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Quick Bites

Guinness is a great substitute for a sandwich?

Quick bites with

Paul Palmer

Senior Bartender, Black’s Restaurant, Pub, Patios

PQ: What’s your drink philosophy?

PP: Guinness is a great substitute for a sandwich.

PQ: One drink you can’t live without?

PP: Red wine.

PQ: What drink should people be more open to trying?

PP: Beer other than lagers.

PQ: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

PP: Sea urchin and quail egg sushi.

PQ: The worst thing you’ve ever drank?

PP: Shooting Portuguese schnapps, which I found out later is best sipped.

PQ: Most memorable drink you’ve ever had?

PP: A bottle of wine. A Beaujolais on a beach in France.

PQ: What’s your solution for a last minute meal?

PP: Empty-the-fridge kind of pasta.

PQ: Best trend in food/restaurants/pubs?

PP: Attention to lighting, music and essential atmosphere.

PQ: Worst trend in food/restaurants?

PP: Cookie cutter fast food.

PQ: Do you dream of opening your own restaurant?

PP: Yes, I’d love to find someplace relatively quaint and simple along the lines of a licensed coffee house where the clientele are intrinsic to the atmosphere of the place. A place where the town would take pride in it as a meeting place.

PQ: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?

PP: France.

PQ: What brought you to Whistler?

PP: The skiing, the lifestyle and natural beauty.

PQ: Has Whistler opened up any doors for you?

PP: In some respects it’s opened the door to Never Land: the Peter Pan Syndrome, you are as you ski.

PQ: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?

PP: Cocktails at Black’s and dinner at Sushi Village.

PQ: What would you advise anyone wanting to come into this industry?

PP: For the right person it’s a great lifestyle and it seems that when I’ve been traveling the people I’ve met the most have been bartenders or carpenters. As a bartender you don’t have to lug your tools around.