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Old 08-18-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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I know we have many parts of the country and world with pleasant weather for several months. In addition to being outside I love to eat outside. I've always treated my porches, patios, courtyards and whatevers as extra rooms.

I love the front porch area on my townhouse. It's covered and big enough for a good sized wrought iron table and two chairs. This is where I drink coffee every morning and eat breakfast and sometimes lunch on the weekend. Eating outside, to me, is a little break in the routine.

The patio/ back area is a great entertaining space for bigger groups, although I haven't got that far yet!

I had a huge screened in porch on my previous house and really spent a lot of time out there. It was almost an extra three season room.

Not to leave out restaurants . . . I also love restaurants with outdoor spaces. They just seem so relaxing.

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Old 08-18-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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Best place to eat outside is in the back country at about 6000ft drinking a cup of camp coffee and watching the sun come over the ridge while the fresh caught trout sizzles in a cast iron pan in bacon fat over the campfire.

Thats me in about 6 weeks at deer camp.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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I don't like to eat outside but I do love to drink outside, morning coffee, afternoon or evening cocktail or glass of wine.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I enjoy eating outside. During the spring and fall, and on the occasional day in the summer when it's not too hot, we often have dinner outside and enjoy having our weekend morning coffee outside on our deck.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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We have awnings on our patio and we have breakfast and dinner on the patio as much as the weather permits--except in July we were dealing with high 90's low 100's most of the month.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I do not. Flying insects love me and my food too much to enjoy the experience.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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Bulldog Dad's post brought up a childhood memory. I grew up in metro Atlanta and my family went to Gatlinburg every summer for a few days. On the drive up we used to stop in the Nantahala George and cook breakfast. NEVER has bacon smelled so good! My dad would cook the bacon in a cast iron pan (of course) on a Coleman stove and then fix the eggs. It seems like we took a metal pan for the eggs and I know we made toast in one of the skillets. The thermos of coffee went with us -- made at home before we left. I can just smell the hot Maxwell House coffee in the glass lined thermos. Before I drank coffee (or coffee milk!) there was some chocolate milk and a Coca Cola in a small glass bottle in the ice chest for me.

I'm so glad that I have those vacation memories. My parents worked hard. They owned a dime store and we ran it six days a week. I can remember them really looking relaxed while we were eating breakfast.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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I do not. Flying insects love me and my food too much to enjoy the experience.
Wait until cooler or even cold weather. I went to the New York Aquarium once in January on a gray, snowy, and cold day. When we came out we decided to look over Coney Island and became very cold very quickly. We stopped at Nathan's and each got a hot dog and a cup of Manhattan Clam Chowder. Oh my goodness, did that hit the spot.

That's the stuff of great memories.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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Wait until cooler or even cold weather. I went to the New York Aquarium once in January on a gray, snowy, and cold day. When we came out we decided to look over Coney Island and became very cold very quickly. We stopped at Nathan's and each got a hot dog and a cup of Manhattan Clam Chowder. Oh my goodness, did that hit the spot.

That's the stuff of great memories.
Ah! Eating hot food outside on a cold day. I love that!

That reminds me of an old boyfriend in Montreal. He had a convertible MGB that he never took out in winter, of course. One winter day, though, the roads were dry but it was cold. We went out in the car, he took down the roof, and cranked the heat. As we drove around like that -- hot/cold -- I said we were like a hot fudge sundae. I haven't forgotten it yet... 30 years later.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Hot Irish coffees and clam chowder in sourdough bowls at Hyde park watching the fog come through the Golden Gate on a blustery day in San Francisco.
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