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Theatre selling off drinks

Apr 28, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Brendan Kergin As the pandemic response stretches on, the Kamloops Film Society (KFS) is looking to move some product. Bottled drinks, to be specific. And some boxed drinks as well. The KFS has cases of bottled water, Powerade, iced tea and Vitamin Water, along with boxed pop

Winemaker's Cut Rosé

Apr 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2019 Winery: Winemaker’s Cut, Oliver Why drink it? New on the BC wine scene, the idea behind the winery’s name is “an edited version” of a director’s cut. In this case, editing the winemaking process to bring out a

Back to (box) basics

Apr 25, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When we started out with being isolated at home, we decided to treat ourselves with meals. Here was a chance to splurge and cook at home in a way we often didn’t have the time or energy to do. It was fun for the first couple of weeks to experiment with new ideas a

Restaurants plan for reopen

Apr 23, 2020 / 4:11 pm

Photo: BCRFA B.C. restaurants are working on a strategy for reopening. The British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association, at the invitation of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, is crafting a plan that will allow for the reopening of the province's restaur

Farmers' market set to return

Apr 20, 2020 / 10:35 am

Photo: Vernon Farmers' Market The Vernon Farmers' Market is set to return next Monday – with measures in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kal Tire Place parking lot. "All market staff, farmers and produc

Okanagan Crush Pad's Rosé

Apr 19, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Gratitude Rosé, 2019 Winery: Okanagan Crush Pad, Summerland Why drink it? Available exclusively at JAK’S liquor stores around the province, this pink wine is part of a trio that includes a white and a red. The idea behind Gratitude is just that

Time to get down and dirty

Apr 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With so much down time these days, many folks are looking for things to do. Other folks might not feel like doing much, but perhaps a bit of fresh air would entice them. Since many outdoor physical pursuits are curtailed, how about a bit of gardening? I realize not e

Winery opens during crisis

Apr 17, 2020 / 4:00 am

Sarita Patel Kelowna’s newest winery has officially opened for business, virtually that is.  Priest Creek Family Estate Winery is run by husband-wife duo, Darren and Jane Sawin — who started the winery a few years back as a way to help the family return to their

Rosé 2017 from Roche

Apr 12, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2017 Winery: Roche, Naramata Bench Why drink it? You’ll be hard pressed to find this bottle now, but that’s a good reason to sign up for future releases from the winery. The 2016 vintage appeared here a couple of years ago, and the 2

Easter and chocolate...

Apr 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed ...sweet buns and cute, fuzzy animals Time for a bit of distraction this week. I will first salute all the celebrations that take place this time of year, with some examples to reflect upon: Easter Passover Nowruz Vaisakhi Theravada New Year Ramadan.&

Host a virtual BC wine party

Apr 8, 2020 / 9:00 pm

Photo: Okanagan Wine Festivals April is BC Wine month and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society wants to keep the tradition of celebrating alive by sharing the love of BC wines - virtually.  Starting tonight, host a Virtual Okanagan Wine Dinner wit

Play time with Rose de Syrah

Apr 5, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé de Syrah, 2019 Winery: Play Estate, Penticton Why drink it? Spring is surely coming, and that means rosé season approaches. With a new winemaker, whimsically delightful new labels, and a quiet rebirth, Play has introduced some new wines, i

Pizza for health-care staff

Apr 5, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Brendan Kergin Pizza Pi at 314 Victoria St. With one pay-it-forward campaign already launched for the city's homeless and less fortunate, Pizza Pi and the Big Edition, along with the Kamloops Food Policy Council, are sending slices to health-care workers. "

A new way to share

Apr 4, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Life has changed. So much of what we used to call normal has disappeared, and our routines have been turned upside down. Like everyone else, my hubby and I have had to adjust our home life and our work life. For us, this means there is no work right now. We have b

Kamloops beer on podcast

Apr 3, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Brendan Kergin Beer. The beers of Kamloops have drawn the attention of the Pacific Beer Chat podcast team. The group, which has several thousand followers on social media, discusses B.C. beer on a weekly basis. This week, a trio of hosts highlight beers from Ir

Earls delivering groceries

Mar 31, 2020 / 12:45 pm

Photo: Earls Kelowna While the restaurant industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Earls has found a new way to keep their employees working and support the community.  In addition to providing takeout and delivery services, the restaurant chain is now offering groceri

vinAmité offers Compass red

Mar 29, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Compass, 2017 (red blend) Winery: vinAmité, Oliver Why drink it? A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, this wine is a good antidote to the lost feeling you may be experiencing. After all, it is called Compass. Inviting aro

Cooking with what you have

Mar 28, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Now that we are all home and cooking up a storm, there is a surge of people trying new recipes. There is also a plethora of live cooking videos. I follow a bakery in London that is doing some lovely live demos  and I noticed the comments are either praise for th

'Late Harvest' for early spring

Mar 22, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Late Harvest Pinot Blanc, 2018 Winery: Hester Creek, Oliver Why drink it? It may officially be spring but there is still a chill in the air, as we bridge between winter and summer. A late harvest like this one from Pinot Blanc, an under-rated grape, is a goo

Life goes on

Mar 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s been a tough week. Every morning we got up wondering what bad news awaited us, and sure enough there was more. But this afternoon, Ella and I went for our walk in the orchard and the bright sun shining made me feel a bit lighter. I took a deep breath and n


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