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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Photo credit: Sulav Darnal

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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The Top 3 Most Delicious “American” Food Trucks in NYC

By Anna Lesser

On July 4th, family and friends will gather to watch phenomenal fireworks, participate in entertaining parades, and most importantly, eat until our stomachs can’t take it anymore. Here are the top three most patriotic food trucks serving delicious, classic American food:

Milk Truck: Grilled Cheese

The 1920s brought an exciting moment to America: the invention of the grilled cheese sandwich, also known as cheese dream. The inexpensive bread and American cheese became easily accessible during the Great Depression. Let’s take a moment to thank the inventor of this magical sandwich that we love dearly.

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Three Cheese Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Apples

If you’re looking for a cheesy delight, Milk Truck is the way to go. Their hand cut bread and creative ingredients ensure a taste that you won’t want to miss out on.

Phil’s Steaks: Philly Cheesesteak

We have to thank Pat and Harry Olivieri for stumbling upon the creation of the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich in the 1930s. They originally owned a hotdog stand, but decided to experiment by making a sandwich with chopped beef and grilled onions. It was a cab driver passing by that convinced them to start selling this exquisite new sandwich.

Phil's Whiz Steak
Phil’s Whiz Steak

If you’re looking to try one of the top Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches in New York City, be sure to check out Phil’s Steaks. Their 100% premium loin-tail beef on Amoroso rolls, direct from Philly, allows for a sensational combination.

Yankee Doodle Dandy’s: Southern Fried Chicken

Known as NYC’s All-American food truck, from the name  to the decor of the truck (see below!), Yankee Doodle Dandy’s is probably the most patriotic food truck roaming the streets of NYC.

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Winner Winner Chicken Platter from Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

Their menu offers an excellent American combination of Southern goodness ranging from Buffalo Soldier to America the Beautiful Salad (yes, even the names are patriotic).  The Winner Winner fried chicken special is heavenly. Be sure to check out Yankee Doodle Dandy’s for a delicious treat to celebrate America’s favorite holiday.

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Yankee Doodle Dandy’s | Photo credit: CBS Local

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Four Grilled Cheeses That We Wish Were Dateable

By Emily Collins

If you’re anything like me and would rather stroll around Central Park with a nice, warm grilled cheese than a significant other, you’re in luck! Our grilled cheese dating profiles give you the lowdown on some of the best grilled cheeses New York City has to offer. Nothing says “I love you” quite like a grilled cheese date, does it?

1. Mexican Grilled Cheese from Eggstravaganza Cart

Not to be confused with a breakfast sandwich, the Mexican Grilled Cheese from Eggstravaganza Cart will put a little kick into your day! Skip the line by pre-ordering this spicy sandwich online.

2. Bacon Cheddar Blue grilled cheese from The Milk Truck

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The Milk Truck specializes in packing a ton of ingredients into one, harmonious, cheesy sandwich. With New York aged cheddar and Wisconsin blue cheese, you can’t go wrong with the Bacon Cheddar Blue. Order this delicious grilled cheese online today!

3. Mr. Otto from La Maison Du Croque Monsieur

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This grilled cheese is a little bit of everything: sweet, sour and savory. The fanciful Mr. Otto combines roasted pork, pickled pear and Tickler aged cheddar to make for a sophisticated take on a classic.

4. Shroom Grilled Cheese from The Melt Shop

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Melt Shop is a grilled cheese enthusiasts dream – it’s got 3 locations for easy access grilled cheese and offers a ton of different options. The Shroom is just one of many noteworthy grilled cheeses Melt Shop has to offer.

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Get Food Love Letters Penned by Your Favorite Chefs with KTCHN13

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By Debra Liu

Have you ever secretly wanted to get a foodie love letter in the mail from your favorite chefs? The kind of letter (on real paper!) that you can feel with your fingertips? With KTCHN13‘s Kitchen Letters, now you can! These letters are filled with food stories and insider kitchen tips written by the chefs themselves. Kitchen Letters, founded by Bryce Longton, launched in September 2013 in Food52’s Provisions shop. I had a chance to learn more about Bryce, her favorite NYC dining places and what inspired her to start KTCHN13:

Bryce Longton
Bryce Longton

Debra Liu: Kitchen Letters is such a great idea and an awesome, unique gift for foodies. How did you develop Kitchen Letters and KTCHN13? 

Bryce Longton: Kitchen Letters started with the simple idea of connecting foodies with chefs around the country. I’m obsessed with food. I travel with extensive lists of where to eat and what to order [sometimes in spreadsheet form], and I used to interview chefs for a living [it was a great gig while it lasted]. But I always felt that great chefs needed a megaphone for their stories. I also felt that people like you and me could benefit from their kitchen stories, personal recipes, and secret cooking tips. So I created Kitchen Letters. It’s a personal way for people who love food to connect with the chefs they follow. Why a real letter? The kitchen is personal, warm, tactile place. I thought a letter from a chef should be too.

DL: If there was one chef, past or present, who you could work with and receive penned letters from, who would it be?

BL: Oohh good question. I’d love to be pen pals with Cristeta Comerford, the current chef for the White House (and the first woman White House chef!), I bet she has some amazing stories. I’d also love to hear from Jiro Ono (of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame), although I’m not sure he’d be very verbose. Oh, and if I could also strike up a regular correspondence with Pete Gottgens (he runs a hotel in South Africa, and made one of the best meals I’ve ever had — in Scotland), that would be great, he has stories for days.

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Kitchen Letters

DL: What has been your favorite dining experience in NYC? 

