THE ULTIMATE OKANAGAN
Authentic Mexican coffee house Ki'bok
There is a new Mexican restaurant/coffee shop in town called Ki'bok. You can find it on 482 West Ave. Pandosy Village, Kelowna next to Chopped Leaf and across Paper 1.
They serve authentic Mexican dishes, freshly made churros, coffee and delicious 70% hot chocolate.
I visited them July 31, 2018 and tried following items:
Aqua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea) is an icy refreshing tart drink, filled with vitamin C.
I ordered Alambre de pollo (grilled chicken) as a main dish. Alambre de pollo is a popular Mexican dish consisting of grilled beef or chicken topped with chopped bacon, bell peppers, onions, cheese, salsa and avocado. It was served with freshly made corn tortillas. The main dish came out delish!
For desert I ordered hot chocolate and churros. The hot chocolate was served with tiny Ecuadorian and Peruvian chocolates. The chocolate was full of flavor. The churros were freshly made, crunchy and drizzled with cinnamon. It was truly a treat!
If you are looking for a new Mexican place to try, come to Ki"bok, they are friendly and place has a nice atmosphere.
This story was told by one friend of ours who was hired by a relatively new Tuscany style winery in West Kelowna. It was shocking to hear their experience and what they went through. We are posting this information to make the public aware.
A friend of ours responded to a online ad about a professional opportunity at this Tuscany style West Kelowna winery. Here is what the ad reads:
"Winery is situated at the heart of the Okanagan’s wine growing region, on West Kelowna’s Wine Trail. We are looking for a motivated and experienced bookkeeper with 5 years of full time accounting experience. You will be responsible for full-cycle bookkeeping including AP, AR, journal entries, bank rec, GL rec, payroll, GST/PST remittance, etc.
- Hardworking and trustworthy;
- Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Min. Five (5) years full time accounting experience required;
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent certificate required;
- Knowledge of MS office
- Proficient in Quickbooks;
- Good communication skills;
They received a phone call from the winery manager inviting for an interview. The interview went well and the job offer (bookkeeper position) arrived by e-mail. The first day started with our friend being asked to change into a sales person uniform and mop the floor of the big box winery. When they asked "Why? This is not what I applied for?" They were "soothed" with the following answer : "Everyone who works here needs to learn how the winery operates." Our friend mopped the floor, loaded/unloaded the dishwasher, wiped counters, and cleaned the public washroom. After all that labor they decided to leave indefinitely. They also mentioned the staff were unmotivated.
We choose to look at this life experience with the old saying: "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. "
"Wit is the only wall between us and the dark." Mark Van Doren
Obviously there are much worse things that might happen to an accounting professional other than cleaning a public bathroom. However each one of us chooses a career path that we enjoy and sets up certain expectations. When our reasonable expectations are not met, it might seem like the world turned upside down. Temporarily.
Just imagine: you book an appointment with a dentist because you have a toothache. When you arrive to the dentist office, you get into the chair and dentist polishes/shines your shoes. You are being told this is get down to earth day and presented with a $450 bill, just like for an oral exam.
Imagine another situation: Kelowna General Hospital at 8 AM. The surgeon prepares for a surgery: changes into his robe, puts on sterile gloves, while thinking about how deep the incision need to be. The surgeon is being asked to mop the floors, as the cleaning service didn't arrive on time. Ha-ha!
The truth is: bakers bake tasty goods, cleaners clean, bookkeepers record financial transactions, dentists care for teeth/gums, surgeons operate, etc. The world goes on.
We let you make your own conclusions.
The Law Creek wildfire, burning six kilometres southwest of West Kelowna, forced the evacuation alert of 198 homes in the upper Glenrosa area of the city Friday morning.
As of Friday afternoon, 69 of those properties under evacuation alert have now been rescinded. Residents of 38 properties displaced by the Evacuation Order can return to their homes as of July 21, 2018.
The Law Creek wildfire is an estimated eight hectares in size.
The smoke is no longer covers Okanagan valley, but visible from the distance.
Activity #5 Kelowna Farmer's Market
Where to buy freshest produce, prepared food and beverage items, various crafts?
Kelowna Farmer's and Crafter's Market! It has a little bit of everything.
Located: parking lot at the corner of Dilworth and Springfield.
When: Wednesday and Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM. Operates April 7 to November 3.
It is worth to visit the Wine Country Bakery bus. They specialize in European breads: 100% rye bread (no yeast added), Bavarian bread, French style Baguette, Italian style Ciabatta, spelt bread, pretzel buns, cheese kaiser buns, focaccia buns with hers, multigrain buns, Bavarian pretzel. Everything baked fresh, sold the same day.
