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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

Eating Right & Health Care

Posted by mamabok | Health,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 25 June 2014 2:55 pm




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When you are at 50 yrs old like myself, you have to definitely try and eat right and take good care of your health and have a good health care plan if you are living in the West.   The  blue advantage of nc  covers just about any health care insurance you will need and don’t wait till you are ill before looking for a health care provider.

I’m glad I’m covered by the Blue Advantage for the longest time, else my diabetic medication will be costing me an arm and a leg.  And yes, it gets very expensive for some of the medication I’m taking are not within the plan provided by the local health plan.  And I’m trying to encourage both PB and Chloe to eat healthy as well, prevention is always better than cure.

Lunching With Girlfriends

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 14 April 2014 12:22 pm




Lunching with my girlfriends from the city can be a very interesting afternoon.  We meet once a month in the city or in town for lunch and we talk about everything from work to politics and even  creditor rights  as some of my girlfriends are entrepreneurs in the city.  I’ve always come back from lunching with these girls with new knowledge about what is going on around the world because they are so up to date with everything.  I ordered the greek pizza but had actually craved for the tuscan pizza but ordered wrongly but of well.

 

Boston Pizza has this lunch special for a full plate of Jambalaya for only $11 for lunch, so I highly recommended this to my girlfriend from the city but she found it a little bit too spicy for her.

My lawyer g/f from the city ordered a salad.

And another g/f who works as a financial controller in the city ordered some calamari.  We had a really good lunch – a 2 hrs lunch and went somewhere else for dessert after lunch.  We really have a good time together even though it sometimes takes a long time to get together.

Hunting Season

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Gadgets,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 14 February 2014 4:26 pm




Hunting season is not here yet but I do miss the deer meat, lucky for me, we have some frozen ones from the father-in-law who does hunt once a year. But with a  Scouting Camera  I think he has more fun just camping out and doing the man thing than shooting those deers for their meat.  Hunting is such a big part of Canada and you see people taking time off from work just to go hunting.

How does the deer meat taste?  pretty good actually and if you know how to prepare it, it is really very delicious.  I used to have deer meat stir fried but now that I’m in Canada, the father in law loves making them like steak.  I remember him trying to trick me into eating it but little did he know that I’ve always eaten deer meet in Asia.  So if I miss my deer meat, I know where to get my fix.

Weddings In The Spring Time

Posted by mamabok | Entertainment,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 14 January 2014 4:57 pm




Last year during spring time, PB & I attended a spring wedding of an old college friend.  And soon they are celebrating their first anniversary together and the birth of a new born baby as well.   The wedding was in North Carolina and  this website  was where they went for all their wedding music and entertainment.   The wedding was lovely, the music was great, the food was fantastic, everything just went so perfectly well.

We were invited again this year, to come visit them when the baby is born and since North Carolina’s weather is way better than ours here during Spring time, we might just leave for a week to visit them and take a break.   The old friend of ours has a huge cottage in NC and we can make use of the cottage while we are there.  But we are still contemplating if we can make it this Spring, maybe late Spring would be a better idea.   Spring weddings are lovely but Spring babies brings so much joy to everyone.

Rocking Music @ Local Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 4 December 2013 2:39 pm




We had a birthday celebration to attend last week and a local restaurant had hosted the event for us.  We were very impressed with everything and the  subwoofer at musicians friend  that they had bought.   I’ve always loved good music at a restaurant when we are entertaining and this local restaurant definitely went beyond and above their call of duty to help us make the birthday of a young man really special.   Food was great a well of course and the prices were decent and most importantly we all had a good time.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Healthy Eating With Yoga

Posted by mamabok | Health,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 17 June 2013 9:14 pm




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.

Day Trip To Digby, NS

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Vacation | Sunday 2 June 2013 11:43 am




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.

BBQ Season

Posted by mamabok | BBQ,Gadgets,My Musing,Shopping,The Other Half,Useful Links | Friday 10 May 2013 10:31 pm




 

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.

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