Now that summer is here, it’s time to take advantage of the balmy weather and spend as much time as we can outside—including mealtime.
If you have a beautiful garden or deck space, these are the first spaces you should go for dining al fresco.
If you don’t, seek out a nearby green space. Neighborhood parks and arboretums are great options. Here in Seattle, some of my favorite spaces are Gasworks Park
and The Japanese Gardens.
Another place you might consider for a picnic is your local college campus. Universities often maintain gorgeous green spaces. Summertime, when most students have left and campus is quiet and empty, is the ideal moment to enjoy these beautiful public spaces.
This is Seattle’s gorgeous University of Washington campus:
When mid summer hits, it’s broiling hot, and the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or stove, consider making meals that require just a little bit of assembly.
At home, make a big salad with seasonal vegetables like tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, carrots, and green onions. At your favorite deli or market, buy a roast chicken or some good quality cold cuts.
To complete the menu, pre-make iced tea. Set aside some of the brew and freeze it into iced tea ice cubes, which you can add to the pitcher when you’re ready to enjoy the drink with your meal.
Or, make Sangria with seasonal fruit for a refreshing option that’s a little more festive.
Now, you have a complete, low-stress, easy meal to take outside.
Enjoy. And don’t forget the sunscreen!