We came from a city on the coast and now we live inland. We came from a place where hole-in-the-wall, authentic ethnic cuisine reigned supreme, to a land where chain restaurants and dodgy dives flourish. This blog is to chronicle our culinary adventures in region that seems to be a culinary wasteland.
Here’s a quicky post while I’m in Merritt:
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend. I know for some it was a long weekend, and some of you lucky ducks are still on your weekend.
Queen India is another venue for Gas Stations Eats. It’s located in Merritt, attached to the Esso Gas Station on Dewolf Way. Queen India’s proper given name is “Queen India Food 2 Go.” Despite the name, I choose to dine-in today and enjoy the view.
Butter Chicken ($9.99)
I have to head out of town later today, so I thought I’d start the day with breakfast out.
Papa G’s Cafe is located at the old Jill’s Café space, in an industrial enclave on McGill Road.
Eggs Benedcit ($9.95)
Here I am at Reubin’s Diner. This eatery is attached to the Esso on Tranquille. Since it is in the same building that houses the Esso, I’m going to go ahead and tag it as “Gas Station Eats.” There’s quite a line up for the car wash today with several vehicles waiting to wash off winter’s dirt. Spring is here, but does that mean Winter and all of winter's weather is gone too?
The diner is already busy with several tables enjoying enormous sandwiches when I arrive. People look happy here, so that’s a good sign.
Three Amigos Sandwich with Beef Barley soup ($12.95)
The Crazy & The German. Interesting name for a bakery café, eh? Anyhoo, I’m here for a bite of lunch before I attempt to put a dent in my lofty To-Do list this afternoon. I like to combine my “to do” list with my grocery list so, it makes for a long list.
The Crazy and The German café is located in the Library Square development across the parking lot from The White Spot in the Holiday Inn on Tranquille Road. The display case is loaded with freshly baked German pastries and I’m super excited about what will follow me home today.
I’m at NaRi Sushi today for a quick lunch stop. NaRi Sushi is located in the Snyatan shopping complex, several doors down from Bamboo Chopsticks (Click here for my Bamboo Chopsticks visit.)
When I first started coming out to Kelowna I would see signs and TV adverts in my hotel room referring to K-Town. For the longest time I was wondering, “So there’s a Korea Town in Kelowna? Where is it?”
Deserving of an eye-roll, I know. I’m so thankful I never opened my mouth and asked anyone about a K-Town in Kelowna.
Tempura Udon ($10.00)
Before heading out to Kelowna I started some of my spring-time yard clean up. I always like to give myself a couple of days to rake up the debris under the cedar hedges. It seems raking only once is never enough. Even when I think I’ve done a good job underneath the hedges, the next morning it will look like I’ve done nothing as the copper coloured needles congregate under the conifers again. Are they “needles” or “leaves”...?
Hello again Kamloops. Yowza, there has been so many changes since I’ve been away. Some places have said farewell, while others have moved in to give it a go. Sunmei Taiwanese Cuisine is one of those places that moved in to give it a go. Sun Mei occupies the spot that used to house Warunee’s Thai. I saw A.L. was enjoying some lurofan a while back and had put Sun Mei on my places to check out when I rolled back into town.
A couple of years ago I gave up 91 minutes of my life to watching a low budge movie called Thirst. There is a small scene in the movie where the characters stop to eat in a diner. In real life, and in the movie, the diner was called Nag’s Stop. Nag’s Stop closed a while ago, but after some time elapsed the eatery re-opened as Phat Albert’s Weekday Café.