this summer i8217;m all about the short weekend road trip. living in california affords me all sorts of mini vacation options, there are so many different places to explore and i8217;m always itching to go. one of my favorite brands to work with and one we8217;ve been creating content with for years is blue diamond. i love their products! so i8217;m excited to be working with them all summer long to bring fun and easy entertaining ideas with their new crafted gourmet almonds. one of the best pre-road trip tips is to pack appetizers and drinks so that when you first arrive to your destination you don8217;t have to go to the store, or spend a lot of time in the kitchen. you can set out a spread and start relaxing right away. every minute counts on a short weekend trip!
this past weekend, justin and i headed to ojai to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. we stayed at this really beautiful airbnb and spent the weekend exploring and lounging around the house. we headed up on friday after work, it8217;s only about an hour drive, and once we arrived we opened the rosé, set out all the food i8217;d prepped and hung out by the pool. when prepping food for a trip there are a few things i like to keep in mind. these packing tips work for any size group, could be a girl8217;s road trip or a romantic trip for two!
- i like to prep as much as i can beforehand. that means washing all the produce, putting crackers and meats and cheese in glass containers, slicing the bread, and bringing napkins and utensils so that they are at the ready. you never know what a rental house will come prepared with.
- i pick a mixture of sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy things to bring. i try to focus on healthier items, the gourmet almonds (we packed the garlic, herb and olive oil and the rosemary sea salt flavors), fresh fruit and veggies, dips like hummus and a couple of cheeses and meats. the almonds pack a lot of flavor so they pair well with simply flavors like a mellow goat cheese or a radish dipped in butter. castelvetrano olives are my fave and they work really well with the rosemary sea salt almonds.
- when arranging an appetizer set up on the road, you can set out the spread in the same glass containers you used to pack things in, which also lets you pop them in the fridge when you8217;re done eating. i pack a few cloth napkins and set those out and then use any small bowls and plates that the house might have for the almonds, olives and pits. also a cutting board is helpful so people can easily dig in.
one of my favorite things about renting a home instead of staying at a hotel is being able to have access to a kitchen and not having to eat out for every meal. you save a lot of money, and it8217;s generally healthier to eat food at home. plus, it gives you the opportunity to explore a places local farmer8217;s market or any specialty stores in town. justin and i went to the coolest farmer8217;s market in Ojai, they had such beautiful produce.
Original source: http://www.designlovefest.com/2018/06/appetizers-on-the-road/