My husband and I took our dog, Xanh, (who just turned a year old last month) to Citygarden in downtown St. Louis today for a picnic. It was HOT, so it was the perfect day for Xanh to play in the spray plaza (one of those areas where water sprays up at different intervals out of the ground). He’s never been near a spray plaza before, so he wasn’t sure what to think at first, but he ended up really enjoying it–especially since he could drink as much water as he wanted in this 90 degree weather. We had a great time! Xanh LOVES going to crowded areas, because he loves people and he loves dogs. It always makes me laugh to see him, this ginormous pitbull, sit and wag his tail when other dogs come around. So much for the vicious pitbull persona. In fact, he tends to be the most well-behaved dog at these places. (Of course we do a LOT of training with him to make that happen.)
Anyway, enough about my little guy. Now to the food!
This morning I cooked our favorite veggie burgers. The recipe comes from ohsheglows. This is seriously the best veggie burger recipe I’ve come across. They are nice and crispy, work just as well with grilling, frying, or baking, and have great flavor. I highly recommend them for your summer grilling needs. I put vegan rice cheese on our burgers with a little ketchup. Perfection! I also put together a salad with poppy seed dressing and a mixture of strawberries and red grapes.
Ready to go!!
We made a short video of Xanh playing in the spray plaza, but I haven’t had time to edit it yet. Maybe I’ll post that video another time. After playing in the water and going for a walk through the park, we got our lunch from the car and found a nice shady spot to sit and eat lunch.
Xanh really enjoyed rolling around in the grass to cool off.
If any of you live in the St. Louis area, you should definitely check out Citygarden. The unique sculptures, pools, and water features make it a nice place to go for a stroll or have a picnic. I am so excited to finally have some sunshine and warm weather this week! This spring has had the longest rainy season I ever remember having around here. I hope the sun is here to stay!