On Air With Local Radio Station

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Shopping,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 8 November 2013 8:16 pm

I was interviewed by the local radio station back home about my food blog last week.  Indeed, I am really honored to be asked to go on a live show.  But it was during the wee hours in the morning over here because we have a 12 hrs time difference.   This is not the first live interview I’ve done since coming to Canada with our local station, so I’m very prepared for it.   With my USB Microphone, a  blue yeti pro , they called me on Skype and basically asked me a few questions about my life here in Canada and also about the food that I eat here and the restaurants here.

Yes, my readers come from all over the world but mostly from Asia and USA and I’m very happy to share with them about my life here in this small town and what people can expect in terms of food and living here.  When I first started this food blog, I never thought that it would reach so far and become so popular with more than 10, 000 fans on my blog a day.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to share about not only food but the education, the climate, and the living in Canada experiences.  Since it was a live show, I cannot share the link with you here but the next time, I might  give you a heads up, so you can hear what the interview was all about.

Good Food & Good Music

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food Review,Gadgets,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 28 October 2013 9:57 pm

The Yarmouth Pub down on Water Street is the latest addition to our downtown eatery.  Situated near the waterfront, not too far from Rudder, you can missed it.  The Yarmouth Pub serves food on the first storey of the building and the pub is in the basement.  Good music playing at the pub as we walked up the dining area and I noticed the exact same model of a  cool gemini gvx-sub15p at guitar center  at the pub.

The dining area was nicely furnished and the waitress came immediately to offer us drinks and menu.  The mood was casual and it was warm upstairs on a cool rainy day.

I had ordered the steak because it was so cheap – and done just right!  I loved it !  I had mine with baked potatoes and I was stuffed.

My g/f had fish – haddock baked. It was special of the day and it was less than $10 I think.

It came with a salad and we both had hot lemon tea.  The bill came up to $30 + dollars – and food came promptly.  I would definitely go back and would go to the pub next time for good music and drinks.

Hauling Food From City

We were up in the city a few weeks ago, to haul some food home with some friends and this is but one of the many boxes that we hauled home.  So PB said maybe he should look at some  flatbed trailers  , so that the next time we need to haul food home from the city, we don’t need to bring another car with us.   Plus a flatbed trailer is great when we need to move furniture from home to the cottage, it would definitely be a great investment for us.

But coming back to all the food we hauled back from the city.  Some friends laughed and joked about opening a Asian grocery store here but there isn’t enough Asians in this area for me to do that.  Therefore, every couple of months, you see us going to Halifax and bringing all kinds of ingredient and paste home, even the noodles that I am used to back home, we can’t find them locally.  I bought luncheon meat, noodles, paste, drinks from home and candies from home and anything I cannot find here even soya sauce.  So yes, having a trailer may definitely work better for us instead of making the g/f  bring her SUV with us.

Thanksgiving Lunch At Rudders

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Wednesday 16 October 2013 1:54 pm

We had our 2nd Thanksgiving lunch with my sister from another mother at Rudders on Thanksgiving Monday as she had to work on Sunday and couldn’t join us at my in-laws.

Chloe was happy to see her Auntie Hyunjin of course.

Rudders was festively dressed – I loved the decor a lot and our waiter was really nice today.

I shared the escargot with Hyunjin and thought about our friend Shawn.

PB had chicken of course.

Chloe had her usual fish and chips.

Hyunjin had the special of the day, some german sausages and sauerkraut.

And I had their famous fishcakes.  Enjoyed our meal tremendously – thanks to Hyunjin for the lunch treat. And she spent the rest of the day with us.

More Lobsters

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,My Musing,Seafood | Saturday 28 September 2013 12:00 pm

More lobsters for me this year but I asked for a little box because I already had a lot of lobsters of late.  But this time the Zhu’s made it spicy for me – knowing that I loved the chilli.  heheh!  thanks to Cory for the lobsters and the Zhu’s for cooking it.

Food From Prima Taste

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,My Musing,Shopping | Wednesday 25 September 2013 12:01 pm

Food from home !! woohoo!! they just got in today !  and I had been waiting for it for a week now, well, it was a week late but no worries, the supplier gave me a whole box of it for free for being late! woohoo!!! FREE FOOD ! is always good.  Now I can have a Prima Taste party at the Zhu’s.  I had planned it for last week but since the food didn’t come, I had to postpone the date with friends and family.  But some really hot and tasty food coming my way soon.

I first came to know about Laksa La Mien and Curry La Mien from my long time girlfriend, Regina from home.  She sent me some from home and I fell in love with it.  And a reader from this blog, wrote and told me that I can get a supplier here and I went ordering it of course but they weren’t in stock and I had to wait till the fall.  So I checked the website out every week and finally saw them in stock – so I ordered as many as I can.  I ordered Prima Taste Mee Siam too – so wait for my reviews everyone.

Sobeys New Recycle Bags

Posted by mamabok | Home Essentials,My Musing,Shopping | Monday 23 September 2013 12:13 pm

Sobeys has a new design for their recycle bags – have you bought one and support Sobeys for their effort in saving the environment?  Well, one of the cashiers asked PB if he wanted to buy one but of course, he didn’t !  I would love to buy one but we were in a hurry so the next time, I’m gonna buy one.

Love the new bag though – it’s very nice and meaningful design.  So go on and buy one and save the earth !

Fish Cake From The Red Shed

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Seafood | Friday 20 September 2013 12:25 pm

The Red Shed owned by Australian Shane makes good food too.  I loved it when he makes different kinda food.  The fish cake is packed with only fish and no potatoes and thai chilli sauce – pretty yummy and a great combination.

