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Flavors of fall at Starbucks, plus where to get free coffee this month

Flavors of fall at Starbucks, plus where to get free coffee this month

It’s football season, which in my house means all Saturday plans must be cleared with the husband first. He’s wants to be home, or at least near a TV, when the key games are on.

If you’re planning a football party, or three or four, check out this recipe for Italian Sub Dip.

Molly Winsten, who grew up on the Space Coast and now runs a gluten-free bakery in Boston, came up with the recipe. Here’s a link to a TikTok video of her making it.

This recipe makes a lot, enough to feed a crowd. But it should come with a warning label. It’s kind of addictive.

Is it fall yet?

Cypress Table in Cocoa Village

Maybe. Sorta. Kinda.

OK, not really, but it’s noticeably cooler lately, which makes me want to sit outside and enjoy some people watching while eating lunch. That is until the breeze dies down or one of our late summer rain storms hit.

That’s why this time of year, it’s good to have options when dining out. With this in mind, restaurant writer Lyn Dowling gave us a list of 10 places in Cocoa Village that serve lunch and have both indoor and outdoor seating.

Free coffee at Scooters

Get free coffee every day in September at Scooters.

Get free coffee every day in September at Scooters.

National Coffee Day isn’t until Sept. 29, but Scooters, which has a location at 833 Osceola Drive, Rockledge, is celebrating all month.

Drive-thru every day in September to get a free cup of coffee, including medium or dark roasts or popular flavors such as Caramelicious, Scooter Doodle or French Vanilla.

Scooters also is celebrating fall with new menu items that include Pumpkin Caramelicious Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Cake Bites and Maple Waffle Sandwiches.

Walk-Ons adds bone-in wings to menu

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux has added bone-in wings to its menu.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux has added bone-in wings to its menu.

After two decades of “winging it” with just boneless wings, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, is introducing three flavors of bone-in wings to its menu: Buffalo, Sweet Chili and Lemon Pepper Dry Rub.

Walk-On’s has a location at 8550 Napolo Drive, Viera.

All flavors of bone-in wings will be available as an order of eight wings, eight wings with fries or 12 wings.

“Our journey started with a simple desire to create a place where friends and families could come together to enjoy sports, good company, and exceptional food,” said Brandon Landry, founder of Walk-On’s.

The bone-in wings come just in time for football season.

Wine dinner at Carrabba’s

Carrabba's locations across Brevard will host a Discover Italy wine dinner on Sept. 12.

Carrabba’s locations across Brevard will host a Discover Italy wine dinner on Sept. 12.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill, which has multiple locations across Brevard, will host a Discover Italy wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Cost for the four-course dinner is $55 per person.

The dinner includes:

First Course: Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with romaine and spinach, tossed in a fig vinaigrette with roasted beets, tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers and goat cheese, sprinkled with bacon. The salad is paired with Bertani Dué Uvé Pinot Grigio – Sauvignon Blanc.

Second Course: Penne with Black Pepper Cream and Sausage, penne pasta and Italian sausage in a creamy black pepper sauce with roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and grated cheese topped with fresh basil chiffonade. The dish is paired with II Borro “Pian Di Nova” Super Tuscan.

Third Course: Chicken Ardente, grilled chicken breast prepared with Mr. C’s Grill Baste, olive oil and herbs, topped with tomatoes, olive oil, basil, garlic, and melted gorgonzola cheese and served with sautéed broccoli. The dish is paired with Fontanafredda Serralunga Barolo.

Fourth Course: Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Strawberries, layers of chocolate mousse and strawberry sauce, garnished with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and mint and paired with Allegrini Valpolicella.

Pumpkin spice at Starbucks

Starbucks is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, plus new fall beverages.

Since its launch in 2003, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has become a cultural icon, and, according to a Starbucks press release, the coffee shop’s most popular seasonal beverage.

Other fall flavors returning to Starbucks, which has locations across Brevard, are Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato.

New to the fall menu are Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, which combines Starbucks Blonde Espresso with notes of apple, cinnamon and brown sugar, shaken together and topped with oatmilk for a smooth, balanced sip full of fall flavor; and Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte, which pairs a blend of spiced chai notes with pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice.

Food to celebrate this week

What does nationalday.com say we should be celebrating this week?

  • National Coffee Ice Cream Day, Sept. 6

  • National Beer Lover’s Day, Sept. 7

  • International Box Wine Day, Sept. 9

  • National Wiener Schnitzel Day, Sept. 9

  • Steak Au Poivre Day, Sept. 9

  • National TV Dinner Day, Sept. 10

  • National Hot Cross Bun Day, Sept. 11

  • National Ants on a Log Day, Sept. 12

  • National Chocolate Milkshake day, Sept. 12

Until next time, happy eating y’all.

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Suzy Fleming Leonard

FLORIDA TODAY food editor

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