Autumn. The time of year that brings falling leaves, chilly evenings, and my husband’s favorite time of year – football season. While I consider myself a Packer (sans cheese head hat) and Badger fan, I couldn’t tell you the name of one single player on either team. I might recognize a name, though. What I love most about the sport is the camaraderie among spectators, and most importantly, the game day food. Recently my sister invited me to tag along at a Cardinals’ home game in her friend’s skybox on the loft level. Yes, it’s nice to have a sister who travels in this kind of social circle. Of course I agreed to go.
One of my favorite things about VIP tickets is not having to wait in line. Even better, a loft level ticket includes a personal greeting from two cute Cardinals cheerleaders. This day they donned pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A huge bucket of popcorn awaited us, plus scary red tortilla chips and three kinds of salsa. I skipped the popcorn because it was cold and not as good as that served hot at my gym’s movie theater for kids. I plunged into the chips and salsa immediately, one of my favorite snacks, though I could do without the artificial food coloring. But I get it. Red. Yay. I portioned out an appetizer plate.
Football and chicken wings are like peanut butter and jelly. Here they prepared them with three different sauces. I portioned out a dinner plate with a small scoop of mac and cheese, two ribs, two Buffalo wings with a modest puddle of blue cheese dip, and a few pieces of vegetables.
They didn’t forget to include every topping known to man. After my sister dished a scoop for me (I secretly wanted more), I topped it with chocolate cookies, jimmies, gummy bears (I don’t recommend it – too cold), peanuts, and toffee. Sadly people picked off all of the brownies on top, but then, wait! At the very end, I noticed that they also lined the bottom of the dish. I chose two pieces.
Estimated calories: 1,100 (food), 115 (bloody Mary)
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