Road Trip: Kelowna & Vernon

27 07 2010

We headed out to Kelowna and Vernon this past weekend. A tropical paradise in the Okanagan, a lake tropic anyhow. For four days the weather was 35 degrees +. Ah summer, almost forgot what it is like (uh, um Calgary?!?!?!?). Anyhow, we visited with two sets of very dear friends and their little kiddies in both places.

As we hit the road, just leaving Calgary, we came across one of many fields. To the left we noticed a lone bull pressed against the barbwire making all sorts of head nods looking out across the highway. Following his gaze to the right a field of black and white dairy cows. Three of which were pressed against the barbwire gazing back. Ah love.

It isn’t hard to be healthy in the Okanagan (besides consuming too much wine). The fruit and veggies are abundant. We of course packed home cherries, apricots and peaches. I plan on making a peach and rhubarb cobbler this weekend. Our first day there we headed to our favourite vineyard, Cedar Creek and then off to Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm for home made goat milk gelato. There is nothing like it!!! We all had our fill (pre-dinner of course) of this yummy treat.

For dinner we headed to RauDZ in downtown Kelowna for dinner. Their menu is seasonal and they source their menu from local growers and suppliers, they even list them on the menu. The daily drink special included a martini with the days fresh fruit. Besides a bit of a mix up on Tony’s meal, the food and service was incredible. A ‘must eat’ if you are in the area. There are choices for everyone, veggie and the like.

We stayed at Manteo Resort for a night, what a treat. We had brunch on the amazing patio and I had the crab cake egg benedict, swapping the potatoes for tomato. Not for the veggies out there, but sooooo good.

From Kelowna we headed to our friends lake house in Vernon. Gorgeous home, great friends and lots of fun. I was even surprised with the most amazing cake that little miss Ella decorated. How can you resist eating a big piece! The cake was delicious, full of fruit with yummy icing.

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Eat well, be well,

Nat

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