Bean Scene Central

1815 Gordon Dr #109, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3A4
 
★★★★★

Friendly homey atmosphere that makes you want to relax and unwind. Have a tea, coffee, or pastry and let a charming barista take your order, then make it for you while you watch! It makes an excellent end of day location, as it’s store front faces towards the sunset, allowing you to bask in it’s glow.

Customer service is excellent, people care.

https://goo.gl/maps/PM5BjuHJDTVDbG8L7

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Blenz Coffee

104-460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A2

September 2019- Still clean, however their space is harder to maneuver in and the lineup is not clearly marked so you could be standing in line on the wrong side of the counter and have someone budge you. Staff are still smiling and friendly, however, their inability to put cream cheese on a bagel that costs me twice as much as Timmies and tastes like cardboard, has warped my view of this location. Stars have been set at 2 from 5.

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September 2018- Clean, spacious, open feel. Fast and friendly and smiling staff, coffee prices close to Tim’s.

https://goo.gl/maps/vyB5FF16Gu62

‘Sticky Weeds’ – A gardeners Nightmare, a Herbalist’s dream

The first hint that a plant is good for you, is if it’s defense mechanisms are good at making you want to leave it alone! Sadly most gardeners feel removing said plants is better then using their qualities, creating a large gap in knowledge which separates your average gardener from a herbalist, IE, those who want it to look pretty, vs those who can live off the land.

Take for example Echinacea, most of us know it is an immune boosting plant, however, if you’ve tried harvesting one, you know you’ll need gloves for the spines and heavy duty to snips to break up the spiny flower once dried.

As per a thread on this site, ‘Sticky Weeds’ , bedstraw or its official name Galium Aparine should be removed asap as it will spread and cause havoc. Here’s a thought, you about you learn how to control it and use the benefits of the plant, instead of throwing out the baby with the bath water? Like most ‘weeds’ we’ve been told to remove, this ‘annoyance’ holds medicinal properties. Galium Aparine is a natural cancer fighter, yet whens the last time you’ve seen this as an ingredient?

Do yourself a favor, find out what’s growing in your yard, and see if it will help you before removing it! And in doing so, you’ll more then likely uncover a wealth of knowledge that will help you for years to come 🙂 The earth gives us what we need, let’s use it!

What’s in Your Tea? – Orange Peel

When sourcing your orange peels, be aware that they pick up pesticides! After hearing about major tea companies crafting teas with unacceptable pesticide levels, and orange peko being the top, I delved into to check if there is any way to retain the flavor while eliminating the chemical – No verified safe methods have been found.

If you still choose to use orange peel in your tea, it is suggested to use ‘organic’, however, organic is just a title, and the source should be researched.

As I do grow a lot of my own tea ingredients, someday I see myself growing a little orange tree, but for now, I’ll be limiting the amount of teas I make with this item, as it’s hard to source safely.

Misato’s Kitchen

1607 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8

Friendly staff, quick service and amazing all you can eat buffet! Tables always packed, so call to reserve, or if you’re lucky, there may be a stool at the bar. So, if you’re in the mind for some sushi, skip lunch, and head on here for fantastic meal.

https://goo.gl/maps/nYFGNQXhFZC2