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

More than not forgetting

Nov 10, 2008 / 5:00 am

On Tuesday, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we will be asked to remember those who have served our country, past and present. We do this in order that we may enjoy the freedoms we are used to having and in hopes that people in other places may have such freedom also.

The Light Within

Oct 25, 2008 / 10:42 am

She says: The last week or so, walking the dogs in the morning has been an ethereal experience. With the sun rising later we are often out just as dawn breaks, and the first streams of light coming over the hills and across the lake seem to magically bring to life everything in the orchard. It is

Turkey doesn""t spell thanks

Oct 11, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: It is not only the harvest season but also that time of year when we are reminded to give thanks for all that we have. Most of us will be enjoying a turkey feast this weekend as part of the celebrations. However, with all the news of late that seems to spell doom and gloom I wanted to tak

More about Wal-Mart

Oct 4, 2008 / 7:19 am

Every once in while I feel strongly about issues in our community and last week I had one of those days. The article I wrote about small local stores, farming and the impact of the new Wal-Mart has touched a few people and I received a few emails. I thought I would post those emails this week to sho

Big store, big price

Sep 27, 2008 / 5:00 am

We just came back from a visit to the new Wal-Mart. Wow this is one big store with a parking lot that is way too small. I cannot say that I am very proud of our new addition as someone who lives on the Westside. I am a big supporter of small boutiques and small local stores, but like most people if

Who would have thought?

Sep 20, 2008 / 5:00 am

You will have to forgive us the frivolity of this week’s column if you feel it is a bit over the top. You see, we are both a bit overwhelmed by the work of summer and the ensuing work of harvest. As a result, we are just giving you some interesting (if possibly useless) things to think about. They c

It sticks to your ribs!

Sep 13, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Did you hear that as a kid? Perhaps it was the Scottish heritage on my Mom’s side, but I remember that phrase particularly when dealing with foods that were heavy and often not very flavourful - in other words, the expression was akin to, “It’s good for you” which might as well have meant