Behind the Scenes with Zip

Back in October, I had the delight of photographing Zip, an energetic border collie, as a Christmas present for one of his owners. I’ve held back posting some of his photos, wanting to wait until after the holidays to avoid spoiling Zip’s photo surprise.

I met Zip and his other owner in Davis, California at Northstar Park which provided a varied backdrop for our photos. The park features two ponds, large open green spaces, trails, sports fields, and more.

I had a wonderful time running around capturing Zip from different angles as he used his border collie stare to lock in on any one who daned to pass by β€” something I’m very familiar with thanks to my own border collie, Cooper. Can you tell which photos below he’s using the stare in?

We walked along the park’s main trail and stopped at different spots to take advantage of the park’s different looks. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the shoot below!

Open Orange County Restaurants

Hi Southern California, friends! This may not be dog-related, but it’s community-related so I’m still sharing! After struggling to find a list of restaurants in Orange County (specifically Anaheim area) still serving take-out and delivery, I’ve put this list together.

March 24 was called The Great American Takeout day in order to encourage the support of our local businesses during this very uncertain time of COVID-19. Many places are hoping it catches on every Tuesday. I hope this list helps you find a place to support Tuesdays and any days you need a break from cooking throughout this crisis.

I know there are many restaurants probably missing, and if you see one missing that you know is open for take-out or delivery, please send me an email at and I will add it to this list! Same goes with if you see a mistake. Things are changing rapidly so there’s a chance restaurant policy has changed since I put this together (yes, even just in the last few hours).

This list originally included national chains/fast food restaurants, but given how large it has become, I’ve decided to remove them and list mostly local businesses β€” especially since most chains are open, especially fast food drive-thrus.

UPDATE: OC Restaurant Association has a great website to help you find takeout in Orange County and nearby cities! You can also find restaurants on this Reddit thread!

List last updated on 3/31/2020. Click on the cities below for each one’s open restaurants.

Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, & Laguna Niguel


Brea & Yorba Linda

Buena Park 

Costa Mesa

Cypress & Los Alamitos

Dana Point, San Clemente, & San Juan Capistrano

Fountain Valley


Garden Grove

Huntington Beach

Irvine & Tustin

Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, & Rancho Santa Margarita

Newport BeachΒ 


Santa Ana

Restaurants with Several OC Locations

85C Bakery Cafe

Avila’s El Ranchito

BCD Tofu House

Board & Brew

First Class Pizza

Paris Baguette

Stacks Pancake House

Tan Hoang Huong Sandwiches

Have a pet and looking for open pet stores, groomers, and more? Check out our Open Pet Businesses in Orange County blog post.