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Another awesome tailgate; another awesome game!


We beat Virginia in our homecoming game 52 to 17.  The weather was great, too – it wasn’t unbearably hot and it was super windy!  My ridiculous orange hat came in handy.  🙂


Our morning started off really early.  I woke up at 6:30 AM and stumbled to Lisette and Danny’s kitchen to eat something light.  I just wanted something to hold me over until the tailgate.  I had Cheerio’s! 🙂


We drove to the stadium around 8:00 AM and started to set up our spread.  We bring SO MUCH stuff to the tailgate, including the tent, chairs, a rug, a trash can, a table, decorations, a cooler, a grill… Thank goodness we have a BIG CAR!


Well, I know this is suppose to be a Healthy Tailgate, but I must rename this particular tailgate a “Healthy-ish Tailgate.”  🙂 


We got things started off right with a POM Wonderful mimosa.


It was pretty delicious!


I had two.  🙂


We wanted to wait a little bit to make the pizza, so we snacked on a bowl of fruit. 


One of the things I like most about tailgating is how friendly everyone is!  We needed plastic cups, and a neighbor loaned some to us.  The other people next to use gave us some lighter fluid.  Gotta love that football spirit!


We just act tough in Miami…  We’re actually quite sensitive.  😉


I decided to try to make a grilled pizza using Boboli crusts, which are pre-made and you can find them in almost every grocery store.  The idea of the Breakfast Pizza scared the Husband too much, so I made a regular pizza.  We bought these mini whole wheat pizza crusts.


Instead of traditional pizza sauce, we used this Sun Dried Tomato Pesto.  It was DIVINE.



We quickly realized that the pizzas had to go on tin foil or the bottoms would burn.  They turned out EXCELLENT!


With baked beans and chips (this is the “healthy-ish” part!):


Lisette and Danny ended up meeting us at the game.  We played some Cornhole.  I think this is a Northerner game because no one else at the tailgate ever recognizes it.  It’s SO fun though!  Have you played?



While playing, I drank a beer:


Before we walked into the game, I climbed on top on our car so I could photograph the entire scene.  For the foreigners who don’t really understand what tailgating is, Americans FULLY embrace grilling, drinking, playing games, and blasting music in the parking lot before a football game.  We usually arrive 3 – 4 hours early just to hang out.



It’s pretty awesome!  :)  A very unique and American experience!


I snuck a Clif bar into the stadium:


Never had the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut flavor, and it was AMAZING.  Must stock up!


And the Husband and I split this bland veggie burger.  Do you know how hard it was for me to find a veggie burger in the stadium?!


As mentioned, the game itself was awesome.  We had a blast watching our team kick butt!  :) 


Oh and guess what I found at a bar in the stadium?


That’s right… an INDOOR ROOF (my favorite)! :)  I’m telling you, it’s a weird obsession.


And then we drove 3.5 hours back to Orlando.  I was the designated driver.  The Husband was pretty intoxicated after drinking a $16 margarita (I kid you not!) during the game.  I fueled up with a latte:


I’m going to have leftover Thai food (basil tofu) and brown rice for dinner.  I have grand plans to relax and watch TV.  Tomorrow, I need to be really productive – running and working is on the agenda!


Hope you had a GREAT Saturday, too!



  • Erica November 7, 2009, 8:11 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun 🙂 The pizzas turned out awesome. You guys through some jammin tailgates. Hope you get some rest tonight

  • Meg C. November 7, 2009, 8:14 pm

    Ahhh pom is great with alcohol. once I had a pomtini and I was like “this is good for me.. it has antioxidants!” Healthiest drunkenness ever. lol

    • caitlin November 7, 2009, 8:15 pm

      HAHAH thats exactly (exactly) what i said

  • Evan Thomas November 7, 2009, 8:15 pm

    Haha, I love the orange coordination! And I was sent that bar to review 2 weeks ago and I still haven’t tried it, but now I think I might have to on your recommendation

  • Kara November 7, 2009, 8:19 pm

    I can’t believe I never thought of grilling pizza — that looks awesome!! Think it would work with fresh pizza dough, or would you have to par-bake it first?

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 7, 2009, 8:20 pm

    Aw your hat is cute!

    I can totally believe the $16 marg.. I’m a baseball kind of girl, but those stadiums’ concession stands are also super expensive!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) November 7, 2009, 8:22 pm

    That grilled pizza is ingenious! What a fun day, football is definitely one of my favorite sports to watch although I do prefer college over pro. Have a safe drive back!

  • Jolene ( November 7, 2009, 8:25 pm

    Fun day!! I want to try tailgating!

  • Kristin November 7, 2009, 8:29 pm

    Bags (cornholes) are HUGE at tailgates in Iowa . Everyone places them and it only gets better as everyone drinks more. Glad it made its way down south!

