Although mambo 'taliano's mustard-yellow awning calls the eatery a "ristorante and piano bar," it's difficult to say which aspect has more influence. The chefs fully commit to the menu of traditional Italian staples by rolling pastas, curing Alaskan salmon, and making fresh mozzarella in-house. These sorts of touches add a homespun quality to dishes such as the spaghetti with pancetta and pecorino romano cheese, and the thin-pounded veal milanese with arugula and cherry tomatoes. To help prime palates, the appetizer selection features everything from marinated Sicilian olives to a shareable antipasto platter with cured meats and roasted vegetables. The aromatic herbs and the sight of diners enjoying meals at the outdoor patio help attract passersby, but so does the sound of live jazz emanating from the dining room. Solo pianists and ensembles aim to entertain patrons with soothing background melodies. Coupled with the sounds of spirited conversations, these performances help create a lively atmosphere where diners can comfortably enjoy a casual meal, a glass of wine, or an impromptu dance off.
In 1926, Henry Paynter purchased a patch of land, cleared it of pine trees and underbrush, and planted an orchard of fruit trees. He was only 19 years old, and since then, the harvest has sustained four generations of his family, who still own the Okanagan Valley orchards and run a charming fruit market on the original acreage of land.
The market, open from July through November, stocks freshly picked fruits at their prime—before they can make failed solo albums, such as I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Again. The market allows patrons to pick their own seasonally available fruit, as ripe plums, melons, squash, apples, cherries, zucchini, corn, and beets line the shelves, releasing fragrant aromas and inviting creative cooks to dream of jams, crumbles, and stews. The shop also stocks other local foodstuffs, including 26 flavours of Island Farms and Foothills Creamery ice cream, Basswood honey and Westbank Harvest apple juice.
A homegrown collaboration between sisters Dawn Lennie and Debbie Halladay, The Bench Market concocts an artisanal selection of light breakfast fare and lunchtime entrees entirely on-site from natural free-range and organic meats and cheeses. Early risers and digital alarm clocks disguised as roosters can scarf down a healthy breakfast bite, such as house-made granola with yogourt and local honey; soups, salads, hot paninis, or cold sandwiches sate afternoon appetites. Each cup of freshly brewed coffee relies on locally roasted organic flavours from Backyard Beans, and a copious selection of local sauces, dips, jams, and jellies supplement the establishment's varied eats. As diners lip-smack through the mélange of flavours in each bite, artwork from monthly rotating local artists keeps watch over them. Additionally, The Bench Market's upbeat staffers are always available to dispense information about its food items, including why the eggs stopped talking to the baguettes.
Davison Orchards is a family owned and operated farm consisting of 50 acres of fruit and vegetables, picked fresh daily! With a kid's play area, petty zoo, orchard tours, gift shop, bakery, ice cream, and cafe, there is something for everyone! It's about family, it's about food, it's about fun!
At the family-owned "U-brew" emporium Rosie's Grape Stop, a helpful staff provides customers with the equipment, ingredients, and work space required for crafting wines, ciders, coolers, and beers. After helping customers find a desired drink kit, the specialists assist with the production of a first batch, which can be picked up or delivered by a stork four to eight weeks later. Wine kits include a pinot grigio Italian riserva, which blooms with fresh citrus notes and lively spiciness, as well as a merlot global cuvée, which exudes a slight grassy scent and subtle fruit flavours. Sparkling cider kits enable guests to concoct refreshing cranberry, pear, or nectarine beverages, and their beer kits feature lagers, ales, and stouts that free grains and yeast from their usual suspension in bread prisons.