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Feb15

February Cocktails and Mocktails!

Love is in the air this month and we’ve put together a couple fun cocktails and mocktails for the whole family!

Enjoy the season of love with these fresh and tasty drink recipes. So many people automatically think of strawberries as the ‘fruit of Valentines Day’ – chocolate dipped, mixed in drinks, or just on their own. But we think raspberries are just as worthy and we can’t wait for you to try out these tantalizing recipes.

Raspberry Rose Fizz

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Gin
  • 1 oz of Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz of Rose Syrup
  • Champagne

Stir gently to incorporate all the flavours. Add ice if desired. Garnish will fresh raspberries.

Love Potion Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz of Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 oz of Raspberry Puree
  • Splash of Club Soda

Stir gently to incorporate flavours. Add ice if desired. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve.

Save these recipes for when visiting us at La Casa Cottages this 2024 season, and don’t forget to tag us in your photos @lacasacottages for a chance to be featured!  Find us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok!

Let us know which recipes were your favourites and feel free to drop us a line about any of your favourite cocktail and mocktail recipes and we will be sure to share!

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Feb10

Chocolates, with their luscious textures, rich flavours, and irresistible aromas, have been captivating our taste buds for centuries. This delectable treat, derived from the cacao bean, has evolved into an art form that transcends mere indulgence. In this blog, we embark on a delightful journey through the world of chocolates, exploring their history, diverse varieties, health benefits, and the sheer joy they bring to our lives.

A Brief History of Chocolate:
Chocolates have a fascinating history that dates back to ancient Mesoamerica, where the Mayans and Aztecs revered cacao as a divine gift. It was considered a precious commodity and used in religious rituals, as well as for currency. It was only after the arrival of cacao in Europe that it underwent transformations, becoming the sweet, creamy treat we adore today.

Chocolate Varieties:
1. Dark Chocolate: With a high cocoa content, dark chocolate offers intense, bittersweet flavors. It’s cherished for its potential health benefits, including antioxidants and potential mood-boosting properties.

2. Milk Chocolate: Creamy and sweet, milk chocolate is a beloved choice for many. It contains milk solids, giving it a smoother texture and a milder flavor.

3. White Chocolate: Though technically not chocolate (as it lacks cocoa solids), white chocolate is a sweet confection made from cocoa butter. It’s characterized by its sweet, vanilla-rich taste.

4. Ruby Chocolate: A relatively new addition to the chocolate world, ruby chocolate is naturally pink in color, with a unique berry-like flavor. It’s created from special ruby cacao beans.

5. Artisanal and Craft Chocolate: Small-batch, artisanal chocolates have gained popularity for their attention to detail and unique flavor profiles. Craft chocolatiers often source high-quality cacao beans and experiment with various ingredients to create exceptional chocolates.

Chocolate and Health:
While it’s essential to enjoy chocolates in moderation, they do offer some surprising health benefits:

1. Rich in Antioxidants: Dark chocolate, in particular, is a good source of antioxidants like flavonoids, which can help protect cells from oxidative stress.

2. Heart Health: Some studies suggest that moderate consumption of dark chocolate may have a positive impact on heart health, including lower blood pressure and improved blood flow.

3. Mood Enhancement: Chocolate contains compounds that can stimulate the production of endorphins and serotonin, potentially contributing to improved mood.

4. Brain Function: The flavonoids in chocolate may help enhance cognitive function and memory.

The Joy of Chocolate:
Beyond its nutritional benefits, chocolate plays a significant role in our emotional well-being. It’s a universal symbol of love and affection, making it a favorite gift on occasions like Valentine’s Day. Chocolate has the magical ability to comfort, soothe, and bring smiles to faces, which is why it’s often turned to in times of celebration, solace, or simply to savor life’s little pleasures.

Feb02

As winter wraps the Okanagan in a crystalline embrace, ice fishing enthusiasts are lured to the frozen lakes surrounding this picturesque region. February offers the perfect opportunity to experience the thrill of ice fishing, and there are many lakes in the Okanagan that offer prime spots for this chilly adventure. Here’s your guide to some great Okanagan ice fishing locations!

