Friday, August 26, 2016

"Lobster Festival Forced to Eat Hotdogs"

"After Air Canada Loses Lobsters."
An Alberta woman tried to share some Newfoundland lobster with her friends and family, but Air Canada got in the way.

Jackie Panuisiak hosts the annual Northern Alberta Lobster Festival in the community of Cotillion. She had ordered some 145 pounds of live lobster to be shipped from this province to Alberta. The problem is that the lobsters didn't arrive.

When Panuisiak's sister talked to Air Canada about what happened, she says they were rude and unhelpful. She says they were passed off to Air Canada's Cargo Relations and were met with more unhelpful behaviour. She says they did not admit any fault in the matter.

It turns out the lobsters were in Toronto, but Air Canada's tracking system said they had arrived. Panuisiak says it raises concerns about the reliability of Air Canada's tracking system.

In the meantime, the Lobster Festival was forced to eat hot dogs instead of lobster.


Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Question all "fresh" seafood east of the Rockies and West of Appalachia

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john said...

One day many years ago a LOH landed on an insignificant bladed-off hilltop in SE Asia. The pilot and his accomplice had recently heisted a case of frozen lobsters and were looking to dispose of half of it, and would trade for some booze. Which we had, and did.

Not having clarified butter, nor any knowledge on how one prepares and eats lobster, we eventually gave most of it to our cats and dogs. When our CO found out he was really pissed.

Trooper York said...

I bet the hot dogs were better.

Titus said...

When I go to restaurants in Wisconsin the menu says things like fresh seafood.


Unless the fish is from a lake in Wisconsin the seafood is not fresh. Walleye is a popular fish in Wisconsin supper clubs, but I read the walleye is from Canada-I guess close enough, but I really question the freshness. But shrimp, lobster, crab legs-not fresh.

You can find some amazing fresh seafood restaurants out here. Like the seafood is picked up that day from the fisherman. Fucking yum.

I love lobstah rolls, clam shacks, shrimp, scallops, haddock, crab legs, fish sandwich.

yum-think I will need to go to get some fresh seafood this weekend.


Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Titus, the reality (except for live shellfish) is almost all fish not within a few hours of the dock is frozen. The good thing is flash freezing and sealing (when it is frozen right, such as the fish being bled and processed quickly) make it hard to tell the difference.

But there is no beating fresh lobster and shellfish right out of the water.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Titus, those restaurants you are going to probably get their fish fresh from local waters. High end restaurants in major cities on the east coast will sometimes fly fish on ice from Alaska or elsewhere in the Pacific. But it obviously costs more.

Chip Ahoy said...

One time on a train back from Glenwood Springs, sitting at a table in fancy pants dining car we perused the menu. Very simple and elegant. The seafood column has a single entry: Fresh Rocky Mountain trout.

Man, that sounded good. And it was. Those things bake in five minutes. I like that.

Sometimes best to just overlook the things set under the wrong rubric. What am I, a nitpicker or what?

Should have sent the lobsters FedEx. They use their own planes. And let this be a lesson, wealthy indulgent person, your picayune complaints are amusing. Your humblebrag less so. Just shut up and buy me a new car. Make it a convertible. I feel like living ridiculously for awhile.

Military pilots are always remarking about the incredible taxpayer waste they observe. The are required to build up their flight hours even when there is no real mission of expediency. They must get up in the air to develop and maintain their proficiency. Taxpayer money being no object. No object at all. This is how we end up with the likes of Hillary Clinton who toss around other people's hard-earned money like it means nothing to them. Because it doesn't. It is born out of practice. At first it is shocking because they do have a connection between work and cash money payment, over time it all feels like play money. And it is. A pilot once used flights to Maryland as example. With no real worthwhile reason to get the C-130's in the air the pilots made a point of buying lobster once landed. They did that so many times they called the practice making the "lobster run."

(Cargo planes with four gigantic engines, like flying a house. The type Hillary calls up for a ride because she is feeling too unwell to fly commercially. Whereas Trump flies his own plane garishly trimmed in ostentatious opulence with 24 karat gold. *Ricardo Montalban's voice* And REAL imitation Corinthian leather.

Methadras said...

If it says fresh seafood and it's less then 10 to 20 miles away from the coast, then it is not. The best you can get outside of that radius is same day delivery on ice within flying distance. That's it.

AllenS said...

If a lobster doesn't put up a fight before you throw it into the boiling water, it isn't that fresh.

ampersand said...

If it's still walking, crawling, swimming or slithering on it's own, it's fresh.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Chip, then again there is this:

President Thomas Whitmore: I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?
Julius Levinson: You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?

ndspinelli said...

My brother was a chef in Boston. Chefs work out relationships w/ boat captains for "the top of the boat." That's the fish caught most recently. Jim Gaffigan does a hilarious bit on seafood. He calls lobsters "bugs of the ocean."

My bride and I went to a supper club last week. It is called the Tornado Steakhouse. It used to be Crandall's and was famous for Friday night fish fry. It's now sorta hipster. It's next door to a longtime homo bar called The Shamrock. Some of the gays were dining next to us. Relish trays are classic WI supper club. It's vegetables, sometimes cheese, gratis before a meal. This Tornado does a trendy, spartan relish tray on skewers and vertical in a pint beer glass. I had rabbit which was boned and fried in a batter crust w/ a mustard sauce. Pretty good. My bride had a tenderloin. Women love tenderloins, men love T-Bones.