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The New & Improved MyGreatRecipes App Is Here!

The New & Improved MyGreatRecipes App Is Here!

The creators of the new app version strived towards improving the user’s experience through simplification. The process resulted in a whole new visual identity that will help turn cooking into artistry.

Improved Visual Identity

Amazing presentation has always been a signature feature of the MyGreatRecipes app. Now, following the three key guidelines: simplicity, high-quality photos, and no extra text, we have taken the app to a whole new level.

The new Discover page is back to basics with a simplified redesign that includes sections and shows one recipe card at a time.

Speaking of the recipe cards, they are brand new as well. Our team of designers worked hard to deliver the most mouthwatering content there is! We kept the instructions simple and to the point in order to increase your efficiency in the kitchen. You can still find the trending collections but with better looks!

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Functional Simplicity

Looks are nothing without functionality. The new MyGreatRecipes app is now even easier to use. We have removed the timeline and implemented the redesigned side menu in the bottom navigation. The profile icon, now with a profile image, is in the top navigation.Our powerful search tool allows you to search over 100k recipes by ingredients or meals.

The number of food categories is reduced, as was their look. Our idea was to guide the user visually so, we replaced the category photos with simple (but nevertheless cute) illustrations and introduced new category titles. This improvement, besides visual advantages, also contributes to a more efficient search.

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I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!
8 Indonesian Foods You Need to Try

8 Indonesian Foods You Need to Try

Fresh herbs and a plethora of spices – this is the phrase that summarizes Indonesian food best. Indonesian cuisine is truly bursting with flavors. The process of selecting the best dishes from the country that offers a delicious array of fried curries, noodles, and vegetable salads with exotic peanut dressings was not easy at all. So, this list might lack some of the very popular Indonesian foods but contains gems like our favorite dessert Kek Lapis.

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#1 Satay

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The term ‘satay’ refers to meat skewers not only in Indonesia but in all the countries in Southeast Asia. However, history tells us that the streets of Indonesia are the place where this food originated and was later popularized by Arab traders.

Today, satay is considered a national dish in the country. These meat skewers can be made with different types of meat, with chicken and goat being most popular ones. Mutton and rabbit are also commonly used, whereas westernized versions also include beef or pork.

The ‘secret ingredient’ that makes this Indonesian food so unique is the marinade. Well, to be more precise, marinades. Some recipes require marinating the meat in a turmeric-based mixture, whereas others call for sweet kecap manis soy sauce. Then, the meat is skewered and grilled over very hot & smoky charcoal. Finally, it is covered in a rich peanut sauce.

#2 Soto

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Soto is a traditional meat soup. The only constant in this Indonesian food is the broth, whereas the rest of the ingredients vary depending on the region. The most commonly used meat types are chicken, goat, and beef. Soto Betawi is the most popular version of this soup. It originated in Jakarta and it is well-loved for its creamy, coconut-milk base. It is usually topped with fried garlic & shallots, then seasoned with sambal.

We decided to make the Soto Ayam version, a spicy chicken soup combined with either compressed rice cut into small cakes or noodles. This liquid Indonesian food is seasoned with turmeric which gives the signature yellow color. Sometimes Soto Ayam is served with hard-boiled eggs, fried potato slices, fried shallots, or celery leaves.

#3 Nasi Goreng

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Another national dish, Nasi Goreng is a simple but very flavorful Indonesian food. The fact that it is also very cheap makes it popular throughout the country. The rice is fried in a wok pan with some oil or margarine. Its sweet twist and uniqueness come from the thick soy sauce called kecap. After it is cooked, the rice is complemented with a salty seasoning and garnished with crushed chili sambal, garlic, and acar (pickled carrots and cucumbers). Varieties of Nasi Goreng can include meat slices or beans combined with a fried egg.

#4 Tahu Bakar

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In Indonesia, tofu is considered a poor man’s snack, which automatically means it is a very common ingredient. Tahu Bakar are pockets of crispy fried tofu that look like small pockets. They have a distinct golden color and bright flavor and are best when served with sweet soy sauce & chili.

#5 Ayam Pelalah

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Аyam Pelalah is an authentic Balinese dish. It is comprised of shredded chicken which is first grilled and then seasoned with a number of spices. Ayam Pelalah is usually served along with Nasi Campur (mixed rice).

Even though Indonesian food coming from Bali, like Ayam Pelalah, is generally time-consuming, people in Indonesia consider it to be worth the effort since they believe food is a sacred offering to God. Top this Indonesian food with some juice of limau lime, a fruit commonly used in Balinese cooking to enhance the flavor.

