Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 10 Locations in the World at New Year's Eve

Do you love celebrating bringing in the new year?  Love seeing the ball drop, going to New York City, or maybe having parties with family and friends?  Those of you who love new years celebrations will love what we have for you today.  We will be visiting the top ten New Year's celebration locations around the world.  Maybe you are unaware of some of the light shows and fireworks displays around the world.  Maybe you prefer just staying local and watching the ball drop in New York City.  Regardless we have the ten hottest spots around the world this time of year.  Maybe next year you will decide to break the habit of staying local and travel to one of these places.  Have you ever been to one of these places for the new year before?  Tell us about it in the comments section.  Also if you decide to try one of the locations let us know if you would recommend it or not.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Easy Beautiful New Year's Party

Planning on having a New Year's party this year.  We found some great ideas to make your party a success and at the same time not too time consuming.  Enjoy some games, snacks, desserts, main course meal, music, and of course drinks.  Let us know if you try any of the suggests from this slideshow and how they turned out.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Food safety experts perplexed over Chipotle's second outbreak

After the first wave of E. Coli hit Chipotle making a total of 53 people sick another smaller wave so far has made 5 more people sick.  This time it appears to be E. Coli again but a different strain.  It may be linked to the first outbreak but for now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is treating them as separate cases.  Chipotle closed 43 restaurants in October that just reopened in November.  Meanwhile food safety experts are perplexed about this second outbreak.  They are saying Chipotle is doing everything possible to find the source of the outbreak.  It is very unusual to go this long without finding the culprit as it has not even been identified from the first outbreak.  Also mentioned is how this is probably more common than everyone thinks.  Most people do not report being sick from eating at a restaurant and the reason this is so popular is because this is the second outbreak.  The fact that the food safety experts are not aware of the source of the problem is not a very reassuring feeling.  Do you think though that maybe Chipotle is getting too much criticism?  Do you think that maybe this does happen more than most people realize even to this scale?  Tell us what your input is on this situation.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Seaweed is the new Kale? 2016 Food Trends

The year 2016 is quickly approaching.  We went over some of the hottest food news stories at the beginning of last week.  Now we would like to go over some of the hot food trends expected to continue into the new year.  At the top of the list is seaweed.  Yes that's right seaweed.  Who would have thought over a decade ago this would be one of the hottest food topics?  In the reality of today it is.  Seaweed is packed with antioxidants, fiber, iodine, and good fats.  In 2016 expect the sale of seaweed to explode.  Another big topic for next year is Genetically Modified Animals coming to your grocery store.  With the FDA approval of Genetically Modified salmon being available for sale this makes way for other possible animals.  Feel free to look up several expected hop topics by looking at this article here.  We would like to know what you think about Genetically Modified Animals being available for sale?  Also did you ever think you would ever hear seaweed as being a hot food topic?  Let us know below.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Oberlin College has non-appropriative food?

Students at Oberlin College are upset with their dining hall food.  The college's newspaper, The Oberlin Review, published an article last month saying that some of their dining hall food was racist.  The article focused primarily focused on Asian nations and cultures.

Students were interviewed for the article from Vietnam, China, Malaysia, and other nationalities.  The students were disgusted with Bon Appetit, which is the food service company under contract with the university, and its attempts to please students' taste buds.  The students were unhappy when dishes were prepared incorrectly or poorly.  They stated when you make dishes like this you also represent the country or origins culture with it.  When rice is undercooked and the fish is not fresh it changes the eyes of the culture for those who do not know the culture.

Oberlin is currently working out a solution to this problem.  Oberlin is not alone with this issue of cultural appropriation.  Last month at Ottawa University students said no to a free yoga class intended for disabled students.  The students had a problem with the origins being rooted in Hinduism saying “experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy” are appropriative.

What do you think about the cultural appropriation of today?  Do you think these people are taking it the wrong way?  Do you think they have a right to be upset?  Let us know below.

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Problem with Beach Picnics Funny Photo

Today being Friday we wanted to ask you strange question to help you unwind for the weekend.  Do you know what is the only problem about beach picnics? You get sand on your hot dogs ...

Let us know what you think of the picture and everybody have a good weekend!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chipotle's Fresh Food Makes You Sick?

Chipotle is claiming the reason people are getting sick from their restaurant chains is their food is too fresh.  How is this possible?  In short it is not possible.  Chipotle is claiming this because they use fresh food from farms.  The food is prepared using raw ingredients and cooked with traditional methods, with their hands.  Last time I checked my mother grew a garden that produce vegetables. You can't get any more fresh than that.  Not to mention she also cooked using traditional methods with her own two hands.  So Chipotle are you saying my own mother was putting me at risk or that she used magic to keep me safe?  Plain and simple this comes down to good hygiene while preparing food.  I believe my mother mention something about that to me as well.  Maybe this was the magic spell she used to keep me safe.  It went something like this... wash your hands after you use the bathroom and oh before you prepare something to eat!  Chipotle you need to stop making excuses for what is not the problem and focus on what the problem really is.  Your cooks are not using good hygiene.  Fecal coliform is often found on green produce and polluted full on human waste.  If you do not wash your fresh produce properly this will lead to people getting sick.  If you do not wash your hands after using the rest room and right before you start preparing any food people will keep getting sick.  Let's focus on the problem and keep everyone looking for a good meal safe.  What do you think about this last statement from Chipotle?  Let us know in the comment section!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cheese Pairing Beyond the Wine

