Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Road Trip

similkameen
We got out of town on Saturday, doing a little road trip through a few small towns in the South Okanagan. Our first destination was Keremeos, a somewhat dumpy little town that we seem to love despite its dumpiness. In summer it's basically a giant farmer's market with fruit and veggie stands lining the highway, but it goes into hibernation in winter. We stopped off at the west of town to explore along the Similkameen River beside their historic red bridge. I took a few photos down there: Ella and Tannis, then Ivy on the ice, exploring on the rocks and in silhouette.

If the batteries on the camera hadn't died after those four pictures, it would have been a more photographic day -- sunny and mellow and yielding little discoveries. The river valley south of Cawston on the way to Osoyoos is gorgeous, with stands of deciduous trees among the organic farms and vineyards. We did hit one winery, but kept moving when it turned out that they weren't doing tastings and didn't have any food available.

We've never had a great feeling about Osoyoos, so we kept going until we found Best of India in Oliver. Awesome authentic Indian food served by the family who own the restaurant and a bright, funky decor...we'll definitely be going back there. We wandered up the Oliver main street for a while too, exploring shops and picking up some cool stuff at the East Indian grocery.

9 comments:

Ang said...

I'm salivating...what did you have? We don't have east indian here.

Ang said...

The ivyice pic is really freaky hey?

Jeremy said...

The one with the shadow? Yes, very odd photo, like an alien visitation or something.

I had a fantastic chicken curry with basmati rice and Tannis had ________ paneer, which had homemade cheese, spinach and potatoes in it. We ordered a few different kinds of flatbreads, all buttery and delicious, and a veggie tray...then mixed and matched things so the girls got a few things to eat too.

Tannis said...

Is anyone else as thrilled as I am that I'm finally eating some interesting ethnic foods?! And enjoying them wholeheartedly I have to add.

Jeremy said...

Yes, I for one am thrilled...to drive into a small Okanagan town with four or five restaurants and have the Indian place even considered as an option would be a victory, but actually eating there and enjoying it is all the better.

Ang said...

An alien, yes, thank you for interpreting my thoughts.
I'm thrilled Tan, and still drooling...
It might have been a lot easier to hit a joint with a kid's menu. Good for you guys.

Heather said...

Mmmmmmm... one of my faves, basmati and curry.

Jeremy said...

Yum, eh? Have you learned to cook it yourself yet? Tannis is in the process of collecting some cool recipes right now...we'll see if we can recreate some of those flavours.

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