New York’s Best Burgers for Your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Fix!

By Emily Collins

Happy Memorial Day, foodies! Memorial Day Weekend is always filled with celebrations, patriotism and our favorite part: food. If you’re like me and don’t have access to a grill, worry not. We’ve compiled a list of some of New York’s best burgers! Just because we’re grill-less doesn’t mean we can’t eat like we have one.

Joy Burger Bar

Maxi Burger from Joy Burger | Photo credit: One Museum Mile

Joy Burger is best for the adventurous eater in you. Their menu allows you to pick from 3 different sizes, 9 sauces, and a ton of different toppings and sides, even gluten-free buns! These burgers are always cooked to perfection, juicy and will definitely leave you full.

 Jack’s Sliders and Sushi

Sliders and fries from Jack’s Sliders and Sushi | Photo credit: Sulav Darnal

Sushi and sliders? It’s not your every day food combo, but it definitely makes for an interesting meal! Their variety of different sliders and sushi can please anybody you’re getting a meal with. Not to mention, their plates are beautiful and are bound to impress.

Burger Heaven

Cheeseburger from Burger Heaven
Cheeseburger from Burger Heaven

The name says it all. With 70 years of burger making under their belt, it’s safe to say Burger Heaven does indeed live up to its name. If you’re looking for New York charm that can take you back in time, Burger Heaven is the place for you.

Uncle Gussy’s

Pita Burger from Uncle Gussy’s | Photo credit: BurgerWeekly.com

Uncle Gussy’s is traditional Greek food, but offers a unique take on the classic cheeseburger. Served on pita with tzatziki, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, Uncle Gussy’s burger is one that you won’t forget.

The Counter

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Veggie Burger Bowl from The Counter | Photo credit: quarrygirl.com

The Counter Burger is the burger equivalent to Meryl Streep; versatile, gorgeous and always consistently fantastic. In the burger world, their huge menu is a game changer. If you don’t feel like having a traditional burger, you can get a burger bowl!

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5 Healthy Breakfast Food Ideas You Haven’t Heard Of

By Jane Poretsky

Most days I would pay someone $50 just to let me cuddle with my comforter for 20 more minutes. So what about the Monday mornings that I need to peep my eyes open at 5:30 AM (EW)? It’s hard to get out of my cozy bed, avoid hitting snooze 100 times and get moving. I find a healthy breakfast and just a few yoga stretches changes everything.

I know, you’ve heard it all before. This is craziness, madness, sheer insanity. You just want your 4 cups of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. I guarantee that for the first week of waking up 15 minutes early, you will have to force yourself. You’ll be all “damn you Jane, just 5 more minutes…”. After you break through the first few days of annoyance, you won’t regret it. You’ll be in a better mood throughout the day, you’ll be calm and focused and most importantly, less tired.

Do yourself a favor and try this. Wake up 15 minutes early. Do a few of your favorite stretches. Say a word or two of gratitude. Reminding yourself about what you are lucky to have is the best way to relax your mind and prevent later irritations over miniscule things during the day.. Am I ranting? I’m wrapping up I promise.

Eat breakfast, and don’t bore yourself by eating the same instant oatmeal everyday. Spice things up, prepare a little bite the night before if that’s what it takes. Below are a few of my morning go-to’s that I rotate during the week. They are all healthy and delicious.

1. Blueberry Almond Overnight Oatmeal

Combine 1/4 cup of organic rolled oats with 1/4 cup of vanilla flavored greek yogurt, a drop of almond or vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of skim milk. Shake it up in a plastic container with a tight lid or a little glass jar. Add a handful of blueberries and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add a tsp of almond butter and a few more berries on top.

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Blueberry Almond Overnight Oatmeal (Photo: theoatmealartist.com)

2. Peanut Butter Banana Quinoa

For this one, I use quinoa that I have leftover from making salads during the week. I always set a little aside and leave it in the fridge. Microwave 1/3 cup of cooked quinoa for 45-60 seconds with a splash of milk. Top it with a drizzle of honey, a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter and one small mashed banana. Gently mix and enjoy.

*This can also be made with oatmeal.

Peanut Butter Banana Quinoa (Photo: Includingcake.blogspot.com)
Peanut Butter Banana Quinoa (Photo: Includingcake.blogspot.com)

 

3. Cheesy Honey Mustard Egg Wrap

Warm up a whole wheat wrap on a skillet. Scramble one egg gently. Top it with a slice of your favorite (melty) cheese. Spread your favorite mustard (I like spicy whole grain) on the wrap and drizzle a little honey on. Add the egg and cheese, wrap up, slice in half.

Cheesy Honey Mustard Egg Wrap (Photo: kraftrecipes.com)
Cheesy Honey Mustard Egg Wrap (Photo: kraftrecipes.com)
 
4. Chia Seed Porridge
 
Mash 1/2 of a banana in a small bowl. Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of almond/coconut/soy milk and 2 tbs of chia seeds. Mix and let it sit for at least 1 hour, or preferably, overnight. Top with dried fruit, berries or toasted nuts. Serve cold. 
 
Chia Seed Porridge (Photo: slenderkitchen.com)
Chia Seed Porridge (Photo: slenderkitchen.com)
5. Avocado Tomato Toast
 
Toast a large slice of whole wheat bread. Mash 1/2 of an avocado with 1 tbs of fresh lime juice. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Spread the avocado on the toast and add 2 slices of fresh tomato. You can also add a sunny side up egg over the entire thing if you’re extra hungry!
Avocado Tomato Toast (Photo: nourishtheroots.com)
Avocado Tomato Toast (Photo: nourishtheroots.com)

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Heinz Unveils Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapenos

It seems like I have been waiting my entire life for this invention; “Heinz Tomato Ketchup blended with Real Jalapenos” promises to bridge the gap between two great condiments. Ketchup alone sometimes lacks a kick that we desire in our food, and hot sauce usually isn’t thick enough to be a proper condiment for a burger or as a dipping sauce. Now Heinz is releasing this new limited edition ketchup set to hit shelves in January, 2013.

For those eager fans out there (myself included) Heinz is selling a few bottles through Facebook from November 26th through December 7th. These bottles will sell for $4.99 via Facebook, pricier than the regular retail price of $2.49. This immediate release will be known as “12 days of Jalapeno Ketchup”, with an added incentive of ordering two to five bottles and getting one free.

Heinz has already released another variety of ketchup, “Heinz hot & Spicy Ketchup” made from Tabasco sauce. According to the website Investors.com, the “new Heinz Tomato Ketchup blended with Real Jalapeno is the same hick, rich tomato ketchup that consumers love, with one ingredient added – real jalapenos. The unique, hot flavor is perfect for adding a kick to breakfast favorites like eggs and hash browns, or spicing up classics like burgers and fries.”

Heinz believes that releasing this product for the holiday season might kick up enthusiasm for the brand and be incorporated in holiday recipes. “We’re excited to offer our newest limited edition flavor just in time for the holidays,” said Eric Dahmer, senior board manager for Heinz Ketchup. “It makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the friend or family member who likes to add a little kick to their meals.”

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