Let's say you're prepping for a day in the park. What are your favorite food/drinks to pack for a picnic?
A day at the park for me implies that I'm traveling light. Artisan cheese, fruits, nuts and well crafted charcuterie are always an easy carry for my bike rides. A nice fresh mozzarella with either some thin sliced Serrano ham or prosciutto is not necessarily the most innovative combo in the world, but classics are classics for a reason. As far as beverage for traveling light a flask of mezcal can always come in handy. The Del Maguey labels while not exactly the most economic are certainly some of the best in their field. A belt of one of those and an ice cold Mexican lager with the sun in your face... This is what I'd like to believe the end of an agave farmer's day is like, although I'm sure it's far less glamorous than that. Another friend of mine is a water bottle packed with ice, filled one third gin, and two thirds of a sparkling Beaujolais made by Jean Paul Brune called FRV100. Gin options these days are so vast its amazing. Even with our local stuff, Death's Door out of Door County, the whole North Shore line, great hand crafted gin. Both of these producers also make vodka for those who haven't graduated to gin yet. Letherbee is another gin I love as well. Being made within the Chicago concrete playground, I have to give it up for the home team! Rose is always the default summer fun default so, keeping a chilled bottle of the Lebanese Massaya on hand is a must. These are for the civilized days in the park. There's also the option of carrying nothing but your wallet, going to your neighborhood taco stand hammering three dollar shots and gorging on tacos. Then passing out on the fountain in the park next door while watching pick up games of basketball! Luke LeFiles Luke@premisechicago.com email@example.com