Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tea Time with Brandy: Fishpeople Soups

The last person to complain about a 67 degree day in July is going to be Brandy.  She is positively loving this temperate season (regardless of the occasional downpour or terrifyingly yellow colored sky) because it means she can enjoy some of her favorite things in the middle of summer that wouldn't normally be as appealing: a hot cup of tea, a well crocheted cardigan, and best of all, a hearty seafood soup.  "While cold vegetable soups are usually the norm in the middle of July, I'm glad for a chilly wind or two so I can enjoy something a bit more sumptuous," as Brandy likes to say.

Enter Fishpeople, a line of seafood based soups, chowders, and entree starters from the Pacific Northwest that are delectable and amazingly fresh tasting as well as sustainable and affordable.  Each product comes in a "Freshseal" pouch that can not only be boiled or microwaved for preparing on the go while sealing in flavor and nutrients, but also comes stamped with a tracking code that enables buyers to actually see where their food came from, right down to the fisherman who caught the delicacy they are about to consume.

The first time Brandy tried a Fishpeople soup, she was genuinely impressed and amazed by just how fresh it really did taste.  "If there's one thing I can't stand, its a packaged fish smell, and these little beauties smell and taste less like a day at the pier and more like a day on a cruise!" as she put it.  Among the five flavors of bisques and chowders, Brandy's favorite were the creamy and smokey Razor Clam and Bacon Chowder, the hearty and satisfying Alder Smoked Wild Salmon Chowder, and the slightly sweet and tangy Dungeness Crab and Pink Shrimp Bisque.  Already quite a fan of shellfish, Brandy perhaps found the salmon chowder most surprising, taking great pleasure in the contrast between the sweet corn, the tender potatoes, and big chunks of flaky salmon.

"Though it may be possible we're nearing another ice age, I'm happy enough to be enjoying such comforting soups in the dead of summer," Brandy sighed, "Of course, if it gets any chillier, I might be snuggled up under an afghan with a hot water bottle by Labor Day!"

The writers of this blog were provided with sample products in exchange for an honest review.

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