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.

Scrumptious Lobsters

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Seafood | Friday 10 January 2014 9:48 pm




Life is so good, we get lobsters from a good friend/customer every now and then or rather everytime I crave for it.  I wouldn’t know how to chop them up of course, so the Zhus not only helped to chop them up but cooked them.  I love ginger fried lobsters with scallions and green onions.

But when you have sambal tumis, you stir fry it quickly another them and eat them like nasi lemak.  It was really good!  this year I think I’m gonna eat more lobster myself than giving it to other people.

Gift Exchange & A Post Christmas Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 3 January 2014 1:17 pm




I’m grateful for awesome people that surrounds my life and every Christmas, we have Christmas lunches with several people who’ve touched my life and those in the family. This Christmas as mentioned we wanted to give more than receive, so we had bought gifts that are a little bit more than our usual budget.   So during one of these Christmas lunches, I handed  these pearl necklaces  as Christmas gifts to all these wonderful people who’ve made my life an awesome one.  And what did we have for lunch?

Lobsters !!! of course!!  Thanks to my awesome advertisers – these meals were all paid by them!  what more can a girl ask right?  You would be surprised how much free food I get with my job, but I’m truly blessed because the advertisers just loved my blog !

Happy New Year !

Posted by mamabok | Around The World,Awesome | Wednesday 1 January 2014 2:05 pm




Yes! happy new year ! it had been a busy December !  sorry for not updating enough – but it doesn’t mean that we didn’t eat out much – we did but I was just way too  busy with work and with entertaining friends and family.

Here’s to a more prosperous new year and a very healthy one to you and yours!

Entertaining Friends From Ottawa

Posted by mamabok | Around The World,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,The Brat | Friday 27 December 2013 2:06 pm




When friends from Ottawa came to visit, we eat a lot – in fact almost all the meals they had were with us.  We went to the Chinese restaurant and then to Marco’s for a late lunch.  We love Marco, because the food is good and reasonable prices and it’s in town and of course, the service is awesome.  This is the kid’s fish nuggets – look how much the fish were.

Layla had spaghetti and a piece of garlic bread.

I had the philly cheese steak with baked potatoes.

While Hyunjin had the same except with a salad.

Iris had Haddock and mashed potatoes.

Beautiful Chantal had french fries and spaghetti  and fish.

Jackie had haddock with rice

While Gustavo had fish with baked potatoes.   We had a really awesome time together, I wished they didn’t have to leave so soon.

Home Made Christmas Dessert

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian | Wednesday 25 December 2013 2:20 pm




Christmas came and went!  Merry Christmas to all of you !  I had been so busy ! it was crazy at the store and doing my online job as well.  But we had a good Christmas supper – thanks to Aunt Helena ! don’t know what we would do without her.  And of course, all the above home made christmas desserts done by her.

Christmas is not about what you get but spending good time with family and friends and this year, we made sure we gave everyone good gifts and we were happy about it.

BKH Pork Jerky Review

Posted by mamabok | Food From Home,Food Review,Snacks | Tuesday 24 December 2013 2:35 pm




Second time purchasing Pork jerky aka bak kwa from Vancouver – BKH and still very disappointed with it but this time more disappointed that they didn’t arrived on time even though I paid so much more for shipping.  They did reply during the first 2 queries but ignored me totally after I told them that 2 weeks for shipping isn’t acceptable within Canada.

But it did arrive just before Christmas – 24th December and even though I had commented that the last time I had it, they were too thick to chew and very painful to chew that way, they still came very thick.  This time, I also tried the chilli jerky which was relatively thinner in slices – which was good.  But the beef jerky and the pork ones were just as thick and impossible to chew.

I know for sure, that I won’t be ordering from BKH in Vancouver anymore – how disappointing eh.

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.

Happy Birthday PB !

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Monday 2 December 2013 4:13 pm




 

Yes, it was PB’s 41 birthday today and even though he doesn’t like any big celebration, we surprised him with a cake and chocolates.  We tricked him into believing that we had forgotten his birthday and then came back to the store with a cake and sang him a happy  birthday song.  Although he didn’t looked too pleased – hahhahaha!!  because he doesn’t liked all the fuss – we did love that we managed to do something special for him.

Happy Birthday Josh

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Saturday 30 November 2013 4:17 pm




Guess who turned 20 years old!!!  yes ! it’s chloe BFFL – Josh!  Happy birthday Josh !  and we went out to celebrate with him at Marco’s and had a great lunch !  This was what I had – I think the next time I better order something else and be more adventurous !  don’t really seems like a foodie if I don’t try other food right?

Chloe’s fish and chips.

Lynette’s chicken sandwich with gravy.

And Hyunjin’s philly steak – looks so yummy ! i think i wanna order this another time.

And the birthday boy’s fettuccine with chicken.  Lots of birthday and lots of meet up in December.

