Monday, September 19, 2022

Wake Forest Homecoming 2022: What we ate, What we did and Who we saw in Winston-Salem

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Friday morning, Alex and I flew down to our alma mater, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Our gracious hosts, also fellow alums picked us up from the airport after a quick hour flight.

We had a tour of our friend’s new gym: Workhouse Fitness in downtown Winston, and then headed straight to the Porch for lunch to start our reunion tour of Winston-Salem. We were in Winston, exactly a year ago for our postponed Class of 2020 Graduation.  

The porch is one of my favorite restaurants and I wish we had it in New York.

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After lunch we drove to campus. We walked around, saw the changes and improvements to the freshmen dorms and the new road on campus, as well as the Wake Downtown shuttle stops.

We took some pictures and did some shopping on the quad at the Deacon Shop or as I liked to call it on my campus tours when I was a Tour Guide: the “swag” store. 

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For our flight and campus day I wore my Hill House “fruit” (it has fruits and veggies in the print) dress, Veja white sneakers and a green circle bag.

The boys grabbed beer and pizza at Zick’s, threw a football and reminisced on old times. I walked past all my old dorms and the KD lounge. I ran into some sorority sisters and old friends.

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We stopped by lower quad on the way out of campus for the Homecoming Party with free drinks, food and live music.

For dinner, we went to another favorite: Milners for some delicious Southern comfort food.

After, we grabbed drinks at Winston’s sole rooftop bar, Bar Piña. It has beautiful views of the city, and it is a fun spot with pitchers of cocktails.

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Saturday morning, I headed to lunch at The Old Fourth Street Filling Station with one of my oldest and best friends, Joe. It’s been a year since I saw him, and it was so wonderful seeing him considering I used to see him every single day for four years.

And then we were ready for game day against Liberty University. I wore my black and white polka dot dress with my red cowgirl boots and my clear stadium approved bag. I accessorized my outfit with some WFU buttons and my gold pom pom.

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It was a tough game for the DEACS, sadly. We barely beat Liberty, even though we were a ranked team going into the game (the results haven’t come out yet for this week’s rankings, but they probably won’t be very good…) We yelled and screamed loud for the Deacs from the student section, even though our ticketed seats were with the adults, we just couldn’t not sit where we’ve always sat.

Thank goodness we won, but a one-point win was too close for comfort.

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For dinner, we hit Cugino Forno pizza and Incendiary Brewery for the best pizza in the entire world (honestly, ask my parents who have been to Cungeno and are total New York pizza snobs, like myself. My parents still talk about this pizza, that’s how good it is!) I bumped into my grand little, Taylor, who was also grabbing pizza.

We walked to 4th Street to bar hop and landed at Tate’s for a cocktail before calling it a night.

It was a such a fun weekend with great food, friends and memories.

Until next time Winston, love you!


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