Schell: Monika ‘the Baker’ expands into bake shop No. 2

Kelowna’s beloved Okanagan Grocery Artisan Breads has expanded into a second shop with a big in-house bakery.

Kelowna’s beloved Okanagan Grocery Artisan Breads (the little bakery that could) has expanded into a second shop with a big in-house bakery. The sheer volume that Monika Walker and team turned out of the tiny kitchen located in their original Guisichan Village shop was truly a miracle. Now, with a fabulous, chic new bakeshop touting high ceilings and a wide-open kitchen, this all-girl crew is fired up and baking up a storm. New for this location is the addition of the super cool drip coffee bar where patrons can order up a cup of perfection to savour with a fresh baked croissant (four days a week) or any other baked treat. Open at 7 a.m., early risers can hike over to their new digs for morning fuel and come back for pizza flatbread at lunch. Customers will now be able to inhale the mood-enhancing fragrance of fresh bread baking while they shop—ohmmmm. Love the cowbell set out to ring for service and the wall of antique toasters. Congratulations Monika. Go visit 115-1979 Windsor Rd., off Spall. ••• The Fall Wine Festival is just around the corner, Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. Check out all the events at One not to miss is at Rustic Roots Winery in the Similkameen where they are celebrating their third anniversary, Harker’s Organics’ 125th year of family farming and the third annual Harvest Moon Festival—three celebrations in one on Oct. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. Join the lovely Harker family as they celebrate their 2011 organic harvest and delicious award winning wines. Offering a full day of family fun showcasing local chefs, live music and activities for everyone, this is a wine festival event that you can bring your kids to. ••• Have you been to Mabui Sushi? This little nook of an eatery is hidden away in a mini mall off Highway 97. Tucked in behind Tim Hortons, beside the quilt store and close to Moxie’s (see the map on their web site) it may be hard to find but is worth it. Serving delicious, fresh sushi, the chic décor and the super friendly service are a bonus. The menu is creative, probably due to the fact that they are an Izakaya—a sort of gastro pub, Japanese style. I love the Rainbow Roll that boasts a line up of tuna, salmon, masago, spicy chopped shrimp, steamed prawn, cucumber and avocado—each bit offers a different piece of seafood. They also offer a small, but good wine selection, and carry some wonderful sake. Ever tried chilled sake? I highly recommend. Nothing like its heated, buzz bomb of a cousin, chilled sake can be very refined, like wine, offering up a wide range of flavours and consistency. Love the yam roll, too. Jennifer Schell edits B.C. Wine Trails.

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