Summer Parties

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,FoodBuzz,Gadgets,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 19 May 2015 11:20 am




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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.

Fried Ice Cream

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Tuesday 5 May 2015 2:22 pm




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Actually, I didn’t get fried ice cream, I got some fried bananas with ice cream but they do have fried ice cream at the Honey Bee’s ice cream place in Dayton.  And the fried banana ice cream was massive, it takes at least 2 person to finish it and even 3 would be just nice in my humble opinion.  Only for $6, you can choose your toppings from chocolate to blueberries and as you can see , we had the blueberries.  Yummy yummy in my tummy !  this summer, check out Honey Bee ice cream at Dayton if you are in town.

Food Events In The City

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 28 April 2015 1:48 pm




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Attended a food event in the city during the weekend as we were invited to the event by some of the organizers there.  It was a very popular event as you can see and I like the event venue as it was in the middle of the city with lots of parking.  The event hall was packed and brightly lit with  myLED High Bay lights  I was told.

With such a big event hall, using these LED lights is really smart as they  not only save money on utility bills cine they are energy efficient.  And since they are long lasting, you won’t need to get them changed so often, therefore it’s  maintenance efficient as well.

I like the fact that even with the event hall so bright and nicely lit, we didn’t feel like hot at all.  Another plus for using LED high Bay lights I have to say , for most events that I’ve been too , are just so unbearable because of the heat the lights were giving out.

I did enjoy the event , despite the fact that there were tons of people around , thanks to a cool event hall – I cannot stress how important it is to make event goers like us stay a bit longer to have a nice, cool event hall.

Pies Galore

Posted by mamabok | Baking,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Saturday 14 March 2015 11:07 am




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Pies at the Farmer’s Market from Bread & Olive and for those who haven’t been there, you can give their pies a try.  They are really yummy and I had gone back to get more for my in-laws the following week.  But had forgotten to take more pictures of them.  I remember one had scotch eggs in it , so I will try and get more pictures for you all.  I loved the ham and cheese pie , very good for breakfast or lunch.  Prices ranged from $4 – 5.50 , very reasonable if you don’t want to have a sit down at the restaurant.  Try it out if you are in town.  You won’t regret it.

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




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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Food For A Cold Winter Night

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Sunday 15 February 2015 1:05 pm




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Comfort food from home on a cold winter night like this really warms not only the tummy but the heart as well.  The paste was sent from home and this is the Malaysian version of Hokkien Noodles with spicy chilli and prawn stock.  I put in some veggies as well and shrimp and an egg to make the bowl of noodles a meal by itself.  Because of how oily it is, I can’t eat more than a bowl but it was definitely yummy to the max.

Wait Staff Can Make Or Break You

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Food Review,General,My Musing | Friday 2 January 2015 4:10 pm




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I thought I would share my 2 cents with you since I eat out a lot because of work.  Most time, we choose a restaurant because of how good the food is but sometimes, one can stop going to a restaurant not only because of bad food but more like the wait staff just don’t make the cut.

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I’m pleased to let you all know that 99% of the wait staff that I’ve come across in our small town are awesome but of course , there are just 1 or 2 of them that irks me each time I go to their restaurant.  I won’t name which wait staff  nor the restaurant because that ain’t important.  The important fact is , the next time I encounter that particular wait staff, I’m gonna ask to change a table or change the person waiting on me.

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I normally, try to ignore the tacky service as I’m sure that I’m not perfect either when I serve my customers at my store.  I am sure some people don’t like me either but if I am paying close to $80 for meals at lunch, I wanna be able to enjoy my lunch and not have to deal with tacky services.

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So yes, good wait staff are awesome to have but if no one tells that particular wait stuff about his/her tacky service, then he or she might not even know that he or she might have offended other customers as well.  But if I keep asking for another wait staff, I hope that he or she will get the hint.

So my 2015 ‘s new year resolution ?  not to condone tacky services, because if it irks me so much , how can i enjoy my food for the next hour.  And I certainly don’t deserve that. well, nobody deserves tacky services.

