Bring the Pool to the Office: Great Summertime Themed Lunch Ideas

By Danielle Bimston

Everybody loves a day of fun in the sun, so why not bring the pool to the office?! Thanks to our vendors offering bite size treats, you can! Nothing says relaxation and sends fun vibes like finger food does; it’s fast, delicious, and the best part…fun to eat! We’re so excited to be able to offer you a wide variety of little bites that will satisfy your team as well as bring variety and the feelings of summer to your work space. Below are some fun options:

Two Great Tastes… That Taste Great Together?

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Two Great Tastes… That Taste Great Together?: Jack’s Sliders and Sushi

Nothing says a summertime bash like sliders… and sushi? At Jack’s Sliders and Sushi, you can find both miniature sized bites as well as a variety of other tiny foods.  Even though it’s rather unique to serve both sliders and sushi together, it definitely offers a fresh and interesting touch to a lunch menu.  Everyone finds it more fun to eat with their hands so why not make a day at the office a little bit more exciting by including some of these bites in your lunch menu.

Indulging Your Guilty Pleasure:

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For a healthier option, try it baked! Indulging Your Guilty Pleasure: Potatopia

Even though not everyone will admit it, it’s almost impossible to turn down french fries! They’re the ultimate finger food for snacking, salty and savory.  So why not bring them to the office with Potatopia, the ultimate potato heaven?  Whether you’re into sweet potato fries or just regular tater tots, they have something that will hit the spot. And what’s even more awesome is the endless number of toppings and delicious sauces that they offer!

Throwback! Kid’s Food That Never Gets Old:

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Throwback! Kid’s Food That Never Gets Old: The Nugget Spot

Since we were young, chicken nuggets have always hit the spot. (Some things will never change!) Bring this classic finger food from the pool to the office with The Nugget Spot; they offer more than 10 kinds of chicken, both fried and baked! They’re easy to pop in your mouth and release a burst of flavor whether or not you choose to immerse them in a sauce.  They’ll truly make your employees have flashbacks of their childhoods, long days at the beach and relaxing afternoons at the pool.

To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth:

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To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Sweet Generation

Finally sum up your poolside meal with a sweet treat from Sweet Generation.  They bake a variety of mini cupcakes, a perfect little one bite only treat.  Just like the end of a long day at the pool, these satisfying treats keep you longing for the next time you will indulge yourself in something you love.

Even though the office can seem a bit dreary, especially after working day in and day out, there are exciting ways to bring a summer spirit into the workplace.  Let FoodtoEat help you conquer this task by providing your team with a delicious, pool party inspired bites. Remember, even though you’re in the office, a relaxing day at the pool is always in your heart!

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FoodtoEat Takes on Internet Week New York: Day 2

By Emily Collins

Internet Week New York continues to be innovative and inspiring. We are so happy to be sponsoring the IWNY Cafe and love seeing the best and brightest enjoy what we and our vendors have to offer. Our vendors from yesterday included: Wooly’s, Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches, Mimi and Coco and Tuk Tuk Go. Afterwards, we headed to Marquee to attend the Webutante Ball! What’s better than drinks, dancing and free Valducci’s pizza?

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Help us feed you! We’ve had a blast feeding the people of IWNY.
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The IWNY Cafe in full swing, presented by: FoodtoEat.
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Debra & Alex working hard at IWNY’s Startup City.
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Wooly’s shaved snow will always put a smile on your face!
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The gentlemen of Wooly’s serving their unique sweet treat: shaved snow!
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How delicious does this shaved snow from Wooly’s look? Toppings galore!
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Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches provided perfection on a bun.
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Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches help us feed hungry techies all day. From tacos to sandwiches; their food was incredible.
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Tuk Tuk Go’s Thai dishes and nom nuts were an absolute hit!
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Thanks, Tuk Tuk Go for the fantastic food at the IWNY Cafe!
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Mimi & Coco provided the IWNY Cafe with tasty Japanese street food.
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The IWNY Cafe continues to be a huge success thanks to our amazing vendors.
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Taco Time at IWNY!
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We are thrilled to be a part of IWNY’s Startup City!
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Have you tagged @FoodtoEat on Instagram or Twitter yet to win a FREE party for your office? #IWNY
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Later in the evening, we sponsored Valducci’s Pizza truck to provide FREE pizza for the Webutante Ball!
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Yum! Free Valducci’s pizza and drinks all night, what more could be ask for at the Webutante Ball?
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It’s hard not to smile after a night of dancing and free pizza! The Webutante Ball was pretty amazing.
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We think Valducci’s was the belle of the ball.
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We had a “ball” feeding and mingling with some of New York’s greatest Internet All-stars.

