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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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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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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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Thirty Sandwiches, One Truck: The Magic Behind DiSO’s Italian Sandwich Society

By Anna Lesser

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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.

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With 30 delicious options on the menu and fun sandwich names ranging from Mickey Scars to Vinnie the Butcher, it’s no wonder DiSO’s gourmet Italian sandwich food truck has made such a huge splash. They offer fresh sandwiches made from fine, imported Italian meats and cheeses from Di Palo’s in Little Italy.

This week, we were able to talk to the man behind this amazing Italian sandwich truck, Adam DiSilvestro. Adam started feeding New Yorkers about a year and a half ago and through word of mouth, loyal customers and genuinely great food his food truck has been growing a following ever since– it’s safe to say Adam’s got an awesome thing going!

He’s always been interested in food. Coming from an Italian family, “Food was something I have always wanted to try and experience in some way, so I wanted to try something classic, like an Italian sandwich stop.”

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“Big Pauly” Breaded chicken cutlet parmigano, fresh mozzarella, homemade marinara, shaved parmigano reggiano, fresh basil

DiSO’s is a familiar name in the food community. They’re known for their long menu of any and every Italians sandwich that comes to mind. People used to tell Adam, “Take our advice, you have to cut this list down, simplify it,” and he would reply, “you know what, I have a vision and I’m just going to go with it.” Let’s all take a minute to thank Adam for sticking with his vision and offering NYC some of the best sandwiches.

Picking a sandwich is one of the more difficult things to do at DiSO’s. Some of his customers will “start at the top of the menu and work their way down.” It’s a pretty genius strategy that we at FoodtoEat probably need to try in the name of science (read: for incredible food).

Their handmade sandwiches call for a mouth-watering experience. One of their specialties, Joey Shake, is filled with Prosciutto, capicola, salami, provolone cheese, hot cherry peppers, arugula, parmigiano reggiano cheese, herbed ricotta spread, glazed balsamic dressing. You read that right; 9 ingredients, 1 sandwich. This heavenly creation is described as “the works of the Italian hero.”

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We’re excited to extend a warm FoodtoEat welcome to DiSO’s! You can now preorder their gourmet Italian sandwiches online and get their food catered for your next event. And if you want to see where their truck is currently parked, check out our Food Truck Map.

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So, How Exactly Does Social Ordering Work?

By Emily Collins & Debra Liu

Our brand new website has an incredible new feature: social ordering. This feature gives you the power to follow your friends, become a part of a social network of foodies and order food with a group without the stress because you can literally split the bill right on our website. Check out our step-by-step guide to the social ordering process.

Step 1: Get an account. You can sign up directly on the website or sign up via Facebook. Make sure to verify your email before you start an order. Please enjoy the throwback picture.
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Step 2: Invite your friends. If they don’t have an account already, have them sign up. Once you’re all signed up, you can follow each other. To find your friends on FoodtoEat, you can search by name or by email.

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Step 3Find a place to order from. When searching for a place to order from, make sure the address you’re using is where the delivery is going. If the address is different, the restaurant may be out of the delivery zone.

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Step 4: Start your own order. Once this order is started, you can invite as many people as you want ! If they’re not signed up on FoodtoEat, you can send them an invite via email. If they’re already signed up, just search their name and click to send them an invitation to join your order.

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Step 5: Start choosing the food you all want. While you’re selecting your food items, a chat feature will pop up in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Everybody in the order can freely chat and update each other on the status of the order.

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Step 6: Once everybody is done adding food to the cart, the Order Owner will click “check out” and this will bring everybody to a new page to pay the bill.

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Step 7: Paying the bill. There are 3 options for bill payment. The Order Owner has the power to decide what happens:

(1) Cash – you’ll need to gather up cash to pay for the food when it arrives,

(2) Credit Card – by clicking on Credit Card, the Order Owner is paying for the entire bill his/herself  (so generous!), and

(3) Split Bill – the Order Owner has to add their friends to the bill split by clicking on the friends’ profiles on the left hand side of the screen.

  • The bill can be split evenly by clicking on “Split Evenly” or everybody can pay for what they ordered individually by clicking on “Pay Your Own”.
  • Each person puts in their credit card number and once it is confirmed, each individual will have “ √ PAID” next to their name.

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Step 8: Once everybody has paid, the order will go through to the vendor. If there are any special requests, these can be put in before the order is paid and confirmed.

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Step 9: You’ll receive an email confirmation summarizing your order. If you have any urgent changes to the order, please contact the vendor you ordered from directly – this will be the most efficient way to update/change your order.

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Step 10: While you’re waiting for your food to arrive, share your order on social media! Social ordering is more than just splitting a bill between friends; you are now able to follow your friends, check out where they’re ordering from, share on social media and even favorite restaurants.

On your homepage, you can see who is following you, who you’re following and their recent activity. This means you can see where your friends are ordering and who they love! It makes choosing a restaurant just a little bit easier.

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Since Debra L. is following me, I can check out her recent orders, favorites and followers. Debra seems to be a bit addicted to Decadent Donuts…

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Once you’re done social ordering with your friends, you can tweet or share it on Facebook! Let people know where it’s best to order from in the city.
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DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

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Celebrate the Thai New Year with FoodtoEat!

By Emily Collins  While most of us celebrated the New Year in January, Thailand is just getting the party started. The Thai New Year is an epic 3-day celebration from April 13-15 and we wanted to ring in the Thai New Year here at FoodtoEat with some of our favorite Thai food vendors. Little Thai Kitchen

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Basil Spicy Chicken from Little Thai Kitchen | Photo credit: Yelp.com

Little Thai Kitchen is a cozy, Midtown restaurant that may be little, but its menu sure isn’t! Little Thai Kitchen offers an awesome selection, warm atmosphere and the best part? It can be delivered right to your doorstep! Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy

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Pad Thai from Tuk Tuk Boy|Photo credit: Me So Hungry

Looking for a quick grab-n-go lunch? Look no further! Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy provides you with your favorite Thai dishes right off the street. Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy has a little something for everybody: curries, pad Thai, dumplings and even Thai tea and coffee. Order online at FoodtoEat.com to skip the line and get some fantastic Thai. New York Thai Grill and Sushi 

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String Beans & Chicken from New York Thai Grill & Sushi | Photo credit: Urbanspoon.com

New York Thai Grill and Sushi Bar is a great place to eat if you can’t decide which kind of food you’re going for. Not only does this restaurant offer a variety of Thai options, it also has plenty of different kinds of sushi. New York Thai Grill also has plenty of desserts for those of us with a bit of a sweet tooth! With hours like 11:00 am-1:45 am, you can get always get your Thai on. Spice Thai Restaurant

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Chicken Chow Fun from Spice Upper West Side | Photo credit: Yelp.com

Spice Thai Restaurant is perfect for the Thai newbie. Spice’s goal is to combine classic Thai flavors with modern cuisine. If you’re like me and were scared of anything that wasn’t plain chicken and pasta until you were 13, Spice is the place to go. The portions are plentiful and so are the locations! No matter where you live in the city, you can have Spice. Here are links to the many different Spice locations:

To celebrate the Thai New Year, we are having a promotion from April 13-15th. Simply place an order on FoodtoEat.com from any Thai vendor and you’ll be entered to win a 12-pack of Thailand’s finest drink, Singha Beer! FTEThaiNYDailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! 3 Ways to Revamp Your Favorite Classic

By Emily Collins

Grilled cheese: An American classic, a staple of your childhood. The tasty, quick meal has come very far in the past few years and even has the entire month of April to celebrate its deliciousness. We all have our tried and true favorites, but to celebrate the delightful sandwich, here are some great, new ways to revamp your classic comfort food!

