Fall is upon us! Throw on a jean jacket, pull on some lace-up boots, and grab some cash because it’s time to take advantage of the October Bites that Durham and Duke’s campus have to offer. Now’s the perfect time to sample pumpkin spice drinks at all of the coolest coffee shops in Durham or browse the Saturday morning farmers market for some delicious seasonal produce. Use this list as your guide for the best ways to eat your way through this month:
Cocoa Cinnamon’s Harvest Latte- Go above and beyond basic pumpkin drinks this October. Essentially autumn in liquid form, this latte is made with housemade pumpkin seed and cinnamon syrup, and is accompanied with ginger, allspice and cayenne and topped with maca.
Apples- Suncrisp and Fuji apples are two notable varieties of the many apples in season during October. Slice them up and slather them with your favorite nut butter (Big Spoon Roasters, anyone?) or dip them in caramel sauce to get into the Halloween spirit.
Nasher Museum Café’s Autumn Salads- The Nasher's Warm Squash Salad (pecorino, sunflower seeds, purple potato, and butternut squash) and Autumn Fruit Salad (grilled peaches, almonds, burrata, pear) will make you rethink healthy eating. These two salads are full of flavor and nutrition! This is definitely the best way to maximize your food points. (Yes, Nasher still accepts food points from everyone, even Class of 2020 students!)
Carrots- Buy some real carrots (not the weird mini ones from grocery stores!) from the farmers market and pair them with hummus for a snack to fuel you through midterms, projects, and papers galore.
The Parlour’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream- The Parlour is the favorite dessert destination for Duke students, but this flavor stands out. The real chunks of pie crust and warm spices are way better than any Starbucks PSL.
Bell Peppers- They’re not only a great source of Vitamin C (freshmen plague begone!) but bell peppers pack a punch of flavor as well! Eat them raw or add them on top of pizza!
Monuts’ Orange Velvet Donut- This donut is made of decadent pumpkin cake, topped with rich cream cheese frosting. Honestly, what's not to like? Once again, Monuts pulls through with a seasonal donut that makes all of our pumpkin dreams come true!
Your Favorite Halloween Candy- We all had that one candy bar so valuable that we would trade all of our other trick-or-treat pickings to get more of it. Bring back some childhood nostalgia by dragging your friends to Harris Teeter’s to buy some full-size bars (jackpot) and watching a Halloween classic, like Hocus Pocus.
Jack & Oak Cider from Bull City Ciderworks- Set aside the Pumpkin Spice Burnett’s and grab one of these pumpkin ciders instead, you won’t regret it. The cinnamon and vanilla paired with pumpkin purée will be much more fun to sip on.