What a lovely week for a walk or a bike ride! Why not pick up lunch and head down to the jewel of the Emerald Necklace for a calm picnic with the sailboats? We recommend a few places only a couple blocks away.
•El Oriental de Cuba has a number of tasty sandwiches to choose from, but doesn’t it just make sense to order a Cuban sandwich for only $6.50? They definitely know what they’re doing. And don’t forget a tropical shake - try the parcha vanilla for a familiar taste with a warm spin.
•The Purple Cactus has so many delicious foods made portable! We love the Thai hot wraps, with fire-grilled chicken, peanut sauce, broccoli, jasmine rice, and bean sprouts.
•JP Seafood Cafe offers the oh-so-convenient Obento (lunch box!), for a square meal of miso soup, rice, salad, and all kinds of sushi. Maybe not what Olmstead envisioned when he considered the picnic in his park, but it sounds great to us!
[Photo: Jamaica Plain: Povo]