I live in a pretty stellar place. An acquaintance referred to it as “living in the best bread basket in Canada”, and I’m inclined to agree. More than inclined.

Due in large part to the surroundings, but also as a result of having gained the friendship of excellent people, I’m spoiled. Fairly regularly, at that. Great food, beautiful wines, and rockstar company. It’s true, and I’m grateful.

As of June 2013, a few hundred bloggers will visit my oasis. Sweet!

To whet a few appetites, I’m counting down the weeks (and days) to their arrival with photo-essays of what life is like in these parts – so they’ll be as stoked as I am about what goes on around here.


~ Jeannette


Communal Table Dinners at Miradoro (Tinhorn Creek Vineyards)

During the shoulder seasons, executive chef Jeff Van Geest hosts the ultimate dinner parties on Tuesday night. I’ve attended two this season – and caught the most recent on camera-phone. The theme: forage. Everything was foraged from the local hills and valleys, that day or the previous day. (except the cattails – wild harvested the previous day from the greater Vancouver area, by a visiting chef)

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

first course: raw cattails with mustard aioli (wood ivy and dandelion)

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

second course: halibut elderflower ceviche, garnished with prickly pear cactus, arrow leaf balsamroot stems, wild chrysanthemum, and biscuit root flower

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

third course: snail ravioli with in nettle sauce, wild mustard greens salad

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

fourth course: grilled quail with wild watercress and chicken “cracker”

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

fifth course: hay ice cream (seriously delicious), tree fruit blossoms, heart nut cake, with last season’s cherry preserve

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

there was wine. plenty of it. at one point there were four glasses in front of me – just another Tuesday night in the Okanagan

The best part: my house is a seven minute drive from this.

Now that’s what wicked-awesome Okanagan means.


Okanagan Writing · April 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

Look forward to meeting you at WBC, Murissa.

wanderfulltraveler · April 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

I have lived in the Okanagan for 6 years now and have been loving it. It’s where I first discovered my love of food and wine.
I look forward to seeing you there at the WBC and discovering more of what Penticton has to offer since I am more familiar with the Kelowna & West Kelowna area.
Naramata especially is one of my favourite spots in all of the valley.


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