Our last tailgate was a great one!  :)  We won the last game of the regular season while away in Tampa.  It was great fun!


On the way down to Tampa, I drank an Eggnog Latte from Starbucks.  I heart seasonal flavors.


When we arrived in Tampa, we were pleasantly surprised to see a decent amount of Miami fans!  I actually liked the tailgate area, but there were no palm trees.  🙁

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I started things off with chips and salsa and a beer:



We got there around 11 AM for a 3:30 game, so we had loads of time to kill.  We decided to play ladder golf.  When there are only two people, it ends up being quite a workout because you walk back and forth and back and forth between the ladders.  I actually worked up a sweat!



The Husband beat me three times in a row!  I also drank another Full Moon.


Then we got to grilling:


The very first tailgate, we made zucchini and squash sandwiches with Arnold Thins, sprouts, cheese, and mustard.  We marinate the veggies in Italian salad dressings for a few hours before cooking.


Nom, nom, nom!  So delicious.  The Husband had also veggie burger with his.  I just ate more chips.  🙂


Plus fruit salad:


And a Yuengling, which was one beer too many!  😉


Five Healthy Tailgates in a row have taught the Husband and I that it’s really not that hard to have a good, healthy meal on the road.  It really doesn’t take any longer for us to prepare our “healthy” BBQs than it did to prepare hot dogs and turkey burgers. 


Plus, everything for two people (not including drinks) fit in one little cooler.  So easy!


The game itself was AWESOME!  It was fun to be the away team, and USF and Miami are an in-state rivalry.   The final score was 31-10 – whoop whoop!





My “dinner” wasn’t the perfect meal, but it was delicious (and ummm slightly nutritious).  Not too bad for stadium food.  In addition to a few other servings of corn chips, I snuck a Clementine and Kashi Go Lean! Crunchy bar into the stadium.


And the Husband and I split this tub of popcorn.


It was an awesome game.  I’m glad the Husband and I decided to buy season tickets this year – I know it made him happy, and I actually discovered that watching football was fun.  Though, mostly, I just loved cooking on the grill.  🙂


Have a great night.


20 miles in the morning! Eck!



  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 28, 2009, 10:03 pm

    Your so lucky to have a husband that shares the same tastes! Good luck on your uber long run tomorrow!

  • Evan Thomas November 28, 2009, 10:03 pm

    Delicious tailgating, as usual. Hope the 20 miler goes well! I’d love to get a long run in(13-15 miles) but the weather looks horrid. Oh well, definitely Monday in the gym the weather should be good haha

  • katey November 28, 2009, 10:04 pm

    i love football games! I like your idea of making healthy food!

  • Sana November 28, 2009, 10:07 pm

    Go get those 20 milesss!

  • Molly @vegandorm November 28, 2009, 10:12 pm

    ahhh 20 miles! today i was thinking of you during my ten mile race…can’t believe you’re going double that!!! good luck!

  • Meg November 28, 2009, 10:19 pm

    Looks like you guys had fun! USF is my alma mater, though, so it was a tough game for me to watch.

    Good luck on those 20 miles!

  • Kristie Lynn November 28, 2009, 10:23 pm

    Good luck on your run tomorrow! I love the seasonal Blue Moon beer out right now 🙂

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 28, 2009, 10:28 pm

    I have really enjoyed seeing all of your healthy tailgates this season. I love how prepared and organized you guys are. Good luck on the 20 miler tomorrow!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) November 28, 2009, 10:29 pm

    Again, looks like you had a great tailgate!! I’ve never been to one :/ it’s pitiful…

    Good luck on your run tomorrow!

  • Justy2003 November 28, 2009, 10:31 pm

    You’re going to do awesome on the 20 miles. It’s only 2 miles further than the 18 which you’ve done twice now! I can’t wait to hear how it goes! Good luck!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 28, 2009, 10:35 pm

    Sounds like you guys had a great time. Congrats on the win!
    And so exciting that you’re venturing into “twenty-something” ville tomorrow!

  • Karla November 28, 2009, 10:39 pm

    You guys are too cute! I wish my boyfriend was here to have fun trips with!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 28, 2009, 10:45 pm

    This tailgate was made for me! My favorite beer AND blue corn chips!!

