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Mayhem & Stout: Fresh and Flavorful

By Danielle Bimston

Though it began as a weekend experiment at Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market in November 2011, this sandwich spot is on it’s way to the top.  At Mayhem & Stout, they’re serving up artisan slow-braised sandwiches topped with amazing sauces and fresh add-ons.

IMG_3730Since their debut, Mayhem & Stout has expanded to a brick and mortar storefront, participating in more than two dozen popular pop-up markets and events throughout the NYC area.  Maybe it’s because their sandwiches are always made to order and served on crisp, airy handmade bread that Mayhem & Stout is so successful; we can assure you, your taste buds will fall in love.

IMG_3715 Not only is their bread absolutely remarkable, but their meats are slow braised until they are succulent and fall-off-the-bone tender.  With options like Braised Pulled Pork, Short Rib & Brisket, and Braised Vegetarian “Meat” Balls, what’s not to love! Creating a sandwich at Mayhem & Stout is like finding the perfect combination of savory flavors that build upon one another to create something magical.  So, make sure you try some of their delicious homemade sauces such as Blueberry Sriracha, Horseradish Creme, or Black Cherry Mustard.

IMG_3723And, if you’re not feeling a sandwich, Mayhem & Stout’s menu includes satisfying salads, hearty rice bowls, and indulgent twists on mac & cheese, as well as desserts from Robicelli’s. Our clients have loved both the sandwiches and rice bowls for lunch in the office. Plus, there are a variety of gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options; everyone is sure to find something they can enjoy!

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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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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Extraordinary Sandwiches: Why Stick to Boring, Old Basics When We’ve Got Something New & Exciting?

By Danielle Bimston

Contrary to popular belief, sandwiches don’t have to be a boring lunch option.  We’ve found some of the best restaurants striving to correct the sandwich’s damaged reputation.  These vendors bring character to the sandwich, adding hand carved meat, savory sauces, and even a little dessert to the mix.  Say goodbye to the dull, old PB&J and hello to some new sandwiches that are going to blow your mind and change your eating habits!

Mayhem & Stout

IMG_3732This delicious Murray Hill restaurant specializes in custom meat and sauce sandwiches. At Mayhem and Stout, you can choose from their selection of over 15 types of meats and sauces as well as a grand selection of add-ons to build your own creation or stick with one of their signatures such as Braised Pulled Pork or Short Rib and Brisket.  Either way, each sandwich is guaranteed to contain the freshest handmade bread and succulent, tender meat.

Paris Sandwich

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Now here’s something unique…Vietnamese sandwiches, also known as banh mi! What better way to spice up your sandwich life than finding out how different cultures handle the dreaded, boring lunch option.  Well, now it’s quick and easy to delve into the world of Vietnamese sandwich cuisine at Paris Sandwich.  Offering a variety of traditional Vietnamese creations such as the Paris Special and Pork Rolls, we’re sure you’ll find something new to explore here.

The Sandwich Bar

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This trendy sandwich spot has quite possibly every kind of sandwich imaginable! From Roasted Eggplant to Braised Brisket, their menu is composed of hot and cold sandwiches. The best part is that in addition to having almost 30 different creations, The Sandwich Bar even offers gluten free and vegetarian options.

The Bao Shoppe

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We bet you’ve never tried a Taiwanese sandwich before, but here’s your chance! The Bao Shoppe creates small baos which are offered in a myriad of combinations with over 5 topping options such pork belly and ponko crusted pollock.  And, if you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, they have some other interesting Taiwanese dishes to try including scallion pancake wraps.

Ramen Co

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Ramen Co is just about as untraditional as it gets, transforming the sandwich into something completely new.  Not only is this sandwich comprised of ingredients other than the typical bread and spread, it also takes on a new form…the burger! Mixing together his Japanese and American heritage, Chef Kienzo created the Ramen Burger to represent the meshing of two cultures.  This new creation became popular at the 2013 Smorgasburg and since then has completely taken off.

