I went to my first ever Super Bowl party on Sunday.
Now, I’m sure my American friends are probably shocked that anyone would *not* have been to one before! But as Brit I *knew* about the super-bowl – I’d even watched one on TV in the UK, but not ever been to a party. Oh yea, and if you watch it outside the US, you don’t get all the advertisements that seem to one of the highlights of the event.
I’m not a “fan” – I’ve seen maybe half a dozen games in my life and certainly don’t follow any particular team, so I’d been reading a few things about the teams and the event to at least know something about it. But I also know that the game itself isn’t the whole point, it’s also about the event. Our job was to bring a veggie tray, and I guess we just went over the top there – I’m such a foodie!
In a dollar store I’d found a couple of trays in the shape of a football that seemed perfect (and cheap) and then Saturday we set off to a Soulard Market for the veggies. But first, we stopped at Soulard Spice, and whilst waiting our turn to be served I saw that they had their own dip mixes, and so got a couple of them. Then to cruse the stalls for good quality and cheap vegetables – always a fun thing to do:) Then all we needed was sour cream and cream cheese to make up the dips.
Back home everything was prepped and put into bags, the dips made up and packed, and everything out in the fridge for the morning.
Next morning it was a simple thing to put everything together and hit the road for about 20 minutes, before stopping for breakfast.
This was one of those places that has a store attached to it, and on entering the shop area we were greeted and told that the sweet potato pancakes were the special of the day. Then we went on to the restaurant door, where the greeter also told us about the sweet potato pancakes. The person taking us to our table said not to forget about the sweet potato pancakes, which were their special of the day. And then our server asked us if we’d like the sweet potato pancakes this morning?
We did not have sweet potato pancakes – the way they kept on about them I wondered if they have a job lot that they had to get rid of!!
On the road, and soon we turned off the freeways and onto roads that went through the corn fields and towns – a slower route, but nicer on a Sunday afternoon drive.
We were the first to arrive, and put the veggie trays together – and put back in the bags about half of the veggies we’d brought!
People started arriving, and the game started – OK as a non-aficionado of the game, I thought it had a lot of drama and was good to watch! And it was interesting to see how partisan people could be – the Giants fan in the party was alternatively ecstatic and depressed – I just thought it was all fun!
The game was on in 3 rooms and we all moved from one to the other, getting food and drinks, and sitting and watching and talking. Talking about the game, about the advertisements, about life and everything in between.
A new experience for me, and one that was really cool – can’t wait for next year!