Cup of Fruits

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Fruits | Sunday 28 September 2008 7:39 pm




Fruits are darn expensive here.. so whenever any goes on sale.. even these cups ones .. which are originally at $1.69 a cup .. i still grabbed them…  but like all Asians.. we loved our fruits fresh… and these are way too sweet. .and hard to finish.  But fruits are definitely better than chips or chocolates right..?

I bought one peach and another pineapples.  As you all know pineapples are darn ex.. so i’ll eat just about any.  The peach one is ok.. but the pineapple ones.. well .. lets just say .. i won’t buy them again.  Ahhh..!! i so missed BangKok..!!  for a buck.. you can get several types of fruits.. all cut up. .and in a stick for you to munch for snacks.

A Celebration

Posted by mamabok | Hotels,Japanese,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Sunday 28 September 2008 6:08 pm




My best friend just wrote to me about celebrating the birthday of the great grandmother in a hotel and since she was 102 yrs old, the local newspaper covered the story of their 4 generations living under the same roof.  Yes.. ! it’s true!  the hotel was excellent .. because they had invited a lot of their older relatives and those from the community center for the celebration.. and guess what they gave these older folks as a door gift..??  You wouldn’t guess it .. i bet..! muahahha!!  Disposable Diaper !!!  now i wonder if that was being ingenious..?? or just simply rude..??  What do you think..??

Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Cooking,Food Bloggies,Food Review,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 27 September 2008 10:45 pm




Thanksgiving is just round the corner and i’m wondering if we should have Thanksgiving at my place this year.  Looking up for Thanksgiving recipes to see if i can come up with a fairly good meal with friends and family  without making them go home hungry because I’m only good at cooking chinese food.  But since they are gonna be “ang mohs” .. i’ll have to cook “ang moh” food right..??

Panzarotti aka Fried Pizza Omelette

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Fast Food,Italian,Junke Food,Pizzas | Thursday 25 September 2008 9:30 am




Panzarotti is a favorite with students especially for lunch but I for one cannot imagine eating it.  With so much cheese in it and dough and fried.. !!  this is definitely a high cholesterol meal and i can’t afford to eat something like that .. and truth be told.. i can’t stomach it.  But kids can.. and since their metabolism is so different from mine, they are entitled to eat it.

Katelynn is too sweet .. and cut opened the panzarotti for me to take a picture of all the cheese in it.  Even she can’t finished the whole thing.. now that must say something right.  Yah..loads of cheese as you can see.. but i think you can have other stuff in it as well.  This is an italian dish i heard.   Have you had a Panzarotti before ..?

Chocolates

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Junke Food,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 22 September 2008 8:07 am




For someone who never liked sweet stuff .. and also since I’ve been diabetic.. i had been stuffing myself silly with chocolates after my surgeries.  I think it’s because of the ice crunching, since i don’t crunch ice no more, i am getting bored or something…???  I know it doesn’t make sense..  but it’s happening.  If I don’t control myself really soon, I’m going to need some weight loss pills for sure.  But I can’t seems to resist those almond chocolates from Herseys..!!!  Hellpppp..!!

Up Close & Personal With Wallace Brothers Orchards & Nursery

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Western | Wednesday 17 September 2008 8:29 pm




Coming up real soon, an insight to running an Apple/Pear/Plums Orchard & Nursery in Canada. A special heart to heart talk with owners, Andy & Phyllis Wallace and a walk around the Orchard.  30 years ago,  Andy Wallace & his brother Bruce, planted their first apple tree and never looked back.  I bring you the scoop and the lives of being an owner of such a huge farm.

More to come .. check back soon!

Healthier Mini Muffins

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Snacks,The Brat | Tuesday 16 September 2008 6:00 pm




These muffins are mini size and we had bought it for my daughter.. to bring to school for her break time at about 10am.  Knowing she won’t be able to finish a whole regular muffin, we found that this alternative was a really good one.  They are said to be the healthier version of muffins. Made by our local grocery store brand – Compliments Junior.  These muffins are source of Omega 3 Polyunsaturates and has no trans fat.  Approved by the Heart and Stroke foundation.  At about 12 mini muffins for $2.55 .. it’s not too bad but even if they were more expensive .. i would have bought it too.. because they were the “good” stuff.. if you know what i mean.

