Lunching With Girlfriends

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 14 April 2014 12:22 pm




Lunching with my girlfriends from the city can be a very interesting afternoon.  We meet once a month in the city or in town for lunch and we talk about everything from work to politics and even  creditor rights  as some of my girlfriends are entrepreneurs in the city.  I’ve always come back from lunching with these girls with new knowledge about what is going on around the world because they are so up to date with everything.  I ordered the greek pizza but had actually craved for the tuscan pizza but ordered wrongly but of well.

 

Boston Pizza has this lunch special for a full plate of Jambalaya for only $11 for lunch, so I highly recommended this to my girlfriend from the city but she found it a little bit too spicy for her.

My lawyer g/f from the city ordered a salad.

And another g/f who works as a financial controller in the city ordered some calamari.  We had a really good lunch – a 2 hrs lunch and went somewhere else for dessert after lunch.  We really have a good time together even though it sometimes takes a long time to get together.

Turkey Sausage Breakfast @ Tim Hortons

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review | Monday 7 April 2014 2:40 pm




I thought I should give the new breakfast turkey a try at Tim Hortons afterall, it looked so delicious and healthy.  Alas, I was not entirely into the taste, it was good but too much for me, I could only stomached half of the sandwich.   As you can see, it was a lot of food but I’m sure a lot of people would love it because it was a huge breakfast.  Lucky for me I didn’t order a hash brown with it.  But coffee as usual was definitely good and the girls excellent.

Egg Hunt Is Still On

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Friendship,Junke Food,My Musing,Shopping | Friday 4 April 2014 4:05 pm




A few weeks ago, I wrote about Easter egg hunting for my girlfriend from Malaysia right?  well, see what I found in Walmart today!  yes, I had been hunting down the eggs for her, so was really happy that I found some that she might want.

Look at this huge Angry bird eggs but they are not all chocolate in them, they have stickers and all kinds of toys in this huge Angry bird eggs apparently.

Now these has stickers and candies.

This one has chocolates and stickers too.  I wonder if they are the ones she wants.  Let me check with her again.

Brunch With Friends

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Wednesday 2 April 2014 2:45 pm




We had promised Jessica to bring her out for brunch for the longest time and even though she would be very happy with just Macdonald’s, we decided to bring her to The Snack Place – 2 blocks down the road from our store.  As you all know, we don’t have a lot of family here from my side, so Jessica is like a cousin from the East that Chloe never had.  The kids play well together and Jessica is the nicest lil’ kid we know and her parents are of course, awesome people and like some parents that we know around here.

Jessica ordered a cheeseburger with fries and a pop from the children’s menu.

Hyunjin’s fish and chips but she opted for salad instead.

Jessica enjoying her little pop.

Salad for Hyunjin.

My brunch is of course the all day breakfast but without the fries.

Fish and chips for Chloe from the Children’s menu.

Bonding time with her “cousin”

Girls having fun.

Jessica with dessert .

And chloe licking up the yummy goodness.  Good to see that Chloe has good friends to learn from.

Japanese Restaurant In Little Brook

Posted by mamabok | Uncategorized | Friday 28 March 2014 4:13 pm




So I was hoping that we could find a gem in Little Brook, we headed out for a drive there for Japanese food and for those who knows me, you know how much I loveeeeeeeeeee Japanese food.  The drive from Yarmouth is but 25 mins, so it was definitely better than driving to Halifax for sushi, so we  thought.   The ambiance of the restaurant was really great,  the little restaurant was nicely decorated but we had to stop at Irving to ask for directions, but silly us, it was only directly opposite Irving but there was no sign outside to show one that it was a Japanese restaurant.  One way to look out for the building is that they are in the same building as Evelina’s Rappie Pie building.

Service was not bad at all, but the wait staff and the sushi chefs seems shy and so did the owner.  Owner is a korean and one of the sushi chef is from Philippines I think.    They were all very friendly but very shy.

We ordered miso soup first of course – and the miso soup was alright.

The seaweed salad was excellent.

Chicken tempura for Chloe was a little on the dry side but I can’t really blame them because we didn’t want any sauce to go with it.  Chloe didn’t eat it of course and I ended up eating the salad only.

I ordered some Unagi (eel) roll to try first.

