Making a picnic in the park is one of the most simple and effective ways to romance your favourite rooster.  And your picnic doesn’t just have to be “for two.”  It’s a great chance to mingle with your friends (both his and yours.)  What’s sexier than a group of hip, happy friends hanging out in the park? And trust me,  your sweetheart will love you even more when you encourage him to join a nearby soccer game, cheering him on from the sidelines with your galpals. (You should see the FC’s proud yet slightly embarrassed grin whenever I hoot and holler at a goal like a crazed soccer mom. What next? Orange slices?)



The FC in football action.

The FC in football action. (Loving your rooster means loving his favourite sport. )



This season, though the weather hasn’t always been warm and inviting, the FC and I have enjoyed many picnic celebrations, including two picnics on the same night.  This kind of predicament could only happen in Montreal. It’s just a picnic kind of town. This past weekend was no exception.



My fellow foodie friend Anton and his girlfriend Yoojung live right across from Parc Jeanne Mance and their  big purchase this summer was a portable gas bbq.  What a great idea!   This means you can have a bbq in the park and invite as many people as you want (no more cramming on your teeny terrace.)  Friday night Anton slapped some fresh burgers on the grill. Instead of making his own, Anton picked up some paddies from  Mister Steer (appparently they sell them raw as well as cooked) and, I have to say, their reputation as Montreal’s best burger joint is earned.  Yoojung made a spunky beet green salad with sesame vinaigrette.  For dessert, I decided to finally use up the basket of peaches I bought for $2.50 at my local Metro and make a peach crumble (see,  I Crumble For You, Peach Crumble).  But I wish I’d doubled the recipe. Picnics usually draw a few drop-by guests, so my crumble for six ended up having to feed nine.  But that’s okay. Picnics can’t always be planned. Often the best picnics are casual and last minute. 


AntoAnton's burgers from Mister Steer sizzle on the grill.

Anton's burgers from Mister Steer sizzle on the grill. With his portable bbq, Anton makes parc Jeanne Mance his very own outdoor kitchen and dining room.


Anton's friend Adam snapped this pretty shot of the AMAZING Mister Steer burgers.
Anton’s friend Adam Cruikshank snapped this pic. Check out his blog at


We were so happy picnicking in the park on Friday then we decided to do it again on Saturday afternoon. No food this time, just a group of us hanging out in the park with a six pack of beer. The FC joined a nearby soccer game, our friend Fausto strummed on his guitar, and Gigi, Daniel (co-owner of the wine bar Kashkaval in NYC) and I chatted about real estate,  then realized we were enjoying some pretty amazing “public” real estate. (In that sense, every Montrealer is a rich landowner.) All in all, it was a relaxed Saturday afternoon, and poignant too, since we all know these are the last days of summer and another minus twenty winter is just around the corner.  


Rina drops in on our picnic riding her Bixi bike.

Rina (who works as a product developer at Fullum & Holt) drops in on our picnic riding her Bixi bike.



I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but we were so utterly picnic crazy this weekend that the FC and I picnicked again on Sunday, bringing baguette sandwiches to Park La Fontaine and playing a round of petanque (my new favourite game) with Gigi and Fausto. Though the air started to chill, the picnic and petanque kept us warm.  The FC was so happy he drew a heart instead of a circle to mark that spot to throw from. Isn’t that sweet?


Who knows– we may even have another picnic tonight?!



Fueling up the big petanque game in Parc La Fontaine

Fueling up for the big petanque game in Parc La Fontaine


Laura brandishes her ball.

Isn't the silver petanque ball pretty? I bought the FC a set of "Boules" for his birthday. It's a great gift idea for your favourite rooster.

Fausto takes a shot.

Fausto takes a shot. Petanque's one of the few sports you can play and drink beer at the same time!

Gigi's turn to toss. She's a sharp shooter.

Gigi's turn to toss. She's a sharp shooter.







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