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Kamloops Taiwanese Cultural Association
10th Anniversary 
and
Cultural Centre Grand Opening
July 26th 2014, 10am 
Location: 413 Tranquille Road
Featuring Photography, Painting and other Performances
Everyone Welcome
For more info: (778) 470-3874, (250) 572-1515, sunny_ksl@hotmail.com
Folks, this is an event not to miss. Also, since the location is the same as Sunmei Taiwanese Cuisine, there’s gotta be some delicious, authentic food available. I would bet on it!
https://www.facebook.com/SunmeiTaiwaneseCuisine/photos/a.577600728944981.1073741826.575284322509955/738384439533275/?type=1&permPage=1
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Kamloops Taiwanese Cultural Association

10th Anniversary

and

Cultural Centre Grand Opening

July 26th 2014, 10am

Location: 413 Tranquille Road

Featuring Photography, Painting and other Performances

Everyone Welcome

For more info: (778) 470-3874, (250) 572-1515, sunny_ksl@hotmail.com

Folks, this is an event not to miss. Also, since the location is the same as Sunmei Taiwanese Cuisine, there’s gotta be some delicious, authentic food available. I would bet on it!

https://www.facebook.com/SunmeiTaiwaneseCuisine/photos/a.577600728944981.1073741826.575284322509955/738384439533275/?type=1&permPage=1

Image link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taiwan_daily_news_taiwan_map.jpg?uselang=en-gb

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 Downtown Echo’s Taste of the Downtown 2014
This Thursday July 24th from 11am - 5pm is a day to highlight in your agenda books. Downtown Kamloops restaurants will be showcasing their specialties in bite-size format. The cost to sample this multi-course array of small dishes is $10 (minimum donation - proceeds to the Food Bank and the Live at Lunch Program). These passports are available for purchase at the KCBIA Info Kiosk (340 Victoria St), open from 12pm - 8pm. Passports will be sold until 4pm on July 24th (event runs until 5pm).
A short aside: I was curious as to whether there would be any extra cost above the $10 at this event. Today I made a beeline for the above-mentioned Kamloops Info Kiosk. According to the friendly red-capped folks inside, the total cost is $10 - no extra cost for stamps at participating restaurants. In case you’re trying to picture where the Info Kiosk is, here is an old Google Street view of its previous, unoccupied self:

Keep this list of participating vendors and their tasting times handy when you attend:
11am - 2pm:
Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour
Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine
Caffe Motivo
McDonald’s Restaurant
Subway
Royal Tokyo
Zack’s Coffee and Tea
Vittorio’s Downtown
Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine
Jacob’s Noodle and Cutlet
2pm to 5pm:
Sikora Caffe and Restaurant
Mountain High Pizza
Boston Pizza
Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge
Jacob’s Noodle and Cutlet
Fireside Steakhouse and Bar
11am - 5pm:
Indian Aroma
Yako’s Diner
Swiss Pastries and Bakery Cafe
Dorian Greek House
The Smorgasbord
A&W
Drop your passport (with min. 3 stamps) at the Info Kiosk for your chance to win a prize.
Vote for your favourite restaurant at this event. Which eatery will gain the coveted Golden Fork and Silver Spoon trophies?
http://downtownkamloops.com/?ai1ec_event=taste-of-the-downtown&instance_id=1277
Image link: https://archive.org/stream/samuelkirksoncoo00samu#page/61/mode/1up

Downtown Echo’s Taste of the Downtown 2014

This Thursday July 24th from 11am - 5pm is a day to highlight in your agenda books. Downtown Kamloops restaurants will be showcasing their specialties in bite-size format. The cost to sample this multi-course array of small dishes is $10 (minimum donation - proceeds to the Food Bank and the Live at Lunch Program). These passports are available for purchase at the KCBIA Info Kiosk (340 Victoria St), open from 12pm - 8pm. Passports will be sold until 4pm on July 24th (event runs until 5pm).

A short aside: I was curious as to whether there would be any extra cost above the $10 at this event. Today I made a beeline for the above-mentioned Kamloops Info Kiosk. According to the friendly red-capped folks inside, the total cost is $10 - no extra cost for stamps at participating restaurants. In case you’re trying to picture where the Info Kiosk is, here is an old Google Street view of its previous, unoccupied self:

info kiosk

Keep this list of participating vendors and their tasting times handy when you attend:

11am - 2pm:

  • Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour
  • Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine
  • Caffe Motivo
  • McDonald’s Restaurant
  • Subway
  • Royal Tokyo
  • Zack’s Coffee and Tea
  • Vittorio’s Downtown
  • Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine
  • Jacob’s Noodle and Cutlet

2pm to 5pm:

  • Sikora Caffe and Restaurant
  • Mountain High Pizza
  • Boston Pizza
  • Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge
  • Jacob’s Noodle and Cutlet
  • Fireside Steakhouse and Bar

11am - 5pm:

  • Indian Aroma
  • Yako’s Diner
  • Swiss Pastries and Bakery Cafe
  • Dorian Greek House
  • The Smorgasbord
  • A&W

Drop your passport (with min. 3 stamps) at the Info Kiosk for your chance to win a prize.

