Fruit Kebabs

Posted by mamabok | Fruits,Health,The Brat | Friday 29 July 2011 4:35 pm




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When you have a kid that rush out to play with her friends as soon as she is done eating her dinner/supper – what do you do?  make fruit kebabs and invite her friends to have one too :)   Yes !  summer is here and all chloe wants is to play with her friends and I don’t blame her – how could she resist playing with such a cute little boy right?  Our neighbor’s kid – is a very good kid and he and his sister are the cutest ever and when Chloe sees that her friends are eating fruits too – guess who wants to eat fruits too :)    Yes!  to keep chloe healthy – I have resorted to making fruit kebabs for her – or if you have a kid who doesn’t like fruits – this may be something you might wanna try.  Good luck!

A Wendy’s Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,Salads | Thursday 28 July 2011 6:22 pm




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So I didn’t know what to have for lunch last week – and since dear Tony was getting donuts for Chloe’s summer camp – we asked if he could drop in at Wendy’s to get me some lunch.   So he got me some baked potatoes with sour cream and chives.

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And a berry almond chicken salad for lunch with raspberry vinaigrette – yummy to the max !   the picture does not do it justice –  so if you are hungry for a salad – don’t forget to try this new berry almond chicken salad.

Donair Eggrolls

Posted by mamabok | Fast Food,Food Review,Lebanese,My Musing | Wednesday 27 July 2011 10:45 am




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I’ve never had Donair eggrolls even though I had been in Canada for closed to 11 years.  So when Greco’s advertised that they had Donair eggrolls “new”  I had to try it.  Like any food blogger – we just loved trying new food – right?   So happily I ordered 2 donair egg rolls with a pop for closed to $5 tax included.

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Donair meat is actually made out of hamburger meat (some said) while others said – they are made out of different meat – pound together.   But I actually don’t know what donair meat is made out of – truth be told.  But my childhood  lebanese friend,  Nadia who currently lives in Paris told me that the donair they make may be lamb, mutton, beef, goat or even chicken meat.   The donair was good – but I also heard that the donair at Jessy’s was just as good if not better – so I wanted to try that too and compare it.

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So the next day – I ordered 2 donair egg rolls from Jessy’s to try.  And they were yummy too – but I prefer the donair sauce from greco’s they are thicker.

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The price is about the same for the donair egg rolls but as you can see  - the meat is different they are not in layers and grounded.  They are just as tasty –  and I can’t tell you who won me over – but they are both good.  So for those who haven’t tried donair egg rolls – check it out.  Both Greco as well as Jessy Pizza have some.

Ginger For Sushi

Posted by mamabok | Health,Japanese | Monday 25 July 2011 1:02 pm




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I’ve actually bought this a long time ago – but when I first brought this home – the ginger wasn’t so ripe yet – I don’t like young ginger. So I let it sit for a while – like a few months – and today I opened it to eat them with my baked salmon. It was pretty good ! I love ginger – pickled ones like this – this bottle of ginger is actually meant for sushi – but you can eat it with anything you want. Ginger is said to be good for your body – especially if you feel bloated always – or if the food is too “cooling” for the stomach – the Chinese believed.  I put ginger in my Chinese soup and even dessert – if i cooked chinese chicken rice – I will also have ginger in my rice.   When I was pregnant with Chloe – I took some too – because I always feel nausea – with a little bit of ginger – it keep me feeling alright for a few hours.  Anyhow – I love ginger!

Mi Goreng

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing | Friday 22 July 2011 2:03 pm




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I’m surprised I haven’t written about my new found goodie – which I had brought home from Halifax in May – perhaps I ate them too fast – because they were so yummy – even chloe loved it so much – that I didn’t have a chance to write about them.  But here it is – found them at a grocery store up in the city and bought 10 packets of it – which was quickly cooked and ate.

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Look at how el dente the noodles was – and even though the sauce was very simple – they were absolutely delicious!  I am going to get a box of it – the next time I am up in Halifax.  I usually have lots of veggies with mine – but this one belongs to chloe – so only fish balls for her.

