Favorite Season: Fall
Why?: I love the food, the cooler weather, the colors, the festivals...
Favorite Seasonal Foods (restaurants)-
Spring: Raspberry Sorbet with juicy blueberries (olive garden has it in late spring/early summer. I used to not like Olive Garden, but this combined with their cheap soup and salad lunch makes a perfect afternoon meal after some fun outside. Early summer favorite for sure!)
Summer: Raspberry shakes (Bear Lake), even better, Nielsen's (mostly a Utah restaurant) Raspberry Concrete with hot caramel. I like my ice cream to be more cream than ice, which the hot caramel does nicely. A smooth and melty delight!
Fall: Seasonal Pumpkin anything! (Edy's Pumpkin Icecream, IHOP's Pumpkin Pancakes, Krispy Kreme's spiced pumpkin and Dunkin Donut's pumpkin donuts), my mom's homemade squash chiffon pie (like pumpkin pie but light, fluffy, and creamy with a little added spice and topped with homemade whipped cream on top). Ok, that last one's not a restaurant item, but it should be.
Winter: The good old days of Arby's 5 for $5 that happened at Christmas. What ever happened to that? Also, although it is potent, you got to have just one eggnog icecream around Christmas time, or something that is spiced with cinnamon.
I usually get a little annoyed that Christmas seems to start earlier each year, mostly because of the people freaking out about purchasing things and the holiday rush. Halloween is now a brief sale that happens in September, and who knows what Thanksgiving is anymore other than a day off from work to eat a lot of birds and have a clearance sale. That's what the stores tell you, anyway. I know that there's a lot of commercialism around Christmas time as well, but I do love it when the season starts, like when you start getting out the traditional decorations and the memories and such. KOSY and FM100 always compete in Utah it seems to play the most Christmas music, which is my favorite kind of music. That really gets the season going for me. Guess I'm a little sappy, but I really like hearing Christmas songs. Songs about Christ, songs about joy and giving, having fun, and yes, even the occasional love song.
I'll desperately miss all I've come to love in the east, especially the wonderful friends we've made, but it will also be nice to finally be around extended family for the holidays for the first time in a very long time, and back to some of the places of my childhood with my own new little family.