Gadgets In The Kitchen

Posted by mamabok | Gadgets,General,Home Essentials,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 9 December 2015 12:33 am


The kitchen is a wonderful place to find all kinds of gadgets, from a  18v dc power supply  to a portable steamer tucked away right behind the last cabinet , clearly forgotten for the longest time.   So if anyone in the family needed any kind of gadget or missing one , they know where to get them and I know that the 18 V ones are used for pedals.  The spouse never throws anything away, so we are always collecting stuff that we don’t know when we might need it again.  But if anyone need any power supply, you know where to find them.

Rice Roll Shaker

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,FoodBuzz,Friendship,Gadgets,Japan,Japanese,My Musing | Thursday 15 October 2015 7:13 pm


So I saw this gadget on youtube from one of my favorite vlogger , and since we do not have a Daiso in our small little town of Yarmouth, NS, Canada.  What do I do?  reach out to my many friends from all over the world in my network of friends to get me one if they have a Daiso.  And sure enough a few weeks later, this package arrived from the United States of America !  woohoo !  Eddie my long time blogging friend sent me one and refused to let me pay for it.  How sweet is he?


This gadget cost less than $2 USD but the postage is about $10 USD.  And what do one use it for , I hear you asking?


Well, as you can see here, one can make sushi rolls very easily with this gadget and if you see the video by Ochikeron from Create Eat Happy, you will get an idea how you can make use of the gadget easily.  But on the wrapper that comes with the plastic gadget, they do also show you how.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to use the gadget and it’s really fun.  So check it out and if you want one, check with your friends from Asia or even in United States, I’m very blessed as you can see to have friends from around the world, who are so generous to me.  Thank you Eddie !

New Breakfast Wraps From McDonalds

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Saturday 10 October 2015 10:04 pm


Kale and Feta Morning wraps was what I ordered and this must be new because I didn’t see this before.  And anything with Kale, I’m interested in .  Of course, one can also choose the sausage with hash brown morning wrap but I didn’t because that combination seems a little weird to me – hahah ! but that’s just my opinion and I’m sure a lot of folks out there would love it.


The eggs looked so fresh and lots of feta cheese in it and it is a huge wrap I have to warn you .  With the Kale and Feta wrap, it’s only 400 calories and less sodium as well.


And the hash brown and sausage is double the calories as well as sodium.  So I choose the my wise choice as you and I know , I’m pretty overweight. hahahah!  But yes, I love it and thumbs up for the morning wraps.

Anniversary Promotion At My Favorite Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | General,Home Essentials,My Musing,Shopping,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Thursday 24 September 2015 9:49 pm


My favorite restaurant is having an anniversary soon and for their anniversary promotion they are having some wild tuna this week.  You and I know that wild tuna doesn’t come by so easily these day so, I’m so happy , I’m going to be planning a trip to the city to taste these wild tuna soon.  But that’s not all, they also ordered some  personalized pens from  pen  for all customers who are eating there during this week.

I definitely like the idea because who could refused a pen of your favorite restaurant right?  Not only does it have the restaurant’s phone number on it, it also has the opening hours stated for easy reference.  Can’t say it is a bad investment , as every time I use the pen, I would be reminded of the delicious food there and I would want to revisit the restaurant every time I look at the pen.

In fact , having promotional pens is such a good idea that I would love to do the same for our store during our store’s anniversary.  Plus, it’s always good to have personalized pens in the store to use as it’s a proud moment that we’ve arrived.  15 years in business, we can definitely afford to pay it forward and give the customer back something.

Bak Kwa From Little Red Dot Again

Posted by mamabok | BBQ,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz | Sunday 20 September 2015 11:14 pm


I haven’t had Bak Kwa for a long time, and I thought that the Little Red Dot Kitchen in USA was closed because I can’t go on its site for the longest time.  I was quite disappointed because thus far , this is one of the best but the ones in Toronto were very good too but my girlfriend from Toronto has a hard time going to the place to get it for me, so I rather pay more to get some from the States.