Vote for your favourite restaurant at this event. Which eatery will gain the coveted Golden Fork and Silver Spoon trophies?

http://downtownkamloops.com/?ai1ec_event=taste-of-the-downtown&instance_id=1277

Image link: https://archive.org/stream/samuelkirksoncoo00samu#page/61/mode/1up

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A certain “J” has an answer for my previous wonderings about the newly business-licensed “Wandering Gourmet”. It seems a trip to Valleyview to sniff out this food cart is in order.
Thanks, J!

A certain “J” has an answer for my previous wonderings about the newly business-licensed “Wandering Gourmet”. It seems a trip to Valleyview to sniff out this food cart is in order.

Thanks, J!

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Science Fiction Book Review Reading Club
Greetings, earthlings. I have a time-sensitive event to share with you. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (headquarters in Kamloops) has devised a summer reading club for adults 18+ over to be held between July 1st to August 31st. Here’s the catch: the deadline to register is TOMORROW (July 15th).
Here is the link to sign up (all you need is your library card number and a few standard details): http://www.tnrdlib.ca/pages/mashups/adultread/
Once you’ve registered, you can submit a review of a Science Fiction-themed work of fiction or non-fiction (e-books included) for a chance to win an E-Reader. If the book you’d like to review doesn’t already exist in the library catalogue, you can still submit a review to contests@tnrd.ca.
Good luck, everyone! I’m gonna go sign up now. I’ve got a few books in mind to review (and according to the website I can submit a review of one I’ve already read!)
Follow this link to the Good Reads website featuring extensive lists of Sci-Fi books by category: https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/science-fiction
If you’re into the old-school pulp, check out this link of public domain Sci-Fi books/magazines: https://archive.org/search.php?query=%22science%20fiction%22%20AND%20collection%3Aamericana
Good luck and Grapthar-speed!
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Science Fiction Book Review Reading Club

Greetings, earthlings. I have a time-sensitive event to share with you. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (headquarters in Kamloops) has devised a summer reading club for adults 18+ over to be held between July 1st to August 31st. Here’s the catch: the deadline to register is TOMORROW (July 15th).

Here is the link to sign up (all you need is your library card number and a few standard details): http://www.tnrdlib.ca/pages/mashups/adultread/

Once you’ve registered, you can submit a review of a Science Fiction-themed work of fiction or non-fiction (e-books included) for a chance to win an E-Reader. If the book you’d like to review doesn’t already exist in the library catalogue, you can still submit a review to contests@tnrd.ca.

Good luck, everyone! I’m gonna go sign up now. I’ve got a few books in mind to review (and according to the website I can submit a review of one I’ve already read!)

Follow this link to the Good Reads website featuring extensive lists of Sci-Fi books by category: https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/science-fiction

If you’re into the old-school pulp, check out this link of public domain Sci-Fi books/magazines: https://archive.org/search.php?query=%22science%20fiction%22%20AND%20collection%3Aamericana

Good luck and Grapthar-speed!

( Image link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_Plunge_into_Space,_cover_image.jpg?uselang=en-gb )

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Red Beard Cafe - Grand Re-Opening
Sunday July 13 2014, 6pm
449 Tranquille Road (North Shore)
Featuring music by The Backalley Sallies and a vinyl set by Andrew Hood
Food Specials! Gary’s Pork Bratwurst, Modernist Nachos, Fresh-Baked Cookies and more.
Quench your thirst from a cask of Cannery’s Summer Ale with added cherries and dry-hopped with NZ Sauvin Nelson Hops. Beers on taplikely to include Bear Republic, Deschutes, Pyramid and more. Also available is a special release of Left Field Co.’s Still Apple Cider.
Single-origin coffees available piping hot or icy cold all day.
Free Admission. To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/397935567012887/?fref=ts
Image link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_van_Scorel_003.jpg?uselang=en-gb

Red Beard Cafe - Grand Re-Opening

Sunday July 13 2014, 6pm

449 Tranquille Road (North Shore)

Featuring music by The Backalley Sallies and a vinyl set by Andrew Hood

Food Specials! Gary’s Pork Bratwurst, Modernist Nachos, Fresh-Baked Cookies and more.

Quench your thirst from a cask of Cannery’s Summer Ale with added cherries and dry-hopped with NZ Sauvin Nelson Hops. Beers on tap
likely to include Bear Republic, Deschutes, Pyramid and more. Also available is a special release of Left Field Co.’s Still Apple Cider.

