August 29, 2012

Goodbye Summer

Posted by Kristin

This past weekend, Mike and I decided to go out on a little date night to celebrate the last weekend of summer. He started his new teaching job on Monday so I told him to pick something fun and relaxing to do over the weekend to finish up the summer. Fun and relaxing pretty much always equates to food and a movie for my hubby, so I shouldn't have been surprised when he sent me a link to the menu of a finger-lickin' good BBQ restaurant, Bub's Bar-B-Q, and told me to check it out.  Surprisingly, I'd never been there and soon after checking out the menu it was an emphatic "YES!" on my part. He decided that he wanted to see the new Bourne movie after dinner, so our night was all set. We hopped in the Jeep and were off...

I can never get him to smile when he's knows I'm taking a picture. Gotta be more secretive.

Baby Who at 29 weeks! And my new (used to be my grandfather's I think)
wedding band because my rings are too small right now. Gotta love swelling.

Best gift ever: a diy-ed thank you gift from my friend Lauren for
planning her baby shower. Its perfect for stashing all sorts of
goodies for a movie. And yes, I do do that. So arrest me.

Bub's is located in Sunderland, a nice little town tucked right along the northern border of Amherst. The whole ride up there is filled with gorgeous shots of rolling country side.

Somewhere along Route 116 in Amherst. Lots of pretty fields and views.

Mike was pretty scared I'd drop his phone out the
window while taking this photo. And knowing me I would...

UMass Campus, better known as Zoo Mass, especially this time of year.

Old tobacco barns in North Amherst. Surprisingly, they're still used to
dry tobacco. Guess they didn't get the memo that smoking is bad.

After a 25 minute drive, we rolled into a gravel parking lot and saw this before us:

The first thing we did was hop in line to order our food. Mike went with half a rack of ribs and a pulled pork sandwich. I went with pulled pork but was mostly excited about the endless supply of yummy looking sides, like BBQ ranch beans, dirty rice, orange glazed sweet potatoes, hickory smoked potatoes, cole slaw, black eyed corn, tomato and cucumber salad and lots more. So we placed our order, loaded up our plates with sides, and headed outside to await our BBQ. 

Yes, this is a weird smile and no, that beer is not mine....although typically it would be.

Oh glorious sides, how I love thee.

I had pretty much eaten all of my sides before my pulled pork
even came out. The corn salad was my favorite by far.

Once our bbq arrived, we dove in and didn't look back. This is the kind of place that doesn't have napkins but just has rolls of paper towels on the tables. Very necessary paper towels.

Meat. Yum.

Those are the glazed over happy eyes of a man in the midst of bbq heaven.

My pulled pork sandwich was really good. Not too spicy and just sweet enough.

I guess he'll smile on camera after he's just had really good bbq. That's the ticket.

Happy full belly of bbq and of course a second helping of sides.

See ya next time Bub's. Thanks for the good eats!

Good bye summer and thanks for lots of good times. See you next year!

PS- The Bourne Movie was pretty good. Lots of good action, a little slow to get into, but still a good watch.

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