Seattle versus Denver in the Battle for Best Tailgate

Super Bowl XLVIII will be a contest between two evenly matched teams. The Seattle Seahawks were 13-3 in the regular season and boast the NFL’s best defense. The Denver Broncos also went 13-3, largely on the strength of the league’s top offense. At the moment, the Broncos are slight favorites, but general consensus is that it’s anyone’s game.

NFL_Barrel_ManInside their home stadiums, Seattle has their thunderous 12th Man, and the Denver faithful are known to get creative, daring and dashing with their wardrobe choices. But with the Super Bowl in New Jersey, it’s the fan base that can perform on the road that may make the critical difference.

So, for a championship tiebreaker, let’s take a look at the tailgates.

Denver’s Key Players:
Leading the charge from Lot C is the BroncosBus. A revamped school bus, this blue-and-orange beast is the pre-game HQ for fans looking for top-notch nosh, or to stoke the fires of friendly competition with a game of cornhole or beer pong before kickoff.

Vying for Rookie of the Year is the Bronco Bronco. This altered SUV has all the essentials: a kitchen, shower, toilet, and a full bed. But the Bronco2 makes its mark with the intangibles: an original blue-and-orange color scheme, custom upholstery, and a rear hatch that opens to reveal a 40-inch HDTV. Though small and new to the squad, the Bronco Bronco has become a key piece to the party atmosphere, making this vehicle the Wes Welker of the Mile High tailgate scene.

Seattle’s Starters:
The Seahawks have a young upstart of their own: Bussell Wilson. After logging nearly a quarter of a million miles as a stubby school bus, this jalopy was reborn with a blue-green-and-gray paint job, a barbeque, and a beer tap pouring local brew from an onboard kegorator. Like its QB namesake, Bussell Wilson is criticized for its size, but being compact only enhances its mobility in the parking lot.

Seahawks_Fans_are...the_12th_Man_(5341448344)The undisputed captain of the CenturyLink Field tailgate is Hawk One, a former 1978 Holiday Rambler transformed into a 33-foot rebuttal to the notion that Seattle is the “worst tailgating city in America.” With a tricked-out interior and dedication to the community, Hawk One draws fans and celebrities alike, including former Seahawks Jim Zorn and Steve Largent (and even an appearance from Sir Mix-A-Lot).

Winner:
With a more innovative playbook, and a touch more talent on the roster, it’s Seattle in an upset. But fear not, Bronco fans. The 12th Man has a longer road to travel to New Jersey, and an extra 1,000 miles on the interstate could dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.

So on Super Bowl Sunday, may the better team win. And, in the spirit of sportsmanship, may the fans from the victorious side provide beer and brats for their dispirited tailgating brethren.

How To: Discover, Save and Sync with Scout.me!

Hey Scouts!

Over the past few weeks, you've heard us talk more and more regularly about our website, Scout.me. Well if you're wondering why, here's one major reason: It's super awesome. :)

Oh, and it keeps getting better and better and is really easy to discover things in and around your own neighborhood OR a city you planning on visiting. It's perfect for pre-planning any trip.

It's super easy to use and best of all, FREE. If you have a Scout account, you can save and sync with your iPhone or Android app. Don't have an account? Sign up here!
Check out our newest video showing you how to get the most out of our favorite site.

Not sure what to do or have questions? Let us know below in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook!

Happy Scouting!

An Open Letter from Boston

Greetings, Scout users,

My name is Nick Altschuller, and I’m the new Guides Editor for Scout.me. My goal is to inform you about all the compelling venues and events around you. My job, at the moment, is centered in Boston. So if you’re in the Hub of the Universe, and you need to know where to take your toddler for a play date, and where to get a strong martini afterwards, I’m your man.

The first step in this personalized approach is the creation of our Boston Twitter account, @ScoutMeBoston. Please, follow along, ask for a recommendation, or share your own tips and favorites. This is a journey we’re going to take together. And if we get lost, that’s what the GPS is for.


So, what makes me an expert?

Boston is my home of the past 11 years, minus the two I spent earning my master’s degree in journalism. From the beginning, my career has been about tackling the hard issues, like professional football and Neil Diamond impersonators. I’ve written sophisticated innuendo for Maxim. For Esquire, I grilled chef Robert Irvine on time travel and how he’d prepare tofu for a black bear. While ducking Pulitzers, I’ve spent the past five years with The Improper Bostonian, an arts and entertainment magazine. As an editor, I collaborated with a wide spectrum of local creators and innovators. In my position, I was plugged into city life, and often stained with red wine as well as red ink. It was a dreadful grind, one I made in the service of reporting on fun.

I plan to continue that work with Scout, and I look forward to discovering the best of the city with you,

Nick

Top 10 Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day is the official unofficial start of summer!

The start of summer = outdoor fun in the sun :)

Whether you're staying local or going on a road trip, take advantage of the long weekend with these top ten things to do.

From beaches to hikes to ice cream, we've got you covered, thanks to Scout.me. Take a look at our full list after the jump!

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New Scout for iPhone Update: Tips and Tricks

Still wishing the weekend was here? Us too. But to help your daily grinds, we released a small update over the weekend that makes Scout for iPhone even easier to use. We've added a new “Tips and Tricks” section in the app to help you discover cool features you may not have known existed within Scout.

Check it out:

Also, if you didn't already know, you can share your location or a certain place you're going via text, e-mail, Facebook and now, Twitter!

If you're a current Scout user, download the update and let us know what you think! If you are new to Scout on iPhones, try out the 30-day free trial and we'd love to hear your feedback.

Scouting Life: The 3 Most Interesting Foods I’ve Ever Discovered

For the most part, I’ve always considered myself to be pretty open to trying new things. Whether it’s a new activity or visiting a new place, I love the sense of adventure that comes with experiencing something for the first time. After all, variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?

But among the many activities there are to try, to me, no single one is more enjoyable than trying or discovering new foods. In fact, for any who have eaten with me, they know that calling me an enthusiastic eater could be considered an understatement. @nanpalmero?

As a result of this, I’ve been in several situations where I’ve tried things that by most western standards are considered to be gross, extreme, or just plain weird. So you may not be surprised then that I have become used to receiving strange looks from across the table, after which of course, are followed by questions like “why?” or “how can you do it?”

To them, my answer is this. When I look at cuisines and dishes from around the world, I realize that there are people – including entire cultures – who eat things that some in our culture may define as weird. But to those who live in them, eating those things can be as normal as eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is to us. And if they can eat these dishes, then why can’t I?

No reason if you ask me.

So for better or worse, I do, try, and discover a lot of new flavors and food and I’m still here to write this blog about them. They haven’t all been great experiences, but being completely honest with you, I’ve regretted none of them.

Today, I wanted to share with you my top 3 most interesting foods I’ve eaten… EVER. Here we go!

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