All Day Breakfast At The Snack Place

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing | Tuesday 19 November 2013 3:47 pm




I have been having a lot of brunch of late and that’s because I am up late in the morning and too early for lunch, so I order the all day breakfast most times and one of my favorite place is The Snack Place on Main Street.  Look at how much food there is at less than $8 with a cup of coffee.  Food was extremely yummy and a lot of food as you can see – I cannot finish them at all – but of course, normally a person would be able too but for someone’s first meal, it’s a lot for me.  Lots of seating space and friendly staff.

Butter Chicken @ The Red Shed

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food Review,My Musing | Friday 15 November 2013 3:52 pm




Butter chicken is a classic Indian food.  For those who wants to try a little spicy food but not too spicy, butter chicken would be the way to go.  Shane at the Red Shed down on the Water front makes a good meal for only $8 tax included.  Alot of chicken as you can see here and fragrant rice or basmatic rice.  A very good meal indeed, for someone who love spicy food and food from home, this has gotta be the most convenient way to get them.  So don’t forget to give it a try – not very far from our store, a 2 mins walk to the waterfront.

Adult Chocolate Milk

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Drinks,Food Review,Shopping | Tuesday 12 November 2013 4:03 pm




Mmmm… adult chocolate milk!  now no excuse not to drink your milk eh?  hahhaha!!  these were found in a liquor store and to be exact the NSLC next to Superstore, therefore there must be some alcohol content in them.  But I don’t really think there is much alcohol if I am not wrong.

So who wants to try some?  maybe during the festive season eh?

Treats At Bailey’s Cafe

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review | Sunday 10 November 2013 4:12 pm




I do miss a good treat, so thinking about the chocolate cubes that old Minard’s, we decided to go to Hebron and check out Bailey’s Cafe again.  Everything looked so yummy even the doggy bones with coconut.

We were here for the chocolate and mocha cubes and we got some for ourselves and some as gifts for friends. Alas, the cubes were quite dry and we didn’t managed to finish them all.  The mocha cubes were a bit bitter and dry and I didn’t eat finish them as well.  For $1.50 a piece, I was quite disappointed but maybe this was just a bad batch and I’m not giving up on Bailey’s that’s for sure.

There are so many other things to try, so I’m gonna try other things instead the next time I’m there.

Loved the looks of the eclairs.

And lots of pies to choose from.

More pies and cheese cakes.

Cream corn as well.  So the next time, I will try other stuff.   No worries.

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.

Breakfast @ The Grand

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Food Review | Tuesday 5 November 2013 9:32 pm




I’ve lived in Yarmouth for 13 years and I’ve been to the Grand Hotel many times for exhibitions and for talks but had never been to the Grand’s restaurant.  And what a surprised I had when I was there for a breakfast with some out of town investors.  Yes, you heard right, out of town investors, but I’m not telling you who they are hahah!  but yes, the Grand have a team of awesome staff! and we had some egg benedict with Hollandse sauce.

I had the usual breakfast with eggs and bacon

extra ham and my other guest had pancakes which I had forgotten to take pictures of.

The Grand was quite quiet that morning and the place was dated but definitely cozy.

The other guests were quiet and we were able to have an hour breakfast – chatting away about business.  So the next time you need breakfast – check out the Grand Hotel on the first floor.  Love the food, love the atmosphere and more in love with the staff.   Breakfast starts from 7.30am – right up to 11am.

Kitchen Gifts From Sandy`s Gift Store

Posted by mamabok | Uncategorized | Friday 1 November 2013 10:17 pm




Christmas is just round the corner, so I figured I would pop into our friendly downtown neighborhood gift store to check out what she has for gifts for someone who loves food as well as cooking.   I spotted this cute sushi set for two, now if you have someone out there who loves Japanese sushi or soba, this would be something to consider getting for them.

I also strongly recommend this silicone cup lid for those who loved their coffee and tea but leaves them sitting for a long time before going back to it during their busy day.  This makes such good gifts just about for anyone out there.  I loved it so much – I bought 2 already for myself – but I`m gonna be picking more up for Christmas.  Don`t wait till last minute shopping – and dont`forget to support your local business. Sandy`s gift store is located on Main Street, you cannot missed it – it`s in a white building opposite the Bank of Montreal.  And what`s not to love about Sandy`s gift store right?  Friendly owners and friendly staff – they even gift wrap for you too – nice bags and all.  It’s awesome to shop here.

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.

Salad With Feta Cheese At The Red Shed

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,Salads | Friday 25 October 2013 10:51 pm




I’ve always loved a good salad with my meal and the ones at The Red Shed with real feta cheese definitely is a must have when you need a side dish.  The salad is at $3.50 if I am not wrong – and tax included – I like that best and it comes freshly made and taste awesome.  I had some fish cakes with my salad and it was an excellent meal.  Try the salad next time you are at The Red Shed.

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.

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