Where the wild things are…
June 20, 2010 § 13 Comments
First of all, a big shout-out to all the dads in the world! It’s kind of weird for me to celebrate Father’s Day today since in Taiwan, Father’s Day isn’t till August 8. Why? In Mandarin, the number eight is pronounced “ba.” So, August 8 = 8/8=ba-ba. Clever right?
Since it’s a beautiful Sunday, the boyfriend and I decided to head over to the Los Angeles Zoo. Of course there was some noshing & munching to fill our bellies before some wild animal actions!
We bought a $20 coupon for $40 worth of food + drink at Cayenne Cafe from Living Social a few weeks ago, and decided today was the day to use it! Since most food items are $10-$15, we spent alot on drinks + dessert.
I ordered a cooling Moroccan Mint Tea and Vegetable Valencia:
A ridiculously large salad consisting of greens, grilled eggplants, grilled zucchinis, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, herbs, roasted peppers, and mozzarella.
Mr. Dman ordered a hot chocolate and Pizza Calabra.
Mozzarella, artichokes, sundried & fresh tomato, olives, peppers, mushrooms and herbs. Best damn pizza EVER!
For dessert, Dmitri ordered his favorite:
Soooo good! I had about 1/4 of it. The berry sauce was actually warm, which contrasted perfectly with the cold, creamy cheesecake.
I managed to polish 2/3 of my salad, the rest was packed into this cute box and bag:
GREAT service , GREAT food, FIVE STAR OVERALL! 😀
What perfect way to walk those food bellies off than a stroll in the zoo? Bear with me (pun intended!), there are lots of pictures to come. I probably took 50 more than shown here, but these are my faves!
This little guy was really vain. He was literally half a foot away from me, and just kept sticking his head in front of my lens. He stood there for about 2 min or so, and I snapped a good dozen pictures of him.
Did I just hear Hakuna Matata? 🙂
A bunch of chillin’ chimps. 😉
After a little bit too much sun a lots of walking, we came home with tired legs and hungry tummies! Dinner tonight featured Mama Pea’s Tofu Ricotta Gnocchi that I cooked up yesterday. I followed the recipe except mine wasn’t vegan. I used real ricotta instead of Tofutti Cream Cheese, and substituted parmesan for nutritional yeast.
Holy yum! I need to make more of this!
Post-dinner I settled happily with the HUGE bag of old-fashioned kettle corn that I got for $5 from the zoo!
Happy me 🙂
Despite the fact that I enjoyed admiring all these animals and learning about them, I realized today that my feelings toward the zoo has changed since I was little. When I was younger, I didn’t give too much thought about those animals behind the bars, and I just dwelled in my own pleasure. Today I felt pity towards the animals, cooped up behind glass walls, bars, or nets in areas as small as four square feet.
Everyday they have to deal with kids screaming at them to move, or people banging on the glass walls. I couldn’t help but wonder whether the animals themselves miss or remember what it was like out in the wild. Granted, some animals in the zoo were considered endangered, and thus the zoo kind of acts like a sanctuary for them. But the other animals? The orangutan clinging by the bar shown above was a sad-looking fellow. I was looking at it for a full 2 minutes, at its wistful looking eyes. The black bear above also looked very lonely. It was resting in its cave when I came around. When it finally poked its head out, the other zoo-goers were yelling at it: “Come out come out! Come on!“. Okay, since when did we get to decide whether the animal should rest or not? Since when did humans get the right to yell at animals?
Some of the animals have the ability to run up to 80 km/hr, or jump as high as 5 feet. But where in the zoo can they (re)discover their own capabilities? Where are they supposed to roam free?
It was a fun day and I didn’t mean to end on a downer-note. But I couldn’t help but wonder.
+ Popcorn: butter or kettle? I’m a huge kettle corn fan all the way! I don’t really like the heavier, buttery popcorn that my boyfriends looooovvesss.