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Premium cornhole bag at Qualcomm Stadium
Cornhole is the runaway leader in the tailgate lot when it comes to tailgating games. It’s popularity is unmatched. Because of this, the cornhole connoisseurs of the parking lots want to have their game be as authentic as possible. In order to make cornhole more portable, affordable and “tailgate friendly”, some quality has been compromised in order to accomplish those goals.

We recently discovered P&P Imports premium corhole bags that, look feel, weigh and toss like authentic and official Cornhole Association regulation bags but are a greater improvement. The P&P Imports Premium Cornhole Bags are filled with synthetic corn kernels which sets them apart.

Cornhole Bag showing insidesAccording to the official rules of the American Cornhole Association, “corn bags should be made from 12 oz / sq yd duck canvas and may be any color that is easy to see during Cornhole play. Each bag shall be filled with approximately 2 cups of corn feed and finished bags should be a minimum of 6″ X 6″ square and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces.”

You may ask, “Why would synthetic corn kernels be better than natural corn kernels? Isn’t the real thing always better than something synthetic”. The answer is usually the real thing is better but not in this case. Let us explain.

Real corn kernels are a natural substance and thus susceptible to the outdoor elements. If a cornhole bag filled with natural corn kernels gets wet, the kernels inside will probably deteriorate or grow mold or mildew. Whether the bags get wet or stay dry, natural corn kernels can attract pests like maize weevils. The rotting natural corn kernels will break down and your bags will weigh less and honestly, do you really want to play with bags that have mold growing or destructive pests inside? Yuck.

In addition to avoiding the potential rot and deterioration of the fill inside the bags, these cornhole bags are top of the line in quality. The heavy duty duck cloth is the exact material official, regulation cornhole bags are made out of and are double stitched to ensure they hold together. The synthetic “corn kernels” are even shaped like a real corn kernel so the feel of the bag in your hand is replicated to feel like a cornhole bag with natural fill.

15 color optionsKeeping it along the same track as being a regulation sized cornhole bag, the weight is between 15 and 16 ounces. That is the regulation weight of cornhole bags per the American Cornhole Association. The size of each bag is 6″ X 6″ square. That is the regulation size of cornhole bags per the American Cornhole Association.

Seeing how the official rules regarding bags allows for any color as long as they are easily seen during game play, these cornhole bags are available in 15 different colors.

Available colors include: Black. Gold, Grey, Light Blue, Navy Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Royal Blue, White, Yellow, Crimson/Burgundy, Light Green and Dark Green.

Now you can get the two colors of your favorite team to go along with your Cornhole Boards and be a true fan in the parking lot. Oklahoma State Cowboys tailgater? Get some orange and black bags and you are all set. Minnesota Vikings fan? Purple and gold for you. The 15 color options ensures you can always mix and match your cornhole bags to match your favorite team’s colors.

We had a chance to test out the P&P Imports Premium Cornhole Bag Sets recently while tailgating. We grabbed a set of Blue and Yellow bags to match the colors of the San Diego Chargers and brought them tailgating at Qualcomm Stadium.

In playing with them, we really enjoyed the authentic feel to these bags. From the high quality duck cloth to the authentic feel of the synthetic fill feeling like corn kernels, these cornhole bags are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The regulation weight was perfect and the peace of mind to know that even if the bags got wet, we would not have to worry about rot or even pests destroying the insides.

These Premium Cornhole Bags come in sets of four. We suggest buying two sets, one of each color of your favorite team, for a complete game set. Each set of four (4) bags is priced at $20 and comes with a one year warranty. Purchase two sets and they both will ship in the same box for a flat rate shipping cost of $15.

Buy the Premium Cornhole Bags HERE.

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Portland Growler Company Review

Posted by Dave On September - 21 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

Portland Growler Company ceramic growler

Ah, yes. Fresh, craft beer is pure joy. If you follow @TailgatingIdeas on Twitter, you have been subjected to a number of tweets expounding the pageant and majesty of craft beer via the Untappd mobile app. It is well documented our love of the craft beer. And the best craft beer is fresh craft beer directly from the brewery usually transported in a growler. But traditional glass growlers are typically not welcome in tailgating parking lots due to many stadium rules banning glass containers of any type. This is the problem craft beer lovers face each weekend.

We recently discovered the Portland Growler Company which is solving this problem for craft beer loving tailgaters everywhere. Portland Growler Company makes hand poured ceramic growlers in 32 oz and 64 oz sizes. Ceramic is not only a great insulator and keeps your craft beer colder longer, but ceramic is not glass, thus circumnavigating many parking lot glass bans.

no_glass_sign_qualcommWe tailgate at Qualcomm Stadium for the San Diego Chargers games. Qualcomm Stadium has a strict “No Glass” policy and the San Diego Police officers patrolling the parking lots take it very seriously. In our experience, if they even see a glass bottle, even a glass jar of salsa, they will issue a ticket. No warning, just a ticket and they will confiscate the remainder of the glass bottles in your cooler. And for the record, the ticket they issue is not light. Upwards of $250 and if you think about fighting it in court, you better think again. In our experience tailgating in San Diego for 10+ years, we have never heard of anyone getting their ticket overturned or waived.

