canada science and technology museum

Review: Canada Science and Technology Museum

canada science and technology museum

After much optimism – it was an utter disappointment (especially after a 4 hour drive). Maybe it was cool in the 80’s but it seemed like that was the last time it was updated. We felt it was a waste of money, and if you wanted to know any of that stuff, it’s available for free on the internet anyways.

Admission $12 ea per adult, Parking $6 (we allotted 3 hrs but were “done” in 1hr)

Bottom Line: Skip it

Canada Science and Technology Museum , Ottawa Ontario Canada


VH Orange Ginger Sauce

Review: VH Orange Ginger Sauce (& Recipe)

Review: Review: VH Orange Ginger Sauce (stir fry sauce)

5VH Orange Ginger Sauce Minute Dinner – two pots, incredible results – Hubby gave it a 10/10 if that says anything – Faster than takeout

It’s one of those days of doing errands a quick grocery shop, and getting home when dinner was supposed to have been at the table already… LOL … I’m sure you’ve had one of those days too…

My husband’s family is a lover of all things ginger, so I thought this might be nice on something… I didn’t know what just yet

Looking in the fridge I found a 1/2 can of Costco Canned Chicken (1/2 can is the size of 1 reg canned chicken breast), knowing there was minute rice in the cupboard – voila!

Orange Ginger Sauce Chicken & Rice Recipe:

For Two People: (or 1/2 the recipe for 1 Person)

  1. Put 2 cups of water in the small pot to boil (pot#1) for the minute rice (follow minute rice instructions on package)
  2. Dump the drained chicken in a cast iron sauce pot (pot#2) or thick bottomed pot.
  3. Pour 3 or 4 tablespoons of VH Orange Ginger Sauce over-top of the chicken and let it caramelize (and stirred occasionally on medium high, while not breaking up the chicken chunks)
  4. Put 2 cups minute rice in the boiling water, and turn the heat down (as per minute rice instructions – can use brown minute rice – takes longer about 10 min to cook)
  5. stir chicken gently until the 5 min rice was done. costco canned chicken recipes
  6. Let the rice sit for an additional 5 min, after cooking, to steam with the heat off.
  7. Pour the ginger orange chicken overtop.
  8. Serve it out of the pot! LOL.


It’s very gingery, so if you’re not a ginger fan, dial it back a bunch. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did, thus a very, very pleasant surprise.

If you’re not a canned chicken fan (thus why I thought I wouldn’t like it) – the ginger miraculously removes the canned chicken taste.

(With a food sensitivities hubby – takeout is not always a viable option)

Costco Canned Chicken Breast is about 1/2 the price and about twice the size of Canned Chicken Breast in the Regular Grocery Store, with no weird spices or additives.

Would this be even better with basmati or jasmine rice? Yes. Absolutely! When you’ve got the extra time to spare.

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Pleasantly Surprised! Gogo Quinoa Red & White Macaroni (Gluten Free Noodles GF)

Pleasantly Surprised!

We tried these noodles because of the gluten free properties (in our personal opinion) of quinoa and rice, even picky eaters wouldn’t be able to tell by taste, texture was nice.

Could substitute for pasta in any “cooked pasta” recipe where the noodles are boiled first – they do take a little longer to cook at 13-15min.

Would buy again!

Coffee Culture

Review: Coffee Culture Tuscan Salad

Tuscan Salad at Coffee Culture YUM…

Coffee Culture Tuscan Salad

Coffee Culture

on a bed of lovely mixed greens, craisins, tomatoes, cucumber, some kind of caramelized pecans, swapped out the bleu cheese for feta and added chicken… balsamic dressing is amazing. delish. My new fav there.

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Swiss Chalet West Coast Salad

Review | Swiss Chalet West Coast Salad

Review: Swiss Chalet West Coast Salad

Was freakin awesome! At least mine was…

Fresh mixed lettuce greens (I think I saw beet tops in there too), red onion strips, and mandarin orange slice tossed in Renee’s Balsamic Vinaigrette. Topped with a medley of dried fruits, mixed nuts, Feta cheese and a sliced breast of our famous Rotisserie Chicken, glazed in a Spring Herb Dressing.

I actually gave my meat to the hubby and had a single fish stick with it, from a fellow diner’s fish n chip order. :)

I’m not typically an “entree salad” type of order-er, however I was pleasantly surprised at this. Not to mention it came in something the size of a serving bowl!


If you were looking to make this yourself, don’t live in Canada, or it’s past 11pm and Swiss Chalet is closed here’s a similar recipe:

West Coast Salad Recipe – Swiss Chalet inspired:renees balsamic dressing vinaigrette

  • Renee’s Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Excellent mixed greens with baby romaine, baby spinach, beet leaves etc.
  • Goat Cheese (or a really mild feta)
  • mandarin orange slices, fresh (canned will work in a pinch)
  • red onion sliced in thin strips
  • cashews
  • peanuts
  • toasted sunflower seeds
  • rasins
  • craisins (dried cranberries)
  • pepitoes (pumkin seeds, shell removed)
  • pre-cooked chicken – or hot rotisserie chicken from the grocery store

Now I think you could luck out and get a trail mix with all those nuts and raisins in it… simpler than buying one of everything


Corn Pasta San Zenone Prairie Harvest

Gluten Free Pasta Reviews

Corn Pasta San Zenone Prairie HarvestCorn Pasta is an excellent direct pasta substitute that can be used for any recipe that calls for spaghetti, elbow noodles, penne, spiral etc – and the least detectable taste change. We like San Zenone (Prairie Harvest) and Arrowhead mills. This is our favourite by far.

Kamut is good as well, it’ll go mushy if over cooked, so keep an eye on it, and there will be a bit of a taste change

Rye noodles are also a possibility, but they have a very robust flavour.

