Glaze Teriyaki: Bringing Seattle-Style Eats to New York City

By Danielle Bimston

Glaze Teriyaki is bringing the US together, from coast to coast, with Seattle-style teriyaki in NYC.  Thanks to owners Paul Krug and Ian McCormick, we can now enjoy the sweet and savory tastes of this delicious Japanese cuisine at over 3 locations in the Big Apple and, recently, in Brooklyn as well.

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Over at Glaze Teriyaki, ordering food is all about balance. Pick a protein and get a side of rice and salad to keep your diet healthy and body happy.  Whether you’re more of a chicken, steak, or salmon lover, there are options for everyone, complete with gluten free and vegetarian entrees.

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All of the meats available at Glaze are charcoal grilled and then lavishly sauced with a subtle, tangy dressing.  The veggies are locally sourced when possible and cooked to perfection.  It is because of this that Glaze Teriyaki is always buzzing; lines extend out the door and phones ring off the hook. And, if you’re not in the mood for a heavy meal, keep it light and fresh by choosing from Glaze’s large selection of gourmet sides such as Steamed Edamame, Crispy Gyoza Dumplings, and Shishito Peppers.

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No matter what you choose, we’re sure that Glaze Teriyaki will hit the spot.  With flavorful dishes and hearty portions, Glaze is sure to be an office hit.

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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.

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

 

What Kind of Trendy Food Are You? An Official FoodtoEat Quiz

By Emily Collins

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Whether it’s foraged mushrooms or kale salad, New York City is all about food trends. At FoodtoEat, we love trendy food, so why not make a quiz dedicated to them? Click here to find out whether or not you’re froyo or quinoa!

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

7 Meals Fit for a President

By Rosie O’Regan

In honor of Presidents’ Day, I did some internet research (i.e. Google) on our POTUSes and what they liked to eat. To no surprise, the results showed that our heads of state had very patriotic palates. These dishes range from All-American classics to twists on your old favorites–they’re delicious on their own, but they would sure look good served up on a White House platter!

George Washington, Cherries

Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwich from Coolhaus

Our #1 guy, Mr. Washington himself, went down in history books for his honesty by admitting to his father that he had chopped down a cherry tree–“I cannot tell a lie”. Whether or not that’s the whole story, I’m willing to bet that he felled that tree for the delicious cherries that were just out of his reach. Poor George could have satisfied his cherry fix for a lot less trouble by heading over to Coolhaus and snagging one of their cherry cheesecake ice cream sandwiches.

Cheery Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwich from Coolhaus

John F. Kennedy, New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder from Le Mirage Cafe

What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Massachusetts born and bred, JFK had a weakness for a steaming bowl of New England Clam Chowder. The president deserves the best of the best, and you just cannot beat Le Mirage Cafe’s New England Clam Chowder.

New England Clam Chowder from Le Mirage Cafe

Richard Nixon, Meatloaf

Open-Faced Meatloaf Sandwich from The Squeeze

Nixon was a fan of the true American classic–meatloaf. Every night was probably meatloaf night when he was in the White House. However, it is possible to get bored of even the most delicious standby so I’d tell the president to run over to The Squeeze and try their open-faced meatloaf sandwich on a raw bread with veggies, lacto-fermented pickles, caramelized onions and BBQ sauce. Mmgood.

Open-faced Meatloaf Sandwich from The Squeeze

Ronald Reagan, Mac ‘n Cheese

Mac & Cheese from The Milk Truck

Good ol’ mac ‘n cheese was at the top of Ronald Reagan’s list. Leading the free world is a big job, so it’s nice to unwind with a classic comfort food. The Milk Truck’s Mac & Cheese will help you refuel and get back to the Oval Office in no time!

Mac & Cheese from The Milk Truck

George W. Bush, Brisket

Big Bad Brisket from Mike N’ Willie’s

Proving that he’s a southern man through and through, George W. Bush’s number one dish is brisket. Whenever he was feeling homesick sitting in that big white house in DC, he undoubtedly asked for a meal that reminded him of the South. Mr. President, I promise that Mike N’ Willie’s Big Bad Brisket will transport your taste buds straight to Texas.

Big Bad Brisket from Mike N’ Willie’s

Barack Obama, Broccoli

Fresh Mixed Vegetables Vegetarian Platter from 99% Vegetarian 

Not sure if this is a ploy to get Sasha and Malia to eat their vegetables, but Obama claims that broccoli is his favorite food. Well, Mr. President, let me let you in on a little secret–broccoli goes great with other vegetables. Expand your palate with 99%Vegetarian’s Vegetarian Platter which is chock full of fresh mixed vegetables. Pair your favorite, broccoli, with cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms and eggplant, topped with a lemon carrot ginger sauce made from pureed carrots. I got your back, Barack.

Fresh Mixed Vegetables from 99% Vegetarian

If you have dreams of sitting in the Oval Office, this Presidents’ Day treat yourself to a meal fit for the leader of the free world. Who knows, one day it might be you making requests from the White House kitchen!

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

 

Coming Soon: The Vegan Reality Food Truck Show

By: Gabby Zilkha

Coming soon: the Vegan Reality Food Truck Show!
Coming soon: the Vegan Reality Food Truck Show!

