Thursday, 6 December 2012

Pumpkin Everything in Staunton, VA


Staunton, a small town at the southern end of Skyline Drive, was the perfect spot to break our journey overnight. It was also the beginning of my obsession with pumpkins.

Well, it's hardly fair to call it my obsession - seems to me that the whole of the US has an obsession with pumpkins and pumpkin spice in the fall. This just isn't a thing in the UK, so it was a novelty I latched on to with enthusiasm.

Over the course of one evening and the following morning, I tried pumpkin beer, pumpkin cider, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin coffee. Seriously. Even coffee.

Dinner at Mockingbird was wonderful and autumnal: sweet potato gnocchi with butternut squash, cranberries, and roasted almonds.


We followed this up by ice cream for dessert at the Split Banana, where I had one scoop of pumpkin, one scoop of incredible chilli chocolate. Going for dessert in a separate place also seems to be one of those particular American things that I wouldn't really have thought of by myself.



The next morning, we breakfasted at Blue Mountain Coffee - where as well as pumpkin coffee, we discovered the "everything bagel" which was to become a staple of our visit to the States.



A few images from around the town:





carma said...

what a quaint town. You had me at the ice cream bar :) let me know if you are ever in NC!

Sarah Snell-Pym said...

I love pumpkin stuff - I was happy that this year more stuff was appearing in the shops here in the UK. We even make pumpkin bread here though this was the first year we didn't grow our own :(

Got them from Primrose Vale Farmshop instead though which was fun :)

Looks like you had a great trip.


becky said...

Hmmmm, this block wouldn't accept my comment...second try...Yes, LOVE the pumpkin spice coffee in the fall before all the Christmas flavors come along!

Rachel said...

Pumpkin coffee? The mind boggles..

Charlotte Klein said...

What a darling town that looks like! And yes, there is a fascination with all things pumpkin in the fall. I can't say I mind; such a delicious, delicate flavor. The pasta looks drool-worthy!

Stephanie said...

That town looks almost as sweet as your dessert that day!

christine said...

what a lovely looking place - I wish I could grow pumpkins, but they never thrive for me:(

Anonymous said...

Hee, I see what you mean by pumpkin everything! I was curious so I did a bit of googling and found a book and a dissertation on the cultural history of the Pumpkin in America, plus an authorised history of pumpkin chunking. Well.

By the bye - I don't know your feelings about chain coffee stores, but Starbucks does pumpkin spice lattes during the autumn. Personally not a fan of them in general, but I tried it out of curiosity and it was not nearly so grim as I thought it'd be. Quite palatable. Still, I think a home made version would be much better--I'll give the link if anyone's curious: DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Kitchn.

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