Ribs Anyone?

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Western | Wednesday 20 July 2011 7:00 pm




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You’ve gotta love a restaurant that served such big portion of food for very reasonable price right – well – we love Peg’s because of this very reason.  The staff are friendly and the restaurant is very nice – with great ambiance and food is great too  - what else can you ask for right?  Anyhow – the week we had supper with our friends – was the week I had this – the next day that is – because PB and Chloe just loved Peg’s.  I didn’t finished it of course – as soon as I saw the huge slab of meat – I cut them into half and doggy bag this for another meal.  Love the potatoes of course and the ribs was good too – but I prefer baby back ribs – the ones you get from  Tony Roma’s.  So the next time I go to Peg’s it will be another dish – that’s for sure – but for those who have a huge appetite – you know what to order.  I think the ribs were like $16.95 if I am not wrong and as usual it came with soup and garlic bread – love their garlic bread too.

Supper With Friends

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Pasta,Western | Tuesday 19 July 2011 7:34 pm




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A few weeks ago – my buddy Lynette and her son joined Chloe and I for supper at Peg’s family restaurant.  Lynette had been to Peg’s before but not Josh – so we decided to head for Peg’s instead of our usual Chinese rendezvous .  Josh had fish and chips – look at how huge the fish were.

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Lynette had the chicken cordon bleu – the dish that PB eat all the time when he is at Peg’s.

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Our meal started with soup first – I had a bowl but not Lynette – she was too hungry and dived into the main dish first.

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I had spaghetti with spicy sausages because I wanted pasta.

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Chloe had her usual children’s meal of pan fried fish and chips and ice cream of course.

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Lynette had fried ice cream for dessert – but I was too full to eat another bite.

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Meet Lynette and shiny Josh – chloe’s best friend.

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Chloe eating her ice cream – look how red she is – out in the sun all day.

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And this is the fried ice cream – I’ve often wonder how they do it –  and I found out from a Mexican restaurant owner from San Francisco – that the trick is to freeze it a few times while doing all the coating on it.   Did you know that they used cornflakes to coat the ice cream?   frying the ice cream takes only 30 seconds or 1 min at the most.  Very yummy  - fried ice cream!  try some – and they have it here – in Yarmouth – so those in Yarmouth – don’t forget to try it out.

Ma Po Tofu

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Monday 18 July 2011 3:41 pm




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I love ma po tofu – because it’s not only healthy – it’s also very easy to cook – but alas – I didn’t have the time – so the dear Zhu’s made some for me last week – and I loved it so much and ordered it again.  New Century restaurant – has the best Chinese food around town.  I mean come on – take it from me – I’m a chinese and I eat authentic chinese food.   Well, as authentic as it gets.

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A simple meal of ma po tofu with rice – and I was a very happy woman.   But the next time I would ask for it to be a lot spicier.

Thai Take Out

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,My Musing,Thai | Friday 15 July 2011 3:41 pm




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When you can have the real thing – you go for whatever is the closest – and Jungle Jims had this thai rice with chicken – that was pretty closed to Thai food that I liked.  So I had to try it again – to see if it was any better without the tortilla chips – and the chicken was really yummy – and this time – they went easy on the thai chilli sauce – the rice was so – so though but I had a pretty good lunch and yes ! i would order it again – but this time I will ask for a wee bit more rice.  But at $8 – it was pretty good food.

FlatBread @ Subway

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,Gadgets,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Western | Thursday 14 July 2011 3:24 pm




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So we went to Subway for breakfast the other day – and saw something new to try out – of course I didn’t bring my camera with me – since I didn’t think that there was anything new that I hadn’t taken a picture of.  But like any food blogger – how can I resist taking a picture of food that I’ve tried, tasted – and new for the people who visits my blog right?  Thank God for my blackberry curve 8520 – I never leave home with it.   Not only does it work as a phone, it has a GPS built into it and  also lets me take pictures with it – for it has a  built-in 2MP digital camera with 5x digital zoom.  So my blackberry curve saved the day!

