Category Archives: Kelowna

rock runner underwater

Water Photography

My name is Alan Verbeke,  alvee_ on Instagram.  My wife and I moved to the Okanagan in June 2013, which was an easy choice after living in Australia – the weather, the scenery and the vineyards, what’s not to love? And for someone who is constantly toting around a bag full of camera equipment, there are endless opportunities to take photos in this picturesque setting.

Josh Barr the grill master

Kelowna Spareparts Staff Party

Looks like it’s that time of year again, staff party time! We all gathered at Josh Barr’s (Head honcho) house for a good old fashioned barbie. There were all of our favorite foods, like veggies, chicken kabobs, Miss Vicki’s (Josh Worsefold’s favorite) and fresh fruit. Not to mention Josh grilled steaks the size of Nixon Blasters. Oh yeah, we were so full after.


Wakeboarding Parking Lot Party? Okay!

Ever seen a wakeboard show in the middle of a parking lot? Me either. Want to? Well then you’re in luck my friend. Samsung is set to throw a parking lot party to launch the all new Samsung Galaxy S5 this Saturday which will feature a 100ft long above ground pool with an overhead (boatless) cable wake system. I know, right?


CD Release: The Written Years

Vancouver’s The Written Years have just released their self-titled full length album on January 28th. Because of this, the band is setting out to showcase their work, which encapsulates youthful nostalgia, while leaving your heart inspired. Recently, those fond of music gathered at Fernando’s Pub in Kelowna last night to hear this three-piece indie rock group play alongside two local bands: The Dragstrip Devils and Cloud Merchants.


Big White

I don’t contribute for the Kelowna page of this blog but I just got back from an amazing New Years trip at Big White, so I thought I would share. When I say “I just got back” I mean that I have obviously been back for almost a month… but January is a really busy time of year for me so it feels like I just got back


We have THE DEALS This Boxing Day

Happy holidays! We hope you are enjoying the best day of the year as much as we are! There’s nothing better than a day with family and close friends, doing nothing but eating, drinking, giving, and receiving gifts! Well, if one of those gifts happened to be a Spareparts gift card or an envelop full of money, tomorrow is the day to use it because we have some incredible boxing day sales happening at Spareparts this year! Below is a small sample of THE DEALS you’ll find at our boxing day sale tomorrow! (Come early to ensure best selection!)

Vegan Comfort Food: Beet Stroganoff

When the leaves turn yellow and we seem to want to do everything a bit cozier: we layer on sweaters and snuggle up with blankets while reading or catching up on our TV shows. Likewise, a big jar of cold brew gets swapped out for chai concentrate and crunchy salads get swapped out for soups and stews and other warm bowls. Early fall is the perfect time to make use of the abundance of vegetables that are fresh from the harvest and especially the root vegetables just popped fresh from the ground. The earthy flavours in beets are especially fall-like. Faced with an abundance of beets from our friend’s farm, we got to work brainstorming a way to integrate them into a comfort food dish. Always a sucker for a good pun and a nice cream sauce, we settled on “Beet Stroganoff”: shredded beets with an herbed dairy-free cream sauce with a hint of lemon served over noodles. It’s a take on a traditional stroganoff(which uses sour cream and dill), but we had these ingredients on hand so we used ‘em! It’s a great way to add to your veggie intake for the day. It was pretty delicious, fresh, and quick to cook. Recipe after the jump: