When I am in Paris, one of my favorite things to do is text friends and have an impromptu picnic on the Seine. It is easy to do with fromageries and boulangeries all around. If you can't make it to Paris this Summer or this year, you can always instantly transport yourself to Paris with a Parisian picnic in your back or front yard. I had a work colleague coming over to shoot a few things with her granola so we decided to make a picnic out of it.
I had the cheese in my fridge from a shoot last week but it isn't out of character to have a few cheeses on hand. I am on a first name basis with my cheesemonger at my grocery store.
We have a Farmers Market called Green City close by and I am there at least once a week so I picked up a few things during my visit. I typically get my berries/fruit from Klug Farm. This week, it was blueberries and raspberries. The woman was sweet enough to show me the apricots which instantly won me over by their color. They are delicious and I am enjoying a few for breakfast while I type.
I used everything I had laying around the house and the fridge to create this little impromtu picnic.
antique silverware provided by Jamie
Whispering Angel was our rosé of choice.
The picnic basket was a gift from my friend Kat for my birthday
I made the madeleines from La Cuisine Recipe (6 ingredients so easy)
In Chicago, I will pick up cheese from Plum Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joes or Pastoral is a great local option.
The chocolate truffles are from a local chocolate company in Chicago called Vosges Chocolate inspired by Place des Vosges. My house is filled with their chocolates because they are so good and I also do some work for them so it is one of the job perks.
For the bread, we picked it up at the local farmers market from Benninsons. The croissant and the baguette were fabulous. I typically get mine from La Fournette but the farmers market was convenient in the morning when picking up fresh berries.
Are you a fan of picnics like me? I am already planning one in October for my next trip to Paris. Fingers crossed the weather is still mild enough to sit by the Seine.
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