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15 Things to Do in New York City During Christmas Time

Every season in New York City has its unique flair.  But Christmas is definitely the most exhilarating.  The crisp chill in the air.  The sparkling lights and holiday decor. If you’ve never been, you must visit NYC just once during this time of year.  The things on this list are my favorites–especially the store windows, decor and markets.


1.  Department store windows–The major department stores have different displays every year and it’s always fun to see.  Check out Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman


2. Rockefeller Center tree and skating

skating rink

Bryant Park skating rink

3.  Bryant Park Christmas market and skating rink

4.  Union Square Christmas market

5.  Columbus Circle Christmas market

6.  Rockettes Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall


7.  Neapolitan creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

8.  Holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden

9.  Empire State Building lights–LED light show


10.  Strolling through Midtown to see the decorations like the Cartier building dressed as a package and the tree at the New York Palace hotel


11.  Origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History

12. Dinner at the much-decorated Rolf’s German restaurant


13.  Holiday decorations in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn

Olson Manor

Olson Manor

14.  Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien

15.  Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science


Holiday Baking Suggestions

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As you decide what cookies, cakes, pies and desserts to bake/make this holiday season, take a look at these lists for Christmas cookies and cakes.  I got a box mix for Filipino Bibingka Cake, so I may make that this year.  I also like the sound of Icelandic air cookies.

20 Cool Christmas Cookies

15 Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

10 Christmas Cakes from Around the World

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

If you’re looking for a Christmas or holiday gift for the foodie in your life, look no further!  I compiled this list from my web travels of gifts that I would like, as a foodie, or that I think would appeal to other foodies.  And yes, I got #3 as a gift, and I love it!

1.  Molecular gastronomy kit from Uncommon Goods–A great way to play with your food!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

2.  Wrapping paper personalized with name and recipe from Minted–This is great to wrap your holiday gifts in or to give as a gift.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

3.  Pierogi scarf from What on Earth–If you love pierogis or know someone who does, this is a cute and comfy scarf!


4.  Sushi food pillow from What on Earth–There are other food pillows for cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, s’mores and pizza, but I like the design and shape of this sushi pillow.

5.  Handcrafted oak kitchen tablet holder from If It’s Wood and More on Etsy–Cooking from a recipe on your tablet just got easier with a handy holder!

6.  QOOQ tablet from Sur La Table–A mess-proof tablet for kitchen use!

7.  Silicone bark pan from World Market–Easy, non-stick way to make peppermint bark for the holidays!

8.  Recipes from American museums with accompanying music CD from Sharon O’Connor’s Menus and Music–What better way to wow guests with dishes from favorite museums.

9.  Ramen T-shirt from CafePress–This super cute T-shirt lets everyone know what your favorite meal is.

10.  Ugly sweater cookie kit from World Market–They look better to eat than wear!

Cool Food Blog

OK, I’m cheating this week because Old Time Cooking Recipes is a website, not a blog, but it is a very cool website.  I love old-fashioned recipes, especially those with ethnic and cultural significance.  This site lists struffoli, crostoli and zeppole for Italian desserts, so I trust that its recipes are the real thing.  I saw the Kremsnita–Croatian custard slices–and thought this was a site for me.  You can get holiday inspiration with the list of traditional recipes from many different cultures like Italian, English, Croatian, Russian, German, Filipino, Amish, Southern and more.  Perfect site to check out before deciding your Christmas baking!

Holiday Spirits

This year, there are some new and old holiday spirits to put you in the holiday spirit.

The American classic, Laird and Company applejack and apple brandy.  Laird and Company is the oldest family-owned distillery in the United States, dating back to 1780.  Laird and Company has some good dessert recipes on its site, including Martha Washington’s applejack walnut cake and a yummy-sounding applejack pound cake.


Bailey’s Irish cream is a favorite of mine to spike my holiday coffee.  This year, the company has a new version–hazelnut.


And Kahlua has peppermint mocha and cinnamon spice flavors that sound very festive!

Weekend Whets

The Second Annual Red Velvet Cake Debate, Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., New Work City, 412 Broadway, Manhattan:  Red velvet cake aficionados gather to discuss what they like best in their red velvet cake.  I vote for cream cheese frosting!  Produced by Cupcakes Take the Cake co-founder Nichelle Stephens.  Tickets are $10, and a portion of the proceeds go to Hurricane Sandy relief.

Gingerbread House Workshop ($75), Holiday Cupcake Decorating ($65) and Holiday Entertaining ($105) classes , Satuday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, Camaje, 85 MacDougal Street, Manhattan:  All you need to know to get ready for the holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve put together a list of cool holiday gifts for the foodies on your list.  I have some of these and some of these are on my list this Christmas!

Recipe rock from Architec–magnetic rock holds your recipe so you can cook! I have one and love it!

Split decision pie pan from Chicago Metallic–bake two different flavors in one pan!

Bacon and egg spatulas from Sur La Table–cute-shaped spatulas to brighten your breakfast.

Chicago Metallic batter dispenser from Sur La Table–makes filling baking pans and sizing cookies easier.

Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus folding cutting board from Sur La Table–one stop chop and scoop into your soup!

Nordic Ware red cake pop pan from Sur La Table–make perfectly round pops in a snap!

Publish a personal cookbook at Blurb

Foodpod from Fusionbrands–boil eggs or potatoes without burning your hands.

Brown sugar bear from Taste of Home–keeps your brown sugar from becoming a brick.  These really work; I have them.

Reindeer shortbread pan from King Arthur Flour–no need to decorate holiday cookies!

Peppermint crunch from King Arthur Flour–great for decorating cookies or cakes or adding to your hot cocoa!  I love having this during the holidays.