Since moving to Marina del Rey two years ago, we've discovered several things about our neighborhood. We share the 'hood with a TON of ducks (Chris and I refer to them as the Duck Gangs since they hang out in packs) and though they are partial to kicking it in front of the library, you can sometimes find them mischievously loitering in front of our home. I think you are required to have a canine companion to live here, as dogs make up a strong majority of the demographic here in the marina, and you will likely learn your neighbor's dog's name before you learn your neighbor's. Our neighborhood, though usually quiet and peaceful, becomes a mad house during the holidays, the fourth of July being no exception.
Each of the streets in our neighborhood are walking streets, which during large holidays, such as the 4th, turn into street-long parties, red Solo cups in the hands of each inhabitant. Our usually deserted beach is absolutely packed. After 2 or 3pm, the main street, which adjoins all the little walking streets, closes to car traffic so you are unable to come or go unless you are on bike or foot. This is not really mine or Chris's scene, so we prefer to stay in with all windows open so we can eavesdrop on the hilarious drunken conversations which occur. Our favorite from this last Memorial Day: Drunk Man (addressing his dog): "I love you man, but barking has always been your downfall."
Since we are planning on staying in, and we are twinless for the week, we are planning a festive little menu for two. For the main course, I will be serving some baked BBQ Tofu Cutlets. This is basically the same recipe that I used here, but in cutlet form, and seemingly sprinkled with a little more awesomeness. To go with it, I made up a quick avocado cucumber salad and boiled some corn on the cob.
Whatever your plans, be it partying like a rockstar, or staying in for the day, I hope this gives you some fun ideas for your 4th of July menu. Have fun!
I also need to take the time to thank two people, who have both awarded me with the One Lovely Blog award! This is so long overdue (I'm horrible about remembering to do these things), but I want to thank Heather at Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes and Reia at The Cruelty Free Review for giving me this honor. I am so flattered and filled with warm fuzzies. Thank you so much, ladies!
Photography by Chris Miller
Gabby @ the veggie nook
Hahah omg that man's comment to his dog is priceless! I'm with you- not my scene but I love watching it and listening to all the ridiculous things that get said.
Oh wow this is a stellar menu! I am drooling over my laptop here. I especially like the sound of that salad. Definitely putting that on my must-make list!
I hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!
Thanks, Gabby! Listening to drunk people is the best! Another favorite, from yesterday, actually: Woman yelling (at I don't know who): I'm going to make you sorry you ever called the cops on me!" Priceless.
Yeah welcome to my neighborhood ...same thing here in Newport Beach, close the one street into the peninsula...we'd always leave as to avoid the craziness...but not this year.... yep stay in seems like the plan ...at least its mid week so it wont be days worth 🙂
This BBQ tofu looks so yummy...definitely a must make
Thanks, Michelle! It's my new favorite way of making tofu, actually!
That totally sounds like the Marina- total craziness which makes for great entertainment. 🙂
Yum! Summer eating at it's very finest! I love creative ways to enjoy tofu (not something I eat too often). Looks superb! Thanks Kristy!
Thanks, Shira! I hope your week is getting of to a lovely start! 🙂
This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. (And I just bought some more quinoa today - lucky!)
Perfect timing! I hope you like it, Claire! 🙂
Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!
That tofu looks insanely good and the pesto sounds refreshing. Mmmm..
Thanks, Jackie! 🙂
Wow this looks great! If I want to make the tofu for 1 person do you think I should split the entire recipe? Or should I use the same amount of bbq sauce and just less tofu?
Thanks, Kellianne! You could split the entire recipe, or just keep the extra for leftovers. It keeps pretty well- we had a little leftover that I used in a sandwich yesterday, and it was UH-Mazing! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
i love your description of the town you live in. it sounds so lovely.
we've been bombarded with a massive amount of cucumbers recently, so your salad sounds absolutely perfect 😉 i also need to make some corn on the cob soon. that is the epitome of summer food 😉
Thank you, Caitlin! When you said "bombarded," I instantly thought of a lot of cucumbers being thrown at your house (silly overactive imagination). Cucumbers often just get used as a dipping device for hummus, so it's nice to have a recipe where they are the centerpiece. 🙂
Lovely summer food! Yum!
Thank you, Jenny!
I'm making this tonight!
Oh my goodness that tofu looks so good! I think I am goingt o have to experiment cooking it on the grill - have you tried before? I love organicville BBQ Sauce, so good - I have the veganomicon but haven't tried the BBQ sauce recipe.
Haha I love people watching and listening - people are too much sometimes!
Have a happy fourth and enjoy your amazing dinner 🙂
Thanks! You know, I would love to try grilling it, but alas, I have no grill. Or any place to put a grill. So until I figure that one out, I will live vicariously through your grilling adventures!
Happy 4th, Heather! 🙂
Can't go wrong with the creaminess of avaocado but baked tofu-- now that's interesting. Gotta try this. 🙂
Oh Erin! You must try baked tofu! It's as good as a creamy avocado! Get on it! 😉
Hi Kristy! I found your blog thanks to the PPK fb page and it is just gorgeous!
As soon as I saw the title of this salad I knew it was something I had to make as I keep getting cucumbers in our weekly organic veggie box and I've run out of ideas other than slicing them and dipping them in hummus. I am definitely trying this and will use the tofu marinade on mushrooms instead!
Oooh! I love the idea of using the marinade on the mushrooms! Yum! I hope you like it! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your kind words, Mandee! Take care! 🙂
These are good, and this is coming from a flexitarian. They got a lovely reddish brown color. My only complaint was all the flipping got a bit messy, but that was necessary to get the tofu completely seasoned.