It’s possible that I have a pumpkin purchasing problem…
Just maybe, though the pumpkin spice chap stick does make it seem pretty likely! Also I’ve eaten something pumpkin flavored at least once a day for the past four days. And October First I had something pumpkin at every single meal.
Pumpkin spice latte.
I kind of hated it. I thought the spice was really overwhelming and I ordered my drink with 1/2 of the flavor pumps (plus an extra espresso shot and caramel drizzle on top) so I can’t even imagine a full-strength PSL.
Iced coffee with chocolate milk.
With a yummy GoMacro bar.
Pumpkin cheesecake doughnut from Dunkin.
Yuck city. These beverages were more my jam.
Sometimes we get a fountain soda when we go to the store. Sometimes we got to Starbucks for clover brews. And some magical days I get diet soda and an iced coffee and basically float through the grocery store in excitement.
Café Grumpy makes us anything but grumpy.
Adam’s flat white was better than my macchiato, especially once I clumsily oversugared it.
Chobani Flip with my last orchard apple and a TJ’s pumpkin cereal bar.
Plus dessert from the giant bag of Russian candies a (now former) coworker delivered me to say thank you for her retirement gift.
Plus I scarfed roasted broccoli with TJ’s Sriracha ranch the minute I got home because apparently this lunch didn’t fill me up at all.
The next day I ate practically the same meal and was full all afternoon.
Thank you 14 grams of protein in my Siggi.
With TJ’s pumpkin o’s and a honeycrisp.
Dinner leftovers – pasta and veggies. This photo is of Adam’s plate because I ate my (smaller) serving out of the Tupperware.
With TJ’s chocolate pumpkins for dessert.
We liked the orange ones and were lukewarm on the rest. Washed down with an alcoholic root beer that was freaking life changing.
Best root beer (boozy or not) either of us have ever tasted.
We had a phenomenal brunch at LIC Market.
I had the duck hash! Crisp potatoes, red onion, peppers, dried cherries, and pine nuts with two fried eggs.
I love duck so flipping much. And this was the best iteration of the meat I’ve had yet. We gave the meal as a whole a 9.5/10.
We got up and out of the house to make it to brunch crazy early and then we had the entire afternoon for fun stuff, mostly more eating and lots of drinking. Grand Central Terminal is Adam’s favorite spot in the city so we spent the morning window shopping there while sipping iced coffee with homemade chocolate syrup from Irving Farms.
Plus Jacques Torres Chocolate handed us samples of fantastic hot chocolate.
I will be back for a full-size cup once the weather gets a bit colder.
Then we wandered down Lexington Ave to Ginger Man to check out their seventy draft beer options.
Clearly flights were the only way to go. Our sour line-up was amazing. The pub had a great vibe, we will definitely be bringing all city visitors there.
Pumpkin pasta for the first night of October.
Rachael Ray’s recipe with whole wheat shells for penne, basil for sage, chicken breakfast sausage for sweet Italian sausage, and swiss/gruyere for parmesan.
It was tasty, even the dog got a little bowl with extra pumpkin puree.
The humans had roasted veggies on the side.
Trader Joe’s seasoned brussels sprouts and broccoli and cauliflower with smoked paprika.
We drove to Queens in the rain for dinner at Burnside Biscuit.
Worth it. Check how fancy my julep was.
Dinner was pimento mac and cheese with a side of shaved collards.
We went to Gossip Coffee for a “nightcap.”
Gorgeous space serving delicious, roasty cold-brew. And they had rice pudding.
We shared Oreo and cheesecake, both of which were fantastic.
Crab fried rice.
Yum! Adam would say that stir-frying is the cooking technique I’m best at. This dish was wonderful. Leftover brown jasmine rice with garlic, ginger, rice vinegar and fish sauce / peas, mini heirloom tomatoes, sweet red pepper, onion, and basil / eggs and canned crab meat.
This was the first time I’ve used tomato or basil in fried rice at home and both were welcome additions.
Burger night to finish the weekend.
Spinach salad with Sriracha ranch, maple rosemary roasted sunflower seeds, and roasted baby zucchini.
Turkey burgers on TJ’s brioche buns with mayo, sharp cheddar, turkey bacon, and tons of caramelized onions.
These were the best burgers I’ve ever made/eaten. The crunchy bacon and sweet onions totally made this. We got our pumpkin in for dessert.
Pumpkin pie and cookies and cream yogurt with Nutella, sprinkles, and chocolate candy toppings. A sweet way to end the weekend.
Are you going ga-ga orange gourd this month? Any pumpkin must-haves I haven’t done yet?