Breakfast & Christmas Shopping

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Shopping | Thursday 11 December 2014 9:59 pm




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Christmas shopping was underway for the entire week but today, I made sure to eat my breakfast before doing my Christmas shopping.  I chose to have oats with fruits and a cup of coffee of course and off we went to look for a fender vibrolux reverb  for the nephew.  Like many, I didn’t have my breakfast before shopping the last couple of days and I felt absolutely lousy after an hour of shopping, so if you are like myself, out shopping for Christmas this week, make sure you have your breakfast.  I found that I was a lot more efficient today than I was the last couple of days.  I’m almost done shopping after getting the fender but i’ve others that I also need to by for.

New Tim Hortons Christmas Cups

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Coffee/Tea/Hot,Drinks,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Friday 5 December 2014 10:53 pm




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I just noticed that Tim Hortons have a new cup design for their coffee.  So cute !  Looks a little like a wool type material with reindeer.   I don’t think I’ve seen this new cup before in previous years, so this is a nice change.  I don’t know about other folks but I think different patterns on coffee cups for different seasons and occasion is really cool and would make me want to buy more coffee.  what about you?

Lunch With My Insurance Agent

Posted by mamabok | Drinks,FoodBuzz,Friendship,Health,Meet Up With,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips,wine | Tuesday 25 November 2014 4:03 pm




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I just came back to work from lunch with my insurance agent and like  don allred insurance  I found them online since our local insurance folks do not have the kind of insurance I’m looking for.   Back home, insurance agents actively look for their clients, while here, it’s quite different.  You have to actively look for them if you want your car, home or contents to be insured.  Health insurance are the same here, you have to choose your own agency and even when you sign up with them, they rarely keep in touch with you like they do at home.

The insurance agency that I’m currently with right now brings me out for lunch every time he is in town and even buys me a bottle of my favorite wine.  Premiums are good and I can be sure that he is the first to be there for me if I needed him.  I love all the tips and savings that I’ve learned from my current agent and am really happy that I’ve found a reliable agent for all my insurance need.

Simple Lunch Series #3

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Monday 10 November 2014 10:53 pm




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My simple lunch today with rice are these squids from Su Lee & shrimps from the Zhu’s – how much ?  didn’t cost me a cent.  I provided the chilli sauce from home, some sambal paste from Tean’s and the Zhu’s cooked them up for me for lunch.  It was so yummy!  I had leftover to go with my supper as well.

Our Asian community might be small here but we do look out for each other.

Simple Lunch Series #2

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Wednesday 5 November 2014 12:33 am




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My lunch for today is Chef #2  – this consist of noodles – already pan – fried till crispy with lots of veggies , mushrooms and shrimp.  As you can see here, I alternate between noodles and rice because rice and noodles are our Asian’s staple food.  But I can only eat a little rice and a little noodles and as usual, I ask for a lot of veggies and very little shrimp or meat.  I rarely eat meat as you can see in my blog because I prefer seafood to meat.  But don’t get me wrong, I do eat chicken once in a while and chicken wings are my favorite.  I used to love a steak every now and then but these days, I prefer the simpler meal.  Lunch was like $8 and it was a really good lunch as you can see here.

Simple Lunch Series

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food From Home,FoodBuzz,Friendship,Health,My Musing | Monday 3 November 2014 12:21 am




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I think I might just start on a simple lunch series , to show you all what I eat for lunch , as simply and as cheaply plus healthy as possible.  When you are a diabetic like myself, you have to make sure that you eat well and eat healthy plus your food has gotta taste good.

Today , I ordered from the chinese restaurant, some spicy tofu with fried rice and bean sprouts and some shrimp.  The color may not be so pretty but it’s darn yummy for $5.00 !  love it !

Curry Shrimp With Veggies

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing | Saturday 25 October 2014 10:07 pm




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 Ì`m sure by now you all know how much I loved spicy food.  And the spicier the better.  So the Zhu`s at the New Century Restaurant tries every which way to help me with my lunch all the time.  So today , I order some shrimp with curry and of course the veggies with some rice.  Not too much rice but this was definitely spicy !!!  good food !  yums!

PS  :  Be nice to the restaurant owners and you can get all kind of food. But of course, don`t be an asshole of an owner , like some people in some restaurant that we all know, else ppl will just stop eating at your place.  If you can`t take constructive criticism than that will be your downfall. Your lost not mine – plenty of restaurants to eat from.

