Eight Turn Crepe: Turning Our Guily Pleasure Into Something Totally Regret-Free

By Danielle Bimston

We’ve all got a guilty pleasure, but at Eight Turn Crepe they’re trying to make ours into something we never have to regret.  Over at this restaurant, they’re creating the perfect Japanese rice crepe; turning a delectable favorite into a much lighter, healthier option.  These amazing treats are perfect for any time of day, breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner, so whenever you’re hungry, Eight Turn Crepe has something that will satisfy your rumbling tummy!

So, why rice?

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Not only are rice crepes traditional to Japanese culture, but they are also easy on the allergies; these light, palate pleasing treats are gluten free (awesome, right!).  Over at Eight Turn Crepe, their chefs take rice four, whip it into a silky mix and throw it on the griddle to form a warm, fresh, thin Japanese pancake.  These amazing stuffing-holders are strong, pliable, and totally adaptive. Taking meals from the plate to a completely portable medium is what makes Eight Turn Crepe so irresistible!

What goes inside?

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Well, that’s up to you! Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are a ton of unique stuffings to try.  From Truffled Egg White Omelet to Shrimp Avocado to Banana Nut Chocolate, there are a variety of filling for absolutely any time of the day.  Some of the dessert options even offer ice cream inside, how can you resist!

Allow us to bring the taste of Tokyo to your office with Eight Turn Crepe.  Their crepes are so portable, it’s easy to take them anywhere.  Giving lunch in the office a new definition, feel free to eat these goodies while you work; we know you’ll fall in love.

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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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Savory Crepe (Photo Credit: templecrepes.com)

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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May Catering Ideas

It’s finally warm outside. Get your office excited about Ice Cream Socials, Healthy Fruit Pop Bars, Mother’s Day Brunch for Lunch, office birthday parties and delicious fall-off-the-bone BBQ. Take a look at the menus & contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com for any orders!

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Maison De L’Éclair | Savory & Sweet Treat

By Chris Chen

maison sign The word éclair in French means flash of lightning, which pretty much sums up how quickly most people gobble these decadent treats up. Cynthia Balli, Founder of Maison de L’eclair, started a business featuring these desserts with both a sweet and a savory twist – savory eclair sandwiches. Cynthia was raised in Geneva and Paris, attended École hôtelière de Lausanne for hospitality and then earned her Masters in entrepreneurship in the US.

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Savory eclairs, yum~ | Photo Credit: Maison De L’Eclair

For Cynthia, her love of eclairs stem from childhood. Specifically, the 4 o’clock family tea time with pastries of which eclairs played a huge part. While reminiscing of fond food memories, she realized with age and maturing palates, there was a need for savory eclairs. Cynthia’s eclair favorites are her savory Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese eclair and her Milk Chocolate & Bananas sweet eclair.

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Variety of Sweet Eclairs | Photo Credit: Maison De L’Eclair

At the moment Maison De L’Eclair is an online business but she hopes to open a brick and mortar soon.

Their lunch deal comes with 2 savory eclairs, one sweet and a side salad. My personal favorite was the coffee eclair. It was very rich and the coffee flavor was spot on. It just hit the spot for me. The smoked salmon & cream cheese is a popular one and after one bite, I can clearly see why it’s so well-liked. These eclairs are catered to various tastes from vegetarians to meat eaters so you’re bound to have a favorite!

Maison De L’Eclair does catering, so why not have the best of two worlds all in one meal? Sharing is caring, so order some for your coworkers too. Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat. We help build corporate culture by bringing the best local food to offices for team meals and special events. We believe in investing in your team. That’s why we’re committed to improving employee happiness through food – feed your team today with FoodtoEat! Check out the deliciousness here: FoodtoEat Catering

Porchetta: A Taste of Italian Street Food in New York City

By Emily Collins

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Porchetta is a tiny East Village shop that does its namesake justice. Their goal was to perfect the art of making porchetta sandwiches, a traditional Italian street food that is hard to find in the city. What makes Porchetta so special, you ask? The answer is easy; the Porchetta sandwich is the kind of food that stuns because it’s simplicity marrying quality. They’ve got the recipe down to a science, perfected the tender sandwich and intend to keep it that way.

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Porchetta’s Signature Sandwich | Photo credit: Porchetta

The owners, Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder, strive to create something unique, consistent and affordable for city-goers that are looking for a quick bite. The pork is cooked slowly and is just about everything you would want on a sandwich. The meat is juicy, crispy and soft. The bread is crunchy. In short, it’s roasted perfection.

