Sweet Chili: Thaietnamese Food With a Side of Power Ballads

By Emily Collins swtr 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.

This week, I was able to meet one of New York City’s local food-lebrities, Lisa Fernandes. Lisa is the passionate chef and owner behind Sweet Chili – a “Thai-etnamese” truck with a menu full of original and incredible recipes by Lisa herself! If you didn’t know already, Lisa was the runner-up on season 4 of Top Chef, so you’re literally trying some of her winning recipes from the show.

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Lisa & her sous chef, Tora, in front of her “baby on wheels” – Sweet Chili!

All throughout Lisa’s life, food was her passion. She started with her mom in the kitchen, served ice cream at the mall as a teen and went on to culinary school to pursue her dream of becoming a professional chef! It’s not very often you meet someone who can say they genuinely wake up every day and want to go to work, but Lisa does. She loves her customers and makes an effort to learn their names and wants the experience to be not only delicious, but entertaining! “We make it personal, we have a good time with them, we play fun music, we’re not prim and proper, ‘good afternoon, how may we help you today?’ ” And it definitely works for them. You can walk up to Sweet Chili, get on-the-go restaurant quality food, a 1980s power ballad serenade and maybe even a Vietnamese coffee sample if you’re dancing!

Her favorite thing about owning a food truck? “We have fun! People can relate to us. They say, ‘I’m not in the mood for that today, can you just make me something?’ and we just make stuff up. People like that. You can’t do that in a restaurant.” I was able to see this first hand when I asked Lisa and her team to just “make me anything” on the menu. I was served with their flavorful Heavenly Beef over white rice with bean sprout salad and was recommended by Lisa “get the fried egg on top, it makes everything better!” She was right; the dish was indeed heavenly and the fried egg? A perfect companion to the sweet and spicy dish.

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Lisa’s sous chef, Tora, with Heavenly Beef – coriander marinated sirloin beef with sriracha and thai basil.

At the end of the day, Lisa’s goal is to serve up unique, amazing dishes while giving the best experience to the customer, “If you’re in a good mood when you make the food, and the person’s in a good mood when they get the food, they’re going to be in a good mood when they eat the food.” You can check out Lisa and the Sweet Chili team this summer at their frequent spots, South Street Seaport and DUMBO Lot during the week and Governor’s Island on weekends for dancing to 80s and 90s jams and cooking some of the best Thai-etnamese food in New York City!

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

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.

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

 

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

A Thai Treat from Tuk Tuk Boy

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The last time I had Thai food had to have been at least five or six years ago.  I enjoy Thai food, but not enough to go out of my way to find a Thai restaurant or food truck.  That held true until a couple days ago when one of my coworkers came back from lunch commending the fine work of a tiny Thai cart in midtown, 50th and 6th to be exact.  She told me I had to try it and when I responded with an “ehh, we’ll see” response, she became angry, as if I offended her (no, she’s not Thai, so it wasn’t any cultural insult when I responded with a less than enthusiastic answer).  “You better try it, Kevin,” showing every spec of white in her eyeballs.

At this point, I didn’t really have a choice but to try it and today was the day.  Now…

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