Single-origin coffees available piping hot or icy cold all day.

Free Admission. To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/397935567012887/?fref=ts

Image link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_van_Scorel_003.jpg?uselang=en-gb

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Pizza King - Opening July 11!
Hi folks. Risking this blog becoming the “All Pizza King, All the Time” blog, I have big news.
Today, while performing my daily skulk past Pizza King (476 Victoria St), I noticed a flurry of activity coupled with the “Opening Soon” sign conspicuously absent. I saw staff members vigorously polishing lamps and sweeping floors - basically getting the interior customer-ready. I strode to the front doors and knocked. A young staff member unlocked and opened the door. According to her as well as a woman and man who appeared to be the owners, they will be opening tomorrow (July 11) at 11am. 
Stay tuned.

Pizza King - Opening July 11!

Hi folks. Risking this blog becoming the “All Pizza King, All the Time” blog, I have big news.

Today, while performing my daily skulk past Pizza King (476 Victoria St), I noticed a flurry of activity coupled with the “Opening Soon” sign conspicuously absent. I saw staff members vigorously polishing lamps and sweeping floors - basically getting the interior customer-ready. I strode to the front doors and knocked. A young staff member unlocked and opened the door. According to her as well as a woman and man who appeared to be the owners, they will be opening tomorrow (July 11) at 11am.

Stay tuned.

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Hi All. The City of Kamloops has posted the most recent business licenses on their website: http://www.kamloops.ca/blicensed/pdfs/2014/june.pdf (PDF file). Here’s the food-related rundown:

1. Jacob’s Noodle and Cutlet (260 4th Ave) - As shown in the top photo, not only has the business license been approved, they are also in full operation with a new Grand Opening banner hoisted in the past couple days. They are open Monday - Saturday, 11am - 9pm.

2. Pizza King (476 Victoria St) - As of yesterday evening (July 9), the “Opening Soon” sign had been taken down from the front window. Pictured 2nd from top, you can make out a menu on the table. Mr Smithey (my better half) also spied crumbs on one of the tables. They might just be open.

3. Ya Bubble Tea & Coffee (7-1380 Summit Dr) - Pictured 3rd from the top, this new cafe has opened in the former Dolce Amaro Cafe space. The owners are super friendly and the cafe is larger than I had previously thought. My photo is a bit outdated - I believe more signage has now been erected. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004747069494&fref=ts

4. Island Field’s Concession (1665 Island PKY) - (Not pictured) This concession looks to be located at the McArthur Island Field. I wonder if they have fries and gravy (a concession staple)?

5. Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill (225 Lorne St) - (Not Pictured) Steps away from Riverside Park in downtown Kamloops, this eatery has a lot of buzz surrounding it right now. It is located on the spot where the now-demolished Scoopz Ice Cream Parlour was (Scoopz now located at 280 Lansdowne St). https://www.facebook.com/sharkclubkamloops?fref=ts

6. The Chopped Leaf (45 - 700 Tranquille Rd) - (Not Pictured) This 2nd location for lovers of the green (salad, that is) sits at the former EasyHome site at the North Hill Centre Mall. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Chopped-Leaf-Kamloops-2/885517718128970?fref=ts

7. The Wandering Gourmet (25 - 4395 Trans Canada Hwy E) - Pictured 4th from the top (image from Google Maps). This one is a mystery to me! It looks to be located in a Mobile/RV Park in Valleyview. Online searches proved fruitless. I will solve this!

8. Vittorio’s Downtown (650 Victoria St) - (Not Picture). Vittorio’s has moved into the space formerly occupied by Crush Saute and Grill. This long-standing Kamloops restaurant features classic Can-Ital cuisine. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vittorios-Downtown-Kamloops/163761097004461?fref=ts

9. The Grind (100 - 125 4th Ave) - Pictured at bottom. This one is a bonus entry! Though not featured on the city’s new business license list yet, according to The Grind fb page, they have passed city inspection. From my sneaky photo, it looks like things are coming together nicely. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grind/210033859035178?fref=ts

There you have it! Check back near the beginning of August for the next installment of Kamloops’ newest businesses!

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Jacob’s Noodle and Cutlet

A lovely heritage space in downtown is once again occupied. What once was Felix on Fourth and Quattro Bistro has become Jacob’s Noodle and Cutlet.

