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Our mystery road trip was to… Clemson, South Carolina!  We’re here for the Miami v. Clemson game tomorrow.  It’s their homecoming game, which could be very embarrassing for them.  😉


We’re staying at Jeff and Jen’s family house, which is on a beautiful lake!  Tomorrow, we are meeting up with Michelle and Ben for tailgating.




On the drive over, I ate a Chobani Vanilla yogurt, which I have declared to be the best Greek yogurt ever.  Seriously.  A new favorite!


When we arrived in Clemson (which is about three hours away), we stopped off at a grocery store for some healthy tailgate items.


In the basket:


  • Rolls
  • Hamburgers and veggie burgers
  • Hummus and chips
  • Veggies and fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Water
  • Beer, muffins, and other special treats


Post-pulling ourselves together for tomorrow, we headed to the downtown Clemson area for a night out on the town!  I love the vibe here – lots of bars, lots of people, lots and lots of action!


We grabbed Mexican for dinner:


For some reason, the Husband and Jen were really craving neon-green margaritas the size of their heads.  I had a few sips to help the Hus along. 🙂



I had a beer, which washed down the chips quite nicely.


And my vegetarian option was… veggie fajitas!  Which were amazing.  I had three smaller tortillas with veggies, rice, and beans.




We tried to get into the bars after dinner, but this town in RAMMED for Homecoming!

So instead, we made ourselves feel really old and lame by looking at the fraternity and sorority parade floats.  They were so pretty!






Crazy how they can make these structures out of these little colored pom poms!


It’s nearly 1 AM and I have to wake up for tailgating at an ungodly hour!



  • postcollegecook October 2, 2010, 1:04 am

    Ahhh memories of pomping giant Homecoming paraphernalia! So many hours spent preparing for one weekend.

  • Wei-Wei October 2, 2010, 1:25 am

    My friend goes to Clemson University – have fun at the game tomorrow 😀

  • hippierunner October 2, 2010, 1:50 am

    Mmmmm, the fajitas and fixings look good! Lol to the pic with the huge drinks! Hope you get rest!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 2, 2010, 2:47 am

    This makes me want to be back at my college for homecoming!!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet October 2, 2010, 7:17 am

    have fun!! i miss college events!

  • stacey-healthylife October 2, 2010, 7:40 am

    Wow that looks like fun. Those are some detailed floats.

  • Whitney October 2, 2010, 7:45 am

    Looks like fun! Those margaritas are very neon green…kind of weird. Have fun today 🙂

  • Erin October 2, 2010, 7:48 am

    My husband is a huge UM fan!!! He would love to be there -have fun!!

    • tatiana October 2, 2010, 2:56 pm

      Lets go Canes!!

      • Erin October 2, 2010, 8:35 pm

        C! A! N! E! S!!!!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 2, 2010, 7:56 am

    I love that margarita!! On my 21st birthday, the place I went to let you get whatever drink you wanted in a fishbowl for fre… I picked a margarita. Whoa baby… that’s all I have to say about that.

    Have fun tailgating!!!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 2, 2010, 7:57 am

    Have a blast Caitlin! This should be a fun weekend!

  • Alyson @ YNL Blog October 2, 2010, 8:01 am

    There wasn’t much of a tailgating culture where I went to school, but I’ve had the opportunity to go to a couple legit versions (namely Georgia and Texas), and it is still beyond me to get up to an alarm in order to go drink, hehe.. ok, perhaps if it was a mimosa.. or coffee with Baileys 😉

  • Becca@start over from scratch October 2, 2010, 8:11 am

    I’m going to the FSU vs UM game next weekend! Go Noles!! 🙂 I was in a sorority…we would pomp for months before homecoming! But homecoming was always the best, they even cancelled classes on Fridays for the parade!

