Friday, October 09, 2015

Gasthaus on the Lake

Final Penticton post!
 Our last couple of days in Penticton were very very smoky from the fires. We'd planned to hang out at the pool on the last day, maybe go for one final walk, but we pretty much got up 
and started packing to try to get away from the smoke.
Of course packing up and jenga-ing the car took a while, and once we'd made a final stop at the butchers and farm stand, it was time to consider lunch on the road.
My parents suggested Gasthaus on the Lake in Peachland.

The restaurant was so charming -it has a spectacular patio area that I would have loved to sit at, but because of the smoke we sat inside.  The inside is pretty cool too - tons of wood and tchotchkes.  The have an enormous fireplace - truly gigantic - and a massive wine bottle drip candle.  Huge!

The Men both had the daily special.  Schnitzel, spaetzle, currywurst and caesar salad. 
This was a winner lunch.  The currywurst was THE BEST.  I must make it.

The Boy had a pizza and ate the whole thing.

If you are into special nights, you may want to check out Schnitzel Nights on Thursdays

And a Medieval Feast.  Sounds so cool.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

How to: Freeze Spinach

This is a, I think, helpful share for an easy way to store spinach and add it into your meals.

I buy those big bags of spinach that cost only a few bucks and pack one or two large
handfuls into baggies and freeze them. 

Then they're available anytime to be added to smoothies, curries, soups,
rice bowls, pastas, stir fries.
Whatever floats your boat and needs some greens.  

Easy peasy.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Okanagan Almonds

One thing I found at the Penticton Farmer's Market that I was not expecting to 
see was locally grown almonds.  

The vendor offered The Boy and I one to sample, and they were 
delicious and such a cool find, I had to buy a bag.

Here's what they looked like - they had a beautiful green grey velvety outer shell.

The outer shell was split open, so it was easy to pull the seed out.  
It looks almost like a small peach pit.

Along one side of the shell is a ridge.  The shell is soft, so it's easy to pull/tear 
off the ridge down the side of the shell.

Pull the shell open, and.....

There is the almond!

Now repeat that for a whole bag, by yourself while sitting on a hotel bed.  It gets old pretty fast.

I was so excited by the purchase, and trying to keep an eye on all the family at the busy market, that I didn't think to ask the vendor how long they would keep, or any details like that.
I did a quick search on the internet on my phone, but didn't see anything about storing or keeping them, so we ate them quickly.  The texture was a bit softer than almonds you'd buy in the store, and slightly more delicious.  A fun find on our trip.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bad Tattoo Brewing Company

We spent a rainy lunch hour at the Bad Tattoo Brewing Company in Penticton last month.
The Mister had it on his list of places to visit, and it worked out perfectly that we were 
only blocks away from it one day when lunch time was approaching 
and we needed some shelter from the rain. 

Bad Tattoo is in a gorgeous building with a beautiful covered patio.
I wanted to sit out there in the storm, but I was the only one.

The Men both had a sampler tray of beers.
Below, The Mister and The Waitress are discussing and pointing at The Beers.

When we were walking to our seats, we passed a couple enjoying the soft pretzel appetizer, and I informed the table that we too would be having that.
It was sooooooo good.  The stone ground mustard dip - omg.  OMG.

We also shared two pizzas.  The Fromaggio -

And the Carolina BBQ.

There was also a Caprese salad I didn't get a picture of.

All the food was great.  I heard the beers were pretty good too.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New plates!

We've had our plates for a long time, 8 years now. 
And they look it. Most are chipped, a couple have small cracks. 
The big plates are TOO big, and too heavy.
We've lost a few to outright breakage. 
Chips and cracks in something you eat off of isn't a good idea, so I decided 
to treat myself to a new set of plates. 

The thing was, I didn't want a new set of dishes.  

I love mismatched things.  If you've ever seen the way I dress, you know how true that is.
But I really do!  I don't like things to be too matchy matchy.  
I sprung my idea of not only new plates, but new unmatched plates on The Mister one day when he seemed fairly agreeable.  I didn't want him to have too much time to think about it.

He was, as I thought he would be, pretty "Whatever" about it.  

Figuring out where to look took a bit more thought.  I didn't want to do dollar store cheap, and although my first idea was thrift store, I decided I wanted new, not vintage.  
And the price had to be right too.

I stopped by Pier One on a whim and found just what I was looking for 
in the corner - the clearance section!
We picked out 6 small and 6 large plates.  2 of the large and 2 of the small are the same patterns of each, because they were The Misters favorites, but the rest are all gloriously different.  

I love how great these look on the table, with our mismatched napkins and mismatched place-mats (when we use them).  (The place-mats, I mean.  We always use napkins.)

The other thing I love is how reasonably priced the 12 plates turned out to be.  They ranged in price from $1.98 to $9.95 for one of the large plates that I just couldn't resist.  The total for all 12 - $64.62!  Including tax!
Way less than buying boxed sets would be, especially since we didn't need bowls, and 
I didn't want mugs.  Don't get me started on matching mugs.