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Ric’s Grill Downtown

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Ric’s Mediterranean Grill manager Rosanna Brandenburg, server Madison Beecroft and general manager Steve Mitton.

One of the city’s finest R

227 Victoria St. Kamloops 250-372-7771 S2

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ic’s Grill Downtown has long been known for offering some of the finest food the city has to offer. If it’s steak you’re after, look no further than Ric’s Grill, which boasts Sterling Silver beef from High River, Alta. All the steaks are hand-carved, in house, and all the fish and seafood are the freshest available. Soups and sauces are made in house, from scratch. Ric’s offers a variety of chicken, rib and pasta dishes, as well as a lengthy wine list, so the perfect pairing is always possible. So come in, bring some friends and enjoy a night out.




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INSIDE Barnhartvale

best BITES

BITES Mt. Paul

Tumbleweeds Pub............. pages 4 & 5

Mt. Paul Clubhouse............... pages 8 & 9



Ric’s Grill Downtown...... pages 2 & 32 Scott’s Restaurant......... pages 16 & 17 The Commodore.............. pages 6 & 7

North Shore

Chapters Viewpoint........... pages 14 & 15 Fiesta Mexicana................ pages 18 & 19 Fox ‘N Hounds.................. pages 20 & 21 Nando’s........................... pages 22 & 23 The Lunch Box................... pages 24 & 25

Barside Lounge & Grill....... pages 10 & 11

True Spirit Lounge.............. pages 26 & 27

Szechuan Restaurant......... pages 12 & 13

South Thompson Harper’s Trail.................... pages 28 & 29 Fall, 2012

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Tumbleweeds Pub

Southwestern flair, high quality fare


umbleweeds is arguably one of the finest pubs in the B.C. Interior. Established in 2001, Tumbleweeds is well known for its great menu variety, as well as serving some of the most generous portions in town. Owner Randi Miller insists that only quality cuisine be served to his customers, and at a reasonable price. Tumbleweeds is a great place to kick back and relax with friends, sip on a beverage, watch the big game, play Keno or just chat the evening away. Call ahead to let us know if you’re planning a birthday, anniversary or retirement party, and let the folks at Tumbleweeds handle the details. With its southwestern flavour, you are guaranteed to have a great experience. 5220 Bogetti Place Kamloops 250-573-5502

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The staff at Tumbleweeds Pub & Liquor Store in Dallas. Left back server Lauren Leemhuis holding a bottle of wine & Tania Wolstenholme with Caesar drinks, back right, with front from left, bartender Nicole McDonell, server Ali Buhler and cook Trudy Keehn with their Special award winning chicken souvlaki. The chicken souvlaki is served with rice pilaf, greek salad and pita bread with tzatziki.

Awesome Food & Beverages at Tumbleweeds!

Come in and try our new menu WEEKLY SPECIALS MONDAY: Pasta Night, always a great pasta decided upon by our chef. Served with garlic toast. Drink Special: Mini Jugs

FRIDAY: New York Steak Sandwich 8oz. Absolutely the most popular special at Tumbleweeds Drink Special: Half Litre Paralyzers


Loaded Burgers with the works, build it anyway you like. Drink Special: Pints of Beer

WEDNESDAY: Wings, wings, and more wings with 7 delicious flavors including suicide! Also a nice Beef Dip on special as well. Drink Special: Caesars and Coronas THURSDAY:

One or two piece

Fish 'n' Chips Drink Special: High Balls

SATURDAY: NEW! Veal Cutlets, better than the way you have eaten them anywhere before! Becoming our #1 entrée special! Drink Special: Jugs of Beer SUNDAY: Stir Fry with Chicken, Prawns or Beef with lots of veggies rice and noodles Drink Special: Pints of Draught Beer & Caesars

Don’t like what you see? We have the most extensive Pub Menu in Kamloops. And we are only 5 minutes east on Highway #1

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The Commodore

Murray Mitchell/Best Bites

Above, servers Tasha Shwydiuk, left, and Annie Hegyi at The Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge. Left, Bruschetta.

