#SadDeskLunch Round-Up: Keep Submitting for Free Lunch & Cupcakes!

 

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It’s been two weeks since we’ve started our promotion with #SadDeskLunch and we have seen some endearingly abysmal submissions. There’s still time to show us your #SadDeskLunch photos here to win FREE lunch and cupcakes! With free cupcakes on the line, why wouldn’t you submit a picture? Check out some of the latest below and let us know which picture you think is most deserving of our lunch hack and free cupcakes!

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A single tortilla in front of an outdated computer. The epitome of a #SadDeskLunch
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Is that turkey or chicken? One thing that we do know: it is sad.
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Nothing says “#SadDeskLunch” like a heated up burrito.
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A #SadDeskLunch Classic: Leftovers.
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Pre-cooked rice, questionable broth. We’ve all been there.

Be sure to watch and share our #SadDeskLunch video starring Kira Fischer, the founder of the #SadDeskLunch blog!

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Dinner is Coming…Get Ready with the Official Game of Thrones Cookbook

By Debra Liu

Ok, who is excited? The Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere is right around the corner and “Two Swords”, the first episode, will most definitely make us salivate for more, especially since Red Viper is in town.

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Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, co-author of A Feast of Ice & Fire

But, don’t make the mistake of watching the premiere without eating Game of Thrones inspired food – pork pie or honeyfingers anyone?

If you’ve read the books, it’s hard to miss George R. R. Martin’s exquisitely detailed words describing the characters, their surroundings, and most importantly, the foods they enjoy eating:

“Later came sweetbreads and pigeon pie and baked apples fragrant with cinnamon and lemon cakes frosted in sugar, but by then Sansa was so stuffed that she could not manage more than two little lemon cakes, as much as she loved them.” – A Game of Thrones

What began as a simple craving for lemon cakes, ended up being the start of a wonderful food journey across the Seven Kingdoms for Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, who created her Game of Thrones inspired food blog, Inn at the Crossroads, after being unable to find Elizabethan lemon cake recipes online. “There were a lot of lemon pound cake recipes and very modern, generic cakes with lemon but nothing really seemed imbued with that certain something from the series. And so I thought, I’ll make my own,” she told me.

Medieval Cream Tarts | Photo Credit: Chelsea Monroe-Cassel
Medieval Cream Tarts | Photo Credit: Chelsea Monroe-Cassel

A few months after the blog started, Chelsea and her cookbook co-author, Sariann Lehrer, were in talks about a cookbook deal and the rest is [medieval] history. Chelsea was a Classical Studies major in college and her love of history is evident throughout her blog and the cookbook. “I tried to take into account the spice trade, and climate and things like that when reconstructing recipes,” says Chelsea. The book is incredibly well researched, filled with full-color photos, and includes relevant food passages from all five books in the series.

Medieval Arya Tart | Photo Credit: Chelsea Monroe- Cassel
Medieval Arya Tart | Photo Credit: Chelsea Monroe- Cassel

The more than 100 recipes in A Feast of Fire & Ice, the Official Game of Thrones Cookbook, are divided by region, ranging from Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth from The Wall to Buttered Beets from The North. According to Chelsea, “foods from Winterfell are amazing in the winter, somewhat predictably. I think the food in King’s landing is amazing and very rich.”

We couldn’t wait to crack open the book and get our hands dirty in the FoodtoEat Kitchen, so as part of our Game of Thrones premiere celebratory weekend, we will be releasing how-to videos for Oatcakes and Buttered Beets straight from the cookbook – be sure to check out our YouTube channel, FoodtoEatTV.

And the celebration gets even better! Thanks to Chelsea, we’ll be giving away an autographed copy of her cookbook to one of our lucky customers as part of our “Dinner is Coming…Game of Scones” weekend promotion happening 4/5-4/6. Simply place an online food order on FoodtoEat on those days and you’ll be entered to win the amazing Game of Thrones cookbook signed by the authors! The more you order and engage with us on social media @FoodtoEat, the greater your chances are to win so get hungry, because Dinner is Coming

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Fast Food Advertising – Too Good To Be True

By: Parth Mukhi

Have you ever just stared at your fast food meal and thought, “Wow, this is not at all what I was expecting.” When you go to order fast food, you look at the displays they have outside their store. You gaze back at the large, bold font words entrapping your attention. “Succulent”, “Tender”, “Delicious”, is what they say. To top it all off, the food in the picture’s always look even better than the words can describe. All that anticipation & excitement comes crashing down when the cashier hands you the food, you unwrap it, and you see mushed up pile of bread-meat-bread.

How do McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, Taco Bell do this? In the same manner that film companies put their actors & actresses through hours of make up to get them perfect for the screen, these food companies go through extensive preparation for the advertisement of their food. Burgers, tacos, and salads all go through a photo shoot where they are touched up to look like the perfect product.

The food itself is prepared at the studio. From there, the food stylists take over. For burgers, they’ll push all the main ingredients to the foreground, making them standout. Cheese & patty are steamed to make them seem more appetizing. Following this, skewers are placed in the burgers to keep everything in an attractive, upright position. Subway sandwiches always look much more bulky in the commercials because the studios will add cardboard or foam in between the layers. Fast food salads will never look like they do in the ads, and have never tasted like an normal salad should. In order to give them that fresh & tasty look, they are sprayed with a bottle of glycerin. Finally, all the food is fixed up with photoshop, to enhance every last detail.

Company respond to these claims by saying that the food moves, or that the packaging & backing may cause for the food to be squashed. Though the companies are including everything in the burger that they claimed would be there, people still preach false advertising is in play. Technically, these companies are doing nothing legally wrong, and day after day people go back to these fast food restaurants and buy their food. At the end of the day, false advertising can be shouted from the mountain tops, but will it ever effect whether people decide to go out and buy fast food?

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