This post is sponsored by The French Ministry of Agriculture, but like always all the content and thoughts expressed here are my own!
It doesn’t get more magical than Paris: No matter what time of year, hearing that friends are paying the city a visit never fails to result in serious pangs of jealousy. Such was the case with all my fellow blogger friends who attended Paris Fashion week and returned with a bevy of FOMO-indusicing Instagram snaps. Nevertheless, I was inspired to have my own French experience and what better way to do that than dinning en plein air.
My first priority, food. Ah, the food. Really the most important piece of the picnic trifecta. A great way to mimic the French picnic style is to well have products straight from France! I promise it’s way easier than it sounds. French picnics are known for their simplicity of food choices, think fresh cheese, fruit and bread. So, with that in mind I created a simple sample board with fresh bread, strawberries, nuts and P’tit Basque. P’tit Basque, is a 100% pure sheep’s milk cheese produced in France’s Basque region in the Pyrenees Mountains, the region that spans the border between France and Spain. I also included unsalted Butter Quarters from France’s #1 brand of butter, Président® to spread on the bread.
To add something sweet into the mix, I packed up a bar of Valrhona chocolates. If you want to expose your tastebuds to something new, you have to try Dulcey. Dulcey is the 4th color of chocolate (after the White, Milk and Dark) it has a creamy texture and is not too sweet, but has an intense biscuity taste with a pinch of salt. If you aren’t drooling already, then Valrhona’s Orelys 35% 500g baking bag will make your mouth water. Although intended for baking this gourmet chocolate’s sweet freshness is clear from the very first bite thanks to its licorice notes. Hints of biscuit complement the freshness as you taste the chocolate. Check out their Instagram here for more mouth watering goodness.
No French picnic would be complete without some French wines. My top two brands are Mas de Daumas Gassac and Les Vignobles André Lurton. Since I wanted variety for my picnic, I went with a Mas de Daumas Gassac white and of course a bottle of their rosé which has an extraordinary red fruit and berries aroma and flavor. Then I picked up a bottle of Les Vignobles André Lurton’s Château Bonnet White 2016, which pairs great with cheese, and a Bonnet Red 2014. The Bonnet Red has a fruit and oaky nuances that carries over onto the palate, resulting in a wine that is wonderfully balanced with elegant tannins and food-friendly acidity.
After picking up the fresh food and wine, I felt like I was transported back to the French countryside. One of my favorite places on Earth! Other than food, I was sure to pack a blanket – obviously! – some flowers, music and of course, my furry friend Blair was there to enjoy the scenery. And voilà, that’s it! Sometimes the most simple things in life are the best, wouldn’t you agree?
Like always thanks for reading!
Love always, Laura B.