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Sweet story about Betty

Apr 26, 2017 / 12:00 am

Photo: Contributed Did Betty Crocker ever really bake a cake? My mom sent me an interesting article on Duncan Hines this week – the real fellow, not just the cake mixes. Did you know he wasn’t a chef, but a travelling salesman who liked good food? He ended up writing a g

The Brindle Room burger

Apr 24, 2017 / 12:01 am

There are many ways to make a fancy burger. There are some wonderful ways to make a simple, delicious burger. There's only one way to make Brindle Room's burger.

Blue Mountain, OK Falls

Apr 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Eat dirt on Earth Day

Apr 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The news is full of items on all the trends about food and eating – Slow Food, the Food Revolution, the 100 Mile Diet – but does any of it really make a difference? In the grand scheme of things, is it better if I support the local farmer growing somethin

Liquidity, Okanagan Falls

Apr 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Viognier, 2016 Winery: Liquidity, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? “Vio”, once you start adding it to your wine portfolio, will quite likely become one of your go to white wines for its medium body,  and not-too-heavy and not-too-light mouthfeel

Chicks, bunnies and tulips

Apr 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Well, here we are, already at Easter. Are you ready? Probably not. In today’s world, time flies. There never seems to be enough moments to make the most of a day; we are always rushing to fill all our obligations. Easter is a celebration that rates the

Poplar Grove, Penticton

Apr 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

A sip of coffee history

Apr 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Take a break; be a part of history Perhaps it is the slow coming of spring and my need for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee lately. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, that led me to thinking about the

Cheers to beers at festival

Apr 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

Dustin Godfrey Sample-sized cups of craft beer permeated a convention centre brimming with merry crowds Friday evening, which can only mean one thing. Fest of Ale has hit the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre once again, and organizer Martin Lewis says Friday night

Cedar Creek, Kelowna

Apr 2, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Submitted   For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to wh

Foolish food

Apr 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed April Fool’s Day is today, so I thought I would use that as inspiration to be a bit goofy. It could be cabin fever – the delayed arrival of spring has made me a bit stir-crazy. I don’t know about you, but I just feel that a little bit of whimsy

Gray Monk, Lake Country

Mar 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Parents deserve break too

Mar 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The kids are out of school – are they driving you crazy yet? If you don’t have any, you might be muttering that the mall or the movie theatre is busy or traffic patterns are wacky, but count your lucky stars. If you are a parent, you have kids underfoot a

Township 7, Naramata

Mar 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Message in a bottle

Mar 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We spent two weeks on the Mayan Riviera recently, enjoying the sand and the sea. It was warm, sunny and very relaxing, but also very troubling. The water and the sky are beautiful shades of azure, but the sand is littered with all kinds of garbage. More than any

Black Cloud, online

Mar 12, 2017 / 2:19 pm

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Seasonal shock therapy?

Mar 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Springing forward is a great thing once you’ve done it, but I always feel like I was robbed of that hour of sleep on the Monday after. Usually though, the continuing daylight does take effect and I am reminded of that old John Denver lyric, “Sunshine

Gehringer Brothers, Oliver

Mar 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Thoughts of spring sprouting

Mar 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Continuing on my train of thought from last week, I am blazing ahead with my visualizing of spring. I know it’s still a bit nippy out there, with grey skies and mucky fields, but never fear, spring is fast approaching. In case you’re not feeling the wa

Burrowing Owl, Oliver

Feb 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo
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