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It’s Pumpkin Time

The mighty pumpkin is in the American DNA and folklore. We put them in our windows. Kids love to carve them into jack-o-lanterns. Towns around the world create entire festivals surrounding them. (The record for the world's heaviest was set in 2014 by a Swiss man — a whopping 2,323 pounds.) And who could forget that Peanuts classic, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Even Cinderella went to the ball in a carriage crafted from a very elegant pumpkin. Is there an Uber Pumpkin? We wonder.

This time of year, pumpkins are on our palates. It's a delicious flavor that signals the fall season has arrived — rich, earthy, and sweet. And guess where you can get your pumpkin fix this fall? At The Shops at Columbus Circle, where this autumnal delicacy makes its way into all kinds of food and drink.


There's a whole section dedicated to pumpkins at Williams-Sonoma. Whatever recipe you can dream of, Williams-Sonoma has the ingredients and the tools to make it: coffee cake, spiced cookies, bread, risotto, cheesecake, even parmesan pumpkin pasta sauce. We're particularly charmed by the bright orange jack-o-lantern macarons, which will put a smile on anyone's face. And the pumpkin brittle is absolutely addictive.


Whole Foods has also gone wild for pumpkin. Got a sweet tooth? Indulge with an 365 Everyday Value Organic Ice Cream Sandwich Pumpkin Pie or a 365 Everyday Value Pumpkin Cheesecake Sandwich Creme. Healthier types might prefer the 365 Everyday Value Organic Pumpkin Spice Lowfat Yogurt or RXBar Pumpkin Spice Protein Bar. If you're craving a drink with an edge, pick up one of their five pumpkin-flavored beers or ciders.


Photo credit: Deborah Jones


Photo credit: Deborah Jones


When the crisp weather rolls in, Bouchon Bakery delivers, too. You can add pumpkin flavoring to any of your favorite coffee drinks for a quick, delicious, and soul-warming pick-me-up. While you're there, you might also want to snack on a pumpkin cupcake or savory-sweet seasonal macarons — perfect for dipping in the coffee.

Afterward, pumpkin coffee and cupcake in hand, stroll over to Central Park, which is just steps from The Shops at Columbus Circle. There, you can enjoy the classic orange and red hues of the changing foliage. But sorry: no pumpkin patch here.

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