beach picnic

How to Plan the Perfect Beach Picnic & My Picnic Essentials

I love a good beach picnic, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my tips on having a great beach picnic and my give you a list of my picnic essentials.  My first memories of picnics were with my parents in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco with some fresh sourdough and salami.  My idea of a picnic has changed a bit since then, but it’s always about good people, good food and good drinks.  I believe you can have a picnic almost anywhere, whether it's on the roof of your home or apartment building, at a local park or my favorite, on the beach.  I believe in doing some pre-planning before your beach picnic to make sure that you have the best experience.  Here are my tips: Bring a Good Cooler There are many on the market some very expensive (I’m looking at you Yeti) but you’re only going for the day not an African expedition. So I usually go with a standard cooler like a Coleman with wheels. Now they make some really advanced coolers with things like the Coolest Cooler that has wheels and a blender and solar power built right in. How to...Read More
Winery Picnic

Winery Picnic Tips and My Favorite Essentials

If you've seen my Instagram, you know that I love going wine tasting and I love a good winery picnic.  If you've ever been wine tasting, you probably noticed the strange phenomenon that wineries rarely have food.  If they do have food, they usually don't have much variety and it won't be gluten free (I'm gluten intolerant).  Therefore, I'm in the habit of packing a winery picnic when we go wine tasting.  I've packed quite a few at this point, so I know what works and what doesn't, so I'm pretty much an expert on how to pack a winery picnic. Here are my Winery Picnic Essentials: I decided that instead of buying a picnic table cover that I would simply re-purpose one of my Turkish beach towels. It can be very windy on a vineyard, so these colorful cloth napkins come in very handy. I love these great melamine salad plates and they all fit in the picnic basket. Pack an all purpose cutting board I love to bring music with me too, but make sure that you're not bothering other people.  I love this Beats Pill. I also really love my insulated picnic basket.  Not only does it hold...Read More