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#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A single tortilla in front of an outdated computer.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!

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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Eggstravaganza: the Eggcellent Truck Taking Over New York’s Breakfast Scene

By Emily Collins32111a179f0380eab54a33d07699fb9f

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.

If you’ve ever explored Midtown, you know the Eggstravaganza cart has been a staple for years. Recently though, the cart has been upgraded to a brand new Eggstravaganza food truck! This week, I was able to meet the man behind the truck, Arturo Macedo, the owner and founder of Eggstravaganza. His journey started with working in a restaurant 15 years ago and he’s been in the food business ever since,  “A friend introduced me into the business and it looked interesting to me. So, I decided to start a mini food cart.”

The man behind the food truck (or in this case, in front of): Arturo Macedo!
The man behind the food truck (or in this case, in front of): Arturo Macedo!

We should all be very thankful for his friend because the Eggstravaganza truck is an awesomely unique take on the New York breakfast scene.

The new truck started taking on the streets of Manhattan just three months ago and the menu has grown because of the newfound space. It has something for everybody; from New York inspired breakfast wraps, like the Stock Broker (egg whites, mushroom, avocado and cheese) to classic sandwiches, like bacon, egg and cheese. Not feeling breakfast? Eggstravaganza also serves lunch! Their Three Amigos hero is bound to please any meat lover (chorizo, chicken and skirt steak) and the Mambo Italiano wrap (roasted vegetables, mozzarella and Italian seasoning) is a favorite with the veggie crowd.

The Mexican Wrap from Eggstravaganza
The Mexican Wrap from Eggstravaganza

When I asked how he comes up with his recipes? It’s a family affair, “We get the family together, kids, cousins; my wife is the toughest critic. We’ll say, ‘put this one in here, here and here’ and that’s how we work on the next recipe.” You know the food is good when kids are giving it the thumbs up.

I tried one of their most popular menu items; the Mexican wrap and I can definitely see why it’s so popular. The ingredients include: eggs (obviously!), grilled onion, pepper, Mexican potatoes, chorizo fresco and cheese on a tomato basil wrap. This wrap? It transcends the breakfast realm. I would probably eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could. It’s got everything you’d want for breakfast combined in one satisfying wrap. It’s a great way to kickstart your early mornings in the city.

Be sure to check out Arturo and the Eggstavaganza truck in its signature spot, 52nd and Park. Don’t want to wait in line? Skip it by pre-ordering on FoodtoEat and make your morning commute just a little bit shorter!

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

 

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New York’s Best Burgers for Your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Fix!

By Emily Collins

Happy Memorial Day, foodies! Memorial Day Weekend is always filled with celebrations, patriotism and our favorite part: food. If you’re like me and don’t have access to a grill, worry not. We’ve compiled a list of some of New York’s best burgers! Just because we’re grill-less doesn’t mean we can’t eat like we have one.

Joy Burger Bar

Maxi Burger from Joy Burger | Photo credit: One Museum Mile

Joy Burger is best for the adventurous eater in you. Their menu allows you to pick from 3 different sizes, 9 sauces, and a ton of different toppings and sides, even gluten-free buns! These burgers are always cooked to perfection, juicy and will definitely leave you full.

 Jack’s Sliders and Sushi

Sliders and fries from Jack’s Sliders and Sushi | Photo credit: Sulav Darnal

Sushi and sliders? It’s not your every day food combo, but it definitely makes for an interesting meal! Their variety of different sliders and sushi can please anybody you’re getting a meal with. Not to mention, their plates are beautiful and are bound to impress.

Burger Heaven

Cheeseburger from Burger Heaven
Cheeseburger from Burger Heaven

The name says it all. With 70 years of burger making under their belt, it’s safe to say Burger Heaven does indeed live up to its name. If you’re looking for New York charm that can take you back in time, Burger Heaven is the place for you.

Uncle Gussy’s

Pita Burger from Uncle Gussy’s | Photo credit: BurgerWeekly.com

Uncle Gussy’s is traditional Greek food, but offers a unique take on the classic cheeseburger. Served on pita with tzatziki, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, Uncle Gussy’s burger is one that you won’t forget.

