Precious Picnic Knife

July 23, 2013   |   28 Comments
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We just got back from our summer travels and there’s one thing I will never forget.  I must bring my picnic knife.   Because small children hate restaurants.

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No, they don’t hate croissant dunked in hot chocolate.


Or creme brulee.

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Or racing across the Seine after dinner.  But, a few days in… sitting for a two hour meal loses its charm.


Especially when Daddy convinces you to eat not 1, but 2 escargot, and you don’t even complain.

We didn’t leave New York City with a knife.  Four days into Paris, Beluga declared, “I’m hungry.  And I don’t want to go to a restaurant!”  So, I went in search of a picnic knife, found it, purchased it, and brought it back my family with cheese, bread, fruit and veg.


Breakfast became fruit cut in the sink.


By the time we got to London, I had my sights set on the farmer’s markets and obliging grassy parks.


And when all else failed, there was gelato, delicious gelato.

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  • Ash- foodfashionparty
    July 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh, your kids are too adorable.
    I get you, eating in restaurants regularly can get too much and they didn’t complain about escargots, your kid are awesome. My little one practically survived on hot chocolate(I have not clue what they put into it, was sooooo good), and bread:)
    Your pictures bring lovely memories back.

    • Laura Clark
      July 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Hot chocolate really is the best. There are mornings when I skip coffee and go straight to the good stuff:) Thanks for visiting!

  • Rayna
    July 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Your pictures are stunning! They really captured the feeling of the moment so well. Keep up the great work!

    • Laura Clark
      July 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      I just got a good camera and am having so much fun playing with it.

      • Rachel Rabhan
        July 24, 2013 at 5:54 am

        Love this post. I feel as if I was there with you guys.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 24, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Aww they’re so well behaved! And hehe yes if all else fails, give gelato 😀

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    July 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    This post brings back memories from when my parents took me to Paris as a child. Your kids are adorable by the way.

    • Laura Clark
      August 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

      It’s so great you remember going as a child. I didn’t travel until college, but it would be so great if William and Andy have memories of it.

  • Joanne
    July 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Haha love it. And your kiddos are ADORABLE! Plus they have good taste in dessert.

  • Pam
    July 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Amazing photos! Paris and London are on my bucket list. What a wonderful experience for your whole family!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    July 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    You are making me bring my other half on a picnic next week! I can’t wait! :) The picnic picture is beautiful!

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking
    July 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Oh your little boys are too cute!!! What a great idea about the picnic knife! Even adults get tired of 2 hour meals…Bien fait!

  • kristy @ the wicked noodle
    July 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    What a great way to eat while traveling! Sounds sooo good, too. Gorgeous photos!

  • Kate | Food Babbles
    July 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Love this post! Looks like you’re having fabulous travels and what an amazing family experience. Love that your son will try escargot. I can’t imagine my girls letting it pass their lips in a million years. My oldest is an adventurous eater and I hope my other two grow into it. What great advice about the picnic knife. Loved seeing your trip through pictures. Lovely!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    July 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

    What wonderful memories. Love the pictures. We love the farmers markets for meals too.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker
    August 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! Looks like your kids are great eaters. :)

  • Bridget - Straight Talking Vegetables
    August 5, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I’m a big fan of bringing a knife when travelling, even without kids. It’s budget-friendly, dietary-requirement friendly, and you can go adventuring and just eat in the nicest spot you find!

    • Laura Clark
      August 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

      I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to figure the knife thing out. For me, the trick was finding something that didn’t look too scary so that I won’t get any nasty looks at the apple orchard or the pizza parlor – you know, the places where a hunting knife looks overkill.

  • Angie
    August 7, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Your kids are precious! We always travel in the car with a large hunting type knife, a bottle opener, and a wine bottle opener, makes things so much easier. Your pictures are beautiful too!

    • Laura Clark
      August 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

      So smart….

  • sandra
    August 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    what a wonderful trip! I fear traveling with my little guy – we’ve been across the country but not ventured further. My travel bug is nipping at my heels so we may need to go somewhere where they speak another language, and soon. Thanks for the knife tip – makes a lot of sense.

  • Melissa from HungryFoodLove
    August 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I completely agree with you and loveeee your picnic shot by the way. Stunning!

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