Upgrade, Upgrade, Upgrade!


Today’s football game was extra special because 1) it was the last home game (but not the last tailgate) of the season and 2) we decided to upgrade our tickets to the swanky Club Level.  TOTALLY worth it!


My day started bright and early at 5 AM.  We were in a rush to get out of the house, so I packed breakfast in an easy to-go container!  I had Oikos Greek yogurt, a banana, and granola:


As we drove, the sun came up (and I drank coffee).  I don’t know why Northerners are so obsessed with Dunkin Donuts – I hate it!  Bletch!

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We arrived at the stadium around 9:30 AM, and set up our tailgate area.  Welcome to our lovely home!  🙂


I KNEW I shouldn’t have bought this massive bag of chips for just the Husband and I, but I did anyways because I have a serious weak spot for chips and salsa.  We started to tear into it right away:


It was good.  🙂


We played Ladder Golf for a while with the people who were parked next to us.  Ladder Golf is another one of our homemade tailgate games.


The goal of Ladder Golf is to throw the golf balls around one of the levels of the ladder.  It’s really fun!


And then I got to cooking!


So, one of the items I’ve been wanting to make is  Breakfast Pizza.  Since today’s game started at 12:00 PM, I thought this was my perfect opportunity.  As usual, since our tailgate menus are sponsored by Arnold Bread, I used the lovely Boboli crust as my base.  I do really like the Whole Wheat Boboli crusts.


Our breakfast pizzas contained:


  • Pasta sauce
  • Spinach
  • Hashbrowns
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs
  • Green Peppers
  • Cheddar Cheese


Everything has to be fully cooked before going on the pizza, because I’ve found the grill doesn’t really “cook” the toppings, it just heats everything up (and melts cheese).


I cooked the eggs and green pepper first:

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Then I set the cooked eggs aside and did the hashbrowns (which was just a pre-made bagged kind).  After that, I prepared the pizzas and put them on the grill.  The result?


AMAZING. Nom, nom, nom!  I had 1/2 a pizza with some melon (and more chips!).


I want to make this again, but at home!


We cleaned up the tailgate and walked to the stadium, which is when I noticed it was approximately ONE MILLION DEGREES outside.  I was just thinking how faint I was feeling when the Husband mentioned we could upgrade to Club Level for buy-one-get-one.    I said, “Hell yes!”


I then proceeded to scalp our regular seats for $20.  I was quite proud of myself for making the sale.  🙂


The Club Level was SOOOO nice.  We couldn’t afford to get season tickets for Club Level (it’s 6 times the price for season tickets), and it was nice to see “how the other half lives.”  The other half has AIR CONDITIONING


And a swanky BAR!


And a Heisman Trophy!


We obviously looked new.  :)  It was a blast! 


Our seats were better, too.  Instead of being in direct sunlight, we were in the cool shade (with FANS!).  Our normal seats are on the upper level in the picture on the left.  Our special seats were under this nice shade structure.  🙂 In Miami, this is a pretty big deal.

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The game itself was… interesting.  We sucked during the first half, but came back after half-time and proceeded to whip Duke (sorry, Duke fans – you can beat us in basketball!).  It was loads of fun to watch.  And I didn’t even break a sweat!


I did split this ice cream with the Husband:


On the way home, the Husband and I sat with the chips and salsa in the front, and he proceeded to feed me as I drove (unsafe, but delicious).  I’m pretty sure we crushed the entire bag (groan!) over the 3-hour period.  


14 hours after I left the house, I’m finally home, and I’m exhausted.  I foresee much relaxation and couch time in my immediate future.   I’m not really hungry (no surprise there – I’m full of chips!), but I’m about to take a shot of wheatgrass and eat a simple spinach and veggie salad


Good night, my friends!  See you for a 6.0 miler in the morning!  🙂



  • Kelly November 21, 2009, 7:50 pm

    Have you tried the Multigrain Tostitos? I’m not really one to pretend that my chips are healthy BUT the Multigrain ones are SO good!

    • Caitlin November 21, 2009, 8:00 pm

      hahah i think i have. i also like the blue corn chips.

  • Jennie {in Wonderland} November 21, 2009, 7:59 pm

    That pizza looks crazy good.

    I have a serious weakness for salty, greasy tortilla chips with hot salsa. I try to manage it by never, ever buying chips. But sometimes I get my Mum to ship Guiltless Gourmet blue corn chips over from Canada, and then at least I can’t buy them again!

  • Jen November 21, 2009, 8:00 pm

    I’m totally addicted to breakfast pizza! If you like sunny side up eggs, try this recipe
    I’ve been making it for years without the bacon and I add spinach!

  • Katie November 21, 2009, 8:05 pm

    Chips and salsa is a weakness especially 7 layer dip! I totally would have upgraded too those are some fancy digs! Your tailgates are always so fun and tasty looking! I would never get that creative.

