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Shreddies vs Shreddies vs Chex

One of my favourite cereals that I must have is Shreddies. Over the years I haven’t noticed a change in the taste, at least since I’ve been eating them which is probably for almost 50 years now.  I only eat Shreddies in hot milk, I know some people like to mix it up with dried fruit and other cereal with cold milk but this isn’t for me.

So who has the better Shreddies?

Shreddies UKUnited Kingdom

Production of Shreddies in the United Kingdom began in 1953, much later than in Canada. They were first manufactured by Nabisco until they were taken over by Nestle.  This is probably the best of all the Shreddies, as in better quality and flavour profile.  I enjoy two of their products, both Original and Frosted.  I don’t care for the Coco flavour but haven’t had the chance to try their Shreddies Max product. The price of Shreddies is GBP£2.00 for 415g, at least this is the current price from Tesco, the cost is very reasonable. [Shreddies UK]

Shreddies CanadaCanada

Production of Shreddies in Canada began before that of the United Kingdom, in 1939, by Nabisco.  Post Cereal went on to buy them out. This hasn’t got the same taste as the UK version but its pretty close, however, I still enjoy this product very much.  I only like their Original Flavour, they don’t do the Frosted variety in Canada as much as I have lobbied them to introduce it into this market. The price of Shreddies in Canada is around CAD$3.97 for 100g but depends where you buy it from, there are always deals and sales. [Shreddies Canada]

Wheat ChexUnited States

Shreddies isn’t sold in the United States so when I lived there the closest I could find was Wheat Chex, this is manufactured by General Mills. The taste is very different, more bitter, is harder and just not as enjoyable.  I don’t enjoy any of the other Chex products.  I bought Wheat Chex when it was on sale and would eat it occasionally. Some Chex products are available in Canada but not the Wheat brand.  Chex isn’t available in the United Kingdom.  I’m not sure of the price of Chex in the US. [Wheat Chex]

So, who wins in this contest?  Yes, British Shreddies. Canadian Shreddies coming in as a close second. US Chex is third.

By |2019-02-12T01:16:54+00:00February 12th, 2019|Canada, Food, United Kingdom, USA|0 Comments

Crystall Mall

Today we did one of our regular trips to Crystal Mall.  This shopping centre has mainly Asian businesses or ones that target the Asian community. It is best known for its Food Hall and food shops. There are many other businesses such as travel agents, kitchenware, immigration advice, hairdressers and toy shops.

There are a number of routes to the shopping centre and is conveniently located in Burnaby near Metrotown, Metropolis at Metrotown is a mega-shopping centre.  Metrotown can be very stressful so we tend to keep clear and keep to Crystal Mall.

What a fantastic array of choices there are in the Food Hall from Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and more. Unlike many other standard food halls this one is of very high quality, maybe it’s because the competition is great with the other stores.  We do like to have DimSum there, a couple of outlets do this very well, but spend time and discover for yourself.

Here are some photographs from our trip to Crystal Mall today.

By |2019-01-16T01:00:33+00:00January 16th, 2019|Canada, Food|0 Comments

Pink Pearl

Pink Pearl LogoOne of the Chinese restaurants we go to quite frequently is Pink Pearl here in Vancouver, we recommend it for the following Dim Sum dishes:

  1. Baked Char Siu Bao (Baked BBQ Pork in a Bun)
  2. Char Siu Sow (BBQ Pork in Puff Pastry)
  3. Sui Mai (Pork and Shrimp Dumpling)
  4. Steamed Sticky Rice
  5. Pork and Corn in Rice Noodle

Photos for 1-3 and 5 shown below.

Quick Review

Staff in the restaurant are really friendly even though one or two might come across as being brusk this is just Chinese mannerisms.

The restaurant recently went through a refurbishment, therefore, look quite amazing inside.  Although it looks quite an upscale type of restaurant I wouldn’t call it overly posh food, it is all traditional and most of it tastes awesome.

They have Dim Sum carts plus a menu you can order most other items, we usually order a mix of both. The portions are of a very decent size and always end up taking food home, but order a little extra which will see us over two more lunches or dinners.

They have on-site parking but can fill up quickly depending on the day and time you go. There are streets in the area you can park but that is also limited in space. We do tend to go outside of busy times.

So I would say this restaurant is a must, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

By |2019-01-10T23:22:15+00:00January 10th, 2019|Canada, Food|0 Comments

Steven Vs McDonalds

McDonaldsI was inspired to write this when talking to someone online who went through similar experiences.  I really don’t care for fast food at all in particular McDonald’s. I appear to have had a series of unfortunate events with them throughout my lifetime which means I prefer to stay as far away as possible. So lets talk about those events…

Essex, United Kingdom

Many years ago the first McDonald’s arrived much to the protest of locals in the community. The town already had Wimpy, Fish and Chip, and other restaurants. McDonalds claimed to sell 100% beef but it was discovered that their burgers had a large portion of horse meat in them. YUK, I was seriously grossed out. There was a big campaign against them but they were supposed to have corrected the issue. Still hear rumours of horse meat to this day though.