During the holidays don't just stick to normal cheese and wine pairing but go beyond the wine.  Look for other types of alcoholic beverages to go with your cheese of choice.  If you are up for it try some whiskey or even beer.  If you would like to learn how to pair these drinks with your favorite cheeses read this article.  After reading it let us know of any pairing your would like to try that you have never done before.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Winter Picnic in New Delhi

The picnic consisted of a total of 175 stalls for four days across 25 states in New Delhi.  Some of the food served consisted of Akanee mutton biryani from Karnataka's Dharwad district, Mysore's Kalini kebab, Dehati murg bhaat, from Jharkhand, Litti-meat from Bihar, Dabeli from Madhya Pradesh, Palappam chicken from Kerala and Poori Buniya from Bihar's Bhojpur.  This is a pleasant change from the normal street foods served in the Area.  We want to know what is your favorite type of Asian food?  Although most ethnic food served in America is not representative to the actual ethnic food let us know what you like most.  If it is here in America or somewhere you actually traveled in Asia.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Biggest Food Story of 2015?

What do you think is the biggest news story of 2015?  Was it Domino's sending an emoji pizza to order?  Was it Starbucks and Taco Bell locations starting to serve alcohol?  Was it Blue Bell ice cream being recalled from listeria?  Was is the American population trying to waste less food or trying to eat less process foods?  Maybe if you live out west you think it is the impact the drought is having on the food industry.  According to an annual study by Hunter Public Relations the American population did not vote either of these to be the biggest news story.  Instead the American population voted for that to be McDonalds serving breakfast all day long.  It is kind of funny to think that over half of the U.S. population has a New Years resolution to either eat healthier or eat less process food.  Yet McDonalds serving breakfast all day long is the biggest food story all year.  It is important to note that this survey was taken before E. coli news and the outbreaks at Chipotle.  What did you think is the biggest food news story of the year?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Funny Penguin Picnic

This Friday we thought we would share a quick comic with you that made us laugh.  If you love penguins take a look at this and let us know what you think.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Green Picnic Basket Sets for 4 - Marina Collection (B)

Come check out our Green Picnic Basket Sets for 4 - Marina Collection (B).  This beautiful picnic basket set comes with dual lid openings, cotton lining, and made of willow seagrass and wood chip. This new dual lid shape basket is the ideal gift for any occasion. The white and green checkered plaid style is not only included in the cotton lined interior but also the utensil cutlery wallet, napkins, and tablecloth. The basket comes with an insulated cooler bag lining that will keep your food and drinks fresh. The two door design allows more room for your food and beverages. This Green Picnic Basket Sets for 4 is the perfect outdoor picnic basket set!

  • 4 X Tumbler Glasses
  • 4 X Ceramic plates (8")
  • 4 X Ea. knives forks & spoons (stainless steel w/PP handle)
  • 1 X Wooden opener (stainless steel)
  • 1 X Cotton cutlery wallet
  • 1 X Cooler bag (insulated linning)
  • 4 X Napkins (cotton 14" x 14")
  • 1 X Tablecloth (cotton 34" x 34")
  • 18"x12.25"x15.75"

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cheese and Wine Pairing from Around the World

Do you love your cheese and wine?  If so you probably already have your favorite pairings already established.  However, when you take a trip around the world and try some you haven't thought of before maybe you would change your mine.  Today we will be looking at soft cheese, semi-soft cheese, semi-hard cheese, and hard cheese along with there appropriate wine partners.  Our taste buds tingle just thinking about it.  Soft cheese are primarily made from raw milk and spoil faster than the harder cheeses.  These cheeses are generally not used in cooking much but instead are spread on bread and crackers.  Semi-soft cheese is made from pasteurized or raw milk.  They are used for cooking more often because they can more easily be shredded.  Semi-hard cheese are very similar to semi-soft cheese by the way they are made.  However, they generally are smellier and crumble easier.  Hard cheeses have a strong flavor and fragrance.  They are very easy to grate and are salty and sharp.  Now that we have the cheese separated into different types we need some wine to pair it with.  In order to visualize this properly you should look at this article.  After reading this article tell us your favorite cheese and wine pair.  Also were there any other pairings you would like to try from the article?  Let us know.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

14 year old girl commits suicide after parents refuse to give her money for a picnic

A 14 year old girl committed suicide by jumping from the fifth story of her house.  Her father earlier that day refused to give her money to go to a picnic her school had organized.  Her parents, just as anyone else, did not expect her to take such extreme measures for something so small.  You can learn more about this disaster by reading here.  What do you think about this tragedy?

