Greek • Italian
Take Out and Delivery
10-1800 Tranquille Road (Brock Shopping Centre)
One of my fave co-workers mentioned she’d seen a new Greek/Italian place in the process of opening at the Brock Shopping Centre on the North Shore of Kamloops. I was crazy curious, so hopped on the #1 Tranquille route bus today. Sure enough, there is Farros, plunked right into the former location of Big’s Awesome Pizza and formerly formerly Yaki Joe’s 2 for 1 Pizza.
Farros is still in the renovation stage with papered windows. They are very well papered, as I was unable to peek through any tears or folds (believe me, I tried.) I will return to the location in a few weeks time to see what I can spy with my little eye.
Farros is also absent as of yet in cyberspace, so far as I could find. I will keep my cyber-eye peeled and will keep you apprised of this possibly tasty situation, dear Readers
Celebrate International Women’s Day at a Potluck Lunch on March 7th, 2014, hosted by Kamloops Immigrant Services, located at 448 Tranquille Road. Bring a dish to add to the feast-table! The lunch will run from noon to 2pm. No charge for admission.
Please RSVP by contacting Coby Piazza, Community Connections Coordinator for KIS at email@example.com or by telephone at 778-470-6101.
"Everyone is Welcome"
When strife disturbs, or sloth corrupts an age,
Keen satire is the business of the stage.
The TRU Actors Workshop Theatre
The Beaux’ Stratagem
A Comedy by George Farquhar,
adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig
7:30pm, February 27 - March 1, March 6 - 8, 2014
Matinee performances at 11:30am February 28 and March 7
Location: Actors Workshop Theatre (Old Main Building, TRU Campus)
Admission: $12 (tickets available at box office)
"This farcical comedy has a style built on a foundation of Commedia dell’arte and contemporary clowning."
Boniface - Nich Gulycz
Cherry - Katarina Misko
Danielle - Jody Wells
A Lady - Liz Phillips
Jack Archer - Andrew G. Cooper
Tom Aimwell - Wyatt Purcha
Gloss - Josh Sunderman
Mrs. Kate Sullen - Jessica Buchanan
Dorinda - Meagan Petrie
Lady Bountiful - Allandra Barton
Scrub - Krysty Craig
A Country Woman - Matthew Hardy
Sullen - Brooke Ballam
Hounslow - Joel Feenstra
Bagshot - Erik Stephany
Sir Charles Freeman - Dan Ondang
Foigard - Maddison Hartloff
Sunmei Taiwanese Cuisine
Braving the biting cold, I recently ventured onto the North Shore of Kamloops. The North Shore is a favourite destination for me, as it remains a little less corporate in its businesses than the South Shore of this bisected city. A new example of this exists at 413 Tranquille Road, a restaurant featuring the food of Taiwan. I strode into this eatery at approx 1:15pm, a little late for the lunch rush, and was immediately greeted by the proprietor, a fashionable and soft-spoken young man. Tea (jasmine) was offered and so was a menu for me to peruse. It’s a one sheet affair - the menu here changes regularily, in order to feature a wide variety of dishes - this may change to a permanent menu in the future, I understand.
The special of the day was a spicy meatball soup. This intrigued me but instead I chose the Taiwan Lurofan for $7.95. There is a larger portion option of this for $9.95. Lurofan is a saucy dish with shortgrain rice topped with marinated tender diced meat (tasted beefy!), melt-in-your-mouth onions and sprinkled with fresh scallions. Served with the lurofan was a stewed egg (which was cold - similar to the cold boiled seasoned eggs served in the soups at Tiger Ramen). I enjoyed the egg, although perhaps mine had been stewed a little long - there was a faint blue hue around the yoke (which often happens with my own boiled eggs at home!). While there were no condiments on the table, any extra seasoning was unnecessary - it was not too salty and featured a complex and unfamiliar flavour combo that I liked very much. On the side was served a small bowl of pickled sweet/hot/sour cabbage and carrot. The sharpness of the pickle contrasted perfectly with the richness of the meat dish.
I also ordered one of the “Taiwanese Homemade Pastries” but alas, they had sold out during the lunch hour (more were going to be made for the dinner service). Luckily, the proprietor (gosh, I really should have asked his name!) brought me a pastry he’d been testing for the menu (I was not charged for this pastry! Success!). It was like a savoury turnover with a pastry not unlike filo pastry. Many crispy-but-not-too-greasy layers. Inside was a mild mashed curry filling. It was quite beautiful to behold (you’ll have to take my word for it, I was too shy to snap a pic with him there to get my opinion on it) - a single fresh cilantro leaf was glazed into the top of the pastry - quite stunning.