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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.
IWNY Cafe presented by: FoodtoEat!
Nadia’s Moroccan Kitchen provided IWNY with Moroccan meatballs over couscous today.

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Free Food Part Deux a la Asian Fusion

By Camille Basurto, Guest Blogger

As the glorious eight weeks of Startup Institute come to an end, we’ve been busy wrapping up partner projects, interviews, Strategy Hacking, and other startup life business.  It’s all been a wee bit hectic, and we’re all trying to tie up any loose ends before our Talent Expo next week. Also perhaps getting sentimental about it all. Maybe I’m just projecting?

It thus comes as a welcome reprieve that we have a free late-lunch to break up the crazy. As part of a challenge of the Sales and Account Management track, sales students were tasked with bringing their fellow cohort free food, events, or whatever we could get. We’ve had free cookies, yoga, and karaoke.  Super solid. This week we received Part Deux of free noms thanks to Mamta Parakh.  Mamta worked with FoodtoEat, which partnered with Sweet Generation for our sugar cookie extravaganza a few weeks ago. This week FoodtoEat collaborated with Jack’s Sliders and Sushi to bring us lunch selections a la Asian Fusion.

Hibachi, Kimchi Fried Rice, Sushi & Sliders from Jack's Sliders & Sushi
HIbachi, Kimchi Fried Rice, Sushi & Sliders from Jack’s Sliders & Sushi

FoodtoEat works alongside food trucks, restaurants, and caterers to bring consumers, like hungry SINY students, simplified online ordering so we can #skiptheline.  The interactive food truck, the greatest thing in FiDi, allows people to preorder from nearest truck vendors and increase local business sustainably. FoodtoEat also offers the concierge catering option, giving companies the ability to order food anytime for individual employees, client visits, or meetings.  You can order late night or weekend meals and specify your meal preferences, equipmental rental requirements, and have the opportunity to try unique food from around the world. Mamta was so excited about all of this, she partnered with FoodtoEat and struck a pose when the food arrived this week. Ps. I might I have had a hand in this:

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Mamta striking a pose

Jack’s Sliders and Sushi provided us a number of goodies beginning with salmon, tuna, cucumber, and California rolls. All of this sushi, obviously, was gone within the hour of it arriving. We also had the opportunity to try Jack’s signature beef and chicken sliders with (or without, if you’re lame/into the calorie thing) bacon. Ugh, amazing. There was also zesty salad, a tofu and veggie option, and chicken and rice goodness. Perhaps most importantly, we were served a large amount of ginger. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. There can never be enough ginger.

Startup Institute folks enjoying the delicious food!
Startup Institute folks enjoying the delicious food!

But seriously, thanks Mamta, FoodtoEat, and Jack’s Sliders and Sushi. It doesn’t hurt that sushi is one of my favorite foods, FoodtoEat easily connected with Jack’s Sliders and Sushi as smoothly as it does with all its clients, and, of course, Mamta is such a star.  All I had to do was show up, eat three plates of food, and proceed to lie down for a little bit—such a breeze!

We all thoroughly enjoyed our last free food extravaganza and hope that we will be eating so well in our post-SINY days.

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Camille Basurto hails from the glorious Connecticut & the 203. She is a lover of sailing, running, hiking, yoging, and things outdoors. She likes country, rap, 90s era and most music, to be honest.

Thank  you Camille for guest blogging! Here is the link to the blog post on the Startup Institute blog.

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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

Sushi Chefs Land in Hot Water After Serving Whale Meat

Back in 2007 two California sushi chefs were first accused of selling endangered whale meat from their Santa Monica restaurant; now the issue has been brought back to light and the two chefs may face serious punishment if convicted.

The chefs, Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda are believed to have sold whale meat while employed at a restaurant called the Hump, which closed down voluntarily in 2010. The whale meat in question comes from Sei whales, the third largest species of whale following Blue and Fin whales. Sei whales were aggressively hunted in the 19th and 20th centuries and the world population suffered, now estimated around 80,000.

Sei Whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the U.S. Department of Justice believes the whale meat was purchased from a Japanese official named Ginichi Ohira, who in turn purchased it from a supplier in Japan, where whales are legally hunted for ‘scientific’ reasons. The whale meat was then mislabeled in restaurant invoices as “fatty tuna” to keep attention away from the true origin of the meat. The Hump also did not print whale meat dishes on its regular menu, to avoid detection and keep concerned customers unaware that they served the endangered species.

