For some people, Spring is their favorite season; the long cold winter has ended, the grass is green and flowers are in bloom, and there’s a general feeling of having a fresh start, even more so than the New Year. If you’re a baseball fan, like me, Spring has even more meaning. Opening Day (the beginning of a new Major League Baseball season) is always around the beginning of April. This year it was on the 6th.
Dating back to my school-age years, I can remember loving the smell of a glove, the sound of the ball as it makes contact with the bat, the look of a freshly manicured field, the energy from the crowd, a perfectly executed bunt, and the taste of roasted peanuts right out of their shell.
Citi Field is the new home for the New York Mets, replacing Shea Stadium, which was built in 1964. With this new name and new location, comes a new food menu, and it’s nothing like when I was a kid. Long gone are the days when peanuts, popcorn, and hot dogs were the only treats available. Today, well, it’s a whole new…ballgame.
Even though I’m a purist and would still prefer a hot dog at a ballgame rather than anything upscale, the options are still pretty impressive. Not a baseball fan? That’s okay. You can at least appreciate the culinary delights being offered at these games.
For more information, visit The New York Times “Dining & Wine” section.
Anyone else excited about baseball season? Or a huge plate of nachos?
Featured photos by Robyn Lee: Mama’s of Corona Sandwiches, El Verano Taqueria, Macaroni with White Cheddar and Pancetta, Blue Smoke Pulled Pork Sliders