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Crispy Potatoes with Burnt Edges | Photo credit: Porchetta

While the Porchetta sandwich is their specialty, their other dishes are not to be overlooked. The sides are just like something you’d find in an old Italian kitchen: authentic, homemade and fresh. The crispy potatoes with burnt ends are an excellent complement to the namesake sandwich.

Luckily for you, FoodtoEaters, Porchetta is geared towards take out and delivery. Their sandwiches can be delivered right to your door or pre-ordered online for pick up. Check out Porchetta’s entire menu here and the line at this small shop are known to be pretty lengthy, so order online and get the food delivered to your door. Looking to impress a date with your savvy take out skills? We think a candlelight dinner featuring Porchetta sandwiches will sweep anybody off their feet.

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Jane Poretsky is the Epitome of Caramelized Sarcasm

By Debra Liu

Jane Poretsky is FoodtoEat’s resident chef and baker extraordinaire and writer of the food blog, Caramelized Sarcasm. From delicious savory dishes like Chicken with Olives & Lemon Thyme Sauce to scrumptious sweets like Chocolate Cinnamon Cake with Marshmallow Frosting, Jane wows our taste buds on a daily basis (we’re seriously spoiled!).

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Jane Poretsky

She started her blog in 2011 after her experience studying abroad in Tel Aviv, where she didn’t have a kitchen for four months. When she came home she had an urgent desire to cook. Her friends and family often asked her for recipes so starting Caramelized Sarcasm was the perfect way to build an online roster of all her creations to share with those around her.

In terms of her most memorable food experience, Jane says, “I love authentic food and recently had the most glorious Georgian bread/cheese with poached eggs. Let’s just say grilled cheese pales in comparison. It was from Tone Cafe in Brighton Beach… what I like to call ‘The Motherland'”.

Her top 3 dining spots are:

  1. Cherry next door to the Dream Hotel. According to Jane, the atmosphere is lovely and although the appetizers are on the pricey side, the dumplings filled with sour cherry and liver pate are a must-try. “They also have a house-crafted sesame bourbon that puts the classics to shame,” she adds.
  2. Maison Kayser for their pistachio eclairs, which “will have you hallucinating the Tour D’Eiffel outside the window”.
  3. Peter Luger Steakhouse. She loves the old world feeling of this classic steakhouse. “It’s a taste of nostalgia, and the best steak I’ve ever bit into. Vegans, beware. The tomato salad is the simplest thing you will ever order, but oh the freshness.”
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Jane’s Eggplant Timbale

Jane  has an extensive cooking portfolio and enjoys making all sorts of dishes ranging from Eggplant Timbale (she’s obsessed with Italy!) to Russian Yeast Pancakes (Oladushki) in honor of her Russian heritage. She makes an amazing mushroom crepe cake that’s always been a hit at parties. Her go-to dessert to make is a pumpkin spice cake that is moist and studded with pineapple and coconut (yum!).

In her spare time, when she’s not cooking and feeding us, she spends a lot of time with family. She enjoys reading, hot yoga, bike riding and escaping to her country cottage on summer weekends. She likes exploring new restaurants and bars with friends. An interesting tidbit is that Jane can speak a handful of Italian, Hebrew and French and is pretty darn great at all 3 accents.

As for the future, Jane says, “I’m not sure where I’ll be tomorrow, and especially not 10 years from now. I hope to continue writing about food and sharing my passion for cooking with friends and strangers alike. Maybe one day I’ll own a restaurant, or have a cooking show. Who knows…Any Food Network recruiters reading this: that spice cake is yours if you hire me!”

Jane's Russian Yeast Pancakes (Oladushki)
Jane’s Russian Yeast Pancakes (Oladushki)

To learn and see more of Jane, check out her awesome how-to cooking videos on the FoodtoEat YouTube Channel

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The Sweet and Savory Side of Social Justice: Snow Day Food Truck is Paving the Way

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By Debra Liu

Savory pancakes poppers, maple grilled cheese, maple bacon Brussels sprouts, and sugar on snow. Those are just a few of the drool-worthy items that will be offered on the Snow Day Food Truck, which will be pounding NYC pavement for the first time this winter. Perfect timing because the heavenly dynamic duo of maple and bacon is exactly what makes our hungry stomachs warm and happy come winter time.

