Hans Freitag’s Noblesse Assortment of Biscuits and Wafers

Suanne and I had the chance to go for a short walk in the Deer Lake park in Burnaby last weekend. It has been a while since we visited this park in the middle of Burnaby. I somehow clearly remember it was about four years ago — don’t really know why it stuck to my mind so much, odd.

Since we blogged about Hans Freitag’s Desiree Wafers and researched about Hans Freitag’s products, we bought a different type of their product to try. We like wafers a lot. The one below is a bag of mixture of biscuits (or in Canadian, cookies) and wafers.

I like times like these — when we have really nothing to do at the park and just sit by the picnic tables and just nibbled and chatted meaningless stuff. The weather was perfect on that Saturday.


There are seven different types of biscuits and wafers. I personally don’t care much about biscuits and so picked on the wafers only. Suanne like the biscuits, especially the one with jam in the middle. Arkensen and Nanzaro loves the other biscuits. I still prefer the Desiree product over thos Noblesse.


We walked along the trail on the southern part of the Deer Lake. Saw some ducks (what do you call these ducks anyway?) and took some pictures. They are so used to people and allow me to move very close them without getting them startled.


We expected a lot more people here on a weekend but it was very quiet. Don’t you sometimes hate it when there so many people that you gotta say “hi” every ten steps! 🙂


If you want to see more pictures we took in the Deer Lake Park, click on the link below. Enjoy!


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Polly’s Cheese and Sausage Omelette

Polly is such a dear friend. She called last week saying that she wanted to come by and make me her special omelette. Polly said this is her kids’ favourite food and makes it quite often at home. Polly has always come across to me as someone who walks the extra mile for her family and friends. She has a good heart!


Polly brought along her unique little pan which is designed for making omelette. I think she said that it’s Japanese — you know, the type that Japanese used to make thin yellow omelettes for sushi. I have never knew that were such a pan. I will try to look for them one of these days in the Osaka Supermarket. Maybe they carry it in their store.


Polly even brought along all the required ingredients. The ingredients includes sliced sausage, cheese and chopped green onions. Polly also brought sea salt, which is said to be superior in taste than the normal table salt.


Polly, thanks for keeping me company that afternoon. It was great having someone to chat over lunch.


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3-in-1 Ipoh White Coffee

3-in-1’s are popular in Malaysia where I grew up in. You can find 3-in-1’s in many grocery stores in Vancouver but you will find that most of them are made in Malaysia. I always suspect that 3-in-1’s are only popular in Singapore and Malaysia. So, do you find that in your country too?

Anyway, White Coffee (or better know as Ipoh White Coffee) is a popular brew in Malaysia. White coffee is produced by roasting the beans with only margarine and without any sugar, resulting in a roast that is less dark, hence the term “white” coffee.


We bought the “Ipoh White Coffee” 3-in-1’s from the Smart ‘N’ Save store in Lansdowne. Each pack (see below) costs $5.48 and contains 15 sachets in all.

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Focaccia from President Choice

Let me tell you … we were not that adventurous when it comes to groceries before we started blogging. We just always go to the same aisle and buys only stuff we are familiar with. Since we wanted to blog on something new these days, we began to pay more attention to stuff we normally ignore. This is one new food to us and have never heard of.

Focaccia (pronounced as foh-KAH-cha) is a flat bread topped with stuff, very much like what you see in pizzas. Except that we see that they don’t use pizza sauce, at least not the one we bought. The one below, caramelized oinion and pesto chicken, costs $4.99 only.


Focaccia is a popular Italian and Greek dish. It is often baked with herbs and cheese added to the dough. Focaccia can be looked upon as a predecessor of the modern pizza.

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Funnel Cakes near Harrison Hot Spring

Over the weekend we decided to make a trip to the Harrison Hot Spring to visit the Tournament of Champions Sand Sculpture Competition. The Harrison Hot Spring is about 1.5 hrs away. We invited along Sunny who has just landed in Vancouver just a couple of weeks ago. It’s always great to show new friends what Vancouver has to offer.

Oh the way there, about 10 minutes before we got to Harrison Hot Spring, we saw an eye-catching sign in bold yellow and red advertising Funnel Cakes.


So, we stopped by on the way back to check it out (even though we were so full from the picnic). The small stand was manned by an old man who explained to us what Funnel Cakes are.


Apparently, Funnel Cakes are a popular food of the Amish, you know, the religious people Swiss-German ancestry in Pennsylvania. They are better known as the people who shun the use of cars, electricity and other modern stuff.

The Funnel Cake are made by pouring batter through a funnel into hot oil in a circular pattern and deep frying it until golden-brown. They are often served with icing sugar, jam or other toppings. This store serves it with so much icing sugar that we got powder all over our clothes and pants! It was really nice. We bought two for $5.


Oh yes, I just can’t resist showing off the pictures I took from the sand castle tournament. The sculptures were amazing. Only previous champions were invited to this three day competition. The sculptors were given three days to design and then sculpt from a packed/compressed block of sand.

Have you ever wondered why you can almost never make such sand castles on a beach on a sea side? Let me know if you want to know why … it’s something I learnt from the people at the competition.


Click on the link below for the rest of the sand castle picture. Enjoy!


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Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese

We first discovered Tillamook cheese last year when we travelled throughout Oregon last spring. Tillamook is a county in north western Oregon and is famous for it’s rich grassland, tourism and of course, it’s cheese. There is a Cheese Factory that is opened to the public and is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Oregon. The best part was the cheese tasting!

We have been trying to buy Tillamook cheese in Vancouver but has so far not been successful. Does anyone living in Vancouver area know where one could buy it? These days, everytime we pop over to Washington state, we would buy a pound of two.

Our favourite is the Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese.


Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese blends the mellow essence of Monterey Jack with the spicy “zing” of jalape?o peppers to create a flavor that both comforts and invigorates. We can even see pepper seeds embedded in the cheese but they are not really spicy.

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