Usually, we can’t think of too many things we enjoy more than a good meal. But when the weather is this gorgeous, the answer is easy: a good meal enjoyed outdoors. At Artizone, we’re all about the art of the perfect picnic. But you won’t find any sad pasta salads or greasy chips in our basket. Here are some recommendations for a healthful and happy “en plein air” dining experience.
For the purposes of a picnic, the sandwich is the world’s perfect food. Once they’re packed, there’s minimal muss or fuss. To build a sensational sammy, start with good bread. We like Empire Baking Company’s Hippie Health Loaf. From there fill it with anything you wish. You might pair Hook’s 10 Year cheese, available from Scardello, with the roasted turkey breast from Hirsch’s Specialty Meats and your favorite condiments. Empire’s creamy peanut butter and Texas Honeybee Guild‘s Honeycomb is another winning combination. Or slather on some of Hope Hummus’ Organic Spicy Avocado Hummus, available from Green Grocer, and pile on your favorites from the produce aisle for a delectable veggie option.
Next, tasty sides are a must. True to what its name implies, Ruth’s Traditional Potato Salad, available from Butterfield Gourmet, is a true classic. For something a little different, the Cauliflower Salad from Merlin’s Baking & Catering is a deliciously tangy treat.
Dips and some crunchy nosh are also picnic must-haves. Try Merlin’s Sample Dip Box, which features an assortment of dips such as the Carrot Dip, Chickpea Hummus, Eggplant Dip and Lentil Hummus. Some baby carrots, raw broccoli florets, pita chips and veggie chips round out the spread nicely. Chef Milton‘s Mixed Nuts are just the right blend of sweet and spicy for another tasty picnic addition. Don’t forget to pack along some of your favorite fruits, pre-washed and sliced as necessary.
As far as beverages go, red wine doesn’t have to be chilled — just don’t forget your corkscrew! Rowdier bunches might prefer canned beer, and Boddington’s Pub Ale from Dallas Fine Wine & Spirits is a good one. Of course, hydration always is important, so don’t forget plenty of H2O.
Save room for dessert? Indulge guiltlessly with Kessler Cookie Company‘s Oatmeal Toffee Bars or HANK Dessert Bars’ Garden Bliss, a gluten-free dessert that combines the flavors of carrot cake, lavender and hazelnut.
Now grab a big blanket, a Frisbee and some sunscreen and you’re good to go!