Saturday, January 5, 2019

Young Garden: The Korean Restaurant in Ontario Canada

We were hoping to find a Filipino restaurant  when we visited Ontario but we didn't.  Luckily we found this Korean restaurant just a few building from our hotel and we were stoked since we love Korean food.  It's been years since we left Korea and we definitely miss  their  culture and food.  We don't have a Korean restaurant in Weirton so we're so happy to find this place.  
 I love that it was a fusion of both Japanese and Korean cuisine.  The waiter seemed like Japanese but he speak English very well.
 I am so glad that both our kids are  not picky, they palate are like ours.  We introduced them to different kind of food  at a young age so when we travel, we can pretty much anything without an issue.
 We ordered some  Bibimbap, a Korean dish that we  loved eating during our 2-years of living in Korea.  I sometimes make this at home but I don't always have the ingredients I need so I can only make it once in a while.
 What I love about Korean and  Japanese dishes  is that it comes with so many side dishes.  We love fermented stuff and finding this place was  a treat to us.
 We had a really good dinner at this place.  The employees are very friendly, they made us feel like we were in Korea.  It brought  us back some great memories.
 This is NOT a sponsored post.  I just want to  share our  great experience at this place.  So if you visit Ontario to see Niagara Falls and  is into  the mood of eating  Asian food, try this place.

Christmas Feast 2018

2018 went very fast in my opinion.  Aside from minor headaches and  random cold,  I am grateful that none in my family got sick last year.  I think healthy eating  helped us  out of sickness and also regular exercise.  Ninety five percent of the food that we eat is home cooked as we seldom dine out but it's the healthy way that works for my family.  We try to grow vegetable in the warm  weather  and eat them fresh  from our garden.  We will continue our healthy ways this year to hopefully help us out of sickness.
Anyway, during Christmas eve, I did not really cook a lot.  I only made  a normal dinner, I made  braised pork chops and we ate  it with vegetable.  Baking is not my forte and I always find myself  getting burned when dealing with oven but having a reliable cooking gloves  helps me avoid that issue.  Cavetools has  awesome BBQ and other kitchen tools.  You can buy this heat oven mitts via  amazon through this link  or directly  from Cavetools  website.  You can avail the 15% off by using  this discount code  GrillGlove15 upon check out .  
On Christmas Day, I made some fried chicken.  We will be attending a Christmas party to a  friend's house later that day so I only made what we can eat before heading out to the party.

There were so many food prepared by our  friend during the party.  I couldn't control my appetite since most of the food is Filipino food lol.
lumpia
Chicken adobo
enfanadas
pork ribs
sotanghon
embutido
mixed veggies
laing
puto
biko
pansit
enfanada

We had an enjoyable Christmas last year although I still wish I could spend it with my family back home in the Philippines but it's okay, as long as I am with my children and husband.  No matter where we celebrate Christmas as long as we are together, I don't  mind.  The best way to deal with homesickness is  through food.  How about you, how did you celebrate Christmas?  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Burger and Fries at Home

Oh why is the time going so fast!   Halloween and  Thanksgiving just gone by and now Christmas time is fast approaching as well.  
Anyhow, how was your Thanksgiving celebration?   We used to have a family tradition for it but ever since my father-in-law passed away, we just kind of do our own things.  We make non-traditional food to share with our kids at home every year.  In the previous years, we tried to make the traditional food  for Thanksgiving but since it is only the  four of us,  the  leftover is overwhelming so this year, I only made what we can eat.  I made a briskit pot  roast and we ate it with rice.  My husband and daughter  baked a pineapple upside down cake for dessert.  
 I was born and raised in Asia so our meals always consist of Asian food but I make sure to incorporate  my  husband's  favorite American food as well.   His favorites include  spaghetti, lasagna, shepherd's pie, pulled pork sandwich and burgers. 
 Since he loves burger, I thought that having this burger  press patty maker from Cavetools would be awesome.  I can make it at home for a lot less and I can make the way his palate likes.  For this recipe, I only used a pound of ground beef, 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, black pepper and salt, and chopped onions.   
 I did not make it thick so  the cooking process won't be long.  My husband  like his burger fully cooked so making it thinner is the easier and faster way to cook it.  A palm-sized burger meatball is perfect to press in the patty maker.
 I like the design of this aluminum burger presser.  The palm shaped handle helps reduce fatigue  when you  are pressing multiple burgers.  The set includes a bonus of 200 square burger papers which makes removing  and  separating the burgers easier.  It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
 I love that it has the grill line design so even if you are using a flat skillet, the burger  still looks like  BBQed on a grill.