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Wheatberry Salad

We’re super excited, because not only is the delicious food locally sourced and uniquely inspired by New York State Maple Syrup, but Snow Day is the first food truck built and operated by Drive Change, a social justice organization with an incredible mission:

“Drive Change broadens opportunities for young people coming out of jail and prison to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.”

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Pulled Pork Sliders

Drive Change builds, designs and operates food trucks to employ previously incarcerated youth offenders, providing them with training and skills in the food industry. The program is an eight month program split into three phases; training, practicum working on food trucks, and continuing job development. Participants enrolled in the program will be paid an hourly wage.

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Jordyn Lexton (left) and Ajani Brown

Jordyn Lexton founded Drive Change with Annie Bickerton, after being inspired by her experience teaching at East River Academy, a public school located on Rikers Island, where she saw that the rate of youth offenders returning to prison within a year of release was unfortunately, much too high. According to Lexton, “the time of re-entry is a fragile time”, and Lexton and Bickerton hope that by providing youth offenders with stable jobs, they will break the vicious cycle and lower the recidivism rate.

Savory Pancake Poppers
Savory Pancake Poppers

Lexton and Bickerton plan to add a new food truck each year and serve 150 youth by 2018. All sales from their food trucks will go directly back into the organization to help with re-entry program costs.

An amazing social mission in combination with a delicious food truck – it doesn’t get any better than this. We can’t wait for Snow Day to launch in a few weeks!

We’ll keep you updated – simply follow us on Twitter @FoodtoEat to stay up-to-date on food truck happenings and more importantly, so you know exactly where and when to hit it up Snow Day on opening day.

 

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It’s the Real Deal 24/7.

By: Samvida Patel

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Living in your time and evolving with it if not ahead of it is crucial.  Or you’ll turn into a dinosaur.

In view of that, we at Foodtoeat will always advocate saving time and ordering online from hundreds of wonderful restaurants and food trucks through our site.  Why waste 40 minutes waiting in line at a Food Truck when you could have pre-ordered and been back at work in 10 minutes?

Yet, while we will always be staunch supporters being efficient and savvy with advances like Foodtoeat, we will remain practical and cater our blog to a variety of circumstances.

Like, when it is 3 a.m. and you have just left a club, quite out of it and starving.  What is the likelihood that you will order food for delivery? Let’s be real now.

But will you get a fresh slice or two from Two Bros Pizza on your way back home?  Definitely, if you are sloshed.  Maybe, if you are only at a “good drunk” level.  Because in a somewhat working state of mind, you might question how gross you will feel after ingesting all that oil and cheese.  Or you might just want “real” food since your taste is refined in everything and you just have to keep it classy at all times.  All times.

If you are that person, here is news for you.  There are two ethnic eateries open all day, all night.  The first is a Ukrainian restaurant, “Veselka,” conveniently located near pubs like the “Thirteenth Step” in the East Village on 9th street and 2nd avenue.  I would not go there without having tried their pierogis.  You can get a small plate of four or large plate of seven and mix and match the potato, cheese, meat, spinach and cheese, sauerkraut & mushroom, and arugula & goat cheese fillings.  They’re served with sautéed onions, applesauce, and sour cream, all of which make for excellent dipping sauces.

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If you’re not adventurous, regardless of your intoxication level, breakfast is served at all hours of the day.  And even if you are sober, you might want to stop by for brunch on the weekend.  Signature American dishes like the Eggs Benedict are served with an authentic spin on it.  How about Salmon Latkes Eggs Benedict?

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Even more surprising than a Ukrainian restaurant being open for twenty-four hours?  A French Restaurant.  You would think sophisticated bistros closed early to add to their air of exclusivity, but not L’Express.  Located close to hotels and lounges near Union Square and Gramercy on 20th Street and Park, L’Express delivers provides fine dining at reasonable pricing.

When was the last time you had a savory onion tart, forest mushroom ravioli, and apricot crème brulée at 4 a.m.?  Thought so.  The overnight menu, while not nearly as extensive as that of Veselka, has plenty of plates to choose from and a wide variety.  So say you decided for whatever reason, in your drunken state, that you want Escargots, you can very well order them.  But I would stick to any of the above three items as well as to the roasted half chicken, the Croque Monsieur L’Express, and any dessert really.  Especially the apricot crème brulée.

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