Spaghetti Factory, Penticton, B.C.

Yesterday, while in Kelowna, we stopped in at the Spaghetti Factory for a quick lunch. We had not been to this franchise for about 8-9 years as it was not great (in Abbotsford) and once we got inside it started out great and went downhill quickly after.

The meals we ordered (chicken parmigiano sandwich with a side salad and Don ordered a luncheon size spaghetti with a spicy meat sauce and a side salad. We ordered a coffee and a cola. We waited more than 25 minutes for this to arrive. The salads came first but they kept checking to take the plates away before we got the meal. I finally stopped a server to ask that the meal be served, as we wanted the salad WITH the meal.

For me, the serving was far too large for a luncheon service and the quality wasn’t quite there as the sauce was far too ‘sharp’ to be pleasant. Don felt his service size was just right but that it lacked the ‘spice’ that was promised.

As I had an appointment at the Hospital, we had to leave but now couldn’t find our server. I went to the cashier and she told me to return to my seat and the server would come there. Yup, he finally did and we finally paid our bill and it  is tighter and more on the ball. The cooks could do something as well to make sure the flavours and quality of the food is up to par.



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Fairmont Hotel, Monte Carlo

Our final three days in Europe is staying at the Fairmont Hotel, Monte Carlo. This, my friends is top of the heap in beauty, quality, entertainment, Casino and a 6 million dollar view at breakfast.

The shop windows throughout the Hotel make you stop and you cannot believe what  you are looking at. Shoes that are out of this world and dresses…..WOW!

The cars outside are the world’s most expensive and are all under the eyes of security 24/7.

Word of advice…men are not admitted into the casino if they are not wearing long pants. They will stop you before you put one foot inside the doorway.

This is luxury at its best. The bedrooms are beautiful and ours was in a beautiful soft blue and white with yellow accents. It had a small glass topped desk with a lovely blue and white chair. A large television with choices in English that was a real treat. You can select any language they have on the screen and get to watch what you want, when you want.

Breakfast is on the 7th floor and the view……there aren’t enough words to describe that view….it is beyond stunning.

There is one thing that to me, is a drawback. It costs 19 euros per day for wi fi and, there is no place to set up your suitcase. Nothing! To me, in such a high end hotel, there would be.

On the positive side….they had an iron and ironing board. Yup! They did.

It is a wonderful hotel and if you can, you should try and stay here!

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