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Porchetta: A Taste of Italian Street Food in New York City

By Emily Collins

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Porchetta is a tiny East Village shop that does its namesake justice. Their goal was to perfect the art of making porchetta sandwiches, a traditional Italian street food that is hard to find in the city. What makes Porchetta so special, you ask? The answer is easy; the Porchetta sandwich is the kind of food that stuns because it’s simplicity marrying quality. They’ve got the recipe down to a science, perfected the tender sandwich and intend to keep it that way.

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Porchetta’s Signature Sandwich | Photo credit: Porchetta

The owners, Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder, strive to create something unique, consistent and affordable for city-goers that are looking for a quick bite. The pork is cooked slowly and is just about everything you would want on a sandwich. The meat is juicy, crispy and soft. The bread is crunchy. In short, it’s roasted perfection.

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Crispy Potatoes with Burnt Edges | Photo credit: Porchetta

While the Porchetta sandwich is their specialty, their other dishes are not to be overlooked. The sides are just like something you’d find in an old Italian kitchen: authentic, homemade and fresh. The crispy potatoes with burnt ends are an excellent complement to the namesake sandwich.

Luckily for you, FoodtoEaters, Porchetta is geared towards take out and delivery. Their sandwiches can be delivered right to your door or pre-ordered online for pick up. Check out Porchetta’s entire menu here and the line at this small shop are known to be pretty lengthy, so order online and get the food delivered to your door. Looking to impress a date with your savvy take out skills? We think a candlelight dinner featuring Porchetta sandwiches will sweep anybody off their feet.

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Four Grilled Cheeses That We Wish Were Dateable

By Emily Collins

If you’re anything like me and would rather stroll around Central Park with a nice, warm grilled cheese than a significant other, you’re in luck! Our grilled cheese dating profiles give you the lowdown on some of the best grilled cheeses New York City has to offer. Nothing says “I love you” quite like a grilled cheese date, does it?

1. Mexican Grilled Cheese from Eggstravaganza Cart

Not to be confused with a breakfast sandwich, the Mexican Grilled Cheese from Eggstravaganza Cart will put a little kick into your day! Skip the line by pre-ordering this spicy sandwich online.

2. Bacon Cheddar Blue grilled cheese from The Milk Truck

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The Milk Truck specializes in packing a ton of ingredients into one, harmonious, cheesy sandwich. With New York aged cheddar and Wisconsin blue cheese, you can’t go wrong with the Bacon Cheddar Blue. Order this delicious grilled cheese online today!

3. Mr. Otto from La Maison Du Croque Monsieur

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This grilled cheese is a little bit of everything: sweet, sour and savory. The fanciful Mr. Otto combines roasted pork, pickled pear and Tickler aged cheddar to make for a sophisticated take on a classic.

4. Shroom Grilled Cheese from The Melt Shop

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Melt Shop is a grilled cheese enthusiasts dream – it’s got 3 locations for easy access grilled cheese and offers a ton of different options. The Shroom is just one of many noteworthy grilled cheeses Melt Shop has to offer.

DailyFoodtoEat 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

 

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! 3 Ways to Revamp Your Favorite Classic

By Emily Collins

Grilled cheese: An American classic, a staple of your childhood. The tasty, quick meal has come very far in the past few years and even has the entire month of April to celebrate its deliciousness. We all have our tried and true favorites, but to celebrate the delightful sandwich, here are some great, new ways to revamp your classic comfort food!

1. The Grilled Cheese Roll

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Grilled Cheese Rolls | Photo credit: gimmesomeoven on Tablespoon

 

First up is my personal favorite: the grilled cheese roll. They’re adorable, functional and only take about 10 minutes to prepare. These treats are perfect for a party appetizer or to eat on the go. If you like tomato soup with your grilled cheese, this recipe is the best way to maximize your dunking experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of your favorite type of pre-sliced bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Optional: a can of tomato soup

Directions:

  1. Take your two slices of bread (or more if it’s for a party!) and cut off the crust.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten your bread. If you don’t have one, a wine bottle always works.
  3. Take your slices of American cheese and place them on the flattened bread.
  4. Take the bread and cheese and roll it very tightly.
  5. In the meantime, take your 2 tbsp of butter and let it simmer in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Make sure your grilled cheese rolls are nice and tight and place them seam down in the pan. This will prevent your grilled cheese rolls from unrolling in the pan.
  7. Once the edge is sealed, flip the rolls so they’re cooked evenly for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate with a bowl of tomato soup while they’re still hot!