In addition to the great food, the entertainment and nightly music at Commodore is just as unique as the menu. In-house DJs spin everything from hiphop and electro, to house he Commodore – Grand Café is the only and break beats starting at truly unique entertainment 10 p.m. every night. Whether you stop in for a experience in Kamloops, glass of wine and tapas or offering patrons a classy, spend an evening dining yet casual feel. Influenced and dancing with friends, by diversity, the Commodore offers everything from The Commodore – Grand Café and Lounge offers an Belgian lagers to fondue alternative and will keep nights and exotic lunch you coming back for more. and dinner dishes.

Always T a unique alternative 369 Victoria St. Kamloops 250-851-3100 S6

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Sweet Potato Fries Edamame Beans Fire Roasted Chili Shrimp Bruschetta Thai Coconut Mussels Chef’s Cheese Plate Chili Chicken Tenders Baked Qualicum Brie Lettuce Wraps BBQ Chicken Pizza


Caesar Salad Commodore Greens and Chévre Chicken Club Salad Soup and Salad Add the following to any salad: grilled chicken, grilled prawns, grilled 6oz CAB sirloin


Commodore Burger Roasted Squash Curry Chorizo Seafood Linguine Certified Angus Beef Striploin 10oz Bruschetta Chicken

The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge Fondue Experience Beer & Cheddar Fondue Traditional Swiss Fondue Entrée Fondue Dessert Fondue Turtle Chocolate Fondue Pure Chocolate Fondue Chocolate Fondue for One

Book your staff and/or Christmas parties with us! Please contact Chris Monteleone or Dino Bernardo for more information: 250-851-3100 369 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 2A3

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Mt. Paul Clubhouse

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Mount Paul

Mount Paul Golf Course restaurant manager Dianna Parr, left, and head chef Sharon McKay with orders of homemade cinnamon buns and Macho Nachos.

he Mt. Paul Golf Course Restaurant offers homePopular & T style cuisine par none in its family restaurant. delicious licensed Mt. Paul’s legendary break— starting at 7 a.m. all year fast daily, all year long — two eggs any style, round features ham, bacon or sausages, hash 615 Mount Paul Way Kamloops 250-374-4672


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browns and toast for only $5.49. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends. From 11 a.m. onwards, tantalizing lunch specials Fall, 2012

take the stage with the famous Borscht leading the way. Lunch specials range from homemade soups and sandwiches, to the staff’s favourite, the Pro Wrap. If it is a special event or occasion (office party, anniversary, birthday or retirement function), the staff at Mt. Paul can look after your needs. For further information or bookings call restaurant manager Dianna Parr, 250-374-4672.

Mt. Paul


The famous

Mount Paul Breakfast Special $4.75 includes coffee Daily Lunch Special $4.95 Daily Sandwich Special Served with homemade soup, salad or fries. Served from 11:00am

$6.95 Daily Hot Lunch Special $9.95 Best Borscht in Town! Offsite Catering Available Call for details.

Open Year Round

Whatever Your Banquet Needs... Golf Tournaments, Birthdays, Corporate Gatherings or Christmas Parties. Talk to Dianna about booking our facility for your event. Clubhouse available November to April. Accommodates 30 - 90 people. Don't forget to book your golf tournament.







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North Shore

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Barside Lounge & Grill

A great bet for food and entertainment

Food and beverage manager Andy Wallbank and head chef William Thompson in the Barside Lounge & Grill at Chances Gaming Entertainment. At left, a10-oz. New York steak entrĂŠe with sauteed garlic prawns.

1250 Halston Ave. Kamloops 250-554-1030


he Barside Lounge & Grill and Chances Gaming Entertainment is one of the truly unique entertainment experiences in Kamloops. Guests will be tempted by a menu than excites the palate and an excellent selection of daily food and drink specials that are

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sure to please. Join us on Friday evenings for free appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. with live musical entertainment starting at 7 p.m., or catch all the sports action on the two 120-inch high-definition big screens.

