#SadDeskLunch Round-Up: Keep Submitting for Free Lunch & Cupcakes!

 

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It’s been two weeks since we’ve started our promotion with #SadDeskLunch and we have seen some endearingly abysmal submissions. There’s still time to show us your #SadDeskLunch photos here to win FREE lunch and cupcakes! With free cupcakes on the line, why wouldn’t you submit a picture? Check out some of the latest below and let us know which picture you think is most deserving of our lunch hack and free cupcakes!

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A single tortilla in front of an outdated computer. The epitome of a #SadDeskLunch
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Is that turkey or chicken? One thing that we do know: it is sad.
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Nothing says “#SadDeskLunch” like a heated up burrito.
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A #SadDeskLunch Classic: Leftovers.
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Pre-cooked rice, questionable broth. We’ve all been there.

Be sure to watch and share our #SadDeskLunch video starring Kira Fischer, the founder of the #SadDeskLunch blog!

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Reasons to Be Thankful For Cows on National Cow Appreciation Day

By Emily Collins

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In case you didn’t know, it is National Cow Appreciation Day! At FoodtoEat, we think the cow doesn’t get enough credit. They’re providers of one of the main ingredients in a lot of our favorite foods, milk, and are just too cute not to love. Here are the top 5 reasons everybody should be thankful for cows on National Cow Appreciation Day:

1. Ice Cream

Not to take away the spotlight from the cow, but it is also National Ice Cream month. There would be a National Ice Cream Month without the cows contribution to ice cream – milk. Can you imagine a world without Mr. Softee on the streets with soft serve ice cream? Didn’t think so. So, let’s all say “thanks” to the cow for ice cream.

Mister Softee parked on an NYC Street | Photo credit: Above the Law
Mister Softee parked on an NYC Street | Photo credit: Above the Law

2. Milk Truck’s entire existence

If you haven’t been to one of the city’s best curators of grilled cheese – you’re seriously missing out. Milk Truck not only has tasty grilled cheese, but also make a mean milkshake. Without cows, we would never know how delicious a classic grilled cheese with a dark chocolate milkshake would be! With a name like Milk Truck, how can we not be thankful to the cow for it?

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Classic Grilled Cheese from The Milk Truck | Photo credit: Trip Tips

3. Nutella

At FoodtoEat, we always have a large jar of Nutella on standby. We often wonder if there’s anything Nutella doesn’t go with (spoiler alert: not likely). Nutella is made with condensed milk from our favorite animal – the cow! This yummy hazelnut spread is taking over the foodie world and we don’t mind one bit

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The ideal Nutella jar size | Photo credit: That’s Nerdalicious

4.  Lattes with cute latte art

Ever walk into your favorite coffee shop and get a latte with the cutest little design on it? It always makes your day just a little bit brighter – even if it is an early morning. Speaking of brightening your day, look at this adorable kitty cat latte art. Try not to “aww” out loud, I dare you.

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Almost too cute to drink | Photo credit: I Used To Be Scared of Cats

5. 75% off Chocolate After Valentine’s Day

If we’re being completely honest, Valentine’s Day should really be re-named “75% off Chocolate Eve” because that’s what it’s become. Maybe you don’t need that entire bag of Dove Chocolate Hearts with inspiring messages in them, but you’re practically obligated to buy them because they’re that cheap. Thanks, cows, for allowing us to treat ourselves the day after Valentine’s Day.

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Best day of the year #TreatYoSelf | Photo credit: WRAL.com

BONUS: Pizza

You think we’d make this list without pizza? We love it all; grandma slices, greasy thin crust, $1 slices at 3 am, as long as there is cheese involved. What better way to observe National Cow Appreciation Day than ordering a pizza on FoodtoEat? Top it off with dessert (think: cheesecake, cupcakes, tiramisu – thanks cows) and you’ll find yourself loving cows as much as we do.

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Let us know your favorite products that we should be thanking cows for. Comment below or tweet @FoodtoEat and show us how your #CowLove!

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Win Free Lunch + Cupcakes! FoodtoEat Hacks Sad Desk Lunch on Tumblr

Enter our contest to win a FREE lunch (and cupcakes because we believe cupcakes are still relevant. RIP Crumbs). 

Have you ever felt personally victimized by your #SadDeskLunch? Well, we know the feeling so we hacked one of our favorite blogs, Sad Desk Lunch. Watch the video here featuring Kira, the creator of the awesome blog. We’ve teamed up with SDL to hack your lunch too!

Here’s how to enter:
(1) Submit a photo of your sad desk lunch to saddesklunch.com
(2) The photo with the most “loves” and notes wins
(3) Multiple entries encouraged
(4) Tweeting your pics @foodtoeat highly encouraged and may win you brownie points.