My personal favorite vendor is Orchard Valley Soaps for high quality soaps and Thieve Oil Spay. This time I bought Mulberry, Lemongrass and Thieve Oil flavored soaps. Thieve Oil spray saved me from cold/flu past winter and spring. It is truly a miracle worker in a bottle, several sprays throughout a day kept the flu bugs away.
We also like Samosa Lady for delicious and always fresh samosas. Sometimes nobody feels like cooking on a hot summer day, so we simply toast samosas in the oven till crisp. They come out super scrumptious: crispy dough outside and juicy/flavorful meet inside.
Farmer's market also has fresh flower bouquet for every occasion! There are so many vendors to explore: coffee, cheese, sausage, pancakes, popcorn, arts/crafts, lemonade stand, fresh vegetables and fruit. Please come and check it out!
Activity #4 Hiking
There are so many beautiful trails around Kelowna, suitable for hikers of every level. We will mention the ones that are the most picturesque/breathtaking.
Myra Canyon Trestles
Reward your soul with an inspiring half-day trip to Myra Canyon. This highly-scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) runs along a steep-walled canyon. Originally built by hand at the turn of the last century, this impressive landmark is highlighted by 2 tunnels and 18 trestle bridges that are too spectacular for words. You can hike it. Or you can rent a bike through Myra Canyon Bike Rentals and cycle it. Or you can get a guided tour with Monashee Adventure Tours or Cheers! Okanagan Tours and learn all about it. For more information, visit the Myra Canyon Restoration Society website.
Located only 24km from downtown Kelowna (40 min drive to Myra Station). The road to up to the trestles is a gravel road, but most vehicles should be able to make the climb during the summer and fall months. At Myra Station, there is a large parking area right at the entrance of the KVR.
Kalamoir Regional Park
Kalamoir Regional Park is 27.6 hectares of beautiful trails nestled along the shores of Okanagan Lake on the west side of Kelowna. Each trail is marked on the map by entrance, so you can decide how complex your hike/bicycle ride is going to be.
Kalamoir park has a dog beach, beach and swimming platform for kids, canoe/kayak launch.
Kelowna Mountain Suspension Bridges and Vineyard
Kelowna has it's very own suspension bridges, which are open only during month of July and August from 10 AM to 5 PM. There are total 4 bridges: The Earth Bridge, spanning 400 feet and reaching cliff to cliff over a natural educational ecosystem, The Sun Bridge, suspended 100 feet over an ice wine vineyard and across to our landmark sundial, The Water Bridge (over 800 fee long) is sure to make your heart race before you arrive at the magical cliff walk, above the waters of our 100-foot waterfall, The Vine Bridge takes to you to the Serene Koi Fish Pond.
When was the last time you soared towards new opportunities, new solutions?
Maybe that time is NOW?
Soaring or zip lining is commonly known to build self-confidence, to add sense of achievement and to bring people closer. It is simply fun!
There are two zip-lining facilities around Kelowna.
1. Zipzone Peachland www.zipzone.ca
2. Oyama zipline www.oyamazipline.com
Both places require booking in advance. This is a family activity. Children four and up can participate. I left website links for prices and commonly asked questions.
This post is dedicated to families with children. Golfing is a fun activity suitable for ages 4 to 86, so everyone is invited!
The proposed venue is 19 Greens located in West Kelowna just across the bridge from downtown Kelowna. 19 Greens is 18-hole natural grass putting course for amateur and seasoned golfer alike and 18-hole carpet mini golf course suitable for children age 4 and up.
Mini golf course takes about an hour to complete for a party of 4. Putting course takes about 1 hour 15 min to complete. The golf course is open daily 9 AM to 8 PM from May to the end of September.
The cost for Mini Golf is Kids (4-12) $10, Seniors (65+) $11, Adults (13-64) $12.
Natural grass putting course Kids $11, Seniors $13, Adults $15.
Group rates are available for a group of minimum 10 players. Group of 10 to 25 players need to book 2 days in advance.
After successful and fun game players want to be rewarded. We are suggesting getting into the car and head over to QB Gelato, located about 10 min from downtown Kelowna. We already mentioned them in the previous post(June 6, 2018 QB gelato- sweet magic) - truly fresh and scrumptious gelato.
Here is the link to their website www.qbgelato.com for hours and flavors.
Your adventure will take approximately 2.5-3 hours plus drive home. Enjoy!