So this time the shipping was only $10 from the states and that’s is very , very reasonable but I have to say , that the quality is quite different , it’s is quite charred this time and thick too.  The first packet that I opened were tiny pieces , followed by the second packet and only a few pieces , I will take pictures of its contents the next time I open a new packet. I do like the bak kwa but I was really hoping to get it better like home.  So I think I paid like $80 USD for meat thus far. Yes, kinda funny but what can you do when you are craving for some.  Some people I know have done it themselves  but I still rather pay for them.

BBQ At The Cottage With Live Music

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,BBQ,Entertainment,Friendship | Monday 14 September 2015 9:47 pm


We don’t throw a lot of party and BBQ but when we do, you can be assured that we do it big , like everyone said when we were done with the BBQ a few Sundays ago.  We invited friends and family and mostly long time customers who turned into friends along the way for the BBQ and to entertain us were none other than our good friend/customer Gary and PB’s Aunt and Uncle.   I think they might have bought all their musical instrument from out of town as there is no music shop in town, we ourselves get ours from .



There were plenty of food and plenty of good company that day , everyone were happy, the kids were entertained and so were the adults.  I’m just happy that everyone had a very good time.  Here we have Gary on the guitar and Sandra on the violin and Garth on the bass.


Justin over there on his classical guitar as well and of course, their spouses and our Uncle Real were listening to all the good music.  We are definitely going to have a bigger crowd next year with more music people around.

Summer Margaritas Party

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,Parties,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 22 July 2015 2:52 pm


Summer is finally here and of course, we can’t wait to party at our cottage.  We are having a margarita party with my girlfriends and I can’t wait to show off my  Margarita Glasses – Customized by Glass With a Twist  .  I loved that we can have garden parties anytime we want because of having a cottage by the beach.  Our cottage is so cozy and even though we’ve spent hours decorating it , we still feel that having friends and family over is the best thing one can do at the cottage.



The kids can also have their own margarita party but of course without the alcohol but they definitely can use our margarita glasses and play pretty like they are adults too.  A little more to pay to personalize the margarita glasses but so many years of fun for both the adults and kids.  You can choose the fonts you want and what you want to print on the glasses and of course, the more you order, the less it will cost you.  I would get 2 dozen if you asked me because you want to make sure that everyone has a very special margarita glass.  No one wants to get left out of the fun.

Tuesday Pasta Night At Boston Pizza

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Pasta,Shopping | Monday 20 July 2015 9:44 pm


I’ve never had pasta on Tuesday nights at Boston Pizza before and we finally made it for pasta night.  We had wanted to order our ordinary pasta but the waitress had recommended that we order the ones for pasta night because they were only $10 each.   So we figured we would.  I ordered the spaghetti with their famous meatballs.  And as you can see here , the pasta were aplenty.  I could hardly finish half of it , and only had 2 meatballs.  So unless you have a huge appetite, I don’t encourage you to order such because I for one hate to waste food and I don’t like leftovers , so what a waste.


My g/f had the jambalaya and it was huge too but at least she managed to finish a lot of it and doggie back home the rest but it was a lot.  So unless you really love pasta, don’t waste food.


We of course had to have the cheese cake with some coffee to end the evening.

Coupon Deals

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 17 July 2015 11:10 pm


Everyone loves a good deal and I’m no different, especially since after having a kid.  I love the fact that I can buy things that are way cheaper and am able to splurge or justify buying things besides food that is a necessity.  So I thought I would share  coupon musicians friend  with all of you out there who loves music instruments. One can find all kinds of hot deals here and prices cuts on so many awesome music gear.

