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.

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.

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.

Japanese Food With Karaoke

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 7 March 2015 3:21 pm


We went to the Japanese restaurant in Little Brook again but this time, Karaoke was on our mind.  If  you didn’t know by now, the Japanese restaurant has a Karaoke room.  Who doesn’t like singing around this area right?  especially us Asians.  I was told that I can get a good entertainment set here, so  Mail your order today!  if you love singing a lot and want your home to have some entertainment.


It was a very busy night at the restaurant even though we weren’t expecting it to be that busy.  Jessica had some spicy miso soup to start with and I had the ordinary kind of miso soup.


Lots of seaweeds and tofu , unlike some Japanese restaurant that can be quite stingy when it comes to tofu and seaweed.


I ordered some mixed tempura and my g/f ordered a traditional little brook roll and I ordered something else as you can see here.

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The mixed tempura only had one shrimp, so it wasn’t enough for all of us of course, we had 2 adults and 2 kids with us.


Some soft shell crab for appetizer , and it was yums !


And my g/f ordered another type of roll but this one was really spicy.  Luckily for us, we were going for Karaoke, so we waited to eat it a little later with our Karaoke session.  For those who loved singing , check out the Japanese restaurant at little brook.

Scary Halloween Haunted Houses

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Entertainment,General,My Musing,Parties,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 22 October 2014 11:19 am


Yes, we are turning our summer cottage into a Halloween Haunted House for friends and family and the spouse bought the oldest electronic instrument to provide all the scary sounds one can imagine for a haunted house.  Now I didn’t think that it was going to be that scary, till I saw what the machine could do.  It was very scary music alright!  Of course, as soon as we had the try out with the other parents, they want  More  of these scary sound effect to scare the kids and adults.  A friend who is a make up artist has agreed to help with the make up and I know that the kids are going to enjoy it very much.  Some may cry and some may not go to sleep after they have seen our haunted house at our summer cottage but the neighbors at the cottage are also coming together to help us with the haunted house and one even is loaning us their pony for rides for the kids.  It is going to be a blast!

PS  :  There will be hot apple cider and lots of cookies for the kids.

Music At Farmer’s Market

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,My Musing,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 20 October 2014 11:37 am


Besides food and all those fresh ingredients at the Farmer’s Market , one can enjoy great music from different local musicians hired by the Farmer’s market every weekend.  The farmer’s market is the place to be during the weekend, it’s vibrant , it smells good, you get good wholesome food from individual vendors and of course the music like I mentioned earlier.  From guitar playing,  korg synth  and many different variety of music as well as instruments showcased during the weekend, one can spend hours at the Farmer’s market, if we didn’t have a store to open.


Children and adults all enjoy our local Farmer’s market tremendously and you not only get fresh locally grown vegetables but also organic meat as well as handmade things.


I come for the food mostly and am game to try any new kind of food or any interesting kinds.  Buy a present for your kid’s teachers or visit the Oyster farm for some fresh oysters.  I would love some too but I suck at shucking them but one day, I’m going to get them to shuck those little suckers out for me to bring home to fry up some Korean pancakes.   So folks, the Farmer’s market in Yarmouth, is opened all season, be sure not to miss the awesome food and wonderful music every weekend.

Tri – County Multi Cultural Fest

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,Friendship,My Musing,Shopping,Snacks,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 9 July 2014 1:14 pm

Well, the Tri – County MultiCultural Festivities is this weekend and already there is loads of buzz about one of the most successful events in town for the last few years.  Not only are there lots of food to try from different countries but also lots of dancing and music for entertainment for the entire weekend.

I read that there are lots of performances to be expected here  and lots of guest appearances by some really entertainers.  There will be belly dancing as well and a showcase of many different cultural activities performed by immigrants from all over the world.

I am of course looking forward to the food from Shanty Cafe especially, since they posted on facebook about the yummy goodies they will have from Friday onwards.  As I am writing this, I’m drooling – so be sure to be there to enjoy the food and the music and all the exciting entertainment.


