Posts from Osoyoos

BC Historic Hotels Series: The South Okanagan

BC Historic Hotels

A pretty incredible view at our history, straight out of the Glen A Mofford Collection. A collage of a selection of historic hotels from Osoyoos to Naramata – most long gone include the Fairview, the Rialto, the Kaladen, the Reopel, the Incola, the Prince Charles, the Okanagan Falls and Three Gables Hotels.

We got this little gem sent to us on Twitter yesterday. This isn’t even quite all of them! Click the image or this link to see history in all it’s glory.

Collection by flickr user glenalan54.

A-OK Mixcast Nineteen

A-OK Mixcast 19

A-OK Mixcast 19 - Albums

Real quick! Pay attention if you live in or near Kelowna or Kamloops today! Two of the artists featured on this Mixcast perform tonight and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on JP Maurice or Trust w/ Eraas + Little Jungles (the last three we are co-presenting!) Alright, now that the business is out of the way, a proper hello is in order. Welcome back. How awesome has this weather been? I dunno about you guys but I’ve been getting lots of fresh air and sun and wow, my attitude completely changes. With this shift in attitude I often find a natural inclination to create an analogous playlist. Pair good vibes with good tunes. Artists featured this Mixcast are:

  1. Rusted Heart by Mike Edel and The Fugitives
  2. Set It Free by Sarah Slean
  3. Spoons by JP Maurice
  4. Wake Up by The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and Portage and Main
  5. Cultured Man by The Zolas
  6. Backlines (Eight and a Half Remix) by Stars
  7. Shoom by Trust

Don’t forget to catch all these great shows between today and April!

  • The Fugitives – March 14th at the Osoyoos Mini Theatre (5800 115th St, Osoyoos)
  • Sarah Slean – March 5th at the Kelowna Community Theatre (1435 Water St, Kelowna)
  • JP Maurice – March 6th at Heroes Pub (Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops)
  • Portage and Main – March 8th at Fernandos (279 Bernard Ave, Kelowna)
  • The Dudes w/ The Zolas – April 17th at Habitat (248 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Stars w/ Said the Whale – April 3rd at the Kelowna Community Theatre
  • Trust w/ Eraas + Little Jungles – March 6th at Habitat

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

Photography by Flickr user melbaczuk.

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More Farmer’s Markets!

Some events are so much a part of our communities fabric that we take them for granted. If someone approached you and told you about an event that has over 60 vendors, 5000 attendees each week, and features family activities all summer long you would be flabbergasted.

Our farmers market is a great example of one of those events. It is one of the largest farmers markets in the BC Interior. I dropped by the market earlier this summer and interviewed Bob Callioux. Here’s the interview and a snapshot of one of our most popular local weekly events.

Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market – Kelowna
April to October
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dilworth Dr & Springfield Rd

West Kelowna Outdoor Market
Saturdays: 8am-1pm
2466 Main Street

Penticton Farmers Market
May through October
Saturdays: 8:30 am – noon

Peachland Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market
May to September
Sundays: 10 am – 2 pm
Heritage Park, between Okanagan Lake and Beach Avenue

Osoyoos Market on Main – Osoyoos
June through August
Saturdays: 8 am – 1 pm
Town Square, Main St

Oliver Country Market A’Fair – Oliver
June to October
Saturdays: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lions Park – Hwy 97N

Armstrong Farmer’s Market – Armstrong BC
April – November
Saturdays: 8 am – noon
Location: Armstrong IPE Fairgrounds

Lake Country Farmers Market – Lake Country
June to September
Fridays: 3 pm – 7 pm
10090 Bottom Wood Lake Rd

Focus Friday: Vineyard Morning

We’re seeing the valley through the eyes of visitors again this week. Andrew seems to have crafted an idyllic lifestyle working for Brodie Bikes in Vancouver, which somehow includes trips to test bikes, stay in vineyard lofts, cook outside and spend plenty of time on patios. I loved the mellow vibe here, capturing the slower pace of life in the rural areas of the South Okanagan.

