Please let me explain. I don’t mean that Joe and I are good at getting drunk in public (although…), I mean that we enjoy a long afternoon of eating a little, drinking a little and repeating. We developed this while living in California. There was a street festival in a little beach town that offered tickets to various restaurants at a discounted price. For instance the Thai restaurant would sell you a spring roll for 2 tickets, and tickets were a dollar each. The point was to wander around and sample food. Joe and I just took it to the next level. We would try a dish of something, then head in to a bar to try a drink of something. Usually there were one to two drinks for every dish. The whole event was called a “Stroll and Savor” but when you outpace the eating with imbibing it quickly becomes a “Stagger and Savor” which is what we affectionately call it now.
We do this still on nice evenings; walk to our bustling one block main street, sample various appetizers and happy hour specials, then stagger our way home. How, you may ask, does this tie into being outside – well I like to sit outside while we are at restaurants. So there. Some people like to get sporty in the sun, I like to get full.
As with most things in life – local is always better. If you are fortunate enough to find local sausage, local bread, local sauerkraut and local mustard – do it! If not, try to get the best quality of all of them. For instance the kosher sauerkraut in the refrigerated section of the grocery store is far better than the canned version.
1 large keg can of beer, or 2 bottles of beer (dark or medium lager is good)
4-6 slices of 100% rye bread – or dark whole grain loaf
Strong whole grain mustard