Let’s hang onto our summertime moods a little longer with these 3 tips for enjoying the good life al fresco.

Take a little nourishment from the sun and stars

Enjoy the nourishment of the sun or the stars and have an al fresco meal whenever the weather permits. Don’t let a warm and sunny day or a starlit night go by without enjoying this summertime favorite—eating outdoors. This too provides nourishment.

Simplicity Reigns

When it comes to eating outdoors, simplicity reigns. Good food doesn’t require a lot of fuss. Many times the best dishes are made with just a few ingredients making use of what is fresh and readily available. Summertime offers an abundant array of the freshest offerings. This is the time to keep it simple and indulge in our natural bounty.

Really Be There

Whether you’re eating your meal alone, or with loved ones, be there totally. Savor every bit. If you can’t cook or don’t feel like it…eat a peach. They’re amazing right now. So don’t worry about the food – there’s plenty to eat with no cooking required – and give your full attention to the ones you’re with. Take in the scene around you; a pulsing city street, a quiet, wooded backyard, a water view from the deck or simply the sky above. Take it all in!

…and go get you hands on some luscious tomatoes so a sweet meal is mere moments away.

For a no cook healthy meal idea, click here.


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  1. Lacy August 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I adore the tip to be there totally. Mindful eating solves so many food “problems.” It’s actually a pretty challenging skill to learn for us nowadays, but has so many rewards!

    • chefsilvia August 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      It is challenging Lacy but as you astutely noticed, it has so many benefits including really tasting our food and being present with those we share it with. Oh…and we tend to eat less because every bite is satisfying.

  2. Melissa Burkheimer August 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I love keeping things simple – great tip! Haven’t looked at the stars in a while. That’s a must-do before summer is over. :)

  3. jazzmund12 August 26, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Can’t wait for some warmer weather so I can take the dining table outside again :) Thanks for another inspiring post :)

  4. Aimelie Ronquillo August 26, 2013 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I love that idea. I don’t know why it’s never occurred to me to do something like that. Plus, your no cook healthy meal idea is so easy and look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing!!:-)

  5. Lorna August 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Such a good reminder Silvia! Eating outdoors and truly savoring every bite is one of my favorite things in the world. And yet it is so easy to let the time get away. I am going to plan a small get together with those I love and keep it simple. Thank you!

  6. Angela Privin August 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I love Italian food almost as much as I love no cook meals and dining outside. It doesn’t get better than this.

  7. chefsilvia August 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    So glad this fun post resinated with all of you. I know that lingering over a meal outdoors fills me up and makes me feel like a million bucks. Maybe it’s because I grew up with my parents and neighbors eating and talking well into the night around our outdoor table. Those memories are still with me.

  8. Shana August 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Love this! Keep it simple and enjoy the moment. Perfect food for thought. :)

  9. Andrea September 1, 2013 at 7:08 am - Reply

    On my first trip to London, I met a Frenchmen who invited me to dinner with his friends. When we got there, I was a bit uncomfortable because none of them spoke English, but they had a beautiful long table set up out in the garden, with gorgeous food and lots and lots of wine. It didn’t take long for me to relax and before I knew it, we had talked and ate and drank until the very early morning. That was about 20 years ago and because I took the time to truly savor it, I can still remember every moment of that lovely evening.

    Really being there is what it’s all about. :)

    • chefsilvia September 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Andrea, love your story. I can picture it myself. Food is intrinsically tied to memory so it can bring us back in an instant, with a whiff. That’s in part, the miracle of food and how it serves us as a humanity. I know you know this. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your fav no cook dish. Funny, I make something similar except I use prosciutto, sliced chicken, tomato and arugula in a wrap…yum!

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