Most of our weekends start like this:
Mark: “So, what do you feel like for breakfast?”
Leanne (that’s me): “I don’t know. Ummm…”
(Truthfully, I do know but I enjoy testing him sometimes)
Mark: “Hey, want to do Ritual and French Lady Breakfast?”
Me: “YES! Perfect idea Mark!”
So while I get ready, Mark will pick up a croissant from Sonoma in Woollahra, which, based on our tried and tested approach, makes the best croissants in Sydney (I hate wasting calories on disappointing pastry).
The plan is to make our way to Paddington Reservoir Garden in Paddington (the “Ritual”) where we will split and enjoy our croissant (the “French Lady Breakfast”). So that we’re not drinking cold coffee, we pick up one on the way at Crate Bar & Pizza on Oxford Street, Paddington. They serve Campos Coffee (NB: important) made with almond milk (not that important but I welcome it).
I normally hop across the road for the paper while Mark orders coffee, which we later divvy up (sports section for Mark, the rest for me). We stroll over to the Reservoir, set up the deck chairs (provided free!), and then savour our croissant, layer by crispy layer, sip our coffee, read the paper, and chill out in our little garden sanctuary under busy Oxford Street. We move slow.
And most of the time, we’re the only ones there.
This got us thinking…
This is a fun, budget friendly and easy thing to do.
Why aren’t more people outside enjoying this?!
And so the idea for this blog was born.
In this blog, we will be showcasing great places to pick up food (such as markets, delis, grocers and cafes) and pairing that with great outdoor spaces in which to enjoy it, with the aim to inspire you to get outside and away from the ‘daily grind’. This gives us the perfect, selfish excuse to do what we love doing anyway – i.e. traipse around finding delicious food and beautiful locations. In our minds, a picnic doesn’t have to be that hard or require too much work and, theoretically, you don’t have to prepare much if you don’t want to. Of course, you can opt to cook up a feast or make something special – and sometimes we’ll do this too and pass on our recipes.
So that’s the format. Fun, huh!
We both come from large European families where our appetites and culinary appreciations have been highly encouraged. While we have no formal picnic qualifications per se, we come with lots of childhood picnic experience and a good sense of adventure. I am also fairly confident that I am a very good eater. Mark is a talented photographer and will be taking beautiful pictures to make it a feast for the eyes too. You can check out Mark’s professional page, Mark Jay Photography, and Facebook Page for more great photos.
Most of our picnics will take place in and around Sydney, NSW but we try to get out of town as much as possible and we will set out our road trippin’ adventures for getaway inspiration. You may wish to follow our picnic dates as we’ve sequenced them or just mix and match our ideas. Depending on where you live, this blog may just be a source of inspiration for you. We don’t mind. In fact, we encourage you to get creative, explore and find the hidden picnic gems in your neighbourhood. Get outside! Also, we welcome ideas and comments and will do our best to feature fabulous foodie destinations on request if you have suggestions. You can contact us at:
There are only 3 rules:
- Be considerate and don’t leave a mess behind (although we trust you wont do that)
- Bring the best quality food that you can find or make (just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you should compromise)
- Above all, make it easy and fun
So, pack your blanket and let’s go!