We’ve been attending wine tastings at this park for about 8 year summers now. Before Oliver and before we were married and now we still go because I think everyone in LA takes their child here because it’s acceptable to go wine tasting with your child in tow and no ones judging!! The cool thing about this park, is it’s an art park, called Barnsdall Art Park . Up on the hill that over looks the city is home to a beautiful museum, that houses art to many up and coming artist, a house that was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, and it also offers art classes for the young and old. It’s one of those hidden gems in the city that a lot of people didn’t know about until they started doing wine tasting up on the hill. Jonathan and I used to live down the street so we would just walk there. It used to be $15 when it started, but now eight years later it’s $30. We don’t mind paying it because most of the money is a donation to the foundation.
I love picnicking. Who doesn’t especially when wine is involved. One thing I really do love to make is fried chicken, you can from my past posts. It’s an easy thing to make and doesn’t seem to get messy, and everyone loves it. This time I decided to make waffles along with the fried chicken, little bites. Even less messy.
We were celebrating two birthdays, and the end of summer. Such a great way to spend a Friday night. I have a great group of lady friends, and we all had babies around the same time. So we often spend our birthdays together, or other things we want to celebrate. It’s great to have the support system we have with each other. To celebrate the birthdays I made PB&J cupcakes. I stuffed the cupcakes with a really tasty concord grape jam, used fresh PB for the icing, and topped them with concord grapes. It was a great evening and an amazing way to kick off the holiday weekend.
Picnic photos courtesy of Nikki Garcia
Fried Chicken Ingredients:
6-8 organic chicken thighs skin on and bone in
1 quart buttermilk
6 cups flour
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
Directions for fried chicken:
Soak your chicken in buttermilk for at least 12 hours, or over night. Once your done soaking it pour out the buttermilk and add 3 eggs and whisk. Next add all your dry ingredients together. I like to use a cast iron pan to fry my chicken. Add the oil of your liking, I use canola oil. Heat it up once it’s hot enough, or 350. At this point I heat my oven to 375. Dip your chicken in the buttermilk mixture and then the flour mixture. Place in hot oil. It’s important to not over crowd the chicken. Once they are golden on each side place on lined parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the chicken is fried, put in the oven an cook for about 25 minutes. You can check the internal temp of the chicken if you feel should, it should be 165. Once it’s done let it cool for a bit
For waffles use a Belgium waffle cooker. I only filled the it up half way, because I wanted small squares. Once they’re done and cooled pull apart. Cut up your chicken and place a piece on top to the waffle. Use a tooth pic to hold them together. Top with honey or maple syrup.