Now that we have scared you to death about even thinking of bringing glass to a tailgate, we offer you the solution.

Wikipedia defines Ceramic as: An inorganic, nonmetallic solid material comprising metal, nonmetal or metalloid atoms primarily held in ionic and covalent bonds. The crystallinity of ceramic materials ranges from highly oriented to semi-crystalline, and often completely amorphous.

That sounds like a lot of technical science speak but ceramic is not glass. So if a police officer wants to ticket you for glass in the parking lot, let him/her know it is a ceramic growler. We would suggest contacting the stadium you plan to tailgate and find out if ceramic materials are considered glass and if they are allowed. Better to be safe than sorry.

Now that you have a way to bring fresh craft beer tailgating, you should pick up a personalized ceramic growler from Personal Creations.

Tianna Gregory with Portland Growler Company Growler

Model Tianna Gregory holding a ceramic growler from Portland Growler Company. Photo courtesy: SmokSho

Portland Growler Company began in the summer of 2010 as a collective of designers and ceramicists that came together to create hearty, handmade ceramic growlers for beer in a city known for its microbreweries. Each of their unique growlers are slip cast using a high-temperature stoneware clay body and fired to an extreme temperature of 2,232 Fahrenheit. Each growler is handmade and is truly unique in every sense of the word. The bottom of your stoneware growler includes the initials of the artist who made it. Now that is unique.

Portland growlers personalized

Once you fill your growler, you want to keep that beer as fresh as it came out of the tap. Wide-mouth, porcelain flip-top lids and rubber gaskets seal in freshness and carbonation, while thick, ceramic walls prevent light contamination – keeping your favorite beverage tap fresh and cold to the last sip.

And since you are not your average tailgater and you want to personalize your growler, you can even order it engraved with your initials. Personal Creations offers these growlers for sale and you can personalize them. You can see the growler we chose came personalized with the founder’s initials.

After taking the Portland Growler tailgating and enjoying some fresh craft beer in the parking lot, these personalized ceramic growlers are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. (And that’s not the craft beer talking.)

The Portland Growler is $79.00 and includes your choice of one to two initials engraved. Color choices are black or grey and each unique growler is handmade and made in the USA. To order a Portland growler for your next tailgate, visit: Personal Creations.

Dori Pole

Posted by Dave On September - 20 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

Dori Pole
What separates the veteran and hard core tailgaters from the casual tailgater is that you want your tailgate to stand out; to be noticed. In the literal sense of being noticed and standing out while tailgating, you need to have an identifiable marker that can be seen from far away. We recently discovered the Dori Pole and it is a unique way to help your tailgate spot stand out above the sea of RVs, campers and pick up trucks crowding the tailgate lot.

In a nutshell, Dori Pole is a modular display system. Long pennant flags float in the wind and have been proven to help deter nuisance birds such as geese, seagulls and pelicans. (Nothing ruins a tailgate like birds pooping on your guests…) The fiberglass poles are lightweight, flexible and can reach up to 22 feet in height so your tailgating space is sure to get noticed.

The video showed you mounting options by placing it into the grass with the mounting stake. This method would be great for those tailgaters that tailgate on grassy areas. For those that tend to tailgate on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete, you can use the Wheel Stand that goes under your vehicle’s tire to hold the Dori Pole in place.

Dori Pole Wheel StandThe majority of our football season tailgating takes place at Qualcomm Stadium which is asphalt. We made sure to have the wheel stand to go with the Dori Pole.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Dori Pole on a trial basis. After testing the Dori Pole we were given the option to purchase it at a discount or return the Dori Pole. We chose to purchase the Dori Pole at the discounted price and plan to use it for future tailgates.)

When first contacted by the folks at Dori Pole, we immediately were impressed with the wide variety of pennant colors offered. Pennants are not just available in solid colors but a two-color combination can represent your favorite team’s colors. It seems like everyone in the parking lot has a flagpole that displays the team flag but having a Dori Pole to either compliment or replace the old flagpole and team flag is an alternative. Setting your tailgate apart is the goal and having a different type of identifying marker flying above the tailgate lot will make yours easy to spot.

The Dori Pole comes in multiple sizes although the tallest would be recommended for tailgating. Using the 19′ Dori Pole raises the pennant of your color choice well above all of the other vehicles in the parking lot, making your spot easily identifiable. The 13.5′ Dori Pole Mid-Rise and Dori Pole Jr are also options but do not raise the pennant as high.

