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.

Wacky Wing Nite @ Jungle Jim’s

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,Junke Food,My Musing | Wednesday 16 July 2014 7:06 pm




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In the many years that Jungle Jim’s had been in town, I never went for their Wacky Wings nite because I didn’t think I could eat a lot of wings.  But today, with my kid and a g/f we decided that we should go and see what the hype was about.   For $12.99, one can’t go too wrong right?

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Since it was the first time that we are doing Wacky Wing nite, we didn’t know how it works.  I’m glad we got our regular waitress and she quickly explained to us and took care of our order.  If you are going for Wing nite, make sure you go early because it was quite a wait for food.  I ordered some pepperoni and chicken wings but for every all you can eat wings , you have to order a drink of like $2.99.  I had an ice lemon tea with my g/f – no sharing and the kid had an apple juice.

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The kid ordered her own wings for $6.99.

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While my g/f ordered some thai chicken bites

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And french fries for the kid.  I actually didn’t want her to have fries.

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The kid loved the wings and the fries and ate quite a lot of the wings and fries.

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Opps !  I was wrong, she had pepsi.

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We had more wings.

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Garlic baguette , only had 2 pieces as no one wanted them.

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And here the kid and the g/f is choosing the best wings for themselves.  I also had some garlic baguette and it was quite filling.   Me and the kid’s meal came to $27 + tips , while the g/f’s was about $17 + tips.  Would I go again?  oh for sure but next time with more friends and definitely will be going earlier.

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.

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Photo Credit  : The Shanty Cafe

Chickpea Salad From Shanty Cafe

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Organic,Salads | Thursday 5 June 2014 2:33 pm




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This chickpea salad was so good – I had to give it a shout out immediately.  Folks from town can get this at the Shanty Cafe located on 6B Central Street.  Friendly service and good food – you cannot go wrong.  But this chickpea salad reminds me of my favorite fatoush salad.

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I loved that it’s all so well blended and I found some yummy roasted sunflower seeds in it.  A delightful salad with my samosas of course.  My salad was a small one and only cost me $3.00 + tax , if you want a large one it’s $6.00 + tax.  Check it out – it is really good.

Chef #2 @ New Century Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Tuesday 3 June 2014 2:48 pm




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When I don’t know what to eat, I order Chef #2 from the New Century Restaurant and this is half an order only because a whole order would be way too much for me to eat.  Look at how much veggies I’ve got in this fully loaded crispy noodles at the bottom box.   Brocolli , cabbage, water chestnuts, char siew and shrimp plus some carrots for color.  I love the smell of the crispy canton noodles as well.  For $8 – this could be my lunch and supper easily.  Try it yourself and let me know what you think.  New Century Restaurant is located on Main Street, Yarmouth.

BBQ Pulled Pork Burger From The Red Shed

Posted by mamabok | BBQ,Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Sunday 1 June 2014 4:55 pm




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I wanted some Pulled Pork bad and the closest joint is The Red Shed, so I decided to give it a try, afterall, I’ve had great success with the food from the Red Shed right?

I guess I was expecting something different, although it was still good, it wasn’t as messy as I expected, so dainty ladies out there, this may be a great pulled pork burger for you.   With some coleslaw inside the pulled pork burger, the taste was different – not bad but different.  I think I might have to get Pulled Pork burger from another joint and try out other burgers from The Red Shed.

The Red Shed is located at the Waterfront – you cannot miss it, so when you are in Yarmouth, don’t forget to check it out.  Everyone’s expectations and taste buds are different, what I may not love as much, you may love it more.  So don’t just go by my words, check it out for yourself.

PS :  And the Red Shed does have some excellent food that I absolutely adore.

Japanese Takeout @ Sip Cafe

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Japanese,My Musing | Tuesday 20 May 2014 9:26 pm




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Yes, starting as of today, you can get real Japanese takeouts at Sip Cafe inside City Drugstore on Main Street Yarmouth.  Woohoo!  for those sushi lovers out there, you will be pretty happy with the food as well as the prices.  There is quite a variety to choose from and the sushi are made everyday in the morning fresh and delivered to Yarmouth from Little Brook.

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The folks from Kizuna took time to prepare and packed each box with extra wraps to keep the sushi moist and fresh and you can find chopsticks at the side of the cold open face fridge inside Sip Cafe. Generous serving of soya sauce and ginger as well as wasabi were added in the box.  For $6.50, it was definitely not a bad deal at all, if you compare the quality of these sushi to the ones sold at Sobeys.

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The maki course is good for lunch and has about 12 pieces in it, now more ginger would definitely be good though.  Eating fresh sushi is important to all sushi lovers out there and this is as fresh as it gets.

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There is also containers of seaweed salad.

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And as far as I can see, this sushi is well received by the people in this town.  Someone said it is quite addictive and I cannot agree more.  So if you are looking for Japanese sushi in downtown Yarmouth, check out Sip Cafe @ No 1 Collins Street.  Sushi is available as early as 11.30am in the morning till quantity last.

Singapore Noodles @ New Century Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Saturday 17 May 2014 10:27 pm




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Singapore Noodles from New Century Restaurant on Main Street Yarmouth, opens everyday from 11am – 9pm.  Singapore noodles is actually vermecilli a kind of rice noodles cooked with curry spices with veggies and shrimp.  You can ask for less spice if you don’t want it to be too spicy, the owner & chef will accommodate your taste buds.

Singapore noodles is not from Singapore, we do not have this kind of dish in Singapore per se. I think folks who’ve migrated to the West invented this  dish because Singaporeans like the Malaysians loved spicy food, so this is one way whereby we can have a good and decent spicy meal without costing a bomb.

I only ordered half an order for lunch because 1 order is too much for me, so if you only want a taste of it, you can ask the chef for half an order.  For those cold days or days where you don’t know what to eat and don’t mind the spice, you can try this out.  New Century Restaurant is located in downtown Yarmouth,  280 Main Street.

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