  • Evan Thomas November 21, 2009, 8:08 pm

    Looks like an awesome day! I always think “I’m not much into football, but I could get into tailgating if it tastes as good as it looks” haha

  • emily November 21, 2009, 8:16 pm

    I love your tailgate posts, they take me back to my undergrad at UM!

  • Katherine November 21, 2009, 8:20 pm

    Haha – I know exactly how you feel. We had some club seat tickets for a Clemson game from a friend, and I was running around taking pictures of the decor and the free food(!!!) and swank-ness of it all. I’m surprised I didn’t get kicked out for lameness. And in the south, the club level is pretty worth it just for the shade. 😉

    • Caitlin November 22, 2009, 7:32 am

      hahah i should’ve been kicked out for lameness, too.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 21, 2009, 8:50 pm

    THat is an early Saturday wake up call! All of your food looks incredible.

  • Nikki T November 21, 2009, 8:51 pm

    We play the ladder game too, but we call it “Dingle Balls”!!

  • Meg C. November 21, 2009, 8:56 pm

    in all the pics of your husband that you feature on the blog (not really that many i guess) he seems the happiest in the football game/tailgate ones!

    looks like a really fun day!

    • Caitlin November 22, 2009, 7:32 am

      this i know for sure!

  • Megan November 21, 2009, 9:03 pm

    Dunkin Donuts is amazing in the North, hense why Northerns love it! The rest of the country may just be a little behind … you’ll have to give it another try in Boston!

  • Julie November 21, 2009, 9:10 pm

    I’m a Northener and I think dunks sucks! Grosset coffee ever. I agree it’s not the same in other states because bad coffee ever can’t get better no matter where you make it (unless you buy it at the store and make it yourself and don’t burn it or screw up the order). I’m bitter.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove November 21, 2009, 9:17 pm

    My husband and I call Dunkin Donuts dirty water, and we are Northerners. BLECH.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog November 21, 2009, 9:19 pm

    I went to the UNC v. UM game last weekend when my dad came up to visit. My dad is a big time UM fan (UG and law school there!) and I go to carolina law so it was a good time 🙂 It was hard choosing who to root for but ultimately went with UM! gotta go with what you grow up with 😉 I’ve gone to many a UM football games in that miami heat!!! BRUTAL. It was nice to go to one in the cool carolina air. glad you had a good time!! (and that we beat DUKE!)

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 21, 2009, 9:30 pm

    I totally didn’t make the connection that your team was playing OURS! If it were basketball I’d be peeved but I’m not that passionate about our football team. What a bfast pizza!!!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 21, 2009, 9:44 pm

    I have such a weakness for Stacy’s pita chips (naked flavor). I could eat the whole 8-serving bag at once. Salty, yum!

    Love the b-fast pizza idea – I had both eggs and pizza today and it seems brilliant to combine them 🙂

  • Cheryle November 21, 2009, 9:59 pm

    I live in the micro-roastery, super coffee connoisseur capital of the US (Portland, Oregon) and have access to dozens and dozens of fantastic locally run coffee shops within a few minutes of my home but you know what I crave most! Dunkin Original Blend! LOL! Of course, in these parts I can only get the beans at the supermarket so maybe it tastes different, but I had to laugh out loud when you expressed how much you hate Dunkin because I am currently obsessed with it!

    Oh, and it’s weird that you are talking about air conditioning in November. It’s forty degrees here and my legs were very cold running in shorts today. Just sayin’.

  • michelle November 21, 2009, 10:08 pm

    I have suffered many a game in direct sun at that stadium! Great upgrade and TOTALLY worth it. 😀

  • Kath November 21, 2009, 10:11 pm

    I hope we do beat you in basketball 🙂

    Go Blue Devils!

  • Niki (Running In Pink) November 21, 2009, 10:11 pm

    Your tailgate menus always looks delish! I have to laugh, because your “Ladder Golf” is our “Horse Nuts” haha. I love how a lot of tailgate/yard games have different names depending on where you live.

  • Angi November 21, 2009, 10:55 pm

    Ooooooo….yum! I love the multigrain chip – but I usually take mine with yummy cheese…sorry!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 21, 2009, 11:05 pm

    That breakfast pizza looks phenom!
    So cool you got the upgrade:)

  • SweetiePotato November 21, 2009, 11:17 pm

    wow, what a long day! the breakfast pizza looks great!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 21, 2009, 11:20 pm

    I don’t even like football, but you make tailgating look like so much fun! I’ll definitely have to try the breakfast pizza. That looks totally up my boyfriend’s ally.

  • Whit November 21, 2009, 11:21 pm

    Duke SUCKS. I am a UNC fan all the way. 😉 [and they got beat last night, WTF?]

    Anyway, love your avs. I am obsessed [slightly] with mine and I think I might need TWO pairs. Where did you find those lovelies?

  • Jen @ This Vegetarian Life November 21, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Hubby and I are officially jealous. Not only did you guys have nice warm/hot weather, where we were in several layers and still freezing (they’re expecting 5-7 inches of snow tonight…glad we got out when we did), you also won! I apparently cheer for the wrong team. LOL

    Love the looks of that breakfast pizza. Yum!

