Posts from West Kelowna

Kingdom Cloud Releases “Electric Domain / Love Goblin”

Kingdom Cloud release a new 7″! Produced by Paul Boechler, Shawn F Cole, Cam Tatham with some slick photos byCaleb Jon Bon Kramer, Brett Johnston and a natural shout out to sound man Sven Niklas Peterson.

Last Snow

Beautiful morning snowfall on the Westside…

My Wife’s Notes – 2009 Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot – Hand-Cut Salsa and Guacamole

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Hand-Cut Salsa and Guacamole

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 4 ripe avocados
  • salt
  • tortilla chips

Cut all the tomatoes into quarters, and remove the seeds and pulp.  Dice the flesh of the tomatoes, and place in a large bowl with the chopped garlic and chopped onion.  Remove the stems from the bunch of cilantro, and finely chop the leaves.  Place half of cilantro in the bowl with the tomato, garlic and onion.  Add the juice from half a lime to the salsa and mix thoroughly.  Add salt to desired taste.

Halve the avocados, remove the pits, and place the green flesh in a second bowl with the other half of the chopped cilantro.  Add the juice from the other half of the lime, salt to taste, and mash with a fork until the consistency is relatively smooth.  Serve together with the best tortilla chips on this planet: Fresh Is Best Tortilla Chips, proudly made in Kamloops BC.

Alana and I are really into dips.  Spinach dip, Seven Layer dip, Garlic Mayo, Tzaziki…if it’s dip-able, we’ll dip it.  Give us tortilla chips, fries, pita or sourdough bread, and we’ll find something to dip it in.

Accordingly, salsa and guacamole is a common sight in our house.  Quick and easy to make, we enjoy it as a quick snack, a side to our meal…and sometimes the meal itself.

Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot - Fresh Cut Salsa

Also a common sight: Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot.  I always keep a couple bottles in my wine cabinet as my go-to red.  At under $20 a bottle, it’s a tasty option at a reasonable price.  The vintages can vary widely though; after an outstanding 2006, I found the 2007 somewhat lacking and 2008 to be very mediocre.  The 2009 was much better when I tried it after it was first released, and I’m looking forward to seeing what a little more time in the bottle has done to it.

My Notes:

A dark opaque burgundy in the glass, this wine smells like the Okanagan with rich aromas of black cherry and plum.  The body is very smooth up front, surprisingly so for such a young wine, with plenty of rich juicy fruit flavors throughout.  This wine finishes quite dry, with almost a Riesling-like mouthwatering acidity. This wine pairs excellently well with the salty flavors and varied consistencies of the salsa and guacamole, as well as the piece of dark chocolate I snuck later that evening.  This is a great all-around wine at a pretty good price. 90 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“It’s smooth and tangy.  Soooo smooth.  Is tangy the right word?  Doesn’t matter, I’m saying it’s tangy.”

2009 Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot. $16.99 at BC Liquor Stores.

Winter Skate

Between Christmas & New Year, great skates on Rosevalley Lake in West Kelowna!

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.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day and Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

In the Central Okanagan, residents will have a number of different services to choose from:

City Park Cenotaph
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Kelowna Branch #26
At approximately 10:25 a.m. a parade of participating organizations and the Colour Party will march from Kerry Park (Mill Street) along Abbott Street to the Cenotaph in City Park for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, participating youth groups are invited to the Legion Branch, 1380 Bertram Street for lunch. A period of social remembrance will be held in the Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lions Park Cenotaph
Organized by the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Unit 376
The Gala Youth Choir will perform prior to the 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the cenotaph in Lions Park. The ceremony will be preceded by a parade starting at 10:30 a.m. from the Unit clubhouse parking lot at 270 Dougall Road North to Gray Road and into the park. Following the ceremony and parade dismissal, an Open House reception will be held at the Unit clubhouse, 270 Dougall Road North.

Lake Country
George Elliot Secondary School, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Oyama Branch #189

Please be seated inside George Elliot Secondary School by 10:30 a.m. Following the ceremony a Public Open House will be held at the Legion Branch, 15712 Oyama Road.

Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th Street
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Peachland Branch #69
Fall in at 10:20 a.m. at the Peachland Community Centre. Following the ceremony, adults are welcome at the Peachland Legion on 2nd Street, while refreshments will be served for all children and their parents at the Peachland Community Centre.

West Kelowna
Royal LePage Place, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Westbank Branch #288
Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. as a parade involving participating organizations and the Colour Party precede the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. Following the ceremony, lunch will be served at the Westbank Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street.

October seasons changing

Beautiful Fall day on the Westside

A photoshoot for my friend Melanie Stipdonk who makes great feathered earrings. Models Shelby Leanne & Savannah Kory Moore Photographer Lise Guyot.

Westbank Outdoor Market Starts Tomorrow

The 2011 Westbank Outdoor Market kicks off the 2011 season tomorrow Saturday, July 9 at the Westbank Community Centre at 2466 Main Street in historic downtown Westbank.  Join the new and returning vendors every Saturday morning and enjoy a weekly pancake breakfast and free entertainment – something for everyone in the family.

The Westbank Outdoor Market is a joint project of the Westbank Lions Club and the Historic Westbank Association. Booths at the Market feature hand-made clothing and craft items from local artisans as well as prepared food items (in season) from local orchards.

For a list of vendors, latest information or to take part, visit the Westbank Outdoor Market website.