Fall Break is just days away! We’re practically counting the minutes to the long weekend. Whether you’re staying in town or squeezing in some traveling over break, we’ve got you covered. For those of you holding it down in LFK, here’s our guide to relaxing right and enjoying every second of the break. Stay-cation, here we come.
First, coffee. No, wait. First, sleep in. Then coffee. The weather’s cooling down and it seems like everyone is crazy for pumpkin spice. We can’t deny the power of the pumpkin, but we can direct you to a couple Lawrence staples for a pumpkin latte flavor test.
Prima Tazza | Pumpkin Spice Latte
I asked the barista for recommendations of specialty fall drinks. He thought for a moment, taking his first pause from filling the orders of the long line of sweater-wearing, 20-somethings that had arrived before me. “I guess that would be a pumpkin spice latte,” he offered. I was a little disappointed with this response, hoping that as one of the Lawrence staple coffee shops, the bar might have a more creative seasonal drink selection, especially since their specialty drinks are always so good. I ordered the sole autumn-inspired drink on the menu and took it with the optional cinnamon and nutmeg, which he sprinkled on top of the perfectly foamed milk with particular care. Inhaling, I let the warmth of the drink and mug warm my face and hands—an awe-struck grin overcoming my post-midterm expression. My first sip was filled with anticipation. Hmmm. I tried again, this time taking a fuller gulp, hoping that maybe the first had been just foam. But the second sip was confirmation—the latte was nothing special. In fact, it was almost tasteless. The only spice or hint of fall flavor was that which the barista had sprinkled on top, not within the drink itself. It lacked the distinct pumpkin spirit I had hoped for. Dissatisfied, I left the shop almost wishing (shamefully) that I had gone across the street to Starbucks.
By Audrey Danser
Henry’s | Muddy Pumpkin & Lawrence Phog
The Muddy Pumpkin
I order the twelve ounce Muddy Pumpkin in a ceramic mug. I sit in the corner of Henry’s by the board games and books, and look at the art on the wall while it cools. Don’t you just love the way the frothy milk is shaped like a leaf? One sip and I swoon. This take on the flavor of autumn blends a smooth black chai, not too spicy, a double shot of Southpaw espresso, and only a touch of pumpkin spice. This drink isn’t going to club you over the head to remind you it’s fall. You already know that. Instead, it’s a sweet dose of pumpkin that entices, rather than overwhelms. Add the quick bite of espresso, and this makes for a satisfying drink with a kick. When you want an alternative to the typical Starbucks fall fare, when the traditional PSL and graham cracker nonsense don’t thrill you the way they used to—look no further. The Muddy Pumpkin is here.
The Lawrence Phog
Okay, okay it’s not pumpkin. But one look at the ingredients on Henry’s delightful chalkboard seasonal menu, and I can’t help myself. I have to try it. I get this cup to go, and have to wait a moment for it to cool to the right temperature. It was difficult, let me tell you. When I take the lid off, I can smell the sweet combination of lavender and honey rising through a thick pillow of steamed milk. To drink it now and suffer the burnt tongue? I decide not to risk it. Finally the tea is cool enough. The steamy Earl Grey latte is simply delicious. It’s floral, it’s sweet, and it’s perfect for fall. Plus, with a name like the Lawrence Phog, I can’t help but imagine how this drink might taste on a cold, misty morning. If you like tea, you don’t want to miss this hot drink infused with cool flavor.
By Hannah Pierangelo
There’s plenty to do around town this weekend, and if Lawrence is too familiar, you can always get away to Kansas City! Here’s what’s on our list to check out over break.
Saturday Oct. 10: Fall and football go hand in hand. If you’re staying in town this weekend, don’t miss a chance to see our team play (and show off your game day style). Kickoff begins at 11:00 am.
Sunday Oct. 11: Take a road trip to Kansas City and support the Chiefs, who are playing the Chicago Bears at 12:00.
Monday Oct. 12: A concert is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and go out. The Internet, a soul band made up of several members from Odd Future, will be performing at the Granada. Complex said their new album, Ego Death, “is in the early running for R&B album of the year.” Doors open at 7 pm.
Tuesday Oct. 13: Spend time relaxing and shopping around at the Lawrence Farmer’s Market, before classes resume the next day. The Farmer’s Market is open Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm at 824 New Hampshire, and pick up a pumpkin or two to get in the fall spirit.
By Aleah Milliner
We wish we could say that we’re too busy adventuring over break to watch Netflix. But that is a lie. Netflix just loaded some fresh movies and shows this month and we’re ready to binge it all.
- The Awakening (2011)
- The Babadook (2014)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
- Bruce Almighty (2003)
- The Nightmare (2015)
- Charmed (1998-2006)
- Once Upon A Time (2011-Present)
- Dexter (2006-2013)
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)
- Supernatural (2005-Present)
By Holly Kulm
Photo by Abby Liudahl
Graphic by Hannah Pierangelo