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The Barside is open daily at 11 a.m., or join us for Sunday Brunch starting at 9:30 a.m. In addition to the great food and entertainment, you can also try your luck on the Vegas-style slot and gaming floor. Stop by for a quick lunch, or enjoy a casual and relaxing evening with friends for dinner, drinks and a great night of fun. We’ll keep you coming back, again and again.



Served with green salad, your choice of roasted red potatoes, mojos,OBUVSBMDVU or waffle fries Barside Burger Fresh ground sirloin, HBSMJDBPJMJ, tomato, cucumber, red onionT lettuce, grilled Kaiser bun $10.99 Grilled Chicken Burger Breast of chicken, HBSMJDBPJMJ, tomato, cucumber, red onion, lettuce, grilled Kaiser bun $10.99 Beer Battered Cod Two pieces of beer battered cod served with fresh side salad tartar sauce and lemon $11.99 Beefeater Melt Certified Angus New York beef strips, mixed peppers sweet onions, mushrooms, Monterey cheese & grilled focBDcJa $1.99 Salmon Club Pan seared wild Coho Salmon on grilled focaccia with spring mix salad QBODFUUB UPNBUP DVDVNCFS& garlic aoili $11.99 Steak Sandwich :PVS$IPJDFPG 6ozPS8oz New YorkTUFBL, grilled to order TFSWFEPO grilledGPDBDDJBXJUIIPVTFNBEFPOJPOSJOHT sautéed mushrooms $14.99/$18.99


Served with garlic focaccia toast

Fettuccini Chicken breast, pancetta, red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, parmesan $11.99 Seafood Fettuccini Succulent salmon, prawns, clams, red onion and fettuccini in rosé sauce $11.99 Baked Penne Tiger Prawns sauteed in garlic butter with red onions, bell peppers, tomato sauce and mozzarella $11.99


Certified Angus New York Steak Garlic herb butter, fresh market vegetables onion rings, green salad roasted red pPtatPes 8 o[ $18.99 10 o[ $22.99 Baked Wild Coho Salmon 7oz Wild Coho Salmon fillet with Tiger Prawns garlic butter, served with roasted red potatoes, fresh market vegetables  green salBE $17.99 Chicken Souvalaki Grilled skewer of marinated chicken breast, roasted red potatoes pita bread  Greek salad $14.99 Two skewers $18.99 BBQ Baby Back Ribs Tender baby back pork ribs smothered in a zesty barbeque sauce  on a bed of linguine in marinara sauce with garlic focaccia $14.99

Thai Curry Rice Bowl Sautéed chicken, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, peppers with a touch of red curry sauce served with basmati rice $10.99

Barside Brunch Steak and Eggs French Toast

Original Bennie Barside Bennie

Available Sundays 9:30am - 2:30pm *plus applicable taxes

Halston Ave. (inside Chances Gaming Centre) • 250-554-1030 (ext. 36) Fall, 2012


Classic Breakfast Egg Omelet

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North Shore

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Szechuan Restaurant

Szechuan Restaurant chef and owner Peter Au, holds two of his sought-after dishes.

Traditional Asian dishes with a spicy hit of heat


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f you’re looking for traditional Chinese food with a kick of heat, you’ll find it all at Szechuan Restaurant. Open since May 2012, when you step into Szechuan Restaurant, you’ll feel like you’re right there in China taking in the sights and sounds of the country. Szechuan Restaurant steers away from the more common Western-style Chinese food and serves up traditional Szechuan and Cantonese-style cuisine. Szechuan province in Chinese, where the food takes its inspiration Fall, 2012

from, is known for its spicy cuisine and all of the dishes have proven to be popular at the restaurant. The restaurant is also proud to use authentic Chinese vegetables, some of which cannot be found in any grocery store and are shipped in special just for their dishes. They have dim sum and serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are open from dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. Take out and delivery service is also available if you’re looking to have an Asian feast at home.


