Sunday morning, I awoke thinking about Sunday dinner. We had tickets to Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks at the Hollywood Bowl. Larry is Mr. Ticket; if a concert is coming to LA, he’s all over it. I’m not such a die-hard concert-goer; I love to picnic, however. He loves concerts but loathes the parking. Our strategy after three+ decades of marriage has evolved…
STRATEGY #1 – Park & Ride. LA is a traffic nightmare; Larry wants a quick concert departure, we aim to arrive 90+ minutes early. Our Park & Ride bus is from the Federal Building on Wilshire at Veteran, big free parking lot. Buy tickets online (“cash” people wait for empty seats); leave home at 4 PM to get on the first bus. $5 per seat round-trip.
STRATEGY #2 – not green, but for two of us at the Bowl, disposables (vs. picnic basket/tablecloth/candles procedure with friends). Everything pre-cut in bite sizes, baggied. Larry will carry a picnic One-Way, and hit the recycle bin and trash barrel before the music starts. The instant the show ends, we BOLT to the first bus. Anything weighing ME down, like a basket, I’m dead meat.
STRATEGY #3 (OTHER VENUES) – Just be early. The Greek Theater can be an easy exit; arrive right before they open the stacked parking, which is four or five lanes pointing down a long hill. That gets you one of the front spaces. Relax, picnic on a nearby table, put all back in the trunk, hit the show. Exit quickly, or you hold up the line.
STRATEGY #4 – simple is still special. It’s countdown for my Camp Blogaway Bootcamp for Food & Recipe Bloggers. So, Sunday was a simple chopped salad. No deli for picnics, takes all the fun out of it. I used an Asian vinegar-based dipping sauce to marinate the chicken for an hour (unrefrigerated), then grilled and chilled.
What’s In Our Bag At The Hollywood Bowl
- Grilled chicken thighs, chilled and diced
- Chopped romaine lettuce
- Large avocado
- Tiny jar of vinaigrette
- Baby peeled carrots
- Larry’s Famous Brownies
- Sturdy disposable plates (lap eating), forks, knives, cups, napkins
- Wet paper towels in a baggie for cleanup
- Bottle of water
- Bottle of chilled chardonnay, uncorked – friendly security people come around at the Hollywood Bowl and put wrist bands on age-approved drinkers. Strangely, at this concert, they never asked anyone for ID. Maybe the sea of gray hair had something to do with that.