#6 Gado-gado

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The term gado-gado translates to ‘mix-mix’ and refers to a Jakartan peanut sauce salad. Its base is comprised of compressed rice cakes, eggs, and vegetables like boiled long beans, bean sprouts, potato, spinach, and corn. Besides that, tofu, tempe, and cucumber are often added.

This combination of ingredients makes gado-gado a very fulfilling salad which can be eaten as a main dish. No wonder it is one of the most popular street foods in Indonesia. People in the capital like covering their gado-gado with a peanut or cashew sauce but as you move eastwards throughout Indonesia, the dish gets sweeter. Actually, the nut sauce is the first item of the salad that the vendors will mix up and the one that gives gado-gado its richness and heartiness.

#7 Rendang

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Rendang is the dish that ended up on top of CNN’s world’s best foods list! Those who have tried it, agree that the position is completely deserved. Rendang is a truly remarkable Indonesian food. This curry-like dish originated in the island of Sumatra but is widely popular throughout Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

There are two main variations of rending – one that is drier and is considered to be the original version, and another that contains more gravy. Both versions, however, are usually made with beef, cooked together with shallots and garlic and accompanied by lots of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and dry chilies. The ingredient that distinguishes this Indonesian food from curries is desiccated coconut, which contributes grainy texture to the dish.

#8 Kek Lapis

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Kek Lapis is Indonesian layer cake which certainly looks beautiful but is rather difficult to prepare. The batter for each layer of the cake needs to be precisely measured. When baking, you need to pay close attention and remove the layer (yes, Kek Lapis is baked one layer at a time!) just when it gets light brown.

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However, if you get this cake right, you will realize that it is worth the effort. This sweet Indonesian food is based on butter and eggs (some versions call for yolks only, while others include whites as well). Then, spices are added to obtain the distinct exotic flavor and beautiful aroma. Kek Lapis is very rich and filling and therefore served in small pieces. It is one of the favorite holiday & special occasion desserts in Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!
Los Angeles Food Report  – Ethnic Cuisines, Street Food, Culinary Trends and 20+ Recipes

Los Angeles Food Report  – Ethnic Cuisines, Street Food, Culinary Trends and 20+ Recipes

What comes to mind first when the Golden State is mentioned? Hollywood and movie stars for sure. Maybe beaches and sunny weather all year round? Add great food to the list. In addition to its amazing wines, California boasts a great culinary tradition which is a result of the warm climate, diverse population, and ocean access.

Overview

Due to the Mediterranean climate, as well as the rising popularity of healthy lifestyles, Los Angeles and California in general, promote the production and consumption of fresh and organic vegetables, fruits, and meats.

In fact, the Golden State is the biggest producer of healthy food in the US – according to the statistics by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California produces almost half of all the fruits, veggies, and nuts in the country, in addition to a large share of dairy products and livestock.

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Furthermore, California holds a large portion of the organic market in the States with a stunning $2.2 billion in sales and dominates the green food market with over 2,800 organic farms. Bearing this in mind, it comes as no surprise that L.A. is the place where the raw food movement started and a city with almost 150 green markets

However, the Los Angeles cuisine is far from being exclusively raw and healthy. The City of Angels is the home of celebrities and more importantly, celebrity chefs who invent, adopt, and popularize food trends at a quick pace. This, in combination with the numerous ethnic influences, top-rated cuisines, and high-quality street food, creates beautiful culinary diversity and makes L.A. one of the most exciting food centers.

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Ethnic Cuisines in Los Angeles

L.A.’s food scene is so diverse that you can dine around the world without ever leaving the city!

Due to California’s colonial Spanish roots and immigrant Mexican ranchers, Mexican and Spanish cuisines have had a large influence on the state’s food, particularly in the southern parts where Los Angeles is located.

In the past few years, a food phenomenon has risen that unites fast food, Mexican influences, and the inclination towards healthy eating – the so-called Baja-style Mexican food, which places an emphasis on fresh ingredients and seafood. El Pollo Loco, Baja Fresh, Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, and Chipotle are just a few examples of the Baja-style food trend.

Baja Fish Tacos

Baja Chicken Soup

It is safe to say that L.A. is the center of immigration not only in the States but in the world. There’s a huge concentration of Filipinos, Vietnamese, Samoans, Salvadorans, Armenians, and Thais. There are many California restaurants that serve other Central American foods, as well as a great variety of Chinese food.

