To find the ultimate picnic that feels celebratory without breaking the bank. For that, I turned to Maryczyk Fine Foods, a gourmet neighborhood market with two locations. Bonus: The selected items transport easily.
1. Parisian Sandwich (French ham with Belletoile Brie on a buttered house-made baguette)
Ham, cheese, and butter—need we say more?
The richness of the sandwich demands something tangy. Hint: Try putting a couple of these crunchy pickles inside the sandwich.
3. Honey Tangerines
They don't look like much from the outside, but these late-season citrus fruits offer a sweet and refreshing burst of flavor.
4. Whoopie Pie
Cakey chocolate cookies stuck together with a swirl of creamy frosting—this is a treat that brings a smile to any face.
5. Backyard Soda Co. Lemon Rosemary Artisanal Beverage Syrup
Spiked or simply stirred into soda water, this Denver-based mixer imparts a punch of lemon and rosemary. If you're trying to lighten your picnic load, add a few ounces to a thermos and leave the bottle at home. Bring soda water with you.
Grand Total: $25.73
Bonus: Tiamo prosecco
For a twist on a mimosa, try mixing Backyard Soda Co.'s lemon-rosemary syrup into this bubbly.
Price: $5.99 each
This is part one of a series. Check back tomorrow for the perfect picnic from Trader Joe's.