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Meet the New Truck On the Block: Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

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By Emily Collins

This month, we’re starting a new series called Behind the Food Truck, where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

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Josh Gatewood, the southern gentleman behind Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting the southern gentleman behind New York’s most patriotic food truck, Josh Gatewood. Not only does Josh have making delicious southern fried chicken down to a science; he’s got an incredible story. He chose a life on food stamps and working as a fry cook over being a broker on Wall Street – all for the dream of opening his food truck.

Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, one of the newest food trucks to hit the streets, has been a long time coming. Josh admitted he spent more time thinking about his potential business than focusing on the Series 7. He would “Walk around Wall Street quizzing people, ‘what’s a better name for a chicken restaurant? Yankee’s Chicken or Yankee Doodle Dandy’s?’ ” With a stroke of luck and a $25,000 win from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Josh was able to give his dream some momentum.

Josh’s perseverance and dedication has brought him to where he is today – owning one of New York’s only authentic southern food trucks. Josh is committed to making his food the best it can possibly be and it definitely shows.

Their Winner Winner fried chicken special is everything you would want in a southern dish – juicy, well-seasoned and best of all: big portions. Along with four incredible chicken tenders, it is served with a giant slice of  grilled Texas toast, homemade potato salad and their original Spirit of ’76 sauce. Words cannot properly describe how delicious the Spirit of ’76 sauce is with the chicken tenders and fries. Josh says, “People come back just for the sauce.” At only $8.50, this special is a total “winner.”

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Left: Love Me Tender chicken sandwich |Right: Chicken tenders with fries and Spirit of ’76 sauce

At the end of the day, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s is all about bringing southern hospitality and authenticity to New York City and hopefully expanding to other major cities. Josh said, “It was roller coaster getting here. Sometimes you have those introspective moments you feel super blessed to be doing what you’re doing.”

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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FoodtoEat’s 10 Sexiest Foods Alive for Valentine’s Day – All Under $10

By Rosie O’Regan

For centuries, aspiring Casanovas have viewed certain foods as aphrodisiacs used to spice up the mood.  From chocolate to oysters, and everything in between, FoodtoEat has done some sleuthing to uncover the effect that these so-called sexy foods can have on your love life. We are proud to present our list of the Top 10 Sexiest Foods Under $10. Listed in order of price, these romance-inducing treats range from “adding an extra spring in your step” to “splurging on an all-you-can-eat love buffet”.

1. Almond Stick ($2.66) from Pie Face

Treat yourself and your loved one to a buttery pastry filled with almonds and custard.

Aphrodisiac Level: Almonds are rich in zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are important minerals that boost sexual health and reproduction.

Sexy Level: Accidentally getting shocked from brushing past a stranger—it’s electric!

Almond Stick from Pie Face

2. Orange Cranberry Scone ($3.50) from The Squeeze

This organic and gluten-free citrus scone is bound to have you starting your morning off right.

Aphrodisiac Level: Citrusy fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid, which are consequentially essential for men’s reproductive health.

Sexy Level: Sharing a coy look across a crowded room.

Orange Cranberry Scone from The Squeeze

3.  Vodka Slice ($5) from Valducci’s Original Pizza Truck download

We’re counting this decadent combination of vodka, crushed tomatoes, cheese and bread as alcohol because it’s sure to make you feel drunk on love.

Aphrodisiac Level: Imbibing in moderation is known to relax and lower your inhibitions. Alcohol has the added benefits of raising HDL “good” cholesterol and reducing the chance of blood clots. Just don’t over do it—no one wants to be the one with the messy date!

Sexy Level: Scoring that cute guy or girl’s number from the bar.

Vodka Slice from Valducci's
Vodka Slice from Valducci’s

4. Takoyaki (Fried Octopus Balls in Batter) ($6) from Okadaman 

Oysters are the most commonly praised seafood aphrodisiac, but we much prefer this Japanese-style fried octopus dish to set the mood.

Aphrodisiac Level: Seafood contains libido-boosting zinc and oily fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are needed to maintain a healthy heart.

Sexy Level: First date movie night…watching Shame with Michael Fassbender.

Takoyaki from Okadaman

5. Le Triomphe Crepe ($6) from The Crepes Truck                                              

Chocolate-covered strawberries are undoubtedly clichéd…switch things up with this decadent crepe containing strawberries, nutella and bananas—oh my!