1. The Grilled Cheese Roll

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First up is my personal favorite: the grilled cheese roll. They’re adorable, functional and only take about 10 minutes to prepare. These treats are perfect for a party appetizer or to eat on the go. If you like tomato soup with your grilled cheese, this recipe is the best way to maximize your dunking experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of your favorite type of pre-sliced bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Optional: a can of tomato soup

Directions:

  1. Take your two slices of bread (or more if it’s for a party!) and cut off the crust.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten your bread. If you don’t have one, a wine bottle always works.
  3. Take your slices of American cheese and place them on the flattened bread.
  4. Take the bread and cheese and roll it very tightly.
  5. In the meantime, take your 2 tbsp of butter and let it simmer in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Make sure your grilled cheese rolls are nice and tight and place them seam down in the pan. This will prevent your grilled cheese rolls from unrolling in the pan.
  7. Once the edge is sealed, flip the rolls so they’re cooked evenly for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate with a bowl of tomato soup while they’re still hot!

2. The Lazy Grilled Cheese

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Next up is what I like to call “the lazy grilled cheese.” We all have those days. You forgot to shop. Bread and cheese are your only options, turning on the stove feels like such a chore. But wait! There’s hope! Got a toaster? How about a microwave? You’re in luck! This recipe is a life saver if you’re too busy to cook or are just feelinga little lazy.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of white or wheat bread
  • Your favorite kind of cheese (I love to use shredded cheese for this quick recipe)

Directions:

  1. Place 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it’s nice and crispy.
  2. Take toast and place the cheese between.
  3. Put the sandwich in the microwave about 15-20 seconds, no more than that!

3. Date Night Grilled Cheese

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Now, we’re about to step up our game a little bit. This is our date night grilled cheese. Don’t know how to cook at all, but want to impress your date? This is the meal for you. It’s a tomato, avocado and jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s a spicy twist on your favorite classic and totally easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • A thick bread, ideally French bread or Panini style bread. This is crucial to make your date fall in love with your grilled cheese in disguise
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 cilantro leaves. Whole or chopped
  • Chopped and seeded jalapenos, as many or as little as you want
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Butter the outside of both slices of bread.
  4. Place buttered bread onto frying pan.
  5. Start to layer your ingredients, cheese first.
  6. As the cheese is melting, lay the tomato, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado gradually. Be sure to check the bottom of the bread and make sure it is not burning.
  7. Add another layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and place the other slice of bread atop the sandwich.
  8. Once the bottom layer is melted, slowly flip your sandwich to the other side.
  9. Apply pressure to the sandwich gradually. Once the cheese is melted and warm, take your grilled cheese and place it onto a greased cooking pan.
  10. Place the sandwich in the oven for about a minute to ensure the cheese is completely melted.

Still want to celebrate National Grilled Cheese month, but don’t want to cook it? Click here to preorder online from The Milk Truck and get your grilled cheese fix!

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The FoodtoEat Team is Grateful For Mashed Potatoes, Fall Leaves, Family and More…

Thanksgiving is definitely one of our favorite holidays here at FoodtoEat. Mostly because it’s celebrated by bringing family and friends together over delicious, comforting, elastic waistline stretching food. Meet the FoodtoEat team and find out what our favorite Thanksgiving foods and memories are. We want to hear yours too – comment below! 
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Deepti’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Stuffing
Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder & CEO
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On Thanksgiving, Deepti is known for making delicious mashed potatoes and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. She is grateful for her family, friends and the team at FoodtoEat.  Also, fall leaves make her super happy. “Abhinav’s family does Thanksgiving at their house every year. Waking up at 7am and cooking with his mum and sister all day is probably one of my favorite things ever,” Deepti says.
  
Diana’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Mashed Potatoes
Diana Truong, Director of Operations
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“So simple, but so delicious. I can eat my family’s homemade mash all day long,” Diana says. She’s famous for making really yummy deviled eggs. One of her best memories of Thanksgiving as a child was going around the table with her whole extended family and saying what each person was thankful for. “It was always really silly or really sweet,” Diana recalls. She’s grateful that Thanksgiving brings people together.
  
Alex’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Turducken
Alex Reiss, Catering Coordinator
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“Turducken! Turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken- it’s a Texas favorite,” says Alex, who hails from Houston. She is known for making a scrumptious stuffing every Thanksgiving. Her favorite holiday memory is when her mom let the family dog (a maltese!) sit at the table during dinner. She’s incredibly grateful for having parents who have supported her move to NYC post-college. She’s loving her new life and her new job. “I feel very fortunate to actually enjoy the company of my coworkers and look forward to coming into the office with my team everyday,” Alex says.
  
