30 September 2014

Gettin' Wild at Zoofari, Take 2

After our first Zoofari experience last year, Patrick and I had a game plan for the event this year. We knew we wanted to do as many of the activities as possible and try not to be as distracted this year by all of the delicious food {and the carousel}.

That plan went out the window as soon as we walked into the zoo.


Because we were lost.

Do you know how many times I have been to Riverbanks Zoo during the daytime and at night? Do you know how well I know where everything is in that place?

I haven't been since last year's Lights at the Zoo in December and since then, they have begun construction in several areas of the zoo including the main entrance. It threw me off right from the beginning that we came in by the gorillas instead of at the front. I was completely backwards from the get go and I never really figured things out until we reached the area where they held the auction.

Y'all. It's so weird being lost in a place that you know.

{disclaimer: we were provided maps at the beginning of the night. Did we ever consult it? No. That probably would have helped out just a little bit...}

Anyway, aside from that, Zoofari was as amazing as ever.

The only behind the scene thing we got to do ended up being more fun than I thought it would be. Who knew that watching penguins could be so entertaining? I liked seeing that they all had their own little unique personalities.

{caught someone sneaking off to hang out with the penguins}

The food was outstanding.

{Moroccan Pizza}

{Lamb Sliders}

{... forgot what this was, but I believe bacon was involved in the description?}

{ditto to this drink, except instead of involving bacon, I believe it had cinnamon tequila?}

I made friends at one station where they were serving "Bunny Chow". That's a ciabatta roll stuffed with braised beef, pablono pepper, and maytag blue cheese served with a white wine, butter & garlic dipping sauce. Doesn't sound like something I would eat, does it? I picked around the pepper and blue cheese the first time but the second time around, I convinced them to put together one that just had the beef and sauce.


My mom and Patrick believed that the best food was in the Safari Camp {auction area} where they were serving Bison Short Ribs and African Collards with black eyed peas. I won't tell you how many of the African Collards my mom ate, but I will tell you that I ate the bison short ribs and they were good. Plus now I can say that I've had bison.

We snuck away just before the auction began so that I could go ride the carousel.

Don't ask why. I love the carousel.

The auction ended up being my favorite part of the night. I love seeing the different items/experiences that the zoo has put together for people to bid on and I love seeing which ones end up going for the most.

Want to know the one that ended up going for the most at $5,100?

Yeah. It was the Gator Gala. You might think it's crazy to spend that much to hang out with a gator but I totally understand it.

I wanted to bid $100 on the Party with the Penguins {just for fun} but the bidding on that one started at $500. What? Well alright then.

We had another great time at Zoofari this year and I am already anxiously awaiting next year's event. I'm hoping that maybe we can work in the Wine Tasting and Brew at the Zoo next year because these types of events are way too much fun to only go to once a year. Patrick & I have been trying to go to Brew for five years now and something always comes up to prevent it {a wedding, a beach trip, another beach trip, another wedding, a going away party} so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for 2015!

29 September 2014

College Football: Week 5

Can we all pause for a minute and appreciate how great it was to be back in Clemson this weekend? I'll tell you what - I had too much South Carolina going on for the first four weeks of the season and it was so, so, so nice to be back at Death Valley.

Not that I didn't enjoy all of the USC games, because I did, but it was still great to be surrounded again by orange and purple.

We didn't set up an actual tailgate again this week but opted for some tailgate hopping instead. I'm really excited for this coming week's game against NC State because it'll be the first time all season that we'll have a full tailgate going. Plus, there might be a new recipe making it's debut on the grill.

He didn't like the tiger paw on my cheek so he attempted to cover it up :(

Patrick's brother Andrew came to tailgate and go to the game with us. Clearly, he knows which team is the correct team to cheer for!

Some of my very favorite people from college:

Our coolers are twins and we had to have a picture with them. Side note: that cooler is pretty much the best little tailgate cooler ever. It's been my tailgating companion for a few years now and it is perfect for tailgate hopping with.

Clemson had a pretty awful start to the season this year. They played two top ten teams on the road {one being the #1 team in the country} and didn't come away with wins. However, with Deshaun Watson leading the team now, we seem to be doing a lot better. He had his first start this weekend and threw for 6 TD passes {school record for # of TD passes; ACC record for # of TD passes for a first start} like it was no big deal.

Um, yeah, can't wait to see what this kid does this weekend against NC State!

In case you missed the other football weeks...
Week 4

28 September 2014

Nashville: Fido & Pharmacy

The Pharmacy.

These are two restaurants that I wish I lived a whole lot closer to instead of 7 hours away.

Y'all, we hit it out of the ballpark on Friday with our food selections. By we, I mean me, cause I picked out both places based on recommendations from friends and I'm kind of impressed with myself.

We went to Fido Cafe Friday morning for brunch.

I was all set to have two pancakes with a side of bacon when Patrick pointed out this deliciousness at the counter:

Yup. Had to have it.

I was very plain {anyone surprised?} and had the croissant, one pancake, and a side of bacon. But... all of it was so good!

Patrick had the Bubba Scramble {scrambled eggs, poblano peppers, red onion, jack & cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream, cheesy grits and toast}

Zander had the Steak Scramble {marinated flank steak, scrambled eggs, roasted red onions, spinach, jack & cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream, hashbrowns and toast}

We left and needed to walk the million miles around Vandy's campus after a brunch like that!

Later that night, one of my friends said she was going to The Pharmacy for burgers for dinner. Well I had been craving a burger all day, so I suggested to Patrick & Zander that we go there for dinner. Little did I know that when Google said that the place was "4.5 miles away" it really meant that this place was across the river in East Nashville.

Totally worth the effort to get there though. And the wait.

We all had a drink at Holland House Bar & Refuge while we were waiting on our table. The drinks here were good but a little more expensive than I thought they were worth. After about a 45 minute wait, our table was ready at The Pharmacy so we walked back over there to grab dinner.

I know that Patrick had the Stroganoff Burger but I can't remember what Zander had.

I ended up making my own burger {cheddar cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce, & a side of fries with garlic aioli sauce}

So freakin' delicious.

If you're planning a trip to Nashville, you absolutely have to go to these two restaurants. Both were really good, not too pricey, and had great service.

Plus, almost a week later, I'm still thinking about that burger from Pharmacy...
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