Okanagan Trip #2 – Still Restricted

For Kelowna trip #2 we drove. It was exciting to be out on the road and with travel restrictions still in place, traffic was light.

We stayed at the Manteo and arrived Friday night so had dinner at Smack Dab. Great location but the food is nothing to get excited about. The next day we did much better.

We love to try new wineries and were the first tasters of the day on the patio at Frind Estate Winery. What a spot! The former home of WAC Bennett is on the beach and has a cafe and bistro. Buy a bottle of wine at retail price and have a picnic on the beach. Go early, this will be a popular place. I liked the bubbly wine best. The reds are young, low alcohol wines. I’d bet the vines are young.

Just up the hill we were able to walk into Old Vines at Quail’s Gate and get a table on the beautiful patio. (That won’t happen again this year). The food, as usual, was perfect. But this time it was more fun to share with David. Pommé Frites? Bien sûr!

Old Vines Halibut

The halibut with radishes and rhubarb was extraordinary. I tried to reproduce it at home but it surely wasn’t as good. Old Vines is still my favourite restaurant in the north Okanagan.

We even went all the way and had dessert. Definitely not a typical early brunch.

Old Vines dessert

We also had another good meal at Dawett Fine Indian Cuisine in downtown Kelowna. I think that will be a regular spot for us.

The take out place at CodFathers has changed names to Broken Anchor. No change in the great fish and chips though. Another must have for us. Great picnic food.

We had 2 new discoveries on this trip.

Bright Jenny’s coffee bar was a delight.

Bright Jenny’s entrance and take away window
Bright Jenny’s patio

And then we found Sunny’s, an all day breakfast joint by RauDZ. No fasting for me when there’s a Benny this good.

Sunny’s Modern Diner
Holy Prawns – Batman

The crispy prawns with, poached eggs, leek & corn brioche bread pudding, hollandaise and griddle hash browns is craveable. We’ll be back.

We visited a few wineries. We enjoyed Spearhead so much last year we went back to pick up some of the Pinot Noir and spent an hour on their patio and joined the wine club. Definitely worth a visit and just the kind of small family winery I like best.

The patio at Spearhead Winery.

Definitely not a small family winery but every visit to CedarCreek is as good or better than the last. Outstanding service, great wine & food, and the buildings are gorgeous.

CedarCreek tasting patio

We did the Farm to Table experience with an added food pairing and left wishing we could stay and have dinner at Home Block. Next time.

Homeward bound we were already planning the next trip. Cheers🥂

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