Storm Haven Vineyard Morning by orbital-vancouver

My Wife’s Notes – 2010 La Stella La Stellina Rosato – Ahi Tuna Mac & Cheese

Click here for recipe
Ahi Tuna Mac & Cheese

  • 3 cups elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Gruyère, Edam, Danish Blue or other cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups aged white cheddar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 large Ahi Tuna fillet

Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Cook the macaroni in a pot of salted water for about 5-6 minutes; the pasta should be a little more firm that you’d normally eat. When it is finished cooking, drain the water and place the pasta in an oven-safe casserole dish. Coat the pasta in 1 tbsp olive oil, and set it aside to cool.  Cut a chunk of the Tuna fillet (about 1/4 the total fillet) and dice it, adding the small pieces to the pasta, mixing them evenly.

Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan over, gently simmering.  In a large saucepan, melt the butter and create a roux by slowly adding in the flour, whisking constantly until all flour has been added and the mixture is free of lumps. Pour in the cream mixture slowly, continuing to whisk.  Add one cup of each of the cheeses, continuing to whisk as the cheese melts. Add salt and pepper to your desires.

Pour the cheese and cream mixture over the pasta, and mix well.  Top with the remaining cheese and cover with bread crumbs. Bake for 25 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling all over the top. Once it’s done, remove from the oven and let it rest for five minutes.

While the mac and cheese is baking, heat a non-stick fry pan to medium-high.  Coat the tuna fillet in olive oil and season each side with salt and pepper.  Sear the tuna on both sides, about 3-6 minutes depending on the thickness of the tuna.  I like it rare in the center, but it can be cooked to your liking.   Serve by topping macaroni with 1/4 inch slices of tuna.

Alana is all about traditions at Christmas time; she likes to watch the same movies on Christmas Eve, make the same baking that she and her mom made as a kid…our lead up to Christmas has been scheduled for months.  And since this is our first Christmas as husband and wife, we wanted to start some fun new traditions!

To that end, we created the tradition of Rhys and Alana’s Christmas Eve Eve Comfort Food Extravaganza.  And what could be more comforting than mac and cheese?

To take it up a notch, I added rare seared Ahi Tuna, as a modern take on tuna casserole.

La Stella La Stellina Rosato 2010And to pair with it, we brought out a bottle of Rosé we’d been saving for a special occasion.  Alana has been really into Rosé this year, and this bottle of La Stella La Stellina Rosato 2010 was highly recommended to us.

La Stella La Stellina Rosato 2010

My Notes:

This bright strawberry red wine practically glows in the glass.  The nose is sweet, floral and aromatic…there’s plenty of different fruits and berries, as if I’d walked into a farmer’s market in June.  The first sip is sweet and full, with more of the berry flavors popping out.  Strawberry is most predominant, but blackberry and currant comes out in the finish.  When paired with the food, it starts to sparkle, the creamy cheese sauce bringing out a snappy tartness that cleans off the palette. A good pairing, but it would be even better on a summer patio with a goat cheese and strawberry spinach salad. 90 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“Ugh, I LOVE it. SO GOOD. I love Rosé!”

Focus Friday: Ice Wine

the icewine cometh

So maybe this isn’t a photo of true ice wine, but I thought there was some quiet drama to this vineyard ice. After the flurry of the autumn harvest and crushing, the wineries are a little sleepy at this time of year. The 14th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival is coming up at Sun Peaks in January — perhaps a time for winemakers to cut loose and ski a bit too.

The Icewine Cometh by Peter Hovestad

Focus Friday: Mount Kobau

Mount Kobau is one of those out-of-the-way Okanagan gems that I’ve been hearing about for years, and for different reasons. It’s part of the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area, has hosted the legendary Mount Kobau Star Party for nearly 30 years, and apparently has some incredible hiking/biking/equestrian trails as well. Just west of Osoyoos, it’s not far past Spotted Lake, and offers some incredible views — as Gary shows so well in this shot.

Kobau by tenfeet_tall

Vote in the Civic Elections on Nov. 19

November 19, Vote in the Civic Elections like your future depends on it. ‘Cos it kinda does.
For more information, visit Castanet’s Civic Elections 2011 page.