’Tis the season for picnicking. This year, fill your basket with gourmet goodies from The Market at Santa Monica Place. There’s not a PB&J or carton of warm potato salad in the lot.
Pick up a Boxsal recycled cardboard picnic box at wine-cum-gift shop Venokado. The lightweight contraptions come with compostable utensils, trays, and napkins, as well as modular compartments for easy packing. Choose between quirky designs Urban Picnic (a boom box) and Today’s Date (a paint-by-numbers drawing). Fancy some vino-fication? Grab a pouch of Clif Climber chardonnay. Should the occasion arise, it floats.
The Missing Link
Cheese and cured meats: the backbone of any successful picnic. Stock up on both at Norcino Salumeria Cheese Bar. Pair Fra’Mani’s spicy salametto piccante with a round of Cowgirl Creamery’s smoky, artichoke-flavored St. Pat. Or get cold cuts (prosciutto, salami) and Toma Alta Langa goat cheese at the deli counter.
The Earl of Sandwich
Restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner has perfected the bread-meat-condiment ratio. His Röckenwagner Bakery offers an assortment of sliders (veal sausage with spicy slaw, pulled pork with pickled carrots, and turkey meatballs) served on house-made bread.
Proust’s much-contemplated madeleine comes dipped in chocolate at L’Artisan du Chocolat (same goes for market-fresh strawberries). If you’re worried about melting, opt for macarons in flavors like creme brulee and rose water.
Pack it up; pack it in.
The Market at Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, between Second and Third Streets, Santa Monica (310-260-8333 or themarketsmp.com). For more picnic ideas, check out our Party Time flipbook.
Photo: Courtesy of Venokado
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