The issue was buried for some time but came back to light when activists alerted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the group that manages the National Marine Fisheries Service. The two chefs could face prison time, with up to 67 years for Yamamoto and 10 years for Ueda. Typhoon Restaurant, Inc., the company that owned the Hump could face up to $1.2 million in fines.

When The Hump shut down in 2010, it claimed that it hoped to bring awareness to illegal whaling and the dramatic effect is has upon the oceanic ecosystem. According to its website, “Closing the restaurant is a self-imposed punishment on top of the fine that will be meted out by the court. The owner of The Hump also will be taking additional action to save the endangered species.”

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Greenwich Village’s Best Kept Sushi Secret: Yummy Village Sushi

Blogged by: Margaret Lu

When it comes to sushi in Greenwich Village, Yummy Village Sushi really can’t be beat.  The combination of phenomenal prices and quality make it one of Greenwich Village’s best kept secrets.  Yummy Village Sushi is open from 4 PM to 4AM, which makes it an excellent place to satisfy those late-night sushi cravings.  If you’re not a late-night goer, Yummy Village Sushi rewards you with their biggest attraction: 50% of their House Specials menu, which includes a California Roll for $2.38, a Sushi Regular combo for $9.88, a Chicken Teriyaki Entree for $7.38, a Salmon Teriyaki Entree for $8.88, and more.  For all those sake lovers out there, Yummy Village Sushi offers a buy-one-get-one-free offer for their hot sake, $5 for a small and $9 for a large.  More often than not, the chef throws in a free appetizer that can be anything from white fish tempura to edamame.

I stumbled into Yummy Village Sushi while scoping out the sushi joints in the neighborhood, hopefully looking to find a place where I could become a regular.  I was not disappointed, as I was greeted by an attentive waitress and grandpa-like sushi chef.  The great thing about this restaurant is that it is family owned, which means that your business won’t go towards some multi-million dollar chain, but instead to a sustainable small business.  The place is small but has a nice ambiance that is cozy and laid back.  Lovebirds, NYU students, neighborhood regulars, and even the occasional tourist, can be found at this hidden gem.

Sushi is one of those things where you almost always get what you pay for.  But not at Yummy Village Sushi! Their sushi is well made, fast, and prepared by chefs that know what they’re doing.  On top of their delicious food, their prices are sure to keep you coming back for more.

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New Sushi-Robot is a Game Changer

Sushi-making has long been respected in Japan as a cultural expression of art because of the emphasis on appearance, as well as taste. However Japanese company Suzomo has just modernized the sushi industry with a line of sushi robots that can automatically roll sushi with ingredients pre-assembled for them.

These machines can be small enough to fit on counter-tops, and create 3,600 mounds of sushi per hours. Another machine roll about 300 medium-sized sushi rolls in an hour (larger rolls take more time to create). The machines work by grabbing a pile of rice from a rice bowl placed on top of the machine and sculpting it into a flat sheet. Then the machine adds a piece of seaweed, fish and veggies. Then at the press of a button the conveyor belt platform covers the sushi and rolls it up.

Suzumo hopes with these machines it can “precisely recreate the handmade taste and technique used by an experienced sushi chef.” No mention was given to appearance however, which many sushi-lovers know is almost as important as taste itself. It can be hard to imagine a sushi machine acutely dropping sauce on a roll, or arranging a dragon roll to actually look like a dragon. For this reason it’s hard to imagine most high-end sushi restaurants replacing their experienced sushi chefs with a sushi machine. These machines may find more use in malls or franchises that require fast output. These machines have the added advantage of standardization, letting a franchise creates a perfectly standardized sushi product that doesn’t alternate depending on the chef.

Sushi machines should cost only a few thousand dollars each, making them far more cost effective than hiring an experienced sushi chef, though these machines do require some labor to place ingredients and operate them.

Suzomo machines may ultimately drive down the costs of sushi, and thus raise demand for the pricy raw-fish food. With fish conservation efforts growing, many popular fish including bluefin tuna are being increasingly protected by environmental groups from ending up in our sushi. There is still no word on how Suzomo machines might affect the food industry, but given their low cost and high yield of output, they may have devastating effects upon fish conservation.

Watch the video below to see how Suzomo sushi machines are changing the world of sushi as we know it.

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