Eating An Asian Culture

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Useful Links | Monday 15 September 2008 9:36 pm




For those who are not aware of this.. the Asians love to eat .. not because of eating.. but because of the bonding and the close knitted family notion .. that everything needs to be seated down and talked about.  A huge grand discussion is what the grammies and grampies love to see.  The celebrated just about everything and anything from someone coming out of a  drug rehab to another cousin who went to an alcohol rehab .  I told yer, they celebrate just about everything and anything.

Wendy’s

Posted by mamabok | Fast Food,Western | Sunday 14 September 2008 10:34 am




Good ole Wendy’s.  When we first had Wendy’s in Singapore, everyone was rushing into this fast food chain.  I was 16 then.. but i still liked Macdonalds alot but i didn’t mind Wendy’s chilli.  Now some 30 years later, in the other side of the world now – Canada, i still feel the same as i did.  Wendy’s didn’t change a wee bit.. even when they are in another continent.

Wendy’s was relatively cheaper than Macdonald’s and less aggravating..!! we were able to get our food within minutes.. unlike the local Macdonald’s that made us wait for 25 mins for our fish burger (but that’s for another story and another day).  If it wasn’t because of our lil’ brat.. we won’t eat in any fast food chain, but you see she only started to eat chicken nuggets.. and we wanted to tell her it’s ok.. to eat some chicken… she doesn’t like meat.

This is the kid’s meal at Wendy’s, they had fries, nuggets and milk in the meal.

Truth be told, i still prefer Macdonald’s, Wendy’s burger is so-so.

Nuggets

Fries & nuggets, we couldn’t eat the fries at all. It was bad..!

Birthday Party

Posted by mamabok | Parties,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Western | Sunday 14 September 2008 10:31 am




We’ve been invited to a birthday party today.. and it’s held in a bowling alley. But knowing kids.. they probably play alot . . and run around without even looking back at us.  I wonder if i can bring my laptop computer , so that i can get some work done,   but i don’t want to appear rude.. so what is the party etiquette.. for children’s party..?

Sobeys Update

Posted by mamabok | Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Sunday 14 September 2008 10:25 am




Well.. the local Sobeys did call to “double” inform me of the ice cream thing .. but they got a clerk in the office to call .. just to inform me.  No professionalism .. or ownership at all.. in my humble opinion.  Disappointed ..?? yes.. ! but i’m not gonna let it bother me but these folks should probably have IT jobs and not in  customer service

Frozen Country

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Fast Food,Food Review,Frozen Food,Western | Wednesday 10 September 2008 6:01 pm




In our local grocery stores around town.. frozen food takes up alot of space in the store.  Rows and rows of huge fridges just to store frozen food.  We do have frozen food back home. .but i don’t even thing they are as much as we do have here.  You can just get about anything you want frozen.  And me..??  i haven’t eaten so much frozen food in my entire life, until i arrived in Canada.

I often questioned the nutritional value of these frozen food… but after living in Canada for so many years.. you sorta do what the Canadians do.  Having said that.. i try my very best to choose the good kind of frozen food…and i know you are laughing at me now.. because is there such a thing as a good kinda frozen food..??

Yes..! frozen chinese food too..! in cute Western take out boxes.  While we were taught from young that fresh food were the best.. and wet markets were the thing to do every morning.. in your pajamas.. here the Westerners do not even think about feeding frozen food to their kids .. everyday.. and every meal.  But is it any better than feeding them poutine..?

Frozen meatballs, frozen lasange.. frozen pie.  You get the hint eh.

No.. i don’t really like alot of frozen food.  I will eat them.. if i really don’t have anything to eat.. but i’m not crazy about them.. like some people.

Frozen sandwich too..!! woo hoo..!! now we have that all covered.  Frozen country .. or not..?

Home Made Curry Chicken

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home | Monday 8 September 2008 11:52 pm




Home made curry chicken .. from home.. and very potent.  It is so easy.. even I can cooked it.  And i have my blogging buddy to thank..! Barb from ChumsyAshley sent them to me.. before my surgeries and i was able to cook it a few days ago.  It was not only awesome..!! it was potent..!!  i took my time to eat them.. for i want the pot of curry to last as long as i can.  Afterall, one doesn’t get curry from home this easily eh.