2. The Lazy Grilled Cheese

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Classic Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Closet Cooking

Next up is what I like to call “the lazy grilled cheese.” We all have those days. You forgot to shop. Bread and cheese are your only options, turning on the stove feels like such a chore. But wait! There’s hope! Got a toaster? How about a microwave? You’re in luck! This recipe is a life saver if you’re too busy to cook or are just feelinga little lazy.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of white or wheat bread
  • Your favorite kind of cheese (I love to use shredded cheese for this quick recipe)

Directions:

  1. Place 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it’s nice and crispy.
  2. Take toast and place the cheese between.
  3. Put the sandwich in the microwave about 15-20 seconds, no more than that!

3. Date Night Grilled Cheese

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Tomato, Avocado and Jalapeno Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Delicious-Delightful-Delovely

 

Now, we’re about to step up our game a little bit. This is our date night grilled cheese. Don’t know how to cook at all, but want to impress your date? This is the meal for you. It’s a tomato, avocado and jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s a spicy twist on your favorite classic and totally easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • A thick bread, ideally French bread or Panini style bread. This is crucial to make your date fall in love with your grilled cheese in disguise
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 cilantro leaves. Whole or chopped
  • Chopped and seeded jalapenos, as many or as little as you want
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Butter the outside of both slices of bread.
  4. Place buttered bread onto frying pan.
  5. Start to layer your ingredients, cheese first.
  6. As the cheese is melting, lay the tomato, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado gradually. Be sure to check the bottom of the bread and make sure it is not burning.
  7. Add another layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and place the other slice of bread atop the sandwich.
  8. Once the bottom layer is melted, slowly flip your sandwich to the other side.
  9. Apply pressure to the sandwich gradually. Once the cheese is melted and warm, take your grilled cheese and place it onto a greased cooking pan.
  10. Place the sandwich in the oven for about a minute to ensure the cheese is completely melted.

Still want to celebrate National Grilled Cheese month, but don’t want to cook it? Click here to preorder online from The Milk Truck and get your grilled cheese fix!

DailyFoodtoEat 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

 

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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.

DailyFoodtoEat 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

 

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Making a Difference

By: Gabby Zilkha

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The second I heard about Hot Bread Kitchen, I fell in love. From its structure, to its location, this place is a true combination of everything that is right in business.

Hot Bread Kitchen is located on 115th street and Park Ave in  la Marqueta. La Marqueta is  an old historic marketplace that  used to be very popular. It has died down a bit since then but has since been building back momentum with Hot Bread Kitchen.

It all starts with the people. The founder and CEO, Jessamyn Rodriguez, employs immigrant women and uses each of the women’s cultural backgrounds to create a melting pot of recipes. The profits from the bread pay for classes for the women. There are multiple classes offered from ESL to how to start your own business. Hot Bread Kitchen creates support in a difficult environment and they do it with social justice and passion.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

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A super cool incubator!

They only use half of the commercial kitchen for the women bakers project. The other half of the kitchen is used for the incubator program. The incubator program gives other businesses the opportunity to work with Hot Bread Kitchen by renting out their commercial kitchen for their start up food businesses. This helps to minimize the large start up financial cost for distributing food.

They create a network for the food vendors where they can swap information. For example they hold entrepreneur exchange meetings where they give all the business owners a chance to share information, which varies from where they are getting their ingredients to what markets they are in. In addition to that, using the name Hot Bread Kitchen allows for their incubators to connect with potential big order clients. They do not make the sales for them they just make the connection. And the training and connecting works! They already have SIX of their food vendors selling in Whole Foods and many more in green markets across New York!

Bread is best when made with Social Justice!
Bread is best when made with Social Justice!

Hot Bread Kitchen is an amazing place. Go there. Hear the stories. Eat the Bread. Look out for some of the graduates of the program as well: Taste of Ethiopia, Runner & Stone, Pipsnacks,  and Donna Bells Bake Shop.You will not be disappointed especially because you know exactly where your money is going when you purchase bread or make a donation to this wonderful Non-Profit Organization.

DailyFoodtoEat 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