Monday, December 7, 2015

How to protect yourself from food poisoning this holiday season

This holiday season yourself and loved ones safe.  According to Poison Control one in six Americans get food poisoning every year.  Some tips to prevent this from happing to you and your loved ones are as follows.  Everyone knows high temperatures can kill harmful bacteria.  You should make sure your hot food not only get above 140 F but stays at that temperature while the food is being served.  The same goes for cold food which should be kept below 40 F.  One of the biggest problems for Americans is they leave their food out too long at unsafe temperature (between 40-140 F).  This leaves the opportunity for bacteria to grow and get you sick.  Is your family guilty of leaving food out in this danger zone for extended periods of time?  Has anyone ever gotten very sick from it?  If you would like to read more about this topic read the link below.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Food Makes 1 in 10 People Sick each Year

At least 600 million people are made sick from contaminated food each year.  This comes out to approximately 1 in 10 people.  About 420,000 people die each year with most of them being small children less than five.  Most foodborne bacteria diseases only cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea but some can cause long term illnesses such as cancer, kidney / liver failure, epilepsy, or brain disorders.  The biggest problem is found in underdeveloped countries and primarily in Africa but the U.S. and Europe also have their deadly outbreaks.  Children eating raw or undercooked meat or eggs are especially at risk to one of these diseases.  Now that you know some facts about foodborne diseases what do you think about this data?  Are you shocked to know the amount of those affected to be that high?  Let us know below!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Don't pair red wine with cheese!

Experts have been preaching this for years.  Red wines are not good with cheese.  Though most of us don't listen to their preaching it is true.  Not only these experts but professional taste tasters according to a study done at the University of California.  One result from the study suggested high salt cheeses dull the taste of red wine quite greatly.  So if you didn't know already what the experts said about this topic or that science tends to agree with them we want to know do you still pair cheese with Red Wines?  After know this information would will you stop this cheese and wine pairing?  Do you disagree with the experts?  Let us know below.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Do we need genetically modified organism food labels?

Do we need genetically modified organism food labels?  The U.S. FDA may not think we do.  Just two weeks ago they approved the sale of unlabeled genetically engineered salmon.  Most consumers however feel it is a necessity.  Eighty-nine percent out of 800 surveyed voted for mandatory labeling.  Some lawmakers are pushing to add a provision to the spending bill that would not allow states to have their own laws for labeling GMO foods.  Are with this the general population on the subject?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Are less food preseratives coming for the American consumer?

There has been a big outcry by the American public lately for big food companies to take out artificial flavorings, dyes and preservatives.  Some big food companies are responding and doing it now.  General Mills Inc., Kellogg's, and Hershey are a few of the big companies trying to do so.  It is quite often a long and very complicated process as Ferrara Candy Co. and Kraft Heinz Co. already figured out.  Ferrara Candy Co. used 50 formulas over 8 months to find the right natural coloring for their gummy bears.  Kraft Heinz Co. went through a similar thing when trying to get the same yellow coloring for their mac n' cheese.  There are still those who say there is not enough evidence to support the claims that artificial flavoring, dyes and preservatives are not as healthy for you.  However, the American public has spoken and the sales for some of those who have already switched do not lie.  Do you agree there is not enough evidence or do you agree with the general population?  Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Food Scraps Turned into Burnable Methane Gas?

It is unfortunate to think but also true that here in the U.S. we waste a lot of food each and every day.  What if we told you you could turn that food waste into methane gas to power your stove to make more food?  What if we told you what is left as residual can be used as fertilizer in your garden to grow more food?  This what seems almost science fiction is being made possible in the near future by a company called  Indiegogo.  If you are interested to read more about the process feel free to read this article.  What do you think about this new technology?  Is it something you could see yourself using?  Let us know in the comment section.

Friday, November 27, 2015

How to have a California Thanksgiving Picnic

How do you have Thanksgiving in the Golden State?  You could stick with a traditional Thanksgiving with the turkey and gravy or you could give a California Thanksgiving Picnic a try.  If that sounds interesting to you then check out these tips on how to have a California Thanksgiving Picnic by reading the link below.  We realize at this time of year not all of the states have appropriate weather for these types of picnics.  You don't have to hold yourself to just Thanksgiving.  You could give this a try any time.  If you decide to do so let us know how it turns out.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving in Hotels around the World

Do you like to travel around the holidays?  A lot of people love to travel around this time of the year.  If you find yourself as one of these people be sure to check out this list.  What is your favorite place to be around the holidays?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Outdoor Picnic with a Real Russian Brown Bear

Outside of Moscow there was an outdoor picnic photo shoot with a real life Brown Bear named Stepan.  The photo shoot was part of an anti-hunting campaign in Russia.  Stepan was rescued from hunters when he was a cub and was raised captivity as a vegetarian.  What do you think of these photos?  Would you ever consider having a picnic with a real life bear like Stepan?  Let us know below after reading this article.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Motorized Picnic Tables in Australia?

