Bastille Day Eats: Celebrate the French National Holiday the FoodtoEat Way

By Danielle Bimston

Celebrated on the 14th of July for many centuries lies Bastille Day, or the name given to French National Day in most English-speaking countries.  Now, when I hear about an important holiday, my first thought is… what food should I eat to celebrate? And hopefully, here you’ll find just the answer to that question; wonder no more because here at FoodtoEat we’re prepared to help you create a full day’s guide to office team meals for Bastille Day.

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

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Chocolate Croissant at Petite Abeille (Photo Credit: http://www.foodspotting.com)

Start off your Bastille Day honoring not only the French holiday, but also the most important meal of the day! We’re recommending croissants, a buttery, flaky pastry that will be sure to add a bit of a jump start to your morning.  These delicious treats can be found in pretty much any french-style bakery, but if you were to ask us, we recommend Petite Abeille.  This French and Belgian style restaurant offers a variety of different flavored croissants that are sure to hit the spot!

Lunch: The Middle Meal

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Savory Eclair at Maison de L’Eclair (Photo Credit: http://www.tripadvisor.com)

Finally, a chance to pause the work day and take a few minutes for yourself, but don’t forget to honor French tradition! For lunch, keep it simple and rather classic with eclairs that are not only sweet, but savory too! At Maison de L’Eclair they’re sure to provide you with the best options for your French inspired lunch.  Their menu includes savory eclairs such as Tomato and Mozzarella and ranges all the way to rich, dessert varieties such as Milk Chocolate & Banana and Pistachio.  They’ve even included irresistible gluten free options, so everyone is included; whatever you want, they’ve got it!

Dinner: Wrapping the Day Up Right

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Savory Crepe (Photo Credit: templecrepes.com)

You’ve done so well honoring the French National Holiday so far, you can’t quit now! Keep it going with a sweet and savory crepe dinner from The Crepes Truck.  The best part is, they’ll come to you! Choose from an amazing selection of crepe flavors ranging from The New Yorker with stewed chicken, swiss cheese, tomato, greens & shallots to Le Triomphe with Nutella, sliced strawberries & bananas; you’ll be sure to find something delicious to satisfy your rumbling tummy.  We know by now you’re probably all French fooded-out but always remember to save room for dessert!

Dessert: No Matter How Much You Eat During the Day, There’s Always Room for Sweets 

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Macarons Galore from Orange and Olive Catering (Photo Credit: http://www.orangeandolivecaterers.com)

Say goodnight to Bastille Day with… you guessed it? Macarons, the delicious French meringue-based confection.  This French delicacy is made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond power or ground almond, and food coloring; they taste amazing! Now, at FoodtoEat, we’re proud to announce Orange and Olive Caterers, our newest vendor and provider of macarons.  We’re sure that their amazing selection of these colorful treats will be the cherry on top of your Bastille Day celebrations! We can’t wait for you to try these delectable new treats.

After a long day of endless French-style cuisine we’re sure you’re all tired out! We hope our quick guide to Bastille Day treats made honoring the holiday fun and easy; we definitely had fun recommending all of these stellar restaurants and food trucks to you! And remember, we’re more than happy to aid your celebrations by providing some delicious French goodies straight to your office! Only then will your Bastille Day truly be complete!

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The Sweetest New Thing: Mini Whoopie Pies from Batter and Cream

By Hannah Poss

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People love whoopie pies and people also love the convenience of a bite size dessert. Elizabeth Fife, the young, innovative founder of Batter and Cream, set out to combine these two loves.  She created a dessert that was new to the market and that everyone would enjoy: a mini whoopie pie. Fife, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a former investment banker on Wall Street, found herself wishing to explore a different field that allowed her to delve into her creative side through baking. She swapped her pant suits for aprons and launched Batter and Cream. Her online bakery features these miniature desserts that will spark your attention. While Batter and Cream also makes their delicious flavors in regular sized whoopie pies, most people opt to try the smaller, bite-sized versions.

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The desserts come in a wide variety of uncommon flavors such as Café Au Lait and Strawberry Basil, but they also feature a whoopie “flavor of the month“. This month’s delectable flavor is Banana Nutella. Who doesn’t love a dessert that they can just pop in their mouth in one go? Their mini size allows you to try multiple different whoopie flavors without feeling too guilty. She sells the whoopie pies online starting in packs of 10. You can even customize your own order making Batter and Cream a perfect personalized birthday, ‘get better’ or congratulatory treat. These desserts are also perfect to cater to office lunches or birthday celebrations!

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Batter and Cream began solely as an online bakery but Fife has since started selling her whoopies at Smorgasburg and most recently at Trina Turk‘s Manhattan showroom. These mini desserts are a must-try so make sure to catch Fife at one of these locations to explore her latest flavors as well as her classic original flavors. DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a socially conscious online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

May Catering Ideas

It’s finally warm outside. Get your office excited about Ice Cream Socials, Healthy Fruit Pop Bars, Mother’s Day Brunch for Lunch, office birthday parties and delicious fall-off-the-bone BBQ. Take a look at the menus & contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com for any orders!

