J’aime les pique-niques. At home or on vacation, there’s something about stretching out on the grass with good food and good company. Better than a dinner at the fanciest 5-star restaurant, these impromptu picnics are among some of my best memories.
Picnic Rule #1: Always bring champagne. And preferably strawberries to put in the champagne.
Picnic Rule #2: When in doubt, always buy more food than you think you need. Who doesn't love leftovers? A baguette, salami, cheese, fruit and crackers are easy to save for another day, even if you're staying in a hotel room.
Picnic Rule #3: If you don’t feel like making your own food, buy sandwiches from a nearby deli. Or buy soup in a bread bowl like my friend Katie :)
Picnic Rule #4: Hipster or not, mason jars are useful containers for everything from wine to salad.
Picnic Rule #5: Bring a pocket knife. Growing up, my dad would always bring “the tool” (a Swiss Army knife) along on our travels. He’d bring it out for all those times we ate a meal in a hotel room or a city park. He loved to make a big show about all the features. All of a sudden my dad went into super salesman mode. Kara and I would roll our eyes in between giggles as we watched. The scissors can cut open packages! The serrated knife can slice even the crustiest of baguettes with ease! Antics aside, my dad was right. You never realize how many kitchen tools you actually use to prepare a meal until you are sans cuisine.
So to sum it up, make sure you have good wine and bread. These picnic staples are the foundation of any outdoor meal, even if you find yourself hiking in the French Alps.
Et vous? Do you like to picnic? What are some of your favorite spots or traditions?