Monday, October 28, 2013

Franklin Cider Mill

October is almost over! Can you believe it? I don't know about you but I'm not quite ready for snow, ice, and a gloomy gray sky just yet. In an effort to take full advantage of our remaining fall time, we made a trip to Franklin Cider Mill

We've been going to Franklin for a few years now and I get overly excited every year. 

How could you not love a place that has tree stumps that are the perfect superhero pedestals? 


Around the mill you can find roasted almonds, apples, corn, pies, cider soaked hot dogs, meats, cheeses, and a "ye old water wheel" which sounds much more exciting than it actually is.

There are also gigantic pumpkins. For size, compare it to the little pumpkin in the corner. 

Proof that I'm not the only one who thinks fall revolves around Franklin.
These are my people. 

When you finally make it in, you're paraded along a long line of goodies. You come with one thing in mind that you want to buy and leave with armfuls. 

I promise we went with good intentions of getting cider and doughnuts to share with people. It's not our fault that both were gone by the time we got back to the car! 
Well maybe it was our fault a little. . . 
Sorry guys! You know you shouldn't trust me with this sort of thing!

Now if you're like me a trip to the cider mill can be particularly glutinous. 
So here are some tips to feel better after:
1) Just embrace it and collapse on the floor in a food coma (WARNING: some might mistake you for a pillow!)

2) Grab a buddy, walk it off and enjoy the last days of fall!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


You know when a new restaurant opens and you try to think of excuses to go try it? Well that was the case for Luxe. Lucky for us we had a number of excuses to choose from: my birthday, midterms are over with, I'm finally home for the first time since August, it's a Tuesday . . . 

We met for lunch and a cocktail but our real motive was to sit and gossip the afternoon away under a large paper mache lightbulb and pipe.  

We split a veggie burger and chopped salad. It was so good it was all we could talk about while we were eating. Yes, we talked about our food while we were eating it, typical. 

Some of the best food I've had in a good long while with one of my favorite people. 
Not a bad way to kick start break.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Rome Dinner Reunion

This weekend alumni have been flooding into town for the USC game. While that may fill your head with visions of middle aged, sports enthusiast men who like to talk about "what life was like when I was here . . ." I think about my beautiful Rome girls! So to celebrate their return home, we put together a little Rome dinner. 
I feel like I talk about Rome dinners a lot so let me explain:
In Rome, we all had dinner together every night almost without fail. 
However, twice during the semester we had fancy holiday dinners where we all dressed up and were treated like royalty with candlelight, plate upon plate of food and endless bottles of wine and champagne. 
Heaven, I know. 

The end of the night usually looked a little something like this:

Despite our heartbreak of no longer being in Rome, we use dinner as an excuse to put aside our busy lives and all get together.

How many people does it take to uncork a wine bottle? One but it was none of us.

 You'll have to excuse my grainy iPhone photos. I, unlike the wonderful Liz from It's A Roman Thing, forgot my camera. Rookie mistake, I know. 

The night ended like a typical Roman night: some people going a little crazy . . . 

Others sinking into a food coma.  

La vita é bella!

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