Spring is officially here, and Sunday will finally feel like it. So it's time to trade in evenings spent dining by the fireplace for picnic baskets and sunny days. Fat City is here to help you choose the optimal springtime spread. Let's start by agreeing to avoid these outdoor-meal blunders.
5. Heavy foods. Packing for a picnic is not that much more
limiting than making dinner at home, but it does require giving more
thought to the atmosphere of your meal. Shoveling down a gravy-filled, pastry-encrusted potpie in the warm summer breeze is not the ideal way to enjoy an afternoon
in the park. Choose lighter options, such as a salad or a deli
4. Hard liquor. Unless you opt for a setup in
the backyard, you will probably be commuting to a public place to enjoy
your outdoor dining experience. Avoiding public intoxication (and, thus, having
to call a cab home) is recommended. Try going easy on a bottle of wine
3. Liquid dairy. Cheese is a must. But yogurt, milk
and any other dairy-aisle favorites that you don't want to hear in the
same sentence as the words warm and chunky? Best to leave those at
home in the refrigerator.
2. Dishes best served hot. You
prepared it, Tupperwared it, and packed it neatly under the
red-and-white-checked blanket in your picnic basket to keep it toasty.
By the time you get to the park and find the perfect spot, your
fettuccine Alfredo will be tepid, your garlic toast will be soggy, and
you'll be wishing you'd packed chips and a sandwich.
1. Anything with copious amounts of garlic or onion.
The weather is sunny and beautiful, and once you're done eating outside,
you'll probably be playing. Nobody wants to smell you running around,
sweating minced garlic from your pores as though you're trying to ward
off a sparkly vampire.