According to statistics, the five most popular ethnic cuisines in the state of California are:

  • Taiwanese
  • Filipino
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Hawaiian

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Thai Chicken Pizza

Filipino Pork and Noodles

Caramel Shrimp (Vietnamese Tom Rim)

Pajeon (Korean Scallion Pancake)

Hawaiian Pizza

Since California is one of the states nearest to Asia and has a large Asian American population, the Asian influences are evident. One of the earliest obsessions with Asian food which started in Cali and spread all over the US food was sushi. The most popular representative is probably the ‘California roll’, an Americanized version of sushi with avocado as a primary ingredient. More modern Asian foods are mochi and boba.

California Roll

Strawberry Green Tea with Boba

Blueberry Mochi Cake

Ethnic influences extend to fast food as well. Almost all fast food chains offer regional fast food menus which depend on the ethnic composition in the area. In Los Angeles and Southern California in general, besides burgers, you can order ethnic specialties including Mexican food, chili fries, and pastrami.

California Burrito with Grilled Zucchini

Chili-Spices Sweet Potato Fries

Hot Pastrami Strata

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Other prominent food influences are:

–    Shellfish and seafood

–    Fusion cuisines

–    California-style pizza which focuses on non-traditional pizza ingredients, such as fresh produce and barbecued meats

–    Barbecue with tomato-based barbecue sauces.

Seafood Enchiladas

California Appetizer Pizzas

Los Angeles Iconic Foods & Food Trends

So, if you happen to be in Los Angeles, here are some of the most iconic dishes worth trying:

–    French dip sandwich

–    California roll

–    Original #19 pastrami sandwich

–    Shrimp tacos

–    Cobb Salad

–    Hickory burger

–    Strawberry donuts

–    Smoked salmon pizza

–    Half chicken

–    Godmother

–    Bacon breakfast burrito

–    Dodger dogs

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Besides the all-time classics, L.A. is a real hotbed for food trends. Here are some of the most persistent inventions:

–    Filipino food

–    Artisan donuts

–    Fermentation and pickling

–    Ethics in the kitchen

–    Cannabis-infused foods

–    Variety of fish dishes

–    More Mexican food with an accent on the Cali-Baja style

–    Ramen and poke as main representatives of ethnic cuisines

–    Healthy food with an accent of vegetables eaten as main dish and foods that contain matcha tea.

Los Angeles Street Food Food

Street food is a really big deal in the City of Angels. So popular in fact, that the city hosts a food truck festival every year! There is a total of 12,000 street food vendors in L.A., 3000 of which are food trucks.

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The wide variety of street vendors offer high-quality delights at ridiculously low prices. The domination of ethnic cuisines extends to food trucks as well so, in addition to classics like pizza, bbq, ice cream, and waffles, the most popular street foods include nachos, tacos, pasta, sushi, carnitas, and more!

And, like with most things, L.A. is setting trends in the street food as well. Here are the novelties in this field:

–    Take-out windows, individual or offshoots of popular restaurants, are the newest way to sell fast food in Southern California.

–    American regional food trucks, food trucks with a twist of American regional fare.

–    Tropical food stands. Thanks to L.A.’s proximity to the southern border, tropical delights like jicama, papaya, or mango are available at any time.

Los Angeles Eating Habits

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Healthy eating habits

Despite the fact that the Golden State is focused on production and consumption of healthy, organic foods, the percentage of adults that are obese or overweight in the LA county is over 60%. For children, this percentage moves within the range of 22% to 34% depending on their age.

Fast food restaurants take up 70% of the restaurant market in South L.A. and 41% in West L.A. However, the city has been enforcing a healthy food promotion program which includes the “Healthy Neighborhood Market Network” and introduction of fruits & vegetables to public schools. This program has resulted in long-term improved eating habits in the overall population. The percentage of adults who eat fast food at least once a week has dropped to 40%. As far as children are concerned, 50% of them eat fast food at least once a week and 41% of them consume sweetened drinks a day.

Eating Out

People in Los Angeles eat out most frequently on a national level – 5.2 times per week in average, visiting one of the 8,596 restaurants in the county. Single people and young couples tend to eat out on a regular basis, which can be explained by the fact that the price for eating out and cooking for one is almost the same.

Just like in New York, the millennials lead the way when it comes to the use of online booking services to avoid long waiting lines at the local restaurants.