Juice In A Box

Posted by mamabok | Drinks,FoodBuzz,Health,Home Essentials,My Musing,Shopping | Wednesday 17 June 2015 10:56 am


I figured I should get one for Chloe to bring to school instead of giving her a juice box that one can buy at our local supermarket, since we all know that juice boxes are full of sugar.  With that thinking, my food buzz folks asked me to get one locally and check it out for them.  So away I went to Sandy’s to buy one for Chloe.  Chloe has used it once with the juice that I juiced for her but she didn’t finished the juice because she said it wasn’t cold enough by the time she got it.


I do love the color and I figured it’s ok if she can’t use it in school, I can still juice at home while she is playing outdoors and she can have her juice in the box during the summer instead of the regular sugar filled boxes.   The juice in a box is easy to clean and easy to put together but when you pour your juice make sure the lid is off else it will get messy when you first open the lid.   The juice in a box is about $12 and it’s worth buying if you want your kids to have a healthy drink all throughout summer instead of just sugar.

Fancy Sandwich Box At Tim Hortons

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz | Wednesday 10 June 2015 11:06 am


I ordered a turkey croissant this morning at my local Tim Hortons and was kinda surprised to get this fancy box for packaging.  Usually my sandwiches come wrapped up with Tim’s wrapper and it was good with me but having a fancy box is way nicer because one can always leave half the sandwich for later , if one gets too busy at the store.  As for me, I left the other half for a friend and the box came in handy to bring the half croissant to her.


Loved the sandwich but would have still preferred my croissant to be toasted but they don’t do that at Tim’s no more.  What a bummer !

Pho @ I Love Pho

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Saturday 6 June 2015 11:17 am


So we were up in the city during the weekend and I had to try some Pho of course.  But since PB and Chloe didn’t wanna eat the same as I , I ordered a take out from I Love Pho located at Bedford Highway.  It was a small restaurant but very cozy and the girl who took my order was really nice.  I would definitely go back and eat there while the food is nice and in a bowl coz’ it was hard to eat in a take out bowl as they gave me a lot of food.

I ordered the Pho with everything in eat , stripes , beef and beef balls.  The noodles were al – dente and the soup were placed separately in case you lived a long drive away.  I was hoping the soup would be more robust but it wasn’t , probably because I wasn’t dining in and couldn’t add in all the condiments that they had provided.

Overall, I do loved it , I even went back after my dinner to get some Vietnamese desserts and it was so yummy !  you will see me again I Love Pho.

Simple Lunch Series #6

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz | Monday 1 June 2015 11:11 am


Of late I’ve been craving for curry.  Yes, spicy curry if possible.  So I went to our good old neighborhood restaurant  – the New Century on Main Street to ask if they could do some rice with curry beef for me.  And they said yes!  yummy !  loved the fresh veggies as well as the tender beef , so this was my simple lunch for today.  Those who wants authentic Chinese , check the New Century Restaurant on Main Street – they not only do good food, they are very accommodating.

I Had Dim Sum !

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Breakfast,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz | Monday 25 May 2015 12:09 pm


Yes !  I had dim sum from my favorite place – Great Wall in downtown Halifax.  PB was so sweet and made sure we go for dim sum even though we just had breakfast.  Gotta love the man !


But since it was only the 3 of us, we didn’t order as much.  We had the glutinous rice and century egg congee.


Har gow – with a huge shrimp inside the har gow.


BBQ pork buns


Egg tarts.


And my favorite carrot cake.  Dim sum was like $40 something bucks but definitely so filling and we didn’t even finish everything , we had to ask for a doggy bag. Service was very good too, the boss came over to serve us.

Summer Parties

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,FoodBuzz,Gadgets,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 19 May 2015 11:20 am


Summer parties back home are not only with food but loads of music and if you have been to the ones that I go to when I was in college, you would love it so much, you don’t want summer to ever end.  Children of all ages and adults loved these parties because there are just so many things to do, during the entire weekend.  I’ve seen musicians come to these parties with  strat tone  and all kinds of high tech equipment and clowns as well as magicians are brought in to entertain the entire family.

