Monday, December 31, 2007

Coney Island Countermen

A trip to Detroit would not be complete without a stop at Lafayette Coney Island. (A Coney, if you've never had one, is a hotdog with chili, mustard and onions. My husband is a very big fan.) The place was pretty empty, (unsurprising for 11am on the day before Christmas) and the countermen were nice enough to let me take pictures. I'm not crazy about the colors -- they came out with a lot more yellow than I remember there being -- but there is something so timeless about the place I had to post them.

Coney Island Countermen

Countertop III


All the Condiments you need

Coney Island Counterman

The whole set can be found here.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Extra Reindog: JJ, the Family Reindog

Extra Reindog: Family pup

This is JJ, my in-law's dog. He couldn't make it to the Reindog Parade, but he still was willing to pose for me! So cute.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Detroit under Fog

Here's what it looks like outside our window on the 54th floor of the RenCen at 8:30 am this morning.

Foggy Detroit IV

Foggy Detroit I

As a frame of reference, here is the Ambassador Bridge as I shot it two nights ago.

It's amazing as it rolls in over the city.

Foggy Detroit II

Foggy Detroit III

Good thing we're driving rather than flying today!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Reindogs 38-42: The Pug Collection

This last set is for my husband, who loves pugs most of all.

Reindog 41: Shivering in my owner's coat.

Poor little thing was so cold, he was shivering in his owner's coat most of the morning.

Reindog 40: Could someone wipe my nose please?

Could someone wipe my nose please?

Reindog 39: I want to be a photographer too.

Perfect, thanks!

Reindog 42: Like looking in a mirror. Spooky!

It's like looking in a mirror. Spooky!

Reindog 38: Cutest Pug ever.

Okay, I kind of get my husband's point. This one is terribly cute.

Hope you enjoyed the whole Reindog series (all are available to view here.)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Reindogs 31 - 37: Not quite a sleigh full of reindeers

But awfully close! There will be one more Reindog post tomorrow, but I wanted to make sure all these fine pups got their due notice.

Reindog 32: OMG it's Christmas Eve! It's Christmas Eve!

"OMG it's Christmas Eve! It's Christmas Eve! I'm so excited!"

Reindog 31: A Navaho blanket is Christmas-LIKE, isn't it?

A Navaho blanket is Christmas-LIKE, isn't it? But he was plenty warm!

Reindog 37: My Christmas bow is on the other side!

His Christmas bow was on the other side. But I couldn't get a good shot of this gorgeous dog from the other side.

Reindog 33: What a sweet old pup.

What a sweet old pup.

Reindog 34: Pink Boxer

The pink of this boxer's wings matches the pink of his eyes and snout, doesn't it?

Reindog 35: What a jaunty hat!

The hat is seriously adorable.

Reindog 36: Max, the dog from Grinch

Remember poor Max, the loyal dog in "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", who was burdened down with a fake antler on his head and who had to pull the sleigh with all the stolen loot? Doesn't he look just like Max? Hee!

Check back tomorrow for the last of the Reindogs! It's been a fun month.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Reindog 30: Are we almost done?

Reindog 30: Are we almost done?

This mastiff was another therapy dog -- gentle and big. But he was ready to go home the moment he got there, as you can tell from his expression!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Reindog 28: Itty-Bitty Biker Dog

Reindog 28: Itty-Bitty Badass

I love the little biker goggles best of all.

Yesterday's Reindogs got picked up by the Chicago Public Radio website for its cover page. Cool beans!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Reindogs 26 and 27: Lady and the Tramp

Reindog 26: Lady and the Tramp

Love at first sight. Awwwww!

Reindog 27: Lady and the Tramp II

Greyhound: "The red suit looks good on you, handsome."
Bulldog: "Wanna join me for a bowl of spaghetti after this is over?"

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Reindog 23: The edible Reindog at Fredhots

Reindog 23: The edible Reindog at Fredhots

Today's dog is a little different, but if you know me, you know I had to include it. (Also, we went here for lunch immediately after the Reindog Parade. We had to!) This is the very tasty reindeer hotdog served up at Fredhots and Fries in Glenview. I especially love the cherry tomato nose!

Rudolph approves!

Fredhots is a great, GREAT hotdog stand. The food is delicious, and they have a wonderful sense of creativity and enthusiasm. Sure, you can get a traditional Chicago style hotdog, or an excellent Italian beef sandwich, but the thing I go back for are the specialty sausages. The reindeer one is his most famous, but throughout the year he may also have alligator, elk, duck, buffalo, you name it! My favorite is the Reuben dog. Served with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a fabulous spicy Thousand Island, the meat remarkably has the flavor and mouth-feel of corned beef.