And H ordered a sashimi combo.

This is part of the sashimi combo.

I ordered some salmon sashimi and maguro and both came frozen, I wasn’t really too please with the taste at all. But having said that I remember now that Korean Japanese sashimi came in this way when I visited Seoul.

Ebi rolls.

And a matcha ice cream with fried banana was yummy.  The damage was like $142  tips included for 2 adults, which seems a little pricey in my humble opinion.  Would I go back again?  of course but I would probably order different things to try.

Healthy Breakfast

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Food From Home | Tuesday 25 March 2014 3:09 pm




Been eating a lot out lately, so I decided that it’s time for something healthy – so oats, banana and raisin it is for this morning breakfast.  What about you all out there – what do you have for breakfast?  do you feel like  – terrible when you eat out so much or eat too much junk and you just feel you have to put something healthy into your body?  I do !!!!! I feel so terrible when I eat out so much – and I try to eat 1 healthy meal a day.  What about you all out there?

Best Korean Food

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food From Home,Food Review,Korean | Thursday 20 March 2014 3:18 pm




My sister from another mother makes the best Korean home cooked food – Jap Chae !  it’s a sweet potato noodles with veggies, mushrooms, beef  and all sorts of good stuff.  She makes them so well, so whenever there is a special occasion, I get to eat this yummy Jap Chae.  If you want to have the recipe to make it, check below.  The cooking recipe is adapted from a recipe I collected online.  Try it and let me know what you think.  I’m so hungry now, I think I’m gonna make some tonite.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato noodles
  • 150 grams of beef
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 medium size carrot
  • 1 medium size onion
  • mushrooms (5 dried shitake mushroomsand 1 package of white mushrooms)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 7-8 green onions
  • sesame oil, soy sauce,  sugar, pepper, and some sesame seed.

Makes 4 servings.

Prepare ingredients :

  1. Soak 5 dried shitake mushrooms in warm water for a few hours until they become soft. Squeeze the water out of them and slice thinly.
  2. Slice a package of white mushrooms (2 cups’ worth).
  3. Cut a carrot into thin matchstick-shaped pieces 5 cm long.
  4. Cut 7 -8 green onions into 7 cm long pieces.
  5. Slice one onion thinly.
  6. Slice 150 grams of beef into thin strips.

Method :

  1. Boil 2 bunches of noodles in boiling water in a big pot for about 3 minutes. When the noodles are soft, drain them and put in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the noodles several times by using scissors and add 1 tbs of soy sauce and 1 tbs of sesame oil. Mix it up and set aside.
    *tip: Take one sample and taste it to see whether or not it’s cooked properly. If it feels soft, it’s finished.
  3. In the boiling water, add a bunch of spinach and stir it gently for 1 minute. Then take it out and rinse it in cold water 3 times. Remove any grit or dead leaves thoroughly while rinsing. Squeeze it gently to get the water out, then cut it into 5 cm pieces.
  4. Add ½ tbs soy sauce and ½ tbs sesame oil and mix it and place it onto the large bowl.
    *tip: When you drain the hot water from the pot, don’t discard the hot water. Put it back into the pot so you can cook your spinach quickly.
  5. On a heated pan, put a few drops of olive oil and your carrot strips and stir it with a spatula for 30 seconds. Put it into the large bowl (don’t burn it!).
  6. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your sliced onion. Stir it until the onion looks translucent. Put it into the large bowl with your carrots.
  7. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add the sliced white mushrooms. Stir it for a bit and then put it in the large bowl.
  8. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your green onions. Stir for 1 minute and put it into the large bowl.
  9. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your beef strips and your sliced shitake mushrooms. Stir it until it’s cooked well, then add 3 cloves of minced garlic, ½ tbs soy sauce and ½ tbs sugar. Stir for another 30 seconds and then put it into the large bowl.
  10. Add 2 tbs of soy sauce, 3 tbs of sugar, 2 tbs of sesame oil, and 1 ts of ground pepper to the large bowl. Mix all ingredients, then sprinkle 1 tbs of toasted sesame seeds on the top.
  11. Serve with rice and Kimchi, or as a side dish.

