Smoked Chicken Sandwich – Holy Smoke BBQ
Now that we’ve got some sun, nothing beats this smoky and flavourful sandwich from Holy Smoke BBQ. I add a generous amount of Carolina sauce on top and a get it with a cup of their homemade sweet tea. A quick, easy and economical lunch.
— Dan Clapson, contributing food editor, @dansgoodside
Teutonic Wine Company 2013 Rosé
From Oregon, this pale pink, 100 % Pinot Noir Rosé is almost ethereal. Soft, summery fruits bracket just a pinch of spices and mineral while on the palate it’s crisp and tart with just a bit of sweetness. It’s delicate, delicious and worth looking for.
— Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor, @cowtownwine
Polenta Bread – Scopa
The brand new Scopa is now open in the old Boccovino space next to Lina’s Italian Market. Don’t miss the opportunity to nibble their Polenta Bread while you peruse the rest of the menu. This cornbread arrives warm with a little pat of melting herb honey butter on top for you to just spread across with your knife. The pieces of smoked pancetta and chilies are evident in appearance, and exude a wonderful smell before you can even get a slice to your mouth. Very moreish!
Chicken Salad – Azuridge
Azuridge, in Priddis, is now open for lunch Thursday-Saturday, and it doesn’t get more relaxing than sitting in this gorgeous location, with spectacular views and enjoying superior service with your salad and glass of wine. This week, it was a Chicken Salad, with candied pecans, grapes, apple cider pearls and a delicious sweet white wine vinegar dressing made from white balsamic, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and maple syrup. Light, fresh and very tasty – I gobbled it up!
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Vintage Ruben – Bite
Bite is one of my favourite places to eat when I need quick, yet absolutely delicious business hour lunch. Last week, I couldn’t resist trying the Vintage Ruben. Served on rye bread, the house-smoked beef brisket is flavourful while the Dijon aioli adds a touch of something sweet. With a large side salad, this dish is easy to share.
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington
Maverick Estate Winery 2011 Rubicon
One of the things I like about wine is discovery — learning about regions and finding unique expressions of place. Bertus Albertyn wears his heart on his winemaking sleeve with every product in his fledgling winery’s lineup, like the Maverick Estate Winery 2011 Rubicon. A blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Rubicon is big and balanced with the undeniable taste I’ve come to know as south Okanagan: ripe and lush with oodles of red fruit and a solid tannin structure. Decant. Drink. Repeat.
— Jeannette Montgomery, contributor, @OkanaganWriting