Piccadilly Circus, London

Fast forward a few years to the late 1970s when I had started work in the Diplomatic Service. Because of the horse meat scandal I didn’t want to go anywhere near McDonalds but when one of my colleagues wanted to take me to have my first one I went along. I remember later that day I had to go home sick as I had the worst tummy ache I had ever experienced, I suspect it might have been their milk shakes rather than the burger or fries.

Surrey Quays, London

Fast forward a few more years when I bought an apartment in Surrey Quays, London. Eventually they built a McDonalds near to my flat, that was ok because I couldn’t see it and it didn’t increase the traffic in the area.  However, all of a sudden everyone in our apartment block had electricity power problems, it seemed to fluctuate at certain times of the day and often had power cuts.  The power supply company monitored the situation for 3 months, we even had ugly devices set up in our homes and it was discovered that whenever McDonalds had a busy period they would suck the power from the whole neighbourhood. Everyone was really hacked off with them but the power company came to the rescue to fix the issue.

New York, USA

I went into a McDonalds in NYC where I was robbed. I was told by staff it happened there frequently. My camera and passport were stolen so not only did I have to file a report with the police department, who treated me like a criminal rather than a victim, I also had to get a temporary passport from the British Consulate which was also a nightmare.

Los Angeles, USA

Just passing a McDonalds in Downtown Los Angeles a bloke came up to me with a gun forcing me to buy him a meal. The staff reacted that it was just like an every day occurrence. I sat with the guy in the “restaurant” and had a long conversation with him, which I guess was interesting but its not quite what I had planned for the day.

Budapest, Hungary

Just passing a McDonalds in Vaci Utca (Street) in Budapest, to look what different items they sold there compared to West Europe, two of the ugliest looking prostitutes who were hanging around inside came out to try and sell us their “services”. They spoke to us in English at first and we pretended not to understand. They then spoke to us in Hungarian, we shook our heads. Eventually I had to bellow out a loud f**k off in English to get them move aside. I suppose its not McDonalds fault they just were hanging around inside the store for business but maybe this was a good place for pick ups.

Vancouver, Canada

We went into a McDonalds because our niece wanted to go in there, only to find out that adults were selling alcohol and drugs to children. We called the police, staff in there didn’t seem to want to be bothered with it. At that time we knew a top security person within the organisation and contacted him about it the next day, he said he would sort it out.

Coquitlam, Canada

We went into a McDonalds to try one of their “50th Anniversary in Canada” burger specials. I made the mistake of opening the burger up to look inside and it was the most dried up pathetic looking piece of meat I had ever seen with a blob of cheese in one corner and a pickle just hanging out another. I just couldn’t eat something that looked as though its been run over by a car on a dirty highway.  We laughed a little, threw the food out and went somewhere else for real meal.

Maybe I’ve had a series of dumb luck with this company or I am just jinxed every time I have fast food but really don’t want to go back in to one again.

By |2018-08-21T17:22:56+00:00April 17th, 2018|Food|0 Comments

Best Porridge in Canada

It has been known that I am a person of very discerning taste, some call me fussy, when it comes to certain food products.  The same goes with my taste in porridge.

OatsUpon returning to Canada I found that, much to my dismay, that no company has my favourite porridge on sale. Actually it was pretty difficult to obtain in the US as well.  So, I had to embark on a hunt, and taste test, various products.  Eventually I found Presidents Choice Quick Oats.

Why is this product good?

  • When they say quick they mean quick.  Little effort is involved in cooking this in the morning when I am not at my best.
  • I can cook it in the method I love to eat it.
  • It tastes good

Following is my recipe on how I use this product for breakfast.  Some other British friends also use this method, maybe to make it similar to Ready Brek (which is available here but too expensive).

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Presidents Choice Organics Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup Milk, I normally use 2%
  • Honey, to taste

Method

  1. Grind down the quick oats to a near floury consistency and place in microwave safe bowl. This may sound a bit odd to Canadians and Americans.
  2. Mix Milk and Oats in the bowl.
  3. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
  4. Stir Milk and Oats again just to blend in properly.
  5. Add honey to taste. Obviously you can use many other types of toppings too, whatever is your favourite.

So, you see it is pretty easy to do especially for those who are fairly dysfunctional in the mornings.

In my local Real Canadian Store Quick Oats is less than $4 for 1Kg which is a bargain.

By |2018-08-08T04:19:43+00:00February 11th, 2018|Food|0 Comments