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Havana Central: Cooking with Love

By Danielle Bimston

Keeping things fun and fresh are our friends at Havana Central, known for their exciting environment and delicious eats. Started in 2002 by entrepreneur Jeremy Merrin, this Cuban restaurant has become one of the best around!  People love having the ability to get large plates of rice and beans for reasonable prices, and that’s just what Havana Central strives to give their customers.

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Havana Central is such the people pleaser that they’ve managed to create a list of fun facts and restaurant accomplishments (that they thank their customers for!).  Check them out:

  1. Number of Mojitos sold: Over 700,000
  2. Number of Empanadas sold: Over 1 million
  3. Number of Cuban sandwiches sold: Over 800,000
  4. We cook over 4,000 pounds of pork a year
  5. We use over 130,000 limes a year – mostly for our Mojitos
  6. Our guests eat over 40,000 avocados a year
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I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of any other place that sells so many Cuban sandwiches.  And, that’s not even all that they have on the menu! If you’re in the mood for a classic Cuban favorite, try the Arroz con Pollo or Pimiento Relleno.  Or if you’re dying to try a sandwich, try Sandwich de Pernil Asado, there are a ton of options!

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Wonder where these delicious dishes come from? Well, Cuban food is known for it’s many influences: Spanish, French, African, Arabic, Chinese, and Portuguese cultures (that’s alot!). Traditional cooking is primarily peasant cuisine that has little concern with measurements, order and timing, but oddly enough, that’s what makes the food so unique. In fact, most of the dishes are sautéed or slow-cooked over a low flame and rely on very basic spices.  Though they’re not the most complicated, intense recipes, it’s the love used when cooking that makes Cuban food so good!

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Even though Cuban food is a melting pot of so many cultures, they can all seem to agree on one thing: it’s delicious! No matter what you’re craving, Havana Central has the best atmosphere; allow us to help you transport the good vibes to your office!

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Bringing the Office Together: Tumblr HQ Ate This Up… Maybe You Will Too!

By Danielle Bimston

What better way to bring your office together than offering fresh, delicious food that everyone can enjoy? Here at FoodtoEat, we certainly can’t think of anything that sounds more incredible.  And today, neither can our friends at Tumblr.

IMG_1192Jerk Pan brought flavor and spice to Tumblr Headquarters this afternoon as they fed each employee with a smile and lots of love.  As you can see, the staff there ate it up! The delectable, home cooked, Jamaican-style food offered by Jerk Pan brought the staff together– giggling, grinning, and our personal favorite, satisfying their rumbling tummies with an amazing treat!

IMG_1189No matter what the occasion, at FoodtoEat we love to see the joys of food bringing a team together.  After all, nothing is as universally loved and bonded over! Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet like crepes and cupcakes or something savory like Mexican food and burgers, we’ve got something that will make your day a little bit more delicious!

IMG_1181Take it from our friends at Tumblr Headquarters, sharing an irresistible, mouthwatering lunch with your coworkers can truly  make the office feel more like family! There are an endless number of ways that we can feed your team, so let us help you. Plus, nothing is more uplifting than a smile and laugh to keep you going during hump day!

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Explore Lebanese Cuisine Without Leaving Your Office

By Hannah Poss

Experience high end Lebanese right in the comfort of your own office. Al Bustan, located in Midtown East, serves amazing and authentic food that will transport you right to Beirut. They dish up traditional appetizers such as Hummus and Baba Ghannouj that are reminiscent of cuisines like Greek, Israeli and Turkish foods. Some of their popular dishes include chicken and beef Shawarma called Shawarma Dajaj and Shawarma Lahme, respectively.

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In addition, in keeping with traditional Lebanese cuisine, they prepare a large assortment of classic lamb dishes. Some of their classics include a minced lamb dish served with a pomegranate molasses called Kafta Khashkhash and a homemade philo dough stuffed with minced lamb, rice, peas and carrots called Kouzy.

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These dishes are a must-try. They’re a perfect way to expand your palette without diving too far into the deep end. Have Al Bustan catered to your office to taste these dishes for yourself.

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Summer BBQ In The Office

BBQ season is almost upon us. Even though Summer is not quiet here yet, it’s never too early to throw a Summer BBQ at the office – complete with Memphis Dry Rub Pork Ribs, Golden Honey Corn Bread, Pulled Pork, Brisket. Here are some of our favorite BBQ inspired menus. Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com to place an order.