There have been reports of motorized picnic tables driving around in Perth, located in Western Australia.  There appears to be more than one table.  The police are having a tough time finding the people driving them around.  They are looking for them due to many safety hazards and violations.  Our question to you is would you ever consider making such a contraception to drive around at your picnic?  You can read the article here.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Old Fashioned Family Picnic Comic

We found a funny quick picnic comic about a good old fashioned family picnic gone wrong.  We hope you enjoy.  Does this remind you of any of your picnics?  We hope not but feel free to explain below!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Willow Picnic Basket Set for 4

Today we wanted to talk about one of our Willow Picnic Basket Set for 4 baskets.
The Brown Willow Picnic Basket Sets for 4 pictured below has a beautiful cotton multiple colored striped pattern and a dark brown wicker willow weaved exterior. These dark and bright contrasting colors make this basket stand out.  This basket makes a great gift to anyone who loves to have a cheese and wine picnic.  Due to the fact there is already wine glasses, a bottle opener, a cheese knife, and a cheese cutting board included with the set. So grab you favorite cheese and wines or anything other food or drinks you desire.  The Brown Willow Picnic Basket Sets for 4 is that perfect cheese and wine basket you have been looking for!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Illinois Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tickets Still Available

The chocolate, cheese, and wine festival held in Glen Ellyn, Illinois still have tickets available until tomorrow 11/19/15.  The festival will be held the following day on 11/20/15.  If you live in the Illinois area and are interested in attending you can buy tickets and find more information here.  Those of you who are too far away tell us about a similar event we can learn about in your area.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

South Sioux Students Make Picnic Tables for Local Community

A total of 16 South Sioux Students have made over a dozen picnic tables and counting for their local community of South Sioux City, Nebraska.  The students are part of a Gateway to Learning school that is an alternative to high school.  Most students are there to finish their high school education and have had problems in a traditional high school.  If you would like to find out how this project got started you can find out more here.  You can post any comments below.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Alligator Shows Up Uninvited to a Picnic

If you live in the southeast and are planning on having a picnic next to a lake or pond you have probably had this possibility creep into your mind.  At Lake Alice next to the University of Florida, home of the gators, a picnic by two students was briefly interrupted by a unwanted reptile.  The gator walked up ate a sandwich before going back into the lake. Take a look at the video and article to see for yourself.  Would you ever consider having a picnic next to a lake that is known for having alligators in it?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Don't Feed the Bears Picnic Comic

We found a cute and funny picnic comic recently that we wanted to share with you.  We hope you like it.  Tell us what you think below!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Insulated Picnic Baskets

Planning on spending the whole day outdoors? Keep your food and beverages at the desired temperature with one of our Insulated Picnic Baskets. They are specifically designed for these long outings with their aluminum foil insulated design. Whether you are with your friends or family spend less time worrying about your food and drinks and more with them.
Blue Insulated Picnic Baskets Set for 4
Brown Insulated Picnic Baskets for 4

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pastoral Cheese and Wine Resturant / Store up and Running in Andersonville

The Pastoral gourmet shop has opened its fifth location in Andersonville in late October.  The shop includes a restaurant and a retail store for you to purchase your cheese and wine fixes.  This store is different from the rest in that it has Swedish delicacies to choose from.  The reason for this is the area has recently been losing most of its Swedish locations.  The store even has mustard on tap!  What do you think of that?  Have you visited any of their other locations before?  Tell us about your experience below!

Pastoral Cheese and Wine

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ireland's Electric Picnic

Keeping with the topic of the electric picnic, we thought we would share with you more information about the actual event that happens in Ireland every year.  The picnic is more than just a rock music picnic as the name can suggest there is actually comedy, theater, all varieties of music, and the circus is even there.  The first picnic was held in 2004.  You can learn more about the picnic by reading this article.  Do you have any picnics come to mind that we have here that are similar to this large picnic?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Closet full of Personal Belongings Lost at Electric Picnic

In Ireland this years electric picnic there are just as many lost items as always.  Cell phones, cameras, keys, passports, rings, watches, handbags and so on were forgotten or lost at this years picnic.  People who lost something at the picnic had two days to come back and get their items before they were donated to charity.  You can view some of the items lost via this article.  Have you ever lost anything at a big event like this?  Did you get your item back?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Funny Bear Picnic Table Picture

We found another funny picture for you to review.  Tell us what you think below.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Creative Picnic Recipe Ideas

When you go to a picnic you want to have food that above all else tastes great.  However, for special occasions such as picnics its a great idea to also focus on creativity.  This article below focuses on both of these factors.  If you have any creative ideas feel free to share them below.  Also do you have a favorite recipe from this article.

Creative Picnic Recipe Ideas

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cheese recipes with all of your favorite cheeses

If you love cheese like we do we have got an article of the best cheese recipes you could ever ask for.  Food and Wine brings you 28 recipes with all of your favorite cheeses!  Brie, Lebneh, Gouda, Swiss, Manouri, and many more of your favorite cheeses.  Let us know which one you are dying to try below.

