BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS; Beer and Bratwurst at the Great American Tail-Gate

Americans are very loyal to their sport teams. They are also very loyal to drinking. Add the two together and you have a party; the All-American Tailgate.

Traditionally, fans park at a sporting event, open the boots of their cars, and have a barbecue. They eat charred meat and drink copious amounts of alcohol, using game time for sobering up before the drive home. For my South African friends, we can call this a pre-rugby braai on the go. for my English friends, it's an Ascot picnic without the fruit, champagne, horses and hats.

There is a wide varietal of tailgating standards. While in the Pittsburgh, I saw two Pirate fans tailgating under a tree in a parking lot a mile away from Heinz Field. This is an economical way to tailgate

Picture stolen from Oakland Raiders fans

Mid-range, and most popular tailgating involves driving to and parking in a busy lot, for a big game, and inevitably forgetting the bottle opener.

Top-end tailgating is a backyard bbq in the resident's hall at a posh private university in, lets say, Boston. This option comes without the need to drive, park, or leave the game in heavy traffic. Sometimes, this option comes without having to attend the game at all.

According to Wikipedia, another form of tailgating is the 'Nomadic Tailgater'. This is for the sad and unenviable person who has too many friends and has too many parties to attend. They simply put their Red Cup, and hopefully a bottle opener, into a backpack, and roam.

Food of choice is any type of meat that can be grilled. Hamburgers, hotdogs and sausages of all types and sizes are the fare of the day. Macaroni and potato salads are acceptable, but don't dare present a vegetable tray at your tailgate.

Beer (and maybe a little Jack) is the most-consumed beverage. But at a recently attended 'Tailgating Option Number Three' (erm, posh party), mimosas and sangria were on tap.

Backyard games are often played, with 'corn-holing' very popular. I thought this was a dirty joke from Bevis and Butthead, until I looked it up. Truth.

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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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