It was absolutely easy to cook, just throw in the chicken together with the mix.  Stir fry till fragrant..then pour in like 300ml of water.. and leave it to boil .. then add in one packet of coconut powder and again leave it to slow boil for 15 mins.  Throw in some potatoes with the chicken if you care for it.. as for me.. i don’t care so much about potatoes.. so i didn’t put them in.

I had them with bee hoon.

I ate them with rice.. and even boiled an egg just because.  It didn’t stink the house at all .. after cooking this curry chicken.. or maybe the man was being nice.  But i did make quite a few meals outta it.  Thanks again . … Barb.

Pictures “kapo” from Barb’s blog.  And yes. .this was what she sent me.  Potent .. !! i tell yer.

Sobeys Not So Ready To Serve Eh!

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review | Sunday 7 September 2008 12:18 am




Well.. i did get a reply from our “friendly” grocery store, in fact one of the biggest in Atlantic Canada.   If you don’t know what i’m going on about.. i wrote that i missed my rum and raisin ice cream from Haagen Dazs and since our local grocery do carry Haagen Dazs, i had written an open letter .. to customer service and to cc a copy to Mr Jason Potter – Operations President of the Atlantic Stores.

Below is the reply I had gotten yesterday and to say that i’m disappointed is an understatement.  Not only is “Ann” who doesn’t have a designation said that they are not carrying it.. but even if they do.. in the future.. they will have to consider listing it.   And I thought Sobeys was very into “customer service “.. and will go beyond and above their call of duty . But nope.. i was proven wrong.

Oh well..!!  i am gonna send a hard copy of my request again to Mr Potter, to let him know that this is the way .. “Ann” does her best for customer service, so he will know how i feel.   In the meantime, I think I will switch and support some other stores instead.. like Walmart.. or my friendly neighbourhood meat market.

**************************************************************************************

Hi Jan

Thank you for taking the time to write. Unfortunately this item is not available in Canada. Should it become available we will consider listing it at that time.

Sincerely
Ann

CUSTOMER INQUIRY
Customer Name:  Jan Killam
Customer Email: bokchoibaby@gmail.com
Customer Phone: 1-902-7422287
Store:  Sobeys
Subject:        [Sobeys.com – Customer Inquiry]
Category:       request a new product

Dinner & A Show

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Japanese,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 6 September 2008 11:54 pm




We went for the Sex and the City Movie not too long ago.. and during dinner. .we gals were talking about “Carrie’s” craze for her Manolo Blahniks and of course we so wished we could afford to buy some too.   We’ve heard so much about the shoes from Sex and the City . . it’s almost like we know where to buy them.. and what it is all about.  I think we enjoyed discussing about the Carrie’s shoes more than the japanese dinner we had.

Maple Cookie

Posted by mamabok | Acadian,Amusing/Bizarre,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian | Thursday 4 September 2008 12:49 am




Found some really pretty maple leave cookies at the local grocery store.  Every now and then. .they do come up with something really cute.. and colorful.  But this maple cookie definitely tasted like maple syrup.. but that’s to be expected right.  We could smell maple syrup .. even without opening it.  No special occassion when we saw this.. i guess.. it is just a Canadian thing eh.

Last BBQ For The Summer

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,BBQ,Meet Up With,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Thursday 4 September 2008 12:35 am




For the last few weeks.. we have been invited for BBQs at friends and families.  One friend was going away. .and another had a son going to college.  But the last BB! for this summer.. is because of  used Harleys.  Yes..! one of the guys.. had some to sell, i think he is looking to get a new model .. before winter.  I’m looking forward to it.. well .. mostly because i love BBQs and secondly .. who can resist a trail ride around the estate with a Harley right..?

Cocktails

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Hotels,Meet Up With,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Thursday 4 September 2008 12:31 am




I don’t know about you .. but i sure missed those hotel cocktails that i had to attend every Tuesday.. because I was a management staff in the hotel i worked for.  These cocktails are meant to get to know your long staying guests.. and corporate clients.  You get to meet some very interesting people during these cocktails.. besides sampling those finger food that i loved.   But conversations were always interesting.. and some even asked to give you term life insurance quotes during these cocktails.  Yes..! yer right. some of our corporate clients are from the insurance industry.

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