Events

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.

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!

Aug10

Kelowna, British Columbia offers a wide range of activities for kids. Here are some popular options:

  1. H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre: This indoor water park features slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool, as well as rock climbing and fitness facilities. Kids of all ages can enjoy splashing around and staying active.
  2. Kelowna Art Gallery: The Kelowna Art Gallery offers exhibitions and workshops for kids that encourage creativity and imagination. Children can participate in classes and workshops to learn about different art forms and techniques.
  3. Kelowna Rockets Hockey Games: Kelowna Rockets is the local junior hockey team. Attending a game is a fun and exciting way for kids to learn about the sport and enjoy the energy of the arena.
  4. Okanagan Science Centre: The Okanagan Science Centre offers hands-on science exhibits and interactive displays for kids to explore. Children can learn about different scientific concepts through interactive activities.
  5. BC Orchard Industry Museum: The BC Orchard Industry Museum provides a fascinating look at the history of the local orchard industry and how it has shaped the region. Kids can learn about the local fruit industry, the history of agriculture, and the heritage of the area.
  6. Bertram Park: Bertram Park is a large park with a playground, picnic areas, and hiking trails. Kids can enjoy the outdoors, play games, and explore the natural beauty of the area.
  7. BC Wildlife Park: The BC Wildlife Park is a great place to meet and learn about Canadian wildlife. Children can get up close with a variety of animals, including bears, cougars, and wolves, and learn about their habitats and behaviors.
  8. Okanagan Skate Park: The Okanagan Skate Park is a great place for kids who enjoy skateboarding, BMX, and scootering. The park features ramps, rails, and bowls for kids to practice their skills and have fun.
  9. Knox Mountain Park: Knox Mountain Park features hiking trails with scenic views, picnic areas, and lookout points. Kids can enjoy the great outdoors and explore the natural beauty of the area.
  10. Raptor Rehabilitation Centre: The Raptor Rehabilitation Centre is a place where children can learn about birds of prey and their rehabilitation. Kids can see how these birds are cared for and learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect them.

These are just a few of the many activities available in Kelowna for kids to enjoy. Each one offers a unique opportunity for children to learn, grow, and have fun.

Feb01

Happy Hour and Live Music at Grizzli Winery Every Friday!

Location: Grizzli Winery – 2550 Boucherie Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2E6 Canada

Dates: Every Friday 3pm-close

Every Friday from 3pm to closing for Happy Hour priced wine and live music from 4:30pm – 6:30pm! Reservations are available and walk ins welcome upon availability. Enjoy deliciously local wine, live music and characterize board and cheese platters are available to purchase.

View the calendar to see what live music is schedule for each Friday here https://www.grizzliwinery.com/calendar

Morning yoga in a winery barrel room with live jazz music!

Location: The View Winery – The View Winery 2287 Ward Road Kelowna, BC, V1W 4R5 Canada

Date: Saturday February 25th, 2023 10AM-11:30AM

Start your Saturday morning off with a guided yoga practice – all levels are welcome! Lead by Aleena McKinnon with relaxing Buddha beats yoga and R.G Peever with his musical talents! “Allow yourself to let go of your thoughts and let the music float you into your tranquil meditative state. This class is about relaxing and letting go” Following the class everyone can enjoy mimosas and a variety of wines and ciders.

Don’t forget your yoga mat, if you do not have one be sure to let Aleena know prior to the event. Tickets are $45.00 For more information, please contact Aleena McKinnon
Email: buddhabeatsyoga@hotmail.com
Telephone: 1-250-808-1764

More information about the event here!

Valentines Restorative Yoga in a Wine Barrel Room!

Location: 2287 Ward Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4R5 Canada

Dates: Febuary 12, 2023 10AM-11:30AM

Leading up to Valentines day theres no better way to say “I love myself” then signing up for a relaxing yoga session focused on self love, self care and focusing on hear openers through guided movements. The class will also begin with aromatherapy to allow yourself to relax, settle in and be present with you and your self love.
Presented by Buddha Beats, For tickets email transfer Aleena at Email: buddhabeatsyoga@hotmail.com or Telephone: 1-250-808-1764. Tickets are $40 per person more information can be found on her website linked here! Note from Aleena: “Please include the event date and the full names of the people coming and you email in case I need to get a hold of you. Upon your arrival to the event, you just tell them your name at the door. Please bring warm clothing or a blanket the barrel room does get cold.”
Don’t forget your yoga mat!
Nov21

Are you pondering if you should get a artificial Christmas tree, one from your grocery store or going on a trip out to the bush to collect the perfect tree which ends up being patchy and way to big for your living room? Next comes the decisions on what lights colour or no colour? The options are endless and it can be stressful.. we get it!

One thing you wont have to think about this year is how to seat your entire family at a table which sits 4. Skip the crammed dinners and get together at the Mirador this year for a one in a life time experience!

Spread the Christmas cheer with your entire family at the La Casa Mirador! Combining rustic spanish style charm with all the creature comforts you could desire, this property was designed to make you feel relaxed and at home. A stunning large building with 4 floors and 10 bedrooms 1 king, 8 twins, 7 queens, and a single bunk bed located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. The entire family can gather in the theatre room and watch all the holiday favourites after popping you popcorn in the gourmet kitchen.

Feeling those December winter chills? Soak in the private hot tub up on the patio with the beautiful views of Lake Okanagan.

If you are interested in bringing the entire family to the La Casa Mirador this holiday season book today!

Contact us at Tel: 1.250.542.0515, or Email: rentals@lacasacottageresort.com

For more pictures and information visit the La Casa Mirador website here!