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.
I’ve been MIA for a while, I know. Last year, around this time, I had an extended stint out in Nanaimo (Click here for my Nanaimo eating posts.) This year, I have to be out in Vancouver for an extended stint.
I’ve decided to share Fat Jack’s Diner with you again (click here for my burger visit). I have to be home for a little while and then drive back out to the coast.
It feels like I’ve been everywhere for the past little while, except for Kamloops. I’m in Kelowna for a couple of days of conferencing and then a meeting on Monday. I didn’t want to drive back and forth, so I chose to stay through the weekend. The Grand Bay Café is located inside the Delta Grand Hotel Resort in Kelowna.
The Grand Bay Café has a Sunday Brunch set-up conveniently down stairs in the lobby. Breakfast is just an elevator ride away...
I’ve been back and forth to and from the coast for the past several weeks, and it seems it will be this way for the next little while. I figure I’ll throw in a coastal entry or two; otherwise I won’t be penning anything for weeks!
Baoguette is a little Vietnamese eatery on Denman and Beach Avenue. It’s right across from the wildly popular art installation: A-Maze-ing Laughter or “Laughing Man Statues.”
Just a quick gardening post I’d like to share with you.
I’ve been farting around in the yard for the past two weeks, impatiently waiting for things to look alive. I noticed earlier today that my Haskap berry plants survived my neglect last year, and are blossoming.
Let’s try Thai today. SalaJai is a restaurant on Tranquille Road that offers Thai fare. I have to pick up a couple of items for the gardening season nearby and Salajai just happened to be in a handy location. Have you started anything garden-wise yet? I spy my neighbours have been diligently prepping and cleaning out their garden beds for the past couple of weeks.
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 (Click here for my other Gas Station 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.
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)