Havana Central

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At Havana Central they’re cooking up some of the best Latin food in town even including… sandwiches? Yes! Yet another vendor doing their best to give the sandwich’s reputation a face lift, Havana Central offers a variety of classic Cuban sandwiches.  The most well known is probably The Classic Cuban Sandwich, otherwise known as Sandwich Cubano Clásico, which is comprised of smoked ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. And, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try the Turkey Avocado Cuban Sandwich or the Roast Pork Sandwich; we’re sure that no matter what you try, Havana Central’s sandwiches will definitely become one of your favorites.  

Maison de L’Eclair

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Finally, taking sandwiches to new bounds is Maison de L’Eclair with their savory eclairs.  Filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese or tomato and mozzarella, these small sandwiches bring a little bit of the Paris vibe to the Big Apple.  And, when you’re done, a variety of handcrafted dessert eclairs await you, what’s not to love!

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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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 Academy Awards Presents the Nominees for Best Super “Hero”

By Rosie O’Regan

Didja hear? The theme of the 86th Annual Academy Awards is movie heroes! This year’s Oscars will celebrate everything from emotional films about real-life heroes (“Gandhi”, “Silkwood”) to action-packed flicks about comic book heroes (“Superman”. “The Dark Knight”). All this talk about heroes started to make the FoodtoEat team hungry–not for the tights and cape-wearing crowd, but for the sandwich variety. We’ve devised our own list of the nominees for Best Super “Hero”.

Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D’s Grub Truck

In the category of Best Grinder, the clear winner is the Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D’s Grub Truck. Standout performances by the tender chicken mixed with spicy mayo sent this hero to the top of our list. We would also like to acknowledge the heart-felt supporting role played by the fresh chopped cilantro and sweet & tangy pickled daikon. Hats off!

Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D’s Grub Truck

Oven Baked Salmon Sandwich from Cafe Delectica

The front-runner for this year’s Best Seafood Hero is rumored to be the Oven Baked Salmon Sandwich from Cafe Delectica. The Oven Baked Salmon received surprisingly favorable reviews from the critics. Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars and called the combination of salmon, avocado, sliced tomato, arugula and spicy mayo on seven grain bread an absolute sensation.

Oven Baked Salmon Sandwich from Delectica

Pork Sandwich from Cheeky Sandwiches

This year was full of dramatic performances, so Cheeky Sandwiches’ Pork Sandwich was refreshingly sweet. The ensemble cast of marinated seared pork chops, caramelized apples, onions, sweet and spicy mustard gave an honest and touching performance.

Pork Sandwich from Cheeky Sandwiches

Banh Mi Dac Biet/Paris Special Baguette from Paris Sandwich 

For Best Foreign Hero, our money is on the Banh Mi Dac Biet/Paris Special Baguette from Paris Sandwich. Hailing from Vietnamese cuisine, this ingenue impressed us with its classic performance which combined bacon, pork roll, and crunchy ham. Bravo!

Paris Special Vietnamese Sandwich from Paris Sandwich Truck

Porchetta Sandwich from Porchetta

Critics and audiences alike were blown away by the conservatory-trained Porchetta Sandwich from Porchetta. Who knew that rolled, herbed pork roast served on ciabatta could bring literal tears to peoples’ eyes? We’d give it a standing ovation.

Porchetta Sandwich from Porchetta

We would like to thank the FoodtoEat Academy for always believing in us and supporting the hero community. This Sunday, March 2nd, grab your favorite hero and tune in to the 2014 Academy Awards!

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We <3 you! FoodtoEat Staff Picks for Valentine’s Day

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By Debra Liu

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re attached, happily single, or casually looking, Valentine’s Day is the day to show love to yourself and those around you. What better way than via food? Here are some of FoodtoEat’s Picks for delicious places we want to share because we love you. Get love delivered to your door!

Love Cupcakes from Broadway Baker 

Nothing says I HEART YOU more than Valentine themed cupcakes. Broadway Baker will deliver cupcakes straight to your loved one! With flavors like Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Decadent Chocolate Java, you can’t go wrong. “These cakes of love are topped with all natural organic fruity hearts and dark chocolate covered caramels.” Order some now. 

Love Cupcakes | Broadway Baker
Love Cupcakes | Broadway Baker

Tapas from Plan B on Mulberry

Does a romantic meal at home with tapas and sangria sound like your perfect V day? Well, Plan B on Mulberry is your Plan A then. The restaurant features contemporary Northern Spanish Tapas including Goat Cheese Croquettes and Patatas Bravas. Click to order some Plan B tapas now.

