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5 Better Ways To Dine Al Fresco

For men looking to make a grand gesture, an undisturbed patch of grass and a little charcuterie can go a long way. This summer go free range and take your date outdoors. Fresh air is the ultimate palate cleanser.


City Boy Picnic Grill, $229

Finnish Design Shop’s sleek handheld gas grill is as convenient as it is functional. Made from stainless steel with oak handles, the City Boy is ultra-portable at just 7.1” wide and 8.7” high, and will allow you to incorporate more variety into your spread than the same old picnic fare. Rib eye, anyone?


Mulholland’s American Bison Whiskey Carrier, $765

Despite its name, the Whiskey Carrier was conceived with an eye toward transporting wine – up to four bottles. Handmade to order in Mulholland’s California workshop using all-American tanned leather hides, the rugged bag features a nylon lining designed to keep beverages chilled, and a padded shoulder strap that makes a heavy load more bearable. If you plan to make a night of it, pick up the two- and six-bottle versions.


Laguiole en Aubrac Waiters Corkscrew, $200

You can tell a lot about a man from the tools he holds dear and this exquisite compact corkscrew will quickly earn a place alongside your most prized possessions. Forged by a single master cutler from Sandvik stainless steel and South American amourette wood, the serrated foil cutter has a built-in bottle opener, making it as useful as it is beautiful.


CB2 Plaid Picnic Throw, $49.95

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Wool blankets belong in a winter ski lodge; summer picnics calls for something lighter. This 100-percent cotton throw is easy on both the eyes and the skin. The bright green and muted grey plaid pattern isn’t subtle, but it is sophisticated. Kick off your shoes, sprawl out, and settle in for a perfect afternoon.  When the sun goes down, drape it over your lady’s shoulders for an instant cover-up (and automatic Casanova points).


Jayson Home Brown Leather Coolers, $350 and up

Men don’t carry picnic baskets – it’s unseemly. Instead, wheel your meal in style with a luxurious leather-bound cooler.  These hand-stitched brown trunks boast thoughtful design elements like braided handles and a side-spout to drain excess water. Inside, a durable Coleman-brand cooler protects your perishables from the elements – and the ants.


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