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Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com to order or place it yourself here.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat. We help build corporate culture by bringing the best local food to offices for team meals and special events. We believe in investing in your team. That’s why we’re committed to improving employee happiness through food – feed your team today with FoodtoEat! Check out the deliciousness here: FoodtoEat Catering

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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Mmm Treat So Sweet

By Riad Veerapen

Remember these ooey gooey squares? We had them all the time as kids.

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Boring old Rice Krispies treats | Photo Credit: Quarrygirl.com

Well, they’ve been upgraded. Check out these gorgeous gourmet Rice Krispies treats!

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Fancy new Rice Krispies treats |Photo Credit: Sulav Darnal

It all started when Chris Russel, the founder of Treat House, decided to have a bake sale with his sons to raise money for kids in Africa.

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His two adorable sons Dan and Eli selling the original fancy treats at a bake sale. |Photo Credit: Treathouse.com

People lined up, they cleaned house and Treat House was born.

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His own shop! |Photo Credit: mbvintagenewyork.blogspot.com/

His flavors are unpredictable and super creative, ranging from peanut butter cup (OMG) to bubble gum.

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And what’s even sweeter, is that at Treat House, 10 cents of every purchase is donated to the Food Bank for New York City. As Chris says, “we live in an area where there is a high density of children…we think social responsibility is very important.”

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Paying it forward. |Photo Credit: Vimeo.com

 

So the next time you’re in the Upper West Side craving a little something, stop by Treat House. By the way, its gluten free too!

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6 Resolutions You Should NOT Make in 2014

By Rosie O’Regan

New Year’s is right around the corner, and for many 2014 represents the chance to leave behind the trials and tribulations of 2013 and focus on becoming a brand new you. For those of you resolving to quit smoking, lose weight and spend more time with friends and family—I salute you!

Turning over a new leaf, starting a new chapter, having a fresh start—great. However there are some resolutions that you absolutely must avoid, because you will just be setting yourself up for failure.

Help yourself, your friends, and your family avoid uttering the following phrases:

“In 2014, I’m going to ______”

1. “Stop eating chocolate.” 

I wish you luck with this one but first you have to stop by The Cupcake Stop and try any of their chocolaty-goodness cupcakes. From Chocolate Caramel Pretzel to S’mores to Nutella Crunch, this place is heaven for any chocoholic.

Cupcakes from the Cupcake Stop…impossible to eat just one!

2. “Drink less”

Juice cleanses, kale smoothies, vitamin-infused water, oh my! When the latest liquid diet craze starts to overwhelm you, pop into Ryan Maguire’s for a good old-fashioned standby.

A nice cold beer from Ryan Maguire’s

3. “Eat less junk food and desserts”

Do I want to eat healthier? Yes. Can I ever say no to Coolhaus’s architecturally delicious ice cream sandwiches? No. The eternal struggle continues.

Endless cookie sandwiches from Coolhaus

4. “Go vegan or vegetarian”

Every now and then I consider being a vegetarian, but then I pass by Phil’s Steaks and find myself unable to pass up their mouthwatering Whiz Steak.

Whiz Steak from Phil's Steaks
Whiz Steak from Phil’s Steaks

5. “Cut down on caffeine”

Nuchas is known for their empanadas, but they also sell a variety of breakfast items—and what kind of breakfast is complete without a steaming cup of joe? Their delicious coffee and espresso is supplied by La Colombe Coffee Roasters.

La Colombe coffee from Nuchas
La Colombe coffee from Nuchas

6. “Cook more and eat out less”

Dying to try that homemade pizza recipe? Knock yourself out but first take a look at how Valducci’s Original Pizza does it…

Classic slice from Valducci's
Classic slice from Valducci’s

Having said that, allow me to dial back the cynicism and say that yes—you will defy all expectations and get through 2014 without breaking a single resolution. We believe in you, we do! Just promise that you’ll indulge yourself in a last supper with some of the foods above before embarking on your journey to self-improvement.

So, if you’re feeling on the fence about your New Year’s resolutions visit us at www.foodtoeat.com and we’ll help you break them! Check out our site to see if any of these delicious treats are near you.

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Luca & Bocso: An Ice Cream Lover’s Dream Come True

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By: Debra Liu

Finally, there is an ice cream worth screaming for! With flavors like Smoked Milk, and Rosemary Olive Oil with Spicy Cashew Caramel, Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky’s Luca & Bosco is a culinary delight, specializing in hand-crafted ice cream that transports the ice cream lover to a world of flavors beyond vanilla. The business name was inspired by their adorable dogs; Luca is the name of Catherine’s white Maltese and Bosco is Ruthie’s chocolate Lab.

