Food & Drink

Gold medal bubbles

Feb 25, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Black Hills Estate Winery Sparkling Brut Winery: Black Hills Estate Winery Why drink it: Winemaker Ross Wise picked the best Chardonnay (the predominant grape in the blend) from Hidden Terrace Vineyard and Pinot Noir from above Skaha Lake to create this fine

Poll: Grocery store loyalty

Feb 21, 2024 / 7:30 pm

Photo: The Canadian Press/Cole Burston Almost two-thirds of Canadians say they have switched their primary grocery store in the past year to score better deals. A new survey by Dalhousie University's Agri-Food Analytics Lab and marketing insights firm Caddle found that almost 30 pe

French-oaked Pinot Noir

Feb 18, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Noble Ridge 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir Winery: Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery Why drink it: Jim and Leslie D'Andrea started Noble Ridge in Okanagan Falls in 2001 and, 23 years later, they have a large portfolio of wines that covers the gamut in styles&mda

Trendsetting wine

Feb 11, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rigour and Whimsy 2022 Bifrost Winery: Rigour and Whimsy Why drink it: This may be one of the most unique B.C. wines I’ve ever had. Made from Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer, it is citrusy, tart, sour, lightly, fizzy and very unconventional. This wine i

Sexy foods

Feb 10, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed What better month than February to focus on aphrodisiac foods? Being the month of love, I thought I'd get you started with a bit of history and some ideas just in case you need a kick start for your Valentine's Day celebrations, or maybe even stay warm on a

Gerni's takes you to Austria

Feb 9, 2024 / 12:01 pm

Photo: Shawn Talbot Nestled within the serene embrace of Sparkling Hill Resort, Gerni’s Farmhouse emerges as a beacon of traditional Austrian charm, weaving together the rich tapestries of culinary heritage and architectural splendour in a location that’s nothing short of magi

Cannery crowned for chili

Feb 9, 2024 / 10:00 am

Photo: Contributed The Cannery Brewing chili team that came out on top at the Penticton Art Gallery's chili cook off fundraiser, Thomas Bridson and Taylor Van Ryssel The annual Penticton Art Gallery "Loving Mugs" chili cook off fundraiser was a spicy and satisfying succes

'Reliable' sparkling wine

Feb 4, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Steller’s Jay 2018 Method Classique Mountain Jay Brut Winery: Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Why drink it: Made in the same method as Champagne in France, Steller’s Jay Mountain Jay Brut is a very reliable sparkling wine that overdelivers for the pric

'Casual but fun' steakhouse

Feb 3, 2024 / 2:18 pm

Casey Richardson Aiming to be a "casual but fun steakhouse," a new restaurant in Penticton has said they've seen a great response in their first month of business. Palmer Steakhouse Casual officially opened doors on Jan. 2, joining BC’s Dine Around program and hosting

Cheers to Hello Okanagan

Feb 3, 2024 / 12:00 pm

Vernon's Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are back with the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. This week, the Hello Okanagan crew revisit some of their favourite watering holes. Each week, Kaz and Scarlatescu talk with Okanagan business leaders, debate issues facing the region, and promo

Sharing favourite recipes

Feb 3, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed The makeshift memorial at the crash site in an Iowa corn field where a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper went down in 1959. “February made me shiver…” Does that quote strike a chord with you? Perhaps it just rings t

Differing impacts of dry Jan

Jan 31, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay As January comes to a close, many Vernon businesses say they haven't seen alcohol sales reduced as a result of go-dry challenges, even as establishments province-wide have reported an impact. Nicknamed dry January, the idea is to abstain from alcohol for one month.

Makers' Dinners will delight

Jan 29, 2024 / 12:01 am

Photo: Contributed The hospitality industry can use all the support it can get these days. That is one of the reasons why Penticton’s Pizzeria Tratto has its series of evenings that blend family style dining with local winemaking. The restaurant is once again conducting its Maker

Family of Chardonnay

Jan 28, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Winery: Meyer Family Vineyards Why drink it: Choosing a favourite Meyer Chardonnay is a bit like choosing a favourite kid. I love them equally because, well, they are similar — yet different. That’s what makes th

Free coffee for city workers

Jan 27, 2024 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Blenz Coffee If you play a role in keeping our streets clean, our traffic flowing, our children educated or our communities safe, Blenz Coffee will be buying you a coffee next month. The Vancouver-based company on Wednesday announced plans for its inaugural Heroes for Heroes Day

Bugaboo Cafe for sale

Jan 27, 2024 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Facebook It's official: Bugaboos Bakery Cafe is going up for sale. “After 28 great years on Silver Star Mountain it's time for someone younger to take over the torch and have many more years on the mountain continuing this great and fun business,” said owner

New dessert cafe downtown

Jan 27, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: D Spot Dessert Cafe There's a new place in Kelowna for every sweet tooth. A D Spot Dessert Cafe franchise has opened its doors to the public in downtown Kelowna and they're serving up some tasty and delicious sweet treats. “There’s nothing like this in Kel

Beating the winter blues

Jan 27, 2024 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed There are lots of memes out there about January feeling like it has so many more days than 31. It seems everyone feels the year starts slowly, and with the usual dose of winter weather that puts them in a funk. If you aren’t escaping to a beach somewhere, most

Save money on groceries

Jan 25, 2024 / 7:03 am

Photo: The Canadian Press A customer pushes a shopping cart full of groceries from a NoFrills grocery store, in Toronto, on Thursday, November 23, 2023. As the cost of living rises, you may be cutting back on dining out or ordering in. But it’s not as simple as just cooking mo

Dine Around with fine wine

Jan 24, 2024 / 12:01 pm

Photo: Contributed If you are looking for a way to indulge your senses and treat yourself to a memorable culinary experience, seize the opportunity to participate in Dine Around Kelowna. This annual event, running from Jan. 17 to Feb. 11, 2024, features two standouts from the Iconic Wi