Posts Written On December 15, 2011

Pho at home with @PacificFoods Pho Starters

OK, I’ll admit…I just tried pho for the first time about a month ago. I was starving and happened to pass this Vietnamese spot and decided to pop in. I ordered the phở bò (beef pho) to-go and rushed home to dig in. Ohhh my, it was delicious. The tender beef, all of the different flavors–it was a taste explosion!

In case you don’t know pho (pronounced “fuh”), it’s a popular Vietnamese soup with an aromatic broth that involves an 8-10 hour cooking process! It’s usually served with beef or chicken over rice noodles. Various toppings can be added based on your tastes, including mint, cilantro, basil, lime, bean sprouts, chilies, green onions and hoison sauce.

I’d been having pho cravings ever since, so I knew it was time to make my own pho using the Pho Soup Starters that the the great people over at Pacific Natural Foods had sent me. At this point you may be wondering why I hadn’t already made the pho if I had it at home. Simple–I wanted to try the real deal first so I’d have a comparison point.

Pho Soup Starters provides the soup base and all you need is 20 minutes of spare time, a protein (beef, chicken, etc.) and ingredients for the toppings. It comes in Chicken, Vegetable and Beef and the ingredients are all natural and organic.

I used the chicken broth…

Easy directions (click on image to enlarge)

Step 1: Cook the chicken and set it aside

Step 2: Boil the broth and add the chicken

Step 3: Chop some onion (I didn’t have green onion, so I used a Vidalia onion), lime, and wash bean sprouts, cilantro and basil

Step 4: Cook the rice noodles

Step 5: Spoon noodles in a bowl, add broth and chicken, and add your own fresh toppings

Step 6: Enjoy! I added hoisin sauce and chili sauce


It was delectable! The flavors were rich and complex–I was impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it. I must admit, getting restaurant phở is easier and cheaper (at least at the place I went to), but if you don’t have a Vietnamese restaurant near by, or better yet, a Vietnamese grandmother, this is definitely the next best thing!! Try it for yourself!

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xoxo, Olisa




Nation’s Largest Pet Services Company Partners with Freedom Service Dogs to Raise Funds for Training of a Service Dog

(New York, NY – December 14, 2011) – Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest pet services company, in conjunction with its non-profit organization, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, announces the launch of “Operation Freedom Tail,” a philanthropic initiative aimed at raising funds for Freedom Service Dogs. Through the efforts of Camp Bow Wow’s numerous Colorado franchises, the company hopes to raise enough funds to pay for the training of a service dog which will be paired with a Colorado-based disabled Veteran.

Freedom Service Dogs works exclusively with shelter dogs, therefore giving second chances to both the dog and its Veteran partner. With the increase in the number of Veterans returning home from military endeavors, there is a greater necessity for Service Dogs than ever before; the number of Veterans with disabilities in the United States is currently estimated at 5.5 million.

Dan, a Vietnam Combat Veteran diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be matched with a Service Dog being trained with the funds raised by Camp BowWow. Dan has been struggling with PTSD for over 40 years. Recently, he met a few Veterans who are also living with PTSD, all of whom had been paired with Service Dogs. Hearing their stories and learning about the positive results that the Veterans are experiencing each day with their furry companions has inspired Dan to become involved with Freedom Service Dogs in order to positively counter his affliction.

Camp Bow Wow is accepting cash donations to “Operation Freedom Tail” between December 15, 2011 and April 15, 2012 via the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, or at any of the Colorado Camp Bow Wow locations. The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation will also be matching funds dollar-to-dollar up to $10,000 of the total funds raised.

“We are excited for Camp Bow Wow to be part of the Freedom Service Dogs program,” said Sharan L Wilson, Executive Director of Freedom Service Dogs. “It is highly significant to have such an influential pet services company help with this initiative – not only to raise money for training a service dog for a Veteran, but also bring awareness to the program itself.”

“We are proud to launch ‘Operation Freedom Tail’ to help raise funds and awareness for Freedom Service Dogs and the meaningful work of this organization,” said Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow. “We believe that through our efforts, we will help to create a life-long friendship between the trained dog and Veteran, while helping a shelter dog find a wonderful home!

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Fido’s Cookies

Looking for something delicious for your furry friend?

Try Fido’s Cookies! They are fresh and all natural from Denver, CO and come in beautiful gift sets.

The cookies will have your tail wagging and the Christmas tin is reusable.

Remember, your friends who have dogs treat them as if they are a part of the family – So you will definitely win extra points by remembering one extra gift for the little one!

Looking for something to do all winter long when it’s way too cold to play outside? You can bake your very own fresh cookies for your pooch. I love this! I bet there will be a lot of spoon licking

Jacob recently received the Christmas Cookies and he was over the moon!  As soon the package arrived, his eyes got really big and his tail was wagging at turbo speed.  The little pink tongue was ready to taste these treats!

So we had to open them!  These are one of the best presents you can get for your dog or your friend’s dog this Christmas!  The cookies are delicious and the tin is reusable to keep all your treats, toys, and knick knacks!

Nom Nom Nom

We would rate Fido’s Cookies 4 out of 5 bones!

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