Magazine article Sunset

Instant Picnics. (Best of the West)

Magazine article Sunset

Instant Picnics. (Best of the West)

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When packing a picnic seems like too big a hassle, just grab your wallet and head outside: these spots feature truly delectable food to go, and all are practically next door to great city parks.

The source           What to buy

SEATTLE              Salads, herb baguettes, and
Macrina Bakery       seasonal savory or sweet
2408 First Ave.      tartlets, such as carrot-
(206) 448-4032       fennel or pear frangipane,
                     plus organic coffee.

PORTLAND             Fresh mozzarella, basil and
Pearl Bakery         organic tomato sandwiches,
102 N.W. Ninth Ave.  Sicilian fig cookies, and even
(503) 827-0910       PB&J for the kids.

SAN FRANCISCO        Niman Ranch meatloaf sand-
Bi-Rite Market       wiches, organic Summer Lady
3639 18th St.        peaches, and pine nut-herb
(415) 241-9760       brie at Bi-Rite. Bread and
Tartine Bakery       toasted almond meringues at
600 Guerrero St.     Tartine.
(415) 487-2600

VENICE, CA           Serrano ham, Cypress Grove
Stroh's Gourmet      chevre, sun-dried tomatoes,
1239 Abbot Kinney    La Brea Bakery baguettes, and
Blvd.                fresh watermelon sorbet.
(310) 450-5119

SALT LAKE CITY       Candied baby beets or nicoise
L'Avenue Bistro      salad; ask about sandwich
1355 East 2100       specials (call ahead to
South                order).
(801) 485-4494

DENVER               Any of 30 cheeses, all manner
The Market           of sandwiches, and desserts
1445 Larimer Square  such as spring fling cake (a
(303) 534-5140       frosted zucchini-poppy seed
                     cake topped with fresh fruit).


The source           Picnic spot               Where to sit

SEATTLE              Myrtle Edwards Park       Benches or picnic
Macrina Bakery       (3130 Alaskan Way W.),    tables overlooking
2408 First Ave.      about eight blocks away,  Puget Sound. Avoid
(206) 448-4032       mostly along the water-   construction at the
                     front                     park's southeast end. … 
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