Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dining al fresco

Dining al fresco is one of the great luxuries of life. And while the Europeans may have perfected the art of al fresco, Americans are increasingly adopting the practice.

Walking through the neighborhood near the farmers market on Saturday, it seemed as though every restaurant, coffee shop, and sandwich place has carved out some outdoor dining space. Now that the warm weather has arrived, the sidewalks are crowded with bistro tables and umbrellas, everyone enjoying the experience of dining al fresco.

This summer in Annecy we’ll have many al fresco dinners; the table pictured here is just one of beautiful tables set by us last summer (you can click on the pic for a better view). At my own house, I am fortunate to have a shaded backyard and patio, perfect for outdoor dining, and I use every opportunity to set the table for an outdoor meal. Few experiences bring me greater joy than sitting around the table with good friends, good food, good wine, dining al fresco.

It doesn't matter if you have a patio, a small apartment balcony, a patch of grass, a deck—any outdoor space will do. Plan your menu, gather your friends, uncork the bottles and enjoy one of summer's great pleasures.

10 comments:

  1. Anneychic,
    You are such a kindred spirit.
    I couldn't agree with you more! There is nothing better. We eat al fresco every chance we get and you're right there IS nothing better than good friends, good food and good wine outside!
    Kristi

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  2. So, paesana, when are you coming over for dinner?!

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  3. That is the best thing about Europe - outdoor eating, it is so difficult to find here in the U.S.!

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  4. As I walked through downtown Boston all the tables and outside areas have been set and were very crowded. Nothing like enjoying a great meal outside on a beautiful day and people watching

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  5. Surprisingly, there are a lot of outdoor dining establishments in my city. When I visit one I feel very European.

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  6. Dining on the sidewalk--it captures the essence of urban summer living. A little noisy, a bit crowded, a little heady from the wine, that urban energy, so much to take in . . .

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  7. What a pretty table setting. I like eating outdoors too.

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  8. Anytime. You say the word. ; ) I'll bring Limoncello and homemade biscotti for dessert!
    K

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  9. What a pretty table setting. We dine al fresco in the early spring, but once summer hits, it gets to 110 degrees out on our deck, which is obviously way too hot. For some reason, our deck is always about 15 degrees hotter than the ambient temperature outside. It sort of harshes my mellow.

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