Tomorrow’s date will comprise the third picnic of my Great Date Experiment. Despite my evident experience with all things al fresco, I’m in a bit of a quandary about the logistics.
This is because I’ve volunteered to prepare our lunch. And while there are few things I enjoy more than packing a picnic lunch (seriously, I have a special bag with special “travel” wine glasses and everything), I’m stuck.
My initial plan was to head over to Whole Foods today and pick up a box of brown rice California rolls (as both The Wedding Date and I love sushi), whip up a little hummus-and-veggie crudités and finish everything off with some chocolate chip cookies and a thermos of hot chocolate.
But then I relayed this plan to my mother over dinner last night and she was aghast.
“You’ve forgotten the most important part!”
“Oh… wine. Yeah, I guess. But we’re having a picnic lunch. I don’t want him to think I’m a total lush.”
“I wasn’t talking about wine,” she replied. “I was talking about bread. And cheese. You can’t have a picnic without bread and cheese.”
I’ve spent enough time Eurailing to know that she’s absolutely right. Man cannot live by bread alone— but he can if there’s cheese involved.
So maybe I should nix the sushi and go for a loaf of artisan bread and a portable cheese board instead?
I should mention that we’re also planning to go to the movies afterward, and possibly to dinner, and possibly to a coffee shop, so we’ll probably end up eating at 90 minute intervals throughout the course of afternoon (which is, quite frankly, perfecting fine by me).
Plus our “hike” is more “nature park stroll” than “Appalachian trail” so I’m really more concerned with ambiance than our actual caloric intake. (Which is why I’m not going to bother with trail mix. When I suggested we go hiking, I forgot that there aren’t actually any mountains in central New Jersey…)
So… to all the gourmands out there, any advice?
- How to Choose the Picnic Set That’s Right for You! (ourfamilypicnics.wordpress.com)
- 5 Most Scrumptious Markets in France (thedailymeal.com)