And let's not forget the amazing frites and aiolis! Mmmmm. I never thought mayonnaise on French Fries could be so good. But it is!

Fredhots goes all out for the holidays

Plus, look at these guys. How can you not want to buy a hotdog from them? I ask you.

How could you not want to buy a hotdog from this man?

The man himself, Fred. Don't you recognize him from the logo? :)

Fredhots is located on 1707 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview, just off Waukegan Road. They're open 7 days a week (Sunday is just 12-3 so you can get your fix before the Bears games). Tell them Kristen said hello!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Reindog 20-22: Gus the Newfoundland

One of the greatest dogs we saw at the Reindog Parade was Gus. Gus is a Newfoundland, and believe me, he was HUGE. I couldn't get a good shot of him in proportion to a human, but sitting like this, his head was at his owner's waist.

Reindog 20: Gus I

Gus works as a Therapy Dog, and in this shot I think you can see why. I have never seen a dog so easygoing and placid. Can't you just imagine little kids tugging on his fur and curling up next to him, and sweet old Gus not minding a bit?

Reindog 21: Gus II

Old Gus puts up with a lot, clearly. He was awesome.

Reindog 22: Gus III

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Reindog 19: Preppy Puppy!

Reindog 19: Preppy Puppy!

This gorgeous Irish setter Golden Retriever needs nothing but its preppy little scarf to complete its look, don't you agree? I am in love with this sweet dog!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Reindog 17: I think he lost a poker bet

Reindog 17: I think he lost a poker bet

Two weeks later, I still crack up the second I see the anklets. The anklets!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Reindog 15 and 16: Grandma Badass

Reindog 15: Grandma Badass

Look at how muscular this boxer is. Then look at how old-lady-ish its coat is. That's not right!

Reindog 16: Grandma Badass II

Seriously a dog this tough-looking deserves a leather coat and hat, don't you think? (He did have a calm disposition, though.)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Reindog 14: Santa's Little Helper

Reindog 14: Santa's Little Helper

Santa was good with all the dogs posing with him, but he really clicked with this sweet and elegant greyhound. The dog was just wonderful the whole morning, calm and slender, and was arresting-looking in its long cowl-neck sweater. Gorgeous.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Reindog 13: You wanna piece of this? I thought not.

Reindog 13: You wanna piece of this? I thought not.

I love how his hat is standing up straight, as defiant as he is. Keeping one's dignity is hard to do in a doggie costume, but this bulldog managed it!

The set of keeps growing over at Flickr: Reindogs!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Reindog 12: A good hat never goes out of style

Reindog 12: A good hat never goes out of style

I confess, I'm not a fan of dachshunds, but the hat on this one gives her such an elegant look I had to reassess my opinion. Perfect!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Reindog 11: This is so beneath me.

Reindog 11: This is so beneath me.

If this one could talk, I think it would sound like Frasier Crane: snooty and verbose. He stands there, unbowed, even though he is clearly unhappy with the ridiculous situation he is being forced to participate in. He'll show THEM, he'll just sit here and look down his nose at all the yapping fools around him. Hmph.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Reindog 10: Terrier Santa rumble

Reindog 10: Terrier Santa rumble

"Hey, that's my outfit! Oh, I am gonna kick your a--..."

Friday, December 07, 2007

Reindog 9: I love my hoodie.

Reindog 9: I love my hoodie.

This Labradoodle (I think that's what he is) just looked so comfortable in his cool hoodie. And, uh, antlers. :)

Also, Chicagoist loved the Angel Dog from yesterday. Thanks!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Reindog 8: Angel Dog

Reindog 8: Angel Dog

How could you not melt at that smiling face? I melted. This is Daisy. She was happy to pose endlessly for everyone. So darling!

Part of the Reindog series.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

First Winter Storm, December 2007

Winter storm last night
Taken out my bedroom window, 9:30pm yesterday

We got some snow last night! About 5-6 inches so far, and after a very brief lull right during my morning commute, it's coming down again. This was pre-dawn this morning out my back window. Check out the clouds rolling in over the house on the right!

Winter storm morning

I had my camera on the drive in, so we'll see if I got anything good when I get home. Which might be a bit tougher than it was getting in this morning...