Five Fall Favorites (That Aren’t Pumpkin Spice)

8l4OwCIt’s fall y’all, and you know what that means? A fair number of people are probably thinking “PUMPKIN SPICE!” right now. That may very well be the fall tradition with the best marketing, but it has overshadowed a lot of the little things that make fall fun. Let’s take a break from the pumpkin spice madness (seriously, it’s just cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and a handful of other spices) and think about five things, other than that overhyped spice mix, which put a little spring in our steps during fall.

Scarves: You have to love the one accessory which seems to instantly make any ensemble just a little bit classier. True it is over 80 degrees on the first day of fall, but that’s the beauty of working in an office; you can wear almost any warm article of clothing (except maybe a heavy coat), and still be comfortable. Gear up for Fall at Twig & Willow on 4th and Grand, Prism Boutique on 4th and Termino, or (if you’re ballin’ on a budget like us) Buffalo Exchange on 2nd and Livingston in Belmont Shore.

Crunchy leaves: Southern California may not get the full effect of falling leaves like other parts of the country, but we do have some deciduous trees, and their leaves do fall off. Having to clear leaves off your lawn or car may not be the most fun, but nothing gives you that oddly satisfied feeling quite like stepping on crunchy leaves. If your block is lacking, the Eldorado Nature Center is a great place to take a leaf-filled stroll.

Tea and Coffee: Fall is the time to fully enjoy those hot beverages which add just the right amount of comfort to our hectic lives. It’s true that we never really take a break from consuming hot beverages, especially those that provide an extra caffeine boost in the morning. The colder weather just makes sipping on hot coffee or tea so much cozier (and less sweaty). There are so many coffee and tea shops in Long Beach it’s hard to recommend just one, so we have a list of five.

Lower gas prices: This might not be something you usually think about when you hear “fall,” but it is a great perk. The temperature drop means that oil companies can switch to their winter blend which is less expensive, because they do not have to put in those extra additives which keep the gasoline from evaporating as quickly in hot weather. That’s and overly-simplified explanation for why gas prices drop, I know, but hey—cheaper gas!

Pie: Okay, I lied. I’m bringing up pumpkin spice, but in its original, intended use: pies. Fall means that pumpkins and apples are ready for harvest, which means they are ready to be baked into delicious pies. Where is the best place for your pie fix in Long Beach? Hometown favorite Jongewaard’s Bake ‘n Broil at 3697 Atlantic Ave. has been baking up the best pies in town, fresh every day, since 1969.

So let’s take a moment to appreciate everything fall has to offer, and put the pumpkin spice back on the shelf for a while. What are your favorite things about fall? Tell us in the comments below.

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