A Little Bit Country At The Farmer’s Market

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 15 March 2014 8:44 pm




So there was a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll at the local Farmer’s market this weekend.  We enjoyed all the songs played by our local talent with her classical  Ovation guitar and lots of St Patrick’s day fun as well for kids.  They decorated their marshmallow leprechauns and there were the usual vendors at the market.

Chloe and I enjoy the singing so much every time we go to the Farmer’s market, it is our highlight of the day when we visit the Farmer’s market.  We love all the organic food as well  of course but the music definitely makes the Farmer’s market a lot livelier and enjoyable.

Kinder Eggs Hunting

Posted by mamabok | Friendship,My Musing,Shopping,Snacks | Monday 3 March 2014 11:05 pm




I’m kinder eggs hunting for my g/f from Malaysia, she is looking for the Spiderman Surprise Eggs Marvel Kinder Bugs Bunny, Angry Birds, Marvel, The Avengers & Captain America.  So we’ve been looking everywhere for them in hope that we will find them before easter and mail it to her.

As you can see the Easter egg kinders are in full force right now, I bought a few for Chloe already and she was tickled pink.

This is the egg hunt kit – wonder what is the difference.

And more eggs for easter hunt, this time with some new toys.  So wish me luck while I go hunting for her – and even to Halifax if I have to.

Dining With Live Music

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,FoodBuzz,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Vacation | Friday 28 February 2014 11:16 pm




Last year, PB and I were invited to join some food bloggers at a winery in Florida.  Dining with music at the winery was an amazing experience and most of our meals were taken care of by our host.  We not only got to tour the vineyard and tasted many different wines produced and bottled at the winery, we also enjoyed the many entertainment provided by the winery.

I have to say that I enjoyed the live music a lot and the  sonor snare drum from musicians friend  was something that I had tempted to bring home with me because I had enjoyed the drums so much.  This year, we have been invited by another vineyard to visit during the summer, I am hoping to bring along a girlfriend instead of PB since PB isn’t into the wine as much.  I believed that the entertainment would be just as good this year too, so I’m really looking forward to going. Nothing pleases me more than dining with music and a good wine.

Cheap But Awesome Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review | Thursday 20 February 2014 10:44 pm




Take out lunch need not be expensive especially if you know the owners of the restaurant.  Lotus soup was free and yummy – boiled with beef.

And half an order of Singapore noodles because I didn’t really know what I wanted to eat.  So the soup and the noodles just hit the spot and i wasn’t even hungry till late in the evening today.

Hunting Season

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Gadgets,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 14 February 2014 4:26 pm




Hunting season is not here yet but I do miss the deer meat, lucky for me, we have some frozen ones from the father-in-law who does hunt once a year. But with a  Scouting Camera  I think he has more fun just camping out and doing the man thing than shooting those deers for their meat.  Hunting is such a big part of Canada and you see people taking time off from work just to go hunting.

How does the deer meat taste?  pretty good actually and if you know how to prepare it, it is really very delicious.  I used to have deer meat stir fried but now that I’m in Canada, the father in law loves making them like steak.  I remember him trying to trick me into eating it but little did he know that I’ve always eaten deer meet in Asia.  So if I miss my deer meat, I know where to get my fix.

BLT Bagel From Tim’s

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review | Saturday 1 February 2014 5:30 pm




I normally have a bagel with light cream cheese and a small coffee for breakfast from Tim Hortons but since it was the first day of Chinese New Year, I decided I should try something different.  So  a BLT was what I ordered on an everything bagel.  The BLT bagel was obviously more expensive than a bagel with cream cheese but it was a pretty good BLT bagel and I would order it again, the next time.  Yums!  Gong Hei Fatt Choy everyone!

Chilli Lobsters For Reunion Dinner

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review | Friday 31 January 2014 5:25 pm




While my siblings are having Buddha Jump Over The Monk for reunion dinner and worrying if I have any good food for Chinese New Year’s reunion dinner, I am having some chilli lobsters with jasmine rice for mine.  I told my family and friends not to worry about me and to have a good time every year but they know that we don’t have a huge chinese community here, therefore every year, they try and send me lots of food and anything they can think of to make it a merrier Chinese New Year for me.

I’m so grateful for all their kindness and thinking of me and Chloe always.  But my lobster dinner was pretty good too.  So folks out there, don’t worry about me, I’m celebrating in my own way too.

