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