There are always plenty of food to go around and drinks of all kind and shaved ice as well as our local desserts like bobo cha cha and ice kacang for the kids.  Ice cream is a must and lots of wine for the adults.  I do missed our summer parties from home for it’s not like this here where I am currently situated.

Our parties are never wild, but everyone goes home feeling very happy and wanting more for the next year.

Fried Ice Cream

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Tuesday 5 May 2015 2:22 pm


Actually, I didn’t get fried ice cream, I got some fried bananas with ice cream but they do have fried ice cream at the Honey Bee’s ice cream place in Dayton.  And the fried banana ice cream was massive, it takes at least 2 person to finish it and even 3 would be just nice in my humble opinion.  Only for $6, you can choose your toppings from chocolate to blueberries and as you can see , we had the blueberries.  Yummy yummy in my tummy !  this summer, check out Honey Bee ice cream at Dayton if you are in town.

Food Events In The City

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 28 April 2015 1:48 pm


Attended a food event in the city during the weekend as we were invited to the event by some of the organizers there.  It was a very popular event as you can see and I like the event venue as it was in the middle of the city with lots of parking.  The event hall was packed and brightly lit with  myLED High Bay lights  I was told.

With such a big event hall, using these LED lights is really smart as they  not only save money on utility bills cine they are energy efficient.  And since they are long lasting, you won’t need to get them changed so often, therefore it’s  maintenance efficient as well.

I like the fact that even with the event hall so bright and nicely lit, we didn’t feel like hot at all.  Another plus for using LED high Bay lights I have to say , for most events that I’ve been too , are just so unbearable because of the heat the lights were giving out.

I did enjoy the event , despite the fact that there were tons of people around , thanks to a cool event hall – I cannot stress how important it is to make event goers like us stay a bit longer to have a nice, cool event hall.

Breakfast For Champions

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Food Review,FoodBuzz | Thursday 2 April 2015 11:02 am


Where can one get this waffle?  At the local Farmer’s Market from 9am.  The waffle is not too sweet and fluffy and made on the spot for you and you can have various toppings of your liking.  From sweet to savory but not too sweet.  I loved it.  I could eat it everyday and at $8 no taxes, I’m sure you want to try it too.  The chefs are from the Ye Olde Argyle Lodge and I’ve heard that their Sunday’s brunch are even better.  So do check them out if you are in Yarmouth, our Farmer’s Market is awesome!

Sushi Night @ Rudders

Posted by mamabok | Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz,Japan | Saturday 28 March 2015 11:17 am


Sushi night at Rudders ! Yay! when I heard about it, and when i was told that the lady who is making the sushi makes it for her Japanese hubby, I had to try it.  So I ordered the 16 pcs combination with miso soup and salad, the whole 9 yards.  $25 tax included for take out. Miso soup was yummy but more tofu and some seaweed would be really good.


The salad was good too but I was hoping for more authentic Japanese salad cream.


Sushi were a disappointment though, the sushi were very salty and the scallops as well as salmon were tasteless.  Alas !  I couldn’t finish it because I never waste my calories.  I managed to force myself to finish half only but the rest I had to throw it out.  Very sad indeed !  I was really hoping for better , so that I can always have something to look forward to without going to Halifax.  I am sure some people would argue that they were very good but for someone who’ve eaten at Jiro’s in Tokyo and Sushi Dai , it was just not good enough for me.

Brunch @ Jungle Jim’s

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz | Wednesday 18 March 2015 11:40 am


We had to go to Jungle Jim’s because chloe wanted some bacon.  And you would think you can never go wrong with ordering breakfast but my omelet didn’t have a taste and even after putting on the ketchup it still didn’t taste that awesome.


But the bacon was AWESOME!!!


PB had his usual grill cheese – SO BORING !


And chloe had her usual monkey fingers – she said so YUMMY !   Meal came up to about $40 tax included and tips.

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