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Author: Bruce Kemp

Kelowna Yacht Club to host top women sailors

National keelboat championships October 1-4 Between October first and the fourth some of the best women sailors in Canada will be testing their talents on Okanagan Lake. Even though one team jokingly calls itself a “throng of thongs” these women are a whole lot of serious. They’re the nation’s top female sailors and they’re coming to Kelowna to compete in the 2015 Re/Max Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championships. So far 19 teams from across Canada and one from the United States (Caroline Grant from Nantucket, Massachusetts) have registered for the event. Last year the championship was staged at the...

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Kitchen Confidential with Chef Micheal Miller at The Harvest Grille

One Okanagan chef has put a whole new twist on the farm to table dining craze. See what “golf” and “gourmet” have in common Chef Michael Miller The Harvest Grille Executive chef Michael Miller has to pull off a balancing act at The Harvest Golf and Country Club, finding the median between out and out pub food and a higher level of cuisine worthy of being served on white linen in The Harvest Grille. He succeeds with a little help from the resources of the club’s own farming efforts. “I have to be careful,” Michael grins, “I can lose...

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Okanagan Real Estate Outlook

Depending on how you read the statistics, the glass is either half empty or half full when it comes to forecasting real estate in our region. Traditional construction is no longer the norm, with prices hitting the high end of the tolerance scale for single-family dwellings, but a growth spurt in multifamily units, like townhouses, is looming on the horizon. According to a recent Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) forecast for all of BC, and comparing current trends to the rest of the country, real estate markets will see a gentle quarter-to-quarter increase of slightly better than one...

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Kitchen Confidential with Chef Nikos at Theos Restaurant

Nikos Theodosakis and Nikos Kazantakis share a common heritage. Both come from the Greek Island of Crete and they’re both passionate about things Hellenic. Kazantakis wrapped his love into his enduring character Zorba the Greek; Theodosakis serves it seven days a week at Theo’s on Main Street in Penticton. Theo’s is one of those places where you go to escape winter. It’s cheerful, lit with a lot of natural light, and painted Mediterranean white and blue—like an island taverna ought to be. For travellers who’ve been to Greece, Theo’s takes you back to the land of Ulysses and Helen....

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Best restaurant offers farm to table breakfast

Chef Steve Kooijman Friesen’s Countrytyme Restaurant and Bakery If you’re looking for a great breakfast at the north end of the Valley, in an interesting dining room overlooking the farm that grows most of the food on the table, give Friesen’s Countrytyme Restaurant and Bakery a try. After a career that included riding the rails as a BC Rail chef and a stint as the executive sous-chef at Harrison Hot Springs, Steve Kooijman recently returned to the Okanagan to run his own restaurant. Last April, he and his wife took over the kitchen and retail outlet of 18-year-old Friesen’s Countrytyme...

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