This was “back to school” week for many people and, while I didn’t get the school-time jitters like I used to, I got the nagging feeling that summer has been slipping through my fingers more quickly than I’d realized. Having spent last weekend at the beach and in the pool (and very fortunately getting to do the same this weekend), I am longing for summer to stretch just a little bit further than usual. One of my favorite ways to enjoy summertime is to dine al fresco. When I was a little girl, my granny would invite me to dine “al fresco” with her on our porch, her porch, on a blanket in a backyard, in a park…I could go on and on. It didn’t matter where we ate, as long as we were enjoying the healing powers of nature.
This week, I found a great little market near the entrance to the 6 train, Butterfield Market. I picked up three sandwiches (2 were half priced b/c I bought them after 6pm), a peach, a nectarine, spring water, and dark chocolate. I packed up the picnic basket my parents gave us as a wedding present and we grabbed a chilled bottle of sauvignon blanc on the way to the East River Promenade for our picnic.
The Huz enjoyed a traditional tomato, basil and mozzarella sandwich while I had half a sandwich with grilled chicken, sliced avocado, white onion, lettuce and fresh alfalfa sprouts on seven grain bread.
We had such a nice time relaxing in the fresh green grass, snuggled up on our towel for a few minutes and smiled at our adorable puppy.
At home, I had a peach and a few pieces of dark chocolate for dessert and we went to sleep that night refreshed and relaxed by the wonderful power of the outdoors.
When is the last time you had a picnic?