Now that it’s safe to venture out of the safe confines of the air-conditioned indoors, I’m really looking forward to relaxation outside. One of my all-time favorite things to do in DC only happens during the steamiest months of the year: Jazz in the National Sculpture Garden. The Jazz in the Garden concert series, at the National Gallery of Art takes place every Friday evening from May 25 – August 31. Shamefully, I must admit I’ve not yet been this year…. Excuses aside, I plan to go this Friday after work and sit amidst the beautiful, the strange, the eclectic and unique art that provides a most alluring backdrop to pre-sunset tunes.
And of course, you can’t very well loose track of time on an empty stomach, so to tide me and my fellow jazz-goers over I’ve planned a picnic I’ll pair with the Pavilion Cafe’s red wine sangria.
Picnic Menu for Friday, July 13 at the National Sculpture Garden
- Any Stinky Cheese = sun-warmed goodness (I like Camembert)
- The Dubliner Sharp Cheddar with Trader Joe’s Multi-Grain Pita Bite Crackers (a recent obsession)
- Salted, Skin-On Marcona Almonds, also available Trader Joe’s
- Farmer’s Market White Peaches, quartered
- Dark Chocolate, salted: a very nice contrast with fruity Sangria. I HIGHLY recommend Salazon which you can find at WHOLE FOODS
- Sparkling water (always a good idea, especially when it’s warm). Try one with citrus (lemon/lime/orange)
- Picnic blanket or beach towel
- bug spay (non-aerosol, too many people sitting too close together, please)
- Though this is an EXCELLENT “me-time” activity, this is a great place to bring old friends and new alike