Traditional Menu Items Combination Dinners Unlike typical Chinese restaurants Chef Peter specializes in preparing custom dishes that are sure to please any palate from single orders to party gatherings

If you crave it, he can make it! And more!



474 Tranquille Rd. 250.554.3388 Fall, 2012

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Chapters Viewpoint

Stunning vistas


or sweeping city views and amazing casual dining, Chapters Viewpoint is the place to be. Specializing in New Mexico state cuisine, also found on their menu are quality produces such as certified Angus beef, fresh, never frozen, chicken and delicious seafood. Whether it’s lunch, a light dinner or special occasion, there’s something that will tickle your taste buds all while still being affordable. The panoramic view of the North Thompson Valley adds to the relaxing atmosphere of Chapters Viewpoint. Chapters Viewpoint also specializes in on and off-site catering. Whether it’s a corporate lunch, house party, family reunion, or wedding, no group is too big or too small. They have a fully licensed banquet room with a covered patio and grassy area that boasts the same city views as the restaurant. Chapters Viewpoint is open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner starting at 5 p.m., seven days a week.

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Kelsie Spooner, server at Chapters Viewpoint.

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At left, Half Chapter Special. Below, Chapters Viewpoint shrimp-stuffed sopaipillas,

New menu features: • Great for Quick Dining or your Special Occasion • Entrées starting at $1099 • Steaks • Seafood • Pasta • Chicken • Ribs • Burgers • Steaks • New Salads, Appies & Burgers on the menu as well as our Chapter Chicken FULL OFF-SITE CATERING

Banquet Room Available

610 West Columbia St. Kamloops BC (the Howard Johnson Inn)

250.374.3224 | open breakfast + lunch + dinner w w w. c h a p t e r s v i e w p o i n t . c o m Fall, 2012

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Scott’s Inn & Restaurant

Server Claudette Samson, manager Atish Patel with a bottle of red wine and server Dianne Sheppard display some of the fresh fare Scott’s is so well-known for. At far left, wild pacific salmon and garlic-brushed shrimp with rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables. Near left, is a plate of chicken souvlaki with rice pilaf, Greek salad, pita bread and freshly made tzatziki.

Real food, real value 551 — 11th Ave. & Battle Street Kamloops 250-372-8221 Ext. 267

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amily owned and operated for 24 years, Scott’s Inn & Restaurant boasts a menu with the freshest ingredients, all prepared daily. While the favourites never leave the menu — every Saturday Scott’s offers a prime rib dinner with Yorkshire pudding, soup and dessert — there are always new selections to make the mouth water, including daily breakfast, Fall, 2012

lunch and dinner specials. To provide the freshest meal experience possible, everything is made from scratch — from salads and dressings, right down to the garlic butter, croutons and pasta sauces. Don’t forget about the senior’s menu. Choose from nine entrees that include soup and desert for $11.95. At Scott’s Inn you get fine dining options at an affordable price.



Fish Friday


Prime Rib Saturday

Senior's Night EVERY NIGHT





• Real Food Real Value • Homemade Soup of the Day Prepared Daily • • Homemade Burgers made with Fresh Lean Ground Beef & Homecut Fries •

Delectable Starters & Fresh Salads • Crispy Thai Rolls • Stuffed Yorkshires • Asian Firecracker Shrimp

• Pita & Tzatziki • Chicken Caesar Salad • Greek Salad

Breakfast • Eggs Blackstone • Eggs Benedict • Ham & Cheese Muffin • Fluffy Hotcakes


• Cobb Salad • Fresh Tossed Garden Salad

Served with Home Cut Hashbrownss • French Toast • 6oz Sirloin & Eggs • Salisbury Steak & Eggs • Loaded Omelette

