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August 5, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Life’s a (global) picnic. So, what’s in your picnic basket?

The time’s prime for an all-American picnic. But before you ice up your cooler and set your checkered blanket with the obvious — say, Ezell’s fried chicken or Safeway potato salad — remember this: You live in Greater Seattle, where in addition to the traditional picnic-fixin’ options, we’ve got a globe-spinning array of eats from around the world — if you know where to look.

In this month’s Ticket roundup, I offer some stops I’d consider before heading out into the sunshine (get the details on those places right here, and check out my photos below). However, seeing as there are a zillion great options for picnic fare in these parts (including the appropriately named Picnic, in Greenwood), I’ve got to ask: where do you go to pick-up picnic fixings?

A little bit of this (Russian salami, a banh mi sandwich, yuca chips), a little bit of that (dried squid, Spanish olives, feta cheese). In and around Seattle, we can find some great picnic eats. [Seattle Times photo: Steve Ringman]

If you’ve been to Szechuan Chef or Tuna House in Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Center, then you’ll know where to find the fabulous International Deli — which rocks my world with the Russian and Ukrainian foods my grandparents grew up on (among others).

Seattle Deli, serves Vietnamese take-out at two locations, one in Little Saigon near 12th and Jackson, and the other in the Boo Han shopping center on Highway 99 in Edmonds.

Most of us know it as the Salvadorean Bakery, but that White Center wonder has plenty of savory eats — as well as mountains of great sweets — for stuffing your face, and your picnic basket.

At the Spanish Table and its nearby sibling Paris Grocery (below Pike Place Market, on Western Avenue) you can “ole!” and “ooh la la!” over jamon and jambon, chorizo and charcuterie, Matiz fig-bread and madeleines.

Ballard’s newish Take 5 Urban Market has become a neighborhood favorite. Here are a few reasons why.

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