Quelle Surprise! Dostana Gewurztraminer 2012

Have you ever tried any wines from Kalala Organic Estate Winery?  It is one of my favourite, and still fairly unknown, organic wineries located in West Kelowna. They try to show people that you can produce very good wines from organic grapes, at a reasonable price.  One of their labels is called “Dostana”, which means “friendship,” and…

West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar to Open in Downtown Kelowna Popular Seafood Restaurant Sets Anchor at Prestige Inn

Opening soon: A new and unique restaurant – the West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar – that will soon reveal itself at the Prestige Inn on Abbott Street. “We’re delighted to welcome West Coast Grill to our downtown Kelowna hotel property,” says Joe Huber, CEO of Prestige Hotels + Resorts. “Their reputation for impeccable local…

Dine Around Thompson Okanagan 2016 final days

If you move quickly, you might still find some seating available at one of the many restaurants participating in this great initiative of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) and Wines of British Columbia. (And now BC Craft Brewers Guild.) Renamed and expanded to include menus paired with craft beer and spirits as well…

Kelowna Gold Medal Ready

The Canadian Culinary Championships February 5 & 6, 2016 Kelowna GOLD MEDAL ready   Kelowna, home of The Canadian Culinary Championships is set to host award-winning Chefs from across Canada for a weekend-long “Celebration of Canadian Excellence” from February 5-6, 2016 as part of the illustrious Gold Medal Plates. Kelowna’s Gold Medal Plates reflects the…

BC Icewine Harvest

 Freezing Temperatures in the Okanagan Brings an Early Start to BC’s Icewine Harvest   This year, 20 wineries expressed interest in producing Icewine for a potential harvest of 722 tons from approximately 169 acres, last year there was a total of 844 tons picked. The first 2015 Icewine grapes were brought in by Volcanic Hills…

Chef Jas Dosanj, Poppadoms Okanagan Spinach and Paneer Pakora #TasteofThursday recipe

Okanagan Spinach and Paneer Pakora   RECIPE (makes approx. 10 balls) Description:  a light appetizer that combines soft savoury Indian flavours from the paneer and a crunch from local spinach. A perfect party snack.  Jas Dosanj, Poppadoms – Taste India! Ingredients: 100g grated paneer (Indian cheese)  1x large local white potato, boiled then grated  1tsp…

BNA Brewing – Kelowna

After an afternoon tasting some wonderful wines from the small guys at Garagiste North in Kelowna recently (and spitting – I was working after all), it was time for a palate cleanser. For me, that means a nice hoppy IPA. Luckily, I found a brewpub a short distance away – the BNA Brew Pub. Inside,…

Salute! to #NegroniWeek

While Negroni Week was first presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari in 2013, I hadn’t heard about it until this year. What a great idea to celebrate one of the great classic cocktails while raising money for charitable causes around the world. “From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from more than 100 participating bars…

JOIN THE GARAGISTE WINE PARTY! 

 In 2015 the coolest winemakers are hitting the road with Festivals scheduled in Vancouver & Kelowna   After the huge success of their inaugural SOLD OUT Festival last September at Meyer Family Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, Garagiste North has planned two Festivals this year! The first of its kind in Canada, ‘Garagiste North’ (The Small Guys Wine Festival),…

Long After the Finale, Chefs Celebrate Canadian Culinary Championships

The last melodic notes from the Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships’ gala in Kelowna muted weeks ago and the participating chefs continue to celebrate the occasion. For some time to come, everyone who attended will be humming the tunes by entertainers Barney Bentall, Spirit of the West front men Geoffrey Kelly and John Mann…

Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen

Whenever I am up touring in the Kelowna or Lake Country wine regions, I usually reserve a night to dine at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen on the northern shore of Ellision Lake, just north of the Kelowna airport.  To get there, turn east at the blue and white sailboat on highway 97. Ricardo’s features Italian décor…