Skoshbox March 2015 Review


Another great box from Skoshbox! I think this is one that I can honestly say I’ll stick with for awhile. I’ve always had that feeling in the beginning but it usually faded a few months in. But this one has been consistent with their boxes and it’s been great every time :). Let’s get right to it!

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1. Corn Potage Umaibo

They had one similar in a previous box but this corn potage soup flavoured one delivers just as much kick as the BBQ one. I love puffed corn and it’ll be interesting to see what other flavours there are.

2. S’Corn BBQ Puffs

More puffed corn! I have to add this one to my list; it looks like Cheetos Crunchy but it’s a little softer and has less of a crunch. But that amazing BBQ flavour is so hard to resist!

3. Toppo Bisquit Sticks

These chocolate filled pretzel sticks had a decent amount of chocolate in them which surprised me. I’ve tried other brands but they were disappointing. I prefer it the other way around where the chocolate is on the outside though.

4. Morinaga Twig Choco

This one has the chocolate on the outside and comes in two types; the green pack is milk cocoa while the red one is almond.

5. Hokkaido Milk Chews

There are a few milk candies out there but this one has more of a creamy soft texture to it. It starts off soft and ends even softer.

6. Fujiya Home Pie Premium

This is a flaky pie cookie that I wasn’t expecting anything amazing but it had a huge buttery taste to it that had a lot of flavour, kind of like a well-made butter cookie.

7. Kishiri Crystal Grape Candy

I think a lot of you will like the crystal grape candy. It has a refreshing minty taste and is a bit fizzy as well.

Skoshbox February 2015 Review


My Skoskbox subscription continues and although I’m a little disappointed this one came a little late, I was still excited to see what they had to offer for February!

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The place card let me know what each item was (because let’s face it, not all of us can read Japanese) and it was really hard picking what I wanted to eat first! But I usually lean towards candy and chocolate, hehe.

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1. Jagabee Potato Fries

I’ve seen these in grocery stores recently and it was right after I tried them too. They aren’t exactly chips and they aren’t baked or dehydrated either. They might just be potatoes cut into the shape of fries. It’s a light crispy snack but wouldn’t be something I’d get, it’s nothing special.

2. Shimi Corn Chocolate

This one is my favourite out of everything and I couldn’t help but eat the whole thing in one sitting. But then again, there aren’t that many to begin with. It’s essentially puffed corn covered in chocolate and it’s sooooo good! Imagine a cheese puff but with chocolate. One of the best snacks I’ve had for a long time!

3. Kasigai Fruit Gummies – Orange

These are the snack sized dummies but you’re probably more familiar with the bigger bag that has them individually wrapped. I first had these as a kid and it’s still the highest quality gummy I’ve ever had; it doesn’t stick to your teeth and is so full of flavour.

4. Mini Box Chewing Gum – Tablet or Mini Tabs

I like these more than the Rilakkuma Gum. I find gum with a hard outer shell have a more vibrant taste and retains the taste longer.

5. Nakayoshi Soft Cookie Ball

I love cookie balls but these tasted like any other I’ve had before. The taste was a tad smoother and lighter which could just be how the Japanese like it.

6. Charlotte Matcha Choco

Such good quality chocolate, I couldn’t believe. The matcha inside was extremely creamy

7. Rilakkuma Gum + Seal Set

The gum is very soft and the flavour is sweet and strong but doesn’t last long. Like the Kirby gum in the last box, I think it’s more of a commodity.

Poutini’s Review


1112 Queen Street West

(647) 342-3732

Pricing: Cheap

Cuisine: Canadian

Type: Late Night, Snack


Atmosphere: 7/10

Service: N/A

Food: 9/10

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For anyone living in Toronto, you’ll know that the two major joints that are known for their poutine is Smoke’s Poutinerie and Poutini’s. Smoke’s has gotten extremely popular with many stores across Canada and are even expanding to the US. Both are great but I feel that since Smoke’s has become a huge franchise, they’re quality isn’t as great as it was before but it could be location based as well.

Located on Queen West, the shop is fairly small with three or four long wooden bar-like tables. There isn’t much space at all but most people eat and go so you won’t have to wait long.

Bacon Poutini

They have two sizes available and I recommend the smaller size because poutine is very heavy and can get you full very fast. You’ll also get tired of the taste very easily. My Bacon Poutine sounds simple enough; crispy bacon with cheese curds and gravy but it was just right. They didn’t skimp out on the toppings and it wasn’t drenched in sauce. But I wish my cheese melted more instead of staying  solid.

