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.

Pain Free Living

Posted by mamabok | General,Health,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 15 October 2014 10:55 pm




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If I were in Asia or living permanently in Asia, I know exactly what I would do if I were ever ill or in pain.  I wouldn’t resort to taking medication from a doctor but will use traditional medication instead.  But because I lived in such a remote area where I can’t find any chinese medication nearby I had to look for other alternative for my painful leg that I suspect may be arthritis.   For the last year, I have been taking pain killers whenever the weather is bad, but it cannot be good for the body I figured.  So when someone recommended that I check out  superiormagnetics.com  for a pain free way of living, I figured I should at least give it a shot.

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Since these magnetic bracelets and anklets are not expensive at all, and after reading more about magnet therapy,  I feel confident trying it out.  Magnet therapy has been around for a long time and if you were in so much pain like I am, you would try just about anything.  I will definitely keep you all posted about how it work out for me after I’ve tried it out.

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.

A Return To Boston Pizza

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Thursday 18 September 2014 12:09 pm




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We haven’t been to Boston Pizza for a long time.  Not because we don’t like the food but because they didn’t have anything that Chloe would eat.  So we opt for places that she would eat and end up giving poor Boston Pizza a skip.  But today, only us girls were going ot for lunch on a weekday without the kids, so we gave Boston Pizza another go.  My g/f Lynette had a pizza with meat in it.

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And me and another g/f had the same thing , so I didn’t take extra pictures , after all, they looked the same.  Jambalaya pasta was what we asked for but her plate was a lot less than mine , I don’t know why.  So I scoped my portion of pasta for my g/f and let her have some of mine.  Her gravy was little too but I had asked for more gravy – so weird right?   Pasta was good but it lacked a little oomph this time , nevertheless, it was a good meal.

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Our lunch came with a side and we both chose a green with raspberry vinaigrette, but I think i should have chosen the ceasar and mixed it up a bit.

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And dear Lynette had an apple crisp for dessert.  She said it was yummy!  Boston pizza has this promotion where you pay $5 and kids can get 5 free meals with an adult.   I wished that Chloe would eat at Boston pizza, I would have so bought it.

Epic Humor

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,My Musing | Tuesday 9 September 2014 9:55 pm




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Love the sign and love the humor.  now if all eateries have a great sense of humor wouldn’t that be wonderful.   Unfortunately,  there is just one eatery in town who cannot take constructive criticism and thinks it is so funny that we refused to acknowledge them after they barged into our store and said that we tried to run their business down.  So immature too !  and his only come back was that we should paint our store too????!!!???   Yes, very immature!

Anyhow, their lost coz’ we don’t eat there anymore because we refused to deal with idiosyncrasies.  As far as my friends and I are concern, the owners, its store and food don’t exist.  In all my years of writing a food blog, this tiny eatery is the only one who behaved so immaturely and utterly ridiculous!

Maple Syrup For Export

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,My Musing,Organic,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 29 August 2014 11:39 am




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For those who are not aware of this, my FIL makes his own maple syrup.  Yes, they are pure maple syrup straight from the maple tree.  A long time friend who owns a food and beverage company from Asia had tried the maple syrup sometime last year and was so in love with it that he wanted to bring it to all his food and beverage outlet in Asia.  So we’ve been packing up the Maple syrup by the dozen and shipping them out since spring.  Of course, we use  egg crate  with every individual boxes that we send out and thus far, I have to say that it works great.  No report of breakage from here to Asia, so the customer/s are happy and so are we, no liability to replace the broken ones.

We are definitely considering exporting them to various other places and we are in talks with several organization in Asia.  The FIL gives me 25 % of the sale , so we are excited about working for him.  Wish me luck!

Lay’s New Chip Flavor

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,BBQ,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,Junke Food,My Musing | Friday 15 August 2014 12:20 am




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While out searching for chips for a girlfriend from Singapore, look what I found!!!  Yup ! must be new chip flavors from Lay’s.  Looks so yummy right?  I haven’t tried them yet but I’m going to do so soon.

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This is like some kinda cucumber dip?

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Woohoo!  cinnamom buns.

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mac and cheese !  yums for PB!

Banana Fried Ice Cream From HoneyBee Ice Cream Parlour

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Sunday 10 August 2014 12:41 am




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So i finally got to try out the banana fried ice cream from Honey Bee’s near the Dayton Food Market and they not only have the fried ice cream, they also have hot dogs and sausage dogs now.

Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the hot dogs and sausage dogs that we had but both were very yummy in taste, although a little bit plain in my opinion.  The banana fried ice cream was really good too and it had 3 bananas , hot fudge and a huge scoop of ice cream and cream on top.  The sausage were $4 each and hotdogs at $3 each.  Definitely, worth a trip to Honey Bee’s , I’m going again really soon.

Shanty’s Appetizer Platter

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food Review,My Musing | Friday 25 July 2014 6:31 pm




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So I had to try the appetizer when the Shanty advertised it on facebook and don’t be fooled by my picture taking skills, it is actually a lot lovelier than it looks and tasted even better.

I’m sure i would loved the samosas and they had lots of potatoes skins with cheese and bacon bits because the Cuban Croquet  items weren’t ready.  But I did get a taste of it and they had offered me more later if I wanted more.  The cost of the platter was at $11.20 tax included but it was a little wait for it which I don’t mind at all because I met a lovely lady at the cafe while waiting for my take out.

The appetizer platter was a lot of potatoes to stomach, i had to leave some for the next day’s lunch.

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