What a fabulous and successful day yesterday was...
Happy Sunday to you! Funny thing is that all weekend long I've had the feeling that today was Monday. So of course with it being Sunday it feels like I'm getting an extra long weekend. But I guess that's just me.
For those of you who need some catching up, yesterday we had set out to do a LA Food Crawl and boy was it DELICIOUS. 5 stops full of eating and the most surprizing thing is that not once did I feel full!!!
The original plan had 4 stops and one of them actually happened to be closed for remodeling. But instead of letting that get me down I took a quick looksie at my list of places that I'm eager to try (new vegan places are opening like rampart and this so called list of mine keep getting longer - which is a good thing) and I easily swapped out our scheduled first stop and put something else in it's place.
-How do you Roll happened to be closed for remodeling and now honestly who knows if I'll ever get over there to try it out. But that was okay, because I realized that there was a fairly new Los Angeles location of Au Lac (a restaurant that we've been to on occasion in Fountain Valley - Orange County...although I never quite loved) but this one either had a different menu or there was just something about it that really had my eager to try it out. So I planned on this being our 5th and last stop of the night.
And you might notice how I said there were 5 stops, when as of yesterday the original plan only had 4, well I had received notification about Pop Lock & Shop It - a fundraising event for the non-profit organization Mercy for Animals that was going on in downtown LA.
Mercy For Animals is an international non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies, founded in October 1999.
Believing that a humane society is possible. They are committed to reducing the greatest amount of suffering for the largest number of animals. Our efforts focus on protecting farmed animals—the most abused and exploited animals on the planet—and utilize a broad range of strategic approaches that seek to expose cruelty, prosecute abusers, and inspire consumers to make compassionate food choices. They are on the frontlines fighting to protect farmed animals. From factory farms to corporate boardrooms, courts of justice to courts of public opinion, MFA is there to speak up against cruelty, and for compassion. Shrouded in secrecy and hidden away from public scrutiny, industrial farms raise and kill 9 billion animals a year in the United States. But what are they trying to hide? MFA undercover investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses expose the brutal realities of this violent and cruel industry.
Not only was this a more than worth while cause for us to go and support but there were also a few vegan chefs there who were selling some of their NOMS that I was looking forward to trying (hence adding a 5th stop on my food crawl), plus other retail vendors that we could (and did) get some Christmas gift ideas for!
So before I go on, let me share with you some pictures of the yums and noms from our amazing Los Angeles food crawl:
POP LOCK & SHOP IT
And before our last stop which would be dinner, we had a lovely shopping excursion at the Huntington Library and Gardens store where each of us found a number of fabulous gifts for giving!
What a great day if I may say so myself.
Today we are off to Pretend City in Irvine for the kids to sing and dance with the International Peace Choir in a Holiday performance, ad then off to do more Christmas shopping we will go, lunch at Sea Birds Kitchen and then off to the races at K1. Have I had a busy weekend? YES. But loving every minute of it!