Simple and delicious, these recipes will have the whole family (including the pets) begging for more
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Simple and delicious, these recipes will have the whole family (including the pets) begging for more Text by Zestycook Cory Gallant Our pets have it made. If I had to choose what kind of pet I’d like to be, I’d definitely be a
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Photography and Text by Kimberly Rashed
I like to think I can appreciate style of all kinds. It may not always be my style, but I am open enough to see someone else’s point of view. Pet style is no different.
I can certainly acknowledge the many options there are out there for showing off your pet. Some styles may serve a more functional purpose; others are purely for show. In any case, pet style is just as diverse as our own. Here are just a few of the style trends for pets…and some fashion faux pas to avoid.
Hair accessories and bandanas
You know when you’re out and about with your newborn and someone mistakes your precious princess for a boy, so you slap on the bows to make sure no one makes that mistake again? The same can work for your fur baby – style your pet according to gender with accessories.
These can actually be quite functional. It’s true that if our pets spent their lives in the great outdoors, clothing would be considered absurd. But our pets are our family and they reside quite comfortably indoors with us. Pet clothes act as a great shield from the elements, especially for pets with little or no hair. Raincoats simply wrap around, but it may take some practice to get your pet into a sweater. Treats and a whole lot of luck will be required until your pet gets used to its new “skin”.
D'Arcy is ready to brave the elements in a protective raincoat that is both fashionable and functional. A trip to the dog park never looked so good!
Diamonds are a pet’s best friend? But of course, dah-ling! Rhinestone collars are an easy way to turn your furry friend into furry fashionista.
Cat ears on a puppy, or bunny ears on your kitty? It’s fun to play dress-up with your pet for Halloween, but how about a bowtie for a walk down the aisle as your ring bearer? That’s liable to steal the show.
Sunglasses, or “Doggles”
At first, I was opposed to this until I did some further research and found that pets need protection from UV rays just as much as we do. Lots of fashionable styles and colours are available, folks, so protect your pet’s peepers…as much as they’ll let you.
Hints you may have taken it too far:
This is a personal choice, but beware: the hair colour stylists use on our locks is not safe for our pets. Make sure that if you are going to dye your pet’s hair, that you use a pet-friendly product.
Keep in mind, this is a true shoe-aholic talking here, but even though I will endure the agony of a five-inch heel, I always feel sorry when I see pets trying to get around in footwear. Those little galoshes look like more trouble than they are worth, but if the shoe fits and they like it, who am I to judge?
Let me address this is in two parts:
a) You dress your pet like you dress yourself. This is just wrong on so many levels. I don’t even know where to begin.
b) You dress your pet like your child or infant. That’s truly unfair. It’s bad enough that children will be forced to look back on old photos of themselves dressed ridiculously, but dressed like the family pet? Start saving up for therapy.
Pets as accessories
We all remember when Paris Hilton made it fashionable to tote a pet under your arm, right? Taking your pet everywhere you go is one thing, but if you need an accessory, try a scarf.
If you happen to fit into any one or more of these pet style faux pas categories, then a styling lesson may be required…for you and your furry little friend.
Fashionista Kimberly Rashed gives her take on how to stay fashion forward each month in G! and on her blog Style Becomes Her.
Photography and Text by Kimberly Rashed I like to think I can appreciate style of all kinds. It may not always be my style, but I am open enough to see someone else’s point of view. Pet style is no different. I can certainly acknowledge the many options there are out there for showing off […]
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All’s fair in love and seafood chowder, right? G! Eats resident foodie Christina Flemming investigates, one delicious bowl at a time
Seafood chowder is a lot like pizza.
My five year-old self is pinching her nose at the thought of comparing pizza with food that smells like the ocean, but I’m really making that comparison. When it comes to pizza, some people are fierce about thick doughy crust, there are thin crust fanatics and some will eat anything smothered in melted cheese and bacon. Seafood chowder, believe it or not, is just as diverse.
There are the thick creamy chowders that you could almost walk across, then there are thin, almost ethereal chowders, not to mention smoky corn-laced bowls and the blushing tomato-based variety. Granted, you don’t usually order chowder by phone and have a kid deliver it in thirty minutes or less, but the contents of the chowder are as diverse as the toppings on your pizza.