28 cheese recipies

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Catholic Bishop creates interfaith committee and picnic

Keeping on the subject of interfaith picnics.  We read about an article that took place a couple months ago in St. Cloud, MN.  Not only did a bishop and people of other faiths put together an interfaith picnic but they created their own interfaith committee to bring people together in their community.  Now having a second article about the always touchy topic of faith intertwined picnic style we would like to know do you think your community would benefit from this kind of picnic?

Interfaith committee and picnic

Monday, November 2, 2015

Muslims, Christians held interfaith picnic in Tennessee

In late October the Murfreesboro Muslim Youth founder Abdou Kattih and Murfreesboro Cold Patrol member Jason Bennett held an interfaith picnic in Murfreesboro, TN.  Both groups work on assisting the homeless.  The picnic itself was free and open, to not only the Christian and Muslim faith but, to all faiths.  Have you ever been a part of anything similar to this?  Religion is always a heated topic so what are your thoughts on this picnic?  Should there be more picnics like this one or do you think the picnic did not go well?

Interfaith Picnic Article

Friday, October 30, 2015

Watermelon Funny Food

Watermelon is a great healthy and tasty picnic treat for any picnic.  We found a picture of a funny sculpted watermelon face.  Have you ever tried spicing up a picnic with something like this?  How did you do it?  Let us know below!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Does meat cause cancer?

We have found an article that both processed and unprocessed meats can cause cancer.  This information comes from a new World Health Organization report.  It also claims that cheese and sugar and be as addictive as a drug.  Those of you who have  a sweet tooth would probably agree with the sugar part.  However if you eat meat would you ever consider stopping knowing it could cause cancer?  Let's say if the frozen package of chicken you bought at the grocery store had a message saying "warning this product could cause cancer."  Similar to a cigarette cartoon.  Let us know what you think about this article and your answers to our question below.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Favorite Picnic Recipes and Season

Now that that we are well into fall with all of the seasonal items available to eat and drink we wanted to ask a few questions.   We are wondering what are your favorite picnic recipes?  It could be a drink, main meal, dessert, or whatever you want.  Do you have any favorite seasonal recipes?  Do you like the idea of a fall picnic in general?  What is your favorite season for a picnic and why is it?  Let us know by commenting below.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall is a great time to have a picnic?

You may not know this but the fall is a great time to have a picnic.  The leaves are changing colors creating that colorful scenery you love to see at a picnic.  This is not the only reason to have  a picnic this fall.  Think about all of the seasonal food and drinks you can only get around this time of the year.  Delicious apple cider and pumpkin pie to name a few.  We found an article that had several celebrity chefs giving there favorite recipes and tips for this time of year.  Be sure to take this advice and have yourself a great picnic this fall.  You can read about it here.  Do you now agree the fall can be a great time to have a picnic?  What was your favorite part of this article?  Let us know below!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Picinc Under Plastic in the Rain

This family went through get lengths to still have their picnic in the rain.  Look at what they did in the pouring rain to still try and have their picnic ...

How well do you think worked out for them?  Do you think maybe they should have just moved their picnic indoors?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Brown Picnic Basket Sets For Four

 Brown Picnic Basket Sets For Four

Today we wanted to talk about our Brown Picnic Basket Sets For Four - Estate Enhanced Chest.

Brown Picnic Basket Sets For Four - Estate Enhanced Chest
 This larger brown chest picnic basket comes with everything you need for a picnic of four.  Including:

  • 4 X wine glass
  • 4 X porcelain plates
  • 4 X s/s knife,fork and spoons with ps handle
  • 1 X cheese knife
  • 1 X wooden cutting board
  • 1 X bottle opener with wooden handle
  • 4 X napkin
  • 1 X cooler bag
  • 1 X s/s salt and pepper shaker

  • The convenient front door makes it easy to get out all of your picnic accessories without digging around for them.    The cooler box bag will keep your food and drinks fresh so you can enjoy your picnic as long as you want.  Now just bring your favorite cheeses and wines and have the best cheese and wine picnic you ever had.  Everything else you need is already included with this picnic basket set.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Portland winery robbed five times in six months

    A cheese and wine picnic is a great way to spend a nice summer day.  Without wineries we would be left with only cheese.  That is why we thought you should look at this article and short movie.  They shows a Portland winery being robbed five times over six months.  The last two robberies they caught on film.  Let us know what you think of the article below!

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Singapore's Diner En Blanc All White Picnic

    Singapore has an interesting annual picnic.  The Diner En Blanc all white picnic is as it sounds in that everyone is dressed in their best whites clothes.  There are over 12,000 people on the waitlist with only 3,000 available diners.  An unusual twist with this picnic is that the picnic location is not revealed until just hours before the actual picnic.  What do you think of the late announcement for such a large gathering?  Would you be intrigued by this or like to know the location well in advanced for your picnic?  Let us know below.  To read more about this click on the link below.