1. Daisy May’s BBQ USA | Traditional BBQ
daisy 2. Calexico | BBQ + Tacoscalexico

3. Head Over Meals | Backyard BBQ Barheadovermeals 4. Mexicue | Brisket Tacosmexicue 5. Delaney BBQ | So Much Brisket & Ribsdelaney

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Sweet Chili: Thaietnamese Food With a Side of Power Ballads

By Emily Collins swtr Behind the Food Truck is a FoodtoEat original series 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.

This week, I was able to meet one of New York City’s local food-lebrities, Lisa Fernandes. Lisa is the passionate chef and owner behind Sweet Chili – a “Thai-etnamese” truck with a menu full of original and incredible recipes by Lisa herself! If you didn’t know already, Lisa was the runner-up on season 4 of Top Chef, so you’re literally trying some of her winning recipes from the show.

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Lisa & her sous chef, Tora, in front of her “baby on wheels” – Sweet Chili!

All throughout Lisa’s life, food was her passion. She started with her mom in the kitchen, served ice cream at the mall as a teen and went on to culinary school to pursue her dream of becoming a professional chef! It’s not very often you meet someone who can say they genuinely wake up every day and want to go to work, but Lisa does. She loves her customers and makes an effort to learn their names and wants the experience to be not only delicious, but entertaining! “We make it personal, we have a good time with them, we play fun music, we’re not prim and proper, ‘good afternoon, how may we help you today?’ ” And it definitely works for them. You can walk up to Sweet Chili, get on-the-go restaurant quality food, a 1980s power ballad serenade and maybe even a Vietnamese coffee sample if you’re dancing!

Her favorite thing about owning a food truck? “We have fun! People can relate to us. They say, ‘I’m not in the mood for that today, can you just make me something?’ and we just make stuff up. People like that. You can’t do that in a restaurant.” I was able to see this first hand when I asked Lisa and her team to just “make me anything” on the menu. I was served with their flavorful Heavenly Beef over white rice with bean sprout salad and was recommended by Lisa “get the fried egg on top, it makes everything better!” She was right; the dish was indeed heavenly and the fried egg? A perfect companion to the sweet and spicy dish.

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Lisa’s sous chef, Tora, with Heavenly Beef – coriander marinated sirloin beef with sriracha and thai basil.

At the end of the day, Lisa’s goal is to serve up unique, amazing dishes while giving the best experience to the customer, “If you’re in a good mood when you make the food, and the person’s in a good mood when they get the food, they’re going to be in a good mood when they eat the food.” You can check out Lisa and the Sweet Chili team this summer at their frequent spots, South Street Seaport and DUMBO Lot during the week and Governor’s Island on weekends for dancing to 80s and 90s jams and cooking some of the best Thai-etnamese food in New York City!

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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.”

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Which Food Trucks Would Your Favorite Game of Thrones Characters Absolutely Love?

By Emily Collins

Here in New York City, we’re lucky enough to have access to some of the most fantastic restaurants, food trucks and carts to exist. Unfortunately for Westeros, the food truck trend just has not caught on, but we’re dreamers here at FoodtoEat and matched a few of our favorite Game of Thrones characters with some of our local food trucks and carts.

Tyrion and Taco from Kimchi Taco Truck

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Tyrion Lannister might be a small guy, but he certainly knows how to pack a big punch (or slap if you’re Joffrey). His personality always leaves you wanting to know more. This is exactly how we feel about spicy grilled chicken mini tacos from Kimchi Taco Truck. These tacos may be mini, but with ingredients like cilantro and kimchi chipotle aioli, they come with quite the kick.

Daenerys and Eggs from Eggstravaganza

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If you follow Game of Thrones, you know Daenerys is the mother of dragons. Her dragon eggs are incredibly rare, but Daenerys managed to hatch three on the show. Luckily, here in NYC [chicken] eggs aren’t extinct (although dragon eggs are still hard/impossible to come by). If you share Daenerys’ passion for eggs, head over to the Eggstravaganza Cart! Every morning, they serve several different egg dishes: from classic western omelets to Mexican wraps with eggs, chorizo, potatoes and much more. We are certain Daenerys would be very pleased with Eggstravaganza.

Joffrey and Jerk Chicken from Veronica’s Kitchen

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Veronica’s Kitchen Food Cart offers delicious Caribbean food with some of Joffrey’s most notable traits. Joffrey has quite a fiery personality, so why not try Veronica’s spicy curry? Knowing King Joffrey, he would pick a dish like stew “king” fish, but we see him as more of a “jerk” chicken kind of guy.