• Amigo's Omelette • Veggie Omelette • Ham, Cheese & Mushroom Omelette

Daily Sandwich & Hot Specials include Soups & Desserts

• Stacked Clubhouse • Montreal Smoked Reuben • Monte Cristo • Closed Denver • B.L.T. • Pattie Melt

• Scott's Deluxe Burger • Mushroom Swiss Burger • Buffalo Burger • Hawaiian Teryaki Chicken Burger


• Garden Veggie Burger er • Breaded Homestyle Chicken Fingers • Beer Battered Fish & Chips • Scott's Homemade Cheese Burger

Prepared with the Freshest Ingredientss

• Chicken Souvlaki • New York Steak & Mushrooms • BBQ Ribs • Baby Beef Liver & Onions

• Salisbury Steak • Roast Beef Dinner & Yorkshire Pudding • Veal Cutlets • Pork Chops


mon • Wild Pacific Salmon ner • Sirloin Steak Dinner • Beer Battered Fish & Chips • Breaded Pork Cutlets • Hot Chicken Dinner

Served in Homemade Sauces & Garlic Toast st

• Cajun Prawn Linguini

• Chicken & White Wine Alfredo

• Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

• Famous for Home Cooked Meals • Kamloops' p Bestt Kept Secret •



551 - 11th Ave. & Battle Street • 250-372-8221 Ext. 267 OPEN DAILY 7AM – 8PM 7AM – 9PM MAY TO SEPT. Fall, 2012

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Fiesta Mexicana

At right, Enchiladas Poblanas, Fiesta Mexicana’s No.1 best seller. Below, the restaurant’s popular lime Margarita and a shot of the waterfall on the patio.

Taste and savour the authentic flavours of Mexico F

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iesta Mexicana Restaurante, which opened in early 2011, brings the authentic taste of the Mexican kitchen to Kamloops. After working in kitchens from Guadalajara to Virginia, Minnesota, Vancouver and finally Kamloops, executive Chef Alberto Vazquez saw an opportunity to introduce his vision of Mexican cuisine to Western Canada. Teaming up with local restaurantuer Rodd Cruikshank they’ve paired a local venue with an international menu. Fall, 2012

Patrons rave about the quality of food, described as some of the best Mexican cuisine in Western Canada. The taste and flavour has much to do with Fiesta Mexicana’s commitment to prepare everything in house, from scratch. It is because of this commitment to quality that Fiesta Mexicana was chosen to be featured this summer on the Food Network’s TV show “You Gotta Eat Here” — one of only a handful of restaurants in all of Western Canada. Come see for yourself!



Authenti Cuisine...

Restaurante & Cantina

daily specials from

$3.99 Drinks $14.99 Dinner $9.50 Lunch

Bienvenidos! 250.374.3960


795 Notre Dame

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Fox ‘n Hounds Pub

Fox ‘N Hounds staff, from left, Floyd Ondang with a beef yorkie, owner Al Deacon with a crispy chili chicken rice bowl and Sue Mullen, manager, with a Guiness sliders.

Exceeding Expectations L

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ocally owned and operated in the Sahali Mall, the Fox’n Hounds Pub has been a Kamloops favorite for more than 30 years. The Fox has something for everyone. Pick up all of your lottery needs, watch the game, hop on our Blazer bus, or meet old and new friends in our comfortable and controlled surroundings. At The Fox’n Hounds Pub we don’t just cook

fantastic food we create an experience. Chef Floyd Ondang creates comfort food with flair, flavor and fabulous pricing. Whether you want a gourmet meal accompanied with a bottle of wine from our extensive wine list, or you want to snack on the best wings in Kamloops with a pint of one of our 14 fabulous draft beers, The Fox has all your cravings covered.



