On Friday evening, Dai and I met at Dolores Park in San Francisco for a picnic date. Since Dai works in the city, he was able to just take the bus over when he was finished and I drove my car there with Marly and the picnic fixings. On a clear, sunny day, Dolores Park is just beautiful and filled with people relaxing on the green grass. We like to stop by here every once in a while, but have never planned ahead enough to have a picnic.
I spent all day Friday shopping and prepping for our dinner picnic, and was really excited to make things as perfect as I could. You should have seen me running around the house all day, putting things together and picking out the perfect outfit to go along with the occasion. When the time finally came, Dai arrived at the park before I did, and I was greeted with a glass of white wine. The perfect start to our evening!
I had packed us some fresh strawberries and a salad to start with, kind of like the salad recipe I shared here.
Marly was quite overjoyed to be included in such an outing and had the best time keeping a look out for all the other dogs that were roaming around the park.
As a main course, I made us these caprese sandwiches. They were so simple, but yet so delicious. I needed to make something that I knew would travel well and these turned out to be perfect.
Once we finished eating and had our fill of people watching, it got a little too chilly to be sitting outside, so we packed up our picnic and walked down the street to Bi-Rite Creamery for some dessert. I had actually made us some pudding in mason jars as a dessert, but we decided to save those for later since we were so close to Bi-Rite and how could we not pay them a visit? Dai got the coffee sundae (fabulous!) and I got a combo of salted caramel (of course), balsamic strawberry (summery & fresh), and honey lavender (light & perfect).
A picnic and dessert in the city was such an easy and relaxing way to start our weekend, one that I think we will continue to do this summer! I sense many, many picnic dates in our future. We had a great rest of the weekend as well, details of which I will share later this week :)