While not much has changed since Quattro (the chalkboard pig drawing still looms), much attention and detail has gone into other aspects of this restaurant. The menu is very professional-looking, featuring a wide variety of Japanese/Korean fare. Many of these items are available elsewhere in Kamloops, but it is interesting to find out each restaurants’ take on these dishes. Also of note is the crockery. A wide variety of vessels and tiny racks contain tasty components - even a mortar and pestle were a part of my meal! Read below:

I ordered the “Lunch Special A” for $12.95 (with 10% off - a limited time offer), consisting of a crispy pork cutlet, carefully moulded rice, salad dressed-to-the-nines, and a variety of tempura. My dipping sauces were presented en trio (a dipping sauce for the tempura, sweet sauce and a gravy for the cutlet). A mortar and pestle filled with a small amount of sesame seeds was also offered to pulverize and distribute the seeds as I pleased. Harmony was present in this permanent lunch special, although more sauce was a necessity, in my opinion

I recommend checking out Jacob’s for Japanese/Korean food that is well executed. I look forward to watching the beautiful space it occupies become more personalized.

Jacob’s Cutlet and Noodle is located at 260 4th Ave. They are open Monday - Saturday from 11am - 9pm. Watch also for daily lunch specials posted on a sandwich board just inside the door - when I visited the special was crispy chicken. So much crispy at this joint.

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This Canada Day weekend will feature top-drawer events, including the Kamloops Chamber Musicians North Shore preview of Canada Day’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”, Ted Smith: A Retrospective art reception (guaranteed free nosh), and of course, the Kamloops Multicultural Society food booths at Riverside Park on Tuesday. There is also another event that ranks among these best aforementioned:
The Kamloops Community Flower Show is not to be missed on Saturday, June 28th at Heritage House in Riverside Park. Doors open to the public at 2pm. Admission is free, but a donation should be tucked into your wallet for tea and cakes (cakes!).
Be sure to stick around for the 3:30pm awards presentation. Some notable classes include Bearded Iris, Snapdragons and Canterbury Bells.
Marvel at the best floral offerings of gardeners in Kamloops and beyond. I will certainly be bringing my camera for this one!
http://kamloopsgardenclub.com/
The above photo was taken by Wolfgang Sauber at Prague Castle. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Roses_in_art#mediaviewer/File:Landtafel_-_B%C3%BCcher_2.jpg

This Canada Day weekend will feature top-drawer events, including the Kamloops Chamber Musicians North Shore preview of Canada Day’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”, Ted Smith: A Retrospective art reception (guaranteed free nosh), and of course, the Kamloops Multicultural Society food booths at Riverside Park on Tuesday. There is also another event that ranks among these best aforementioned:

The Kamloops Community Flower Show is not to be missed on Saturday, June 28th at Heritage House in Riverside Park. Doors open to the public at 2pm. Admission is free, but a donation should be tucked into your wallet for tea and cakes (cakes!).

Be sure to stick around for the 3:30pm awards presentation. Some notable classes include Bearded Iris, Snapdragons and Canterbury Bells.

Marvel at the best floral offerings of gardeners in Kamloops and beyond. I will certainly be bringing my camera for this one!

http://kamloopsgardenclub.com/

The above photo was taken by Wolfgang Sauber at Prague Castle. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Roses_in_art#mediaviewer/File:Landtafel_-_B%C3%BCcher_2.jpg

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National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Saturday June 21, 2014
10am - 2pm
Location: McDonald Park 
Featuring traditional activities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture, food (free BBQ plus there will be fried bannock for sale!), artisan booths and fun (including mandatory bouncy castle)
"Everyone is welcome!"
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lii-Michif-Otipemisiwak-Family-and-Community-Services/201985756518706?fref=ts

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

Saturday June 21, 2014

10am - 2pm

Location: McDonald Park

Featuring traditional activities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture, food (free BBQ plus there will be fried bannock for sale!), artisan booths and fun (including mandatory bouncy castle)

"Everyone is welcome!"

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lii-Michif-Otipemisiwak-Family-and-Community-Services/201985756518706?fref=ts

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The Pizza King pizza parlour at 426 Victoria Street is really shaping up. There have been many updates to the building since it housed “The Grind Coffee House”, including a fresh coat of paint, flooring, pizza ovens and a spiffed-up outdoor seating area (complete with emerald-green astroturf and new picnic tables!). I’m sure many more renovations besides these have been made. This parlour may be licensed - a sign for the Cariboo Brewing company was spotted.
I’m beside myself with anticipation!
So far, this is the only contact info I’ve located: http://infotel.ca/search/pizza-king/pizza-parlours/kamloops-merritt-and-areas/200156307-6023.html

The Pizza King pizza parlour at 426 Victoria Street is really shaping up. There have been many updates to the building since it housed “The Grind Coffee House”, including a fresh coat of paint, flooring, pizza ovens and a spiffed-up outdoor seating area (complete with emerald-green astroturf and new picnic tables!). I’m sure many more renovations besides these have been made. This parlour may be licensed - a sign for the Cariboo Brewing company was spotted.

I’m beside myself with anticipation!

So far, this is the only contact info I’ve located: http://infotel.ca/search/pizza-king/pizza-parlours/kamloops-merritt-and-areas/200156307-6023.html

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