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Super Bowl XLIX {local guide}

Go, sports team! Score the points! Win the game!

Yeah, that’s kiiinda how we feel about most football games.  Now, I’m not going to go too deep into my feelings about the teams this year {are we sure they can’t both lose? 😉 } but I will say this: I pretty much love Super Bowl Sunday.

Snacks. Friends. Couches. Prop bets.  I’m all in on all fronts.

We’re here to give you the ‘rundown’ [pun intended] on how to best celebrate this pseudo-holiday, whether you decide to stay in, or venture out.

Go Out

The Four Seasons, Westlake Village is offering a special East Coast vs. West Coast menu on Happy Hour starting at 3pm, which is conveniently a half hour before kickoff.  New England Lobster Corn Dogs and Seattle Crab Cake Sliders, along with Washington Apple Whiskey Cocktails and Boston Side Cars  are offered for $9 each. Stay refreshed while watching the game, with $4.90 draft beer specials.

Draught’s Restaurant {Thousand Oaks} has happy hour on Super Bowl Sunday from 3-6pm, featuring $3 pints, $4 well drinks, and 25{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} off all appetizers — there’s even an HDTV raffle!

Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant {Westlake Village} has a huge party starting at 10am with a brunch buffet + bottomless mimosas, and continuing with taco stands, beer towers, and fishbowl margaritas.  If this is your kinda thing, then it sounds like you are in for a real treat!

 Stay In

 Prop Bets are a sure-fire way to keep me watching the game instead of hovering over the snack table or napping in the corner spot of the couch.  My husband and I always make a big poster board for these prop bets, which is the Vegas-official term for the pageantry surrounding the Super Bowl.  

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Everyone pitches in $5 to play and bet on all prop bets, and the winner takes the pot. Here are some of the Vegas prop bets for this year:

Will Idina Menzel forget or omit at least 1 word of official US National Anthem? Yes 4-1, No 1-6
Bill Belichick Hoodie Type Sleeves Cut 2-3, Sleeves Intact 11-10
How many viewers will the game have? Over/Under 113 million
What color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the head of the winning coach? Orange 3/2; Yellow 5/2; Clear/Water 3/1; Red 15/2
Blue 15/2; Green 10/1
How many times will “deflated balls” be mentioned during the game? Over/Under 2 1/2
Which coach will be shown first on TV after kickoff? Pete Carroll -110; Bill Belichick -130
Which will be the highest scoring quarter? 1st Quarter 9/2; 2nd Quarter 7/5; 3rd Quarter 9/2; 4th Quarter 9/5
Which team will win the coin toss? New England Patriots -105 (20/21); Seattle Seahawks -105 (20/21)
Which song will Katy Perry perform first at Halftime? Firework 3/2; Roar 3/2; This Is How We Do 5/1; Dark Horse 12/1; E.T. 12/1; Wide Awake 12/1; Waking Up In Vegas 20/1
Coin Toss Heads 20-21, Tails 20-21
Team to score first wins the game Yes 20-33, No 27-20
Total touchdowns in the game Over/Under 5.5
Total points- odd or even? Odd 5-7, Even 11-10

 We also like to get creative with our own bets, such as “Category of first commercial aired after kickoff [beer, car, website, none of the above]” or “Color of Katy Perry’s hair [purple, blue/green, brown/blonde, red/pink, or blonde].”

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This year, as we have the past few years, we are spending it at Tanisha’s house with a group of our friends!  Everyone brings some snacks (some healthier than others) and it is always a great feeding frenzy.

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Brett and I bring buffalo chicken dip, but this year I am trying something new:

Buffalo Cauliflower Dip [adapted from this recipe here]:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot pepper sauce
  • 2 8-oz packs Neufchatel cheese [low fat cream cheese]
  • 6 oz plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dill
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (optional)

1. Remove stems and leaves from cauliflower, and coarsely grate cauliflower florets to resemble rice.

2. Place grated cauliflower and pepper sauce in large, non-stick skillet over medium heat until cooked through.

3. Stir in cream cheese and cook, stirring until melted.  Add in greek yogurt and spices; cook until heated through.

4. Fold in blue cheese crumbles.  Serve with celery sticks, carrot sticks, or crackers.

Other favorite snacks include Hayley and Luke’s beer cheese dip [since Luke is from Wisconsin, he knows a good beer cheese when he tastes it!] and Tanisha’s crock pot meatballs.

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Okay, now that I’m actively salivating, I’ll leave you to plan your own Super Bowl party snacks… which of course you will probably be making while the boys sit outside and smoke cigars.

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Be safe, watch the commercials, eat the snacks, and may your favorite team be showered in confetti at the end of the game!

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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