We lucked out on our F date because it also crossed off something high on my Living in England Bucket List — going to a football game! Luke’s coworker invited us to Liverpool for the Everton v Arsenal game since he’s a big Everton fan and Luke is a big Arsenal fan. We were able to make a weekend out of it and spend some time exploring Liverpool on Saturday.
On Sunday, we had a bit of a lazy morning before the match, but we did go out to breakfast and both had a Full English, or as it was called at this particular restaurant (and quite a few others as well), a fry up. It’s a classic English breakfast and a great way to start the day. A Full English typically consists of 2 sausages, 2 bacon rashers, 2 eggs, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, fried bread, black pudding, and hash browns. Not every place will include all of those elements, though The Brunch Club in Liverpool did (with only 1 sausage and toast instead of fried bread). Sometimes you can even get a mini, which will have 1 of each of the proteins and probably only have beans and tomatoes or mushrooms, and probably won’t include hash browns or black pudding. Needless to say, it’s a lot of food and we weren’t really all that hungry throughout the rest of the day.
About two hours before the game, we made our way to the stadium and to meet up with Luke’s coworker and his fiance. We met them at a pub outside the stadium for some literal pre-game drinks. The pub was absolutely decked out in Everton colours, memorabilia, quotes, artwork, everything.
The atmosphere at the game wasn’t really what I expected, I think. It was certainly different from American football games. But there was a clear difference between the first and second halves in terms of the energy in the crowd (and the excitement of the game). Our seats were about three rows from the top, but it was nice to be out of the sun.
Luke said we had to get a pie because that’s typical football food. We went to the concession stand at halftime but by the time we got up to the cashier, they were out of steak and potato pies, so we got cheese & onion instead. It was still delicious and I was glad to get the full football experience.
In the end, Everton won 0-1, which was disappointing for us. Since we were sitting in the Everton section (and the Arsenal section was on the opposite corner of the stadium), we had to be careful how we reacted to what was happening. I told Luke if Arsenal scored he had to hold it in as best as he could because he’s quite vocal when he’s just watching at home.
We both would have loved to go to a game at the Emirates and get the full Arsenal atmosphere, but Luke said it’s really difficult (and really expensive) to get tickets. Maybe someday, though!
ACTIVITIES FOR THE F DATE NIGHT
go to a football game - It can be American football or the rest of the world’s football.
build a fort - Relive your childhood and turn your living room into an epic fort!
go to a festival - Food festival. Music festival. They have festivals for everything and every one these days!
visit a farmer’s market - What a lovely way to spend a weekend morning in the summer time. Shop the stalls and grab some lunch. It’s the date that keeps on giving because you’ll have lots of delicious local produce and cool local products.
climb a fourteener - If you live in Colorado, they’re everywhere!
go four wheeling
watch your favourite films - Make it a double feature for your at-home movie night and watch both of your all-time favourite films back to back.
visit a fair
enjoy a five course meal
eat at food trucks
get your fitness on - Work out together!
eat your favourite foods - Maybe that’s cooking a big meal that incorporates your favourite foods or maybe it’s going out to dinner and ordering your favourite dish for the other person.
play frisbee golf
celebrate the ‘40s - Maybe that’s dressing up and painting the town red. Maybe that’s jamming out to ‘40s music or popping in a classic ‘40s movie. Maybe it’s doing something that was popular or trendy back in the day.
celebrate the ‘50s - See above.
FOODS FOR THE F DATE NIGHT
Full English - It’s a classic breakfast in England and a great way to start a day date.
fondue - You could try making your own!
fish ‘n chips
F restaurants/bars - Does your favourite restaurant or bar start with a F? Or what about a spot you’ve been dying to try, but just haven’t found the time yet?
DESTINATIONS FOR THE F DATE NIGHT
Fort Collins, Colorado
Header Photo by Brianne Haagenson Photography.