We’ve Got It All Wrong

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“A case of the Mondays.” “Back to the grind.” “Manic Monday.” “The Monday blues.” “I hate Mondays,” (yes, I just quoted Garfield.) Nobody really likes Monday. But, I’ve realized, we’ve got it all wrong.

Everyone loves New Years!!! They get dressed in their finest to go out and paint the town or hit up the glorious parties. They make resolutions to have a better year. They pledge to lose weight or start a new hobby or start being nicer to their cranky old neighbor. People live for all of that crap retrospective evaluation for New Years.

So, why not celebrate New Week? Mondays don’t have to suck. Make a plan to do just one teeny new thing each week. Or to not do something. Buy a coffee for your co-worker on Monday. Indulge in a bubble bath. Don’t eat that doughnut. Run an extra mile. Bake cookies for that cranky old neighbor. Whatever it is, you should thank Monday for it!

Put your chin up, your shoulders back, look that Monday squarely in the eye each week and GO FOR IT…

Smokey Bones!

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Y’all know I love a great outdoor festival. And good food. And beer. And day drinking. We’ve got another fun one this weekend! The Long Beach BBQ Festival is today and tomorrow at Rainbow Lagoon.

Ribs, chicken, sausages, pulled pork, ti-tip all cooked slowly to perfection with that smoky goodness. There’s a competition, too. So, these are national award winning chefs and grillers serving up their best grub. Beer and wine. Live music. And a kids zone.

So slather on your sunscreen and grab some extra napkins and enjoy this beautiful California day…

I Scream, You Scream…

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Another scorcher today, folks! I had ice cream for lunch. I’ll admit, it’s not the first time that has ever happened. A friend of mine told me about the free ice cream offer on Postmates. You could get chocolate, vanilla or “surprise me.” I like both chocolate and vanilla, so I picked surprise because I figured I’d be happy with either. And boy, was I surprised!!! I have never had this flavor, and it is crazy. But, I digress…

Postmates. I’ve heard of it in LA, but didn’t know much about it. I guess they recently opened their market to Long Beach. From what I understand, they will deliver pretty much anything. Food from places that don’t normally deliver. Can you imagine Starbucks coming straight to your door? Or Taco Bell?! Or what about that day you were doing laundry in your underwear (because you had no clean clothes) and ran out of laundry detergent? Had you known about Postmates, you wouldn’t have had to run out to 7-11 in your bathing suit.

This is only the first time I’ve used it, but will definitely keep it in mind. I just thought you’d like to know about it in case it was too hot today and you needed something…

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger!

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Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger! Who doesn’t love that old SNL skit?! Apparently, today is National Burger Day. I’ve said it before, I don’t know where these “Days” come from, but I’ll take it! I love a good burger: beef, bison, lamb, turkey, even salmon. There’s something about the simplicity of it. A crusty char on the outside of the patty, tender and juicy meat inside. A soft roll that has been lightly toasted. The toppings can get tricky, but I try to keep them simple. There is always cheese.

There are a bunch of fantastic eateries in BS where you can score a good burger. You can hang out by the pier at Belmont Brewing Company and enjoy your burger while the sun sets. You can people watch on 2nd Street at Tavern on 2, Simmzy’s, or Riley’s. You can get it topped with deli pastrami and coleslaw at Brix (that one is Mr.’s favorite!)

There are plenty of other great burgers here, too. These are just a few of my favorites. The trouble is going to be which one to choose…

Dog Days of Summer

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Today is National Dog Day! I have actually never owned a dog. As a child, my mom was allergic; afterwards, I always lived in apartments. The little girl frolicking in this photo might as well be mine, though. We lived together for a couple of years. She thinks of me as her momma, and the feeling is mutual.

One of her favorite places to play is at Rosie’s Dog Beach. Rosie’s is the only legal dog beach in all of L.A. County. And, it’s right here in Belmont Shore! Located on the water at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd. (between Roycroft and Granada,) Rosie’s encompasses 4.1 acres of beach for pups and their humans to run, fetch, dig, roll, swim and more!

Occasionally, there will be a dog meet-up: Frenchie Day, Bulldog Day, etc. Dogs come from all over Southern California to meet and revel in the joys of being able to run free on the beach. What a sight to see those hundreds of dogs!

Whether it’s with a bevy of alike breeds, or just a random afternoon, ya’ gotta’ make sure to take your furry friend to Dog Beach. They will love it. They will thank you for it…

Surf’s (not) Up!

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I noticed on Google that today marks the birth date of the legendary surfer, Duke Kahanamoku and it got me thinking about surfing. I’m not a surfer. I’m lucky I can stand up straight on solid ground without falling over. Seriously, it has happened.

