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




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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.

 

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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.

Tuesday Pasta Night At Boston Pizza

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Pasta,Shopping | Monday 20 July 2015 9:44 pm




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I’ve never had pasta on Tuesday nights at Boston Pizza before and we finally made it for pasta night.  We had wanted to order our ordinary pasta but the waitress had recommended that we order the ones for pasta night because they were only $10 each.   So we figured we would.  I ordered the spaghetti with their famous meatballs.  And as you can see here , the pasta were aplenty.  I could hardly finish half of it , and only had 2 meatballs.  So unless you have a huge appetite, I don’t encourage you to order such because I for one hate to waste food and I don’t like leftovers , so what a waste.

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My g/f had the jambalaya and it was huge too but at least she managed to finish a lot of it and doggie back home the rest but it was a lot.  So unless you really love pasta, don’t waste food.

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We of course had to have the cheese cake with some coffee to end the evening.

Coupon Deals

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 17 July 2015 11:10 pm




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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.

Juice In A Box

Posted by mamabok | Drinks,FoodBuzz,Health,Home Essentials,My Musing,Shopping | Wednesday 17 June 2015 10:56 am




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I figured I should get one for Chloe to bring to school instead of giving her a juice box that one can buy at our local supermarket, since we all know that juice boxes are full of sugar.  With that thinking, my food buzz folks asked me to get one locally and check it out for them.  So away I went to Sandy’s to buy one for Chloe.  Chloe has used it once with the juice that I juiced for her but she didn’t finished the juice because she said it wasn’t cold enough by the time she got it.

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I do love the color and I figured it’s ok if she can’t use it in school, I can still juice at home while she is playing outdoors and she can have her juice in the box during the summer instead of the regular sugar filled boxes.   The juice in a box is easy to clean and easy to put together but when you pour your juice make sure the lid is off else it will get messy when you first open the lid.   The juice in a box is about $12 and it’s worth buying if you want your kids to have a healthy drink all throughout summer instead of just sugar.

Pho @ I Love Pho

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Saturday 6 June 2015 11:17 am




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So we were up in the city during the weekend and I had to try some Pho of course.  But since PB and Chloe didn’t wanna eat the same as I , I ordered a take out from I Love Pho located at Bedford Highway.  It was a small restaurant but very cozy and the girl who took my order was really nice.  I would definitely go back and eat there while the food is nice and in a bowl coz’ it was hard to eat in a take out bowl as they gave me a lot of food.

I ordered the Pho with everything in eat , stripes , beef and beef balls.  The noodles were al – dente and the soup were placed separately in case you lived a long drive away.  I was hoping the soup would be more robust but it wasn’t , probably because I wasn’t dining in and couldn’t add in all the condiments that they had provided.

Overall, I do loved it , I even went back after my dinner to get some Vietnamese desserts and it was so yummy !  you will see me again I Love Pho.

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.

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