• $5.35 Double Smirnoff Caesars • $4.46 Single Smirnoff Caesars • $3.99 Sunday Brunch (10am-2pm) • $6.47 Budweiser/Bud light 1/2 jugs • $12 for 2 Appetizer Menu (8pm-close)

MONDAY • $0.30 Chicken Wings (min. of 10) • $12.46 Jugs of Budweiser • 12.72 Bucket of Budweiser • $12 for 2 Appetizer Menu (8pm-close) • $6 Happy Hour (3-6pm) Beer & 1 lb. Wings

TUESDAY • $3 Buddy Burger (all day until close) • $4.42 Rolling Rock Pints • $12 for 2 Appetizer Menu (8pm-close) • $6 Happy Hour (3-6pm) Beer & 1lb Wings

WEDNESDAY • $10 beer & 2 topping pizza • 35¢ Peel'd Black Tiger Prawns (3pm -close) • $12 for 2 Appetizer Menu (8pm-close) • $6.00 Happy Hour (3-6pm) Beer & 1lb Wings

THURSDAY • $4.42 Alexander Keith's Pints • 30¢ Chicken Wings (3pm - close) • $12 for 2 Appetizer Menu (8pm-close) • $6 Happy Hour (3-6pm) Beer & 1lb Wings

FRIDAY • $6.21 Double High-Balls • $12.95 for 1lb Snow Crab • $12 for 2 Appetizer Menu (8pm-close) • $6 Happy Hour (3-6pm) Beer & 1lb Wings


SATURDAY • $12 Spaghetti & Ribs • $6.21 Double Vodka Paralyzers • $12 for 2 Appetizer Menu (8pm-close) • $4 Off All Bottled Wine Sahali Centre Mall • 250.374.9425 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER Fall, 2012

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Sahali Nando’s flame-grilled chicken is brought to you in Kamloops by, from left, server Kirstyn Miller, manager Brandon Nakashimada, front-end manager AmandaGrace Swaluk, griller Emmanuel Hananiya, manager Kubby Mann (back) and server/cook Katya Woodcock


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Welcome to the Nando’s Kamloops experience W

Flame-grilled quarter chicken breast with grilled vegetables.

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e thought you’d like to know a little more of who we are, why we’re so passionate about our chicken, and where you can find us … What makes Nando’s PeriPeri chicken so delicious? Many a scholar of culinary expertise has tried to pinpoint exactly what it is. We think these are some of the reasons: u We use only the best fresh grade-A chicken u All excess fat is trimmed off the chicken u Nando’s chickens are always fresh, never frozen u All chickens are butterfly cut and marinated for 24 hours in our secret

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marinade, until the delicious flavor penetrates right to the bone. Nando’s offers several flavor choices, including Lemon and Herb for the less adventurous, or spicier Medium and Hot Peri Peri. There’s even an Extra Hot option for the slightly insane. Alongside our addictive flame-grilled chicken, what else makes a meal at Nando’s so memorable? One of these is an intangible ingredient — ­ the pride and passion of the people who deliver the Nando’s Experience. The Nando’s team in Kamloops would love to introduce you to the Nando’s Experience.

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The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box Cafe owner Tammy Olsen, right, and executive chef Steve Lidguard.

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or fresh, healthy choices, the Lunch Box has plenty of options to fill you up in a flash. Everything is made inhouse at the Lunch Box and patrons will be able to enjoy home-style soups and sandwiches made with fresh, local ingredients, including certified organic coffees and teas and locally produced meats. If you love breakfast, be sure to stop by for their all-day breakfast, available seven days a week. There is also a

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pasta of the week special, as well as a daily panini special. The Lunch Box also offers a mobile catering service and can provide a daily lunch service for you and your business, or can provide on-site catering for special events big and small. The Lunch Box is proudly Kamloops’ only lunch-truck service. The Lunch Box is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We don't do fast food... We do fresh food as fast as we can!" ALL DAY BREAKFAST!

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1021 McGill Road | Across from TRU


Mon. - Fri. 6am - 4pm • Sat. & Sun. 8am - 3pm Fall, 2012

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True Spirits Lounge

101-795 McGill Rd. Kamloops 778-471-5966 True Spirits Lounge manager Andrea Rampackova and chef Benjamin Otter.