The Counter

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Veggie Burger Bowl from The Counter | Photo credit: quarrygirl.com

The Counter Burger is the burger equivalent to Meryl Streep; versatile, gorgeous and always consistently fantastic. In the burger world, their huge menu is a game changer. If you don’t feel like having a traditional burger, you can get a burger bowl!

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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FoodtoEat takes on Internet Week New York: Day 1

By Emily Collins

In case you didn’t know, yesterday kicked off Internet Week New York (#IWNY)! All week (5/19-5/22), we have the pleasure of feeding and mingling with some of New York’s finest business people, innovators and Internet all-stars. We’ll be collaborating with our vendors to provide delicious food for #IWNY. Check out some of our pictures below and on our Instagram.

Jonah Peretti, the CEO of Buzzfeed speaking about how he found success on the Internet.
Jack’s Sliders and Sushi provided the hungry people of IWNY with some fantastic eats!
The lovely ladies of SheKnows.com loved their food from mamagyro.
The IWNY cafe, sponsored by FoodtoEat!
Salad Pangea providing IWNY with a variety of awesome salads.
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Nadia’s Moroccan Kitchen provided IWNY with Moroccan meatballs over couscous today.

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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5 Superfood Combos That Will Give You Olympic Strength

By Rosie O’Regan

With the Winter Olympics right around the corner, it’s time to get started on your fitness regime. Haven’t been training like an Olympian? No worries, you can eat your way to Olympic strength by adding these delicious superfoods to any meal. From boosting your immune system to reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes, these gold-medal superfoods do it all. You’ll be giving Shaun White, Michelle Kwan, and Apolo Ohno a run for their money in no time.

Eggs + Onions = Classic Western Omelette from Eggstravaganza

Forget egg whites, egg yolks are packed with as many vitamins and minerals as an over-the-counter multivitamin. They’re also rich with protein and cartenoids that keep your vision clear and stave off fatigue. Studies have shown that onions can be used to fight cancer and built strong bones. Get yourself ready for the Games by snagging a Classic Western Omelette with peppers, onions and ham.

Classic Western Omelette from Eggstravaganza

Mustard Greens + PeanutsBeef Shank Bun from Fun Buns

This delicious bun is loaded with superfoods such as pickled mustard greens, carrots, daikons, and crushed peanuts. Mustard greens are high in vitamin K, a key nutrient that improves blood and bone strength. Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut and are also a rich source of heart-healthy fats and fiber. Who knew that this fun-sized bun could give you Olympic strength?

Beef Shank Bun from Fun Buns

Apples + CranberriesApple, Cranberry & Nutella Empanada from Nuchas

An apple a day…turns out that apples can keep the doctor away with their high levels of pectin, a fiber that is shown to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure, and quercetin, an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of lung cancer. Not to be left out, cranberries have the highest concentration of phenols, an antioxidant that lessens the chance of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Stuffed with  granny smith apples, cranberries, pear, nutella, chocolate, and rolled in white almond dough, this sweet empanada from Nuchas is sure to transform you into an Olympian.

Apple, Cranberry & Nutella Empanadas from Nuchas

Spinach + Lemon Juice = Spinach Pie from Toum

Popeye would have made a great Olympian because spinach is rich with antioxidants such as vitamin K ,which keeps your heart and bones healthy, and iron, which strengthens your hair and nails. Lemon juice is bursting with infection-fighting citric acid, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent hypertension and arthritis. Seasoned with lemons, onions, and sumac, this delicious spinach pie will leave your competition in the dust.

Spinach Pie from Toum

Avocados + Tomatoes = Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck

Avocados are a prime source of folate, Vitamin B6, K, and C, as well as heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Fight cancer with tomatoes that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, in addition to heart-disease preventing phytochemical. For those of you who don’t know, the Chicavocado Dog contains panko crusted avocado wedges, deep fried and dressed up with sweet relish, chopped onions, a pickle spear, two tomato wedges, two peppers, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt. Go for the gold.

Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck
Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck

Although eating isn’t officially an Olympic sport, if it was you would want these superfoods to be on your side. This year while you’re watching your favorite winter Olympians on TV, load up your plate with superfoods, sit back, and think to yourself, “I could do that”.

Nailed it.
Nailed it.

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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Coming Soon: The Vegan Reality Food Truck Show

By: Gabby Zilkha

Coming soon: the Vegan Reality Food Truck Show!
Coming soon: the Vegan Reality Food Truck Show!

The Squeeze has a dream to make it on the big screen! Yes, that is right! One day, the raw vegan food truck the Squeeze will have its chance at stardom.

You may be saying, “It’s a truck eat truck world”! “The Squeeze better have an agent”! But don’t you worry, owner and founder of the Squeeze Karliin Brooks used to work in the Entertainment industry and this is actually what she had in mind when she started the truck back in May of 2012.

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Karliin wants to create the first Vegan based reality TV show. She saw an opportunity in Food Trucks to bring that idea to life. She could travel around the country and provide juicing and healthy foods to people all across America.

Currently, Karliin says that she is focusing on establishing the food truck business and maybe even a wholesale network.

What makes this truck so special you may ask? Well it offers a large array of cold press juice cleanses in delicious flavors. (fun fact: cold press juicing is super cool and keeps all of the enzymes alive longer as opposed to the more common centrifugal juicer which has a enzyme life of 15 minutes) .

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They also have super awesome flavor combinations! The “Stand and Deliver” has kale, celery, cucumber, spinach, swiss chard, and dandelion. The “Sweetest Revenge”, one of the more popular for the less juice heavy person has fennel, clementine, and lemon. I don’t know about you but I feel refreshed just thinking about that!

So next time you’re around Union Square W and 17th Street, make sure to give it a try!

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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Berries could be Nature’s Food for Thought

It’s rare for a food to taste great and also be nutritious, but with berries people can actually get the best of both worlds. A new study on rats presented at the Experimental Biology 2013 meeting suggests that aside from all the health benefits from berries that we already know about, berries clear the brain from the accumulation of toxic proteins.

Rats in the study that consumed berries for two months had a stronger immunity against radiation than rats that did not consume berries. Radiation was induced on the rats to accelerate their aging, and those that consumed blueberries and strawberries showed signs of improved behavior and greater cognitive function.

“After 30 days on the same berry diet, the rats experienced significant protection against radiation compared to the control,” said investigator Shibu Poulose, PhD. “We saw significant benefits to diets with both of the berries, and speculate it is due to the phytonutrients present”.

Phytonutrients are plant chemicals found in berries that may be responsible for the brains increased ability to clear out the accumulation of toxic proteins. The greater benefit of this research will be apparent if the findings also apply to humans. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and other diseases are caused by the accumulation of these toxic proteins. A study is already being conducted on humans between the ages of 60 and 75 to see if berries have the same effect.

Although these findings are only preliminary, a previous study conducted at Harvard demonstrated that the regular consumption of berries could delay the cognitive decline in older people; reinforcing the findings at the Experimental Biology 2013 meeting.

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New Report Identifies Ties Between Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Junk Food Industry

A new earth shattering report released by Michele Simon of Eat Drink Politics identifies some of our nations biggest food companies as sponsors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Academy is “the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.” Sponsors include ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg, The National Dairy Council, and the academy’s most loyal sponsor of the past 12 years: the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

The top level of corporate sponsorship enables access to nutrition professionals and teaching them how their company’s products can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. For example, registered dietitians can earn continuing education units from Coca-Cola, in which they learn that sugar is not harmful to children and aspartame is completely safe. Co-branding allowances are also included in some of the higher level sponsorships. For example– the National Dairy Council’s “3-Every-Day of Dairy Campaign.” The campaign is easily interpreted as a nutrition campaign especially since the AND logo is used without disclosing that the logo’s usage was paid for.

