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Canada's best pizza?

Mar 30, 2019 / 7:29 am

Photo: Facebook A downtown Kelowna pizzeria has been named one of the best in Canada. In an article titled 21 pizzas in Canada you have to eat before you die, travel website Big Seven ranked Kelowna's Antico Pizza Napoletana No. 3. "The Pizzaiolos here are trained in N

What's in your fridge?

Mar 30, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed In the spirit of spring cleaning, I thought I’d dedicate a column to those ubiquitous jars that line our fridge doors. As a foodie, I will humbly admit I have a weakness for condiments. I love all kinds of pickles, jams, chutneys, sauces – the list is end

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Mar 24, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Winery: Liliac, Romania Why drink it? And now for something different, found at the recent Vancouver International Wine Festival. Liliac, “The Wine of Transylvania”, and was one of two Romanian wineries in the tasting room (t

A burger to die for

Mar 23, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s not all about the pickle, but it helps When I was little, my dad used to say that there was nothing that tasted like a homemade burger. Since spring has officially “sprung” and the days of grilling on the deck can now begin, I thought I&rsqu

New wine season begins

Mar 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

Chelsea Powrie Forget the groundhog — the surest sign of spring in the Okanagan is when wineries open their doors for the season and vineyards start pruning their vines to prepare for another year of grapes. Over the past week, some Okanagan wineries have expanded to full-t

Fling yourself into spring

Mar 16, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I don’t want to jinx the positive trend we seem to be experiencing, but it seems like we may have gotten through the worst of it. Spring is just around the corner and if any of that “luck of the Irish” rubs off on Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day) th

Hester Creek Character

Mar 10, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Character (red blend) 2017 Winery: Hester Creek, Oliver Why drink it? Everyone should have a “go to”, value-priced red blend handy for unexpected company or when you simply feel like a glass. With Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot in the mi

Good and bad go together

Mar 9, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed One year of my university education occurred in France, and, as you might expect, the culture was a bit of a distraction. My professors taught me language and literature, but the best education I got was learning about French food and drink, especially wine.

Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay

Mar 3, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Allison Markin Wine: Chardonnay 2017 Winery: Tinhorn Creek, Oliver Why drink it? If you have an older vintage of this chard tucked away, bring it out to compare with the latest release and explore how this wine evolves, especially as the buttery notes come out after three or

Don't get fat on Tuesday

Mar 2, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Did you know Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday? Yup, the name is straight-forward; the day before Ash Wednesday is traditionally the last day to binge on all the rich foods and other excesses you would be giving up for Lent. It is a day to consider in what areas o

Pink Bling!

Feb 23, 2019 / 6:17 pm

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pink Bling! (sparkling wine) Winery: The View, Kelowna Why drink it? Yup, sparkling wine in a can. Why not have this instead of a super sweet cooler or fizzy vodka drink? Unapologetically fun, the pink version is a blend of Ehrenfelser, Gewürztraminer,

In like a lion

Feb 23, 2019 / 8:47 am

Photo: Contributed It seems colder and darker on a gloomy day in February than any other time of year. Perhaps that is why we try so hard with food-driven holidays to cheer ourselves up; first with the chocolate and wine of romantic Valentine’s Day, and then with the gourmandise

Road 13 Viognier

Feb 16, 2019 / 8:34 pm

Photo: Contributed Wine: Viognier, 2017 Winery: Road 13, Oliver Why drink it? A nice golden hue in the glass, this Viognier will get you thinking about those spring evenings when it’s still cool, but the sun sparkles on the very last layer of melting snow. Bright and expressiv

Salad bars tell who we are

Feb 16, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Have you ever done one of those online personality quizzes? Very quickly you discover that seemingly random choices you make can tell a lot about your character. This is evident in some actions you take as well. Social interactions that you thought were mundane ar

Narrative Fortified

Feb 9, 2019 / 9:20 pm

Photo: Contributed Wine: Narrative Fortified (non-vintage) Winery: Okanagan Crush Pad, Summerland Why drink it? If you find some ports or certain sherries too sweet, but you’re looking for an after-dinner sip with a little bit of a kick, try this bottle. A blend of Merlot and

Township 7 red blend

Feb 2, 2019 / 7:07 pm

Photo: Contributed Wine: NBO (red blend), 2016 Winery: Township 7, Naramata/Langley Why drink it? Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, NBO is “North Bench Oliver”, a reference to several prime vineyard sites. The two Cabs rocket to the fr

Exhilerat!ion Brut, 2017

Jan 26, 2019 / 3:01 pm

Photo: Contributed Wine: Exhilarat!on Brut, 2017 Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna Why drink it? The exclamation point in the name of this bubbly is deliberate, perhaps because this is the first (surprise!) sparkling wine from Mission Hill, or to build anticipation for a taste, pre

Will you follow food guide?

Jan 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We joke about what they are in many contexts, but the four food groups were a part of my childhood education. Now, suddenly, there is no more food pyramid, no more four food groups. Meat and dairy are no longer named categories. We don’t have a recommenda

Cooking to his strengths

Jan 25, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Canada's top chefs return to Kelowna Feb. 1-2 to battle for the title of best in the nation at the Canadian Culinary Championships. The competition includes a Mystery Wine Pairing Competition, Black Box Competition, and Grand Finale at the Delta Grand Hotel.

He's cooked everywhere

Jan 24, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Canada's top chefs return to Kelowna Feb. 1-2 to battle for the title of best in the nation at the Canadian Culinary Championships. The competition includes a Mystery Wine Pairing Competition, Black Box Competition, and Grand Finale at the Delta Grand Hotel.
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