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Out of the usual culinary experiences

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Today on Okanagan Oldies it was all about different.  I like finding places that are thinking out of the box for their guest experience and not just doing the ‘usual’ but searching for something different.  Different will encourage us to get off the couch, put on the boots and coat and go out!

Maybe it’s the daily updates on the upcoming Royal Wedding or our appreciation for specialty teas, but the ‘steeped‘ in tradition of Afternoon Tea has hit the Okanagan.  My facebook feed announced that both Quails’ Gate and Hotel Eldorado were hosting their version of afternoon tea.

Saturday found me sitting in the sunshine at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery having High Tea with a girlfriend.  The menu consisted of a collection of housemade finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam and our choice of 12 luxury loose leaf teas.  I had to try the Mad Hatter tea as this was going to be a memorable tea party.  The afternoon was delicious and made even more luxurious by the sun streaming in the windows and our incredible view of the vineyard lake view.  High Tea is available both Saturday and Sunday and reservations are required.

Hotel Eldorado offers a Heritage Tea with a collection of sandwiches, scones and sweets. Heritage Tea is available every Saturday from 2 – 4 pm and they do advise reservations as space is limited.

When was the last time you had fondue?  Do you even own a fondue pot?  I recall us having one ages ago with little blue flowers but like many trends, things come and go and in the case of fondue have even returned.  The View Winery is hosting Fondue Friday until the end of March.  A friend attended last week and raved about the cheese and chocolate fondue with wine pairings evening.  The fee is $10 per person and runs from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Such a fun night!

I admit I’m not a skier or even like the snow that much, but SilverStar Mountain Resort has me definitely intrigued.  They offer an assortment of tours that include dinner.   As a non-skier I love the idea of the Snow Cat Dinner Tour.  You climb aboard the Paradise Express snow cat and travel to Paradise Camp which is on the backside of the mountain.  On arrival, you are served a three course dinner with entrées including BC Salmon, Beef Tenderloin, Buffalo Ribs and sweets for desserts. There is also another tour where you enjoy a sleigh ride on the wilderness trails with hot chocolate and it ends with a BBQ dinner.

All of the tours/dinners are on their website and available until the end of March.  This sounds like a wonderful way to embrace the winter and enjoy a unique dinner experience.

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