With the official first day of spring just days away and spring break drawing near, we’re in a picnic state of mind. We’ve been stalking the cherry blossoms in Golden Gate Park for weeks in the hopes of organizing our own little Hanami picnic (a Japanese cherry blossom viewing party), complete with bento boxes and handcrafted mochi from our favorite spot, Benkyo-Do in Japantown. Hopefully this year all our stars will align: the weather, our schedule, the blossoms….
So when the sun peeked out from behind the fog this week and my friend Rachel invited us to join her for a little impromptu picnicking at Land’s End, we were off in a flash. Rachel is what I’d call an expert picnicker — a lover of great food and always well appointed with the right piece of gear or gadget for any al fresco dining situation. In this case… her delicious homemade soup sipped with tiny silver spoons, a thermos of hot espresso for the adults, and some crunchy, crunchy apple slices for dessert — all magically seasoned by the sound of pounding surf and fresh Pacific ocean breezes. So casual, so simple, and just perfect.
Life is good…. and picnics are even better!
- Celebrate Spring with a Hanami Picnic over at the Kitchn
- Hunt for cherry blossoms in Saratoga: A Day Among the Blossoms at Hakone Gardens
- 101 Picnic Dishes to Make in 20 Minutes from the New York Times
- Check our some of our favorite portable picnic dishes in our “Picnic Time” recipe collection