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The good life

Jul 25, 2009 / 5:00 am

This past weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to Wauconda, Washington for the Car Show and Sock Hop Dance. It is a good old-fashioned bit of fun, complete with kids of all ages and lots of smiles. We get a real sense of community in Wauconda, of people helping people enjoy everyday life. We have

Is there such a thing as adult food?

Jul 18, 2009 / 5:00 am

This past week my stepdaughter turned 16, and she had a Sweet Sixteen party. Martin surprised her at the party and was able to secure a father-daughter dance, one of those traditional memories that will stay with her for life. As I pondered the poignancy of that it occurred to me that for all the de

Soul Food

Jun 27, 2009 / 7:50 am

Some things really do get better with age, and I have to say that an old friendship is my favourite of them all. There is nothing better than sharing time, or better yet food and drink, with old friends as you catch up and soak in the comfort that comes from being with someone who knows you. Touchin

What kids will eat and what they won""t

Jun 20, 2009 / 11:52 am

There is lots of talk about all the processed food we eat and how it may affect our systems, possibly working against our immune systems and certainly being less nutritious than the more natural foods of the past. I was on a Girl Guide trip last weekend and I was struck by what the kids ate (and did

In the nick of time

Jun 6, 2009 / 5:00 am

Okay, all is forgiven. For the first time this year I sat outside after work just a short while ago, with my feet propped up and a beverage in my hand, enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face. I feel as though I can breathe easy again, knowing summer is coming after all and everything will be all

Pleasures of the Okanagan

May 16, 2009 / 5:00 am

It’s that time again - the famous Okanagan summer is just around the corner. It seems everything that people love and often choose to move to the Okanagan for is connected to the summer weather. We moved here five years ago and we are not going anywhere. We fell in love with the Okanagan easily bec

Mayday, May Day!

May 2, 2009 / 5:00 am

She says: May 1st has long been known as a day of celebration throughout much of Europe. “May Day” as it is sometimes called, represents the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In ancient times it was known as the first day of summer, the festival of the goddess of flowers

It""s not all about the pickle

Mar 28, 2009 / 5:00 am

When I was little, my Dad used to say that there was nothing that tasted like a homemade burger, and although he did make a mean burger with special spices and just the right amount of charring on the grill, some of the reason for that great taste was the toppings. We had garden lettuce, and homemad

Recession Food

Mar 7, 2009 / 10:19 am

Although I still consider myself fairly young in the grand scheme of things, I have seen what kind of devastation a recession can do to restaurants. In times of hardship people watch where they spend money and they look for great value. The feeling I get right now is that things in Canada are not a

""February made me shiver...""

Feb 28, 2009 / 5:00 am

She says: Does this quote strike a chord with you? Perhaps it just rings true because of the recent storm but for those of us who remember the song these words come from Don Maclean’s song, “American Pie”. The song speaks of the many changes and shocking events occurring in the ""60s, with February

Best way to start the day

Feb 21, 2009 / 5:00 am

She says: I am a firm believer that having breakfast does wonders for starting your day in the right direction. Perhaps my conviction is in part due to the fact that my father was quite insistent about breakfast for the kids in the house – I remember him saying he didn’t care if I was late for scho

Open and closed

Feb 14, 2009 / 5:00 am

He says: While we were on holiday, “La Boulangerie” on Pandosy Street closed its doors. This pastry shop/restaurant had the best French pastries in town and also had a touch of Montreal memories for me with some of the French Canadian dishes I grew up with. Sometimes it’s not enough to do your best

Muchas gracias

Feb 7, 2009 / 5:00 am

I want to say thank you to our loyal fans for enduring our absence as we were lounging on the beaches of Mazatlan. Please know that we were working on your behalf while you were away! As dedicated foodies and gourmands, we spend our holidays searching out the delicacies and special traditional foods

Self Serving

Jan 17, 2009 / 5:00 am

I am worried about the future of the Okanagan hospitality industry. With our old farm house, I have been sneaking to Home Depot at every time of the day like it’s my mistress and I have started using the robot self checkout counter to make things faster when I only have two little things to buy. Wi

Value every bite

Dec 28, 2008 / 5:00 am

It is a time of year when most of us do tend towards excess, but it is in celebration of our good fortune and thankfully the excess is usually extended to giving as well. We share our wealth with others and enjoy meals with family and friends, toasting to good things to come in the New Year. We hav

Christmas nuts

Dec 20, 2008 / 2:52 pm

Here we are, a few days from the big day and everyone is running at mach speed trying to check everything off the list and be sure that they are ready to fulfill all their holiday obligations. Fight the traffic to get to the mall, wait in line to buy the gifts, stay up ""til midnight wrapping and ba

I know Santa Claus

Dec 13, 2008 / 5:00 am

Okay, have I got your attention? You probably thought the headline for this week’s column was just another ploy but I really do want to talk about the real thing, if you’ll pardon the expression. Santa Claus is an important part of Christmas and he doesn’t just belong to the children, either. In an

Round table discussions

Dec 6, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: With the volume of news this past week on not only the international state of affairs but also our own country, it seemed a bit odd to me to discuss the simple issue of food. Something that occurred to me was that I have been reading a great book lately that tells the story of a family th

Gastro Sexual

Nov 22, 2008 / 1:00 pm

He Says: This past week I heard the funniest term on the radio. A guy being interviewed about his skills with the ladies in the kitchen mentioned it. Originating from England, it represents a new trend for men that is appearing all over the world including our peaceful Canada. Gastro Sexual Men h

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Nov 15, 2008 / 1:33 pm

Now that the winds have cooled to icy temperatures and there is snow on the hills it seems acceptable to speak of Christmas and all its preparations. I know that some stores have had items for sale for almost a month now but I really do think that even a die-hard Yuletide fan knows they need to pace


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