The Squeeze has a dream to make it on the big screen! Yes, that is right! One day, the raw vegan food truck the Squeeze will have its chance at stardom.

You may be saying, “It’s a truck eat truck world”! “The Squeeze better have an agent”! But don’t you worry, owner and founder of the Squeeze Karliin Brooks used to work in the Entertainment industry and this is actually what she had in mind when she started the truck back in May of 2012.

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Karliin wants to create the first Vegan based reality TV show. She saw an opportunity in Food Trucks to bring that idea to life. She could travel around the country and provide juicing and healthy foods to people all across America.

Currently, Karliin says that she is focusing on establishing the food truck business and maybe even a wholesale network.

What makes this truck so special you may ask? Well it offers a large array of cold press juice cleanses in delicious flavors. (fun fact: cold press juicing is super cool and keeps all of the enzymes alive longer as opposed to the more common centrifugal juicer which has a enzyme life of 15 minutes) .

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They also have super awesome flavor combinations! The “Stand and Deliver” has kale, celery, cucumber, spinach, swiss chard, and dandelion. The “Sweetest Revenge”, one of the more popular for the less juice heavy person has fennel, clementine, and lemon. I don’t know about you but I feel refreshed just thinking about that!

So next time you’re around Union Square W and 17th Street, make sure to give it a try!

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Green Carts Provide an Oasis in Food Deserts

Street vendors come in all shapes and sizes, including the 500 vendors that participate in New York’s Green Cart program. Green Cart’s are an initiative to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income areas with limited options for healthy food. Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick has plenty of fast-food options but no grocery stores, until a produce cart moved in with general fruits and vegetables and specialty items for the Latino community in the area.

New York’s Green Cart program is intended to encourage the consumption of healthier food to combat obesity and diet-related diseases. Although Green Carts are only one initiative aimed at improving the diets of New Yorkers, many other cities are starting to catch on to this initiative. Now over 70 million Americans suffer from obesity, and green carts provide a convenient means to get fresh food to Americans.

At first the Green Cart initiative faced considerable pressure in New York City, as sidewalk congestion became an issue and small grocers objected to mobile carts competing against their brick-and-mortar businesses. Despite these problems, 1,000 permits were granted to vendors to sell fresh produce in underserved areas in 2008. The Green Cart program has required much less time and investment than other initiatives, with a low cost to entry and vendors applying through the same process they would to maintain a hot dog cart.

Despite the strict rules for sidewalk vending and slim profit margins, vendors in the Green Cart program have it comparatively easier than other vendors. Many vendors have begun to accept federal food-assistance benefits, with wireless devices given to them to accept payments. This way, customers in low-income areas can spend more on healthier alternatives, producing a win-win for the customer and the vendors.

As other cities begin adapting New York’s Green Cart model, they are noticing similar trends in how to execute them. One of the most important factors for these carts is where they’re located; those with the heaviest foot traffic and one indoor cart had the most sales over the course of a year. One cart in particular, inside the atrium of a children’s hospital got the benefit of having entire families heading past their location. Philadelphia is now considering working with hospitals to scale the program in a way to reach many families with limited incomes.

The end goal of these initiatives are to make fresh food more accessible in ‘food deserts’ and provide more jobs for immigrant vendors, unemployed youths and seniors. In some areas city officials are branching out by letting vendors sell fruit cups or chopped and bagged vegetables to increase the convenience of healthy food.

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Pizza is a Vegetable, and School Lunch is Doomed

Last week the United States Congress voted to make frozen pizza an official vegetable, determining that USDA efforts to increase fruit and vegetable servings in school lunches would be denied. The tomato paste in frozen pizza supposedly qualifies as an acceptable vegetable, thanks to large food companies like ConAgra and Shwan pressuring Congress to align their guidelines with the companies’ financial interests.

The government has come under pressure from conservatives recently about dictating the food that people eat, notably from Sarah Palin calling first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign an example of the new “nanny state”. However this move shows that the government does not seem to care too much about what we eat either way, as company interests have clearly superseded health concerns for school lunch. After examining the ingredients in ConAgra’s traditional 4” x 6” pizza, it hardly has any vegetables in it and barely qualifies as a pizza at all.

According to the New York Times, food companies have already spent an estimated $5.6 million lobbying against these new food regulations. A lot of the damage done to school lunches has already been instilled in children by years of eating industrialized food. Studies have shown that children’s taste palettes seem to reject the healthier food in place of the industrialized options, going to great pains to remove vegetables from their plates, even pulling all the spinach out of lasagna. Parents and lunch officials alike believe that kids simply won’t eat the healthier options, but skeptics say that industrialized food has only been around for about 60 years and prior to this, children must have eaten healthier food. The fact is, extended exposure to salty, fatty and sugary foods alters the taste palette and can make healthier foods seem bland and unappealing. By marketing exclusively to children, these food companies are targeting children at a young age and drastically altering their eating habits.

Nearly thirty years ago President Reagan proposed to save money on school lunches by suggesting ketchup could be served as a vegetable rather than as a condiment. Though the idea by mocked then and never taken seriously, we have come dangerously close to this level of negligence in caring for what food is served in school cafeterias. Currently one in every four 4-year olds is obese, and with Congress remaining unwilling to stand up to the food industry, we can expect these numbers to further increase.

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