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Quails’ Gate, West Kelowna

Apr 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Start the day right

Apr 21, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Breakfast cereal gun, from the General Mills archives How many times have you heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Today, many of us are on the run early, and so breakfast is often more about the coffee than the food—perhaps a donut at Timm

Tinhorn Creek, Oliver

Apr 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Food for thought

Apr 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed How good should food make us feel? Eating is a complex subject. What food we are supposed to eat is a topic of conversation at all ages. As a kid, you eat foods to make you healthy and strong and as you get older you have to balance guilty pleasures like desserts

Tokaji, Hungary

Apr 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Memories of Bambi

Apr 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Did you ever see classic Disney animated movies like Fantasia or Bambi? They were my favourites growing up, but my childhood memories of them are dreamlike — fragments of scenes and songs. They inject themselves into my every-day life in a subliminal fashion.

Win with Wine Month!

Apr 3, 2018 / 1:17 pm

Photo: Unsplash/Scott Warman With Premier John Horgan in the Okanagan to promote April as Wine Month in B.C., what better time to savour what the Okanagan has to offer? Castanet is celebrating Wine Month by partnering with Okanagan wineries – and giving you a chance to win!

CedarCreek a BC pioneer

Apr 3, 2018 / 10:26 am

Photo: Contributed April is Wine Month in B.C. Here's the latest in our month-long series of features. CedarCreek Estate Winery is one of Kelowna's oldest wineries. Purchased in 1986, CedarCreek released its first wines in 1987 and was one of the first eight pionee

Hester Creek, Oliver

Apr 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Are holidays for everyone?

Mar 31, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I read an article recently from NPR that discussed the appropriation of holidays by other cultures, and it got me thinking.  As a gourmande, I am keenly interested in food specialties and traditions, and I love to taste them whenever I get the chance. Fairs,

Ruby Blues, Naramata

Mar 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Let's hear it for comfort food

Mar 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed As I write this, my hubby is making one of his cherished grilled cheese sandwiches, using an old iron to ensure the bread gets good and crispy Don't worry, it is the cast iron variety, not the electric kind.) It’s pouring rain, and dreary days deserve th

Township 7, Penticton

Mar 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Not all about the pickle

Mar 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s not all about the pickle, but it helps When I was little, my Dad used to say that there was nothing that tasted like a homemade burger. Although he did make a mean burger with special spices and just the right amount of charring on the grill, some of th

50th Parallel, Lake Country

Mar 11, 2018 / 10:16 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Kitchen myths, or are they?

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Pinterest Have you seen the latest news? Do you get to watch the latest silly pet video, and read the funny quote that got posted this morning? The arbiter of life’s wisdom seems to be Facebook these days – if you see something there, it’s for real, especially

Familia Torres, Spain

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine

Waste not, want not

Mar 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Holidays in the tropics are spectacular. Being spoiled in the sunshine, relaxing my muscles and my mind for days on end – it’s good for the soul. Once back into our First World routines, I want to keep the good feelings coming, and something that stick

Holiday in small morsels

Feb 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We just returned from Jamaica where we put ourselves in reset mode, focusing on storing away some tropical memories for use on stressful days later in the year. Since we returned home to much more winter than expected, I thought I would share a few tastes of the

Glue of my childhood

Feb 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When I was a kid, things were different. We didn’t have all kinds of packaged foods for lunch; it was simple sandwiches. Peanut butter was the most common filling. I know what you’re thinking: “Here she goes; next thing you know, she’l
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