But, I know that there was surf in Long Beach way back when (that is a historical era, ya’ know.) I have seen old-timey photos of people surfing here, crowded beaches, a roller coaster at the Pike. Then, I know that the breakwater was built during World War II as a defense against submarines and torpedoes. And that stole the waves from our beaches.

As far as I know, that War ended a while back, and I’m not aware of any more submarines haunting the waters of the California coast. Can we get rid of that breakwater? I know a lot of people feel it is depriving the shore of the natural waves and all of the beneficial properties they bring. I’m not going to get into that. You can Google “Sink the Breakwater” and find many discussions on the pros and cons.

I just can’t help but wonder what BS would be like if it was a surfing town again…

Beer Here!

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Mr. and I went to Taste of Brews yesterday. I think it’s my favorite non-BS event of the year. (Actually, don’t tell anybody, but it’s simply my favorite event of the year.)

Your ticket gets you either 3 hours or 4 hours of unlimited tasting. Guess which one we chose?! There is a fantastic assortment of craft breweries, and you get a mini-mug for your samples. Food trucks are scattered throughout the area. Free water (it gets hot out there!) Two live bands. I have to give a shout out to RedEye Redemption, a kind of reggae/ska/rock band who was performing there. Think Sublime or The Dirty Heads.

And, the venue. It’s at Lighthouse Park (officially known as Shoreline Aquatic Park,) so it’s just a short Uber ride from BS. You are on this beautiful little island, surrounded by water, just under the lighthouse. You get to wander around for 4 hours, drinking unlimited samples of delicious beer. You can get yummy snacks from the food trucks. There’s live music playing in the background. It doesn’t get any better than that. I only wish they held it more than once a year…

Aloha!

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I almost forgot! This weekend is the Tiki Beach Festival. This is a fun one, kids. And it’s free. oh yeah!

The weather has cooled off a bit, and it’ll be a great weekend to drag your beach chairs over to Granada Beach and spend the day there. You will definitely be entertained by the Polynesian dancers and island music. For the shopper in you (admit it!,) there will be crafters and vendors. And of course, food booths. Hawaiian BBQ, anyone? yum.

You gotta’ make sure you are there on Saturday evening for the “Night of Fire.” Cool stuff. And, Sunday morning at sunrise is a Hula praise and worship service. I have never been to that, but it sounds uplifting.

So get out your grass skirts and your coconut bras, and don’t forget the sunscreen…

Grazing

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Guys, please tell me you have been to Stroll and Savor! It’s kinda like one of those “Taste Of…” things. It costs $10 for a sheet of 12 tickets. Something like 40+ restaurants set up out on the sidewalk, and you get to Stroll down 2nd Street and Savor samples of their food. Musical entertainment is provided by local bands on a couple of the side streets.

Now, this is a superb event for both regulars and newbies. If you aren’t  familiar with all of the restaurants, you can explore the food options from many of the establishments. Greek, Mexican, Thai, American, and everything in between. Plus sweets too. If you are familiar with the restaurants, and you just like to graze nibble (like me,) this is the perfect opportunity!

It takes place from 5:30 – 9:00. We like to go early and have a few adult beverages before hand. We also like to make some adult beverage pit stops in between Savoring. Ya’ gotta’ stay hydrated. I can’t tell you what is a must-try. It’s all yummy. Although I always end up getting a piece of that delicious pizza from Domenico’s (see my IG.) Some of the places even bust out some food that’s not on their regular menu.

It’s Wednesdays and Thursdays once a month in the Summer. There is only one more left! I didn’t see you there last night, so I’m assuming you’re going tonight…

Wing Nut

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Cover anything in buffalo sauce, and I will probably eat it. Well, maybe not mushrooms, but anything else. Point is, I love it! The spicier, the better. Let me tell you, Dogz has THE BEST wings, hands down! (I always thought that idiom came from poker, but apparently, has its origins in horse racing. huh.)

They’re meaty. They’re crispy. They’re saucy. They’re spicy. All of these are imperative for delectable wings. They could be a tad spicier, but they do have great flavor with a bit of kick.

Wednesdays are Wingzdays. $0.50 a piece. Yeah, pretty good deal. Plus they have a ton of other mouth-watering snacks. I highly suggest the mini corndogs. Oh, and Happy Hour is from 4:00 – 7:00 every day. Every. day. They have a range of beers; that’s a Racer 5 IPA peeking out in the top corner. And one particular bartender (sorry, I can’t give away all of my secrets!) makes some mean cocktails.

So, finish up what you’re doing and head down the street. Don’t worry, I saved you some…