Fall is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! It is my favorite time of year because of the crisp weather, fresh beginnings, and all of the tasty food that goes along with football season. When I say I am a football fan I am really just a fan of crowds of people cheering for a similar cause, tailgate snacks and cocktails, and marching bands.
Over the weekend we got our fill of the 2012 football season. On Friday night we went to Stanford’s opening game against San Jose State. I found tickets on Stub Hub for $4 so it was pretty cheap entertainment. We got to the game early for the food truck parade on campus. There were 10 trucks offering a wide variety of cuisine right outside the football stadium. We found a spot to sit in the grass to eat and enjoy a beer or two.
We checked out all of the different trucks but ended up trying teriyaki chicken and garlic and herb tater tots.
I had a doctor’s appointment last week and my doctor told me that am doing really well on my new low carb diet so I didn’t feel that bad when I cheated a little bit with these tots. (I am not on my diet to loose weight but that is a side effect, I am working to regulate my sugars and my internal inflammation).
I also enjoyed this cold bud light, the first beer that I have had in a few months. It was really good!
I could hear the marching band playing close by so I ran over to snap a few pictures of them in action. I had heard from my friend Laura that the band members are crazy but I didn’t expect them to be totally nuts! I am used to marching band being all about precision and timing but these guys were wild. They wore wild outfits and hats and were definitely putting on a show for the crowd.
When they saw me with my camera the entire saxophone section surrounded me. I was so embarrassed but I figured I should just take advantage of the show and snap some good close ups.
The dumb major was very unconventional too. He wore a crazy scuba outfit and danced like a true dancing machine. I was able to snap this sequence of photos when they were “marching” into the stadium.
Totally hilarious! I am glad I got to see them close up…
The Stanford stadium is the cleanest stadium that I have ever been in. It is pretty small so every seat in the house is a good seat. We walked in just in time to see the team run out.
Chris had a hot dog and a soft pretzel inside the stadium. Soft pretzels are my favorite thing, this one wasn’t as good as the pretzels that I make from scratch but it still hit the spot.
We had really good seats, in the second row, you can’t beat that for $4!
Really close to the action…
In between the first and second quarter that showed a little tribute to all of the Stanford athletes who competed in the London Olympics. They had the most athletes from any college in the world, crazy!
It was a really fun night and we are looking forward to going to more Stanford events.
On Saturday we had a few Googlers over to watch the Michigan vs. Alabama game. It was fun to have people over but I was sad that Michigan lost. They didn’t play well at all, I hope that they turn things around this season. I made all of the traditional football foods like yummy appetizers, chili, mac and cheese, and easy desserts like this nutella mousse trifle (I will share the recipe later this week).
If you love football season as much as I do please be a guest blogger during my Touchdown Week coming up in October. I am looking for football fans to share their game day traditions, tailgating recipes, and pictures. I know there are a lot of big fans out there so Email me!