*Sad Desk Lunch Contest Rules: Must live or work in NYC to win lunch and cupcakes. Value of lunch is maximum of $20 from www.foodtoeat.com. Contest runs from 7/14/2014 through 8/15/2014. One winner will be selected and announced shortly after contest end date.

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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

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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!

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

 

FoodtoEat Academy Awards Presents: Local Food Super Heroines

By Debra Liu

Three things of note: (1) The 86th Academy Awards are happening tomorrow night! (2) The theme of the Oscars this year is super heroes, and (3) March is Women’s History Month. Therefore, at FoodtoEat, in only makes sense that we are celebrating our local Super Food Heroines, amazing women who are using food to make the world a better, brighter place: Amy Chasan of Sweet Generation, Robyn Hillman-Harrigan of Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project, Jessamyn Rodriguez of Hot Bread Kitchen and Deepti Sharma Kapur of FoodtoEat. We had the chance to ask them a few questions and get their Oscar picks too!

Amy Chasan, founder of Sweet Generation 

Amy Chasan, founder of Sweet Generation
Amy Chasan, founder of Sweet Generation

Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Amy Chasan: My heroes are my family – they are who inspire, push, support and encourage me. When I think of heroes, those are the qualities that come to mind. And while there are so many influential, powerful, intelligent leaders in this world, when I boil it down to who it is that make me be the best person I can be – it’s my family.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

AC: Easy! The Goddess Athena’s superpowers!  She is the goddess of culture, the Arts, courage, wisdom and justice – I would magically cultivate and support the creative energy of our youth to ensure that they have every opportunity to become the brilliant creators they were meant to be.

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

AC: Arts Education is a proven powerful force in raising academic achievement, preventing youth violence, school retention, developing effective leaders, and so much more. Yet the Arts are the first thing to come under the knife in economic hardship. Arts Education is grossly underfunded and funding continues to decline. It’s so crazy. So I created Sweet Generation to help Arts organizations, schools and community members increase the funding potential of their community-based fundraising – we’re a 21st century neighborhood bakesale, on steroids!

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

AC: While there are some amazing films up for the award this year, I would put my vote in for “12 Years A Slave” – I am profoundly moved by  the way it bears witness to the painful and unimaginable story of this part of our history – a story that is so often overlooked, downplayed, and even denied. There is no better way to deeply move and educate people than through the Arts!

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

AC: Mary & Max, without a doubt. This 2009 Australian claymation drama/black-comedy by Adam Elliot is an incredible exploration of human relationships, struggles, love and fear. It really gets to the heart of the human experience in all its wonder and glory. The story is so moving (based on a true story), and the use of claymation is such an effective medium, that I find this film to be unparalleled and absolutely awe-inspiring. It is particularly poignant at this time in that Philip Seymour Hoffman was the voice of the very sad and struggling Max.

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, Executive Director at Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan (left), Executive Director at Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan (left), Executive Director at Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project
Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan: My personal hero is my Grandmother, because she is 103 and she started writing poetry a couple of years ago and has already been published. I love her, and appreciate the reminder that it’s never too late to do what you love.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

RHH: If I could fly I would be really excited about it. I could get everywhere really quickly, no more long commutes and I would have the best view whenever I needed a break from the bustle of our city.

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

RHH: I believe that healthy community can be built around the action of sharing healthy food. Every week at Shore Soup we take donated organic produce and turn it into delicious chef prepared soups and salads. We then deliver these meals for free to people in the Rockaway community who are food insecure. After Hurricane Sandy we ran a relief kitchen and fed over 50,000 free meals and this past summer we operated a pay-as-you-can food truck. We are currently raising funds towards the establishment of a permanent pay-as-you-can restaurant in New York City, because we’ve seen the amazing possibilities that emerge when people share food and other resources with each other.

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

RHH: Her. I think that all of the contenders are pretty great, but I like what Her has to say about the nature of love, friendship, where we’re at as a society and where things might be headed in the future.

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

RHH: I’m a sucker for cult classics, but I’ve also seen a few indies over the years that have been great and I remember really loving 12 Monkeys. So it’s between that film, Heathers and Heaven.

Jessamyn Rodriques, Founder & CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen
Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen
Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen

Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Jessamyn Rodriguez: My Grandmother, Ruth “Bubie” Perlmutter. She is a classy lady who, after being widowed in her 30’s, went to work outside the home for the first time. She built a career as an insurance broker and worked into her 70’s. When I was young, I used to love watching her get dressed up for work in the morning. She embraced professionalism in a way that is not typical of women of her generation. She took much pride in cultivating a professional persona which I really admire.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

JR: It isn’t a superpower in the traditional sense, but with two young children at home and our fast-paced and quickly growing social enterprise, I dream of being able thrive on an hour of sleep per night. With 23 hours in the day, just imagine how much you could get done!

