Schnitz’s Schnitzel

By Chris Chen

It’s the season to be jolly to be eating pretzel bread, schnitzel, and drinking way too much beer! We searched far and wide for the perfect Oktoberfest-themed lunch and we’re happy to present our Schnitz Oktoberfest Menu:

Schnitz Oktoberfest Menu

 

Ready for some pretzel bread and schnitzel? Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com and refer to the “Schnitz Oktoberfest” menu.

We’ve got your team covered. For another great menu, check out our previous post.

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Boots and Beer | Oktoberfest Foods for the Fall

By Chris Chen

What better way to bond with your colleagues than by celebrating Oktoberfest with great food and beers? Below are some fun food ideas for an Oktoberfest themed office lunch and/or cocktail hour

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It’s Fall which calls for tons of beer festivals but the biggest one of all is happening right now (Sept 20 – Oct 5) — Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munch, Bavaria, Germany. The main highlights of the festival would be its traditional German cuisine, music and the Bavarian beers.

Don’t let the location stop you from celebrating. Let’s bring Oktoberfest to you. FoodtoEat can fill your catering needs and help you celebrate one of the biggest festivals in the world.

Here is a sample Oktoberfest menu to get you and your colleagues drooling:

German-Style Potato Salad

German-Style Potato Salad | Photo credit: Bobby Flay
German-Style Potato Salad | Photo credit: Bobby Flay

 

Sautéed Greens

Sautéed Greens | Photo credit: Cooking Matters
Sautéed Greens | Photo credit: Cooking Matters

 

Pretzel Bread with Mustard

Pretzel Bread with Mustard | Photo credit: Bran Appetit
Pretzel Bread with Mustard | Photo credit: Bran Appetit

 

Sauerkraut

Braised Sauerkraut | Photo credit: Magnolia Days
Sauerkraut | Photo credit: Magnolia Days

 

Grilled Bratwurst

Grilled Bratwurst | Photo credit: Jennie O
Grilled Bratwurst | Photo credit: Jennie O

 

If you want pretzels and bratwurst at your next office gathering, don’t hesitate to contact us via email — catering@foodtoeat.com and refer to the “Oktoberfest” menu.

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From the Die-hard to the Laid Back: Where You Should Watch the World Cup

By Emily Collins

It’s officially Summer in the city and the FIFA World Cup is in full swing! Now, we know there are varying degrees of fans during the World Cup; there are people who have been born and raised watching “football” and others who just enjoy a bit of eye-candy. At FoodtoEat, we love all kinds of fans! As such, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to watch the World Cup – no matter what kind of fan you are.

For the Experience: Under the Archway in DUMBO

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Hundreds of World Cup fans watching under the archway in DUMBO | Photo credit: @DUMBOBID on Twitter.

On a huge screen with hundreds of fans, you can’t really go wrong with this free outdoor soccer celebration. Bring a blanket, some friends and enjoy the local food vendors under the archway on a huge projection screen.

For the Die-hard Fan: Mr. Dennehy’s

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Mr. Dennehy’s | Photo credit: http://www.TheDrinkNation.com

This Irish pub in Greenwich Village is where huge soccer/football fans come out and cheer for their teams. If you’re looking for a rowdy experience with people who live and breathe the sport, Mr. Dennehy’s is the place for you.

For the Bandwagoner: Nevada Smiths

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Where Soccer is Religion: fans at Nevada Smiths | Photo credit: http://www.u90Soccer.com

“Where football is religion” is the motto of this bar and it definitely shows. This consistently packed bar has its share of soccer lovers and people who are just along for the World Cup ride. The energy at Nevada Smiths is always through the roof, so be prepared for a rowdy experience.

For the Brit: The Red Lion

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The Red Lion on Bleecker Street | Photo credit: The Red Lion NYC

This pub is the ultimate place to drink and watch soccer (but while you’re there, call it football!) with a slew of intense British fans that are obsessed with a bit of football. Enjoy traditional British food and drink great beer with some of the biggest supporters of the sport.

For the Fan with the Laid Back friends: Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe

The Rock Center Cafe | Photo credit: The Patina Group

Embrace the beautiful weather and head over the Rockefeller Center for some World Cup viewing. It’s the best of both words: 6 big screens for World Cup viewing and great lounging areas. Try out festive World Cup themed cuisine, great drinks and incredible views!

