Archive for August, 2008

It has been a while since I have posted a recipe. I have been cooking but I have been really bad about keeping up with my blog for the exception of Indi Friday.

Tonight we are going to our friends’ “Movie Night” in El Segundo. For the happy occasion I decided to make the above salad which I have named “Happiness Salad” because it is so colorful and happy looking. I pretty much used stuff I had at home, it is fairly simple to make and it transports well.

2 15oz cans of white kiney beans

1 15oz can of black beans

1 red pepper diced

1 yellow pepper diced

1/2 red onion diced

2 corns on the cob

1/2 bunch of parsley

2 cloves of garlic

4-5 tbls of olive oil

salt & pepper

Wash and drain the beans in a colander.  Either on a BBQ or on your stove roast the corn for a few minutes on each side making sure that it doesn’t burn.  The corn must be crunchy and not cooked all the way through and mushy. Smash the garlic with a knife and place in oil and infuse on the stove until slightly golden. Dekernel the corn with a knife and let it cool.  Mix the onion, peppers, beans, and the corn together.

For the dressing place parsley leaves in a food processor along with the garlic used for unfusing the oil, salt and pepper. Create a pesto like dressing while adding the infused oil little by little. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Let sit at room temperature for a couple of hours to allow flavors to develop.

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Indi Friday

Indi is a very intellectual dog, this summer she went to two Shakespeare plays. While we had a little picnic Indi was busy munching away her dinner as well. Oh the charmed life of this little princess!!!

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Dear Lord middle America,

Let there be change!

This speech brought tears to my eyes.


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Indi Friday

Last weekend Indi went on her first backpacking trip. We went back to the same place we went to a couple of weeks ago but this time for two nights and three days. Tucker and his daddy Mr. B came along as well.

Indi did really well and got a chance to do some more swimming. By the end of the weekend she was totally popped!!!

And here is a video of our brave dog swimming around in one of the swimming holes looking for her stick!

Something exciting happened over the weekend. Tucker did a little swimming for the first time as well…heavily encouraged by some treats! Congrats Tucker!

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This post is for Michael and Alison at Off the Vine Wines in San Pedro. Their store is awesome and we have gone wine tasting a few times there.  Last Labor day e also went on the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach cruise and it was a blast. So if you are in San Pedro this weekend, you must check this out as it sounds a lot of fun. I wished we could go but we have prior commitments.

Central Coast Wine and BBQ Cruise

Saturday August 23rd – 7p-9:30p – $85 ($75 OTV Members)

Off The Vine and Spirit Cruises invite you on a special wine and dinner cruise. Come aboard and Cruise around Terminal Island, Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors, under all four bridges and see over 150 points of interest in our nations busiest harbors.  See the Queen Mary, old Navy Base, Terminal Island Federal Prison, “Love Boat” Terminal, tankers, cargo ships, and much, much more!!
Feast on BBQ steak kabobs and fish as well as sip incredible wines from Central Coast Wineries such as Alma Rosa, Ovene, Vines on the Marycrest, Zeneida Cellars, Garretson and Rancho Sisquoc.
Limited to 40 guests so RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!!!
Cancellations for a full refund must be made by Tuesday August 19th. No refunds given if cancellation is received after Tuesday August 19th.

In store Tasting Hours
First Thursday (of each month) 4p-9p
Friday 4p-9p
Saturday 2p-9p
Michael Koth and Alison Shaw
Off the Vine
600 S Pacific Ave STE 103
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 831-1551

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Indi Friday

An oldy but a goody…Indi running in the grass.

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Indi Friday

Meet Charlie Wilson aka Mr. Piggy. Let me just say that he had me at hello…he is ABSOLUTELY adorable and the biggest ham you will ever come across. Anyone who talks shit about pit bulls should meet this dog; he LOVES being around people and getting affection.  Here he is playing peek-a-boo.

So Charlie belongs to our friend “the Ociffer.” I first noticed them walking around our neighborhood around February/March.  Indi would bark when the two went by and one day I started talking to them. I have to honest, the way they walked was what really amused me. The Ociffer was under the impression that he was taking Charlie on walks. Well truth be told, it was the other way around! Charlie dragged the Ociffer. Quite the pair these two were.  By the time they were done walking they were both exhausted.

The dogs didn’t particularly care for each other at first, there was much growling, barking, and a little charging on Charlie’s part. So we left it alone and kept them apart. Then one day we took them to the doggy park and they were fine. The Ociffer and his awesome girlfriend “Miss Witty” went on vacation last week.  Since the Ociffer lives across the alley from us we offered to take care of Charlie. When he brought him over to our place there were some issues so we had to channel in some Cesar Millan stuff as seen in the images below:

We had a slow start, then once the Ociffer was out of sight Charlie didn’t act like a brat. I picked him up in the morning and dropped him off at night.  The second day the tug toy started it all. They played and played an played.

