Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Independence Day

Hi folks!  Just dropping in to say Happy Fourth (on the fifth, I realize).  I hope you all enjoyed your day.  I actually ended up having one of my best Independence Day celebrations so far.  John and I, along with our awesome friend Alyson, spent the day at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Ray, grilling veggie-style and picnicking in the sun before seeing the fireworks show over the harbor.  It was great weather, and John did quite a fantastic job cooking up our food on the park's public grill.

Love my dollar-store picnic plates!

We had SmartDogs (which are now grillable, for which I am entirely thankful since nothing matches up to a grilled hot dog), corn, seasoned sweet potatoes, Gardein burgers (not pictured--that came in my second helping!), and individual salads with lettuce, tomato, and (my favorite) Trader Joe's Goddess Dressing.  We also had some chips and accidentally vegan Oreos to nosh, since we were in the park from about 2:30 until 9:30.  We had a blast people- and dog-watching, and there were even some musicians performing in one of the picnic pavilions for tips.  It was great!

I've also been sitting on this picture for a few weeks, and I thought now would be a good time to share. We went to Big Bear Lake for a few days back in June, and while we were there, we checked out their zoo, which is actually a rescue zoo rather than a traditional zoo.  For example, they recently saved a bear (who they adorably named "Pooh") from being exterminated after he had stolen honey from a local producer.  They also give medical attention to injured animals and when possible, release them back into the wild after they are rehabilitated.  I was able to snap this picture of two bald eagles.  I had never seen them so close before, and I was pleasantly surprised by how majestic they truly are in person.

I'll be back in the next few days with a restaurant and concert review, some news about a new project I'm working on, and maybe some more discussion about being vegan and visiting zoos.  I've also updated my picture (with my new specs on) and changed my "About Me."  Have a very happy Friday!