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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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Top 5 Ice Cream Spots You Won’t Want To Miss

By Anna Lesser

The mid July heat we all know and love is beginning to settle in. Trying to find a snack to cool you down can be difficult in the Big Apple.  To help, we created a list of the top 5 ice cream places in NYC for you to check out.

1) Luca & Bosco

This is one place you do not want to miss out on. All-natural ingredients and organic flavor makes for a killer taste you won’t forget. Located in Essex Street Market, their famous Drunk & Salty Caramel scoop is one that will cool you down in a heartbeat, but will leave you wanting more.

Drunk & Salty Caramel Photo Credit: Catherine Oddenino

2) Coolhaus

If you’re looking for a more unique flavor ice cream, we have the place for you. Coolhaus has all types of food that strive to push the boundaries of traditional dessert.  Their hand-dipped ice cream bars are a delicious and easy snack to have on the go in this July heat.

Tahitian Vanilla Bean ice cream dipped in Salted Milk Chocolate and rolled in crushed pretzels Photo Credit: Coolhaus

3) Melt

If you’re anything like me and can never decide between ice cream or cookies for dessert, I am about to make your life a lot easier. Melt has the best Ice cream sandwiches New York has to offer. One of the top flavors, the Morticia, combines crackly chocolate cookies with malted chocolate rum ice cream and is one sandwich everyone is talking about.  

Ice Cream Sandwich Photo Credit: Melt Bakery

4) Emack and Bolios 

Emack and Bolios is one tasty treat that will leave your taste buds craving more. Their list of over 100 flavors is always kept fresh and they are constantly adding new ones.  One recent add- Space Cake is a delicious mix of cake batter ice cream with short bread cookie pieces and chunks of fudgy chocolate cake. Stop by and see which wonderful creation becomes your favorite!

Emack & Bolio’s Famous Cone Photo Credit: Emack & Bolio’s

5) Big Gay Ice Cream 

Last, but certainly not least is old favorite, Big Gay Ice Cream. Their funky names and fun flavors makes for a fun ice cream experience. “With a playful attitude, Big Gay Ice Cream spins a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique ice creams, toppings, and frozen treats that appeal to a diverse mix of clientele.”

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Yellow Cake Soft-Serve Photo Credit: Big Gay Ice Cream

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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.

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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.

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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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3 Deliciously Warm Desserts That You Must Bake (and Devour) This Winter

By Debra Liu

Besides ordering food for delivery so you can avoid being outside in the cold as much as possible, the second best way to stay cozy this winter is to make (and eat, of course) warm and comforting desserts. Here are some great recipes to get you started:

(1) Warm Fudgy Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

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Black Bean Brownies (Photo Credit: http://www.happyherbivore.com)

These brownies are not only absolutely delicious, and taste like decadent “real” brownies, but they are also really healthy for you. Made with only black beans, they are gluten-free and abundant in fiber, protein and vitamins.

Ingredients: 1 can (15oz) black beans – rinsed and drained, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/3 cup sugar or honey, 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 large egg, 1/2 tsp baking powder, more chocolate chips to sprinkle on top, 1/4 cup walnut pieces (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips in a food processor. Blend well.
  3. Fold in the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into 8×8 greased baking pan.
  5. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips and walnut pieces over top.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool at least 10 minutes.
  7. Serve warm!

(2) Warm Sweet Potato Souffle

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Sweet Potato Souffle (Photo Credit: http://www.sheknows.com)

Ingredients: 1.5 sticks butter (room temperature), 5 medium sweet potatoes, 2 larges eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup milk, dash of salt, 1 cup finely chopped pecans, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 2.5 quart baking dish.
  2. For the souffle: Bake the sweet potatoes until soft (~1 hr). Peel the potatoes and mash. Add eggs, sugar, 1 stick butter, vanilla, milk and salt. Blend well and pour into greased baking dish.
  3. For the topping: Stir together pecans, brown sugar, flour and 1/2 stick butter until uniformly combined. Spoon even layer over the sweet potato mixture. Bake for 40 minutes are until lightly browned. Let sit 3-4 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve warm!

