For the past couple of weeks, the weather god are showing us what our summer is going to feel like, and, well… we are going to melt again this year - its going to be HOT.
But they have been a bit kind in the transition. We have gotten sunny days in the high 90’s but with the added bonus of breeze days and very little humidity. Those perfect days of summer, when all you want to do is sit under a canopy of trees and just be.
So, it was a no brainer that when my monthly Chica Brunch came around, I told my girls that we were going on a picnic. The challenge for me was to find just the right spot that conveyed what I wanted the day to feel.
Relaxing, peaceful, full of nature’s great eye candy, easy food, light drinks.
I don’t love alot of things about the city I live in, but I got to say it has the best hidden parks. Little pockets of nature goodness in the most unlikely places. I mean is that NOT a perfect little spot to soak up some much needed sunshine?
It was the perfect Sunday afternoon picnic by the river. The menu was simple, I asked everyone to bring something we could eat with our hands and to think in the picnic frame of mind.
My girls did not disappoint. We had these amazing salami sandwiches, a Greek inspired tapa bar filled with veggies, olive tapenade, hummus, tabboule and sun toasted pita slices. The all time favorite picnic fare – friend chicken. And to satisfied our sweet craving, the yummiest, sweet seasonal fruit kabobs. All washed down with ice-cold lemonade.
I opted for taking my nonna Franca’s (maternal grandmother) Caponata Pie Squares (recipe soon to follow) and I had some help from my friends over at Nature’s Bakery, who sent me some of their Fig Bars to share.
Nature’s Bakery principle is to offer all natural, nutritious and deliciously wholesome snack foods to support balanced, healthy, everyday lifestyles. And these bunches of girls were all about healthy snacks. We had our option of Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry and whole-wheat Fig bars.
I’m not going to lie; I’m not a fig bar kind of girl. In fact, they are my least favorite type of bars – you all know how I feel about anything with cooked fruit. But, when I’m in the mood for them, I got a sweet spot for fig. So, these call out to me and I got to say they were extremely good. Right away you can tell these were all natural and fresh – the moment you open the package, the sweet aroma of the fig hit you as well and the ingredient to complement that particular flavor.
You can read more about them here. You can also find your nearest retails so you can stock up for your summers.
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