Ashwin’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: To Be Determined
Ashwin Hamal
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Ashwin hasn’t had a chance to have a real Thanksgiving yet (don’t worry – we plan to make sure he does!). He really likes Japanese food though. He’s (in)famous for making an amazing hot sauce. He remembers his first Thanksgiving: “Freshman year in college dorm. Two months into the US. The whole town left for home. Didn’t see a face for 2 days straight and was feeding off of 50 cent ramen from a nearby 7-11.” Ashwin is grateful that he’s come a long way since those ramen-eating days.
  
Pinky’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Corn/Stuffing
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Pinky had her first Thanksgiving last year with her old roomies and had a great time. “Last year was my first Thanksgiving that I celebrated in American style, and I made brownies. Everyone ate it, so I guess it was good,” she says. She is grateful to be around the best people on Earth. She says the Team is awesome and obviously, we think Pinky is really awesome too!
  
Div’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Post-Thanksgiving Sandwiches
Divaker Sharma
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In addition to post-Thanksgiving sandwiches, Div loves Thanksgiving sides including candied yam, mashed potatoes with gravy and really buttery corn on the cob. Back in college, he was in charge of making the turkey, but now he dreams of baking pecan pies (we’ll be the taste testers). He thinks making hand Turkeys in kindergarten was awesome and totally wants the entire team to make them now. He’s incredibly thankful for “having a wonderful family and a few close friends to share my problems with and the American farmer for bringing delicious produce to my table.”
  
Debra’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Stuffed Mushrooms
Debra Liu, Marketing & Social Media Intern
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Debra’s a big fan of trying new recipes for Thanksgiving. Last year, she made Baltimore-style lump crab cakes and a poached pear almond tart. Her favorite memory is that of when she was little and she, along with her siblings and cousins would play hide-and-seek after eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner. Now that they’re all much older, running around has become laying around in a food-induced coma. Debra is grateful for how lucky she’s been to have had all the opportunities she’s had in her life!
  
Now it’s your turn! Tell us your favorite Thanksgiving memory and what you’re most grateful for – comment below!
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Fast Food Advertising – Too Good To Be True

By: Parth Mukhi

Have you ever just stared at your fast food meal and thought, “Wow, this is not at all what I was expecting.” When you go to order fast food, you look at the displays they have outside their store. You gaze back at the large, bold font words entrapping your attention. “Succulent”, “Tender”, “Delicious”, is what they say. To top it all off, the food in the picture’s always look even better than the words can describe. All that anticipation & excitement comes crashing down when the cashier hands you the food, you unwrap it, and you see mushed up pile of bread-meat-bread.

How do McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, Taco Bell do this? In the same manner that film companies put their actors & actresses through hours of make up to get them perfect for the screen, these food companies go through extensive preparation for the advertisement of their food. Burgers, tacos, and salads all go through a photo shoot where they are touched up to look like the perfect product.

The food itself is prepared at the studio. From there, the food stylists take over. For burgers, they’ll push all the main ingredients to the foreground, making them standout. Cheese & patty are steamed to make them seem more appetizing. Following this, skewers are placed in the burgers to keep everything in an attractive, upright position. Subway sandwiches always look much more bulky in the commercials because the studios will add cardboard or foam in between the layers. Fast food salads will never look like they do in the ads, and have never tasted like an normal salad should. In order to give them that fresh & tasty look, they are sprayed with a bottle of glycerin. Finally, all the food is fixed up with photoshop, to enhance every last detail.

Company respond to these claims by saying that the food moves, or that the packaging & backing may cause for the food to be squashed. Though the companies are including everything in the burger that they claimed would be there, people still preach false advertising is in play. Technically, these companies are doing nothing legally wrong, and day after day people go back to these fast food restaurants and buy their food. At the end of the day, false advertising can be shouted from the mountain tops, but will it ever effect whether people decide to go out and buy fast food?