True Spirits dry ribs

True Spirits bruschetta

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Internationally influenced cuisine at lounge in university district


pened in June this year, one of Kamloops’ newest pub-style restaurants is True Spirits Lounge, where you can find internationally influenced cuisine in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. True Spirits Lounge is proud to serve a wide variety of fresh, in-house dishes that include their popular daily soups and sandwiches. The venue also

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offers delicious healthy choices and vegetarian dishes, and exciting daily drink and food specials that change seasonally, so be sure to check out what’s new. Fully licensed, you’ll be able to catch the big game on the large, flat-screen TVs and sample an extensive drink menu which features unique cocktails and martinis with fun and creative garnishes, as well as a good selection of international beers.

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Fun!

Join us!

Drink Responsibly

Daily Specials


778-471-5966 OPEN DAILY

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South Thompson

Harper’s Trail

Welcome to wine country

Bottles from Harper Trail’s first vintage.


here was a moment several years ago when the Colletts’ passion for wine took on new meaning. Ed and Vicki were sitting on the deck of an Okanagan bed-and-breakfast, looking over a landscape of growing grape vines, when they realized their love of wine required more than just an appreciation for it. They decided Kamloops needed its own win2720 Shuswap Road Kamloops @HarpersTrail S28 The Daily News, Kamloops

ery and vineyard, and Harper’s Trail was born. They found their dream property soon after, a lovely 125-acre spread of riverfront land on the north side of the South Thompson River, and started developing. Today, Harper’s Trail’s grapevines cover approximately 18 acres, running in a north-south orientation not far from the base of the area’s dramatic silt bluffs. The 2011 harvest produced about 10 tons of grapes, which were handpicked and delivered to an Okanagan facility for pressing and fermentation.

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This summer, their winery’s first 7,000 bottles hit store shelves, proving to them and others that Kamloops was, in fact, wine country. Ed believes Harper’s Trail could be the first of many local wineries, and hopes their pioneering will open up a new industry. “People are seeing (Kamloops) as possibly a brand new wine region. Everyone is watching to see how it goes here,” he says. Ed says there is little room for expansion in B.C.’s Okanagan, the traditional wine region for the province, because land is too expensive.

There are many locations in Kamloops suitable for vineyards, however, and now that people see it is possible, he thinks others will follow. The idea they might be at the forefront of a new economic opportunity for Kamloops excites the Colletts as much as their wine. Both see it as a great way to give back to the community they have loved for years. In the meantime, however, the Colletts will continue to build their dream, starting with more vines. Next spring the Colletts plan to double the size of the vineyard, with further plans to increase the size again in years to come. The Colletts take great pride in the fact their wines are made entirely from grapes grown here. “We want to taste the wines that are produced from our own terroir,” she says. With time, the pressing, fermentation, bottling and other processes will also move to the Harper’s Trail property, making the site the first fully functioning winery in Kamloops. They expect the mature vineyards will produce

Vicki and Ed Collett, in their Kamloops vineyard, Harper’s Trail.

as much as 300 tons of grapes capable of generating 200,000 bottles of wine a year. By then, they hope to have also built a visitor’s centre and winetasting facility, allowing people the chance to tour the site and appreciate the first truly local wine. Ed says the project is more a labour of love than a business opportunity. He relishes the

chance to become more involved in making wine — from digging his hands into the property’s limerich soil to maturing a quality Riesling — as he considers retirement from his mining equipment business that has brought him so much success. “There is so much to learn about this,” Vicki agrees. “We love the challenge.”