Photo Credit  : The Shanty Cafe

Weddings In The Spring Time

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 14 January 2014 4:57 pm

Last year during spring time, PB & I attended a spring wedding of an old college friend.  And soon they are celebrating their first anniversary together and the birth of a new born baby as well.   The wedding was in North Carolina and  this website  was where they went for all their wedding music and entertainment.   The wedding was lovely, the music was great, the food was fantastic, everything just went so perfectly well.

We were invited again this year, to come visit them when the baby is born and since North Carolina’s weather is way better than ours here during Spring time, we might just leave for a week to visit them and take a break.   The old friend of ours has a huge cottage in NC and we can make use of the cottage while we are there.  But we are still contemplating if we can make it this Spring, maybe late Spring would be a better idea.   Spring weddings are lovely but Spring babies brings so much joy to everyone.

Rocking Music @ Local Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 4 December 2013 2:39 pm

We had a birthday celebration to attend last week and a local restaurant had hosted the event for us.  We were very impressed with everything and the  subwoofer at musicians friend  that they had bought.   I’ve always loved good music at a restaurant when we are entertaining and this local restaurant definitely went beyond and above their call of duty to help us make the birthday of a young man really special.   Food was great a well of course and the prices were decent and most importantly we all had a good time.

Dinner & Live Music

Posted by mamabok | Acadian,Awesome,Entertainment,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 30 July 2013 11:34 am

Dinner and live music at our local restaurant is a must to go when you have friends visiting from away.  I did attend one that had  violins at musicians friend  but this singer and songwriter is what we planned to do with some friends from Australia.  I don’t know about other people but I’ve always loved live music and performances when I’m eating on a special occasion, I find it so entertaining and romantic.  Now does one tip the performer/s?  I’ve always wondered, I guess if you had a violin player playing right in front of your table, it’s a must to tip him/her but if the singer is performing – what does one do?  I have to check with the restaurant owners and see what is the common practice here.  Have you been to a live performance?  do you like them?  i love being serenaded while one is eating what about you?

Business Lunch With Attorney

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Entertainment,Food Review,Italian,My Musing,Pasta,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips,wine | Thursday 24 January 2013 11:30 am

There are many places in town where you can bring someone for a business lunch, just like when I had lunch with some powerful  San Diego Employment Attorney  last week.   If you’ve worked for a company in the States, you would know how important it is to know some powerful attorney because you want them to be there to help you out if you have trouble with your employers.

Of course, I didn’t need to use an attorney when my employers were from USA but it was good to know that I can count of these folks to help me out should I have any problems with my contract or pay or even if I was being treated unfairly being an Asian.  But like I said, I was pretty happy with the company that I had worked for many years ago.

Entertaining Kids In Restaurants

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,The Brat,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Saturday 5 January 2013 4:02 pm

As a mom, we usually have to bring our kids out with us if we want to meet up for lunch or supper with our other friends, therefore, it would be awesome if the family restaurants around here has tvs mounted on the wall with  premier mounting  and has cartoon channels on them instead of news or sports.  It would make sense for family restaurants to have areas set aside for families with children to have some sort of entertainment, so that the adults can have a proper meal and play catch up right?   I see in UK – where some of my friends are permanently, they have special cafes like that for kids and moms – and I would love to see something like this in this town.

Every chance I get to go eat – is with my kid and my g/fs kids – as moms we just loved bringing our kids along but sometimes, it would really be nice, to be able to chat and the kids are being entertained.  This is Kai from Petawawa – and we only get to see him maybe twice a year – isn’t he too cute or what!

Food is always good at Jungle Jims of course, we have no problems with the food and service excellent as well and our favorite waitress was there working – so excellent ! Lynette had the festive meal – this was some sort of BBQ chicken bites.

Curly fries and chicken fingers from the Safari Kid’s menu for Chloe.

Fettuccine for Ms Jasmine from the kid’s menu.

Burger for Josh – i think this is a BBQ Bacon Cheddar – for $10.99.

A steak for Lynette – that comes with her festive meal.

I had the breakfast menu – but shared my sausages with my g/fs.

Extra crispy bacon.

Jumbo Shrimp Stir Fry

Huijing got some mexican thingie I think.

And this chicken burger  for Kim.

Yummy! lots of food and lots of drinks !  now if only we can entertain the kids with some mounted tv in the restaurant – it would have been perfect – don’t you think?

