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Hooded Merganser – Penticton

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

The Hooded Merganser is a really beautiful restaurant right on the waterfront in Penticton, behind the Epenticton Lakeside Resort. It mostly specializes in seafood and we felt it would be a relaxed and healthy option on the night before David’s big race. The smoke from forest fires in the U.S. was acting up again, so the normally fabulous view was just “good” this time around, and the usually busy terrace was empty. Even so, we enjoyed the view and watching some paddle boarders make their way back in to shore.     Before our main dishes, we chose an appetizer of roasted garlic, brie and naan bread. Mixed with...

Penticton Beach Condo

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

Whenever David is running a race, we like to look for a condo to rent whenever possible. The kitchen is great for quick and healthy breakfasts, and a washer and dryer is a real bonus (you have no idea how much laundry triathletes have)! For this visit, we checked out VRBO and found a great one bedroom condo a half black from the beach (you can see it from the big peach on the beach). It was a perfect location for both of us, also a block from the transition zone of the Challenge Penticton triathlon.   The building is nice and secure, and seemed to be mainly vacation...

Joyful Al Fresco Dinner – Penticton

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

David and I have wonderful memories of our Joy Road Al Fresco Dinner two years ago… it’s where we got engaged. We knew we needed to head back to God’s Mountain Estate for another special dinner during this trip. Joy Road Catering does special family-style dinners at the estate every Thursday night during summer. They also partner with a different local winery each night to feature and pair wines with each dish. The table and the venue are spectacular – especially as the sun goes down and the light switches to a pink sky. It’s stunning and feels very special.     We begin the night admiring the view,...

My Amazing Triathlete!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 1 comment

David is an amazing athlete, and has completed many marathons and triathlons. I watch him train day in and day out – religiously and with a dedication I can’t fathom. He’s also incredibly humble, and acts like its all no big deal. David’s performance at Challenge Pentictonon on August 20, 2015 is an incredibly big deal, and as I cheered him on during his 13 hour, 27 minute finish, I was so very proud of him at every step. Here are some photos of his great race and gutsy finish. Go Dave go!!!          ...

Miradoro Restaurant – Oliver, BC

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

The last time we came to Oliver two years ago, we visited Tinhorn Creek winery and were struck by the beauty of Miradoro restaurant, perched high on the property. This time around, we made a special trip to Miradoro for lunch.   The Oliver area has been dealing with two wildfires recently, and depending on the day and wind, you can really see, feel and smell the smoke in the air. This was one of those days, as one of the fires heated up again. It made a difference to this fabulous restaurant – usually packed with people, we were the only two seated for most of the hour...

Quidni Winery – Naramata Bench

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

One of our Naramata Bench wine tasting experiences was special, so we wanted to blog about it separately. David’s friend Emma recently moved to the area and has landed at Quidni Estate Winery. In her words, “can you believe this is my job?” She gave us a great tour of the inner workings of a Naramata Bench winery and we learned a lot (and got to taste some really amazing wine too)!   Emma explained Quidni is a relatively new winery, with an experienced and well known owner and a talented winemaker. Todd Moore spent time in Australia at Quail’s Gate and Barossa honing his craft, before coming to...

Oliver Wine Touring

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

David and I have been looking forward to a day in the Oliver area for wine tasting. It is likely our favourite region for wine, known for their big bold reds. Sure enough, we were blown away by the following wineries, and bought some wonderful wines. We started at Blasted Church, on the way to Okanagan Falls. The logos are really creative and colourful, and the names are equally interesting. Blasted Church is named for a wooden church that was blasted by four dynamite sticks to “loosen the nails” so it could be dismantled and rebuilt in OK Falls 120 years ago. The area is really lovely, and we...

Bad Tattoo Brewing Company – Penticton

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

Sometimes, you just want something quick and easy and not too far away. We heard great things about the pizzas and beer at Bad Tattoo Brewing Company, and it is a half a block from our Penticton condo near the beach, and it seemed perfect for a rainy saturday. Every time we walked by Bad Tattoo over the past few days, it has been packed (inside and on the very large main floor patio outside). A busy restaurant is always a good sign. When we arrived, we were seated on the patio. We noticed right away the interesting plating – a large tin with a cork board on top...

The Kitchen – Penticton

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

Every once in a while, a dining experience will really stay with David and I. We reminisce about it, we tell stories about it. You can’t always expect a return visit to be as good. Happily, our second experience at The Kitchen at Misconduct Winery lived up to our memory. The Kitchen is a very small restaurant outside of the wine shop at Misconduct. Bascially, the entire restaurant is on the balcony with a spectacular view. It is really casual and beautiful.     The first time around, we had a spectacular tasting – where the brilliant chef cooked what he wanted, in the order and timing he wanted,...

Naramata Bench Wine Touring

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

Our first day of wine touring was in Kelowna. The next day, we really got down to business on the Naramata Bench! This lovely area is just up the road, and the hill, from Penticton. It’s a beautiful stretch that makes for great climate and dirt for growing grapes. There are more wineries and tasting opportunities than you can shake a stick at, so it can be hard sifting through them all to spend your time wisely. So, here are some great wineries we visited this time around… minus the winery Quidni (coming up in another blog in the days to come). We started at a new to us...


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