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The flatbread breakfast combo is but $3 and it comes with coffee!   I had black forest ham with mine.  You can have bacon with yours or a sunrise melt – which I will try the next time.  So how was it?  pretty good and darn filling! and healthy too!  no more MacDonald breakfast – Subway here i come.

Lunch @ Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half,Western | Wednesday 13 July 2011 10:13 am




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It was such a beautiful day on Sunday – that PB & I just had to go to the lighthouse again – we tried many times to go – but the weather was either too chilly – or the big yellow chair that we wanna go see – was not there.  So last Sunday – we took a drive up to Cape Forchu – and this time I remembered to take my gravol because of the long and curvy road – and I have motion sickness.

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The view was excellent – even though the food was pretty good.

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They called this place The Mug Up Tea Room – and the menu wasn’t a lot but I saw someone having a whole lobster!  although it wasn’t on the menu.   Wished they served lobster bisque though but alas there was none to be found.

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It was a busy little place as you can see – our table wasn’t entirely cleaned up.

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Chloe with her diary and pencil – writing up a storm of what she saw and did at the lighthouse.

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Truth be told we weren’t very hungry  - we just had breakfast – not too long ago.  I order a fish chowder – which turned out to be pretty good.  Now if only it was seafood – that would have been splendid.

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PB had a grilled cheese sandwich – which didn’t look too appetizing to me – but he said it was alright.

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Chloe had a hotdog with some chips.

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Chloe and I shared a chocolate cheesecake dessert – even though she didn’t know it was cheesecake – she thought it was chocolate cake. hahahah!!   she loved it so much !  We had a good day!  Chloe went home to play with her friends in the neighborhood.

M & M’s Quiche Florentine

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,My Musing,Shopping,Western | Tuesday 12 July 2011 6:08 pm




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I love quiche very much – when I first started work at the now defunct Marco Polo Hotel – I used to buy their quiches to eat for bring time – quite stylo malo right?  working only in the front desk – some more can buy quiche from the cake shop to eat – muahahahah!!   Anyhow, I haven’t been able to find the same kind of quiche ever since Marco Polo Hotel closed its down many years ago – so when I saw some from the famous M & M meat shop in downtown Starrs Road – I had to get some and try.

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The quiche was frozen – but you only need to microwave it for 15 minutes and it’s all ready to eat – pretty convenient if you asked me.  The taste – pretty good? albeit a bit expensive – but very closed to the Marco Polo Hotel’s cake shop.  But be warned a piece of this quiche is about 450 calories – so i can’t eat a lot of it.

Summer Party

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,Parties,The Brat,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 9 July 2011 2:48 pm




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We attended our first summer party last night in the country of a dear friend’s country home – it was the wedding of her son – and it was a small party for closed friends and family.  Everything was prepared so beautifully by friends and family – even the food was prepared at home and not catered.   The invitation cards and party favors were pretty unique – so I had asked my host about it – and was re-directed to an online store.  Now had I known about this earlier – I would have introduce this place for the 4th July party that my girlfriends from the States had at their home.  But never mind – next year she can check out  the invitationbox.com july 4th invitations for all her invitation needs and party favors.

I loved the summer wedding party we attended – the garden was so brightly lit and the wedding couple were beautiful.  Food was yummilicious !  and here I wish them a blissful marriage – which reminds me that today Jen and Chapman is having their wedding in Toronto today !  and i wish them many, many happy years together.  Congrats to the newly weds.

Strawberry Season

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fruits,My Musing,The Brat | Friday 8 July 2011 10:26 am




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It’s strawberry season again – strawberry are so cheap – we have to buy it every time we see them and they have to be those that are grown locally – best from the farmer’s market if you asked me.  Chloe is crazy about the strawberries and so am I.

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These were grown locally and look how huge and yummy they are – only $5 !

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Chloe loves them as you can see and I think I might just attempt to make some strawberry cheesecake soon.

