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America's Best Picnic Spots

Point Dume, California

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California: Point Dume

Chef: Suzanne Goin, Tavern, Lucques, and The A.O.C., Los Angeles.

Favorite Picnic Spot: “Point Dume in Malibu is my favorite escape. It’s only minutes from L.A. but you feel transported—wide, beautiful stretch of white sands, crashing waves, and even dolphins if you’re lucky. I never understood eating at those picnic benches by the parking lot.”

Favorite Picnic Fixings: “I like to do some sort of theme—maybe something Americana with fried chicken...or Frenchy with sliced hangar steak, red onions, and sauce verte with a big arugula salad (I just take lemon wedges and a little bottle of olive oil to dress it). I also like to have grilled or roasted vegetables with lots of e.v.o.o., garlic, and chili.”

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