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




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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




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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.

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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.

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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.

Donut Galore

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Baking,Cakes/Desserts,My Musing | Monday 6 October 2014 2:18 pm




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I don’t eat donuts because I’m diabetic but it doesn’t mean that other people cannot enjoy it especially my in – laws and my kid.  PB didn’t eat any as well, I don’t know why he didn’t want any, I guess he likes his dad’s fudge a lot better.  But if you are in Canada and there is a Tim Hortons, you can have your fill of all kinds of donuts.  I don’t know if they are comparable to Krispy Kreme but they are definitely not bad at all.  For a dozen, one only needs to fork out less than $8.00 if I am not wrong.  But I do like my Tim’s coffee a lot and must have at least one a day.

Chloe loves the chocolate glazed donut or the double chocolate with sprinkles and there is the boston creme donut, maple donut , coconut creme, lemon and a lot more different flavor to choose from.  Unfortunately, for me they are all very, very sweet and I cannot eat them.  If I weren’t diabetic,  you will probably see me stuff my face with them.  Tim Hortons donut are good gifts to bring when visiting a friend or relative.

Butter Curry Chicken From Farmer’s Market

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food From Home,Food Review,Indian,My Musing | Saturday 4 October 2014 1:56 pm




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I wanted something different for lunch on the weekend and when I saw that the Farmer’s market had butter chicken, I had to get some.  But of course, it was too early for lunch, so it was kept in silver foil for a few hours , thus it was kinda mushy after awhile.  The rice and butter chicken was still warm when I ate it at 2.30pm and it was pretty good.  The next time, I would separate the butter chicken and rice, so that the rice wouldn’t be so mushy.

I do like the butter chicken but it didn’t have the stronger taste that I’m used to and it wasn’t as spicy as I liked it.  I prefer my butter chicken with chunks of chicken  and since I use jasmine rice for my own butter chicken, I didn’t smell any jasmine in the one that I bought at the Farmer’s Market.  But it was overall, a good lunch for $6.50 tax included.  Would I get it again?  definitely !

A Fruitful Day

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fruits,My Musing | Sunday 28 September 2014 11:30 am




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Fall is here and what do someone who loves food do ?  go apple picking of course.  So we headed out to Wallace Brothers after going to our beach cottage to check on the painting of the inside of the cottage.  As usual, Andy and Phyllis are the best host , they made us feel right at home.  The Wallace Brother’s Farm was packed with cars and people as expected.  They not only have the best apples, pears and plums, they are definitely the cheapest.  We picked 2 boxes of plums (wished i bought more) they were so sweet.  1 box of pears and a 20 Ibs apples for Chloe’s school and some extras for Chloe’s friends from home.  But Andy and Phyllis didn’t charge us for the ones for ourselves and the ones for Chloe’s friends.

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These peas were picked from our garden at the seaside cottage in Port Maitland.

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Apples for Chloe’s school.  It was definitely a fruitful day, so much fruits for only $20.  Next week would be pears and plums for Chloe’s school.

My $20 Pizza

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Pizzas | Friday 26 September 2014 6:29 pm




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Thus far my most expensive pizza in Canada I think – but don’t quote me , I could be wrong because I haven’t had pizza for a long time now.   I’ve always eaten pizza from Boston Pizza and haven’t had Greco’s for the longest time , but the day I did it was because the store was full and there was no time to go out to get proper food.  So I was also craving fro a pizza or was I craving more for tabasco sauce now?

I ordered a hawaiin pizza , with pineapple and chicken but I wanted it to be a thin crusted pizza , so it cost me a little more than the usual pizza.  Pizza was good but because as you can see it was huge, it took me a few days to finish it.  But it was an awesome pizza and I would definitely order them again if i had someone else to share the pizza with.

The pizza wasn’t greasy and it was filled with yummies and although i couldn’t finish it , i did leave it for the next day and the day after.  Of course, after the 2 day, it didn’t taste as good anymore but nevertheless edible.   But i still love my tuscan pizza from Boston Pizza – individual size, but I don’t mind the Hawaiin from Greco either.  So there, you have it, my lovely $20 Pizza.

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