The contestants who compete in the PEI International Shellfish Chowder Championship—a fierce chowder war held every September in Charlottetown—can select ingredients from a list of PEI seafood which includes: PEI flounder, haddock, cod, hake, bar clams, soft shell clams, oysters, cultivated mussels, quahogs, lobster, scallops, halibut, salmon, rock crab and snow crab.
If you grew up eating grandma’s creamy seafood chowder brimming with lobster and scallops every Christmas Eve, you might not be so receptive to a milk-based version. If you’re from Bermuda (though I suspect my readership from this region may be slightly limited), you might find the pale North American chowder boring because you’re accustomed to a dark rich seafood chowder made with browned or burnt sugar. And I won’t even get into the love the people of Maine have for clam “chowdah.”
Winner of the 2011 PEI & International Chowder Competition, The Selkirk's chowder is velvety, containing haddock, shrimp, and scallops. Get a bowl for $11.
Even Herman Melville teaches us about chowder diversity in Moby Dick: “Fishiest of all fishy places was the Try Pots, which well deserved its name; for the pots there were always boiling chowders. Chowder for breakfast, and chowder for dinner, and chowder for supper, till you began to look for fish-bones coming through your clothes.” And after Ishmael polishes off his clam chowder, he orders a bowl of cod chowder, “In a few moments the savoury steam came forth again, but with a different flavour.”
Back in 2007, the winning seafood chowder at the PEI International Shellfish Festival was titled, “Just Like Dad’s Seafood Chowder” and it consisted of scallops with lobster ravioli in a creamy broth spiked with a shot of Triple Sec. On the other hand, the 2011 champion, Chef Aaron Ferrill of The Selkirk located in the Delta Prince Edward, took first place with a thin chowder comprised of haddock, shrimp and scallops. The winner of the chowder championship gets $2,000 and the right to use the 2011 International Chowder Championship Seal on their menu. While many restaurants claim to have “award-winning seafood chowder,” the Selkirk really does. There is a poster in the Delta elevator announcing this fact and, of course, the menu reinforces that this chowder is a “Winner.” I recently visited the Delta to see if this award-winning chowder would live up to the hype.
The chowder is served as an appetizer and the portion size is befitting. It comes to the table in a small egg-shaped white bowl, without any accoutrements—no Parker House Rolls or biscuits to be found. One might describe it as the Victoria Beckham of seafood chowders—the broth is exceedingly thin and the presentation is posh and impeccable. Two wafer-thin strips of fried potato float amid a frothed surface. There is a nice contrast between the light broth and the ample chunks of fish but one cannot help but yearn for a bit more seasoning. It’s akin to a low-fat latte version of seafood chowder; a pleasing dish if you like something light and frothy before dinner.
Digging into a bowl of Gahan House chowder, which has lobster, mussels, haddock, and scallops, is like "successfully panning for gold." Gahan's chowder is $10.49.
Not quite ready to end my chowder tour, I head to Gahan House. Granted, there cannot be a comparison made between the Gahan Seafood Chowder and The Selkirk’s as they are different genres. The Gahan chowder comes in a huge bowl—though listed under “half pints,” this is no appetizer portion. The chowder is thick like a velvet curtain and eating it is like successfully panning for gold because there are so many chunks of lobster, plump mussels, pieces of haddock and scallops. Wisps of sweet onion provide the chowder with texture, while miniscule dots of chive punch up the flavour. It’s served topped with thin strips of fried potato and accompanied by a small biscuit. This is chowder your grandmother and your boyfriend will love.
After two consecutive bowls of chowder, I look for fish bones coming through my dress but then, feeling sleepy, think back to the inn keeper’s words to Ishmael and his friend as they go to bed, “The chowder; clam or cod to-morrow for breakfast, men?”
All’s fair in love and seafood chowder, right? G! Eats resident foodie Christina Flemming investigates, one delicious bowl at a time Seafood chowder is a lot like pizza. My five year-old self is pinching her nose at the thought of comparing pizza with food that smells like the ocean, but I’m really making that […]
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