  • Katie November 7, 2009, 8:34 pm

    Those pizzas look delicious. Bags is pretty big in the midwest too.

    Um yea my run for the day totally didn’t happen oops hopes yours goes better tomorrow! I love your training plan if I decide to man up and do the marathon I think I’ll use it 😉

    And a 16 dollar margarita your kidding! I hope it was as big as his head!

  • Hil November 7, 2009, 8:58 pm

    Pomegranate mimosa = best idea EVER.

  • Stacey November 7, 2009, 9:19 pm

    Looks like fun! I sometimes buy that pizza crust when I’m not in the mood to make my own 🙂 Lol, a $16 margarita?! Holy cow, for that much money, he BETTER get wasted lolol

  • Stephanie November 7, 2009, 9:24 pm

    Looks like a great day! Love the Pom Mimosa, sounds deelish 🙂 We play cornhole all the time in VA, except we usually call it Baggo – it’s fun whatever you call it though!

  • Melissa S. November 7, 2009, 9:29 pm

    hahaha…i love the hat! awesome!

    man, too bad i wasn’t i miami yet…boo!

    and i LOVE that pizza!! mom makes it all the time at home!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 7, 2009, 9:30 pm

    I have never been tailgating. In fact I’ve never been to a football game live. My college only had soccer and there was no alcohol involved. But it looks like great fun.

  • Matt November 7, 2009, 9:34 pm

    That is my all time favorite Clif bar. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • elissa November 7, 2009, 9:40 pm

    I’m in Colorado and we love Cornhole here too. We always bring it camping and it provides many hours of entertainment! Looks like you had a great time! 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 7, 2009, 10:13 pm

    I love cornhole and I live in Kentucky! It is huge here. Haha, that indoor roof obsession of yours is too funny 😉

  • Kristie Lynn November 7, 2009, 10:28 pm

    I LOVE cornhole! 😀 Definitely huge in MI + WI, but I played it when following the Phillies to DC for a doubleheader and saw a few other people with the good old boards as well. I have to say though, the guys that were playing beer pong using their car roof as the table were definitely the most entertaining!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 7, 2009, 10:36 pm

    The pom mimosa sounds like a great idea.

  • Annabananabomb November 7, 2009, 10:40 pm

    I wish we had tailgating in Australia! I love my footy and it’s a huge social event! Helps to barrack for the same team as my boy, we get a regular weekly date to watch our team during footy season. I love reading that you eat chips and drink grog too, it helps to keep this whole “healthy lifestyle” thing into perspective

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 7, 2009, 10:47 pm

    Cornhole is definitely a northern game. It’s known as cornhole in Iowa, but in Illinois and Missouri it’s just “bags” or “beanbags.” It’s big at tailgates in the Midwest!

  • Melissa November 7, 2009, 10:47 pm

    A bar is Boston has a Cornhole league. My boyfriend really wants to sign up!

    Glad Miami won and that you guys had fun at the game!

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness November 7, 2009, 11:14 pm

    SERIOUSLY THE MARGARITAS AT LANDSHARK ARE OUT OF CONTROL PRICEY! I think if you add a floater, it comes out to like $26 bucks or something similarly ridiculous!! But they are pretty good… hee hee!

    It’s so weird to see your tailgating pictures, because I’m there every other weekend for the Dolphins games! I’ll have to take a picture next time I’m down there– it’s like your tailgating pic, but with more tents and more flags. Or maybe there weren’t as many tents there today bc it wasn’t so hot! Anyway… GO CANES! So glad they won. Your tailgate looks like it was funnnn!

  • Lu November 7, 2009, 11:15 pm

    Wow. That pizza looks wonderful. I’ve only tailgated once, and it was a blast.

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness November 7, 2009, 11:15 pm

    Oh, and PS- yes, cornhole is definitely a northern game. My husband went to an away game against the Steelers a few years ago (he’s pretty diehard!) and came back talking about that game. No one plays it down here… maybe it’s just too hot in the FL sun! LOL!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 7, 2009, 11:24 pm

    Mmmm… pom mimosas!

    People play cornhole Everywhere in the Midwest… so it is a northern thing! 🙂

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes November 7, 2009, 11:30 pm

    Oh my gosh that pizza looks so good! you’re making me hungry!

  • Marissa November 7, 2009, 11:32 pm

    I love using non-red sauce stuff on pizzas! So creative of you!

  • Sammi November 7, 2009, 11:35 pm

    You guys beat my state! Lol. I’ve seen cornhole before!(I don’t remember it being called that though)

  • Lee November 8, 2009, 12:06 am

    Cornhole is pretty popular here in Atlanta.

  • Lindsay November 8, 2009, 12:44 am

    3-4 hours? i wish. people start showing up to tailgate on friday here, for a saturday afternoon game! there are tons of busses, rvs, converted fire trucks, etc. and it gets really crazy. in college we would go park overnight just to get the best say bags (cornhole) and ladder golf are the two biggest tailgating games here. well and beer pong.