It’s cheap too – at $6 but I want 4 pieces next time with a salad on the side to make it a full meal for me. But everyone should try it – it’s pretty good.   The Red Shed is down on the waterfront – on Water Street, you can’t missed it – it’s Red in color !  duh! hehe!

Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food From Home,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Wednesday 11 September 2013 2:02 pm

When The Red Shed announced on facebook that they had chicken satay with peanut sauce and rice for their lunch special, I was so excited and put on my jacket and off i scooted down the hill to get an order to try. I wasn’t disappointed of course, the chicken pieces were very tender and tasty.  Back home we have ketuput instead of rice and the peanut sauce was a little bit spicy but having an Australian make satay, I’ll have to say it was pretty good.  Would definitely eat it again but would order more satay the next time and ask for some cucumber too.  $ 8 for lunch was not bad price that’s for sure.

The Snack Place

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Sunday 8 September 2013 2:23 pm

We managed to eat at the Snack Place on Main Street today, this was where the old Peg’s was and the ambiance was really cool, I loved that there are more seats in the restaurant now.  But it could definitely use an air-con during hot days but there were ceiling fans.

We went after lunch time and there were still a few customers around, so that was a good sign.

Chloe was very hungry because we headed out late this Sunday as we had friends over.

This was the special for Sunday and I was all for it because I loved Baked Beans.

Lots of seating now and lots of space.

Chloe had the fish and chips and it came with a drink and the fish was really good.

PB had the quarter chicken and i loved the garlic bread a lot, a wee bit oily but that’s the way i loved it.

And this was my special, look at how huge the fish cake were, I couldn’t finish it, the baked beans were home made but I prefer the tomato canned ones but it was good nevertheless.

My special for the day came with a cake – and the cake was home made and it was drizzled with raspberry sauce – yummy!

Chloe had a scope of ice cream and it was yummy!  This must be the cheapest meal we’ve had in town, everything rounded up to about $30.  The portion were huge and the food were pretty awesome too and the waitress was very friendly and accommodating.  We will be back to try the rest of the  menu.

Lunch With An Old Friend From Raleigh

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,BBQ,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,General,Meet Up With,My Musing | Tuesday 3 September 2013 9:43 pm

An old friend from Raleigh came to visit this summer and we met up for a late lunch after she had finished some official work.  She is a accountant   and as busy as she was, she managed to squeeze some time for our meet up before heading back to the city.  I’m not into the financial aspect of any job I’ve had but it’s funny how most of my friends are either CPAs or internal auditors for offshore banks.  So I brought her out to the best burger place in town.  Chuck’s Wagon on Forest Street of course.

Another friend who came along had the Tex burger

While I had the rodeo breakfast.

She tried the house special with molasses bread and a piece of donair meat.

This was my burger.

With eggs, tomato and a slice of ham.

And poutine of course ! a must try.

I had the normal onion rings also known as wagon wheels.   It was a great lunch, lunch lasted for 2 hrs and we played catch up as much as we can. As a CPA, she must be very busy therefore, I’m grateful, she took time off to spend with me.  Till we meet again – old friend.

A Chinese Birthday Party

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,Parties | Saturday 24 August 2013 11:03 am

A very special birthday of a very special little girl that we’ve come to know and grow up with.  Jessica from the Chinese restaurant invited us to her birthday, if you’ve met her, you would know that she is the sweetest kid on earth.   Her mom ordered an ice cream cake from Diary Queen and we had an hour of bowling session at Brunswick Lane and headed back to the restaurant to eat.

I figured it would make no sense to pay $20 to eat at the bowling alley when they own a restaurant right?  plus it would be so much easier to eat at the restaurant with everything right there and lo and behold I was right.  The kids had a blast!  Look at how cute they are!!

The Zhu’s made special food for Chloe because she wouldn’t eat anything with greens.

But look at how happy she was scooping up her own food.


Everyone is eating now.

And our very special birthday girl – Jessica !

Baptism Cake

Posted by mamabok | Baking,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Thursday 15 August 2013 11:40 am

A baptism cake for Jasmine.

Korean Food

Posted by mamabok | Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing | Monday 12 August 2013 11:35 am

Some Korean home cook food from my sister from another mother.  Yummy eggplants with mushrooms, it was very crunchy, that’s for sure.

Some Mi Goreng with fishballs from home.

Chuck’s Wagon

Posted by mamabok | BBQ,Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,My Musing | Thursday 8 August 2013 11:43 am

Our very own home grown young entrepreneur – Chuck !  I’ve known Chuck for a long time from our store, he used to rent games from us and have always been a good customer.  So it’s important that we all support our local businesses, especially those who really cooked good food.

Chuck doesn’t make fast food because he makes real food.  So if you are looking for fast food, you cannot come here but once you’ve tried his burger, you won’t want to eat burger no where else. Yes!  it is that good and very addictive, in fact, it is so good, I went back to see Chuck another 2 more times during the week.

Chuck has an extensive menu as you can see here and below and prices are very reasonable plus he has a good sense of humor.  Good service and never fluster even if there was a line up for his good food.

I vowed to try every burger that Chuck has and more.

Dinner & Live Music

Posted by mamabok | Acadian,Awesome,Entertainment,FoodBuzz,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 30 July 2013 11:34 am

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?

Clams @ The Beach & A Volley Ball Game

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Seafood | Saturday 13 July 2013 10:41 am

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.

Shopping & Eating Day

Posted by mamabok | Fast Food,Food Review,Friendship,Gadgets,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Thursday 27 June 2013 12:26 pm

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.

The Coffee Addict

Posted by mamabok | Coffee/Tea/Hot,Drinks,My Musing,Organic,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 25 June 2013 9:37 pm

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.

Birthday Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,FoodBuzz,Friendship,My Musing | Saturday 22 June 2013 4:53 pm

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.

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