It was recently brought to my attention that in over five years of writing this blog, I have yet to highlight September’s roster of free Lawn Programs at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
Having no desire to bite the hand that feeds me (literally), I simply overlooked them amid Balboa Park’s many other fall activities, including the popular Top Dog Photo Contest (more on that later this month).
In fact, it would be quite impossible for me to play favorites when it comes to the 32 “houses” that take turns hosting the Sunday afternoon cultural extravaganzas at 2pm from March through October. You see, unlike some of my feline friends, I’m not what you’d call a finicky eater. For an old hound like me, variety is the spice of life, and I look forward to trying out gourmet twists on my four favorite food groups: beef, chicken, pork, and fish, every week.
For example, I could never turn my snout up at the deep fried meat turnovers and codfish fritters served up by the House of Puerto Rico this Sunday, September 8. Not to mention, these and other tasty treats will be complemented by colorful cultural performances by the Areito Borincano Folkloric Dance Group of San Diego and musician/composer Manny Cepeda.
The following week, the House of Finland will warm my heart and tummy with crepes, baked goods, and lively Scandinavian dances on September 15. Then on September 22, the House of Turkey presents mouthwatering kabobs and baklavas, the first annual backgammon tournament, and belly dancing!
Speaking of spice, my “monthly world tour without leaving the Park” concludes on September 29 when the House of China serves barbeque beef skewers, rice, egg rolls, and noodles, alongside acrobatic lion dances. Let me repeat that: BARBEQUE BEEF SKEWERS. Definitely not playing favorites here.