Seattle: What’s in your picnic basket?

I won’t talk about the music at Zootunes because possibly anyone could do that better than me. Arlo Guthrie was awesome; apparently he has caved in to peer pressure, and sings Alice’s Restaurant on command, as well as all my other old favorites. Indigo Girls were great, especially the surprise appearance of Brandi Carlisle (the cheers from the audience were very obviously along the lines of Homegirl, you done good!). Opening act Danielle Howle was a real trooper under the blazing sun, not to mention very sweet and complimentary about our trees.

What I will talk about is the way Zootunes have fired up my imagination for bringing something nice to eat at a sunny venue with nice music and about a bazillion other people. I’ve resurrected my beat-up old red 6-can cooler, and been able to wedge the most amazing amount of food into it. A couple of half frozen bottles of water serve as “ice”. Some days I buy a container of sushi from somewhere. We’ve done Whole Foods’ garlic wine salami with some caprese salad. Their tofu salad or fruit salads are nice and light. Last week they had “organic lemonade” on sale, so I nabbed a bottle or two. I’ve bought a loaf of sourdough (no, it didn’t go in the cooler) and made spinach dip.

I’ve seen people bring in Zeek’s pizza. I watched a mother feed her toddler with lavash and hummus, and assorted crudite. And he ate it! Sorry to make you guys barf, but when I was 3, I would eat nothing but ketchup sandwiches on white bread with the crusts off. And look at me now! Still sneaking a ketchup sanger when no one’s looking.

Seattle, where are you going to eat, and what do you eat when you get there?

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