Then on the third day there was chasing each other around the yard and all the silliness that you see on the video below.  SO CUTE. But let me tell ya, while I was glad that Indi had a companion during the day, it was quite the challenge to manage two dogs, because it was always double the trouble. Mr. Piggy officially killed 2 sunflower plants in the front and part of my Cosmo which had just stared flowering. Oh well, you can’t stay mad at him for too long because he is just such a ham and looks at you and makes your heart melt.

Indi and Charlie Wilson playing…this went on and on and on once they actually started paying attention to each other…so cute!

Now you ask, “why do you call him Mr. Piggy?” Well two reasons, he snorts all the time, and the more excited he gets the louder it gets. It is absolutely hysterical. He even sounds like he is snorting when he snores.  And then there is the drooling. This dog drools like there is no tomorrow and you better watch out when he does his doggy shakes because you will inevitably be sprayed with some doggy drool. Last but not least, he is a little overweight.  Charlie will follow you everywhere. You just have to look at him and he starts wagging his tail and looks at you with such excitement as if saying “love me, love me, pay attention to me,” and will just come and collapse right on your feet.

It was fun having him around and it was so cool to see Indi and Charlie play together and finally become friends.  He is such a good dog. At first we were worried about him and the dogs next door who bark a lot. The first day there was a lot of barking from the other side of the wall. We immediately discouraged Charlie from paying attention to them or go near the wall. And that was it, he ignored them just like Indi does from then on. So all went well. The dogs next door would bark and bark when Charlie and Indi would chase each other and play. Neither one of them paid any attention to the obnoxious dogs.  Charlie was also really good in the house, he just hung out with us and pretty much followed us everywhere we went. So cute!

Just in case you are wondering, he is the real things, a blue nose pit bull.   Yap, the ones that people are usually terrified of because of the way they are treated by bad owners and the media’s blowing out of proportion of their attacks. If you ask me, Charlie is a very good ambassador of his breed, when raised in loving homes.  Mr. Ociffer picked him up from the Downey animal shelter in February and Charlie couldn’t be any more loved than he is. Charlie is SO IN LOVE with the Ociffer too–he is just the center of his universe. These two are perfect for each other. There is one little issue though…unfortunately, Miss Witty can’t stand his piggy and doggy ADD ways. But personally I find it all to be part of his charming personality.

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Opah! Oh what a night we had tonight! We had plans to meet up with our friend SK for some delicious Lebanese food in Belmont Shore. Once we got to the restaurant we were told that the wait was 45 minutes to one hour.  So we decided to check out a different restaurant. J mentioned that one of our options is Greek food and I was all for going Greek! So we went to George’s Greek Cafe and what a good choice that was! The restaurant is a family owned and operated establishment with three different locations.

(annoying person pointing at the food and therefore ruining my
attempt at professional photography)

We stared with the fabulousness above: Saganaki (House specialty) Battered and Fried Greek Kasseri Cheese, Flamed at the Table with Brandy, Finished with Kalamata Olives and Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice and served with Pita Bread). I wished I had my camera ready to go when the food came; man was the flaming part fun! J also ordered the Combo Apperizer (A True Taste of Greece which includes 2 Portions of Dolmathes, Keftethes, Tiropites, Spanakopites, Kalamari, and served with Tzantziki Sauce).

(more pointing…)

Then we moved on to our main dishes. I got a Kalamari Salad which was duhlicious!

J ordered the Horiatiki salad (Greek village salad) Fresh Cut Chunk Tomato, Cucumber, Feta Cheese, Red Onions, Kalamata Olives, Bell Peppers, and our Homemade Traditional Greek dressing.

SK ordered veggie Dolmathes (Grape Leaves Stuffed with Ground Beef, Rice, Tomato, and Spices).

And we finished off by sharing a desset that was similar to a Bakhlava with a stringy type of dough and chocolate. YUMMY!

The food was excelent and the service was absolutely wonderful. Our server Nathan was fantastic. It had been a long time since I walked into a restaurant and received such a good and attentive service. Nathan and the rest of the staff were very friendly and welcoming. On our way to our table every staff that we walked by said hello. Seriously??? I was wondering if we were in a different city…how often does that happen in LA?

The food came out fast and was very good. I am not exagerating when I say that my glass of ice-tea NEVER went below half full…and we were on the second floor of the restaurant. I definitely recommand this place as the food is very good and the atmosphere is very friednly and welcoming. It is such a nice change, especially from the crappy service that you get now-a-days at every other place. The prices are just right and well worth the food.

George’s Greek Cafe
5316 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 433-1755

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Indi Friday

Indi the hiker above, and introducing Indi the swimmer below! I can’t begin to describe the pride and joy we felt when she started swimming while we were hiking and hanging out at swimming holes over the weekend. I must now look for doggy swim classes because this dog is fast, she has doggy Olympics potential.

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