I had a chance to check out the open kitchen before I left. Now I understand the previous occupants, Warunee’s Thai Restaurant were popular (I ate there once and thought it no great shakes), but I must say the kitchen is much cleaner-looking now. The whole place has been spiffed up - the dining room isn’t fancy but it is newly reno’d by the looks of things. One odd thing I gotta mention: The background music at Sunmei is this weird MIDI-style music. Not obstrusive by any means, but…odd. I can dig it!
Before I departed the proprietor told me he might be planning on doing Saturday afternoon teas complete with a variety of homemade pastries in the future. I asked if updates will be available on the Sunmei Facebook page, and he said yes. Also, he said to check out the pictures on the fb page - some dishes featured there, while not on the current menu, are available for catering functions. Also available for catering are Western and other Eastern cuisines. https://www.facebook.com/SunmeiTaiwaneseCuisine
Check this place out, Kamloops. This guy is passionate about sharing Taiwanese food with y’all!
Free Oyster Samples
There is something you all must know about me. I’m a sucker for free samples and refreshments. I once infiltrated a college religious club for the gratis bagels served at meetings. That being said, I bring you something far more tasty and I think with less strings attached than those sacrilicious yet stale bread-rounds:
The Fisherman’s Market in Kamloops is having an “Oyster and Shellfish Celebration” this Friday February 7th. The event runs all day with specials and such, but MOST IMPORTANTLY…free oysters, freshly shucked will be served from 2pm - 6pm.
For more info, here’s a link to their FB page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/637983492917721/
See y’all Friday. I’ll be the weird-o donning a variety of disguises in order to score multiple oysters.
The above painting is titled “The Oyster Girl” (1882) by Karl Gussow. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Gussow_-_The_Oyster_Girl_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
A point of interest for you Kamloops-philes:
The lake we know in the Kamloops area as Lac Le Jeune was named after the author of this rare book, which is handwritten in “Chinook Jargon”:
Le Jeune, Jean Marie Raphael. Chinook First Reading Book including Hymns, Syllabary and Vocabulary. Kamloops: 1893.
Link to full scanned book at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/chinookfirstread00leje
Tiger Ramen 2nd Anniversary Sale
On Saturday February 1st at 12pm, Tiger Ramen will open its doors for the day offering $2 bowls of ramen! Here’s a handy list of $2 Ramen offered on this day only (one bowl per person, does not include take-out, no stamps avail for this offer):
- Original Soy-Sauce Ramen
- Miso Ramen
- Veggie Ramen
- BBQ Ramen
- BBQ Miso
- Red Spicy Veggie
Tiger Ramen Facebook Page Anniversary Photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=634985379900042&set=a.281115195287064.67925.251950661536851&type=1&theater
Tiger Ramen Japanese Noodle Stand is located beside the Running Room in the Sahali area of Kamloops at 310-1210 Summit Drive. The #9 and #7 bus stops very close to this eatery (exit bus at the Royal Bank stop near Save-On-Foods).
The photo heading this post was shared from deviantART and is titled Kawaii Ramen! by kamapon
TRU Culinary Arts Cafeteria (2nd Floor, Culinary Arts Building)
Hallo all. I visited one of my favourite Kamloops eateries last week. Lunch in the cafeteria on campus at Thompson Rivers University is an absolute must for your culinary to-do list. That day featured a long list of specials, all under $10, including Blanquette of Veal with Mushrooms, Char-Broiled Filet of Salmon with Teriyaki Glaze and gluten-free Roasted Portebello Mushrooms (to name a few). I grabbed my tray and sidled up to the ordering window. A line of cheery faces greeted me hello (a very enthusiastic crew of burgeoning chefs!). I ordered the Beef Bourguignonne for $9.40 which featured sides of carrots and broccoli w/ cheese sauce. Moving on to the paying process, although the caf accepts cash/debit/credit, I tried to pay with a gift card (I has connections!) but the magnetic strip was shot. Lillee, the kindhearted cashier went above and beyond to rectify the situation. I was well-impressed by this exceptional customer service.
On to the meal itself. The gravy which surrounded the beef, mushrooms and pearl onions was complex and rich in flavour. Grease was at a minimum, which can be a rarity with hearty beef stews. I did have a bone to pick with the rice. I realize hotels often utilize par-boiled rice in their banquet ingredients but it seems a little too retro for 2014, in my (very) humble opinion. The carrots and broccoli were tender-crisp. The cheese sauce was tasty but I cannot say it was velvet-smooth. All said and done however, I would have happily returned for second helpings!
