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Here in the Mid-Atlantic, it is finally beginning to feel like Spring and I am immediately excited for the opportunity to sit on the deck with a cup of morning coffee or fire up the grill and eat dinner outside. It seems that eating outside brings back memories of favorite childhood moments, or at least mimics those ‘feel good’ sensations.
More and more we are seeing restaurants claiming sidewalks, clearing patio space, and adding decks to lure us with the tantalizing option of eating outdoors. The Europeans have been doing this for decades and the trend – for public dining at least – is catching on here in the U.S. Outdoor spaces are offering propane heat, blankets, and in some cases fur coats so that we can embrace fresh air while dining and digesting our meals.
I imagine that we were born with the innate instinct to consume food in the outdoors. From the perspective of time, it’s only been a blip that we’ve taken to dining indoors. And while I don’t know the anthropological origin… I imagine taking our meals inside was a condition of cold weather and comfort more than anything else (rebuttals welcome). So, it’s in our genes to enjoy a meal in fresh air.
It doesn’t matter if it is a picnic in the park, a sandwich on a trail, a restaurant patio, or you own private terrace… dining alfresco is not only in style but perhaps intrinsic to our nature and at the very least… enjoyable. Summer is only budding here on the northern hemisphere so as you consider preparing your primary meal, think about gathering your peeps and taking it ‘on the deck’ to …
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