Roasted Onion and Mushroom Poutine

The Roasted Onion and Mushroom Poutine was great as well. It was less salty and more on the savoury side. I’m not a huge fan of onions but when they’re roasted or grilled, they taste amazing! This one however, could’ve used more sauce.

Which one do you prefer? Or are you just a general fan of poutine and love it no matter how it’s served :p?

Pandan Chiffon Cake


I love the texture of chiffon cake; it’s spongy and moist. So I wanted to try different flavours and came across this recipe for Pandan Chiffon Cake. So I thought, why not?

I’m glad I did and you won’t be disappointed if you do. Some of you might not have baked with pandan before but it’s very easy. It’s basically a very fragrant tropical plant and pandan cake itself is very popular in the southeast parts of Asia, especially Malaysia and Vietnam.


Part A:

  • 170ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp pandan juice
  • 1 tsp green food colouring

Part B:

  • 9 egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

Part C:

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 255g sugar
  • 170ml vegetable oil

Part D:

  • 140g cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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This is what panda leaves look like in their raw form. To create the juice, you’ll be using these and grinding them up.

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To grind it easier, dice them as small as you can.

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If you just toss the leaves in the grinder, no liquids will come out no matter how long you pulse it for. You’ll have to add at least two tablespoons of warm water. You can add more but I recommend adding more leaves if you’re going to do that.

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You’ll have to squeeze the leaves through a strainer, that worked the best for me. You should get something similar to this beautiful emerald green colour.



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Heat the coconut milk in a saucepan on low heat, remember to stir constantly until it thickens (it should look a little like cream). When it’s ready, set it aside.

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Whip the egg whites until they are frothy.

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Sieve in the cream of tarter (this is an important ingredient and will make it fluffy). Continue to whip the egg whites until they are stiff but still wet and set aside.

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Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and oil until it’s well combined.

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Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together two times.

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Create a well (hole) in the flour.

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Put the egg yolk mixture into the middle and fold (NOT STIRRING!) the sides until it’s just combined.

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Place it into a mixer and add the coconut milk, panda juice and colouring until it’s just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Take 1/3 of the meringue mixture and gently fold it into the mixture. Take the remaining meringue and repeat.

Pour the batter into an ungreased tin or mould.

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Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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And of course, eat! I love how it’s spongy and soft and will definitely be making more chiffon cakes!

Mushroom Garlic Quinoa


I work at an office where lunch, and food for the most part, is provided. I also know that a lot of you might find it easier to eat out rather than packing your own lunch but overtime, that could work against you. I’ll admit, I’m quite lazy myself but I know how beneficial packing your own lunch can be since you know exactly what’s in it.

Quinoa seems to be what’s “in” right now but it truly is healthier for you and has a lot of protein and good nutrients. It can be a little hard to flavour but I thought I’s give it a try with this simple recipe.

I think it’s good in small portions but I don’t think I can have a huge bowl of it. It needs a little something. Maybe some of you can help me out :)?


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

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First, you’ll need to mince the garlic.

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The recipe calls for dried thyme but I like to use fresh ingredients so I opted for fresh thyme. But be warned, it will get mouldy if you don’t use the rest fast enough. I find you can add it to any recipe though so I’m sure you’ll have no trouble!

In a large saucepan of two cups of water, cook quinoa according to the package and set aside.

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Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. All mushrooms, garlic and thyme; stir occasionally. After about four minutes, everything will be tender; season with salt and pepper to your liking. Stir in the quinoa and stir until everything is well combined.

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Lastly, garnish with the Parmesan but I recommend leaving that until you actual eat it.

I’m always looking for yummy ways to consume quinoa so let me know if there’s a recipe you’d like me to try!

Pepperidge Farm Monaco Cookies (Double Chocolate)


I fell in love with Pepperidge Farm recently because they actually make really good cookies! Their Monaco cookies are the first ones I’ve ever tried and it’s basically rich dark chocolate sandwiched between two biscuits similar to lady fingers.

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I love how it even says delicious cookies on the bottom right hand corner, like they had to tell you something you already knew.

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You can taste the quality in these cookies which is what I love about them. And even though they come in a paper bag, it stays pretty fresh. It might have to do with the foil lining on the inside. There should be about 16 cookies inside which doesn’t seem like a lot but they are definitely worth it!