Designer Gourmet Gifts @ Sandy’s Gifts

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Condiments/Ingredients,Cooking,Entertainment,Gadgets,Kitchen Gadgets,Shopping | Friday 28 December 2012 9:25 pm

If you are a food blogger and loved food as much as I do, you will know that Sandy’s Gifts Store is a gourmet/chef’s paradise .  In this store, I found some really cool gifts over Christmas for my friends and family.  Everything priced reasonably and wrapped and gift bagged personally by owners of the store – Sandy & Ken.

Everytime I walked into this store, everything in the store is eye candy to me.  They are all so pretty and so beautifully stacked and everything so meticulously cleaned.  The warmth of this store speaks volume, you really feel welcome, as if you coming home to visit.

Sandy Gifts store has gifts for every occasion and any occasion.

My favorites are kitchen gadgets and you cannot go wrong with these gifts.

For the corn lover like my daughter – Chloe, she would love to have this.

For a guy or boy – no problem – Sandy has them in boy’s color as well.

More kitchen gadget to make your food look pretty.

Yummy hot chocolate for Christmas/winter  – with a bunch of marshmallows.

More treats for your loved ones – and don’t forget the variety of tea and specialty coffee at Sandy’s Gift store on Main Street, downtown Yarmouth, they may have moved but not far away from their original store.  Friendly service and unique gifts – try Sandy’s.

Kids Eat At Boston Pizza

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,The Brat | Wednesday 26 December 2012 7:44 pm

Chloe loves inviting her friends for lunch with us during the weekend.  And Boston Pizza is one of the places that we bring them because they do have a kid’s menu but no fish and chips in their menu.  One cannot even order a half and order of fish and chips even though you can for pasta.  Unfortunately, I’m not a fish person, so Chloe had to eat chicken fingers whenever she goes to Boston pizza – and she doesn’t really like the chicken fingers here – I don’t know why.  Probably not as tender as other places or the ones made at home.   We always feed the friends whatever they want to eat and they usually enjoy a treat out to anywhere that serves children food.  Boston Pizza is quite kid’s friendly because they do have boxes of kiddies stuff for the kids to enjoy and occupy themselves with but sometimes they don’t have the box, so the kids had to share a container of used crayons – which I’m not fond of.  But yes, kids do eat at Boston Pizza.

Birthday Cake From Sobeys

Posted by mamabok | Baking,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,The Brat | Monday 24 December 2012 7:39 pm

This was the other birthday cake that we’ve ordered for Chloe’s birthday celebration in school.  This one is from Sobey’s – a lot cheaper and they provided us with candles for free.  The cake was just as good, not as much frosting but who needs more frosting than this right.  So the next time, i will order from Sobeys instead.  But Chloe is a lucky girl, 2 birthday cakes for her birthday and 1 more home made by Aunt Helena.

Seafood Fettuccine @ Boston Pizza

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Pasta,Seafood | Friday 21 December 2012 7:07 pm

We wanted to try something different at Boston Pizza this afternoon, so we both ordered half an order of Seafood Fettuccine even though we could have ordered the full order for $17.95 and then split it among ourselves.  The seafood fettuccine wasn’t bad at all but we prefer the jambalaya that we’ve been ordering thus far.  It didn’t have the umph that we were looking for – I guess we just loved our spicy too much.

Free Lobsters

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Friendship,My Musing,Seafood | Wednesday 19 December 2012 10:19 pm

Cory a customer for a long time and now turned into a very good friend gave us some lobsters – and knowing that I don’t know how to cook them, the Chinese restaurant – on Main Street – New Century helped me to cook them.  So me and my sister from another mother – had the best lobsters ever!  Ginger and spring onions lobsters ! yummy to the max and two of the above boxes for each of us.  Thank you so much Cory !!  when can we have some more – muahahah!!

PS :  These are true Canadian lobsters – fresh from the water !

Birthday Cake From Superstore Yarmouth

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping,The Brat | Monday 17 December 2012 10:23 pm

Chloe had her birthday party at the bowling alley last week and of course like every birthday, we went out to order her a birthday cake and since we really liked Superstore’s decoration better for cakes – we went there.  The cake was definitely great – and the icing on the cake was even better – lots of icing – and the price as compared to Sobeys was like $5 more and no candles to offer you.

We also bought another cake from Sobeys and even though it doesn’t have as much icing as Superstore, it was just as good.  Personally, I don’t like too much icing but for the kids – of course, the more icing the better.  The other cake was for Chloe’s school – that way no one misses out on her birthday party.  The next time, we will order from Sobeys instead.

