Summer has to be the best time of year, while Christmas is exciting there’s just so much more you can do over the warmer months. The days are longer and clear, mild weather gives you the opportunity to get outside more and get together often with family and friends. For foodies and those who just love to eat, summer is the time to fill up on delicious, healthy foods and enjoy some alfresco dining. Here are some of the dining experiences you need to try this summer!
Go on a Picnic
Is there anything nicer on a warm day than to pack up a big basket and enjoy a meal outside in beautiful surroundings? Have a look online for local parks and beautiful woods, and scour out the perfect spot. Picnics can be as simple or complex if you like, if you love to cook there’s much more you can do than a couple of simple sandwiches. How about a selection of tasty salads and gazpacho served with crusty bread? Spread some pates, pickles, and chutneys, dip veggie sticks into homemade hummus. You really can go all out prepare a delicious feast. Invest in the right equipment to transport it. You will need a selection of Tupperware boxes, a cool bag and plenty of ice packs to keep everything fresh on a hot day. Don’t forget your picnic blanket, some crockery, and cutlery! Paper plates would do the trick, or you could buy a lightweight melamine set to use each year.
Fire Up The Grill
A beautiful day is the perfect opportunity to get everyone round for a barbecue. Again you can take it further than burgers and sausages. How about preparing your own spice blends for meat and marinating them overnight before popping on the grill? You could make your own burgers with ground meat and herbs, and there’s plenty you can do for vegetarians too. Veggie skewers with onion, mushroom, and pepper work well, you can also grill up corn on the cob. Serve with potato salad, homemade slaw and baked potatoes for the perfect smoky treat.
Go Out For a Family Meal
If you don’t fancy cooking, how about rounding up your loved ones and heading to a restaurant instead? There are plenty of places which offer outdoor seating, as well as fresh and tasty food options which are perfect for summer.
You can see on the online Elephant Bar menu that there are sections for salads as well as lighter options.Most places you go to will be the same, so you don’t have to write off a restaurant meal in the warm weather because you don’t want anything too heavy.
Host an Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is a British tradition that has taken off around the globe in recent years. It’s a fun way to get everyone together and is a fantastic one if you love to bake. It’s typically served with dainty finger sandwiches, tiny little pastries, scones and other bite-sized sweet and savory treats. The perfect way to spend a warm summer’s evening outside- just omit the tea and serve with champagne instead!