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?
The extended family and us had a BBQ at the beach because Godma Lynn came home from Toronto. This year we didn’t do the BBQ at the lodge because the water pump wasn’t working. We ended at the beach but I would have preferred it at the lodge but the kids loved the beach and the weather was awesome that day plus a volley ball game was in order too. Luckily, I bought some new sports bra from for plus size sport bras not too long ago, so I was pretty happy about joining in the volley ball game.
Joey the cousin’s hubby brought some clams to be boiled at the beach – and for those who loved clams I’m sure you would have enjoyed it but I didn’t eat any and I’m glad I didn’t because my tummy didn’t feel too well after the BBQ. But having clams at the beach was kinda different and I know that the rest of the family enjoyed it.
Marking days are great days for spending time with Chloe and my girlfriends – and on days like these – I’m missing my girlfriend and her daughter – Layla who’ve left for Ottawa. I wanted to get a cheap schecter hellraiser c-1 at guitar center for PB but wanted to check out the stores locally to see if I can get something similar here but alas, no such luck. So I’m ordering them for him instead and of course, eating at a new place with my kid was in the itinerary for the day.
We settled for the Bread and Olive Cafe – as we haven’t been there before since they opened last year. I had a cup of tea while Chloe had an ice tea as it was a very hot and humid day.
We both ordered quiches but different kind – one was chicken.
And the other was salmon, we preferred the chicken.
Of course, we had dessert – that we shared and in the meantime, I was surfing the net – and ordering the guitar for PB. We had a wonderful meal – although expensive – but the service was really good.
I love coffee and have to have at least a cup a day if not more. I try to limit myself to maximum two cups and I’m quite fussy with the type of coffee I drink and where I drink my coffee. There isn’t any designer coffee in town but we do have a specialty store that just opened up recently. Unfortunately, their coffee still needs a little work. I don’t expect designer coffee like we have back home but the coffee I had didn’t have enough kick to it and also they are usually plain old coffee.
I currently brew my own coffee and I find that the coffee that I’m using is by far the best and cheapest as compared to what I get in this specialty store and Tim Horton. If you want to try some folgers coffee click here , this is what I’m currently into and i loved the taste of it. They have the classic roast or the Colombian ones which are a lot stronger. They also have decaf, if you are into decaf. At one time, I roasted my own coffee but buying them here is a lot easier I find and they taste just like the ones I’m used to back home. So coffee addicts/lovers out there can give this a try.
Celebrating birthdays are not an uncommon thing in my life – but celebrating birthday with such a special person only comes once in a while. And today is the birthday a very good sister of mine from another mother. Lynette is the type of person – who has a heart of gold. She will take the shirt of her back to help you if you needed it. I’m so happy that we were able to make her day a little special for her today.
Our little bath and home gift for her on her birthday.
Potpourri for her room in preparation for a romantic night.
Best friends for life – Josh and Chloe
French toast with sausages for Josh.
Ham omelet for the birthday girl.
Hyunjin’s thai chicken bite and some of my breakfast.
Chloe’s fish and chips.
My classic breakfast – that i shared with Hyunjin.
Home made cheesecake just for me from Brianna and Noah.
Noah and Brianna – love this kids.
Brianna’s 8 oz steak.
Large Caesar salad for Noah.
Free birthday cake for Lynette – from Jungle Jim’s.
Birthday card for Lynette.
Dessert at Jo-anne’s quick and tasty – down in Hebron.
Brianna and Lynette – happy moments.
Josh with his peanut butter pie – he loved it.
Summer is here and I’ve put on some weight from not exercising a lot. I make excuses in the winter – telling myself that it’s too cold to do anything but there is no excuse just to do yoga right? So this summer I’m going to be doing yoga and getting some yoga gear for women was easy. I’ve ordered my yoga pants, yoga mat and even got a kid’s yoga kit for my Chloe.
Yoga is good for a lot of things in our life, not only does it help with our health, it is actually quite therapeutic. I find it so calming to practice yoga, these days – I don’t feel so stress. I hope by practicing yoga 3 times a week, I will eventually stop taking my panic medication because I’ve heard good results from people like myself who are on meds. One can definitely look forward to a healthier year.
I love ribs and BBQ ribs are my favorite and I’ll have to say that the ribs at Boston Pizza are one of the best since the days at Tony Roma’s. This is half a rack of BBQ ribs and they do make a full meal for a person but I chose to have only half of this and shared half with my g/f .
We also ordered half a portion of Jambalaya and shared this – and that’s the great part of eating with Boston Pizza – you can order half a portion of pasta.
Try their new dessert – chunks of brownies with ice cream and strawberries. Too sweet for me but I know a lot of you out there would love it.