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Despite decisions of the Academy as a whole, not all member dietitians agree with the direction of the organization. In an independent study, 97% of RDs surveyed thought the Academy should verify that a sponsor’s corporate mission is consistent with that of the Academy prior to accepting them. On February 12, Dieticians for Professional Integrity was launched by a group of dietitians who advocate for more ethical practices and more relevant corporate sponsorships. The organization grew to 500 within the first two days.

These links and partnerships are pleading for Americans to be conscious of who is supplying the vital health information that we’re relying on. With big businesses today often behind many of America’s institutions, it’s becoming harder and harder to blindly trust information that years ago we may have seen as objective.

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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Restaurants See Growth in Meat and Seafood Orders

In a year where unemployment remained mostly stagnant and economic growth continued to move at a snail’s pace, there is some good news for restaurateurs about consumer spending habits. In 2012 food dishes with protein, particularly anything with meat or seafood were ordered at a higher growth rate than dishes without protein. Restaurant owners should rejoice because protein dishes tend to be 35% more expensive than non-protein dishes and are often paired with alcoholic beverages, demonstrating that customers are on average spending more when they go out to eat.

Information was gathered by GuestMetrics, with a database of POS transactions accounting to over $8 billion in sales and over 250 million dollars worth of checks from restaurants and bars throughout the United States. Although the split between protein and non-protein dishes is near equal, dishes with protein grew at a 2.1 percent rate over the last year, while dishes without protein grew at a sluggish 0.3 percent rate.

Among the types of meat that customers ordered, beef showed a huge gain while seafood dishes showed a slight decline. However, given the higher cost of seafood this trend makes sense given the economic pressure most Americans are under. Ribeye steaks, filet steaks and burgers in particular showed the most growth in 2012.

Among seafood dishes, shrimp, bass, clams and tuna decreased in consumption the most. However some of these losses were offset by an increase in oyster, salmon, grouper and trout orders. Most of these trends in seafood simply reflect changes in demand. Oysters in particular have grown more popular from inclusion in pop culture, while bass may have suffered because of environmental and health concerns. Ultimately, the growth of protein-rich dishes can only help restaurant growth and act as a guide for restaurateurs to update their menus appropriately.

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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McDonald’s Makes Nutrition Info More Accessible for Customers

McDonald’s and other fast food chains have had to respond to requests to be more transparent about the nutritional content of their food in recent years. At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, McDonald’s first included nutritional information on its packaging. Now this same information is available on restaurant menu boards, brochures, tray liners and online. Just recently, McDonald’s took the next big step in making consumer information readily available, including QR codes on its new packaging on all carry-out bags and fountain beverage cups that direct mobile users to online nutritional content.

Last week the QR codes were released for the first time in the U.S. and they will continue to be released throughout 2013. The text will also be translated into 18 different languages, marking the QR codes as a global initiative. McDonald’s is hoping that its new packaging will help the company communicate its brand through a blend of informative text and illustrations. Customers now have access to unlimited information with their mobile devices, and QR code packaging will help them get connected to McDonald’s much more efficiently.

“Our new packaging is designed to engage with customers in relevant ways and celebrate our brand,” said Kevin Newell, chief brand officer. “Customers tell us they want to know more about the food they are eating and we want to make that as easy as possible by putting this information right at their fingertips.”

In September, McDonald’s began listing calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide. This move is partially motivated by citywide laws on nutrition information, like New York City’s war on saturated fats and laws forcing chain restaurants to publicly post calorie information, as well as consumer data indicating a preference for more transparency. McDonald’s consulted its Global Advisory Council, a group of independent advisors on nutrition, public health and fitness. The group urged McDonald’s to provide customers with access to nutritional information.

At the end of 2011 McDonald’s launched a mobile app for customers with more nutrition information and an online “meal-builder”. These changes, in addition to a recently published nutrition progress report demonstrate that McDonald’s is raising the bar for fast food restaurants and nutrition. Almost a decade after the documentary Super Size Me slammed McDonald’s and the fast food industry, McDonald’s is increasing health awareness proactively rather than waiting for legislation to fall into place.

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