BL: In NYC. Hmm. I really loved my meal at Dirt Candy. As the chef, Amanda Cohen says, “Anyone can cook a hamburger, leave the vegetables to the professionals” — she makes vegetables taste absolutely incredible, without being too fancy about it. I also love Ed’s Lobster in Soho, it’s pretty much always lobster roll perfection. I’ll never turn down dinner at Joya in Cobble Hill, or a sandwich from Num Pang on the way home — eating and walking is such a New York thing that I love.

DL: At FoodtoEat, we work with a lot of Food Trucks. Do you have a favorite food truck? Do you plan on working with Food Truck chefs to have them pen letters?

BL: Food Trucks chefs would be a very welcome addition to the letters, I have such a soft spot for trucks (I have dreams of a food truck wedding someday!). Personally, I’m a big fan of the Van Leeuwen truck, the Taim truck, and the Milk Truck.

DL: KTCHN13 started with just Kitchen Letters and now has super adorable KTCHN13 posters and upcoming KTCHN13 kits. What inspired the creation of the posters and the kits?

BL: The posters started because I had one made for my boyfriend’s mom, of her famous chocolate cake that gets made for every birthday and holiday (and it is really amazing), and it turned out so well that I thought other people would like to hang family recipes in their own homes — it makes for a really great art piece in your kitchen, and I have to say, the majority of the recipes we get in for the posters are heirloom in nature — things like “Grandma’s Apple Pie” etc.

KTCHN13 Grilled Cheese Poster
KTCHN13 Grilled Cheese Poster

DL: I saw from your bio that you were a travel journalist and currently, now a Shop Editor & Stylist at Food52. How did you go from being a travel journalist to working at Food52? 

BL: It was a circuitous route for sure. I started in travel writing when an editor friend of mine needed a writer in a pinch to travel to wine country and write a story (tough gig, I know) and so I started writing and traveling, which was awesome, although exhausting, and when I decided I wanted to stay put for a while, I spent some time working with BlackBook magazine writing about food, where I fell in love with cooking and interviewing chefs, and then a couple years later I was introduced to Amanda Hesser, one of the founders of Food52 (I was such a fangirl when I met her!) and when this position opened up she took me on and it’s been so much fun, I am part of a small team that chooses all the merchandise that goes on the site and then I manage our photo shoots and the overall styling of our products. It really is a dream gig.

DL: What do you see for the future of KTCHN13? 

BL: Beyond the posters and the letters, I’m also working on a few other projects. I’m working on kits — where you’d get a “little black book” of a topic or an ingredient, say “pie” or “stone fruit,” along with a tool — like a pastry wheel or paring knife and a spice or two, so you can learn the quick and dirty about how to create amazing meals and learn good techniques. I’m also working on a food styling workshop with my photographer, and last but not least, I’m running a brand new supper club/salon that starts on March 9th — it should be so much fun.

DL: What has been the best and most exciting part of launching KTCHN13? 

BL: Probably when I made the Food52 best seller list for the holidays! Also, working with Evan Kleiman, she is such a dream, and a real fount of knowledge.

DL: Any great customer stories and feedback?

BL: I’ve had some great feedback about some of the recipes (the Spanish Chickpea Stew was super popular, as was the Potato Latkes), and several chefs have gotten letters back from customers, sharing recipes, which is just so great.

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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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Grilled Cheese from Milk Truck

Today at the World Financial Center we saw a particularly appetizing food truck with a manageable line, the Milk Truck. I knew the Milk truck offered grilled cheese sandwiches, and given the cold windy day, it seemed like it would be the perfect place for lunch.

The milk truck has a very appetizing truck design, something about the cream color and orange on the truck’s exterior immediately made me salivate, and the smell of melted cheese and lightly burnt bread coming from the interior just made my stomach grumble even more. The menu items were much pricier than I expected, with the sandwiches all being $6 and up and the sides nearly as expensive. I opted to go with a traditional combo of a grilled cheese and tomato soup.

The Milk Truck classic is the least expensive sandwich, made with “aged Wisconsin Gruyere, and cultured butter on Balthazar Levain Pullman bread”, I added bacon for an additional two dollars. The tomato soup is described as “classic pureed soup made with plum tomatoes, chicken stock and spices, topped with Parmesan shavings”. The entire meal came to a little over $12, a little more than I would have hoped to spend on a grilled cheese and a soup, but I was hungry.

The sandwich was definitely stuffed with cheese, and when I pulled it apart the cheese stretched in a very photogenic way. The Gruyere was delicious, but seemed to harden too quickly for liking. I could hardly taste the bacon inside, either they didn’t put enough in or it was a little too overcooked. The sandwich was tasty was far too small to hold me over for a few hours. The bread tasted a little bit like rye, and paired well with the cheese.

The soup might have been my biggest complaint with the entire meal. For the $5 I spent on it, it was a small paper bowl of regular tomato soup. Maybe I should have expected this before ordering, but from the description of plum tomatoes, spices and parmesan shavings, I was pretty disappointed when my soup tasted just like regular tomato soup. When I dipped my sandwich in it the soup overpowered the entire taste of the grilled cheese, so that didn’t help my situation much either.

Overall the meal was good, not great, but definitely a good meal. If I had ordered it in a diner I probably would have raved about it, but I think there’s some essence to a food truck that makes you expect more unique, gourmet food. And at $12, I probably won’t be returning to the Milk Truck, considering I could have gotten a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster for just $4 more. The Milk Truck gave me a tasty, homestyle treat, but as a lunch, I could have used a little more sustenance.

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