Big city flair

Feb 6, 2010 / 5:00 am

Last weekend we went to Vancouver and so of course there was an agenda, to ensure we managed to fit in all the important activities in our visit to the great metropolis. Here in the Okanagan we are blessed with many things, but that cacophony of sights, smells and sounds that constitutes a big city

Crème Brulée is out!

Jan 30, 2010 / 5:00 am

Trends in the food industry have always existed and will continue to exist, and most restaurants feel they need to adjust their menus to capitalize on those trends. I have nothing against trends, but sometimes they really suck! In the 80’s, Caesar salad was very popular and it remains a very popula

Snack time!

Jan 23, 2010 / 5:00 am

You know how sometimes you read figures and they just seem like they were made to impress you, but couldn’t possibly be real? How about these… in the US alone, $68.1 billion dollars was spent on snack food in 2008, attributing to the fact that over 40% of the calories children consume come from food

Bridal craziness!

Jan 16, 2010 / 5:00 am

He says: January is always the season for all the future brides of the world to start booking their weddings, and this year is no different. The phone has been ringing off the hook with brides wanting to get married during our beautiful Okanagan summer. I would like to send a message to all brides

I resolve to....

Jan 9, 2010 / 5:00 am

It’s that time of year again. Did you make a resolution? Have you resolved to improve on some area of your life? Are you aiming to reach a new goal? I read an article recently entitled “Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions”, so in case you haven’t come up with anything yet, here are a few suggestions to g

Merry Christmas, one and all

Dec 26, 2009 / 5:00 am

She says: I hope, dear reader, that as you read this you hear the joyous laughter of loved ones and you smell the aromas of a holiday kitchen. Perhaps there are children playing or pets running about, and you are warming your hands with a warm cup of coffee or tea. But what would the holiday be lik

My kind of town

Dec 19, 2009 / 5:00 am

He says: So often these days it seems a controversy is what gets people’s attention. Even here at home, things like what to call our neck of the woods is a heated debate. Well, I say it does not matter what people call my town, what matters to me is the people in my town. To me a neighbourhood is w

Traditions, old and new

Dec 12, 2009 / 5:00 am

I was catching up with family news on Facebook this past week and it occurred to me that I was reading a new sort of Christmas card. That made me think of how little things have changed in my lifetime about this time of year. You may wonder if I have had a bit too much eggnog, but read on and see if

Christmas is for sharing

Dec 5, 2009 / 5:00 am

She says: I was thinking about a topic for this week, and I remembered that December 6th was the Feast of St. Nicholas, another day that is celebrated amidst the many that make up the festive season. That made me think about the traditions of the holidays and how they got to be. Do you know, the r

Sustenance comes in many forms

Nov 21, 2009 / 5:00 am

I speak most weeks about food, but it occurred to me that there are other activities besides eating that fill us up and boost our souls. The word sustenance means “being supplied with the necessaries of life” or “something that gives support, endurance, or strength”. This certainly covers a wider ra

Falling into winter

Nov 7, 2009 / 5:00 am

Well, I am sad to say it looks like winter is upon us. I am glad that we have had the last few weeks with breaks of sunshine to ward off the damp, dark days of early October. Still, the feeling is there that we are falling into winter head-first. There are piles of leaves on the ground now where on

More questions than answers!

Oct 31, 2009 / 5:00 am

Whatever happened to Mom""s chicken soup? Is it me or does it seem like this past year the world is not feeling so good? I know Mom""s chicken soup is supposed to fix everything, but how can we make the entire world eat chicken soup at the same time. How big of a pot do we need? I hear things like

Friday night bistro

Oct 27, 2009 / 5:00 am

I have been thinking about my Dad a lot lately he died two years ago this week and he was one of my favourite foodie companions. I thought in honour of him I would share with you some of our favourite food memories together. I became an adventurous eater at an early age, in part because I was hungr

Food with a sense of humour

Oct 17, 2009 / 5:00 am

I was musing on what to write about this week, and as I sometimes do I scanned the Dining Section of the New York Times to see what foodie topics made headlines this week. My curiosity was definitely piqued when I saw, “When the Icing on the Cake Spells Disaster”, about a new book on the market call

The Okanagan is losing a voice

Oct 10, 2009 / 5:00 am

When a corporation the size of CanWest Media decides to close down TV stations just because they could not manage their cash flow properly and they suddenly need cash, something should be done. Last year we saw the greed of the financial world causing a world wide recession and we saw companies that

Preserving sunshine

Oct 3, 2009 / 5:00 am

I can’t believe it is October already. I wasn’t ready to stop eating peaches or plums, and I haven’t made all my jam yet, and the pears are ripening faster than I can poach them for my Christmas hamper gifts. One of the things I love about autumn is preserving summer’s goodness with home canning, bu

Do you like leftovers?

Sep 26, 2009 / 5:00 am

We had a discussion this week about leftovers, and how sometimes even though we diligently put them in the fridge for later use they end up growing legs and coming out to greet us much later. This is unfortunately a sign of the bounty we live with and I have to admit I for one dislike the wasting of

Food, drink and books

Sep 19, 2009 / 5:00 am

I am hosting my book club this Friday, and I am so excited. Not because of the book, but because I get to see a bunch of ladies whose company I thoroughly enjoy and because we get to share some wonderful bites of food and sips of wine together. Truth be told, often there are some of us who don’t get

The Okanagan at its finest!

Sep 12, 2009 / 5:00 am

She says: When the Okanagan was known more for its fruit orchards than its wineries, the technology may have been simpler but the philosophy was much the same – the key to success is in marketing a product that the consumers can identify as special, treated with care. Nowadays they seem to want to

Shifting gears

Sep 5, 2009 / 5:00 am

It’s happened again. I wasn’t paying attention and it snuck up on me. Just when I was getting into the groove, too… You know what I mean, I am sure. I am talking about the ominous turn of the calendar page. It is September. Summer is over. Even though I have put it down on the screen I still have n