    Diner En Blanc

    Monday, October 19, 2015

    Sand Furinture Beach Picnic

    We found a picture of a beautiful beach scene.  However, what is carved into the beach is far from the usual beach scene.  No doubt they had a long beach picnic date for 2 in mind when they built this...

    Would you ever consider taking the time to make something like this for your beach picnic?

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    Picnic Supplies Trojan Condoms Fail

    This Friday we found a fail picture in a store that is suppose to have picnic supplies for sale.  However, that is far from what is actually there.  Tell us what you think about this picture below...

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Blue Picnic Basket Sets Beach Picnic

    Today we wanted to talk about some of the blue items we have to offer.  Blue is a calming color and is the perfect match for the beach picnic.  Imagine being there on the beach with your Blue Picnic Basket Set looking at deep blue ocean and the bright blue sky.  We have the perfect Blue Picnic Basket Set for 4 to take with you on your next beach picnic.
    Blue Willow Picnic Basket Set for Four
     Don't forget about our colorful striped fleece blue blanket to keep the sand away.  This blanket and the Blue Picnic Basket Set for 4 make a great blue beach picnic match.
    Blue Picnic Blankets - Colorful Stripe Fleece
    If you are going on a beach picnic date.  We have the perfect Picnic Basket Set for 2 for you as well.  Including its very own Water-proof fleece blanket measuring 53“x48”.
    Blue Willow Picnic Basket Set for 2 - The Brio Collection
    If you love to take long hikes along the beach.  If you want to have a picnic in the middle of it all alone with your friends or family.  Then our Blue Backpack Picnic Basket Set for 4 is perfect for the occasion.  The insulated interior will keep your food and drinks fresh for hours.  Leaving you as much time to walk on the beach as you need to find that perfect spot.  This Picnic Basket Set also comes with its own blanket among other items.
    Blue Backpack Picnic Baskets - Posh Camper for 4

    We have many other items to offer at  We have more blue items as well as many other colors.  Feel free to look around at what we have to offer.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Oklahoma's Watonga Cheese & Wine Festival

    If you live in Northwest Oklahoma you know all about the Watonga Cheese & Wine Festival now in its 39th year.  Although the cheese factory is not longer located in Watonga the festival goes on.  Originally only a cheese festival it has since included not only wine but a parade, live music, crafts, a quilt show, and of course wine.  Do you have a favorite cheese or wine festival?  What is it and what do you like so much about it?  You can read more about this prestigious event here.  

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    Man found dead after wandering from a picnic

    An 80 year old man with dementia was found dead 3 weeks after wandering away from a picnic.  Now everyone is looking for the answer to "how did this happen?"  The family will be conducting an investigation into the assisted living facility that was in charge of looking out for him.  You can read this Washington Post article and see a short movie about it below.  Come back to tell us what you thought about the article.  Do you think the family has a case for homicide?  Tell us below.

    Monday, October 12, 2015

    37 simple ways to have a great picnic

    This article we found is a very short and to the point but very interesting picnic article.  Covering from picnic blankets, to silverware, and food this article recapped some of the things we had in previous blogs and at the same time had plenty on knew ideas to go with it.  We think you will love looking at this article!  After giving it a glance come back and tell us what was your favorite way to having a great picnic by commenting below.

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    Picnic Bear Picnic Basket Inspection Funny Picture

    Yogi Bear will have bears forever linked to picnic baskets.  This funny photo shows a grizzly bear with his one paw in the air stopping incoming people for a picnic basket inspection.  What do you think of this funny photo?  Let us know below.

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Orange Picnic Basket Sets for 2 basket review

    Today we wanted to talk to you about our Orange Picnic Basket Sets for 2 basket.  At first glance you can already appreciate the intricate weaving of the wicker willow exterior and contrasting colors.  This gentle enough looking basket has a very sturdy latch in the front of this suitcase style picnic basket.  The straps in the interior keep their designed items in place against the lid leaving you more space for food and drinks for your picnic.  You can find more about this basket at our website bestpicnicbasketset.

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Pairing beyond the wine and cheese

    Do you love having a cheese and wine picnic?  Do you also like drinking other alcoholic beverages such as beer and hard cider?  We found an article that help you pair the best cheese with all of your favorite alcoholic drinks.  Be sure also read the extras sections giving you extra sweet and salty ideas to make your next picnic the best you ever had.  Click on the link below to read the article.  Be sure to come back here to tell us what are your favorite combinations?  Are there any other alcoholic drinks not in this article that you found work well with a certain cheese.  Let us know below!

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Chuck E. Cheese to serve beer and wine

    Keeping on the topic of our last post talking about party picnics.  Chuck E. Cheese is changing its menu to include beer and wine.  This is an attempt to get younger parents to take their kids to the entertainment restaurant more often.  After reading be sure to come back and tell us what you think.  Do you think this is a good idea mixing alcohol with young kids playing?  Is this going to far to get more customers?  Do you think maybe this is turning more into a place where an adult can be an adult and not where a kid can be a kid?  Let us know what you think.

