Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MLB Dog Days 2014

Photo taken during the White Sox game at US Cellular Field in 2009

***Updated for 2014***
For all of you baseball fans who are also dog lovers, did you know that a bunch of teams host a dog day each year?  Four years ago, as part of a PAWS fundraiser, I organized a group of 20+ of us to go to a White Sox "Dog Day" game.  The sad thing is  I only found out about the actual dog day event, where you can bring your dog to the game, about a month before, so all the dog tickets were all sold out, and Fudge C couldn't come with.  And, I was not able to bring him to the game the following year since we moved from Chicago to LA.  

However, I was very pleased to find out that they also have this event at the Dodger Stadium, as well as many more MLB venues.  2012's schedule won't work for us but I'll definitely be on the look out for next year's events! I'm excited that I can most probably take Fudge to a baseball game this year  I bought tickets for the Los Angeles Dodgers game on May 11 I had a great time at the Los Angeles Dodgers Bark in the Park last year! 
Here is the list of MLB Dog Days for 2014 (click on the links, in orange/grey, for more info):

* Arizona Diamondbacks "Bark in the Park" - Sundays: June 22 & September 14, 2014
* Atlanta Braves "Bark in the Park" - Sundays: April 27 & August 31, 2014
* Chicago White Sox "Dog Day"/"Bark at the Park" - Monday, April 28, & Monday, September 8, 2014 (Email Nick Fetchik (nfetchik@chisox.com) for PAWS Chicago fundraising tickets (note: this does not allow you to bring dogs to the game))
* Cincinnati Reds "Bark in the Park" - Monday, April 14, and Tuesdays, May 13, August 26, & September 23, 2014
* Cleveland Indians "Puppypalooza" - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 (Click here for the waiver form)
* Houston Astros "Dog Day at Minute Maid Park" - Sunday, April 27, 2014
* Kansas City Royals "Bark at the Park"Sunday, June 22, 2014
* Los Angeles Dodgers "Natural Balance Bark in the Park" - TBD
* Miami Marlins "Bark at the Park" - Sundays, June 22 & August 3, 2014 (click on individual dates for order forms)
* New York Mets "Bark at the Park" - Sunday, April 6, 2014, Saturday, April 19, & Sunday, May 11, 2014
* Oakland Athletics "Dog Day at the Park" - TBD
* Pittsburgh Pirates "Pup Night at PNC Park" - Tuesdays: April 22, May 6, May 20, June 17, July 1, July 22, August 5, August 19, August 26, 2014
* San Diego Padres "Dog Days" - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
* San Francisco Giants "Dog Days of Summer" - Saturday, August 30, 2014
* Seattle Mariners "Bark in the Park" - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 ***NEW in 2014***
* St. Louis Cardinals "Purina Pooches in the Ballpark" - Saturday, June 14, 2014
* Texas Rangers "Natural Balance Pet Foods Bark in the Park" - Thursday, June 5, 2014
* Washington Nationals "Pups in the Park" Saturdays: April 19 & May 17, 2014, Sundays: June 22 & September 7, 2014

Note: Read each team's policy - most require proof of vaccination, a signed liability waiver, as well as advance purchase of tickets for both yourself and your pooch.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

California Road Trippin' pt 4

The next morning, we started our day by driving around Monterey Bay's Cannery Row.  





We then proceeded to Pebble Beach's 17-mile drive on the Monterey Peninsula.  The 17-mile drive is the main road of a gated community, with an entrance fee of $9.75 per car.  The nice thing is that the toll can be applied to any purchase at a local restaurant or store within the community (which we didn't do as we had planned to do brunch somewhere else ... see details below).

We were greeted with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean.







We also loved seeing the abundance of wildlife.  Here is the Brandt's Cormorant.



Included in the toll fee is a map highlighting each scenic point and some background info.  The road itself has a marker guiding you along (as there are some confusing turns), and each scenic point has a clear sign (btw, the bird is real and happened to be posing on the Bird Rock sign for my camera :) ).  





This was one of my favourite stops because of all the birds and California Sea Lions.













If I played golf, this would probably be the place to be.



I have always had a fascination for artists painting nature.





With scenery like this, I would do the same if I was so artistically inclined!



Another favourite of this drive was the Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees







One of the more famous points, The Lone Cypress.







Other views at that stop.







Last pictures of the 17-mile drive, The Ghost Tree.





We moved along to brunch at Katy's Place in Carmel, CA, per recommendation from our friends, J&M, for the best eggs benedict.



It was a really cute breakfast/brunch spot.







We were definitely impressed with the food!  Here's the delicious French Toast with mixed berries.



And their specialty, Eggs Benedict (this is the Irish Benedict), was really good.



Next up, California Road Trippin' pt 5 ...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Virgin American Coupon Code

I have ONE Virgin America 15% off coupon code.  Leave me a comment if you want it.

Coupon code terms and conditions highlights: Must book by 11:59pm PT on 8/14/13, valid for travel 9/16/13-11/14/13 for non-refundable Main Cabin tickets.  Discount is not valid for travel on Fridays and Sundays.  Blackout dates are 10/11/13, 10/14/13, 11/8/13 & 11/11/13.  14 days advance purchase required.  Coupon code valid for itineraries up to 2 passengers and discount will be taken on base fare only.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

California Road Trippin' pt 3

Our first view of Santa Cruz was lovely and peaceful (that's the Santa Cruz Lighthouse in the background).


I wish I could be this lady and spending an afternoon relaxing and reading by the water.



We then hopped over to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  I was here in Santa Cruz more than 5 years ago for training, and it seemed like nothing had changed.



Welcome to America, land of DEEP FRIED EVERYTHING!  I wonder if they still had Twinkies at this point or just didn't change the sign (though, seems like Twinkies is now back in production!) ...


People enjoying the beach on a holiday weekend.





View of the Boardwalk from the Santa Cruz Wharf.
  



I love, love, love, marine life.  Here's some Sea Lions lazing on the dock.


And others in the water.



What a beautiful sunset over Lighthouse Point Park.



And, what a cute little town this is.




For our last stop for the day, we headed to Monterey, and went to the Fisherman's Wharf for dinner.


Known for their Monterey Style Clam Chowder, we chose Old Fisherman's Grotto as our dinner spot.  We snagged a table by the water and got to observe Jellyfish floating around.

  
Grape S ordered a super girly (but delicious) Piña Colada.


Here's the star of the night - their famous Clam Chowder (which is a lot bigger than it looks ... or rather, it was massive!)


My entree ... Calamari.


And Grape S' ... Seared Ahi Tuna.


Next up ... California Road Trippin' pt 4 ...
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