It turns out it helps to know a little something about football when you’re living in the US.
Take our most recent trip to LA. We crossed paths with all kinds of friendly people who asked us where we were from. My answer is still the generic “Canada” (I gave up on Ottawa some time ago since most Californians have never heard of the place).
My husband, possibly preferring to keep it simple, tells people we are from San Francisco. Not so simple.
Everyone (and I do mean virtually everyone) from the coffee shop baristas, to the families standing in line with us at Universal studios, to the bikers on ventura highway, had the same thing on their minds: FOOTBALL. Now normally this wouldn’t be a problem — we love sports and welcome chewing the fat about it. There’s just one little hiccup in this case: we know precisely nothing (zero, zilch, nada) about football — including the small fact that our newly declared “home team” was about to play a critical wild card game that would decide their seasonal fate. So we smiled. A lot. And then we smiled again.
And when we were all done smiling, I got down to business.
I hit up a few strangers at the Safeway and got the lowdown on the 49ers chances; I interviewed unsuspecting parking lot attendants and talked strategy with bank tellers and dog walkers. I got everybody’s story. I sent emails to football loving friends and yes, even watched the wild card game.
Fast forward two weekends and the 49ers are still in it. We’re heading out to a local pub to catch all the action this Sunday. Our first public football viewing experience. I feel so integrated.
To help celebrate the fun, I’m sharing a healthier twist on a pub classic that I’ve been wanting to make for over a year!! These spicy buffalo cauli bites are sure to be a hit whether your catching your favorite sports team in action or cuddling up with a good book or movie this weekend.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. (And Go Sens Go).