Dim Sum In Halifax

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Friday 14 December 2012 10:37 pm

Whenever we are in Halifax, we try to go for dim sum – and this trip I was hoping to order more because I had my sister from another come with me to the city.  But overall, it doesn’t seems like we’ve had a lot.  The hor fun was really good as usual but the kid just wouldn’t eat it.  PB ate some but not a lot – but the hor fun is by far the best I’ve had in Canada.

Then we had radish cake – pan fried – it doesn’t have a lot of small dried shrimp in them but it did have some mushrooms and chestnuts.

Fried wanton with mayo was something I wanted to try new – and it was ok – with a huge ball of shrimp in the middle.

We ordered 2 glutinous rice because the brat would only eat this – but alas, it came so late and the poor girl was starving and didn’t eat a lot.  This trip up to halifax – Chloe definitely didn’t eat a lot at all.

This is how the glutinous rice looked like.  The Great Wall in Halifax does have one of the best dim sum – authentic that I’ve eaten here in Canada.

Chloe eating with chopsticks of course – showing off.

And my special find this trip – was egg tarts – so yummy! to die for – they actually don’t have it anymore – but they specially made some for us.  So nice of  the people from The Great Wall. Located in downtown Halifax – Bedford Row – right off sackville street. Dim sum serves every sunday from 11.30am – 3pm but don’t be too late because all good stuff will be sold out if you are late.

Christmas Gift Exchange

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Baking,Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 12 December 2012 3:20 pm

We were invited to a Christmas tea and a gift exchange amongst friends and the turned out was bigger than I had expected.  There were  lots of food as usual but most importantly, friends gathering and chatting and rekindling our friendship.  We also had a gift exchange and some gave out military coin  to our kids because their spouses’ are still in the army serving the country.  In this part of the world, serving your country whether here at home or in Afghanistan as a peace maker, it’s a highly respected profession, and most of us who received the military coin felt very grateful for these men who ware there to keep us safe.

Some of the food here are home made as you can see but they were absolutely delcious!

Lots of cupcakes for the tea party and if you want to knwo where it’s all pinkish – because we had a lot more ladies than men that day.

Yummy chocolate cupcakes for the children.

Party In Style

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Entertainment,My Musing,Shopping,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Vacation | Friday 7 December 2012 9:50 pm

We were invited to a Christmas party by a business acquaintance and it was not in town – but in the city.  We didn’t have any trouble getting there but I wished they had arranged for transport for us because we were not very familiar with that part of the city.  Anyhow, we made our own arrangements for transportation and even though it’s not quite like the  limo service tampa fl  , it was still pretty good.  I was all dressed up – for the party and didn’t want to be waiting for a cab – no way!  I wanted to party in style – the hotel rooms were paid for and so was the short air-flight that we took – but I don’t understand why they didn’t arrange for a limo for us – that baffles me really. After the party, there was no cab available to take us back to the hotel and once again, I wished a limo service was arranged, the next time we go for this kind of party, I’m going to make sure we have a limo service to and fro the party.

Lunch With My Favorite Girls

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian | Wednesday 5 December 2012 3:11 pm

Lunch on the weekends with my favorite girlfriends and their children is the highlight of my week.  I looked forward to meeting them and eating and chatting with them.  For the many years that I’ve been in Yarmouth, I’ve finally found a group of like minded ladies to do things with and to spend my free time with.  I loved these girls because I know they’ve got my back.

As usual we went to Boston Pizza because they’ve got some really cool food that we liked and the staff are pretty awesome especially the Manager there.   Ms Jasmine ordered spaghetti with tomato base this time and I just wished Chloe would eat like her.

Lynette ordered steak but they weren’t really that rare, she loved it as rare as possible.

Kim had the pesto chicken sandwich i think.

Hyunjin and I had the Jambalaya of course !  we just loved it.

Josh had the dessert and skipped the main course.  We had a good lunch as usual and I hope to get to meet the girls as often as I can.

Home Made Birthday Cake

Posted by mamabok | Baking,Canadian,My Musing,The Other Half | Sunday 2 December 2012 12:09 pm

It is the spouse’s birthday today and I had totally forgotten about it.  Thanks to Facebook – hahahaha!!  which reminded me when i woke up.  Oh yes! i’m a bad wife ! what can I say – hahah!!  This year also marks the first that the spouse isn’t spending with his mother – my mother-in-law passed away suddenly this year and it’s the first of a lot of things with us.  Thank God for Aunts – for Aunt Helena baked him a cake and cooked a huge meal for him. To the people closest to me now – are these 3 – and I hope to spend more time with all of them.  For those of you – who have loved ones – make sure you make time for them.

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