Food & Drink

Learning cooking secrets

Apr 13, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay Have you ever cooked a dish and wondered why you did it that way instead of differently? This happens with cooking often, especially with recipes that are passed on. I think all families have stories of something that had to be “just so” but often no one knew

Trail gives Cheers to Cheese

Apr 13, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed If you like wine and you like cheese, you are going to love the Westside Wine Trail’s newest spring event. The trail, which is managed by the West Kelowna Vintners Association, is holding Cheers to Cheese on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone who

Beer made by local women

Apr 12, 2024 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The special Pink Boots West Coast Pilsner is ready to launch, after the women of Penticton's Cannery Brewing worked on its creation back on International Women's Day. Cannery Brewing announce the launch of the New World Pilsner on Wednesday, which features

All hail Caesar Week return

Apr 12, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Facebook Okanagan bartenders next month will get a chance to strut their stuff when it comes to making a delicious caesar. Caesar Week is coming back to Kelowna in May for the third time, all in an effort to determine who can make the best caesar. The event will be held May 12-1

Food and fun all week long

Apr 12, 2024 / 12:01 am

Photo: Contributed The Hub has new wheels! The new wrap was inspired by anonymous British graffiti artist Banksy's Behind The Curtain. In this case it's a metaphor for pulling back the curtain to expose a renewed night life in Penticton. When the dynamic duo of Loree Hubner and

A wine of many notes

Apr 7, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Nk’Mip Cellars 2021 Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay Winery: Nk’Mip Cellars Why drink it: The name Qwam Qwmt translates as “achieving excellence,” according to the Osoyoos Indian Band, which started this winery in 2001. Lush, plush, fun to drink

Interesting food facts

Apr 6, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed White chocolate This week I wanted to give you some tidbits for your coffee break chats or random texting conversations—whatever it is people do in between activities nowadays. You’ll learn the real answer about white chocolate, whether wasabi or chile

Dancing at DunnEnzies?

Apr 5, 2024 / 10:47 am

Photo: DunnEnzies A Kelowna pizza restaurant hopes to add karaoke and dancing to a second location. Just weeks after applying for a patron participation endorsement for its downtown restaurant, DunnEnzies Pizza has made a similar application for its restaurant on Lakeshore Road in the

Stretching the Easter ham

Apr 1, 2024 / 5:46 am

Photo: . Leftover Easter ham can be a springboard for other meals during the week. Of course you’ll want a sandwich or two, but there are many other ways to put that porky, smoky flavour to good use — include this Denver omelet. (Cheyenne Cohen via AP)

A taste of Spain in Canada

Mar 31, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Stag’s Hollow 2022 Albarino Winery: Stag’s Hollow Winery Why drink it? Because it’s fun to drink and it’s made from grapes that are common in Spain but very rare in Canada. Seriously? Which wineries grow Albarino in B.C.? Stag’s

Brewing up new business

Mar 30, 2024 / 4:00 am

Cindy White An industry insider estimates between 10 and 15 per cent of B.C. craft breweries are surviving month-to-month or quarter-to-quarter. In Kelowna, which has the highest concentration outside of Vancouver, we’ve already seen one fall by the wayside this year with the closure

Fun foolish fare

Mar 30, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed I hope everyone is happily ensconced somewhere with loved ones this long weekend, celebrating spring in whatever fashion suits you. I will be with my grandkids for the long weekend, probably grateful I’ve been working out consistently, as I’ll likely be s

Uber Eats expands in region

Mar 27, 2024 / 1:20 pm

Photo: Contributed Uber Eats is now available in two more Thompson-Okanagan cities. The online food ordering and delivery behemoth announced its arrival in 11 B.C. cities on Wednesday, including Lake Country and Salmon Arm. That means residents there can now order delivery from thei

Young man knows his wine

Mar 25, 2024 / 1:07 pm

Photo: Contributed Not surprisingly, Kelowna is home to Canada’s top young sommelier. Max Brayer will now attempt to prove he is the world’s best. Brayer recently took top honours at the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs national competition in Calgary. That earned him a

A Bottleneck you will love

Mar 25, 2024 / 12:01 pm

Photo: Stephanie Seaton Detonate Brewing The picturesque Okanagan town of Summerland is ushering in the spring season with an exclusive preview for its Bottleneck Drive Association members, home to the premier wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries of the region. This year,

Your next house white wine

Mar 24, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Bench 1775 2022 Pinot Gris Winery: Bench 1775 Why drink it: Located on the Naramata Road, on the shore of Lake Okanagan, Bench 1775 has some of the prettiest views, in a region famous for its views. And the wines! You’ll want to turn this Pinot Gris &m

Independent coffee shops

Mar 23, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay I stopped by a neighbourhood coffee shop and bakery the other day and was pleased to see it was busy with customers. It sits across the street from Starbucks and so I worried it might not find a following. It seems we have the space, and the interest, for both places, a

A new shape of pasta

Mar 19, 2024 / 10:30 am

Photo: The Canadian Press This undated image shows a recipe for Cacio E Pepe E Chili Crisp, from Dan Pashman's “Anything's Pastable." (Dan Liberti/William Morrow via AP) Food writer and podcaster Dan Pashman made the unusual step a few years ago of creating an entire

MyChef for pick-up

Mar 19, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: John McInnins MyChef offers local organic meal prep service Anyone looking for a healthier alternative to drive thru’s and greasy fast food might be interested in a new organic meal prep service in Vernon. John McInnis runs MyChef, and hopes to spread the word about his

A wild and creative wine

Mar 17, 2024 / 12:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Off the Grid 2022 Goat Rodeo Winery: Off the Grid Organic Winery Why drink it: Sometimes in life, it’s good to try wines that challenge the stereotypes of what a modern wine is. This is one of those wines, made from Sovereign Coronation grapes. One for