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April 24, 2008

Something Wicked This Way Comes.


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April 7, 2008

Bringing Pets to Kuwait.


Mariette, the Rescued Dog

January 29, 2008

PAWS has named her Mariette and has some pictures of her on their website:

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She looks so much better than she did on the day I found her, dying. But it looks like she has a long way to go before she is completely healed.


Update on the Rescued Dog

January 28, 2008

After a week’s long stay at the IVH, stitches, grooming and shots, the dog in my previous post is doing well and is at the PAWS shelter. My many thanks to the wonderful people at PAWS for all of their help and putting up with endless phone calls from me.

I have to talk myself out of visiting her because I know I would pick her up and take her home with me. And that wouldn’t be fair for the dog because we’re usually gone during the summers and she would be left with my housekeeper who isn’t loving towards the three pets I already have. I hope she finds a good home. I heard that she’s still shy and withdrawn but I can tell you that she has a wonderful loving nature. Not once did she growl or try to nip the vet when he was cleaning out the gashes in her neck.

Last but not least, thank you all for your wonderful comments on the last post. Blessings, even the virtual ones, are always a pleasure to receive.

[Edited to say that by examining her mouth, the vet approximated her age to be around six-years old. I have no idea what her name was or if she even had a name.]


Shame On You

January 17, 2008

Shame on you, all of you who drove by a little white dog, dying a slow and agonizing death on the freezing cold pavement by my son’s school yesterday. Extra shame on you, the American and European parents of children who attend my son’s school and drove by an animal in need and did NOTHING.

Abandoned Dog

Shame on you, you, the beast who tied this dog’s makeshift collar so tight that it cut through her neck and left her with such bad edema in her head that she might not make it. You, who left her matted and infected with parasites. You, who left her with eyes so full of puss she could hardly open them. You, who left me nauseated and numb at how cruel you could be. May you suffer the same in hell.

Injured Dog

I brought her to the IVH where they shaved around her neck, disinfected the deep gash around her neck, gave her a heavy dose of antibiotics, cleaned out her eyes, and is now being boarded for a few days to see if the swelling goes down enough to stitch her up. Thank you Doctor Carlo of IVH. (Grazie mille.) Thanks to PAWS who promised to take her once she’s in the clear.

**UPDATE** Doctor Carlo has informed me that the swelling has gone down and she’s doing much better.


The Winter That Never Was

December 15, 2007

Is it me or will the winter of 2007-2008 in Kuwait be known as “The Winter That Never Was”? We’re two weeks away from Christmas and I’m still in sandals. Yesterday I wore a t-shirt in my yard. The space heaters are still tucked away in storage. We have dragonflies and butterflies in our garden. And where’s the rain? It rained all of two seconds this season. Don’t get me wrong, I hope it stays this way. But, damn. A little rain and nippiness would be nice.

On a totally different note, I bought some tuberoses tonight and they’re in a vase on my dining room table. The whole entire floor smells like tuberoses. I used to be addicted to tuberoses but they disappeared on me for a while. I’m glad they’re back.

And because this doesn’t deserve to be an entire post:

Dear Carrefour,

When you sell “Apple Tarts”, the miniature ones, make sure they are filled with APPLES and not mincemeat or some shit. I’ve gone my entire life never eating mincemeat, hell, I didn’t even really know what mincemeat was, but I think I might have had some on my ride home from your establishment tonight. (And trust me, folks, it isn’t good.)

And for the love of God, stop replacing Carrefour products with local stuff. That’s what co-ops are for. American junk food? That’s what Sultan Center is for. Be yourself.



Carrefour – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

December 4, 2007

Let’s start off with the ugly because I’d rather end this post on a positive note rather than a negative one.

The Ugly: I like their chicken salad sandwich in a baguette. It’s great for when you’re low on time for lunch. We sat down for lunch, I took a bite of the sandwich and felt something hard. I spit it out and found a very sharp, pointed piece of plastic, about an inch long. It looked like it was from part of the packaging. I checked the packaging and it was in tact. Thank God I chew my food really well before swallowing. Anyway, I contacted customer service, they gave me the manager’s cell phone and I suggested he have all the other sandwiches checked, etc. and he was very kind about it. But still, it’s kind of scary.

The Bad, Part 1: A few months ago I bought donuts from the bakery, the round ones, no holes. My son likes them (and so do I) because they remind us of the “graffe” we ate in Napoli. We bought the plain ones and brought them home, I rolled them in a little vanilla sugar to make them taste even more like a graffa. I ripped one apart and it was raw in the middle. I opened up another, and the same thing. They were all raw in the middle. They got tossed. (I also informed the manager of this problem.)

The Bad, Part 2: I’ve been going there for over a month looking for the Carrefour brand flour. It’s amazing. It’s like pastry flour, and reminds me of Italian 00 type flour. It’s awesome for cakes, cookies and mixing it with other flour to make pizza dough. They’ve been out of it for a while now and the only other flour they offer is Homepride Self-Rising flour and flour to make chapatis or something. I asked and one person told me that no, they weren’t going to sell it anymore, that it was only there for the opening. I asked the manager (he must hate me by now) and he called back saying that they’re awaiting a shipment from France which should be arriving in 2-3 weeks. Now, this is a major chain. How can you be out of something like flour?! Also missing for a while now is the Carrefour brand of peeled whole tomatoes. They’re not that great, too much sauce but high in flavor and low on acid and that tin taste you get from canned tomatoes. I can’t imagine walking into a Carrefour in any other country and finding that they’re out of an item for over a month. Bad, bad, bad.

The Good: It’s so much cheaper than other supermarkets. I walked out with a ton of stuff the other day and it only took KD30 out of my wallet. I like that. I’m also obsessed with some of their products, mostly the Carrefour brand.

  • As mentioned above, Carrefour Flour is great. It’s pastry flour and you can use it recipes for cakes, cookies, bread (I would mix it in with all-purpose flour). It’s very fine and soft.
  • No. 1 canned peeled whole tomatoes. Now, you have to check each tomato because I have found quite a few with some skin still on, and hard tops but the effort it worth the taste. This is the best available in Kuwait, followed by Carrefour brand (but very saucy). The two worst: Del Monte and Jolly Green Giant.
  • Carrefour Madeleines Longues. Dunk these babies in some tea with milk and you’ll never have anything else for breakfast again.
  • Carrefour Kids’ fromage fois. Great taste, great texture and comes in two sizes. My son prefers the smaller ones.
  • Carrefour mozzarella balls. In the dairy/cheese section. Made in Italy, they’re fresh-tasting and oh so good. You’ll only have to spend about 700fils for one.
  • Carrefour organic frozen vegetables. Awesome. You can cook them in a little olive oil, add a little water, cover with foil until tender or they can be cooked until crisp-tender. The only let down was the creamed spinach.
  • Carrefour Riz au Lait. Rice Pudding. Yum.
  • Carrefour Plaisir Fruite. Applesauce, but comes in a variety of mixes, such as Pomme Fraise (Apples and Strawberries), Pomme Poire (Apples and Pears), etc.
  • Baguettes from the bakery. I like the “traditional” or “country” style of baguette – the ones that are wider than the usual baguette.

Products I’ve found at Carrefour and nowhere else include: tomato paste in a tube and anchovy paste in a tube.