Tag Archives: Fall

Dina’s 10 Favorite Things About Fall in NYC

Hope you enjoyed my summer of New Jersey, but now that it’s almost fall, it’s time to go back to the city.  I love every season in New York City.  Each season has something unique about it.  These are the things I love about fall/autumn in New York City.

  1. Everyone’s back from summer vacation, including celebrities.  I think this is one of the best times of year for celebrity sightings.
  2. The lecture circuit is open again with interesting talks at many different venues.  (Yes, I am a nerd.)
  3. San Gennaro Festival in September–I love the ten-day festival in Little Italy and try to go as many times as I can. I like the Mass, procession, and of course, the food.
  4. New York state apples at the Union Square Greenmarket.
  5. Brooklyn Book Festival–A great place for literary-types like me to get our fix. So many great independent and small press publishers. I always find something interesting here.
  6. Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival–I enjoy going to Chinatown to get mooncakes at the local bakeries.
  7. Columbus Day Parade–I have marched in the parade before.  It is a great way to celebrate my Italian culture and share it with the world.
  8. Village Halloween parade–This is an event not to be missed. I have marched in the parade many times.  It is a lot of fun to see the creative costumes and have a crazy night out in the Village.
  9. Leaves changing color at Central Park.
  10. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade–OK, you have to do this parade at least once. Known for its giant balloons, the parade is a must-see, especially if you know someone who works along the parade route, like I did, and can watch it from the comfort (and warmth) of inside.

me marching in the Village Halloween parade

Central Park in fall

Brooklyn Book Festival

–Dina Di Maio

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5 Fun Fall Foodie Gifts

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

1.  Platinum harvest mini loaf pan from Nordic Ware–How cute are these with fall designs like leaves and pumpkins?

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

2.  For Mid-Autumn Festival, September 19: Godiva Mid-Autumn Festival Gift Box–The chocolates in this assortment sound divine–apricot and peach ganache with a hint of ginger–I’m there!

3.  Stonewall Kitchen Apple Cider Doughnut Mix from Sur la table–I’ve always wanted to try apple cider doughnuts. It would be fun to make my own!

4. Owl Cookie Jar with frosted buttercream cookies in the shape of leaves and pumpkins from Cheryl’s–I love owls, and this jar is so cute! I like Cheryl’s buttercream cookies, and she even has maple buttercream for fall.

5.  Spiced pecan pumpkin pancake and waffle mix from Williams Sonoma–What better way to enjoy a cozy Sunday morning?

Eater’s Fall 2013 Cookbook Preview

Today is Eater’s Fall 2013 Cookbook Preview, a list of the cookbooks for Fall 2013, both domestic and international.  Some of interest to me include favorite topics of mine like classic New York restaurants/food and food Americana.  I also like Balaboosta, Robicelli’s, and I’ve been seeing a lot of John Besh on TV and liking his cooking and thought the combination of Southern and Italian cuisine was an interesting idea.

Balaboosta

By Einat Admony

Katz’s: Autobiography of a Delicatessen

By Jake Dell

The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook

By Sandy Ingber and Roy Finamore

Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes

By Allison Robicelli and Matt Robicelli

Collards & Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots

By Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer

Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way

By John Besh

The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home

By Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman

The Taste of America

By Colman Andrews

A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of America’s Most Historic and Successful Restaurants

By Rick Browne