Win The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook! 

To celebrate the upcoming Game of Thrones season 4 premiere on April 6th, we are having a promotion this weekend. Don’t miss your chance to win The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook autographed by the authors!

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Clarke’s Standard: Your Friendly Neighborhood Burger Joint

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By Debra Liu

If you’re craving a juicy, flavorful, and affordable burger, head to Clarke’s Standard because the moment you step into this relatively new fast-casual restaurant, you’re immediately brought back to the old, nostalgic days of New York’s classic neighborhood butcher shops, where high quality, fresh meat was the object of affection.

“We wanted to do a fast-casual concept that would provide the guests with amazing food, great ingredients, and as local as possible. Again, not forgetting the old times of butcher style shops,” says Dafna Mizrahi, Manager of Clarke’s Standard’s Union Square Location.

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The Standard Cheeseburger and Fries

Currently, there are five locations in Midtown, Midtown East, Financial District, Columbus Circle, and Union Square.

According to Dafna, it’s the freshly ground beef that makes Clarke’s Standard stand out from all the other burger places in NYC. The beef is 100% USDA-verified Natural Angus free of hormones, antibiotics and preservatives.

The most popular items on the menu include The Standard Cheeseburger, the original burger with American cheese, The Cadillac, which is a burger with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, and the Brooklyn Au Poivre, a burger with cracked pepper sauce, cheese, Jimmy peppers and savory onions. They also have  a great house-made veggie burger!

Danfa’s favorite burger is The Cadillac but she says, “Honestly, all of our burgers…our meat is amazing so I would eat them without anything. I would always recommend the Green Chiles and Cheese burger or The Cadillac.”

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NY Standard Dog with Fries

In addition to burgers, Clarke’s also serves homemade hot dogs, little Clarke’s ice creams, and sandwiches. The Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is a big seller. “It’s kind of like wings on a sandwich but made with chicken breast,” Dafna describes. “The sweet potato fries are great; so that’s very unusual and unique to a fast food place,” she adds.

Clarke’s Standard mission is to bring back the feeling of a neighborhood restaurant serving delicious, high quality burgers. “Everyone loves it because it’s become a neighborhood joint. The staff is very friendly; they learn their [the customers’] names. We have a guy who comes every single day. He sits at the same table and orders the same food, so as soon as he walks in, we already have his order.”

So the next time you want to chow-down on a burger, go to Clarke’s Standard and get The Cadillac (or any of their other delicious items), and you’ll feel like you’re being transported back to a time where meat was real, natural and glorified and you’ll end up feeling gloriously satisfied.

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Everything you need to know about Chicken Wings for the Super Bowl

Some foods take on a legendary status at a certain time of the year, like pumpkins during the fall, eggnog during the winter holidays, and chicken wings during the Super Bowl. This year the National Chicken Council (yes, that’s a real council) estimates that around 1.23 billion wings will be consumed over the course of Super Bowl weekend this year. That might seem like a lot of chicken, but this number has actually decreased from 2012, when the same council estimated that 1.25 billion wings were consumed.

Rumors were circulating earlier about a possible chicken wing shortage, and although chicken companies produced fewer birds this year, there will be plenty of wings to go around come Super Bowl weekend. Record high corn and feed prices forced chicken producers to slightly cut back on production, and higher prices may be reflected when purchasing chicken wings. Producers are still reeling from last summer’s drought that forced corn prices to an all-time high, compounded with federal regulation that requires 40 percent of corn to be turned into ethanol fuel. Over two-thirds of chicken feed is comprised of corn, though producers have been surprisingly resilient at keeping production on par with other years.

Chicken wings first gained popularity in the 1980s when they were an affordable alternative to the popular boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Today wings have become the highest priced part of the entire chicken, and demand has grown so much that many restaurants rebrand chicken breast meat as boneless wings. Over the course of 2012 more than 13 billion chicken wings were sold. A huge portion of these sales will come from Super Bowl weekend, and devoted chicken wing fans are expected to keep the trend going this upcoming weekend.

For tips on the best wings to choose this Sunday, the Chicago Tribune rated several popular quick-service chains and found the wings from Checkers to be among the best. These wings keep well with anti-sogging ventilation holes in the packaging, and have a thin crispy skin in a number of mouthwatering varieties. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Buffalo Wild Wings also have several types of wings to choose from on GameDay

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