me and they let me look at their cocktail bible, The Savoy.
The tasting menu you will get is based on season. Here’s a sample of the tasting menu for Fall 2011:
chef’s amuse bouche
yellowfin tuna tartar tempura quail egg, kaffir lime, spiced cucumber
seared squid guanciale, jalapeño, salsa verde
pickled beet root lamb tongue, horseradish, dill
slow cooked veal breast red cabbage, walla walla onion, mustard vinaigrette
chocolate fondant orange, hazelnut
Value: 78 / 126 with wine flight
You’ll also be winning some travel reading material from some fantastic sponsors.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine is my favourite travel magazine and is your one stop shop for up to date information on smart travel, sustainable travel and in depth stories on what it’s like to be in a destination. Storytelling is prevalent in National Geographic and I’m giving away a one year subscription as well as their book, National Geographic Guide to National Parks of Canada (which you’ll probably be able to use on this trip!).
Of course if you’re still dreaming of far flung destinations to inspire your wanderlust, the wonderful snazzy folks at Luxe City Guides have offered up FIVE of their destination guides. If you wanted to know where to grab that last meal on earth, do some advanced shopping and travel like you’ve lived in a city for over 20 years, Luxe is your guide. Plus, they’re web savvy and are always updating their city. Easily one of my favourite guides. I was lucky to win their guides to New York and Paris and they know what they’re talking about. You’ll be getting:
The above titles are a few of my favourite cities. I may have to take some notes before I send them off! Here’s a wee letter I wrote them when I was trying to win a guide.
A word on Vancouver:
I went to Vancouver for the first time this year and I was absolutely amazed. The nature; the active residents; the easy going west coast lifestyle. Vancouver is a special place and after going, it really made me proud to be a Canadian. I crafted a four day city guide of where I went and what I ate while I was there as well as concocted a list of my favourite eats when I explored the city for 5 days. Hopefully, this will inspire you to get to Vancouver. Good luck!