I thought I would just let everyone know about my food experiences in my 5 day stay Kelowna earlier this month.
Thanks to JJD for the recommendation of Waterfront Wines! My family was staying at the Discovery Bay resort condos, which was just half a block from Waterfront Wines. My wife and I managed to have a nice dinner there, since her brother/sister-in-law agreed to look after our kids for us.
We got a nice patio table with a great view of the surrounding Okanagan Valley mountains. My wife started with a very nice Lemon Ice Martini. We are not martini drinkers, so this maybe is the start of something new...
My wife also got the set menu. She started with a Yellowfin tuna belly nicoise salad which was superb (my wife was singing its praises). Her main was a Caramelized cinnamon crusted duck breast with baby potatoes which was incredibly yummy. And she finished with a very decent Tiramisu.
I started with the Chili-salt dusted Calamari with Tamarind and Coriander - it was perfectly done, although I wished it were spicier. However, one of the best lamb dishes I had ever eaten was the Moroccan Braised Lamb on Israeli Cous Cous and Preserved Lemon. The flavours were absolutely fantastic - the lamb just disintegrated in my mouth and exploded with a spiciness I never would have thought with lamb. And on Israeli Cous Cous? Get outta here! Without a doubt, this dish was worth the trip to Kelowna! I ended with the Chocolate taster - a praline mousse, pot de creme, and a truffle. While the pot de creme and truffle were good, the mousse was like eating air - it was so good and indescribably light!
Waterfront Wines is a definite find - I hope it sticks around the next time I am there!
We managed to stop off for lunch at the Sumac Ridge Estate Winery in Summerland, which is quite a nice winery (including my young kids!). They have a very well presented restaurant called the Cellar Door Bistro (thanks to Bob Mac & JJD again).
The staff was very accomodating, even though we had three kids with us. Lunch was excellent - I had an appetizer of berry/goat cheese mille feuille, and a main of salad greens with fruit and an excellent citrus/honey dressing. My wife had the daily pasta special - a seafood linguine with rose sauce which she really enjoyed. The kids shared Bistro Frites (which everyone liked). The kitchen created the daily pasta special with a simple white sauce for the kids (they don't like tomato sauce) - the kids devoured it! It was really good! Had lots of food left over, so we packed it up for supper. I highly recommend the restaurant for the food and for the service!
I managed to taste some very good BC wines and some fantastic dessert wines, including a rare Pinot Noir Icewine from Calona Wines (I just happened to be there when they happened to have one bottle open!) The BC Wine Museum has all the major BC wineries represented (at the same price), and is only a couple minutes from Waterfront Wines.
On the way out of Kelowna, we stopped off at a place called "The Village" in Sicamous. In a non-descript brown building at the junction of Highway 1 and 97A, it's a movie store, fast food place, and surprisingly, a gelato outlet. My friend in Enderby recommended that I stop here for the gelato, so in the mid-afternoon heat, my kids heartily agreed. Nicely laid out inside, the gelato selection was really quite good and would rival or surpass Fiasco Gelato or Amato Gelato in terms of quality. The Pina Colada was amazing, while my kids absolutely adored plain old Chocolate (which was intensely chocolate). This is a very nice alternative to "D" Dutchmen ice-cream.
Finally, we stopped off in Canmore to frequent Chef's Studio Japan for a late dinner on the way back to Calgary. The sushi is excellent, and we had a pepper-crusted red tuna nigri sushi which was just amazing. My kids inhaled the salmon sushi, so that's a good indication as well! As stated by others in this board before, definitely one of the better Japanese places in Alberta.
So, even though this was a kids' trip, I snuck in some good eating!
And by the way - there are few experiences that top eating fruit fresh off the tree/vine/whatever. Eating a perfectly ripe cherry whilst picking it from a tree falls into that category (especially for us prairie folk)!
Thanx for all the help!