  • Marie November 8, 2009, 1:31 am

    Cornhole is definitely known in New England and in the Midwest. At my very very small school in Boston (where tailgating is technically not allowed), we play with old Big-10 Cornhole boards. Gotta pass the time/create a drinking game somehow!

  • Haylee November 8, 2009, 1:42 am

    Yum, The pizza looks delish!
    I love your square cheerios bowl by the way!

  • emily November 8, 2009, 2:57 am

    Congratulations on your Foodbuzz award!

  • Michelle November 8, 2009, 4:11 am

    I miss football. I miss it so much. in my cries our for a 4th and goal. a good hail Mary. I miss my core.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 8, 2009, 5:50 am

    Love reading all about your tailgate! The food, of course, looked fabulous. But, oh man I love that stadium..but it will always be Joe Robbie stadium to me! How about you? Also congratulations on your FoodBuzz award!! I love that Operation Beautiful is getting so much love! It’s well deserved!

  • Erica November 8, 2009, 6:13 am

    Congrats on the win girl!!!!

  • Susan November 8, 2009, 7:02 am

    Pizza on the grill has been on my list of things to make for-EVER! Yours looks like it turned out beautifully. Thanks for taking that pic of the taligating too, even though I’m Canadian, I still don’t really get the whole concept of it. But it definitely sounds like it turns the game into a big event!

    I think I have that same hat in green… 😛

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  • Diana November 8, 2009, 8:03 am

    It’s a bit weird for me, the whole tailgating thing, but I think it would be a cool experience! 🙂
    The pizza looks great. Awesome that you try to keep it healthy at all times. 😛

    Congrats on the award, btw!
    Have a great sunday 🙂

  • Erin November 8, 2009, 8:15 am

    My family has never been into tailgating, but you sure make it look like fun!

    I’d never played bags/cornhole until I went to college in Ohio. Now, in northern Illinois, my brother breaks it out at all outdoor events. Even one of my friend’s sons (in central Illinois) has a mini-version just for his 3 year old self!

  • Island Girl Eats November 8, 2009, 8:29 am

    What a great idea making POM mimosa’s. I want one too and it’s only 8.28am!!!!

  • Jenna November 8, 2009, 9:44 am

    that is such a cute picture of you caitlin!
    the game sounded like it was a blast 🙂
    veggie burger at a stadium is great, glad you found it!

  • JAG November 8, 2009, 10:41 am

    As a Brit, I have often wondered what the heck tailgating is and now I know! I think the idea is genius, shame it hasn’t caught on over here in England.

    Love the pics, it looks like you had a super fun time 🙂

  • Lindsay November 8, 2009, 11:14 am

    I really think that it stinks that it was SOOO difficult to get a vegetarian option at the football stadium!! I was in the isle of man near the United Kingdom last weekend and it was almost impossible to find anything that was vegetarian!!

  • Kathleen November 8, 2009, 2:25 pm

    Lol, you guys have such awesome tailgate parties! I think it’s funny that you call that bean bag game Cornhole because I live in MN and that was a great drinking game in college with my roommates and friends (all guys who were obssessed and competitive…we had leagues) and we just called it bags. We had decorating parties where we each made sets and bedazzled and glittered the bags and the boys painted the wooden parts with the hole. Awesome!

  • Nikka @ neekadeek November 8, 2009, 5:13 pm

    Caitlin, I must admit I have never been a football fan. But your tailgating experiences make we want to join in on all the fun. Probably not the best reason to become a fan, but you make it look so enticing 🙂

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) November 8, 2009, 8:01 pm

    We plan cornhole too and I’m from FLA! But my fam/friends are baseball tailgaters! 😀

    PS. WCMN Cliff bars are one of the best flavors in my option! 😀

  • Danny @BeerinShape November 8, 2009, 9:11 pm

    Caitlin, Lisette and I had a blast with you this weekend!!! Looking forward to the 21st game (hopefully we can go again). Today, Lisette made that buffalo chicken pizza we told you about, but using the same boboli wheat crust. Came out awesome!!! Thanks for the BEER sample 6-pack!!!

  • Kristina November 8, 2009, 9:53 pm

    Cornhole is definitely big up here…I’m from just outside of Cleveland. For many years, I didn’t even realize it had a name…I just thought of it as “the bean bag toss game”! Three years ago, I saw a sign for cornhole…had to stop my car and take a photo! Cracked me up! Reminded me of Beavis being the great cornholio 🙂 Here’s the photo:

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) November 9, 2009, 10:46 am


    I’m so embarrassed to be a Virginia fan – they have been doing awful!

  • Caroline November 11, 2009, 9:12 am

    Haha, that is nothing compared to UGA (I just work there, not actually a fan) tailgating where they completely cover north campus. Corn hole is definitely played in Athens, Ga as well.

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