Guitar Tuner For Birthday Boy

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Entertainment,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 29 January 2014 9:03 pm




Celebrating the best friend’s birthday in the city was pretty awesome last week.  Besides the birthday cake that was baked for him from home, we also got him a  ibanez effects  for his birthday and had a wonderful meal in the city.  The best friend is PB’s childhood friend who had moved to the city with his family a few years ago.  Every year we try to go up to the city to celebrate with him and his family.  Unfortunately, they are camera shy but being in the big 40, I had to note it down on my blog to remember this day.

Good friends are hard to come by, PB has a few from when he was a kid but some who are still living in town are way too busy to even keep in contact, while others who are away are the ones who kept in touch.  We love all our friends and we try our best to be there for them anytime they need us.  And of course, not forgetting to get them a good birthday gift.  This friend loves playing his guitar and is a music fan, so a guitar tuner was an appropriate gift.

Fried Haddock Roe

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Seafood | Monday 27 January 2014 12:52 pm




I saw some Haddock Roe last week and had wanted to get some to try but my father in law – Budd, had it on the stove when we arrived on Sunday for a visit.  It sure looked good but I didn’t try it but  he said it was very good and fresh.   Haddock Roes like any fish roes are a acquired taste, not everyone love it and it sure doesn’t look very appetizing before cooking them but it is really good.

Fry them up with a little corn flour and it’s ready to be tasted.  Try it if you haven’t.

This is how the haddock roe looks like in the supermarket.

Trombone Music & Dinner

Posted by mamabok | FoodBuzz,Friendship,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Sunday 26 January 2014 9:13 pm




 

So you must be curious as to what trombone music has to do with my dinner.  Well, i was invited to a friend’s place for dinner one night and she had asked if I could bring the  trombone slide lubricants  that i had ordered for her kid online.  So before dinner, her kid played the trombone and showed me how much better the trombone was working after using the slide lubricants.  And believe me – I didn’t think that trombone can make such good music, I was really impressed and in awe.  Check out an example below and tell me you are not impressed with it.  But yes, i had an awesome dinner and some red bean soup with sesame glutinous rice balls for dessert.

Home Made Pecan Pie

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing | Saturday 25 January 2014 1:26 pm




Sorry a month late with this yummy pecan pie made by Aunt Helena for Christmas.  I loved pecan pie and wished I could eat all of it but I can’t because I’m diabetic.  But that doesn’t mean that life is over with me, it just means that I have to eat in moderation.  So a bite I took of the pecan pie and I loved it.  It was sweeeeet alright but so worth it.  Nothing beats home made pie that’s for sure.

Greek Yogurt Maker

Posted by mamabok | FoodBuzz,Home Essentials,My Musing,Shopping | Monday 20 January 2014 12:56 pm




I swear food bloggers have so much fun!  we get free food , food products to try and we also get to keep it and get paid for the reviews.  Tell me how much more fun can it get right?  Yes, I love blogging and if I didn’t I couldn’t have kept at it for this long, it’s not only because of the money or the free stuff and free food, I seriously love blogging and I’m really inspired to start vlogging soon.  What do you think?  should I vlog too?

Anyhow, my boss asked me to pick up a yogurt maker and since Chloe loves yogurt so much, I signed up for the assignment .  I said to my boss – ME! ME!  pick ME!!!  hahhaha!!  So I did pick one up during the week but I haven’t gotten to try it out yet because I’ve reviews I have to put up that I haven’t since before Christmas, so I’m gonna do that first and then come back to this.  Hang in there and wait for the review eh.

Canadian Supplier For Asian Food

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping | Saturday 18 January 2014 3:41 pm




Yes! a Canadian supplier for Asian food in Markham, Toronto! woohoo!!  no worries about not being able to get food from home now.  Well, not all the food that I want but at least some of the food that I’m eating.  Shipping is reasonable and they are very quick with their services.  Wen Ho Of Canada carries the Tean’s group of food that I’m currently eating now.  They also carry the 3-in-1 tea from Aik Cheong and coffee as well.

4 boxes of food delivered within 1 week of ordering, now that’s pretty quick.  I’m sure I will be ordering more food from them.

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