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

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Prix Fixe Yourself

By: Samvida Patel

It’s that time of the year again! What originally was a 4-day affair organized by Tim Zagat and the late Joe Baum for the reporters attending the Democratic Convention of 1992, transformed into a month-long event by the unrelenting demands of the public.  Who doesn’t love seemingly affordable splurging?  And we say seemingly because of course, when you know you’re getting a huge price cut, you may feel inclined to spend on extras, like fine wine.  So in the end, what you had hoped would be a 25-dollar lunch or a 38-dollar dinner turned into much, much more.

But…we still love it.  When else would you be able to experience fine dining, if you are one of the working middle-class majority?  Here is an eclectic mix of restaurants we have pooled together for you to consider.

La Masseria- Italian is always a safe option to go with if you don’t traverse the boundary separating conventional and novel foods, but it can become boring if you don’t frequent the right places.  La Masseria, happens to be an exception.  While they keep their dishes simple, the finesse that goes into producing balanced, flavorful food with perfectly al-dente texture is unmistakable.  The Gnocchetti di Patate alla Sorrentina embodies just that—as someone who prides herself in being an eater of all almost all non-vegetarian dishes, I would say this simple, delicate pasta is the best on the menu.

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Hangawi- Sure it’s tucked away among the karaoke bars, casual eateries, and hotels that make up “K-Town,” but its name has much acclaim for its authentic, vegetarian food and traditional atmosphere.  More than the actual food, practices of the Eastern culture such as removing shoes and sitting close together on low-to-the-ground tables, offers customers an intriguing dining experience. Image

ImageAll dishes complement ambiance with their wholesome, pure quality, but the Spicy Todok Bibimbap and stone bowl stir fries particularly stand out.

Ilili- A prime member of New York City’s upmarket venues, this restaurant takes Lebanese foods to another level entirely.  To put into perspective, chefs behind these creations have been able to slash the unfortunate, most-hated-vegetable reputation that brussel sprouts carry.

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The roasted sprouts are tossed with slivered grapes, walnuts, and pureed fig, all of which are brought together with mint yogurt sauce.

Unfortunately, the dish is not on the prix-fixe menu, but it is an absolute must-try.  You can’t go wrong with any choice on either the set or a la carte menus.  Especially not the Phoenician Fries and Braised Lamb Shank!

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These of course, are only 3 of 293 restaurants participating in “restaurant month.”  Book your table in advance because places get packed super fast!  Can’t find a reservation?  Thankfully, featured restaurants including Amma, Darbar Fine Indian Cuisine, Darbar Grill, Yuva Frontier Indian Grill, and Fig & Olive 5th Avenue catering are all on Foodtoeat.com! You can have the same scrumptious food delivered to you and have restaurant week your way.

Happy Dining!

Article Reference:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2010/08/how-restaurant-week-became-restaurant-month/61215/

Photo References:

http://www.yelp.com

http://www.foodspotting.com

http://www.notjustvegetarian.com

http://www.gorgeouslywed.com

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Pizza from the Heart!

The literal meaning of the title
The literal meaning of the title…

By: Gabby Zilkha

Valducci’s is about more than just pizza. When you purchase a slice of pizza from the Valducci’s food truck you are buying the love and culture of a family shared to the world. And it isn’t just any type of love… it is pizza love and nothing is better than that?! *Please note that any attempt to argue is futile*

Mike the proud owner and even prouder father, is taking a step back from the business and passing it on to one of his daughters Christina who he jokingly referred to as Mike Jr. given their personality similarities.

When Mike spoke about his daughter Christina during the interview, you could feel his admiration through his words. He raved about how she had been working with him since she was just four years old. Christina would stay late at night and help out in the morning too he said. When she was really young, she would even get up on her chair and bang on the dough to help make the pizzas. The business is hers now.

Meet Tina!

In addition to running the business, Christina has been taking classes in English rhetoric and helping as a writing coach for students who speak English as their second language. This girl has drive and is getting things done with the help of her very large and loving Italian family.

The Valducci family’s passon is whole-heartedly reflected onto the food. One sweet example was during the hurricane Sandy aftermath, Valducci’s and other food trucks and restaurants teamed up to give out over 1 million meals.

Next time you bite into a slice of Valducci’s pizza you are not just eating pizza but also exploring family tradition, passion, and philanthropy.

 

 

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