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Hearty Braised Pork from Mayhem & Stout

Is comfort food what makes your heart leap? Or are you trying to impress your significant other with a delicious meal that could pass off as something you cooked all by yourself? If so, then the Braised Pork Brown Rice Bowls from Mayhem & Stout will definitely tickle your fancy, and your stomach. The slow roasted goodness of their sandwiches will not disappoint either. Click here to order.

Braised Pulled Pork Sandwich | Mayhem & Stout
Braised Pulled Pork Sandwich | Mayhem & Stout

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Bongo Brothers: New York’s Cuban Food Truck

For lunch today I tried New York City’s Cuban food truck, Bongo Brothers, looking for the perfect meal for a hot summer day. This truck usually operates downtown or in the West Village during lunch time, but they ventured to Midtown twice this week.  Bongo Brothers first caught my attention with their dreamy truck design, sparsely decorated with a red and yellow palm tree logo that made me crave a vacation, hopefully their food would take care of that.

Offering sandwiches, platters and sides, I decided to get the $9 ropa vieja platter, shredded flank steak with red peppers and sautéed onions, served with white rice, black beans, and two platano maduros (sweet plantains). The meal was nicely packaged in a plastic container, which helped keep all of the flavor locked in on my walk back to the office.

The platter contained far more meat than I anticipated; almost half the box was filled with shredded steak, which is more than I can say for most meat platters I’ve eaten. Though the meat was plentiful, it wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped. The sweetness from the plantains added a good amount of flavor though, and complemented the meat’s flavor and texture very well. The rice and beans were consistently good, and were slightly flavored from the generous helping of steak on top. The meal also came with a small bun that I assumed was meant to accompany the meat to make a small sandwich – which is exactly what I did.

Though the ‘ropa vieja’ itself wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped, the side dishes and the quantity of meat provided more than made up for this. Bongo Brothers offers a good lunch at a great price, and in addition to the items I mentioned they have several other sandwiches and platters I would love to try, like the Cuban sandwich, the marinated pork and the mojo chicken.

You can pre-order from Bongo brothers and skip the lines here.

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Comme Ci Comme Ca Revisited

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten from Comme Ci Comme Ca (also known as Chef Samir Truck), and after having a positive experience the first time there I decided to go back for seconds. For those who do not know, Comme Ci Comme Ca is a Mediterranean food truck that roams Midtown and the Financial District on weekdays.

Comme Ci Comme Ca is completely unlike any other food truck I’ve eaten. At first I thought it was a variation of the chicken over rice trucks, serving cous cous and grilled vegetables to give it more of a gourmet kick. However this truck never ceases to defy my expectations, and after eating a delicious kofte sandwich the first time I went, I knew I needed to try the Moroccan cous cous I’d heard so much about.

I ordered the beef cous cous platter for $9, and made sure to get as much sauce on it as possible. The cous cous platter came with a variety of grilled vegetables that you don’t ordinarily see in street meat. Among the veggies I could identify were butternut squash, zucchini, turnips, carrots and chick peas. The vegetables were spread out over a platter of warm, spiced cous cous with generous slices of beef. Flavored with dill, rosemary and other seasonings, the beef was amazing combined with the spicy Andalusian sauce and the spicy mint sauce. The starchy vegetables made the dish very filling, and added a great contrast to the beef.

Now that Comme Ci Comme Ca comes to Midtown fairly often, I was able to try one of his daily specials as well, a Beirut sandwich, with ground chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hummus and a variety of sauce wrapped in a pita for $7. This was my first time trying ground chicken and I was a little skeptical, but once again Comme Ci Comme Ca prepared a delicious meal. Unfortunately the pita bread didn’t hold the sandwich together very well so I had to eat the sandwich with a fork, but I didn’t mind at all. The meat was perfectly grilled and spiced again, and the sauces gave the chicken a perfect texture.

Comme Ci Comme Ca has a great menu for vegetarians as well; it seems these guys don’t miss a beat with their lunch menu. They usually park on 50th Street and Park Avenue on Wednesdays.

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