Pumpkin spice can be found in many different forms this time of year. From the minute we feel a slight chill in the air, people start seeking this autumn delight with flavor notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Is it even fall if you aren’t burning a pumpkin-scented candle in your home? (Look for scented candles at Daisy’s and Therapy Home.)
Thankfully, pumpkin-inspired treats of all kinds are available in the shops and restaurants throughout Downtown Alameda.
The first thing that comes to mind is a heavenly Pumpkin Spice Latte. This is sure to warm the hands and the tummy. Next in mind are pumpkin spice bagels, bread, cookies, and cupcakes. In addition, a rich and smooth pumpkin pie will always have a place on the table. (Order a latte at The Beanery, Blue Danube Coffee House, or Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden. Look for more sweet treats at House of Bagels, Crispian Bakery, and Feel Good Bakery.)
Just because temperatures are cooling off doesn’t mean it’s time to stop eating ice cream or frozen yogurt. This is actually the best time to try the seasonal pumpkin flavors found at your favorite dessert spots. (Enjoy a date night at Tucker’s Ice Cream, Teazzert, or Yogofina.)
Looking for something different while in Downtown Alameda? There are plenty of other pumpkin spice alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth — pumpkin spice waffles, pumpkin spice donuts, and even pumpkin spice cocktails. (Find good eats and drinks at Ole’s Waffle Shop, Homeskillet, and Cinema Grill.)
On the savory side, you might consider stopping at one of the downtown eateries to try a pumpkin soup, a hearty pumpkin stew, or a slightly spicy red curry dish with pumpkin. (Order pumpkin flavored dishes at Chef M at Everest Market, Burma Superstar, and Spice I Am.)
Although pumpkin-spiced treats may be all the rage at this time of year, we can’t forget the winter squash that inspires the autumn flavor. Whether for eating or for carving, you’ll find pumpkins of all types at the local produce markets. Have you heard of Knucklehead Pumpkins, Fairytale Pumpkins, or Pokamon Pumpkins? (Look for the perfect pumpkin at Alameda Natural Grocery or Dan’s Fresh Produce.)
No matter what strikes your fancy, you’re certain to find it in Downtown Alameda!
Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Alameda
Businesses in Downtown Alameda are pleased to provide a safe and fun opportunity for young ghosts and goblins to trick-or-treat on Halloween night. You’re invited to bring your little one to go door-to-door collecting goodies from the local businesses. Many of the merchants will be handing out treats to costumed children between 3:00pm and 6:00pm (or until they run out of candy).
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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Twirl’s series of adult workshops is back just in time for the holidays! Come craft, paint, design, and explore your creative roots while you enjoy some nibbles with some lovely folks! No experience necessary.
On Sunday, November 5, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Twirl artists will walk you through the basics of loom knitting while teaching you how to make adorable little mini pumpkins. With the new skills you learn, you’ll be able to try out other projects at home. There’s a cost for the instructor-led sessions but invite a friend to receive $10 off the class fee.
Reservations and other classes: www.twirlalameda.com/mama-makery
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