Food brings us together

Sep 21, 2019 / 10:15 am

Photo: Contributed Inspire Your Kids to Learn with Food The kids are back at school and parents out there are trying to encourage them to do their best, to learn and grow. Sometimes this isn’t obvious, though. Often you hear kids saying: “How will I ever use thi

Wynwoood Pinot Noir

Sep 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Noir, 2015 Winery: Wynnwood Cellars, Creston Why drink it? Yes, Creston. It’s worth the trip to the Kootenays to tour the wineries here before they are fully discovered. In other words, go now and avoid the inevitable rush, especially if this Pin

Easy as pie

Sep 14, 2019 / 11:41 am

Photo: Contributed It’s harvest season. At Rabbit Hollow, our humble property on the Westside, that means an embarrassment of riches. We are grateful and overwhelmed with the bounty our yard offers in fruit, vegetables and herbs; we work daily to preserve, freeze and dry as much

Don't turn quite so fast

Sep 7, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The year I was born there was a hit song by The Byrds called Turn! Turn! Turn! that quoted Biblical verses about everything having a season. I know I’m getting older and slower amidst a fast world, but can someone tell me why the season for everything can&rsquo

Equinox Syrah, 2015

Sep 1, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Equinox Syrah, 2015 Winery: Le Vieux Pin, Oliver Why drink it? The 2016 vintage may also be available in the wine shop. But, if you’re looking for a gorgeous Syrah that will, undoubtably, have you taking a breath after a sip and then saying a quiet &ld

A pilgrimage to dinner

Aug 31, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We went to God’s Mountain for dinner with friends this week. It was our celebration of another summer season here in this little paradise full of food. But the name of the place is only part of why a dinner there was the perfect experience. The hosts were a

Poll: going veggie?

Aug 25, 2019 / 7:45 am

Photo: Insights West A large number of Canadians are considering more plant-based and dairy-free diet options, a new survey shows. According to the study by Insights West, 18 per cent of Canadians have previously tried vegetarian diets and six per cent have tried vegan diets

Baco Noir 2016

Aug 25, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Baco Noir 2016 Winery: Ancient Hill, Kelowna Why drink it? Baco Noir is rarely found in the Okanagan, but more common in Ontario. The grape is a red wine French-American hybrid created by Francois (wait for it) Baco, and is described as Indigenous to North A

Ella and the dog days

Aug 24, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The hottest days of summer are often referred to as “the dog days.” The dog star, Sirius, rises and sets with the sun at this time of year; it is the brightest star in the sky and in ancient times they thought its heat added to that of the sun. And so

A cup of Joe

Aug 17, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was at the bulk store getting flavoured coffee beans for a friend this week and I used the grinder as she doesn’t have one. As I stood there listening to the whir of the machine, I was transported back to my childhood and Saturday morning trips to the grocery

Pirates invade Castanet!

Aug 14, 2019 / 11:58 am

Rob Gibson UPDATE 11:58 a.m. Arrrr matey! Pirates invaded Castanet Wednesday – but instead of pillaging, they dropped off a few Pirate Paks, including chocolate gold coins. Of course, today is Pirate Pak Day at White Spot restaurants across British Columbia, with $2 from ever

McWatters Meritage blend

Aug 11, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Meritage (red blend) 2016 Winery: McWatters Collection, Penticton Why drink it? It’s hard to believe that the man behind this label has pressed his last grapes, but rather than hold on to this bottle (which you can, for three or so years, perhaps), why

A recipe for friendship

Aug 10, 2019 / 11:18 am

Photo: Contributed I was inspired this week by two social media posts that were definite foodie fodder… they were a sort of edible chain letter and they made me think about the traditions of food with friendship. These posts were ones I bet you have seen. The first one was for t

Home Block wows judges

Aug 8, 2019 / 3:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Air Canada has announced its long list of nominees for its annual Canada’s Best New Restaurants feature, and one Okanagan location made the cut. Home Block at Kelowna’s CedarCreek Estate Winery is among the 35 restaurants that will be considered for Air C

Wine label full of memories

Aug 8, 2019 / 9:52 am

Photo: Contributed Providence Funeral Homes and Little Engine Wines have come up with a unique way to memorialize loved ones. The two Penticton businesses have joined forces to offer personalized wine labels. Anyone who uses Providence Funeral Homes can be given a personalized bottle o

Food for the ages

Aug 3, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We went to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood this week. It’s a period piece, set in Los Angeles in 1969. I am a child of that age, and so the many iconic references in the movie resonated with me, like the product packages on the kitchen counters of the movie&r

Clancy's top notch pub fare

Jul 28, 2019 / 5:00 am

  clancy'sgallery Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed 1 2 3 4 5 6   For the rest of the summer, Castanet Penticton is featuring a new South Okanagan r

Lazy days of summer

Jul 27, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Are you fully immersed in summer? In case you’re not sure what that entails, it’s dinners on the deck and drinks on the lawn and hanging out in the sun. They call them lazy days of summer, don’t they? I enjoy time outside in my garden too, put

Cue's: Front row to summer

Jul 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For the rest of the summer, Castanet Penticton is featuring a new South Okanagan restaurant weekly, every Sunday. The feature will complement our existing weekly wine reviews found here. Cue's Game Room, Grill & Pizzeria is a year-round hub for entertain

Township 7 Rose

Jul 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé 2018 Winery: Township 7, Penticton and Langley Why drink it? A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot from several premium vineyard sites in the southern part of the Okanagan, the first notes on the nose are surprisingly ar