John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!
May 24, 2012 / 8:00 am
I walked into the new Train Station Pub for lunch the other day with the owner Steven Stinson. He is also the owner of The Keg but this food and drink house has nothing whatsoever to do with that restaurant. This is a partnership between Steve and Tanner Dillon.
This is my first time in the Train Station since all the changes were made inside and out - and it is quite well done. The building has class again, and it has been planned very well.
Steve: “We love the location it’s a great heritage building with lots of history and centered in downtown Kelowna where things are happening. The owners from Calgary did a great job in preserving the original station. There is perhaps no other building that tells that you can walk through and feel the history of Kelowna around you.”
It is a great opportunity for the partners Tanner and Steve to use some of the many lessons they have learned over the years from their successful Keg experience. They both stated they would work very hard to provide a great pub experience to every one of their guests with good food and friendly and efficient service along with good value.
The extensive wine list is very impressive, with Okanagan wines leading the way. The pub also has a long list of Craft beers, both bottles and tap, and features a menu that emphasizes healthy fresh and the use of local product wherever possible. They are committed to have at least one dessert item made from locally grown fruit and Gatzke’s in Lake Country has been contracted to supply product.
Prospera Place is kitty corner to the pub on Clement and Ethel. It is very close to The Grand and the Waterfront Walkway. There is a neighbourhood growing up around them and plans for many additions when the time is right.
Food and Things . . .
Finally 7-Eleven stores are going to produce a Slurpee Lite drink. The company actually sent a press release out.
What is that other drink that 7-Eleven sell that can give you one of those freezer headaches? I think it called “The Big Gulp” - the 64 oz drinks have brightest neon colours. How do people do that?
I have been waiting to try a sandwich from the past, and many will remember them. We took a fresh can of Prem or Spam and washed away all the fat, dried it off and cut pieces we could fry to make the sandwich of the 40s and 50s. They’re ready to eat to with a little mustard. Now you’ll have to admit they were good, or we thought they were good. It was a tasty treat.
Every fall begins the migration south of the border of Okanagan vacationers who spend the winters in Phoenix and Palm Springs. Hundreds of them, if not thousands drive there with the RV units or fly in and rent a car.
Rental cars are not getting any less expensive and you really have to take advantage of the best deal being offered by the rental companies. You know that you are going to be in a very impatient long line of Canadians behind you waiting to just get out of the airport, and remember you’re just dealing with the clerk if everything goes wrong. And don’t panic. You probably won’t get the car your ordered and that depends a great deal on the time of day that you arrive.
Have you ever been caught with the tank needing gas as you rush to the airport to come home? We have found that Enterprise Rent-A –Car is the best deal and actually is generally lower than the local stations. Some people believe they can save money by paying ahead for a full tank because the price gas changes so dramatically at that time of the year in those locations.
Our three daughters came home for the holiday to see mom and dad and one of them said why don’t we try that 5 Guys Burger and Fries and have that for dinner and I’ll drive over and get them. That was a good idea because we had not tried them either. Realizing it was a long way and there probably would be a line up. From the Mission to West Kelowna is a long drive. It took them 90 minutes to get the order for five and drive back.
As usual you bring fast food home the steam ruins everything, and 5 Guys gives you a lot of fries. The burgers were still warm so we got to taste them and they were different and had a good taste.
The fries were limp but I liked the taste of them.
We decided that was too far to travel with food.
Zellers sent out a letter accompanied by a letter from Save-On-Foods telling their prescription customers that the change over from Zellers to Save-On-Foods prescriptions will take place today.
Save-On-Foods purchased all the prescription files of Zellers in a bidding operation.
A Zellers spokeswoman confirmed Monday that a number of files in British Columbia and Alberta have sold to Overwaitea Foods.
“Zellers is responsible for continuity of care for our pharmacy customers,” they said. “This transaction ensures a seamless transition and no disruption to pharmacy services, healthcare or prescription medication.”
Zellers pharmacy customers can request their files be forwarded to any pharmacy.
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