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Meet Castanet's wine writer

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:30 pm

Photo: Lionel Trudel Photography Castanet is bringing readers a wine review every week, including suggested food pairings and a song to listen to while enjoying a glass. While we celebrate the diversity of wines from the Okanagan, British Columbia, and Canada, from time to time we’l

Fight those winter blues

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Do you feel the winter blues setting in? The cheeriness of the holiday season has been packed up, and the grey skies are still hanging over us. The bills from our holiday indulgence are arriving, and our enthusiasm for the gym is already waning. Are you feeling li

Top 10 foodie trends

Jan 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Everyone is back at the office after the holiday break, and so now you need some new water cooler talk, right? Well, how about the trends with food and cooking that are hot stuff for the New Year? I’ve scoured the many newsletters, magazines, blogs and websites

Blue Mountain, OK Falls

Dec 31, 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

Winter foodie survival tips

Dec 30, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The thermometer is telling us we are in the dead of winter. Perhaps it was the void created after the decadence of Christmas, or maybe it was the record-breaking snowfall we got in the last week. Any way you cut it, here in the Okanagan we are not enjoying globa

McWatters Collection

Dec 24, 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

Breaking bread

Dec 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com I have a new project in the kitchen. I always find that winter is a good time to experiment with my cooking and expand my skills. I am not as busy with work, and the colder days lend themselves to all kinds of food. Something soulful like stew

Evolve Cellars, Summerland

Dec 17, 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

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Dec 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Now that the winds have cooled to icy temperatures and there is snow on the hills, it seems acceptable to speak of Christmas and all its preparations. I know some stores have had items for sale for months, but I really do think that even a die-hard Yuletide fan

vinAmite, Oliver

Dec 10, 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

Round Table discussion

Dec 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The news can contain all manner of depressing and discouraging items. I am proud to be discussing a topic as straightforward as food and eating. The simple concept of sitting around a table and sharing news is something that we do at dinner time when we manage t

Baccata Ridge, Grindrod

Dec 3, 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 virtually perfect world

Dec 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I’ve been hearing a lot about bitcoin lately. I am an old school girl, so the notion of virtual currency that exists only online and can’t be used to buy anything seems a bit weird. But it is the wave of the future. There is so much about the world tod

Evolve Cellars, Summerland

Nov 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

A side of guilt with that?

Nov 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday…. Where does it end? Why do we have to be reminded constantly about what we should be doing? With the American Thanksgiving weekend now upon us, the holiday season has officially begun — whether you li

Burrowing Owl, Oliver

Nov 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

Did you eat your crusts?

Nov 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When I was a kid, if I pushed my food around and didn’t eat it, my parents used to tell me that there were children starving in Africa and I should be grateful and eat up. Everyone in my generation got the same speech. Although most of us did think, at some poi

Pentage, Penticton

Nov 12, 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

Good food brings happiness

Nov 11, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Winter is here. All of a sudden, we left the picturesque beauty of fall with its rainbow of colours and we were sucked into a grey vortex of snow and darkness. The melting snow and ensuing muckiness is even worse, spoiling any chance of a new, scenic beauty. We

Quail's Gate, West Kelowna

Nov 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
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