Get Out! Picnic Edition

FM Picnic
Leila L. Pirbay

Daffodils have bloomed, trees are budding, the chairs are back in the yard, and brightly patterned dresses abound. That’s right, it’s time to break out your picnic blanket and venture off campus for a leisurely afternoon of lounging in the grass and basking in the sun. Here’s FM’s recipe for a fabulous spring picnic:

Picnic Basket

Whether you’re out for a romantic meal or hitting the grass with a group of friends, a cute wicker basket is a must for any authentic picnic. Before heading off in search of scrumptious accoutrements, wander down Mass. Ave. to Crate & Barrel to take your pick of classy carriers.

1045 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; Sat.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun.: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Supreme Sandwiches (and a dash of dessert, of course)

After all, what is a picnic without a few taste bud tickling sandwiches? Wander off the beaten path and check out Petsi Pies, a few minutes past Mather. Try the mouth-wateringly delicious Turkey Cheddar Avocado sandwich, or perhaps the Tomato Pesto Mozzarella press. But definitely don’t leave without snagging a few slices of the café’s signature: pie.

31 Putnam Ave., Cambridge. Mon.-Fri.: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m; Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elementary School Throwback

Been too long since you sat with friends nibbling at string cheese and sipping from a juice box? Take a stroll a mile down the Charles to Whole Foods and pick up these childhood favorites. They will no doubt add whimsy to an already wonderful feast.

340 River St., Cambridge. Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Seaside Dining

The Charles is beautiful indeed, but sometimes it’s worth it to get away for a bit. With your delicious purchases in hand, take the T to Park Street, transfer to the Green Line, and get off at Haymarket. Check out the open-air fruit and vegetable stands for some last minute additions, before making your way towards the Boston Harbor Waterfront. Explore the wharf for a nice place to lay down your things and enjoy the splendors of your spread.

Haymarket Square, Boston. Fri.-Sat.: Dawn to dusk.