Spring Road Trips: Snack Packer

Pack the Ultimate Picnic Basket for Your Next Road Trip

From smoked oysters to Alpine cheese, toss these delicious fixings in the trunk.

By Benjamin Tepler February 26, 2019 Published in the March 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

Image: Michael Novak

Few Oregon road-trippers log more miles than Elias Cairo, co-owner and master salumist at Olympia Provisions. The dedicated bird hunter regularly treks out to Eastern Oregon for pheasant, quail, and grouse. It should come as no surprise that the grab-’n’-go picnic basket from one of the country’s top charcuterie makers is basically one very deluxe cheese board.

1. Saltine Crackers $3.49 at Fred Meyer

2. Tiny Tots Sardines $3.19 at Fred Meyer (“Add focaccia, mayonnaise, and lemon and you’ve got a little fish sando picnic,” says Cairo.) 

3. Honeycomb (or Bee Local Honey) $12.99 at World Foods

4. Black Walnut Cutting Board $25 at olympiaprovisions.com

5. Crown Prince Smoked Oysters with Chilis $8.50 at Providore Market

6. Oritz Escabeche Mussels $7.99 at Providore Market

7. Ortiz Bonita Del Norte White Tuna in Olive Oil $13.99 at Providore Market

8. Olympia Provisions Saucisson Sec $9.99 at New Seasons Market

9. Opinel Folding Knife $22 at olympiaprovisions.com

10. Vitaly Paley Bar (or any nut bar) $21.99/lb at Zupan’s Market

11. Appenzeller Cheese $26.99/lb at Zupan’s Market (“This hardy Alpine cheese travels particularly well.”)

12. Six-Pack of Pacifico $10.99 at Fred Meyer

13. Maille Cornichons $8.29 at New Seasons Market

14. Seventh Generation Wipes $3.99 at Fred Meyer

15. Kettle Chips Salt and Vinegar $3.99 at Fred Meyer (“Amazing with smoked mussels.”)

16. Loire Valley Cabernet Franc $18–29 at Providore Market

17. Tabasco Sauce $3.99 at Fred Meyer

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