Link Love: Fall in New York, A Better Breakfast & Must Have Cookbooks

Photo courtesy of @anthropologie

Photo courtesy of @anthropologie

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Let it be known that Momofuku Milk Bar is hosting a "Bake the Book" series of hands-on classes where you get to learn how to create their magical cakes and mouthwatering truffles. No, these are not vegan, but HOW AMAZING. The highlight of this series is their Pumpkin Pie Cake & Truffle making class that's happening on October 25. And yes, you get to take home everything you make. Check here for their full class schedule. 

Anthropologie is hosting holiday display workshops in stores all across the U.S. Here in the city, their SoHo, Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller stores are playing host. You must call your local store to RSVP - spots will fill up very quickly!

I think we can all agree that Fall in New York is a breath of fresh air. No one has to convince us that it's the best time of year here, but here's a little bit of reassurance along with ways to embrace the weekends this season, from apple picking (cute) to food festivals (hello, NYCWFF). 

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

A Better Breakfast

If you haven't checked out Anthropologie's blog, you should, because it's adorable and extremely well curated. They started a "Best of Breakfast" series to help you rise & shine to very delicious things, including a Yerba Mate Chai Smoothie, Orange Thyme Waffles and Honey Blueberry GranolaBetter yet, you can shop all of the lovely kitchen supplies and props that are featured in each post. 

And while we're on it, how about this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl? Canned pumpkin, frozen banana, almond milk and pumpkin pie spice - that's it! And of course your favorite toppings of choice like granola, chia seeds, and even a little dollop of whip cream if you want. You get your dose of antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamins A, C and E. 

As we get into the cooler months, no morning feels right without a hot cup of joe. Consider upgrading your morning fix with a few hints from The Chalkboard Mag. Apparently it's not so much about fair trade, but direct trade, for the optimal farm-to-cup experience. A splash of non-dairy milk adds a protein punch while adding grass fed butter gives you a clean energy boost without the jittery coffee effect. And of course, a sprinkle of cinnamon to help stabilize your blood sugar. 

Must-Have Fall Cookbooks

'Tis the season for...well, seasonal cooking. Take a cue from Well + Good's list of fall cookbooks that really nail it when it comes to delicious, healthy recipes. From Mario Batali's farm-to-table recipes to vegetarian dinner parties, there's surely something for everyone. As for my favorites? At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well by Amy Chaplin and Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe. (P.S. Locals - Candle Cafe is a neighborhood favorite, with locations on the Upper East & West Sides. They have an awesome carrot cake.)

Another standout that I recently purchased is Vibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink of The Year In Food which celebrates ingredients, recipes and colors of each season. So you can imagine that the food photography is absolutely amazing - and I can definitely vouch, it is. In flipping through the pages to the Fall section, there are recipes for mulled wine, a quinoa and persimmon autumn breakfast bowl, wild mushroom frittata and soba noodles with kabocha squash in a mellow japanese curry. So much yum.

And if you've been enjoying the wonderful content that's all over The Kitchn's website, then you'll look forward to getting your hands on their very own cookbook. Pre-order it for yourself or keep someone in mind that may enjoy this as a thoughtful gift. 

Photo courtesy of Darling Magazine

The Perfect Reading Nook Essentials

…and then curl up with a bunch of blankets and spend time (hours) flipping through those beautiful cookbooks for recipe inspiration. Although I personally do not have the space in my apartment to create a dedicated reading nook, I've always loved the thought of it. Darling Magazine gets it, too. Find a place that is flooded with natural light, fill it with autumn-scented candles (like some of these that I featured last week) and give yourself some quiet time to decompress and relax. 

As for blankets, the cozier, the better. This Montauk Plaid Throw or Chunky Tassel Throw should do the trick, but perhaps you want some faux fur. Leave it to West Elm to take care of that one.  

And finally, a nice pair of slippers to keep your feet all kinds of warm and cozy. I have had my eye on these Woolrich Autumn Slippers. It's the kind of slippers that you could sneak out in on a weekend morning to run a few errands, or for us New Yorkers, to go pick up our bagels and coffee. 

Happy Thursday to you. Be Well.

Allison

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