Aphrodisiac Level: Throughout history chocolate has been thought to hold romantic properties, and while not an actual aphrodisiac, it does contain phenylethylamine, tryptophan, and serotonin—substances thought to enhance both sexual arousal and the feeling of falling in love.

Sexy Level: Having them cook your favorite meal.

Le Triomphe Crepe from The Crepes Truck

6. 305 Rib-Eye Steak Pressed Sandwich ($7) from Miami Food Machine

If you’re feeling ravenous for romance, try this hand-pressed sandwich with thin sliced rib-eye steak sautéed with garlic, herbs, and chili flakes with chimichurri.

Aphrodisiac Level: Steak is loaded with zinc and iron which is believed to enhance your sex drive. It’s also a healthy source of protein and B vitamins which will leave you completely sated. Plus, the sound of sizzling steak just screams passion.

Sexy Level: Making out in the rain, The Notebook-style.

Ribeye Steak Pressed Sandwich from Miami Food Truck

7. Spicy Seared Pork (3 for $7) from Kimchi Taco

Rubbed with Korean spices, marinated with red pepper paste, and topped with pico de gallo and fresh kimchi, this pork tenderloin is guaranteed to get you going.

Aphrodisiac Level: Spicy foods are believed to be an aphrodisiac because they mimic signs of arousal by increasing your heart rate and making you sweat.

Sexy Level: Shopping for lingerie for your significant other.

Spicy Seared Pork Tacos from Kimchi Taco

8. Ginger Chicken Tacos (3 for $7) from Big D’s Grub Truck 

In order to set the mood, choose to fill your grinder sandwich with tender chicken mixed with ginger sauce and served with fresh cilantro.

Aphrodisiac Level: Ginger’s most important romantic property is its ability to increase circulation and increase sensitivity in the erogenous zones.

Sexy Level: Indulging in a candlelit bubble bath.

Ginger Chicken Tacos from Big D’s Grub Truck

9. Tacos, Quesadilla, or Burrito with Avocado Delight Sauce ($9) from Taco Bite

Top off your dish with the truly delightful Avocado Delight Sauce. It’s a great alternative to standard guacamole and is sure to sink your mind straight into the gutter.

Aphrodisiac Level: Being rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat makes avocados great for your heart and your arteries. Not too sexy, right? Wrong. Anything that keeps the heart strong keeps the blood flowing…to all the right places.

Sexy Level: Rose petals strewn across your bedspread.

Avocado Delight on a taco from Taco Bite

10. Sweet Chili Chicken ($9) from Sweet Chili

Feeling really bold? Ignite your passion with chicken topped with house sweet chili, tamarind, and scallions. It’s a surefire way to sate your food cravings and rev up some cravings of a different nature.

Aphrodisiac Level: The hot capsaicin in chilis is also believed to heat up your sex life; capsaicin stimulates nerve endings, increases heart rate, and triggers the release of endorphins, giving you a natural high.

Sexy Level: Let’s just say that you’ll be going aallll the way…

Sweet Chili Chicken from Sweet Chili

So there you have it, our list of scandalously scintillating under $10 dishes that put the “food” in foodporn.

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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“It’s Worth the Wait”

A story about our food truck of the week: Uncle Gussy’s

By: Gabby Zilkha

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When Nick from Uncle Gussy’s food truck warned me about the crazy line during lunch, I thought I knew what I was in for. I was in shock when I arrived around 11:45, to see a line of about 20 people already. Despite the hot day and everyone in suits, you could see the the customers day dreaming about their souvlaki, delicious pita bread, and seasoned fries while waiting in line.Image

As I was observing the crazy line at Uncle Gussy’s, I overheard a man saying to his friend that the line was pretty decent given other times he’s waited.

Just as this was said, it was as if the line magically got longer. And it just kept getting longer and longer! I found myself taking more and more pictures just to capture how long it actually grew (Please note that I stopped taking pictures at one point because my camera could not fit everything).Image

I went up and talked to some of the people towards the back of the line and asked them what prompted them to be there. They all said the same thing: the delicious food. I guess the one way to really know is to try it for yourself. Remember, 51st and Park! And the best part is… you can skip the line by ordering pick-up from foodtoeat.com!

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