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!


  1. That sounds like a very fun and festive Fourth!

    I love your photo of the Bald Eagles - what a perfectly timed post on which to share them! Now there's a zoo I can get behind! A rescue/rehab zoo - with a bear named Pooh, no less! :-) I can't help but notice the sad irony of Pooh's near-fate. The bees produce the honey for their own food. When the human (so-called "producer") steals it from them, he's considered a businessman and lauded, but when the bear tries to steal the honey from the human, he's considered a thief and a pest and is given a death sentence. What's wrong with this picture?

    Am off to check out your new "About Me" page, and am looking forward to your upcoming posts! Have a great weekend, Georgia!

  2. LOVE THOSE PLATES! Are they paper or reusable? I want some.

  3. @Laloofah, I loved the rescue zoo a lot. I have to confess that I have gone to other zoos as well since moving out here (both LA and San Diego), even though it's not a vegan-friendly activity, but I am kind of torn on the issue because I love animals so much and love to be able to see them in person. I don't like the captivity aspect obviously, so it's something I'm continuing to struggle with. I love your point about the bear versus the businessmen. It is definitely ironic!

    @Bianca, the plates are paper and I bought them at the Dollar Tree. I generally prefer reusable, but these were just so cute and they were perfect for what I needed them for.