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Picnics To-Go

(LA Trend) — While the rest of the country is weathering unseasonable snow and chilly conditions, Los Angeles is enjoying a comfortable spring. Take advantage of the blissful outdoor weather and enjoy a socially-distanced outdoor picnic. Most public gardens are prohibiting picnics due to the pandemic but public parks and outdoor spaces are fair game as long as you follow social distancing.

The best part of packing a picnic is no one has to do the dishes. Check out these easy-to-order picnic pick-up options for your next date or family outing. Keep in mind that most restaurants require at least 24 hours advance notice to make your picnic plate or charcuterie board.

Thyme Cafe & Market in Sherman Oaks is known for its upscale boxed lunches. Don’t let the name fool you, these boxed lunches are nothing like the sad sandwiches you’d get at a corporate board meeting. Each box comes with your choice of a chocolate chip cookie or fudge walnut brownie and includes a sealed napkin and cutlery set. Choose from hearty sandwiches like prosciutto brie with arugula and butter on ficelle or roasted eggplant with mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, and pesto on ficelle.

Another standout in Sherman Oaks is Cheesemongers. Their classic picnic boards come with two kinds of cheese, one cured meat, cornichons, olives, dried fruit, and Marcona almonds. These staff-selected picnic boards are sure to be a hit but, if you have a craving for a particular item, be sure to order that separately. In-person shopping is unavailable during the pandemic but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite gourmet treats. Check what’s in stock on Cheesemonger’s website and place your pickup order by phone.

A popular choice for east sider food lovers, Milkfarm in Eagle Rock does not disappoint with its picnic offerings. This charming shop is a cut-to-order cheese shop and stocks international as well as locally-produced cheeses, meats, and accompaniments. The Picnic Box includes two pieces of cheese, one artisan salame (sliced), olives, cornichons, seasonal fresh fruit or grapes, Marcona almonds, and a half baguette. Add-on mini jams or hot honey or upgrade to a full-sized baguette if you’re extra hungry. Don’t forget to pick up sea salt caramels by Little Flower or Letterpress Chocolate for dessert.

Porta Via, a Pasadena favorite, is a popular destination for gourmet food-to-go. Picnic boxes serve four people and include sandwiches like roasted turkey or entrees like pasta primavera. One of the most popular options is the Antipasto box which comes with mixed olives, Caprese and antipasto skewers, rosemary spice nuts, and your choice of tapenade plus crostini. Don’t forget Galvanina Italian Soda and Pistachio Cookies for dessert.

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