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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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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY in celebration of my 1000th post!

I chose these from perusing websites and catalogs in the mail (boy, do I feel sorry for letter carriers this time of year!).  I’m not paid by any company to endorse any product.  I have some of these, want some of these or thought some of these were cool.

1. Personalized Rolling Pin from Valek Rolling Pins on Etsy.  Great idea for parties and holidays!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

2. Holiday Colors Silicone Spoons from World Market, in mint, red and green.  You can get these individually at the store.  I got the mint one and love it!

3. Pinata Cake Pan from Nordic Ware.  What fun to hide a surprise inside!

4. Taylor TEMPerfect Butter Tray from Sur la table.  A handy item for bakers–the dish turns color when butter is room temperature.

5. Custom Face Cookie Cutters from BoeTech on Etsy.  This is a great idea for a birthday or retirement party.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

6. Frieling Layer Cake Slicer from Williams Sonoma.  If your family loves seven layer cakes as much as mine does, you’ll want this tool that makes slicing easy!

7. Snug Cloud Bread Board from Snug Studio on Etsy.  What a fun, happy shape on which to serve your goodies.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

8. Twelve Days of Christmas Springerle Molds from King Arthur Flour.  A bit of a splurge, these detailed molds are made in the USA.

9. Hale Honeybells from Hale Groves. A honey-flavored cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit available for a limited time.

10. Mosser Diamond-Cut Candy Dish from Vermont Country Store.  Any Mosser item is appreciated!  It’s beautiful, colorful glassware made in the USA.

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re snowed in today, how about online shopping for your Valentine?  Whether you want to go with tradition or try something different, this list of the top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts will get your sweetheart swooning.

1.  Chocolate Lipstick from Jacques Torres–What’s a better accessory for your purse than chocolate lipstick?

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photo used with permission

2.  Rocq heart-shaped macaroons from Williams Sonoma–Perfect for your Francophile sweetie.

3.  Heart-shaped strawberry milk chocolate biscuits from Godiva–Take your Valentine to tea and bring along these biscuits!

4.  Valentine Signature Collection cupcakes from Crumbs–For your sweetheart with a sweet tooth.

5.  Conversation-Heart Cookie Cutters from Sur La Table–Let your sweetie know how you feel!

6.  He Loves Me Flower from Dominique Ansel–Play the old game of “he loves me, he loves me not” with a white chocolate flower.

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photo used with permission

7.  Hot & Spicy Truffles from Francois Payard–Have a hot and spicy Valentine’s Day!

8.  Love Letter Napkins from Uncommon Goods–Set the table with loving thoughts from famous writers like Emily Dickinson or Mark Twain.

9.   Heart-shaped chocolate box filled with solid chocolate hearts from Martine’s Chocolates–Nothing says “I love you” like a traditional chocolate heart.

10.  Heart-shaped box of chocolate soap from AJSweetSoap–Perfect for the calorie-counting sweetheart!