My Frosty – Korean Dessert Cafe right in Vancouver

Ever tried Korean shaved ice dessert?
We were surprised to discover a new Korean shaved ice dessert cafe right near we live in Vancouver.

Annette and myself decided to try the Bingsoo (some place spelled it Bingsu )
Went for the large serving of Mango Bingsoo to share.

We were expecting lots of shaved ice with topping of mango. Indeed, we were surprised to find the content of mango is actually quite generous. Enjoy the dessert, which is not too sweet, fresh and refreshing.

Will certainly go again!

Here’s their address:
My Frosty
220 2800 E1st ave, Vancouver, BC V5M 4P1
(604) 428-2526



Eating Well, Eating Fresh!

Ever have situation when it’s meal time and you are in the kitchen and wondering, “What’s shall I cook for dinner?”.

We normally shop for the whole week, having only a rough idea of what each meal will turn out. At best, the grocery list is an estimate and many items are left to chance. If you are fine with improvisation, you will be OK. Otherwise it can make up for a frustration mealtime experience.

Is there a solution that provide for exactly the ingredients you need for each meal, and with the recipes all readily done?

We found the answer in a solution called ‘Hello Fresh’.

It’s an online business providing : “Chef-curated recipes based on seasonal farm fresh ingredients, delivered to your doorstep every week.”

We have been ordering several meal plan from Hello Fresh and these are some of the yummy results!

Well, maybe we may add more of our Hello Fresh experiments in future blog posts!

Bon Appetite


Having enough Vitamin B12 during pregnancy is important, here’s why…

We all know that extra care needs to be taken during the period of pregnancy – for both mother and baby.

Today, on a Canadian news network, there is a report covering the subject of supplement deficiency during pregnancy that could raise Type 2 diabetes risk for children.

According to the study referenced in the news article, researchers (based in UK) have found that Vitamin B12 – found in meat and fish – can “affect levels of hormone called leptin, which triggers the ‘full’ feeling after eating, and which can be linked to metabolic conditions such as diabetes.





Previous research found that mothers with low vitamin B12 levels had a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) and were at greater risk of giving birth to babies with low birth weights and high cholesterol levels. These children also showed greater insulin resistance during childhood, a risk factor for
Type 2 diabetes.

According to researchers at the University of Warwick, the metabolic changes linked to vitamin B12 deficiency could be caused by abnormal levels of leptin, a hormone that tells us when we are full after eating.

The researchers’ study showed that babies born to mothers deficient in B12 had higher than normal leptin levels. This suggests that a lack of B12 can adversely program the leptin gene, changing the levels at which the hormone is produced as the fetus grows.

Leptin is produced by the body’s fat cells and levels of the hormone rise in the body after eating. In cases of obesity, leptin levels rise and remain constantly higher than normal, which makes certain individuals feel hungry and overeat. This can cause leptin resistance, continued overeating and increased risk of insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 diabetes.
“The nutritional environment provided by the mother can permanently program the baby’s health,” said Dr. Ponusammy Saravanan, senior author of the study. “We know that children born to under or over nourished mothers are at an increased risk of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, and we also see that maternal B12 deficiency may affect fat metabolism and contribute to this risk. This is why we decided to investigate leptin, the fat cell hormone.”

The researchers propose two explanations for the difference in leptin level, with the second considered most likely. Either vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to the accumulation of fat in the fetus and increase levels of leptin, or it could cause chemical changes to placental genes that produce leptin, increasing levels of the hormone.

A regular dietary intake of meat and fish can ensure sufficient vitamin B12 levels during pregnancy.

For non-meat eaters, vitamin B12 supplementation is particularly important (capsules or vial) to prevent anemia and maintain healthy brain function. Vitamin B12 is rare from plant
sources and is found in very small quantities in dairy products and eggs.