  • Amy C. November 21, 2009, 11:34 pm

    I’m glad you had fun! The upgrade looked so worth it. 🙂 Also, I’m a Northern girl but I agree with you about Dunkin Donuts coffee. I’ve had it quite a few times but it always tastes burnt to me. The lattes are super though!

  • BroccoliHut November 21, 2009, 11:39 pm

    I am offended by Whit’s comment above! I agree, my Blue Devils do suck at football, but you gotta admit that we rock in basketball;)
    Anyway, LOVE the looks of that breakfast pizza!

  • Anne November 22, 2009, 12:54 am

    Since I can’t comment on your puppy page, I’ll leave a comment here:
    Those pictures are great and soooo CUTE!

    Glad you had fun at the tailgate/game!

  • Whole Body Love November 22, 2009, 12:56 am

    I live in Ohio and even I think Dunkin’ Donuts is disgusting… Yuck. However, your breakfast pizzas look like the best tailgate food I’ve ever seen.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 22, 2009, 1:15 am

    I love Dunkin Donuts iced coffee only BUT I must say they don’t make it right a lot of the time. They make it too bitter, or they burn it, or don’t add enough something. Or maybe I am picky 😉 I don’t like the hot coffee though. I don’t know, it really is easy for them to mess it up. Glad you upgraded it looks fabulous living the club life. 😉 Glad they won and you had a fantastic tailgating. I grew up on Boboli pizza crusts! Yum! 🙂

    • Caitlin November 22, 2009, 7:34 am

      i think it has a lot to do with the people who make the coffee… they didn’t really look like they cared LOL

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 22, 2009, 2:08 am

    We play the exact same game in Saskatchewan, but we call it lawn golf!!!!

  • MelissaNibbles November 22, 2009, 5:22 am

    I agree that Dunkin is disgusting…and I live in Boston! I’m a rare breed I guess.

    Looks like you had a blast!

  • Susan November 22, 2009, 6:45 am

    Breakfast pizza!!! I love it!!!

    I always give in to chips and salsa too. Especially those restaurant style tostitos, which are a ridiculous 20 calories a chip or something. Soooo addicting though!

  • Allison November 22, 2009, 7:16 am

    Man, everyone but me tailgated yesterday! 🙂 Being a Michigander, I am way too far from my alma mater to do any regular tailgating. I miss it!

  • girlrunningaround November 22, 2009, 8:29 am

    Looks like a blast! I also have a major weakness for chips and salsa (and guac). It’s just so darn good!

  • Nicole November 22, 2009, 9:09 am

    I love me some chips and salsa too—also a major weak spot for me. But as a northerner I can tell you that I H.A.T.E. Dunkin Donuts coffee. Bleh is right. It’s so cheap and tastes like water with a weird aftertaste. Bleh.
    Your upgraded seats looked awesome-I died when I saw the “newbie” pics you took inside!

    • Dani November 22, 2009, 11:30 am

      Tim Hortons Tim Hortons Tim Hortons!

  • candice November 22, 2009, 10:07 am

    I’m normally a sweet breakfast person, but that pizza has me drooling. So delish!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 22, 2009, 3:21 pm

    ooooh that looks like so much fun! I wish we had something similar in Australia (tailgating that is)- I would be there for sure!!! 🙂

  • Jessica November 22, 2009, 3:21 pm

    Who DOESN’T have a weakness for chips & salsa?! 🙂

    As a kid, I literally would have chips and salsa for dinner if my dad wasn’t around to tell me otherwise! He’d let me eat whatever (healthy) food i wanted, but if i was having the chips and salsa he’d make sure some protein and veggies were also thrown into the mix! That’s why i’d have home-made nachos sometimes instead!! Mmm, the good ol’ days! Hahaha….looks like such a fun tailgate Caitlin! Glad you had fun!!

  • Meghan November 22, 2009, 3:27 pm

    I’m late on this post but I have to say that you and your husband are so cute together 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 23, 2009, 8:43 am

    I have really enjoyed your tailgaiting posts! My husband is a big University of Kentucky fan (even though I went to rival University of Louisville) and it makes me think we might have to start going to some games someday 🙂

    I have a huge thing for tortilla chips so I’m sure I would’ve killed the bag off too, ha ha!

  • Ashley November 23, 2009, 9:33 am

    haha at school we always called ladder balls donkey balls

  • jessicaamc November 24, 2009, 11:10 am

    Wow! I have loved all your tailgaiting recaps! It is soooo different from anything I’ve experienced in Canada.. I think I’ve tailgaited a total of 1 times and it included 8-10 ppl sitting in chairs talking while eating chips. There was barely any booze because it’s not allowed here! And the BBQs…. well you can bet that those are in no way allowed either. For us, ‘going to any game’ usually means going to a bar/restaurant for drinks and dinner then heading straight into the stadium for the game.

    It’s amazing what a couple thousand miles can do in difference!

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