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It may not be picnic season quite yet, but the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing recently has me dreaming about long lazy afternoons outside, settled on an old blanket with a lavish lunch and a great bottle of wine.
If the weather keeps up, I’m going to make my way to Cafe Rolle in East Sacramento, a neighborhood bastion of friendly, casual French dining. The cafe offers a number of delicious and picnic-friendly sandwiches and salads that can be packaged up and transported to your favorite outdoorsy dining spot. I especially like the pretty salad Niçoise, featuring a perfectly-poached chunk of salmon, firm-but-tender haricots verts and a hard-boiled egg atop a bed of fresh baby lettuces; and the popular (and warm) “Stacy’s Favorite” sandwich, spread with garlic aioli and loaded with roast beef, caramelized onion and melted brie cheese.
Note: If it’s cold outside, Cafe Rolle’s cozy dining area, enlivened by sky blue and butter yellow walls plastered with French posters, is another great place to enjoy your repast.