(New York, USA)
A selection of fine and fancy smoked meats, paired with a crusty baguette, makes a wonderful picnic. Sliced at the deli, they require little preparation and few utensils, but contribute to a classy European mood. What could be more adorable than a picnic basket with the end of a long baguette peeking out?
Some meats to try include:
Finnochiono: A fennel-flavored salami is rich but delicate, and the flavors are an unexpected pairing, much like some of the best romantic couples.
Prosciutto crudo: An Italian cured ham with an unexpectedly silky texture and a nutty, smoked flavor. Varying the textures of your food is a great way to create a sensual experience.
Hot sopressata: A spicy salami will bring some heat to your interlude.
For some variety, you can include a nutty cheese, like a pecorino, and a variety of oil-cured olives that you can eat with your fingers.
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