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Bushels of ciders to choose from as traditional apple drink gets trendy A


utumn’s a great time to fall for apple appeal, with cooler temperatures setting the stage for the fruit to star in gently steaming pies and alongside fragrant roasts. Or, you could drink your apple a day, the fermented way. Hard cider has been making a comeback with increased sales and launches of new styles and flavours that have brought a bushel of options to store shelves. “It’s the most exciting beverage category in the market,” says Jeffrey House, founder of the California Cider Co. Hard cider still is a small part of the overall alcoholic beverage market; sales don’t come close to the multibillion-dollar beer industry, but it is a rapidly growing niche. More sales means more products. This spring, Boston Beer Co. introduced three varieties of Angry Orchard cider —Crisp, Apple Ginger and Traditional Dry, a mellow, slightly tangy drink in the style of an English draught cider. To get the cider right, Angry Orchard cider maker David Sipes and his team travelled around the world studying cider making and sourcing apples, getting their fruit from Europe, including Northern Italy. They also use traditional cider apples — bittersweet fruit that isn’t very tasty raw — from Normandy and Brittany in France. “A lot of the same things a winemaker would be looking for in their grapes we’re looking for in cider apples, he said. We’re looking for certain balance S30 The Daily News, Kamloops

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Glasses and bottles of hard apple cider, apple beer and apple wine.

of tannin and acidity and Brix (sugar levels) and the cider apples really lend a lot of those characteristics,” he said. “The end result is just a cider of really uncommon complexity.” The attention to detail includes aging some of the ciders with wood; oak staves or chips are put into the tanks to add a subtle touch of the vanilla and baking spices that come with oak aging. And just like wine, cider pairs well with food, says Sipes, who compares the Traditional Dry cider to a sauvignon blanc or unoaked chardonnay. “We’re finding so many opportunities for pairing with foods.”








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Salads Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad Artichokes, tomatoes and feta cheese

Goat Cheese Salad

Pomegranate vinaigrette, fresh berries or fruit and candied pecans ADD SALMON, HALIBUT, CHICKEN or SIRLOIN (6 oz)


Sirloin w/Crispy Onions 7 oz. New York 10 oz. Filet Mignon 6 oz. Ribeye 14 oz Peppercorn Mushroom New York Steak 10 oz. New York Steak topped with sauteed mushrooms and house made Whiskey Madagascar Peppercorn Sauce

Surf & Turf 7 oz. Sirloin Steak with a 4 oz. Lobster Tail, Prawns & Scallops

Baked Bruschetta Prawns

Filet Mignon w/Gorgonzola & Red Wine Reduction

Garlic butter, feta cheese and crostinis

6 oz. Filet Mignon topped with Gorgonzola, Red Wine Reduction & Toasted Pine Nuts

Fire Crusted Scallops

SPICY!! Brandy tomato cream sauce

Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio

Fried capers, asiago cheese, fresh arugula, dill pickle, red onion and honey dijon aioli

Pasta Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese & Pinenut Ravioli Roasted tomato cream sauce

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RMG Favourites Rack of Lamb

New Zealand lamb, dijon and herb crusted, four bones served on red wine reduction

Veal Picatta

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tender veal lightly breaded and seared with fresh leek lemon sauce

Spaghetti Giardino

Breaded chicken breast topped with house made mushroom marsala sauce

House made meatballs, fresh tomato sauce and romano cheese Fresh spinach, asparagus, roma tomatoes, artichokes and fresh parmesan cream sauce

Fresh Fish & Seafood BBQ Rubbed Salmon

BBQ Ribs

House made BBQ sauce smothered on a full rack of pork ribs

Portuguese Short Ribs

Braised with red wine, tomatoes and herbs


With tomato bruschetta cappellini

Pistachio Crusted Halibut

With roasted garlic and gorgonzola risotto

Mixed Seafood Grill

Salmon, halibut, prawns and scallops with leek lemon risotto

Crab Feast

3/4 lb of crab legs with tomato basil cappellini

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Roasted Chicken Alfredo

Creamy garlic sauce, chicken, prosciutto, bacon, green onion, mozzarella and provolone cheese

Sicilian Sausage

Italian sausage, carmelized onions, spinach, tomato sauce, goat cheese, mozzarella and provolone cheese, topped with toasted pine nuts

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