Everyone knows you’re supposed to take Mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day, right? But going out for brunch on this particular Sunday is like going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day — it’s amateur hour. You’re just begging for overpriced “special” menus and crowds.
Instead, consider picking up food from some of our favorite takeout places, getting a big blanket, and having a picnic (the weather forecast is terrific). San Marino’s Lacy Park is a wonderful spot, as are the grounds at Caltech (always quiet on weekends), Altadena’s Farnsworth Park, the tables at Arlington Garden or, if your mom loves to hike, atop Echo Mountain.
Here’s our dream picnic: a little cheese and charcuterie from Nicole’s; fresh bread from Euro Pane; some caponata and roasted asparagus with orange and pine nuts from Porta Via; gruyère and leek quiche from Little Flower Candy Co.; chocolate crème de menthe bars and chocolate-chunk cookies from Julienne; and champagne from Mission Wines. But if you don’t want to drive hither and thither, any of these places (excluding Mission Wines) can supply you with a lovely and memorable Mother’s Day picnic — just remember to get your order in early, and in some cases you may have to pick up the food a day ahead.
Euro Pane, 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.577.1828
Julienne, San Marino, juliennetogo.com
Little Flower Candy Co., Pasadena, littleflowercandyco.com
Mission Wines, South Pasadena, missionwines.com
Nicole’s Gourmet Foods, South Pasadena, nicolesgourmetfoods.com
Porta Via, Pasadena, portaviafoods.com