Autumn in New York

by domonique on November 20, 2014 · 0 comments

in food and drink, travel and family

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

How I love this city!  Sharing a few of my favorite things to do in NYC in Autumn from my recent trip.  I have to admit that I spent more time than I care to admit humming the tune Danke Schoen over the 4 beautiful fall days I was there.  You know the line, I recall Central Park in fall, that one.  Even though I’ve become quite a regular to the city, it’s still so dang quintessential.  Some of the very best movies ever made were filmed in NYC.  Some of the very best anything for that matter has it’s roots there.  But in the fall, it’s oh so stunning.  The color show nature puts on each autumn in the east, the cool briskness in the air that hasn’t quite hit California yet, and the food, I die over the meals every.trip!  These are some of my favorite things about NYC in the fall.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

Our first stop this trip was our favorite neighborhood restaurant, Buvette.  I’ve written about it so many times you all are likely tired of hearing about it, but it’s just that good.  The smallest menus I may have ever seen matched with perhaps the smallest tables I’ve ever seen.  Both of these combine to help set a cozy atmosphere without a lot of fuss.  Perfect cocktails, well sourced wines, outstanding small plates and a well lit room make for an ideal date any time.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

We were staying downtown this trip in Battery City Park, a block from The World Trade Center.  This newly completed tower standing tall over lower Manhattan was impressive to say the least.  It represents substantially more than the architectural beauty that you see pictured here.  If you have the opportunity to visit the WTC memorial reflecting pools and museum you will be glad you did.  The reflecting pools with the names inscribed of each and every one of the victims of September 11, 2001 are calming and beautiful, but also a reminder of all that was lost that tragic day.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

New to SoHo, a lovely little French cafe and brunchy/lunch spot, Maman was the perfect respite to tuck away for a cappuccino on a wet misty morning.  This front window bar was especially inviting.  They also happen to have the sweetest t0-g0 cups I’ve ever seen.  Stop in for brunch with friends or a coffee break next time you are in SoHo.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

I’m perfecting this shot.  The light in the evening that streams through the city straight down Park Avenue is like none other.  I’ve shot this photo many times over the years.  I’m getting closer to capturing it at its best.  It would be incredible to be in NYC during a Manhattanhenge some time.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

I was fortunate enough to pop into the MoMA this trip to get another look at the Matisse Exhibit that had recently opened in New York.  I saw these sketches that I must have missed during my visit to the exhibit at the Tate Modern in London.  They were called St. Domonic which of course was all about me!  So feminine.  I just love the lower right one with mother and child.

We dined at two new-to-us and now officially on our favorites list this trip.  The Nomad Restaurant at The Nomad Hotel was such a fun hot spot with a gorgeous bar and one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in my life!  The Nomad bar exudes warm classic New York well known for their original cocktails and chicken pot pie.  Yum!  And I finally learned what NoMad stands for, anyone?? All the acronyms in NYC are awesome.  Another trivia question, do you know where DUMBO is and what it stands for? (No fair if you live in NYC.)

The second new-to-us spot was the most incredible Italian food I may have ever had.  I Sodi in the West Village, is a small neighborhood local with a concise menu highlighting traditional Tuscan recipes, a well curated wine list featuring mostly Italian wines and perfect table service.  Don’t let the simple menu or clean white bar fool you, this food is the real deal.  Go for the cacio e pepe, you can thank me later.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

A fun coincidence this trip was a favorite band of ours, The American Authors, was in town while we were there.  I always just what events are happening when traveling to new cities, especially music, theater and museums.  I jumped at the chance to see them in concert in their home city.  It was such a fun show and a high energy venue.  Maybe that was because we were some of the very few over 30!  Either way we had an amazing time listening to some of our favorite tunes, including one of the opening acts, The Mowgli’s performing my  song of the year  - San Francisco 

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Weekend Links – November

November 14, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple // Weekend Links | November

  Whoa, I’m back from a week of really fun travel and down with a cold, ick!  But between spending 4 days in NYC last week and the weather in California finally turning a little cooler, it’s beginning to feel like fall.  So I made a pot of one of my favorite easy soups and […]

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The Anderson Collection

October 20, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | The Anderson Collection at Stanford University

I’ve been anxiously anticipating the newly opened Anderson Collection at Stanford University.  The collection is a gift from Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence.  They have been collecting these pieces for more than 50 years.  Stanford built a magnificent building to permanently house this private collection for the public to enjoy. […]

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Travelogue | Venice

October 15, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Venice Travelogue

Aahhh, Venice.  Long awaited Venice, Italy.  This was definitely more of a bucket list item for me than anything. I had always wanted to see the canals, people, architecture of Venice and am so glad I had the chance.  Worth the wait for sure!  I will say though, it wasn’t the best spot for the […]

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Weekend Round-UP

October 10, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Weekend Roundup

Another beautiful fall weekend in California.  We are going to soak it all in as much as we can!  Lately, I’ve been reading all kinds of interesting articles.  It was so timely to come across this fun idea of a take on the Book Club with an “articles club.”  Wouldn’t that be a great way […]

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Taco Tuesday

October 7, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Fish Tacos

I’ve been making my way through the gorgeous new cookbook Yummy Supperby Erin Scott.  If I didn’t convince you to take a look at it before, you may want to now.  I mean how could you not be inspired by the cover shot of these gorgeous and oh so simple fish tacos.  What I’ve been enjoying […]

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Day Dates

October 3, 2014
A Bow Full of Simple // The Day Date

The other day we went on a double date with friends to the 49er game.  We are so busy with three kiddos that dates tend to slip by us much too often.  We’ve be trying to get creative on our dates since Saturday nights are typically booked, Friday nights our kids have sports, and weekdays […]

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Outdoor Movie Party

October 1, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Outdoor Movie Party

My oldest recently turned 11 and really wanted to have some of his good buddies come for a campout.  It was a gorgeous night to have the boys over.  He picked out the movie and has been anticipating it for months.  This is an example of a fun at home party that isn’t going to […]

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Monday Mindset

September 29, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Monday Mindset

What fills your soul over the weekend that leaves you ready for a new week?  Is it time with girl friends?  Time spent outdoors?  Long gourmet dinners?  Sunday morning snuggles?  Whatever it is for you, I hope you had an abundance of it this weekend. We had fun with lots of family time.  We began […]

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Inspiration | Fall Scarves

September 26, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple // Inspiration - Fall Scarves

With the temperature still in the upper 70′s in California these days, it feels like fall hasn’t quite arrived yet.  It feels funny to be wearing summery clothes despite October’s approach.  For the transition from summer clothing to fall, I like to add in more scarves to the mix.   A simple scarf can take […]

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