The day had finally warmed up, so the some friends and I decided that we should take a day trip to visit another friend living in Digby. We’ve always loved Digby, it’s such a wonderful town especially during the summer. Lucky for me, I had on a ray ban original wayfarer else the 1 hr drive would have been scotching on my eyes.
The first thing the kids did when we arrived in Digby was to take a picture of themselves and the scenery around time – look how sunny it was – even the kids had to squint their eyes here. But the breeze was lovely, so it wasn’t that hot for us to walk around downtown Digby.
We loved how picturesque Digby is – everywhere you turn to around Digby gives you the sea, boats and the sun – on a good day. So if you are thinking of going to Digby, go when the weather is good and bring along your sunglasses as well as sunscreen.
What a lovely day ! always loved to see boats of any kind. What about you?
And now some home made Cuban food from our lovely host – Tania from Cuba and Dave from Scotland. Yummy looking salad, so beautifully dressed up – we don’t wanna mess it up.
Cuban beef – thinly sliced and very tender – flavorful.
Cuban rice with black beans.
And beet root, corn and broccoli salad made by Jackie from Peru.
And a lovely group picture before we left Digby with our host family.
I haven’t cooked Emperor Chicken for the longest time – and not because I didn’t have the necessary condiments for it but because cooking the emperor chicken takes a lot of time in cleaning the chicken properly and I wanted to have free range chicken. And the only way to get it is from the Farmer’s market on the weekend and sometimes I don’t get up early enough to buy them.
Anyhow washed i did with the chicken – and gave it a good massage – and of course, with the Emperor chicken – you have to have mushrooms and anything else you want to put in them.
I rubbed the herbs well on the chicken – let it sit for an hour.
Threw in some wolfberries and some red dates and now it’s all ready to be steamed.
And my trusty steamer that we had bought – a great investment.
After 2 hrs of steaming – nice, tender and flavorful emperor chicken.
I would love to listen to some alto sax from musicians friend but live singing and coffee or tea in downtown is just as good I have to say. At the end of the month, find time to visit our local cafe at the corner of Main Street where City Drug Store is – and listen to one of our local artiste play and sing for you. Enjoy a lovely after lunch coffee/tea with yummy pastries or try their gelato. I would loved that they extend the live music to the evening hours – and some saxophones would be really romantic but I’m sure it will come.
Need I say more? this came into our store from our dear friend Cory – one of the nicest people I’ve known in town. Gotta love friends like that right. But this went to my sister from another mother – who enjoys lobsters a lot.
Lots of meat and just caught.
So we had our first BBQ chicken, hotdog and beef patties this year and even though we didn’t have a regular BBQ pit set up yet, our friends had a make shift one with charcoal. They had to use a destaco clamp to put the make shift BBQ together but they did a really good job. And since it was a charcoal BBQ we had to take turns to watch the fire in case it becomes too hot and burn the food.
I really think that there was a real difference in taste when it comes to charcoal BBQ and the gas type, you can taste the difference and the food seems to cook a lot faster. I can’t wait to experiment more with the charcoal BBQ pit. Hopefully, the weather will continue to stay warm – not too hot though – and not foggy that’s for sure.
Lunch don’t need to be an elaborate affair for me, in fact I loved simple lunches like the one above from the new century restaurant on Main Street Yarmouth. Lots of veggies, some rice and Mongolian beef with broccoli. The beef was really tender – even my grandmother can eat it. For all this food – I paid only $8 – value for money right?
The majority of our friends goes to Cuba or the Bahamas and some to Jamaica during the March break but we chose to go later, to avoid the crowd and also to have the beach almost to ourselves. But we didn’t want to go where everyone has already been to, so we are choosing the turks and caicos resort , which came highly recommended by a family friend and my family doctor.
The Turks and Caicos Island is very near to Cuba – I was told and flight would be almost the same as if we were going to the Bahamas or to Cuba. I read that scenery was incredible and the sand were white, soft and clean – with turquoise water to dip into whenever you feel like it. There are many towels, loungers and umbrellas and unlike the more popular spots like Cuba, you don’t have to wake up really early to put your towels on them so that you have a place to sun tan or just relax. They even have wifi around the pool area – so those of you who must have internet access, you won’t feel lost here.
There are many resorts you can choose from and as far as I can see, all the properties are pretty nice. There is a special offer on some great hotels/resorts at this very moment and although it is not an all inclusive for all hotels, there are some offering the all inclusive if you check. It’s a gorgeous place, and great for a family vacation for folks like us – with a huge water park and many beautiful attractions. I can’t wait to try out their different cuisine.
So I had lunch with my girlfriends every Friday as usual – even though I haven’t been posting a lot lately of our food rendezvous - but no worries we have been eating as usual. And this time, Hyujin, Jackie and Kim came a long for our food tasting at Marco’s.
Pretty ladies – posting for me.
