Temperatures are starting to drop, the leaves are starting to turn, pumpkin flavored products are back on the shelves and midterms are piling up. This can only mean one thing: that fall is back once again and so are all of your favorite foods and drinks, music, TV shows and activities.
Foods (not sponsored by Trader Joe’s)
Trader Joe’s Autumnal Harvest Soup
This soup can fix all bad things, whether it is failing a midterm or picking out an imperfect pumpkin on accident at your local pumpkin patch. This creamy tomato based soup with pumpkin and butternut squash pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese and makes an easy fall dinner for you and your roommates.
Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Trader Joe’s frozen foods section is arguably the best ever, especially if you are a college student and do not have the time to make an actual meal. This butternut squash mac and cheese puts an autumnal twist on a weeknight meal favorite and can be ready in as little as six minutes.
Starbucks Grande Iced Chai Tea Latte with 2 Pumps of Vanilla and Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam
Yes, that title is a mouthful to say to your barista. However, this iced chai is unlike any other. If you are willing to part with your classic Pumpkin Spice Latte order and switch over to tea, this drink does not disappoint and hits the spot especially when Florida’s weather is still 80 degrees.
Iced or Hot Latte with Pumpkin and Vanilla
No matter where you order, a latte with pumpkin and vanilla added in will give you the perfect subtle fall feels. If you find that a Pumpkin Spice Latte’s flavors are too overwhelming or artificial, this latte is the best seasonal substitute. Not only does it taste good, but it works well as an iced and hot beverage. Lucky Goat and RedEye both serve up delicious versions of this drink.
Bourbon and Coke with Lime
If you prefer your fall beverages with a kick and you are over the age of 21, try a bourbon and Coke with lime. This drink is the perfect addition to your socially-distanced tailgates or at home game day celebrations, and will have you remembering cool, crisp college game days with every taste. For those wanting to tone down the sweetness, feel free to substitute the Coke with a Diet Coke instead.
The Lumineers’ “Cleopatra”
This album does not have a single bad song on it and gives off unmistakable fall vibes. It is the perfect album to jam along to while you study for your midterms. With catchy, upbeat tracks all the way to sultry, slow ballads, Cleopatra will have you captivated.
Mumford & Sons’ “Babel”
Despite being released 8 years ago, Mumford & Sons’ Babel is the perfect mix of folk and rock to add to your fall playlist. Whether it is the soundtrack to your next road trip or the background music for your fall decorating escapade, Babel’s variety of acoustics will keep your autumn spirits high.
Taylor Swift’s “folklore”
From the moment Taylor Swift released her latest album folklore, fans of hers knew it was the true start of the fall season. Swift’s first alt and indie album sent shockwaves through audiences and encouraged a jumpstart to all the best parts of fall like warm cardigans, cozy cups of coffee and tea and a slight existential reevaluation.
Taking place in the small Northern town of Stars Hollow, Gilmore Girls is the absolute top tier Netflix binge as the fall season arrives. Not only do Lorelai’s and Rory’s mother-daughter relationship make you feel all warm and fuzzy, but you are introduced to realistic and loveable characters that will have you invested in every episode as you watch them grow over the course of 7 seasons.
With 3 seasons worth of episodes to binge, this Netflix Original show will help you transition into spooky season quite nicely. Enjoy this award-winning cast of children and teens as they battle “supernatural forces” together in their small town in the late 1980s.
Honorable Mention: all fall themed/Thanksgiving episodes of “New Girl,” “Gossip Girl,” “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother”
The Thanksgiving and autumnal episodes of these late 1990s/early to mid 2000s comedies never fail to make me laugh, whether it be a turkey on Monica’s head or Serena van der Woodsen drunkenly falling over at Thanksgiving dinner at the Waldorf home.
Tallahassee Downtown Market
While COVID-19 has put a stop to many festivals and events this fall, a personal favorite just recently opened back up: the Tallahassee Downtown Market. The Tallahassee Downtown Market is located on Park Avenue and is open every Saturday from 9 o’clock in the morning to 2 o’clock in the afternoon until November. Here you can find locally-grown produce, crafts, live music and good ol’ social-distanced fun.
Pumpkin Patches in Tallahassee
A well-awaited activity that many people enjoy is visiting pumpkin patches around town to have the cutest themed fall Instagram posts, a nice afternoon outing or the best pumpkin to carve or paint later that night. Several locations around Tallahassee are offering pumpkin patches this year. Specifically, Tallahassee’s Faith Presbyterian Church has a great patch each year and will be open this season and enforcing COVID-19 guidelines.
Coffee Shop Sitting
The best autumn vibes often come while sipping on delicious coffee with your homework in front of you while you are sitting in one of Tallahassee’s several local coffee shops. Whether it’s to catch up with friends, take some time to yourself or to study for midterms, Tallahassee’s coffee shops are providing the perfect scenery for fall days.
These are just some possible autumnal activities for you and your friends to try and enjoy. Get out there and enjoy the fall season with a pumpkin themed drink, listen to some indie folk favorites or start your latest binge watch to get through your mid semester slump.
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