Be sure to also check out the Culinary Arts cafeteria Monday to Friday for breakfasts (8am - 10pm) and the lunch salad bar/soups/premade sandwiches (11am - 1pm). Hot meals are served from 11:30am - 1:00pm.
For more information on the cafeteria’s dates/times of operation, check out this snapshot of a notice posted outside the door:
Also, did you know the cafeteria sells small jars of honey produced on its roof and used frequently in its dishes?
Finally, check out this pic of a new composter on the 1st floor of the Culinary Arts Building (TRU is ramping up its sustainability lately):
Please share in the comments section any culinary discoveries you’ve made at Thompson Rivers University!
TRU Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Chinese New Year Celebration
Dinner and Dance
January 31st, 2014
7pm - 10:30pm
Grand Hall, Campus Activity Centre, Thompson Rivers University
Dress Code: Semi-Formal to Formal
Tickets: Adults: $30, Students: $20, Children 10 & Under: Free
Tix available at the TRUSU Desk, in Old Main CSSA Table or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (phone 778-257-3523) or wechat: zhangheng273071
Event features family-style dining, performances, lucky draws and fireworks!
For a pic of the CSSA poster like the one I saw on campus: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=279995305486223&set=gm.582333731843202&type=1&theater
The above picture is of porcelain from the Qing dynasty (c. 1662 - 1722 C.E.), found at Wikimedia Commons via the Musée Guimet, Paris. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Porcelaine_chinoise_Guimet_281108.jpg?uselang=en-gb
Robbie Burns Birthday Luncheon and Poetry Reading
"But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread”
- from Address to a Haggis (1786) by Robert Burns
Date: January 25th, 2014
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Location: Smorgasbord Deli and Catering, 225 7th Ave, Kamloops
Scottish Menu: Roast Beef, Tatties ‘n’ Neeps, Haggis, Green Salad, Oatcakes and Coffee for $19.98 (no advance tickets required)
Those who wish to recite Robert Burns poetry at this event are most welcome!
For more information, contact Anita Strong at (250) 377-0055 or email email@example.com.
For RB poetry inspiration, check out this illustrated compendium of Burns’ poems: https://archive.org/details/illustratedfamil00burnuoft
The above engraving by W. Holl is from “The Illustrated Family Burns” and is modelled after the original oil painting by Alexander Nasmyth.
Kamloops Art Gallery New Exhibition
Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints
January 17 - March 22, 2014
January 17th, 2014: Guided Tour 5:30 - 6:30pm, Opening Reception 6:30 - 8:00pm
465 Victoria Street
Folks, this is very exciting. An touring exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada featuring works from the 1500s - 1700s is arriving very soon to Kamloops. I urge you as I’ve never urged you before to avoid eternal regret and check this one out! To entice you further, there will be a guided tour and opening reception catered by Kamloops’ food truck Eats Amore this Friday, January 17th. I telephoned the KAG yesterday (250-377-2400) and the pleasant young lady on the other end of the line informed me that all are welcome and there is no admission fee for the guided tour/opening reception on the 17th. Bring some cash however as while Eats Amore is providing appies gratis, dinner is available for purchase onsite.
Below are some links of interest regarding this epic event!
Above is an engraving titled “Panel with Amascaron” (1543) by Hans Sebald Beham (1500 - 1550 CE). (I’m not sure if this strange leafy fellow will feature but other renditions of chimeras like him will be included at the Kamloops exhibition. Thematic sections at the exhibition include “Religious Chimeras, Mythological Creatures, Sea Monsters, The Horse as Beast and Ornamental Monsters”.) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Panel_with_Amascaron.jpg
Hi all, I came across this poster for an upcoming Music Fest on Feb 14 and 15, 2014 while searching Kamloops-related tags here on Tumblr. I’d just like to point out…There will be a POTLUCK BREAKFAST on Saturday Feb 15th. FMI contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reblogged from whenwelived:
There’s a music fest going on in Kamloops next month. Anyone in BC, please share / reblog.
Spread the word / numb your mind.
Kamloops Travel Club - International Potluck Dinner (Free Event)
January 22, 2013
6pm - 9pm
"Bring your favourite international dish or snack and enjoy an evening of conversation with other travellers."
Dinner will be accompanied by a travel talk presented by G-Adventures.
Contact email@example.com or telephone James at 250-879-0873 for more information about the location and to RSVP. (Space is limited so James asked I not post the exact location here - Hint: It will be held at a strata complex meeting room in the Aberdeen area)
The above picture is a detail from the book cover to “Girdling the Globe: From the Land of the Midnight Sun to the Golden Gate, A Record of a Tour Around the World.” by D.L. Miller (1898). https://archive.org/details/girdlingglobefro00mill