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.

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.

Food For The Church

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,Parties,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 10 September 2012 12:51 pm

Thank God for  truck seat covers  else these food that we had carried to the church would have gone all over the car and would be really hard to clean – hahah!  we were invited to a church gathering and because of the rain, we had to pick up the food from various people who couldn’t make it.  Since we have a truck, we decided to do a good deed for the day but little did I know that some of the food didn’t come with covers, so some food did spill of course, but thank god for seat covers, else it would have been really messy!  We delivered the food on time and I managed to get the seat covers cleaned out in a jiffy and PB didn’t look too mad after the cleaning.

A Movie With Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Chinese,Entertainment,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Thursday 12 July 2012 1:16 pm


After a short vacation, nothing beats coming home to some comfort food that we are familiar with –  so the first day back – I got some beef and brocolli and fried rice for lunch.  I pushed the  tv rack  to the back office and had my lunch there while watching a good movie.   Ahhhhh…! bliss !  nothing like home – home sweet home and for those who are like me who cannot do without watching a show while you eat – you are not alone. So how was the food – yummy! not too much and not too little  – just right and the price – even better.  $6.95 + tax – ask for the daily special at Lotus Garden.

Planning A Play Date

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Entertainment,My Musing,Parties,The Brat,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 11 May 2012 2:58 pm

Planning a play date for Chloe and her friends was a fun one for me – not only because I get to buy all sorts of food to introduce to them – I also get to plan all kinds of games for them to play with.  Of course, I had help from my good old friend Mabel and her brain teaser puzzles  and we were all set to entertain a few of Chloe’s friends from school and church.

We bought some cheese calzone from the Old World Bakery down on Main Street and the kids loved them – and wanted more.  Full of real cheese in them and some tomato paste making the calzone so yummilicious .  This makes a meal by itself but since we had other food for the kids to eat – we cut them into bite sizes.

We also bought some Baklava for everyone – and this turkish dessert was a delight to all the kids – it was really and had peanuts in them – lucky for me I checked to make sure that no one was allergic to peanuts.

We had cookies from the Farmer’s market.

Actually a variety of cookies but of course, we let them play on their own as well with dolls and watch a movie.  The play date went super well – and all the kids went home happy and fed with junk.

Green Food Radio Show

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Food Review,Gadgets,Meet Up With,My Musing | Saturday 5 May 2012 2:31 pm


I was invited recently by a top green food radio show in United States to talk about my blog thru’  audio conferencing with them about food blogging and all about blogging and making money thru’ blogging.   The fans of this green food radio show wanted to know as a food blogger how can one make our passion turn into money.   I was very honored of course but since everyone listening in must loved food and good food, they of course qualify to be a food blogger and as to how to turn your food passion into money, well, that’s even easier.  Like the green food radio show, I too have a following too and the more people read your blog, the more money you will make.  Traffic is the key to all blogs and if you have something they like and want to know about you, well, half the better is already won.  As for the rest, everything will fall into its place.  Our audio conferencing with other food bloggers around the globe was an interesting one, hopefully, they invite me again – the next time they want more tips about making money with food blogs.

Housewarming Gifts

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Home Essentials,Meet Up With,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Sunday 22 April 2012 1:59 pm


We were at a housewarming party last night of a family friend and yes, it was a smashing party – there were so many interesting people who had attended the housewarming and the housewarming gifts were  aplenty.   I’m sure you are wondering what we had gotten the proud home owners – Abbie and Alex for a gift and I have to tell you that we have a hard time picking the right gift all the time.  We didn’t want to buy any gift, we wanted to buy a gift that they would appreciate and use often and as a food blogger, I had thought of getting them a Kyocera set of ceramic utility knives but you know us Asians we don’t like to give knives for a present because it’s bad luck – so the superstition goes.   So we decided on a full length wall mirror instead – and that was a pretty genius idea right?  who doesn’t need a full length wall mirror – in fact I would like one in each of my rooms if possible.  So yes, if you are ever start with buying a housewarming gift – instead of a bottle of wine or hard liquor – try a full length wall mirror, I know i would appreciate it.

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