The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

SYD­NEY weather has been ei­ther un­sea­son­ably wet or sear­ingly hot so far this spring-sum­mer, so per­haps pic­nic ne­ces­si­ties for the hol­i­day sea­son are go­ing to be a combo of para­sols and plas­tic macs. Ei­ther way, for a de­li­cious al­fresco nosh the Surry Hills-based Syd­ney Pic­nic Co pack­ages up food to go with a sense of chic French style. My choice of the sig­na­ture Syd­ney spread ($155 for two) comes in a hes­sian bag with a sprig of fresh flow­ers; there are checked pa­per nap­kins, dis­pos­able plates and cutlery. The menu? In chic, string-tied car­tons sit Lig­urian Tag­giasche mar­i­nated olives; king prawns with lime and Sichuan salt and pep­per; fre­gola with free-range roast chicken, cherry toma­toes, su­gar snaps, pre­served le­mon, harissa, mint and toasted pepi­tas; Sonoma sour­dough baguette (oddly salty) and dou­ble-cream cheese with baby figs. Slight vari­a­tions to stan­dard menus are pos­si­ble (Val­rhona choco­late brown­ies are whipped out and re­placed for me with le­mon pos­set and mar­i­nated blue­ber­ries). From $145-$185; gift vouch­ers avail­able. More: syd­neyp­ic­nic.com.au.

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