Restaurant owner cries foul

Jun 18, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Theos Restaurant Gregory Condon A beloved Penticton restaurant is crying foul over the federal government's handling of their request for pandemic wage subsidy help this summer. Theo's restaurant has operated in Penticton for over 40 years, but was purchased by G

First cherries off the tree

Jun 15, 2020 / 1:45 pm

Mmmm ... cherries. Nothing tastes sweeter than that first taste of locally grown Okanagan fruit each year. First-of-the-season Okanagan cherries began hitting local farmers markets this week. Although it hasn't felt very spring-like lately, the sweet, red fruit is an annual signal that

Bizou+Yukon Savvy Gris

Jun 14, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Savvy Gris, 2019 Winery: Bizou+Yukon (Okanagan Crush Pad), Summerland Why drink it? If you like dogs, art, and wine, this series (a white, red, and rosé) named for the two infamous Great Pyrenees that keep watch over the vineyards at Okanagan Crush Pa

Some foods for thought

Jun 13, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed One of my inspirations for learning languages in school was to better understand the culture that went with them. I discovered a key component of culture was food and how people consumed it.  That is how I became a foodie, one who wanted to be a bit of a culinar

Wisdom of Pooh

Jun 6, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Winnie the Pooh It’s grad season, an important time of transition in young lives. The class of 2020 has a unique situation to say the least: missing out on the social celebrations, the pomp and ceremony and even the boredom of waiting for their name to be called for their wal

Mission Hill Reserve Rosé

May 31, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Reserve Rosé Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna Why drink it? A blend of merlot, shiraz, and pinot noir, the colour is a ruby red grapefruit in the bottle, and that citrus element continues on the bright nose with watermelon and strawberry notes in th

The new coffee break

May 30, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Years ago, I wrote a column about sharing treats at the office. It occurred to me the other day in one of my baking frenzies that in our current world, sharing treats at the office may be a thing of the past. Did you know – back in the days of regular office wo

Drinking in the streets?

May 28, 2020 / 10:10 am

Photo: Contributed The City of Vernon is considering the possibility of allowing citizens to consume alcohol in public areas. Coun. Scott Anderson brought up the idea at Monday's council meeting after noting that Penticton is already looking it as a pilot program to boost the local

Chewing on food nostalgia

May 23, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I’ve heard the word “unprecedented” so much lately that it is starting to sound like a simple adjective to describe the times, like disco or punk. As we enter the start of summer, many of the usual occasions that foster memories and momentum for the se

The Kal reopens Monday

May 23, 2020 / 4:00 am

One of the more anticipated reopenings in downtown Vernon is just a few days away. The Kal Sports Bar will reopen on Monday. On Friday afternoon, the smell of bleach was strong in the air and staff were busy making final arrangements. Manager Lindsay Waters says about 25 staff were affe

Quails' Gate Rose

May 17, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Cider: Rosé Cidery: Quails' Gate, West Kelowna Why drink it? A bottle of this light blush-coloured rosé should be a staple chilling on the fridge for warm weather seasons. A blend of both gamay and pinot noirs with a touch of gris, notes of

Keeping everyone happy

May 16, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The other night Hubby and I were making dinner, and out of the blue we were inspired to switch things up. Not that we don’t eat well; regular readers will know that being married to a chef is a real bonus at dinnertime. It has been more than 60 days of pandemic

Restaurants could get break

May 13, 2020 / 6:20 pm

Photo: BIV The process for getting a licensed patio has been cumbersome and time consuming for restaurant owners B.C. restaurant owners are "on the cusp" of having the provincial government agree to a deal that would let them buy alcohol at wholesale prices, BC Restauran

Hail Mary Rosé

May 10, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Cider: Hail Mary Rosé Cidery: Windfall, Vancouver Why drink it? It’s cider season, and the name seems somewhat appropriate for these times. Available online and at select stores, Hail Mary is a refreshing blend of apples and berries (Saskatoons?) sour

Taking solace: pause, reflect

May 9, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I suppose the title sounds rather melancholy. I am feeling that way lately. Certainly, we are very fortunate to be in a place where the pandemic has not struck hard; in B.C. the curve has been flattened and here in the Okanagan we have only had a few small outbreaks of

Business is 'shooting' up

May 7, 2020 / 1:17 pm

Photo: Vernon Farmers' Market Starting a business during a pandemic has been a lesson in creativity for Vernon's Lake View Farms. The local producer of micro greens started out just two months ago, and with product ready to sell, Greg Hewitt began hitting the road on his E

FreshCo aims for late June

May 5, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester As FreshCo gets ready to open its new Kelowna store, it looks like Vernon's will open in late June. "Our teams are working hard to ensure the store is ready to open and serve the community. We are aiming for late June," company spokesperson Mich

Stag's Hollow Rosé

May 3, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2019 Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the “hollow” is clearly visible from the winery’s relatively new deck, and a relatively new winemaker has created this

A week's worth of meals

May 2, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: jamieoliver.com In ordinary times, I would write about the traditions of May Day around the world, celebrating the advance of spring and in France a holiday for workers. But these are not ordinary times. Additionally, since there is another meaning of the expression, I thought I&rs

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