Honorable Mentions:

Banter Bar in Williamsburg- They’re running a “World Cup Beer Passport” special. Try beers from 24+ of the World Cup countries and be entered to win discounts and prizes.

Jack Demsey’s – Another bar for die hard fans, especially if you’re American. When the US beat against Ghana, people rallied outside to celebrate.

Woodwork Brooklyn – Where soccer-obsessed Brooklynites celebrate. They’ve dedicated their entire website to the World Cup.

If screaming at your television and drinking beer isn’t quite your thing, maybe looking at the gorgeous men on the field is! Check out our FoodtoEat Original Quiz!

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What Kind of Trendy Food Are You? An Official FoodtoEat Quiz

By Emily Collins

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Whether it’s foraged mushrooms or kale salad, New York City is all about food trends. At FoodtoEat, we love trendy food, so why not make a quiz dedicated to them? Click here to find out whether or not you’re froyo or quinoa!

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Celebrate the Thai New Year with FoodtoEat!

By Emily Collins  While most of us celebrated the New Year in January, Thailand is just getting the party started. The Thai New Year is an epic 3-day celebration from April 13-15 and we wanted to ring in the Thai New Year here at FoodtoEat with some of our favorite Thai food vendors. Little Thai Kitchen

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Basil Spicy Chicken from Little Thai Kitchen | Photo credit: Yelp.com

Little Thai Kitchen is a cozy, Midtown restaurant that may be little, but its menu sure isn’t! Little Thai Kitchen offers an awesome selection, warm atmosphere and the best part? It can be delivered right to your doorstep! Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy

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Pad Thai from Tuk Tuk Boy|Photo credit: Me So Hungry

Looking for a quick grab-n-go lunch? Look no further! Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy provides you with your favorite Thai dishes right off the street. Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy has a little something for everybody: curries, pad Thai, dumplings and even Thai tea and coffee. Order online at FoodtoEat.com to skip the line and get some fantastic Thai. New York Thai Grill and Sushi 

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String Beans & Chicken from New York Thai Grill & Sushi | Photo credit: Urbanspoon.com

New York Thai Grill and Sushi Bar is a great place to eat if you can’t decide which kind of food you’re going for. Not only does this restaurant offer a variety of Thai options, it also has plenty of different kinds of sushi. New York Thai Grill also has plenty of desserts for those of us with a bit of a sweet tooth! With hours like 11:00 am-1:45 am, you can get always get your Thai on. Spice Thai Restaurant

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Chicken Chow Fun from Spice Upper West Side | Photo credit: Yelp.com

Spice Thai Restaurant is perfect for the Thai newbie. Spice’s goal is to combine classic Thai flavors with modern cuisine. If you’re like me and were scared of anything that wasn’t plain chicken and pasta until you were 13, Spice is the place to go. The portions are plentiful and so are the locations! No matter where you live in the city, you can have Spice. Here are links to the many different Spice locations:

To celebrate the Thai New Year, we are having a promotion from April 13-15th. Simply place an order on FoodtoEat.com from any Thai vendor and you’ll be entered to win a 12-pack of Thailand’s finest drink, Singha Beer! FTEThaiNYDailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

Because Beer Makes Everything Better: How to Make a Corned Beef, Drunken Onion & Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

By Jane Poretsky

Bread and cheese are arguably the only two food groups a person needs to survive. Pizza, Bagel +Cream Cheese, and of course (who can forget), grilled cheese. Slices of crunchy bread sandwiched with oozing cheese and butter. Someone pass me a bib, I’m salivating. What are your thoughts about amping up the cheesy experience for St.Patrick’s Day by making it a full-blown Irish extravaganza? Corned beef tucked between sheets of melty cheddar, with drunken caramelized onions filling in the cracks. Rye bread pulls everything together and a schmear of butter locks in the flavors.

What are you waiting for?

Corned Beef, Drunken Onion & Cheddar Cheese Sandwich
recipe adapted from Closet Cooking

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 cup Guinness beer
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard (we like Maille or Grey Poupon brand)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 slices rye bread
  • 1/4 cup cheddar, shredded, room temperature
  • 2 ounces cooked corned beef, sliced or shredded, warm

Directions:

  1. Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute over a fairly high heat until translucent.
  3. Add Guinness in 1/3 cup increments, until it has completely dissolved (this should take about an hour).
  4. Mix in the Worcestershire sauce. Remove from heat.
  5. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Toast the bread on one side. Remove it from the heat. Spread the toasted side with mustard and layer onions, corned beef and cheese inside. Close the sandwich. Cook it for 3-4 minutes per side on a medium high heat.
  6. Serve this while it’s piping hot for the best taste.