  • Emily October 2, 2010, 8:16 am

    Caitlin, this is MADNESS! I go to Clemson, and if I walked in to Monterrey’s or saw you DT, I don’t think I would have believed my eyes!!! Hmmm, maybe I’ll see you out tailgating today 😉 …uhh, I don’t mean that as creepy as it sounds! GO TIGERS!!!!

  • Avery October 2, 2010, 8:20 am

    So cool! I’m actually a junior at Clemson this year and I read your blog every day! I feel like a celebrity is in town! 😉 I hope you have a great time in Clemson! — Go Tigers!:)

  • MaryBe October 2, 2010, 8:23 am

    Love that your hubby got a ‘rita and you had a beer! You all look so cute!
    Can you tell me what your husband ordered for dinner? Did he get the same thing you did? I would love it if you always had the time to tell us what he eats too. It’s difficult to be a vegan and go out to eat

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 2, 2010, 8:25 am

    I remember the good ole days of pomping floats into the wee hours of the morning. My sorority won every year I was an active member, so it as fun!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 2, 2010, 8:28 am

    Oh, I love Vanilla Chobani! 🙂 All the floats look really nice – it is amazing how they make them all! 🙂

  • Anne October 2, 2010, 8:46 am

    Have fun!! It’s going to be a GREAT day for football!
    Go TIGERS!!!!!! 😉

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 2, 2010, 8:46 am

    Those floats are amazing! I remember making our homecoming float in high school and it was the lamest thing ever!

    I love the neon green margaritas – although just LOOKING at one gives me a pounding headache!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 2, 2010, 9:09 am

    I’m spending my weekend at my school’s Homecoming too! Have fun at the game today!

  • Ella October 2, 2010, 9:33 am

    oh tailgaiting, that looks so fun! i wish my school had a football team..or a homecoming! i would love to see the crazy float my sorority would put together lol.
    have a great time!

  • Tina October 2, 2010, 9:36 am

    Oh what a fun weekend. I love Southern college towns. They hold a special place in my heart.

  • Michele October 2, 2010, 9:50 am

    HA – that’s the FIRST Greek yogurt I EVER tried and I still love it to this day – in fact, it’s at work with me today for a little snack. YUM, YUM!

    Have fun!!

  • Monica October 2, 2010, 9:53 am

    Oh I am so jealous! What an amazing football game to not only tailgate at but BE AT! Amazing! Have a blast today!

    And PS, I would have totally been that person too checking out all the floats. 😉

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 2, 2010, 9:53 am

    I went to Clemson! Monterray’s totally brings back Thursday night memories. I’ve had a few too many of those margaritas in my life! I’ve also pomped a few too many of those floats!!!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal October 2, 2010, 9:54 am

    Definitely sounds like a fun night to me! And I love me some neon green margaritas too:)

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim October 2, 2010, 10:02 am

    Chobani is definitely my favorite greek yogurt! Those fajitas look delicious. I swear I could live off of Mexican food for the rest of my life and still be satisfied 🙂

  • Lee October 2, 2010, 10:08 am

    My husband’s family is from Seneca, SC right outside of Clemson. Maybe I’ll mention that Mexican place the next time we go visit them.

  • Kjirsten (Balanced Healthy Life) October 2, 2010, 10:09 am

    The veggie fajitas looked awesome!
    Seeing the pictures of the floats totally brought me back to college! Have fun tomorrow!

  • christina cadden October 2, 2010, 10:10 am

    Looks like so much fun!

  • Samantha @ Food Edu October 2, 2010, 10:32 am

    That looks like sooo much fun–I love the floats, they are so cool.

  • Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy October 2, 2010, 10:38 am

    Hey, that’s my alma mater! 🙂 Monterrey’s is awesome. You should get some Clemson ice cream while you’re in town!

  • Amber K October 2, 2010, 10:43 am

    I totally have to get veggie fajitas sometime. I have never seen them available at any of the Mexican restaurants I have been to. Yum!

    And Chobani greek yogurt is the BEST EVER!

