Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lots of walking and a yummy salad

Quinoa and Arugula Salad

1 c pre-cooked quinoa

2 portions arugula

1/2 oz red onions, sliced

1 Tbl sun-dried tomatoes

1/3 c blanched asparagus

1 1/2 fl. oz champagne vinaigrette

2 tsp toasted pine nuts

2 Tbl feta cheese crumbles

1. Toss all ingredients together, except the garnish

2. Evenly distribute feta cheese crumbles over the salad


While we were in St. Louis, we ate at

and this is where I had the quinoa salad….delish!

Imagine my delight when I found the recipe on-line….

definitely going to try and re-create this! (just got some fresh

arugula at the farmers market)

The other “new” thing we had while we were there was their

white corn and guacamole appetizer.

I found an imitation recipe of this on the net HERE and we’re

going to try and re-create that this weekend.

Kenny has already  bought all of the ingredients!


So enough about food, am I the only one who looks forward

to going on vacation just to eat?!

The 2nd day in St. Louis we decided to go to the zoo.  The forecast was

predicting a high of 86….sounds perfect!

And it was, until we got to the zoo and looked and looked for a place

to park…..we finely found a place near the art museum which is a bit of a hike,

but what the heck, it was a nice day.

Here are a few pics of the animals at the zoo….I didn’t take a lot because I was

totally caught up in watching the animals….I love a zoo!


How funny is this! We spent quite a bit of time watching the chimpanzees

and the gorillas….still amazed at just how large they are!





These next creatures were my favorites! I think they

are called okapis…..they look like they would be

related to the zebras, but they are actually more

closely related to giraffes.


This pair was so sweet, they were always “kissing”

or grooming each other.


There was also a herd of elephants, complete with babies

and toddlers.


Of all of my pictures, this one is probably the best,

of course it’s easier to get closer to butterflies than elephants!


By the time we left the zoo, we were starving….yeah,

I know, big surprise!

We trekked to the boathouse for lunch and cocktails…

it was fun to sit and watch the people in paddle boats and

the various birds that were quite brave, trying to get a bite

to eat.


This egret was quite smart and fun to watch. He would wait for

people to throw bread for the ducks in the water and then

when fish would come up to the surface he would dive down and grab the fish and

swallow them whole….it was so fascinating to watch

him in action.


After lunch we decided we would trek even further and visit

the Jewel Box….what a beautiful Art Deco building!


Again, so much beautiful statuary in the park.


On the way back to our car, we had to trek up this

hill in front of the art museum….it may not look very steep in

the picture, but at the end of the day, it felt REALLY steep.

On the way up the hill, I told Kenny that I didn’t think we had walked

this much together in our 17 years of being married as we did on this day.

He agreed….

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