Gnocchi is made from potatoes and potato flour (there is also a spelt version), and only take 3 mins to cook! They taste like fresh pasta does, and cooks the same way, but is found in the dry pasta isle of the grocery store. If you like dumplings, you’ll love gnocchi. Can use white alfredo type sauces or red sauce, throw in any kind of meat, vegetables (we’ve even used finely dices sweet potatoes). Even an oil & garlic sauce with a dash of poultry seasoning is yummy.


Review: Van’s Gluten Free Waffles – Original (Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free)

We were pleasantly surprised at how light & fluffy Van’s frozen gluten free waffles were; and once we read the label, we’ve found they’re egg free too (which means our niece can have them)!

We’ve always made fresh waffles, but for frozen, these were really good, dare we even say better than “regular” frozen waffles! And the “self serve” nature of these make it very simple for breakfast time – or anytime.

Vans Gluten Free Waffles - Egg Free - Wheat FreeVan's Gluten Free Waffles, Egg Free, Wheat Free - ingredients list

Van’s Natural Foods – More info at:

In Canada we bought them through a large distributor of organic & natural foods Ontario Natural Food CO-OP located near Toronto. They’re catalogue has thousands of items – as long as you or 3 or 4 others can get an order of $500 together, they’ll deliver, shipping is a reasonable 2%, orders over $1000 are free shipping. Website:  – buying club contact: Kate.




Crabby Joe’s Review

Crabby Joes ReviewCrabby Joe’s Review: It was decent, the ambiance was sports bar like but for $25 per person +Tax & Tip, and a pre-prepared non-fresh taste plus nothing gluten free & dairy for the hubby (other than salad or steak, or other things that weren’t of interest) it wasn’t anything to go back for. Cashew Chicken Stir Fry is probably the best on the menu. Sorry, not for us, value + taste formula not there (price too high for the low taste factor). Our bill was for 4 Adults, and all had the same to say. Wish we could say something better.

In Summary: We’d rather go to Swiss Chalet.


Review: Presidents Choice PC Baby Brussels Sprouts Frozen

Presidents Choice PC Brussels Sprouts


Usually I only buy fresh Brussels Sprouts, however needing a quick side to an evening meal I tossed these into the grocery cart (along with the PC small sweet peas and a bag or two of Asian vegetables), threw them in a pot when I got home and voila they were done, lovely and delicious. Because of their delicate size they cook up in a snap – after trying these, they’re a new favourite.




Presidents Choice PC Small Sweet Peas



I was pleasantly surprised by these Presidents Choice PC Small Sweet Peas.


Review: Herbamare – Herbed Sea Salt Condiment

Herbamare SaltReview: Herbamare – Herbed Sea Salt Condiment

Ever had a dinner entree that needed a little somethin-somethin? This is the somethin!

My spouse loves this condiment… coming from a guy who had grown up on Chef boyardee and Swanson – who hadn’t really had any home cooking until he met me. It’s a nice mild taste enhancer that’s completely natural.

Blend of celery, leek, watercress, onions, chives, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and kelp, all organically grown; and sea salt.

Now available in Health food stores, and Costco.


Review: Kirkland Signature USDA Organic No-Salt Seasoning

No Salt Seasoning Organic KirklandI tried this on a whim, it was the organic label + no salt that caught my eye.

Delish in meatballs or braised lamb chops – then finish off in the oven; or as a rub or sprinkled on anything cooked (sprinkle on prior to cooking)…

Especially roasted vegetables, such as a mix of potatoes, beets and carrots and lots of onion. Or Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Carrots and lots of onion … add a little fast fry teryaki beef strips to the pot once finished cooking, and you have yourself a tasty meal – We’ve had rave reviews on that one. Haven’t met anyone yet, that hasn’t liked the roasted veggie medley.Robust flavor.

Ingredients (from the label): Organic onion, Organic garlic, Organic herbs, Organic carrot, Organic black pepper, Organic red bell pepper, Organic tomato, Organic spices, Organic orange peel, Organic lemon peel, Organic red pepper, citric acid.

Can be purchased at Costco, and I’ve also seen it on Amazon.

Amazing on Roasted Potatoes and/or Roasted Veggies medley


Review: M019-3 Triple Citrus Press Pro Kitchen Gadget by Dalla Piazza bought at Stokes

Citrus Press Limes Lemons OrangesThis triple citrus press / juicer – does as it says it does, limes, lemons and oranges. Not only does it look good – made of sturdy aluminum coated with a white epoxy coating – it worked amazing in our tests.

We were pleasantly surprised to see that the rind was essentially dry when we were done squeezing tip: provided the item was sliced in half and placed in the device face down - there’s this strange tenancy to want to put the citrus face up – but resist the urge!

The idea is, it turns the rind inside out by the time it’s done to get every last drop.

We even zested some of the citrus prior to pressing, and it still worked brilliantly.

It’s easier on the hands than we thought, which was a pleasant surprise.


functionality – perfect – It got out every last drop of juice

versatility – excellent – It juices limes, lemon and navel type oranges (which have high juice content anyways)

cleanup – perfect – goes in the dishwasher – which checks the box for us!

size – compact, efficiency not compromised by size.


It won’t do the larger oranges, but hey, A) those big ones usually don’t have as much juice and B) We’re happy it has the orange option – instead of having to have yet another device in the kitchen.

For the price – at the time of purchase it was a bit of a gamble. Did we really want to spend the $20 on a brand we hadn’t heard of for yet another gadget?

2 things caught our attention:

1) it did oranges too

2) it said Swiss on the label (Swiss known for quality products).

So we made the purchase, and were very glad we did.

Model: M019-3  Triple Citrus Press Pro

Company: Dalla Piazza –

Purchased at: Stokes Retail outlet –

Approx price: $20