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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

Keep home fires burning

Nov 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed This time of year is one of reflection for many; as Mother Nature turns herself inward, making the plants go dormant and the days go shorter, so we look inward and reminisce. Did you know that the days around Halloween are known worldwide for their connection to the

See Ya Later Ranch, OK Falls

Oct 29, 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

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Oct 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Growing up, I never thought I would get to live next to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Imagine my delight the first year I watched the pumpkins grow and change colour in the field behind our house. Magically, they appeared through the leaves and began to glow in orange and

OK Crush Pad, Summerland

Oct 22, 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

The taste of friendship

Oct 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I'm catching up with a girlfriend in Calgary this weekend and one of the things I always enjoy is the food and drink we share. It's just another part of the magic of friendship, that you can trust someone else’s taste in broadening your horizons.&nb

Township 7, Naramata

Oct 15, 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

Howling at the moon

Oct 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: wearelightningwolf.com Coyotes and wolves have howled when the moon is out since Ancient Greek and Roman times. Hecate and Diana, goddesses of the moon, hung out with wild dogs in the night.  In Norse mythology it is dogs running across the sky that chase the moon and
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