Marco’s had fish and chips for the lunch special and we wanted to try it since they were always good on the children’s menu. I had mine with baked potatoes and they came with some vegies – awesome. The fish was good but it could most definitely use more fish.
Hyunjin had the same but with fries and some shrimp at $3.99 extra for 5 shrimps – not bad at all.
Jackie was very hungry – lunch took a long time to come – as you can see – she was eyeing the food already heheh!
Kim had the montreal burger – and it was so yummy! i had her bacon on the side.
Dessert was beignet pomme – fried apple donut with ice cream.
Coconut cream pie for Kim
Jackie was surprised at the size of her dessert.
Crazy eyes on the dessert – hahahha!
And crepe for me and hyunjin – but i would have preferred with real strawberries. Overall lunch was pretty good.
Firstly, I have to say that no one beats the service at Jungle Jim’s – in Yarmouth, NS - these girls are the best ! we especially loved one waitress -she is tall and skinny but most of them are tall and skinny but most admirable is the boss of Jungle Jim’s here – he is so nice and approachable. My g/f had her favorite thai chicken bites.
The spouse had chicken fingers.
We had chimi cheesecakes for dessert
And another g/f Jackie had tacos
I had the all day breakfast – super yummy!
Layla had grilled cheese – which looked quite ordinary eh.
And chloe had the monkey fingers – too.
The girls shared a dessert – of brownies.
And their drawing . Loved that the girls get along so well.
We were pleasantly surprised to see Gary – our favorite customer at our store – singing at the Farmer’s market. Gary being such a romantic, I knew that I would enjoy any song he sings. I think the Farmer’s Market should invest in some kind of standard music equipments for the entertainers that comes and sings for a few hours for the crowd. I’m going to suggest to Natalie – the next time I see her to buy boss me 25 for the Farmer’s market entertainers because I’ve seen someone using it at the Farmer’s Market in Vancouver last summer. I think it’s a really cheap investment to entice more people to come listen to the entertainment at the Farmer’s market during the summer.
Not at the local Sobeys but the Sobeys up in the city and I was kinda surprised and hope that the sobeys here don’t go selling pet food too because we do have pet food shops here like the Ascension Pet Needs next to Car Quests where Jungle Jim’s is. Love Sobeys but would hate if we lose a local business if they start doing that.
In the city, the population is greater, so they can afford to have a Sobeys that carries pet food but not in a town with less than 7000 in population.
I don’t own a pet but if I do, I would want to support our local business just because they know more than your ordinary cashier at Sobeys and they can do special orders for you as well.
I love Sobeys for their groceries but no don’t bring in the Pet food, just like don’t get into movies – because there are local stores like ours who does movies.
Easter has always been a family thing for us – but we focus more on the kids than ourselves but this year with my girlfriend around, she bought gifts not only for Chloe but for Aunt Helena and Grampie as well. She is too sweet – but she found some patagonia down sweater sale and knows that the weather here can stay cold for a while longer, so she had to get it for them and of course chocolates for everyone. Aunt Helena cooked this year since Grammie isn’t around with us this year, it’s at times like that that we missed her most. No one talked about it but I’m sure they feel the same way as us. Aunt Helena made a potato and egg salad just like what Grammie used to make for me, I almost cried.
We had lemon meringue and a chocolate cake for dessert with ice cream as well. Cantaloupe were very good too – sweet.
BBQ Pork ribs were really good as well.
Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots for veggies.
Rappie pie and mashed potatoes.
Baked Hawaiian ham.
And a game of pictionary to end the evening. We had a really good time and lots to eat.
So we haven’t been to the Farmer’s market for a long time – all because Saturdays are the days we get to sleep in because the kid is in school and we get up really early every morning. But it’s Easter Sunday, so have to go see the Easter bunny right? Chloe was so tickled to see the Easter bunny for she knew who was inside that bunny suit.
Everyone in the market was dressed up for Easter – and I’ll have to say that this hat is so nicely decorated.
Painted gourds – a craft that gave me an idea that Chloe can do this during the summer too because Grampie has lots of these during the summer.
An old cash register at Chef Gary’s who had butter chicken to scoop out for everyone – but a tat too spicy for taste I’ll have to say – but nevertheless very good food. I had it for supper and lunch the next day. At $8.50 it was definitely value for money.
An artist at the market – maybe Chloe can go to him for classes.
And our very lovely Natalie with her scones and bakery goods – unfortunately, it was all sold out. Natalie is the anchor for the Farmer’s Market – without her steering the project – the market may not have been as successful.
From our favorite cookie store – some rice crispies with chocolate – very clever I’ll have to say.
And music in the market of course and many more stores with lots of goodies. The Farmer’s market remained as vibrant as when it first started. I’m really happy for them but wished they were nearer to our store – because downtown does need a little bit more people coming around.