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

JR: Hot Bread Kitchen is helping minority and immigrant women take their share of the billion dollar food industry. It is affirmative action for the specialty food business!

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

JR: This is embarrassing to admit, but I just had a baby and have only made it out to see one of the nominees, Gravity. It doesn’t get my vote this year.

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

JR: I adore In the Mood for Love, directed by Wong Kar-wai. Great costumes, beautiful soundtrack, and, of course, enticing food.

Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder & CEO of FoodtoEat
Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder & CEO of FoodtoEat
Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder & CEO of FoodtoEat

Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Deepti Sharma Kapur: My hero is my mom. I know it sounds cliché, but she’s dealt with so much in her own life that it’s hard not to see her as an inspiration. From raising two kids after moving to a brand new country and way of life, to just starting one business after another, some of which were in completely different fields, to still being there for family and friends in times of celebration or consolation. She is easily my hero and role model.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

DSK: Time travel! I would definitely take the chance to go back and meet my ancestors in India, and also a few former world leaders that I look up to.

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

DSK: At FoodtoEat, I’m showing food-business owners how they can use technology to grow their businesses – and vice versa, helping consumers find more restaurants, food trucks and caterers than ever before!

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

DSL: Can’t say – I’ve only seen American Hustle! I’m slacking in this department!

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

DSK: So hard to pick one but I can pick a few across different genres: Star Wars, The Godfather and (of course) Mulan!

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For all of March, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be profiling talented women entrepreneurs in the food space who are creating history as we speak. If you know someone who you think is a food heroine, please contact debra@foodtoeat.com – we’d love to meet her and share her story with the community!
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Get a Taste of East Village with Taste of Seventh, the Food Crawl You’ve Been Waiting For

By Debra Liu

Can you feel it? Can you taste it? The most delicious food crawl of the year is upon us. Taste of Seventh will run from 3/8 to 3/9 and will feature foods from East Village restaurants including Luke’s Lobster, Caracas Arepas, Porchetta, Butter Lane cupcakes, Oaxaca, Wechsler’s Currywurst, and Big Gay Ice Cream.

Tickets will start selling later today on Luke’s Lobster website and FoodtoEat will be offering a free ticket to one of our lucky customers tomorrow, 3/1. The free ticket to the event will be the kick-off prize for FoodtoEat’s Munch Madness promotion – simply place a food order on FoodtoEat and you’ll be entered to win! Each day-  for an entire month -FoodtoEat will be giving away prizes and discounts.

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Here’s a rundown of the scrumptious foods being offered:

Luke’s Lobster, will be serving a Maine-style, half lobster roll. Luke’s Lobster has been a staple of East Village since 2009 now with 10 restaurants, currently one truck and a Park Slope location on the way;

Luke's Lobster Roll
Luke’s Lobster Roll

Caracas Arepa Bar, straight from Venezuela with New York temperament, will be offering their vegetarian arepa, La Mamasita Arepa which is filled with grilled mushrooms, roasted corn, sweet plantains and the works;

La Mamacita Arepa | Photo: Thrillist
La Mamacita Arepa | Photo: Thrillist

Porchetta, one of Time Out New York’s Best 100, will be serving traditional Italian roast pork sandwich with aromatic, crispy skin;

Porchetta Sandwich | Photo: Donna Alberico for The New York Times
Porchetta Sandwich | Photo: Donna Alberico for The New York Times

Wechsler’s Currywurst, a New York City temple to German sausage, will be offering pork bratwurt with curry ketchup and fries;

Wechsler’s Currywurst & Fries
Wechsler’s Currywurst & Fries

Oaxaca, celebrating a Mexican city rich in food culture, will serve a mini burrito;

Oaxaca Burrito | Photo: Oaxaca
Oaxaca Burrito | Photo: Oaxaca

Butter Lane, teaching the world how to bake perfect cupcakes, will be offering one of their six favorite cupcakes;

Raspberry Cupcake |Photo: Butter Lane
Raspberry Cupcake |Photo: Butter Lane

Big Gay Ice Cream, the innovative team that made old-fashioned soft-serve ice cream unique with glamorous toppings, will be serving up the Apple Gobbler, a vanilla sundae with grahams, bourbon butterscotch, apple butter and whipped cream.