Shannon Lake

Most spots are going to require a car to get to, but there are some good Urban Ice Fishing locations that can be accessed by public transit! Shannon Lake is easily accessible by families, and you can take the bus there! At Shannon Lake you will find perch, large mouth bass, and rainbow trout. With easy parking access, and washroom facilities open all year, this is a great spot to head to if you only have a few hours to spare!

Swan Lake & Oyama Lake

Here is a great lake located close to Vernon’s city centre. Swan Lake is a shallow lake with a great fishery, and is most popular for its perch!

Oyama Lake is another great choice for families, and it about a 1-hour drive from Kelowna. It is well stocked with Rainbow Trout, and if you stick close to the weed beds we hear you might have more nibbles!

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake is located in Lake Country and is well stocked with rainbow trout, though you may also catch sculpin! This lake may be a bit out of the way, but the road is well maintained in winter, so if you are looking for a safe adventure slightly further afield, this may be a good choice for you! And keep you eye on the Lake Country Calendar, as local fishing clubs have been known to hold events here!

Staying Safe While Ice Fishing

Obviously we want everyone to have a great time, and to ensure your fun isn’t interupted we recommend that you dress appropriatly for the activity, monitor ice levels, and make note of any warning or signs posted around the lakes. Below are some suggestions to help you with your planning!

What To Wear

Dress in layers to stay warm during your ice fishing adventure. A thermal base layer, insulated jacket, and waterproof outer shell will help you stay comfortable in the chilly temperatures. Don’t forget a warm hat and gloves to protect against the cold winds, and consider bringing hand warmers to keep your fingers nimble during those quiet moments on the ice.

Footwear

Warm, waterproof boots with good traction are essential for navigating icy surfaces. Consider insulated boots to keep your feet toasty, and ensure they provide enough ankle support for any uneven terrain you might encounter. Ice cleats can be a valuable addition, offering extra stability on slippery surfaces.

For more information on how to plan for your ice-fishing adventure, check out the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, and don’t forget to get your licence!

If you are looking for a place to stay while you visit, consider La Casa Mirador for larger group (it can sleep 28 guests!) or our La Casa Cottages for groups of up to 8 guests.

With the serene beauty of the Okanagan as your backdrop and the anticipation of a frozen catch, February ice fishing promises an unforgettable winter adventure!

Jan10

Are you ready for a thrilling Monday night out in Kelowna, BC? Look no further because Red Bird Brewing has you covered with our exciting Crib Nights! Join them every Monday for a chance to showcase your cribbage skills, enjoy local beer, and maybe even walk away with a $25 gift card.

Event Details:
– What: Crib Nights at Red Bird Brewing
– Where: 1080 Richter St., Kelowna, BC V1Y2K5
– Presented By: Red Bird Brewing
– When: Recurring weekly on Monday
– Time: 6:00 PM
– Admission: Free

Crib Nights at Red Bird Brewing are the perfect way to shake off those Monday blues. Whether you’re a seasoned cribbage pro or a newcomer looking to learn, Red Bird is welcoming and friendly atmosphere is sure to make your evening special.

Participating is a breeze – simply sign up 15 minutes in advance, and you’ll be all set to compete for the coveted $25 gift card. As the cards are dealt and the games begin, you’ll find yourself immersed in the thrill of cribbage with fellow enthusiasts.

While you’re here, why not savour some of the finest local beers that Kelowna has to offer? Red Bird Brewing takes pride in serving up an array of craft beers that highlight the flavours of our beautiful region. And to accompany your drinks, indulge in mouthwatering pizzas from our Italian forno oven, masterfully fired with fragrant local apple wood. It’s a combination that’s bound to tantalize your taste buds and enhance your cribbage experience.

Don’t miss out on the Monday night fun at Red Bird Brewing. Gather your friends, polish your cribbage skills, and come on down for a night of laughter, friendly competition, and the chance to win that $25 gift card. See you there!