|Apple Doughnuts with Caramel Sauce and Rosemary Ice Cream|
|Pancakes at The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos|
|Okanagan Burger Tour|
|Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato at Il Tavolino down in the Mission area of town|
|Macarons at Sandrines|
Here in the interior of British Columbia we herald in Spring with tender local asparagus, freshly shelled peas, and crimson stalks of rhubarb but as we usher in the warmer weather and move into the "dog days of summer" we have dreams of sharing a plethora of local bounty at sun-dappled long table dinners with kindred spirits. We headed on our first adventure of the season to one of the sold out Cuisine du Terroir dinners at God's Mountain Estate in Penticton celebrating my favourite Spring "must have" the spot prawn. "Close your eyes and envision one long communal table, laid out under the stars, on a secluded bluff overlooking one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Valley and the shimmering Skaha Lake. In the background, a rambling, whitewashed bed and breakfast full of nooks, crannies, roofless rooms and stuffed armadillos that could be taken straight out of my photo album of a timeless trip to Santorini."
|Dates with Blue Cheese at Salted Brick|
|Chocolate Croissants at Okanagan Grocers; Monica is a genius|
|Churro Waffles from the More Than Burnt Toast Kitchen|
Sloping Hill Porkchop with Popcorn Polenta, Parsnip, Brown Butter and Quince Vinegar paired with Oldfield Series Merlot at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery. Long table dinners and seasonally changing menus…the pork tender and juicy, the popcorn polenta…outstanding...need I say more.
|Micro bar • bites|
The relatively new intimate digs at Micro bar • bites is a welcome addition to the downtown neighbourhood restaurant scene which is ready for an upmarket, "big city" wine bar. I "smooze" with my friends noshing on an array of 10 small bites, 10 beers, and 10 wines that is ever-changing. The pomme frites are one constant that simply cannot be missed. Then again the pommel frites at Bouchon are also perfection reincarnated…oooh and their chocolate martinis!!!!!
Honourable mentions…but no less stellar
|Saj Common Kitchen|
Simple but effective. The outstanding hummus we made at a cooking class at Saj Common Kitchen. It is also one of the homes of the Soup Sisters, a group who makes soup once a month for an organization in need.
Chili at a plant sale at Summerland Research Station by Chef Cecconi of Brodo Kitchen.
|Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen|
Marguerita Pizza at the new Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen at Black Hills Winery
|Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop|
Luncheon as part of the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop. The big surprise... Chef Matt Batey of Mission Hill Winery fame came out of his hiatus to present a memorable meal in a gorgeous setting…and on Mother's Day.
|Kelowna Mountain Vineyard and Bridges|
A picnic with good friends and a concert at Kelowna Mountain Vineyard and Bridges. My favourite nosh…local goat cheese with fennel blackberry jam. Oh and the fresh veggies, and the gougeres, and…..
|Diner en Blanc 2014|
And of course the annual Diner en Blanc which is always filled with good friends and wonderful food made by our own hands. Here's to more wonderful eats in 2015!
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