Monthly Archives: September 2010

Treading Deep Water

Kingdom Cloud tearing through a new cut in the basement. I am always reminded how lucky we are that these days so many people in our communities are lucky enough to have access to hi-tech video equipment, top-of-the-line digital titling technology and the YouTubes.

Summerhill’s Bistro Brunch

I love me a good brunch and the brunch at Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a good brunch I love. Where else in the Okanagan will you find a full buffet, including french toast, three types of eggs benedict, three types of home-made casserole, egg florentine, dim sum, omelete station, seafood arrangements, desserts & pastries, crepes with berries & whipped cream?! And that’s just the start!

Images taken from Summerhill Pyramid Winery website

A couple years back I also discovered that aside from ordering delicious, organic mimosa’s that Summerhill is (apparently) a winery as well? You can order entire bottles of their award winning sparkling (I personally recommend Cipes Brut or the Gabriel, named after one of Stephen Cipes’ own son’s) and a carafe of orange juice and have a bit more of a hands-on approach on brunch.

Images taken from Summerhill Pyramid Winery website

The Summerhill Sunset Bistro only brunches this fabulous spread until Thanksgiving every year and now is a perfect time to enjoy the patio with all stunning fall colours and a view of our alluring Okanagan Lake before it’s too late! See you there!

p.s. the author recommends making reservations.

Skies of Color

A view from Downtown Kelowna at dusk.

Spotted! Kelowna Aquatic Club Pool

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Another old photo circa the 1950s of the Kelowna Aquatic Club Pool. This would have been the place you could have found me back in the day (between my breaks as a Don Draper type, of course) enjoying the sun and the water. I found this in the Pusher Mitchell law building off Ellis.

Sushi Sushi Sushi!!!

Momo Sushi, some of my favourite sushi in Kelowna (perhaps BC), which may find it’s root in their spicy sauce. Delicious unlike any other. Momo sushi is consistently top-notch, Joseph and his team greet you warmly upon entering and the service is cheery and quick even when they’re packed, which is quite often.

My biggest fear eating sushi is often sustainability. A close friend of mine is a marine biologist and between his reminders and documentaries like The Cove and SHARKWATER, it’s often at the forefront of my mind, as well it should be. Thankfully for folks like myself—and now you as well!—I found a great guide by SeaChoice, a national seafood markets program run by several leading environmental groups. This wallet-sized guide features sustainability information for seafood commonly found on sushi menus by ranking items as green (Best Choice), yellow (Some Concerns) or red (Avoid) options.

“This guide empowers consumers to make decisions that are better for our oceans, without sacrificing their taste for healthy, delicious seafood,” said Shauna MacKinnon, Markets Campaigner with the Living Oceans Society. “What we’re telling Canadians is that by making wiser seafood choices, they can enjoy their sushi and help our oceans too.”

Download the Sushi Guide here
They also have an iPhone app

Sunsets

TGIF! I dedicate this post to the sunsets I’ve captured over the last year, one of my favorite parts of living in the Okanagan.

For more fun: see if you can guess where each picture was taken!

Kelowna Farmer’s Market, Breakfast Wrap

Another day another wrap. I promised a week and a bit back that I would make a post dedicated to my new best friend, the breakfast wrap from the Farmer’s Market. Here it is. Home cured bacon, egg, hashbrowned potatoes, salsa, aged chedda baked in a flour tortilla. Are you freaking kidding me?

This little delight is a little on the spicy side, it burns my tongue and ooh babe you make it hurt so good. This wrap is packed full, I have yet to finish an entire wrap in one sitting. To illustrate the point today it was a shared venture even to finish it. This little creation is from one Neil Schroeter, chef & owner of Okanagan Street Food, a roaming truck out of Peachland that covers the Kelowna Farmer’s Market and Naramata Community Market (June to mid-September) and what a treat it is for us!

In Kelowna (as opposed to Vancouver) it can be easy to dismiss street-meat vendors but Schroeter’s biography sees him complete the 2-year Culinary Arts program with honors in 1990, obtain a ‘red seal’ at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), completing the Sommelier course at George Brown College in TO, followed by experience in Val David, Quebec and at the five-diamond King Edward Hotel in Toronto, ON. Nine years at the Delta Whistler Resort, and seven years as Chef de Cuisine at Sumac Ridge Winery before he started this venture.

Wow. And here I am drooling over a wrap.

Here’s Schroeter with my other best friend, champagne.

Kelowna’s Strategic Cultural Plan Community Consultation

Art Gallery

Join in the discussion and contribute to a new Cultural Plan for Kelowna!

Cameron Welch, spoken word artist, kicks off the session with a live performance against a backdrop of inspirational images compiled by the Arts  Council Youth Ambassadors.

Following the performance, participants will help develop strategies in a workshop format.

“If you want to know what culture is…just take a look around. ”
-Arlene Goldbard, Author

September 22, 2010

4:30 – 6:30p.m.
Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water St.
Facilitated by Kari Huhtala, Cultural Plan Consultant
Open to the Public  – No Pre-registration required
Please plan to attend the entire workshop

For more information, contact Stephanie Moore at 250 469-8474.

Unable to attend? There are still other ways you can participate:

  • Follow our progress on www.kelowna.ca/culture and click on Cultural Plan or join our Facebook page.
  • Attend our next open house in late October
  • Send us an email at culture@kelowna.ca