 The square burger papers makes it easier to stack the burgers for freezing.  You can get this  burger press patty maker  directly from Cavetools thru the link I have provided in this post or you can get it via  amazon   and enjoy a 15% Off the price by using this discount promo code, BURGER15.
 Glad my husband liked the homemade burgers and fries.  I am not much of a burger fan but making it at home and loading it with  spicy peppers  makes a big difference for me.
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review and not an affiliate of the company either.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Veteran's Day Celebration 2018

The kids had a day off from school during Veteran's day. Unfortunately, our own veteran (my husband)  had to go to work.  The company he works for does not give that day off to  veterans so he had no choice but to go.  Well, he can report off but since it was  the week where he had to do reports that  needs to be done, he went to work.
Anyway, to make it a bit special for him, we made him  a meal we could all share and enjoy at dinner time.  We made  a rolled up steak, mashed potatoes, cream corn and for dessert, we made his favorite fruit salad.
  I chose the rolled up steak to make but putting flavor  in the middle is  a challenge when the meat is  frozen.  Gladly, I have the Stainless Steel Marinade Meat Injector from  Cavetools.  This high grade stainless steel will never clog, bend, or break .  It includes 3 professional marinade needles for injecting flavor into chicken, turkey, beef, pork, brisket and any other foods.
This would be perfect to give as a gift set this Thanksgiving or Christmas.  You can get this injector  with 15% Off at  amazon using  Injector15 promo code.  Or you can buy it directly from the Cavetools website.
It was perfect using it  with these rolled up steak because I didn't have to  defrost the meat to  infused the  marinate flavor in it.  My husband love  steak with A1 sauce so I used that to enhanced the beef's flavor.

The kids  made their Dad personalized cards which he loved. These cards always makes my husband feel appreciated  for his 20 years of serving the military.  I am proud to be married to a veteran sailor.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

BBQ Gloves: My New Max Heat Resistant Oven Mitts from Cavetools

Canning  the fresh produce is one of the most satisfying thing I have learned from my late father-in-law.  He's the one who taught me how to  do it when I first  came here in the States.  In the tropical country where I was born and raised, we don't really do canning as we can just grow the veggies   all though the year.  I miss  that about my first motherland, the weather and the  availability of fresh produce in our backyard garden.  Over here, I can only enjoy it during warm season since I don't have a green house.
Anyway, I received this BBQ gloves  from Cavetools to  test and review and I love that it is max heat resistant.  It is perfect to use for grilling and  also for my canning  at home.  I am so glad having a heavy duty  gloves now, I don't have to worry about my hand  getting burnt when I take out something  from the oven or when I grill outside.
Let's admit it, having a good  pair of oven mitt is  important especially when you love to bake or grill.  I  can  assure you, you will never burn your hands again with this one.  My husband loves it, he is the one who loves to bake sweet treat at our home so  this is like a gift for him to have.  Its heat resistance is up to 662°F for smoking, grilling, baking, or cooking.  I also love that  they designed it with extended cuffs because it protect your forearms when reaching into the back of the grill or oven.
I am almost finish  canning  for this season.  Our  weather  is getting colder each day and my  garden is almost done so I will be picking everything and clean the garden soon.
You can buy this heat oven mitts via  amazon through this link  or directly  from Cavetools  website.  You can avail the 15% off by using  this discount code upon check out GrillGlove15.  Since Thanksgiving and Christmas are   almost around the corner, it would be advantageous to get more than one pair of this gloves.  Right now, there's an instant 10% off when you buy one or more.  This would be a great for your love ones who love to bake and grill.
Aside from the produce that I  picked from my garden, my son's godmother also gave me a basketful of  her peppers.  She loves gardening as much as I do but the difference is that, she doesn't  like spicy peppers so gave me most of her produce.  I decided to  pickle and freeze some of it so I will have some to consume  in the winter months.


She planted  more than 10 different kinds of peppers that I am not familiar  about but most of it are spicy so I stuffed and baked the  big ones and pickled some and freeze  the rest.
Cavetools has so many cool kitchen tools.  I got this  jalopeño coorer from them as well.  It's awesome in removing the  core of the peppers.
I am always happy serving my family an organic  food that we grew.  The canned  tomato sauce comes in handy  with this kind of dishes.  I never have to buy tomato sauce again when my garden is doing good because I can enough to last  for a year until the next gardening season comes.
Ever since I was a kid, I love eating spicy food.  My Mom was never  fond of spicy stuff but I  got my father's trait of eating super spicy food.  I was his  eating partner when it comes to spicy food.  Just talking about it makes me tear up, I miss him so much, he was a great cook and I miss all the food he  always cook for us.




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