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Your Definitive Guide to Eating as the Irish Do on St. Patrick’s Day

By Debra Liu

Don’t they say we’re all a little bit Irish? Probably one of the largest diasporas in human history, the Irish have gifted us with many wonderful foods (and beers!). Here, we provide a short list of where to go for an Irish-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner on St. Patrick’s Day:

Full Irish Breakfast at Puck Fair

Full Irish Breakfast | Photo: Droolius.com
Full Irish Breakfast | Photo: Droolius.com

Puck Fair is not your typical Irish bar. Not only does this place have an amazing beer selection, but the food is great as well. People go for the curry fries but on St. Patrick’s Day, go ahead and walk through the door at 11am for a Full Irish Breakfast, which usually consists of eggs, toast, black and white pudding. Black pudding is blood sausage (don’t get turned off by the name, it’s quite good!) and white pudding is just plain old regular sausage.

Lunch of Irish Lamb Stew at Molly’s

Irish Lamb Stew | Photo: Foodess.com
Irish Lamb Stew | Photo: Foodess.com

For lunch, head to Molly’s on 3rd Avenue for the Irish Lamb Stew filled with chunks of lamb, vegetables and potatoes. They also offer Shepherds Pie and Fish & Chips if stew is not your thing.

Dinner of Corned Beef Hash at McSorley’s Old Ale House

Corned Beef Hash | Foodspotting.com
Corned Beef Hash | Foodspotting.com

End your St. Patty’s Day eating fest with Corned Beef Hash at McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village. Established in 1854, one of the oldest Irish pubs in NYC (Abe Lincoln and John Lennon have walked through these doors!), McSorley’s is definitely the place to end (or start) your night.

St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes from Sweet Generation

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes from Sweet Generation
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes from Sweet Generation

We never (and will never ever) forget about dessert. Cupcakes are not exactly Irish but these Sweet Generation cupcakes do have a lucky 4-leaf clover on them! Sweet Generation makes specialized St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes and they are delicious. So if you’re having a party, let us know and we can get these cupcakes catered for you. Cupcakes and beer – now that’s a great way to celebrate the luck of the Irish!

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Wine for Babies

By Maria Laposata

Coke flavored wine? That sounds…tasty, actually. That’s what the Haussmann Famille thought when they introduced Rouge Sucette. It’s 75% wine, only 9% alcohol, and the rest is water, sugar, and–aw yeah–cola flavor.

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Personally, the prospect of Rouge Sucette is quite exciting to this devoted $3 Trader Joe’s wine aficionado as it presents a fantastic opportunity to no longer sound like an idiot when I’m talking about wine. Finally I can abandon all of this nonsense about “oakiness.” Now I can say, “It tastes like coke.” Ah simplicity!

One might imagine in a country where 2 liter bottles of soda are considered a single serving, that this wine was born and bred in the good ole US of A. Nope! In fact, low and behold, France is the culprit.

You heard me: France.

Of course, French wine makers have a very serious reason for risking the pretentious wrath of food and wine connoisseurs: a 50% decrease in wine sales since 1960.

While sales of hard liquors and beer have increased ever-so-slightly in France, the consumption of wine has fallen and fallen and fallen. In fact, us jolly Americans are about to exceed the French in total wine consumption.

That’s right France. We’re drunker than you. Take that.

ImageThe new product comes at a time of alcoholic turmoil in France. The government is considering raising the drinking age from 16 to 18 (WHAT? You can drink legally at 16 in France?!), wants to ban high school all-night, all-you-can-drink open bars (again, WHAT?!), and is seeking to double fines against vendors who break the new laws (OK, that one makes sense). This is all in response to a 50% increase in hospitalizations for minors babies under 15 for drunkenness since 2009. Needless to say, anyone who has anything to do with selling alcohol in France is doing a nervous need-to-pee dance.

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Wasted.

So as the government tries to get children to drink less, alcohol vendors are looking for ways to keep them swirling, sniffing, sipping, and spitting (except, apparently not that last part) for fear of losing the youth market entirely. And so was spawned Rouge Sucette. (By the way, that means “red lollipop.”) Not only is it tasty enough to keep the kids drinking, it also sells for a price most allowances could manage: $3.80.

