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Top 10 Foods to Get at NYC’s San Gennaro Festival

This list of top 10 foods to get at NYC’s San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy is the definitive guide to the traditional foods eaten by Italian Americans.

1. If you try nothing else at the San Gennaro festival, you have to try cannoli.

La Bella Ferrara cannoli

Where to get cannoli:  the legendary Ferrara on Grand Street and Mulberry, La Bella Ferrara on Mulberry, Caffe Palermo on Mulberry, Caffe Roma corner of Mulberry and Broome.

2. Sausage and peppers sandwiches–When Italians go to festivals, this is what they get.

Where to get sausage and peppers–at a stand.

3.  Zeppole are fried dough balls in powdered sugar–a staple of Italian festivals.

Where to get zeppole–at a stand.

4.  Clams

Where to get clams–at a stand, Umberto’s Clam House on Mulberry.

5.  Pizza/calzones

Where to get pizza/calzones–Sal’s on Broome Street (the fried calzone is to die for!), the first pizzeria in America–Lombardi’s on Spring Street.

6.  Torrone–Italian nutty nougat confection

Where to get torrone–at a stand or at Ferrara on Grand.

7.  Italian cookies

Where to get Italian cookies–the legendary Ferrara on Grand, La Bella Ferrara on Mulberry, at a stand.

8.  Gelato

Where to get gelato–Ferrara on Grand, Caffe Roma on Broome, Mo on Mulberry.

9.  Pasta

Where to get pasta–Puglia on Hester, Vincent’s on Hester/Mott, Benito One on Mulberry.

10. Italian pastries

Where to get Italian pastries–the legendary Ferrara on Grand Street and Mulberry, La Bella Ferrara on Mulberry, Caffe Palermo on Mulberry, Caffe Roma corner of Mulberry and Broome.

–Dina Di Maio, author of Authentic Italian: The Real Story of Italy’s Food and Its People, available at Amazon.com

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Save Village Halloween Parade!

OK, this post isn’t about food, but it’s about a NYC institution.  One that I love and have been participating in for 16 years:  the Village Halloween parade.  This year is the parade’s 40th year, but it may not happen if it doesn’t get the funds to survive.  You can help:  donate!

This was my costume in 2001 as a tribute to firefighters after 9/11, and it landed me on the news.

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This was my costume in 2003 as a tribute to the troops overseas.

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Probably my most popular costume with the crowd was head-to-toe pink in 2002.

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Paper’s Super Duper Market

I went to Paper magazine’s Super Duper Market in Nolita today.  The second annual pop-up shop features food vendors from New York and across the country.  My favorite yummy ice cream Humphry Slocombe from San Francisco was there again, and of course, I got secret breakfast again.  I swear this is soooo good!

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There were a lot of interesting food vendors with anything from jams, salsa, ice cream, popcorn, pies and pickles to blintzes.  I got a taste of a maple bacon corn bread at Jack’s Chedbred.  This was out-of-this-world good, and I want to try other flavors.

Jack (on right) of Jack's Chedbred

Jack (on right) of Jack’s Chedbred

I also got a free Super Duper Market/American Express tote bag and a strawberry fruit strip and a box of raisins from Target.  Tomorrow is the final day of the market, so be sure to check it out.

Galette des Rois

Celebrate Epiphany tomorrow, January 8, at the French Institute with a Galette des Rois, the French cake served plain or with frangipane (almond-paste filling).  Each cake has a feve, or charm, and if you find it, you are crowned king or queen!  Tickets are $30.

NYC Brunch/Dinner Club

I have two dates set for my NYC brunch/dinner club.  I’m trying Barraca in the West Village (chef is Jesus Nunez, formerly of Gastroarte) and Yunnan Kitchen on the Lower East Side.  I have one spot left for Barraca and two left for Yunnan Kitchen, if anyone is interested in joining us!

Smorgasburg

I finally made it to Smorgasburg, a weekly outdoor food festival on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Smorgasburg is not exactly what I thought it would be.  I thought there would be food purveyors more like the market near South Street Seaport with foods and goods that you take home, but it’s more like a food court with stands of Indian street food, ramen, banh mi, smoked meats, grilled cheese and more.  I got a Bolivian pork sandwich and soda from La Casa de Camba.

Bolivian pork sandwich

The colorful stand was a fun spot with lively music playing and a bar on the side for patrons to sit.  The pork sandwich was very good.  I got mine mild, as I’m not a fan of spice, but it came in mild, medium and spicy.  The soda was refreshing.

Bolivian soda

A gruyere grilled cheese from Milk Truck:

Milk Truck grilled cheese

I did pick up some creative jam, grapefruit with smoked salt, from Anarchy in a Jar:

jam and marmalade

Fishs Eddy Launches Lotta Jansdotter

Fishs Eddy launched its line of designer Lotta Jansdotter‘s porcelain today.  Bright shades of blue with shapes that resemble flowers.  I met the designer today at the Fishs Eddy shop on Broadway today.  She is as bright as her playful creations.

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