Osoyoos Home Hardware Cooking Class

Last night we were really treated to one of the best classes this season. It was the skills and tastes from the Lake Village Bakery http://www.thelakevillagebakery.ca/and the wines from Le Vieux Pin and La Stella Wineries.http://www.levieuxpin.ca/

If you have never attended one of these classes, check them out. It is fun, you might try a recipe that you will take home and use and the wines that are paired to these recipes are not always a perfect match BUT last night it was.

Sean and his assistant, Audrey, made puff pastry (from scratch) and she made it look easy. First treat was a pizza made with puff pastry. They added some really yummy toppings and baked it off. Alex from Le Vieux Pin paired with the Sauv. Blanc.

Next course, all the while showing us how to continue the folding the pastry, single, double, single and finally double (You simply had to be there), they made a salmon wrapped with prosciutto and folded into the puff pastry. Brush with a wash of egg yolk and heavy whipping cream.  Here, again, Alex paired with a Syrah called Violette (spelling unsure) which was light, and, believe it or not, an absolute perfect match to the salmon. It was served over a leek sauce. So subtle and perfection.

Lastly, and here everyone was drooling, Audrey put together a pastry confection called millefeuille (thousand layers) with strawberries on one layer, chantilly cream on the second layer and top with the most scrumptious pastry with a glaze of caramelized sugar and egg wash.

No surprise here, Alex treated us to a Muscato from La Stella Winery. You couldn’t get enough of either the dessert or the wine. Damn this was good.

We have been attending these classes now for about 5 years and, although we really love many of the Chefs and wineries that tempt us, this show was a 12 out of 10.

Sign up and attend these classes. They are also fun!

Thanks Fran and your wonderful staff – Suzie and David. Wow!

As a personal note….we arrived at the door of Le Vieux as they opened and purchased the wines we sampled last night.

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Earl’s Restaurant, Penticton

Yesterday we had a few hours to spend in Penticton before heading north to a family Easter dinner. As a special treat we went to Earl’s Restaurant. When we got there, it was almost empty. No one greeted us at the door….they always have someone at the door (cute and big smiles).

Four people ahead of us were  sitting waiting to be seated. The Hostess showed up and  she just stood there with menus in hand, saying nothing to them. She looked at me and I held up two fingers and she led us off to a booth. I admit, I am heavier than I should be but I have lost 15 lbs. and shouldn’t have a problem sitting down. I couldn’t get in. I tried the other side and there was no problem. Don tried to get in the other side and he couldn’t. The space on both sides in not equal. But, the Hostess said nothing and simply stood there saying “do you want to move?”.

We moved to another booth on the other side of the restaurant and a young man pops up, wishes us a Happy Easter and brings us our coffee and soda (as asked). We looked at the three different, but old, menus handed us and re-read them over and over. The menu here is really fallen down and needs a total revamp. There was not one thing that looked appetizing to either of us.

When the server came back for our order, we politely apologized saying we had changed our mind, stating we weren’t hungry yet, and would just have our beverages. He said that was fine. It was his last shift as he was now going to be the bartender.???? He brought us our bill and then stood there awkwardly trying to carry on a conversation and then walked away. I assumed he was hoping we would pay him immediately because he was leaving or going on a break or something.

We paid our bill and left. We did, however, go one block down and went to a restaurant that was…oh yeah, packed with people.

When our friend Daiya was there, everyone was on the ball, the restaurant was always packed and it was busy. Now that she is no longer there, you can see the difference. Too bad!


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