Apple Gobbler from Big Gay Ice Cream | Photo: Bionic Bites
Apple Gobbler from Big Gay Ice Cream | Photo: Bionic Bites

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to sample a bunch of New York City’s finest restaurants, all in one weekend, at a price that can’t be beat. And if you win a FREE ticket from FoodtoEat, it’ll be even more delicious.

Get excited, here’s the Munch Madness calendar:

FoodtoEat Munch Madness Calendar
FoodtoEat Munch Madness Calendar
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We <3 you! FoodtoEat Staff Picks for Valentine’s Day

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By Debra Liu

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re attached, happily single, or casually looking, Valentine’s Day is the day to show love to yourself and those around you. What better way than via food? Here are some of FoodtoEat’s Picks for delicious places we want to share because we love you. Get love delivered to your door!

Love Cupcakes from Broadway Baker 

Nothing says I HEART YOU more than Valentine themed cupcakes. Broadway Baker will deliver cupcakes straight to your loved one! With flavors like Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Decadent Chocolate Java, you can’t go wrong. “These cakes of love are topped with all natural organic fruity hearts and dark chocolate covered caramels.” Order some now. 

Love Cupcakes | Broadway Baker
Love Cupcakes | Broadway Baker

Tapas from Plan B on Mulberry

Does a romantic meal at home with tapas and sangria sound like your perfect V day? Well, Plan B on Mulberry is your Plan A then. The restaurant features contemporary Northern Spanish Tapas including Goat Cheese Croquettes and Patatas Bravas. Click to order some Plan B tapas now.

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Rabbit Meatballs | Plan B

Hearty Braised Pork from Mayhem & Stout

Is comfort food what makes your heart leap? Or are you trying to impress your significant other with a delicious meal that could pass off as something you cooked all by yourself? If so, then the Braised Pork Brown Rice Bowls from Mayhem & Stout will definitely tickle your fancy, and your stomach. The slow roasted goodness of their sandwiches will not disappoint either. Click here to order.

Braised Pulled Pork Sandwich | Mayhem & Stout
Braised Pulled Pork Sandwich | Mayhem & Stout

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Sweet Generation: Funding Arts Education, One Cupcake at a Time

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By Debra Liu

Remember baking cookies for school bake-sales to raise money for your school’s rendition of Wizard of Oz, with you playing the coveted role of Dorothy? Well, step it up a few awesome notches and I present to you Sweet Generation, an online custom bakery that not only creates delicious cupcakes and cookies, but is dedicated to generating funds to increase Arts education for children. With the motto “helping with every helping”, Sweet Generation is transforming the way we think about fundraising, one cupcake at a time.

Strawberry Malted Milkshake Cupcakes
Strawberry Malted Milkshake Cupcakes

Founder Amy Chasan grew up baking; it was one of her favorite pastimes spent with her mother. According to Amy, “Our tradition was, as soon as there was a thunderstorm, we would go and bake banana bread, get our little folding chairs and sit on the front porch and watch the rainstorm.” Amy’s studies and professional experiences have all been focused around Arts education, particularly on the impact of funding and the funding challenges that Arts programs face. Amy combined her experience in arts education with her love of baking to develop a business that would “help art education programs fulfill their fundraising goals.”

A lot of the interesting flavor combinations, such as Honey Cornbread, come from customers who want to create something unique and different. Sweet Generations’ customized cupcakes with images are one of the customers’ favorites. “Because everything we do is custom, we work with our customers to make things that meet their needs,” Amy says. Voted “Best Cupcake in NYC” by the Village Voice in 2013, the most popular flavors are Red Velvet, Strawberry Malted Milkshake, Coconut Lime, and French Lavender Lemon. Amy’s favorite cupcake flavor currently is the Eternal Chocolate Flame, a chocolate cayenne pepper cupcake. “I love spice so I’ve started to experiment a lot with cayenne both in our cookies and cupcakes,” says Amy.

Warby Parker branded cupcakes
Warby Parker branded cupcakes

Sweet Generation’s vision is to remove barriers between children and art. In addition to selling cupcakes at events and working closely with performing arts programs such as viBe Theater Experience, Sweet Generation is working on integrating more of their social mission into the business by coordinating small arts competitions for children. “We’ve started running little competitions for people to submit their children’s artwork and then featuring them on our cupcakes… this a really simple, really fun way to do an art project with your kid that doesn’t take a lot and you get a really fun result out of it.”

Amy hopes to support Arts education as much as possible and so her goal for Sweet Generation is to be the go-to alternative funding source for Arts programs. “This is an attempt at really ramping up the power of that community style bake-sale to a whole different level,” Amy says.