Well, well, well, Trader Joe’s. Looks like you really do have some competition.

Sources:http://digitaljournal.com/article/353870http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/18/203389542/oh-france-now-you-re-drinking-cola-flavored-wine

 

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New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewery Releases ‘FU Sandy’ Beer

Drink beer AND raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief? It’s not too good to be true. New Jersey brewery Flying Fish will release an ‘FU Sandy’ beer (the FU standing for ‘Forever Unloved,’ clearly) to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast in October 2012.

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The pale-ale is made with a half and half blend of two row pale malt and American white wheat hops and promises notes of mango and guava. One hundred kegs of the beer were brewed and will be distributed to bars in New Jersey and Philadelphia in February. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to help Hurricane Sandy victims and Flying Fish anticipates they will raise $50,000 for charity. They are currently accepting suggestions for a charity by email at info@flyingfish.com.

In the spirit of giving, the beer was brewed entirely from donated ingredients. The hops from American Dwarf Hop Association are an experimental blend that has never been used before. Prost!

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Election 2012: The Politics of Food

As the 2012 presidential election winds down, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have revealed plenty about their views and how they would like to be viewed by the American people by what they consume. Both candidates understand that eating the right food is a great way to connect with key demographics, and consuming comfort food has become a staple of both candidates in their time spent on the road in battleground states.

President Obama has fully embraced this concept, making many unannounced stops during his campaign at local eateries, purchasing fresh produce at farms and eating plenty of classic American food like bacon, eggs, grits, buffalo wings, ribs, iced tea and Miller Lite. Romney has made far less unannounced stops, probably because of the high risk involved of making a crucial error that could be photographed instantly. However he still found time to stop at several family ice cream parlors and suburban Chipotle’s.

Certain cuisines hold more water with voters than others, and the right meal can turn any politician into an average Joe in the eyes of the voters, assuming the meal is convincing enough. In the 18th century politicians threw huge barbecues to garner support, attracting thousands of travelers and treating them to free liquor and roasted pig. Barbecues still hold water as a valid political tool, symbolizing ‘carnal instinct’ and a way to prove to voters just how tough politicians can be. According to an American Studies reader at the University of Leeds, “the sheer meatiness of a barbecue can help create the image of someone who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty or blanch at the sight of blood.” Now campaign food stops have mostly replaced barbecues, though each candidate’s behavior around alcohol is markedly different.

President Obama recently began to incorporate beer in his campaign strategy to show that he is from a different generation than past candidates and he allows himself to indulge. The President recently revealed his White House beer recipe, and handed a mean in Iowa a bottle of his own home-brew, confirming he takes them on his campaign bus. At a Bud Light tent Obama bought a round of beer for the nearby crowd, to chants of “Four More Beers!” Consuming beer as well stopping at 24 hour diners and burger joints has acted like an equalizer for Obama, eliminating rumors of elitism.

Obama’s fondness for beer also highlights the somewhat Puritanical ideologies of some conservative supporters of Romney. Conservative voters may shy away from Obama’s fondness for beer, and criticize it as lazy or over-indulgent. Romney’s habits are far chaster, throwing pancake breakfasts hosted by his family in battleground states. Romney’s Mormon beliefs keep him away from alcohol as well as coffee, though ice cream parlors have been a favorite stop for his whole family, giving him a chance to talk about his five children and his 43 year long marriage.

However Mitt Romney has been an ardent fast food supporter, spotted eating publicly at Carl’s Jr., Chipotle and Little Caesars. Romney’s campaign has publicly supported many of these establishment to demonstrate that Romney is a regular guy eating at common restaurants, and supports corporations that create jobs and economic growth. The Romney campaign also spends several hundred dollars a month at controversial fast-food chain Chick-fil-A.

Obama has only taken the fast food route at a Five Guys restaurant three years, preferring to support local establishments. Ultimately every aspect of these candidate’s lives are scrutinized, down to every meal they eat. Many restaurant owners feel their food is much less politically charged than the media seems to believe.

“We sell cheese and smoked meats and delicious homemade turkey breast. Nothing about that is partisan,” said Debra Krause-McDonnell, owner of Krause’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. An Obama campaign commercial featured an image of Krause’s storefront without permission from the owner. She responded by going on national news to remove the video, feeling that she was used as a political pawn. However food does play an undeniably important role on modern politics, and are an excellent window for Americans to relate to their candidates.

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