It may be just me, but I’m feeling like it’s finally getting slightly cooler outside (if only this crazy weather would sort itself out) and I’m almost ready to give mother nature another chance after our scorching hot summer. Nobody should be surprised that it gets to be like 100 degrees with 100% humidity, but every year it seems as though we couldn’t even prepare for that melting heat. Thankfully more bearable nights are on their way (knock on wood) which also make for some great picnic afternoons!
I’m all about utility and style, so the picnic basket is where it’s at! You can basically shove those things slam full of delicious food and (most importantly) wine or champagne. Picnics are all about great conversation and beautiful scenery; so don’t be afraid to make your al fresco dining experience as cute-looking or as fancy as you want.
As far as traveling with and storing foods in a wicker basket, I’d say that it’s always best to prepare some “grab + go” mini-meals ahead of time for your outdoor feast. Caprese salad kabobs that can store in a Tupperware container sound amazing, as do bags of almonds or fresh cherries for little mess and tons of flavor. I’m also a huge fan of cheese, so bring a few of your favorites and some crackers for a delicious cheese tasting later in the evening.
In my opinion, it’s always nice to bring some first-world civilization with you to the outdoors. Backpacking would probably not be the best activity for me, since I’d need to bring everything besides the kitchen sink with me, you know – just in case. Anyway, plenty of blankets, throw pillows, napkins and dishes are a must for any camping or picnic adventure, and I’d definitely recommend using real flatware and cloth tea towels instead of those plastic forks and knives or paper towels.
Without a doubt, I’d say that the most important part of any picnic meal would be perfecting the good ‘ole sandwich. Get some thinly sliced cold cuts and cheeses from your favorite deli, prepare your condiments separately in little jars instead of slapping it on ahead of time, and above all else – use the best bread possible! I’m a lover of most French breads (as professed in my Paris post here) and not only is baguette délicieux, but it’ll also provide a sturdy shelter for your susceptible submarine from any travel-related picnic mishaps.
Great picnics are all in the details and are all about forethought, so go all out and make it a meal to remember! Above all else, relax while spending a few hours soaking up the scenery, enjoying great food with even better company.
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