Once you have chosen your length of Dori Pole that will work best for your tailgate, you then choose which pennant color or color combination suits your tailgate party. The 14′ Collegiate Pennant Flags come in over 20 color combinations to match your college team’s colors. If you are a pro tailgater, more than likely there is a color combination to match your pro team’s colors too. (University of Florida Gators colors of blue and orange are the same for the Denver Broncos.)

If you prefer a solid color, Dori Pole offers 8′ & 14′ Solid Color Pennant Flags as well. Nearly 40 solid color options are available no matter how obscure your team’s colors might be.

Dori Pole

After testing out the Dori Pole and taking it to a number of tailgates, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The very fact that we chose to purchase a Dori Pole (albeit at a discount) so we could continue to tailgate with it for the remainder of the football season speaks volumes. We plan on using the Dori Pole well into college baseball season when it opens in February 2017. We will probably be investing in buying a blue and orange pennant in 2017 to show support for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team while tailgating.

To learn more about Dori Pole or to purchase a pole and pennant for your next tailgate party, visit: DoriPole.com

Team Bar Finder

Posted by Dave On September - 10 - 20161 COMMENT

Team Bar Finder Logo
There are times when you just can’t go tailgating. Normally those times are when your team is playing on the road and it is either too far or too expensive to support your team away from home. But one of the things we all love about tailgating is the camaraderie we share with other fans while out in the parking lot before the game. When watching the game on TV you lose that if you are alone or with a small group of people. That is why many fans like to get together with other fans at sports bars and root on their team together. But finding a bar that is local and is the designated watch party location of your favorite team is often times difficult. Unless you still live near the city of your favorite team, locating a bar that supports your out of town team was difficult. That is until now. Introducing Team Bar Finder.

Simply explained, a team bar is a sports bar that is typically outside of the local area of a particular team but is a friendly place to go for that team’s fans to congregate. Still confused? Check out this video taken inside Finnerty’s in New York City when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series.

Pretty crazy considering that bar is over 3,000 miles away from the City by the Bay. That bar is also packed on Sundays during football season with what else, San Francisco 49ers fans. So how does a fan from San Francisco living in New York or a LSU alumnus find a bar in Seattle show their game surrounded by other like-minded fans> Team Bar Finder.

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You probably know Totino’s as that company known for it’s hugely popular pizza rolls, and other frozen pizza products.  Well this past month they introduced 2 new products; pizza sticks and stuffed nachos, and we were asked to give them a try.  Always on the hunt for new game day snacks we were happy to do it.

Much like their other offerings the pizza sticks and stuffed nachos are frozen items which you can reheat in a couple of ways.  The quickest would be the microwave, but there are also oven heating options listed on the box as well.  Since we’re Tailgating Ideas we also wanted to check the viability of heating them on the grill because I have yet to see someone using a microwave in the parking lot.

The pizza sticks come in cheese and pepperoni varieties and have a sort of a flaky crust.  They are packaged six to a box and each stick is in its own wrapper.  The microwave option for these is roughly 60 seconds on high, it depends on the wattage, and then let it cool some before eating.  The cooling cannot be underestimated as the filling in these is like lava when hot and could burn the mouth easily.  Oven instructions are 425 for 14-16 minutes.

The nachos, both the queso and supreme, have a crust that is not unlike the pizza rolls if you’ve ever had those.  In the sample boxes there were 34 pieces.  These microwave for 60-70 seconds, although the directions are only for 6 at a time.  Again the same cooling principle applies.  Oven cooking directions vary based on batch size but simply put is to bake them for 10-14 minutes at 425.totinos-grill

If you wanted to grill either of these products, just use the oven directions and cook them over indirect.  I have a picture of a small batch that I did on my preferred tailgating grill, a Weber Q 100.  These were done by placing a 2 layers of foil on the grill and then using a wire rack to elevate the items.  This is the only way to use a lot of these small 1 burner grills in the indirect fashion, but provided the item is small enough, it works pretty well.  The grill worked great for heating these, and if you’ve got it going already its totally worth it.  Just try and cook them close to that 425 degree mark which will vary based on your cooker.

Tasting showed that both varieties of both products were pretty tasty.  My personal taste will always prefer the crust texture that comes from using the oven/grill but the microwave option was still decent.  If I had to say which ones I like best it would be the pepperoni sticks and supreme nachos, but my wife preferred the queso nacho.  

So if you’re looking for some new game day snacks to serve to the homegating crowd, or to whip up some quick appetizers in the parking lot give these a consideration.  You can find them in the freezer section of your grocer near the other Totino’s products.  

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