One of the many joys of summer is the ability to dine outside. Lunch on a busy patio, a backyard BBQ, or a glass of wine on the front porch – I love it all. I’m always game for the al fresco dining experience and I’m a sucker for a good picnic. What’s not to love? Picnics are accessible, affordable and fun. They can be anything from a full dress affair with bubbly and an elaborate menu, to simply you with a blanket, a sandwich, and a magazine. And of course everything in between.
Urban picnics give us the opportunity to engage with the city and neighbourhoods we live in, in a way that we seldom do. They allow us to slow down and spend some time in the public spaces that we would normally breeze through in our busy day-to-day lives. An urban picnic is a chance to wave to the neighbours, do some serious people watching, and connect with the daily rhythm of the place where we live.
Although summer is soon coming to an end, we still have a few good weeks to get outside and enjoy all those great urban parks we are so lucky to have in Toronto. Here are some ideas, eye candy and inspiration for your urban picnic.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the Trinity Bellwoods area, you may find a little something in your mailbox this week from Urban Dweller to complement your urban picnic. This yummy treat is courtesy of tea dot, an independent, Canadian owned and operated company founded in Toronto that specializes in custom tea blends. You can check out their stuff on their online store, and use the discount code Bosleyteadot for a discount on some of their great blends. Enjoy!
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