A Tuesday night picnic

You may have seen a photo I posted on Instagram last night that blew the surprise about what activity we checked off of our bucket list yesterday. It turns out, The Philadelphia Orchestra does a number of concerts each summer at The Mann Center and they are picnic-style, which means you can bring in food and booze. Now, that's my kind of concert! I stopped by Di Bruno Bros. during my lunch break yesterday and snatched up some tapas style goodies for our picnic. 

The Orchestra performed the music that accompanied Fantasia, while footage from the film was shown on the big screen. It really brought me back to my childhood, especially that scene with Mickey Mouse and the brooms -- that was my favorite! 

What to pack for a picnic:

  • Blanket
  • Chairs if you'd like
  • Cheese - may a soft one, a hard one and a stinky one? Or whatever you like.
  • Meat - pepperoni, salami, any charcuterie will do
  • Olives
  • Fruit - apples, pears, cherries, or fruit spreads!
  • Baguette or crackers - so you can pile on your meat, cheese and fruit!
  • Nuts (I brought spiced ones)
  • Shrimp (see my quick recipe below)
  • Wine and beer - don't forget the corkscrew and bottle opener!
  • Something sweet for dessert, I went with chocolate covered strawberries
  • Cutting board and knife for your cheese and meat
  • A garbage bag
  • Bug spray

We recently purchased a beach blanket from Bocasa and it served as the perfect blanket for our picnic.

This shrimp was so easy and so delicious. I purchased a dozen jumbo raw shrimp from Di Bruno's. At home I threw a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and let it get nice and hot. Then added some dried chili flakes to the oil and let them sizzle for a minute. I sprinkled the shrimp with salt & pepper and tossed them in the pan with the oil. When they started to get pink and plump I added minced garlic (about 3 cloves) and the juice of two lemons. When the shrimp were fully cooked through I pulled them out and let the sauce reduce. Then poured the chili, lemon, and garlic sauce over top and sprinkled some fresh parsley on there. It was so light and refreshing with just the right amount of heat from the chilies. I would definitely make it again! (It would be perfect over orzo or quinoa.)

I channeled my inner ballerina for this date and wore my hair in a bun and donned a fun floral skirt that I bought in Australia about eight years ago.

For a little dessert I made some chocolate-covered strawberries. Not my most beautiful batch, but still delicious. 

They have a few more picnic-style concerts coming up before the summer is over so snag some tickets, pack up your picnic baskets with cheese, meat, fruit, and wine, and head on over to The Mann for a little midweek entertainment. 

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