(3) Warm Almond Cherry Cake

Almond Cherry Cake (Photo Credit: bakeorbreak.com)
Almond Cherry Cake (Photo Credit: http://www.bakeorbreak.com)

Ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 stick unsalted butter (softened), 1/2 cup sugar, 3 large eggs, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 2 cups cherries (pitted, rinsed), 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-inch round pan.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In another bowl, mix butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and mix. Add almond extract.
  4. Add flour mixture slowly into butter mixture until combined.
  5. Pour batter into greased pan. Sprinkle cherries and almonds over the batter.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden on top.
  7. Serve warm!

 

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Architecture Meets Ice Cream

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By: Gabby Zilkha
Edited by: Diana Truong

Coolhaus… I get it! It’s because the ice cream sandwich looks like a house and it’s cold! Right you are…well sort of…kind of…maybe 1/3 right. The name is in fact a triple Entendre! So while an ice cream sandwich is essentially a cool house, its meaning also stems from some super cool Architecture history.

Bauhaus is a design movement of the 1930’s that connects art and design, which is essentially what Coolhaus has done with their ice cream sandwiches. It is also named for the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas who challenged architectural concepts. The ice cream gurus make the point to connect architecture into Coolhaus encompassing all of their passions.

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If you ever go onto a Coolhaus truck you will see the homage to architecture and great architects. They have flavors named after famous architects all over New York City, for instance they have a flavor for the guy who designed the highline (left)! They love to get a conversation going about the ice cream and architecture.

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Natasha (left) actually got her masters in architecture and she loved the idea of incorporating food into design. She saw food as a medium that promoted comfort and one that created strong happy memories. Natasha wanted to make architecture more mainstream and keep awareness for the beauty of it going.

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The outreach is working too! Natasha told me a funny story about a time when she was on the streets of New York in the Coolhaus Truck. There was a huge line for the ice cream sandwiches when all of a sudden Sofia Vergara (right) and a large crowd of her friends wearing fancy Versace dresses come up to the truck. Sofia stood in front of the truck and just started reading the flavors and the people the flavors were named after. As she reads them in her nice heavy accent, Sophia, her friends, and everyone in line is laughing at the way she’s pronouncing the flavors. Between Sophia Vergara and the long line, that was some of the best advertising ever for the truck.

Coolhaus done something revolutionary with a simple ice cream sandwich. So swing by next time you are in the city. They have their locations posted on their website for the week. Who knows maybe you will end up running into Sofia Vegara and if not I guess it will be okay getting a chicken and waffle ice cream sandwich anyway while having a nice conversation about architecture.

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Happy National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day 2013

Samvida Patel

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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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51- Foot Long Candy Cane Sets World Record

For all of you inquisitive candy fiends out there who have sat around for hours wondering how long the world’s longest candy cane was, you can now rest easy.

On December 8, Chef Alain Roby of Geneva, Illinois set the world record at Geneva’s Christmas Walk and House Tour. Alain is the chef at All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva and no newcomer to world records. This is his third world record and follows his records for world’s largest cooked sugar building at 12 feet, 10 inches and world’s largest chocolate structure at 20 feet, 8 inches. Among his other accomplishments are A 700 pound sculpture of Neil Armstrong in an astronaut suit that was featured on the Food Network and a 1,250 pound chocolate cake for the Martha Stewart show.

The candy cane building process took three weeks and 900 pounds of sugar. It was constructed in 4 to 8-foot segments. The segments were rolled by hand and each took 1.5-2 hours to roll.

According to an interview with Chicagoist, Roby decided to create the candy cane because he thought “it would fit perfectly with the art walk that was happening in Geneva.” At the end of the event, attendees were able to leave with a piece of the broken up candy cane.