Prior to becoming ice cream extraordinaires, Catherine was in online media and Ruthie worked in city government. It all began two years ago when they felt something was missing in ice cream; Catherine wanted more unusual flavors and toppings, while Ruthie was looking for something not so overly sweet. They started experimenting and eventually got the opportunity to work out of Hot Bread Kitchen, an incubator kitchen (check out our blog post on HBK here).

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You may have noticed Luca & Bosco scooping it up for eager fans all over NYC, including the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg in Willliamsburg as well as the LES Film Festival and the New Amsterdam Market. Soon, we’ll be able to find them permanently at the Essex Street Market.

Their amazing blend of flavors and textures is what makes Luca & Bosco stand out. Currently, there are 50 flavors (and growing!) including Peanut Crack, which according to Catherine, “is a toasted peanut ice cream, rather than using peanut butter, we put toasted peanuts and peanut brittle inside it and so then the brittle starts to melt a little bit but still has a touch of crunch left.” That definitely sounds addictive! Spice Magic, another flavor, is a perfect blend of warm spices and anise liqueur and has been likened to feel like a “warm mink coat.” Crowd favorites include Whiskey Fudge Rebellion and Drunk and Salty Caramel.

What inspires these Luca & Bosco flavors that are out-of-this-world? Catherine and Ruthie are constantly finding inspiration and ideas from travels, foods, and dining experiences. The Rosemary Olive Oil with Spicy Cashew Caramel flavor came from a spiced nut that Catherine makes for friends every holiday season.

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Something they get asked frequently is what their favorite flavors are. Catherine is a big fan of bacon (she hosts a bacon party every year! How awesome is that?!) so one of her favorites is Maple Bacon and for Ruthie, Toasted Coconut Vanilla Bean. It’s a really hard question to answer, Catherine says, because each flavor is like a baby they’ve nurtured so they truly love them all.

When it comes down to it, for Catherine and Ruthie, it’s all about bringing smiles to people’s faces. When Luca & Bosco opens at Essex Street Market this week, they plan to serve 6-8 rotating flavors to keep people smiling all day long. Their ice creams, toppings and cookies are gluten-free too. Be sure to check them out! We know we will.

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It’s the Real Deal 24/7.

By: Samvida Patel

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Living in your time and evolving with it if not ahead of it is crucial.  Or you’ll turn into a dinosaur.

In view of that, we at Foodtoeat will always advocate saving time and ordering online from hundreds of wonderful restaurants and food trucks through our site.  Why waste 40 minutes waiting in line at a Food Truck when you could have pre-ordered and been back at work in 10 minutes?

Yet, while we will always be staunch supporters being efficient and savvy with advances like Foodtoeat, we will remain practical and cater our blog to a variety of circumstances.

Like, when it is 3 a.m. and you have just left a club, quite out of it and starving.  What is the likelihood that you will order food for delivery? Let’s be real now.

But will you get a fresh slice or two from Two Bros Pizza on your way back home?  Definitely, if you are sloshed.  Maybe, if you are only at a “good drunk” level.  Because in a somewhat working state of mind, you might question how gross you will feel after ingesting all that oil and cheese.  Or you might just want “real” food since your taste is refined in everything and you just have to keep it classy at all times.  All times.

If you are that person, here is news for you.  There are two ethnic eateries open all day, all night.  The first is a Ukrainian restaurant, “Veselka,” conveniently located near pubs like the “Thirteenth Step” in the East Village on 9th street and 2nd avenue.  I would not go there without having tried their pierogis.  You can get a small plate of four or large plate of seven and mix and match the potato, cheese, meat, spinach and cheese, sauerkraut & mushroom, and arugula & goat cheese fillings.  They’re served with sautéed onions, applesauce, and sour cream, all of which make for excellent dipping sauces.

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If you’re not adventurous, regardless of your intoxication level, breakfast is served at all hours of the day.  And even if you are sober, you might want to stop by for brunch on the weekend.  Signature American dishes like the Eggs Benedict are served with an authentic spin on it.  How about Salmon Latkes Eggs Benedict?

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Even more surprising than a Ukrainian restaurant being open for twenty-four hours?  A French Restaurant.  You would think sophisticated bistros closed early to add to their air of exclusivity, but not L’Express.  Located close to hotels and lounges near Union Square and Gramercy on 20th Street and Park, L’Express delivers provides fine dining at reasonable pricing.

When was the last time you had a savory onion tart, forest mushroom ravioli, and apricot crème brulée at 4 a.m.?  Thought so.  The overnight menu, while not nearly as extensive as that of Veselka, has plenty of plates to choose from and a wide variety.  So say you decided for whatever reason, in your drunken state, that you want Escargots, you can very well order them.  But I would stick to any of the above three items as well as to the roasted half chicken, the Croque Monsieur L’Express, and any dessert really.  Especially the apricot crème brulée.

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