September, 2013 Archives

We crawled. We dined. We mingled.

A Dishcrawl Event.

When I started my search sometime last month for #Kamloops posts on Twitter and came across @DishcrawlKam I was so excited. I said to myself, “wha! Dishcrawl is coming to Kamloops?!” Needless to say I was happy to be the one given the opportunity to attend this past Wednesday September 18th (even if it was because I was the only one with a free schedule that fine evening)  Regardless, I was stoked!

Anita Lyapina, who is the Kamloops Dishcrawl Ambassador, is fabulous.  As always, being a vegetarian, I was concerned I would not be able to taste everything that was offered; however, she quite easily put my mind at ease by telling me it was no problem at all to accommodate vegetarians and those with other dietary restrictions.

To take a step back, if you are not aware of what Dishcrawl is, it’s an evening with a group of other foodies who meet at a secret location disclosed 24 hours prior to the event date.  At this meeting spot, you sign in, mingle and taste food.  After a set amount of time, you head to the other secret downtown local specialty food spots to get a feel of what Kamloops’ downtown core represents.  Each location is a secret until you arrive which really made this fun!

First stop – Papa Tees Pizzeria, where we doodled our names on a ‘my name is’ sticker that we all wore – thank you, from someone who could use some work in the name-remembering department.  I sat at a table with a fabulous writer Daniella who I must thank for sharing her napkin, and a few ladies from NewGold, who I must also thank for getting up and down a dozen times (note to self, when taking photos, sit on the end of the booth), thanks ladies!

Delicious gluten-free artisan pizza, gluten-free bruschetta pizza and mushroom caps stuffed with spinach puree and cheese and bell peppers stuffed with spinach puree and cheese!

Second stop. Secret location revealed. Cornerstone Sushi & Korean BBQ.  I have to admit, I had not yet up until this point experienced what I’d been missing. The most delicious tempura yam rolls and sweet potato noodles.  My table-sharers also loved the Korean style spicy chicken (as seen below).  I’ll be back!

Half full I saved room, as recommended for the third secret location. Quilas Mexican Restaurant. And it was a good thing I did, look at this spread! (below)

Complete with spicy salsa, Tacos El Pastor (minus the chicken) add the avocado and refried beans and guacamole. Num num. My fellow dish crawlers enjoyed fish tacos and a healthy serving of a ranchera quesadilla.

Before we knew it, it was desert time! I like to call it crack filler – no matter how full you are, the dessert just fills in the small cracks left unfilled.  The Swiss Pastries & Bakery Café. A must eat, Raspberry Torte.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but take it from the newest ‘Dishcrawler’, to eat this decadent dessert resounds a thousand taste buds requesting more with every bite. Again, a must eat!

And so ended my first Dishcrawl. Until the next time, October 30th! I’m already counting down the days…Mmmmm.


Take a Trip through the Tunnels at Tranquille Farm Fresh!

Last Thursday evening, our team was invited to tour the tunnels at Tranquille Farm Fresh (Old Padova City). Having heard rumours about the tunnels and undergound city at Padova, I was excited to be able to tour them and learn about the history of this amazing site.  Although I had heard there were tunnels connecting all the different buidlings in this abandoned city, I had no idea that offices, barbershop, laundry facilities, etc existed underground there.  A whole underground village to explore!  The section of tunnel that we toured has been completely cleaned up and is in emaculate condition.

Here's our first look as we entered the tunnel!

Our tour guide shows us down the halls.

An underground office has been converted into a history display.

Guests are asked to sign a "guest book" - a small section of the wall in the tunnels where guests can leave their mark.

Taking a look at some vintage firetrucks at the old firehall.

Tim & Annette plan on adding different things to the tour each week to keep it fresh and exciting so be sure to get down and get it out this Fall!  This is an amazing opportunity to tour through an interesting piece of Kamloops history. More info.

[All photos by Lisa Strachan].



Top 10 Family Fall Fun Ideas in Kamloops, BC

1. Perfect time of year to Fly Fish

Kamloops is central to over 100+ fishing lakes within a 1-hour drive through diverse and scenic landscape. Rent a free fishing rod at the Kamloops Visitor Centre!  Click Here for more info!

2. Tranquille Farm Fresh Corn Maze

Enjoy their second corn maze in 149 years! Bring your family and friends and try to figure out what paths to take to complete the maze as you wander through this 9 foot tall corn stalk jungle!  Your ability to decipher clues will be tested as you try  and determine the correct paths to take to get through it.  Running mid-September to October 14, 20123. Click Here to find out more!

3. Reba - LIVE in Kamloops

Reba, one of the most successful female recording artists in history, will be performing live at the Interior Savings Centre on October 11, 2013 at 7:30PM with special guest Gord Bamford! Click here for more info.

4. Tour Roderick Haag Brown Park on an Off-Road Segway Tour and see the Adams River Salmon Run

Learn to ride a Segway with your family at Shuswap Off-Road Segway Rentals! Ages 10 and up.  Click here for more info on tours and clinics.

5. Zip Line with Treetop Flyers

Located near Kamloops in the Village of Chase, treetop Flyers is an exciting family-friendly eco-adventure.  Click here for tour info.

6. Have a Boo at the Zoo at BC Wildlife Park

The park features over 65 species of wildlife spread out over 50 hectares.  Every member of the family will enjoy seeing cougars, moose, birds of prey, snakes, grizzly bears, mountain goats, and timber wolves.  Click here for more info about the park.

7. Pack a backpack and take the family (including the dog) on a hike or bike around Kamloops

Kamloops' vast, rugged landscape lends itself perfectly to being a great hiking and biking destination.  With beautiful fall foliage and dog friendly trails, hiking or biking at one of the many locations in the area is not to be missed.  Click here for locations and info.

8. Visit the Children's Museum at The Kamloops Museum & Archives and their Haunted Kamloops Tour

The Children's Museum, located on the first floor of the Kamloops Museum & Archives includes interactive displays, dress up areas, puppet theatre and more. Click here for more info.

9. Canoe, Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board as a Family

Kamloops has a ton of surrounding lakes with beautiful fall colours views, picnic areas and rentals.  Head out on the water as a family!  Click here for more info.

10. Have fun with science at The BIG Little Science Centre

The BIG Little Science Centre is dedicated to developing a passion for science among youth. Pop in for a hands-on experience at the 120 stations to experiment! Click here for more info.




Fall is Filled with Golf in Kamloops, BC!




Coming up in September are some must see and do events! Check out the 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Sun Rivers Golf Course September 19th and the Tobiano Pro-Am September 21st-22nd at Tobiano Golf Course! Click here for more info.









There's still plenty of time to golf in Kamloops this year!  Enter to win a great package for 4 filled with a round of golf at Tobiano and Sun Rivers Golf Courses paired with $100 dinner GC at each course, two nights accommodation at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kamloops Hotel! Click here to enter.









Let loose and play golf in Kamloops with Fall packages starting at $107 per player!  Don't forget the camera, as you won't want to miss out on capturing the breathtaking views of Kamloops' Fall foliage. Click here for more info.







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