July 4th falling on a Wednesday is quite the shame. Those who have more of the traditional work schedules all of a sudden do not have a 3 or 4 day weekend. On top of that, you need to monitor that consumption to make it to work the next day.
Still, it is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, I love all the summer holidays more than the traditional ones that everyone seem to enjoy. Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day are my jam. There’s nothing that says summer like a good cook out and a pool party. Quite frankly, I’m not sure there’s anything more American.
Now BBQing in Los Angeles can be tricky. I learned that when I hosted my first BBQ here almost five years ago. I’ve been here now almost 10, but usually I’m going to a BBQ and not hosting one. It was that fateful day when I bought what I thought was plenty of food and beer to only realize that in LA a BBQ cannot just be limited to hot dogs and hamburgers (I even had veggie burgers and tofu on skewers), but one needs to keep in mind the vegans, gluten-free, paleo, and you name it eaters out there. Yes, here in LA, everyone has some type of eating restriction and will need some type of modification.
So while shopping yesterday, my shopping cart looked like it was having an identity crisis:
Sirloin beef burgers, Beyond Plant-based burgers, whole wheat buns, beer, champagne, water, watermelon, organic tomatoes and spinach, dairy free ice cream, chips, and guacamole. My BFF who hosted the BBQ had shrimp, plenty of veggies, and vegetable dumplings for food options and chambucha (champagne kombucha). Now you can’t tell me that you won’t be able to eat anything at this BBQ.