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    Is a large party picinc a good idea?

    We found an article this time dealing with a very large picnic.  The southwest Florida island picnic party had expected to see around 16,000 in attendance which would match the attendance from last year.  With so many attendees and alcohol being present at this party picnic it can become worrisome.  Last year there were several incidents from this combination.  What are your thoughts to such a large picnic?  Would you feel safe going to this picnic?  Tell us what you think after reading all about it.

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Two Line Jokes for a Picnic

    We just ran across a webpage with several two line jokes on it.  These jokes can be told at any picnic and covers a wide range of topics.  Ranging from nature, human rights, feminists, senior citizens, scientists, international, and others.  While the webpage says it will make you the life of the party some of the jokes are better than others.  Which one do you like the best?  Do you think any of them are not funny?  Do you think any of them are funny.  Let us know after reading it!

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Collapsible and Insulated Picnic Baskets

    Our collapsible and insulated picnic baskets can be a great luxury to have on a picnic.  Our aluminum foil insulated bags have plenty of room for you to have plenty of food and drinks for your picnic. 
    The Brown Insulated Picnic Baskets for 4 has plenty of room for all of your food and drinks at 17.32 x 10.24 x 13.39 (inches).
    Our collapsible and insulated baskets are made with a 600D polyester exterior to give it toughness as well as a little bit of softness.  The collapsible bags will save you plenty of storage space.
    Our Orange Insulated Picnic Baskets has a the dual ability of being both rigid and soft at the same time.  The bar around the top allows this otherwise soft collapsible basket allows you to fill it to the top.
    If you are interested in our insulated and collapsible baskets you can click here to read more.  You can also feel free to check out all of the other baskets we have to offer. 

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    Cheese and Wine Pairings, Parties, and Menus

    We found a useful webpage for anyone who loves their cheese and wine.  The website breaks down cheese into four groups (Bloomy, Blue, Hard, and Fresh).  The page then takes those for groups and has examples of cheese within that group paired with an appropriate wine.  The site includes preparing for a cheese and wine party and putting together a cheese and wine menu.  Let us know if you found the information on this page to be useful by commenting below.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    101 Dishes for the Spontaneous Picnic

    This week we found a recent article that was in the New York Times.  It was loaded with information about dishes you could prepare quickly at the last minute or for a spontaneous out of nowhere lets go on a picnic day.  Within the article there were quite a few categories.  You have your fruit and raw and cooked vegetable dishes.  Bean, rice, and grain, potato, and egg salads.   Also seafood, meat and poultry, sandwiches, cold noodles, and dessert dishes.  You can click the link below to read about each specific dish.  Be sure to come back here and tell which one is your favorite dish in a comment below!

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Rowan Atkinson Mr. Bean Picnic

    If you like watching Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean we are sure you will loving seeing how he has his own picnic alone.  After watching be sure to let us know whether you think Mr. Bean is funny or not.

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    Turtle Picnic Joke

    We recently found a joke about turtles having a picnic.  We thought it was a good joke to share.  If you want to read it you can click here.  After you read it let us know if you thought it was funny or not.

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    Anything Picnic Tuesday - New York City Sets Record Popup Picnic

    In late July 2015 New York City set the record for the largest popup picnic ever.  It is apparent no matter if you live in the City or the County everyone loves a good picnic.  The event required everyone to dress in white and pay $30.  The article covering the picnic also mentioned so other neat world record picnic facts.  Be sure to read the article and tell us what you thought about this picnic.  Be sure to let us know what you think about the world records.  Have you or would you ever consider trying to get a world record?  If so what you try to get into the record books?

    Friday, September 4, 2015

    Funny Friday - Panda Picinc Picture

    Even Pandas love a picnic!  Is this what you look like at a picnic or at least how relaxed you should feel?

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Picnic Today Thursday - Blue Picnic Blankets - Colorful Stripe Fleece

    We have not mentioned anything about our picnic blankets we have to offer yet so we thought this would be a good time to do so.  Our Blue Picnic Blankets - Colorful Stripe Fleece has a beautiful multiple square blue pattern.  Its dimensions are 59 X 53 inches giving you a beautiful nice sized blue picnic blanket.  Its material consists of 600D polyester + stripe fleece backed with 100% waterproof PVC.  The blanket folds up perfectly into its convenient handle holder.  This makes traveling a distance to your picnic much easier.  If you are interested in our Blue Picnic Blankets - Colorful Stripe Fleece you can learn more by clicking here.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Cheese and Wine Wednesday - Chicago Cheese and Wine Vacation Tour

    If you are vacationing in the Mid-west this summer.  In the Chicago area to be more exact you may want to look at touring on the Chicago River on a boat.  Not just any tour this tour offers you to sample 6 different wines and cheeses all while enjoying the beautiful and scenic city of Chicago from the water.  Be sure to come back and comment after you learn more about it here.  What did you think?  Comment below to tell us.