  • Lindsay October 2, 2010, 10:52 am

    have fun! my hubby is at the game…i hope you love clemson. it is a fabulous place!

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid October 2, 2010, 11:26 am

    GO CLEMSON! My fiance went there. He’s so excited to cheer them on today!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 2, 2010, 11:34 am

    I went to my first football game and went tailgating last weekend. It was so fun!

  • Stacey October 2, 2010, 11:42 am

    Your night looks awesome! Beer and tortilla chips? Yes, please 😀 HOpe you were able to get some sleep! Have fun tailgating!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 2, 2010, 11:45 am

    Clemson is such a fun college town!
    And that’s the BEST mexican restaurant.. we have them all over upstate sc!

  • Natalia - a side of simple October 2, 2010, 11:59 am

    Sounds like a fun night out on the town! Have fun tailgating today!

  • Katy October 2, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I love my college town. 🙂

    Did you enjoy Bloom? That was our favorite grocery store.

  • Katy October 2, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Oh, and funny thing about that big brick sign in the first picture.

    They completed it last year and within a few weeks a drunk driver had crashed into it. They were fine, but the sign wasn’t for a few months. I wasn’t very surprised since it’s directly across from downtown.

  • Heather October 2, 2010, 1:06 pm

    hope you are enjoying the game! Jen looks dangerous with that margarita. She doesn’t drink much, keep an eye on her LOL!

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone October 2, 2010, 1:17 pm

    I love the “Once a Hurricane, Always a Hurricane” shirt. It wouldn’t work really well for my alma mata though – “Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar” might get me some funny looks.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 2, 2010, 2:41 pm

    OMGAAAA I’m SO JEALOUS! I haven’t been back to Clemson in FOUR YEARS! I miss it so much! And Monterrey’s…the most magical place on earth. I have GREAT memories there 😉

  • tatiana October 2, 2010, 2:58 pm

    C.A.N.E.S… Go Canes 🙂

  • Marci October 2, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Vanilla Chobani is the best! I think bloggers don’t appreciate the vanilla over plain flavor enough! It is so creamy and less tangy than Oikos. I like them both depending on mood.

  • Jeni Wood October 2, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Talk about serendipity! I just got my masters degree in ’09 from Clemson! It’s only a little away from my house. 🙂

  • Lisa Stookey October 2, 2010, 6:04 pm

    that is my husband’s favorite yogurt too.

    he eats one every day. 🙂

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 2, 2010, 6:33 pm

    Oh how I love tailgating at ungodly hours…have a great time!

  • eatmovelove October 2, 2010, 6:57 pm

    Wow – the parade floats look so fun!

    I love how you have “Water” listed…followed by “Beer”. Touche.

    The last margarita I had was a neon pink! And it was divine 🙂 – but I’m definitely a Beer girl too. You got good taste girl!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 2, 2010, 7:15 pm

    How fun!!

    And I totally agree. Chobani vanilla is so lovely. Although Voskos vanilla yogurt, with their real live vanilla beans, is pretty amazing too. 😀

    Love the pic of you and the husband! 😀

  • Lana October 2, 2010, 7:43 pm

    What a fun evening!!! I hope your having a fabulous game day!!!

  • Cyndi October 2, 2010, 8:57 pm

    I grew up in Seneca (the neighboring city of Clemson); I lived there for 24 years and had to drive by the university every day on the way to my school. So weird to see that city on a blog I follow 🙂

  • Vikki October 2, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I miss Clemson. I loved the homecoming floats. I wonder if they still build houses for habitat for humanity on Bowman during homecoming week. I worked on a couple of those.

  • Palm October 3, 2010, 12:47 am

    Sounds like a fun night to me. I love that neon-green margaritas, although margarita always gives me pounding headache.

    I love yogurt, I’m gonna try chobani.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life October 3, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Your friend is so photogenic- the pic of her with the margarita is pricesless!

    Your fajitas look so delish 🙂

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