Robot replacing servers

Aug 22, 2021 / 7:31 am

Photo: Nono Shen Zhengwen Hao, restaurant owner, says Bella is hardworking and never complains A fairly new server has just joined the Hao’s Lamb Restaurant team in Richmond. And whether she’s in a mood, is rushed off her feet or unhappy about the tip, Bella will always

Black Sage Cabernet Franc

Aug 22, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Cabernet Franc, 2018 Winery: Black Sage Vineyard, Summerland Why drink it? Cab Franc can sometimes be an afterthought when it comes to cabernet, but it shouldn’t be, as it can do an excellent job of expressing the terroir of the South Okanagan. Reds fr

Smell the difference

Aug 21, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I splurged and got a massage today. It was glorious. I highly recommend it. The experience even inspired my column topic this week. I was relaxing on the massage table, all comfy in the soft mattress and getting sleepier by the minute with the soothing music and arom

Blue Mountain Sauv Blanc

Aug 15, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 Winery: Blue Mountain, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Sauvignon Blanc can be thought of as a “young” wine, thanks to its typical freshness and vibrancy; this one has some irony behind it. The vines are more than a dozen years

Cakes for breakfast

Aug 14, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed One of my favourite breakfast foods is pancakes, especially when I’m camping. There is something especially rustic about flipping those golden beauties on a cast-iron pan as the smell of the great outdoors mingles with the cooked batter. I got to thinking here

May I have s'more?

Aug 7, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Summertime… with memories of watermelon slices, popsicles, and plenty of time outside, running around and drinking from the hose. That’s what I remember. It is also the season for camping, which as I have mentioned in recent columns, means cooking and eatin

Odyssey Cabernet Franc

Aug 1, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Odyssey Cabernet Franc, 2017 Winery: Gray Monk, Lake Country Why drink it? Okanagan Cabernet Franc, arguably, could be the region’s signature red, and the hot southern end of the valley provides the ideal terroir, as shown in this bottle; the grapes ca

Simple joys of camping

Jul 31, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: stock.adobe.com We visited friends who were "camping" this week in Penticton. I use the quotation marks because their version of camping now includes the RV with DVDs, air conditioning and microwave. I guess I must be getting old; I thought the best stories of the evening

Township 7 Pinot Gris

Jul 25, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Gris, 2020 Winery: Township 7, Naramata/Langley Why drink it? Beautifully aromatic, which may be a surprise to many PG fans, but enjoy the fresh pear and peach notes, mixed with some light wildflower hints reminiscent of an Okanagan meadow. The grapes

'Punk' health trend

Jul 24, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was researching odd food traditions for this week’s column, and I came across a new trend in China called “punk health.” I was so intrigued I stopped looking. You will have to wait for another week for me to offer a list, as I’d like to expand

Club prepares to reopen

Jul 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Vernon's Status Nightclub is preparing to reopen when B.C. reaches Stage 4 of its reopening plan. With this in mind, owner Saverio Loria says the club will reopen Friday, Sept. 10. The time has come ... we are thrilled to announce we will be reopening our d

Lightning Rock Viognier

Jul 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Viognier, 2019 Winery: Lightning Rock, Summerland Why drink it? For fun, compare this Viognier with the winery’s sparkling Pét-Nat version (if you can find a bottle), and decide if you prefer the bubbly or this one. A sunshine-y golden hue in th

Celebrate small victories

Jul 17, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Pictured is some of Murray's small victory garden. It’s usually about this time of the summer that I begin to feel overwhelmed. The garden is in full swing, and the fruit in the orchards is ripening. I always want to capture all those flavours – with

Second Act Rosé

Jul 11, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: The Second Act Field Blend Rosé, 2020 Winery: Virtual Why drink it? You can find this piquette wine at your local BC Liquor store, and what does “piquette” mean? It’s a “petite” wine that is naturally lower in alcohol, ma

Yummy novelty treats

Jul 10, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We have just celebrated the start of summer with holidays in Canada and the U.S., and for many that means a summer feast. Often nostalgic favourites are served, meat gets cooked on the grill, and there are plenty of sides. Desserts range from simple classics like fruit

Simple summer pleasures

Jul 3, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I really like summer. The other seasons have more unpredictable weather, so you need to plan your clothing. Safety can be a consideration, what with storms and snow and ice. The days are shorter, so time management is tougher. Not to mention the expectation is that we m

Pretty in Pink rosé

Jun 27, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pretty in Pink (rosé), 2020 Winery: Priest Creek, Kelowna Why drink it? Props to this winery for literally planning to open its doors the day everything shut down in March 2020, then forging ahead to now be welcoming guests. Raise a glass of this love

Food for a heat wave

Jun 26, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When the temperature outside gets to be higher than our body temperature, it’s not very exciting to cook hot food. Since we are heading into one of our “flip the switch” sudden heat waves to start summer, I thought it prudent to offer some suggestio

Polson Market coming soon

Jun 24, 2021 / 11:30 am

Photo: Polson Artisan Night Market A new Vernon market is making its way to Polson Park. In a news release on the Polson Market website, Mayla Janzen of the Polson Artisan Night Market, says she wants to bring nightlife to the popular park. “Organizing a market in Vernon came

Chocolate from bean to bar

Jun 24, 2021 / 4:00 am

Victoria Femia A new chocolate company in Vernon is making the sweet treat from bean to bar. Kristy Obando and Shane McDougall are the owners of SilverStar Chocolate Company, which offers a variety of options for chocolate lovers. The company sells cacao beans, bulk chocolate without th