  • Alyssa November 28, 2009, 10:54 pm

    Good luck! You’ll do awesome 🙂

    • Alyssa November 28, 2009, 10:55 pm

      …or awesomely, whatever the “correct” grammatical verbage for awesome is 🙂

  • Amanda November 28, 2009, 11:13 pm

    Eggnog Latte are so stinkin good! I had one yesterday. Your squash and zucchini sandwhich looks really good also. I had some extra zucchini and squash around today and I was trying to figure out what to do with it. I’ll have to keep the sandwhich in mind for next time. I ended up making a Zucchini Herb Casserole. Good luck on the 20 mile run, I’ll be doing a 9 miler tomorrow which is a personal distance record for me.

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 28, 2009, 11:37 pm

    We always called that game “horse balls.” I think “ladder golf” is a smidge more appropriate…

  • Mama Pea November 28, 2009, 11:56 pm

    That picture of you in the stadium is AMAZING! The Univ. of Miami needs to put that on a recruiting pamphlet…get all the boys to come running 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 28, 2009, 11:56 pm

    I always love reading about your tailgate adventures! =)

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now November 29, 2009, 12:12 am

    Good luck with your run tomorrow!!!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 29, 2009, 12:59 am

    How was the eggnog latte? I can only drink 1/2 a cup of eggnog a year because it’s so rich and sweet so I wondered how the latte was. I have loved reading about your healthy tailgates this season. Sad they are over, but what a great time! I am sending you and Megan good, postive vibes tomorrow! I know you will rock those 20 miles! You are strong, beautiful and capable!! 🙂

    • Caitlin November 29, 2009, 4:55 am

      it was yummy! i would get it again.

  • maria November 29, 2009, 1:10 am

    I think mostly I would have just liked cooking on the grill, too!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run November 29, 2009, 2:02 am

    Super cute pic of you in the stands. The squash and zucchini sammies look yummm!

  • laura prida November 29, 2009, 6:00 am

    i read your blog everyday and i love it.
    i adopted a puppy today how do you trained yours?

    • caitlin November 29, 2009, 11:44 am

      my dogs aren’t trained very well at all – dont take advice from me LOL maybe go to a puppy class at petsmart or petco?

  • Susan November 29, 2009, 6:55 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people look so good in bright orange and green 😉

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 29, 2009, 7:16 am

    I’m not a huge football fan, but I love the vegetarian tailgates you guys plan. Makes me want to join you for sure.
    Good luck on the 20 miles – can’t wait to hear about it.

  • Andee (LAEasyMeals) November 29, 2009, 8:11 am

    These vegetarian recipes are great, totally goes to prove that you can eat healthy at a tailgating party without missing out on the fun! good luck on the 20!

  • MelissaNibbles November 29, 2009, 8:32 am

    Looks like a blast! Makes me want to tailgate. Maybe I’ll just have a little cookout in the parking lot of my apartment complex instead…

  • Erin November 29, 2009, 9:03 am

    You’ve definitely given me some ideas for tailgating in the future. It’s not necessarily harder to have a healthy one, just takes more planning. 🙂

  • skinnyrunner November 29, 2009, 11:08 am

    looks like some good grubbing. good luck with the 20 today!
    ive never seen ladder golf?!

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD November 29, 2009, 11:32 am

    Good luck with your 20-miler!!

    Your zucchini sandwich looks soooo yummy! And I’ve never heard of Full Moon, mmmm! <3 beer!

  • Maggie November 29, 2009, 11:48 am

    Sounds like a bunch of fun! Have a great weekend! Can you post the recipe for the zuch sammie?



    • caitlin November 29, 2009, 12:14 pm

      no real recipe – just marinade and grill!

  • Anne P November 29, 2009, 12:13 pm

    Yay! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to meet up yesterday! We only have one car down here and I couldn’t convince anyone to drive me there haha. Oh well 🙂

    Hope you killed the 20 miles today!! xoxo

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner November 29, 2009, 12:21 pm

    Love ladder golf….looks like you had a blast!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 29, 2009, 1:53 pm

    Tailgating sounds like so much fun!! I wish people did that where I am from!

    My provinces football team is playing in the Grey Cup today!!! That is like the superbowl in Canada!!! I hope we win!!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) November 29, 2009, 3:04 pm

    Don’t you just love the Stadium? When I worked for USF last year I got tickets a few times and it was fun, since I would never pay the arm and leg to go see the Bucs play.

    Glad you guys had fun, even if you kicked the poor Bull’s booties!

  • jenna November 29, 2009, 3:13 pm

    glad you had a super healthy tail gate!

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