Apart from soaking up the scenery, visiting my family and friends, or selling my artwork, the thing I love most about going back to the Columbia Valley is the delicious food choices. It’s tough not to become a complete gourmand when beautiful dishes like these are available.The crispy flatbreads from (my two good girlfriends, Kristine and Ruth’s restaurant) The Pynelogs Cafe (aka The Scotty Burger), are to die for! It’s an amazing from scratch restaurant where you can sit on a gorgeous sun soaked patio overlooking Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. The treats from Tony’s Greek Grill in Fairmont like calamari, donairs, souvlaki, salad and lemon oregano fries are always sure-fire crowd pleasers. Sushi and Edamame from Fubuki Sushi was thoroughly enjoyed outside in the evening sunshine after Tour of the Arts and I can hardly wait to get back sometime soon to gorge on felafels at the brand new Safta’s Kitchen in Radium. There sure are some good eats in the valley!
Two of my amazing girlfriends Kristine and Ruth run the fabulous Scotty Burger, an incredible cafe on the edge of Lake Windermere right next to Kinsmen Beach. I worked for them last summer part-time while I was renting a studio part-time at Blackstar. This week they needed a bit of help so I am working a few days to pay off my food tab. Win, win. The girls create delicious, fresh daily specials like salads, soups and flatbread pizzas. But their real specialty is the Scotty Burgers: a perfectly seasoned 8 oz. of 100% Alberta beef burger with all the toppings (cheese, bacon & mushrooms or Havarti, red pepper and roasted garlic) stuffed right in the centre. To die for really. I’m treating myself to a seasonal salad today for lunch, and this evening I am taking two burgers home to be cooked by the master griller himself, Le Nick. Staring at the lake all day and eating good food, puts my heart in a great place!