Red Velvet Cupcake
Red Velvet Cupcake

FoodtoEat is incredibly excited to be working closely with Amy and Sweet Generation to accomplish her mission! If you’re interested in having Sweet Generation cater your next event, just contact us at info@foodtoeat.com and we can make that happen.

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Cronuts…Still?

By Maria Laposata

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Maybe before he concocted his scheme to give all New Yorkers one enormous sugar high, Dominique Ansel took an economics course. Why? Well, making between 200 and 250 cronuts a day almost guarantees a shortage. Of course, Ansel only makes a limited quantity because it takes three whole days to make a cronut. But still, I wonder, if Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme decided they were only going to sell 200 donuts a day, wouldn’t New Yorkers have an equally rabic reaction?

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Hmm…that can’t be his real mouth…

Wouldn’t sadistic bosses send their employees to wait in line at 6AM for the donut they’d been eating every morning for years thinking nothing of it then beyond “This is bad for me?” Wouldn’t a lucky 200 sheeples pay upwards of $20 for what was once a dollar?

Probably.

Despite the wait, a couple hundred crazed individuals line up every day at the crack of dawn–well before the bakery opens–to tempt fate with a diabetic coma, to say sorry, to give a friend the ultimate birthday treat, or to resell the cronuts for an 800% mark up.

Between the scalpers, the craiglist ads (this had to be our favorite: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/for/3919799084.html), and the new cronut delivery service charging $100 per cronut, $1,500 for 10 cronuts, or $5,000 for 20 (New Yorkers can’t do multiplication…), New York should be gaining 10 pounds per capita within the next week or so.

ImageThis next paragraph was supposed to tell you exactly how bad a cronut is for you. Unfortunately, Dominique Ansel hasn’t released the nutrition information for his creation…very smartly. Especially considering that the usual fads sweeping this city usually involve the words “organic” and “juicing.” Also, “cupcakes,” but that’s not helping my point.

Someone needs to stage an intervention for the sake of society, so I’d like to personally ask Mayor Bloomberg to organize a viewing of The Biggest Loser in Central Park this weekend to put a stop to this nonsense. Really, it’s right up your alley Mr. Mayor. We’ll make sure we’ve only got tiny cups of soda for the audience to wash down their cronuts.

Bibliography:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324853704578587714138544052.html

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/07/03/cronut-craze-has-reached-new-heights/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/whos-buying-cronuts_n_3389694.html

http://jezebel.com/sweet-baby-jesus-dont-let-the-cronut-become-the-new-c-508463351

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Happy National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day 2013

Samvida Patel

FoodToEat.com

ImageDoughnuts…  they’ve been around for seventy-five years now, ever since women served them to the American army during World War I.  Famously associated with cops, but a dependable treat for all of us who need a nice dose of sugar in the morning. Alas, with countless bakeries and cafés finding home in New York City, desserts with an air of sophistication, including cupcakes, macarons, and crepes became more of the thing to have.  In fact, the need to refine simple breads into exquisite desserts is plain to see in Dominique Ansel’s sweet innovation, ‘Cronuts.’

ImageThey are fresh croissants, fried like donuts, with crème filling piped in, a glaze applied around the pastry, and topped with flavored icing.  The new craze has given New Yorkers a reason to willingly wait in line at 6:00 a.m.—a whole two hours before Dominique Ansel Bakery actually opens.

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With 200 of these pastries selling out in 30 minutes and other locals creating knock-off versions for quadruple the selling price, Cronuts have not only become the new “hot cake,” but have given the classic doughnut a new sense of importance.

The latest upgrade in the doughnut world is by none other than Dunkin’ Donuts, which put eggs, bacon, and cheese in between two halves of its renowned glazed doughnut, to create “The Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich.”

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We’d say, it’s two heart attacks in a meal, but it’s definitely an interesting mix of sugary and savory that leaves customers curious and tempted.

 Doughnuts nonetheless, remain a national favorite, with the ever-present Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, as well as specialty shops like The Donut Pub, The Doughnut Plant, and Wonder City Café and Donut Bar.  And to celebrate the evergreen sweet, here are some doughnut giveaways you don’t want to miss out on!

Dunkin’ DonutsWith a purchase of any beverage, you get a free doughnut.  Offer applies all day!

Krispy KremeIn participating locations only, free doughnut giveaway with no purchase necessary!  New York City, the place to go is 2 Penn Plaza, Amtrak Level.

Tim HortonsLike their FaceBook page and print out their coupon for a free doughnut, with a purchase of any other item.  New York City locations include 50th Street & 7th Avenue, 42nd street and Park Avenue, 2 Penn Plaza, and 9th Avenue between 50th and 51st streets.

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