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Dina’s Seven 2014 Food Trend Predictions

Seven is a lucky number, and I’ve come up with seven of my own food trend predictions from what I’ve gathered in my food travels.  These are Dina’s seven 2014 food trend predictions.

1.  Sardinian cuisine–Sardinian cuisine is slowly creeping up, and I think it will make more news and you’ll start seeing Sardinian dishes at Italian restaurants.  Most notably, Sardinian wine; Sardinian pasta, fregola; Sardinian honey and Sardinian bread.

2.  Contemporary Italian cuisine–This is already gaining popularity with restaurants like Tartina in Hell’s Kitchen and others serving contemporary Italian cuisine, but I think the trend will continue, especially for Southern Italian food.  (Most contemporary Italian cuisine you see is from Northern Italy or Napolitano pizza.)

3.  Traditional Italian American cuisine–I think this will continue to be rediscovered.  The advent of the food blog has brought some lesser-known Italian dishes like struffoli and cotenne to light.

4.  Filipino food–This trend started in late 2013.  I think a lot of benefit dinners after the horrible typhoons put Filipino food in the forefront, and I think it’s here to stay.

5.  Scandinavian food–This is a trend that continues to grow.  I think more Scandinavian food purveyors will open up in New York.  I’m not sure if the trend will reach mainstream America though.

6.  Ramen–I think Americans will embrace ramen and we’ll see more ramen shops around the country.

7.  Rediscovering food–I also think Americans are returning to the comforts of the past and simpler times.  I think we’ll see more of “forgotten” recipes from grandmas around the country.

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Swedish Jitterbug Cookies

I’m getting my Christmas baking started, and I want to try some new cookies this year.  I’m going to post them as I bake them.  I’m trying cookies from different cookbooks.

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These Swedish Jitterbug Cookies come from Swedish Cakes and Cookies by Skyhorse Publishing.  These are tasty cookies, but they are a bit messy to make.  The recipe in this book calls for one egg yolk in the dough, but you must put two egg yolks in the dough or your dough will not roll.  It’s better though because you use two egg whites for the meringue so waste not want not.

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These cookies have a nice buttery shortbread taste and a sweet chewiness from the meringue.  They are addictive!

7 NYC Candy Stores

When I was a kid, I remember trick-or-treating in my neighborhood and getting large-sized chocolate bars of many of the popular candies.  There was a woman who always gave out popcorn balls and a doctor who gave out apples.  They were not my favorites, but looking back on it, those were more of the memorable Halloween treats.  As I got older, I noticed the candy became smaller, as people opted for smaller-sized treats to give out, probably due to the cost of candy.

I don’t think of specialty candy when I think of Halloween candy, but if you are in the city for Halloween and want to pick up some candy or find yourself a sweet treat to celebrate, here are some candy stores to visit.  Admittedly, I am not a big candy eater, so I don’t frequent candy stores all that often.  My favorite candy store in the city is Sockerbit because I have a like for all things Scandinavian, and I like the tart gummy candies.

Meatpacking District

Sugar Factory–At Sugar Factory, you can get a variety of candy cocktails with flavors of popular candies like Jolly Rancher, Blow Pop, Lemon Heads and Hubba Bubba bubble gum with a real piece of Hubba Bubba.  There are also 60-oz. drinks in ginormous goblets.  Sugar Factory is a restaurant, but it also has a retail candy store.

46 Gansevoort Street (between Washington Street & Greenwich Street), (212) 414-8700, www.sugarfactory.com/new-york-citys-meatpacking-district-0

Midtown East

FAO Schweetz–A candy store inside the famous toy store.  It has all types of candy, including giant gummy bears.

767 5th Avenue, (212) 644-9400, www.fao.com

FAO Schweetz
FAO Schweetz

Little Italy

Papabubble–If you like hard candy, Papabubble is the place for you.  The shop is a modest size and specializes in artisan hard candy in a variety of shapes and flavors.

380 Broome Street (between Mott Street & Mulberry Street), (212) 966-2599, www.papabubbleny.com

Lower East Side

Economy Candy–An old-fashioned candy store with all kinds of candy, including nuts and jelly beans.  They also have novelty gift items like Pez and specialty candies like halvah and Turkish delight.

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108 Rivington Street (between Ludlow Street & Essex Street), (212) 254-1531, www.economycandy.com

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West Village

Sockerbit–A Swedish candy store with all kinds of colorful licorice and gummy candies in sweet, sour and tart varieties.  My favorite of all the candy stores listed.  They also have a limited selection of Scandinavian knickknacks and gourmet food products.

89 Christopher Street (between 7th Avenue South & Bleecker Street), (212) 206-8170, www.sockerbit.com

Swedish sweets

Swedish sweets

The London Candy Co.–For the expat Brit or Britophile, the London Candy Co. has all  your favorite candy from the UK.

267 Bleecker Street (between Cornelia Street & Morton Street), (212) 427-2129, www.thelondoncandycompany.com

Sugar and Plumm–The main location of this candy store is on the Upper West Side, but this outpost is a candy store and bakery.  The UWS location is a bistro with a full menu along with a retail candy store.  The desserts here will satisfy any sweet tooth!

257 Bleecker Street, (212) 388-5757, www.sugarandplumm.com/

Two for Tuesday: Halloween Foodie Items

Halloween is not a gift-giving holiday, but it can be if you want to give a gift to someone special or to yourself!  I found some cool Halloween- and fall-related gift items.

The first is this adorable pumpkin-shaped cookbook of pumpkin recipes I saw at Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore in Manhattan.  (They even have ones on potatoes, eggs and pasta too.)

pumpkin book

If you want something a little more eerie, opt for the chocolate skull at Fika, a Scandinavian coffee shop in Manhattan.

chocolate skull