Sushi @ Farmer’s Market

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Japanese,My Musing | Thursday 7 July 2011 10:27 am




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Last week we found some food treasure at our local Farmer’s market !  can you imagine how i looked seeing sushi at the local Farmer’s market?  I had to buy them and try them of course!  But @ $10 a box – I told myself – it had to be good right? hahahah!!!   The box of sushi was $10 and the ginger was $0.50 cents and so was the soya sauce  - a wee bit ex if you asked me.  But never mind lah ! i told myself – just as long as they were good – no problemo!  the chopsticks were mine – hahah!

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Smoked salmon sushi !!  so how was it?  well – it was kept at the right temperature that’s for sure  and it was rolled out well – the presentation was good – the touch of black sesame seed was awesome too and the avocado was another nice touch.  The smoked salmon was a tat bit dry though and the soya sauce was the wrong type.  The soya sauce used for Japanese sushi is different from the ones you used for your regular cooking.  The ginger was very little for $0.50 cents – but it was the right ginger used.   I do liked it – but a wee bit of improvement from vendor would be awesomeness and would bring Japanese sushi to a better taste and make it more authentic.   If i do see the vendor again – i would definitely let them know.  I don’t mind paying for good food – even if they were to charge a bit more – I really don’t mind – just as long as I can get that authentic taste.  But having said that – it’s not easy making sushi – so I have to give them credit for it.

Home Made Tom Yum Noodles

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Vegies | Wednesday 6 July 2011 11:07 am




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Last week – I saw a blogging friend Wenn from London UK  - making some yummy tom yum goong bee hoon on Facebook – therefore I was drooling so much – I went home and made some myself.  But those who know Wenn – you would know she can make you drool everyday – all her dishes are so yummy – aiyoh!! to die for.

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I had some Japanese fish cake left and Chloe’s grampie’s fresh baby bok choi – and some fried crab sticks from my trip to Halifax in May  - that i dumped everything into the tom yum soup and cooked.

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My home made bowl of beehoon tum yum soup.  Yummy to the max!

For Those Who Wants A Happy Marriage

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Awesome,Entertainment,The Other Half | Monday 4 July 2011 12:44 pm




My mother used to say that if you want to have a happy marriage and keep the husband at home – is to make sure you know how to cook – and to a certain extend it is true – but like you all know my mother is not always completely correct.  Now here’s a way to keep a happy marriage and an everlasting one.  So for those who wants to have a happy marriage – watch the below clip – very, very wise and true advice and it would make you laugh till you fall out your chair.   Make sure you let me know if you enjoyed it – so that I can tell my blogging friend – sasha – about it and thank her.

Vibrant Market

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Entertainment,My Musing | Saturday 2 July 2011 11:56 am




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very happy to see the Farmer’s market more and more vibrant every week – that shows that whoever said that the market wouldn’t do good downtown – don’t even know what they were talking about.  Who said you can’t make it downtown – ??  we are making it ain’t we?

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A happy baby dancing to the music – he sure entertained everyone and made everyone happy.  And yes!  we have been busy – with Chloe’s godmother from Toronto in town – a lunch appt – and today a dinner appt with a good friend and her family.  Busy! busy ! and I’m pleased to report that Chloe did very well for her school year – she will be in Grade 2 next year – woohoo!!

Thai Chicken Rice @ Jungle Jims

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food From Home,Food Review | Friday 1 July 2011 10:45 am




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Last week – Chloe insisted on eating at Jungle Jim’s – so we headed out for a late lunch since PB woke up late that day.   I was torn in between the ribs and this thai chicken rice – but I opted for the chicken rice instead – because I’ve had ribs many times.   So how was it ?  very good !  but the chef needs to go easy on the sweet and sour chilly sauce hahahha!!! my rice was soaked with the sauce and although the colored tortilla chips were a nice touch for the plate – I don’t think I could eat it – so the next time I order this rice – I’m going to get it without the chips and less sauce.

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PB and Chloe had fish and chips of course *slap forehead* but it was good.

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And of course – the starving artist needed to draw and color.

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