Roby currently has no plans for other record breaking creations. According to Roby “this was an exhausting project and I just want to take my time to enjoy it and get back to work.”

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New BK Bacon Sundae is the Real Deal

Just a few weeks ago it was announced that Wendy’s had surpassed Burger King in sales, making Burger King the number three fast food chain behind Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Burger King has responded by releasing several new menu items that aren’t often seen at fast food establishments, like Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches, Frozen Lemonades, Sweet Potato Fries and even a new Bacon Sundae.

Bacon has seen a tremendous spike in popularity, but Burger King seems to be getting into the bacon game a little later than many other chains. Jack in the Box even debuted its own bacon dessert, a bacon milkshake, though reception on this particular item was not very positive. Burger King’s sundae will feature real pieces of bacon in it, and has already appeared on a menu at a Nashville, Tennessee Burger King.

At this time Burger King confirms that it has no plans to release the sundae nationwide, and is currently testing menu items at various locations. According to food blog grubgrade.com, “all in all, the BK Bacon Sundae was everything I had hoped it would be, and nothing that I had feared: The bacon stayed crispy throughout, and its smokiness and saltiness powered through even when there was a lot of chocolate and caramel on the spoon.”

Until Burger King decides to expand the Bacon Sundae to more locations, we’ll just have to take their word on how it tastes. While we’re waiting though, the Bacon Milkshake from jack in the Box and the new Hot-Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut will have to suffice.

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e.e.cookies: “Not your Ordinary Cookie”

Today I received a special gift in the mail from our friends at e.e. cookies, nicely wrapped and just waiting to be opened. The box contained over a dozen cookies in assorted flavors, and my coworkers and I immediately sat down to devour them.

The first cookie I tried was the one that looked most appealing to me, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut with Dried Cherries. This cookie was chock full of macadamia and chocolate, and surprisingly filling for its size. This cookie had a perfect consistency, soft but not too soft, slightly buttery and sweet and tart from the chocolate and the cherries.

The Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip cookie had the same softness and light buttery taste to it. For me, this was a perfect chocolate chip cookie. It didn’t have too much chocolate that I was overwhelmed, but it still seemed to melt in my mouth. If I hadn’t tried the macadamia cookie first, this would have been my favorite cookie.

The next cookie I tried was Oatmeal with Dried Cranberries, Blueberries, and Walnut. This cookie had a more home-style flavor to it, reminding me of something I would have had as a kid. This cookie was very soft and chewy, and stuffed with fruit and nuts and what tasted like a light cinnamon flavor.

Although I was starting to get full, I powered on to try the Triple Chocolate Chip with Pecans. This cookie might be perfect for some people who really love a chocolaty cookie, but I found the triple chocolate to be a little too much chocolate for me to handle. The pecans were tasty but the chocolate to nut ratio was too high for me to really enjoy them. Either that, or by my fourth cookie I was getting tired of chocolate.

The Peanut Butter cookie came next, since I decided I needed a short break from all the chocolate. The cookie was much less chunky than the others, but still had crushed M&M’s inside, and a mild peanut butter taste. This cookie was a welcome relief from the much richer ones.

At last I tried the cookie I’d secretly been saving, the dark Chocolate with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate Chunks. As a huge dark chocolate fan, I had high expectations for this cookie, and it did not disappoint. The cookie had a rich, dark chocolate flavor that at times was more bitter than sweet, until I bit into a chocolate chunk. The cherries added a perfect tartness to the cookie, making it extremely well balanced, chewy and delicious. This was a perfect cookie to end on because it was less sweet, but still excellent.

You can order e.e.cookies on their website, and sample the other flavors that I haven’t tried. The website offers various packes, including a design your own cookie option, which would be great for parties or events. A special thank you goes out to Kori for treating us to these delicious cookies, and we’ll be keeping our eye on them in the future.

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