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Anything Picnic Tuesday - Low Cost Picnic Food Ideas

    Do you find yourself panicked over what food to bring and how much?  Do you find yourself buying way too much or don't feel like you have a good variety?  We recently read an article that discussed 4 different picnic occasions dealing with these questions.  After reading this article come back to see what we thought of it and feel free to leave comments below.

    What we thought ...

    The idea of not having cheese and wine on a picnic date is something we would not dismiss so easily.  Not to say it was dismissed in the article as to not do it but we would really like to see at least one cheese and wine idea.  This is not to say we don't like the idea for the date which is certainly thinking out of the box.

    We love the homemade pizza idea and agree 100% they would be much healthier and fun.

    We love the fact they gave us a not only healthy but also delicious option for a healthy picnic.  If you need the ranch dressing though instead of the hummus we are not going to blame you.

    Cutting your serving sizes down to serve as finger food is certainly a good idea at a picnic.  There is nothing wrong with Oreo cookies however, you could also look at making your own cookies to bring with and some milk to dunk them into.

    What did you think?...

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Movie Monday - A Woman's Makeup Picnic Date

    This video is for all the ladies who would love to have the perfect picnic date.  Covering what to wear, what to eat, and most importantly what makeup to wear to both protect yourself from the hot sun and to look your best.  Watch it here!

    What did you think about the ideas?  Do you have any tips or ideas for how you like to wear your makeup for a hot summer day?

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Funny Friday - Game of Thrones Picnic Day is Coming

    If you watch Game of Thrones you know that winter has been coming for some time now.  We seem to think this picture fits better with our blog however.  Tell us what you think!

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Picnic Today Thursday - What is the Best Color Picnic Basket?

    We did an article just recently that we thought you should read.  It goes over what is the best color picnic basket.  Before you read it can you guess what it is?  Most likely the answer will surprise you.  Read it here and tell us what you think?

    Do you agree with our assessment or have a completely different idea you think we overlooked?  Tell us what you think below.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Cheese and Wine Wednesday - Love or Dislike Stinky Wine and Stinky Cheese?

    We found an article talking about you guessed it stinky Wines and Cheeses.  After reading this article we were wondering if what is your favorite stinky cheese or wine and why?  In the case you can't handle the thought of stinky cheese or wine what are your favorite non-stinky cheese or wine you crave for?  Comment below.

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Anything Picnic Tuesday - Indiana has Right to Life Picnic

    We found an article that will most likely either make you feel good inside or tear your insides apart.  The touchy topic of whether to be pro-life or pro-abortion.  On August 16th Allen County Indiana had a picnic with about 400 families showing up to celebrate the right to life.  Without getting into anymore details we want you to read the article and come back to tell us what you think.  Do you agree or disagree it is a good idea to have a picnic on such a touchy topic?  Do you think some of those families who attended would think differently if they were put into difficult situations?  Do you think someone should organize a pro-abortion picnic nearby?  Do you think there is nothing wrong with this picnic and look forward to hearing about more picnics with this theme?  Let us know what you think below.

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Movie Monday - Personalized Low Cost Epic Picnic!

    We found what we think to be a great picnic video for anyone who loves to go on picnics.  All of the ideas from the blanket design, silverware holders, food, and drinks were all self-made and on a low cost budget.  Make sure you watch this YouTube video and then see what we had to say about it.

    We felt this video was very well done.  The blanket and the place mat / utensil holder were so simple yet creative.  You can really chose any simple design you want from the blanket.  Some picnic basket sets already have silverware in them and have a latch to keep them secure.  However, if you are in a low cost budget this dual use place mat and utensil holder idea is great.

    The bug spray idea is great.  No unnatural preservatives.  Not to mention it's cheap, effective, and smells good!

    The food and drinks look delicious and ascetically pleasing.  It seems you can really customize most of the items to whatever you prefer to have.

    Always bring some fun games with to enjoy to beautiful day outside.  There are many options to choose from while on a picnic.

    What did you think of this video?  Do you agree with our assessment?  What are some picnic ideas you like to use?

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Funny Friday - Game of Thrones You Know Nothing About Picnics Jon Snow

    We thought we would have a go at our very own Game of Thrones funny picnic picture.  The very popular HBO show has many characters to choose from.  Our first go we chose Ygritte telling Jon Snow he knows nothing about picnics.  If you have any ideas or thoughts how we could have made this picture either funnier or more believable we would love to hear from you below.  Don't be afraid to tell us if you liked or disliked it as well.

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Picnic Today Thursday - Picnic Basket Shapes

    The picnic baskets of today come in many different shapes and sizes. We thought it would be a good time to show a few of these shapes that we have to offer you on our website at


    We have round and square suitcase shaped baskets.

    We have round and square chest shaped baskets.
    We have round and treasure chest shaped single door baskets.
    We have various double door shaped baskets.
    We have very useful insulated backpack picnic baskets.
    We have several insulated and or collapsible picnic baskets. 
    These are just a few of the picnic basket sets we have to offer here at Best Picnic Basket Set.