Supermarkets, grocery stores, and markets

There are hundreds of large supermarkets and small ethnic stores in L.A so it very easy to find anything you might need.

In addition, the city is packed with ethnic markets from almost every continent. The largest ones are Filipino, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Ethiopian, Chilean, Russian, Greek, and German market. The produce in these markets is of much better quality than in the supermarkets and it comes from local farmers. Moreover, many of them do catering of ethnic delicacies for parties.

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Food Delivery

Even though over 90% of the food delivery market still relies on phones and paper menus, middle to upper-middle class urbanites, especially single people or couples in L.A. have started using online food delivery services.

Some of these services use bikes or vans to pick up food from a warehouse and deliver it to your doorstep, whereas others have personal shoppers that will do the shopping for you from stores you list or connect you directly to farmers, jammers, and bakers.

All the nation’s largest food delivery services are active in the L.A. area (GrubHub, Seamless, DoorDash, Postmates, etc.) covering all categories of foods & restaurants. However, there is a rising trend in healthy meals delivery, and there are a few services specialized in the delivery of that type like Crateful, Paleta, Wholesome2Go, MyFitFoods, etc. These services will wow you with special features like food packed in compostable packaging instead of plastic, complete transparency about where they source their ingredients, recycling programs and an on-site greenhouse where they grow their own ingredients, and more!

What’s really booming at the moment is homemade food delivery “Most people’s best childhood memories are from family meals. Home cooking is an emotional thing for people. It’s a family experience in a way that eating pizza on demand is not.“ – says the CEO of Blue Apron.

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Meals that “feel” like homemade are definitely a trend in the delivery business. Services like Munchery offer family dinners for four at affordable prices (for instance, roast chicken for four is $36). People favor simple, basic stuff like chicken, tuna bowls, grain bowls, simple salads, chocolate chip cookies.

Meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated, as well as smaller operators like Chef, ’d and Lighter that are popular in L.A., offer a wide range of services including options like vegetarian, gluten-free, family-friendly, “gourmet”, exclusion of allergens, nutrition goals and then recommend meal plans.

 

 

 

 

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!
10 Cuban Foods That Deserve Your Attention

10 Cuban Foods That Deserve Your Attention

Cuban food is a blend of many diverse influences including Native American, Spanish, French, African, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Caribbean cuisines. The fact that Cuba is an island makes seafood one of the staples, along with rice, beans, fried plantains, and meats (chicken, pork, and sometimes beef). Meats are often marinated in citrusy marinades and then roasted over low heat until they’re tender and falling apart.

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The tropical climate conditions ample usage of fruits and veggies, with a special accent on root vegetables like yuca, boniato, and malanga. These vegetables are often flavored with a traditional marinade called mojo.

Traditional Cuban cooking relies on several basic spices, such as garlic, oregano, cumin, and bay laurel leaves. Many dishes use rice as a base and ‘sofrito’, a mixture consisting of green pepper, onion, oregano, garlic, and ground pepper fried in olive oil, to give Cuban foods their signature flavor.

We have selected the best traditional Cuban foods that are sure to WOW you.

Cuban Sandwich

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The fact that Cuba has an abundance of delicious authentic foods doesn’t change the fact that Cubano sandwich has a special place in our hearts. Cubano is a classic sandwich composed of five key ingredients – boiled ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and mustard, all tucked in a griddled white Cuban roll. To give this ‘wich that extra special texture, use a panini press.

Ropa Vieja

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Even though beef is not commonly eaten in Cuba, one of the most popular traditional dishes is made with beef. The name of this Cuban food translates as “old stuff” and refers to shredded beef slowly cooked with onions and tomatoes, then served on a bed of white rice. A delicious & fulfilling meal that requires minimum efforts. What more could you wish for?

Arroz con Pollo

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Arroz con pollo is the national dish of Cuba. The name of this dish translates as “rice with chicken” and the resemblance to paella is a clear indicator of its Spanish roots. This simple Cuban food is a one-pot wonder filled with flavors. The use of spices like cumin and saffron give the rice its signature golden hue. Make more than you plan to eat and enjoy the leftovers for a few days in a row

Rice and Beans

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The combination of rice and beans cooked together or apart appears in a number of varieties throughout the country. For instance, congrí, also called Moros y Cristianos, is white rice and black beans cooked in garlic, spices, and oil. If the two ingredients are cooked separately, the dish is called “Arroz con frijoles” (rice with beans).

Pernil Relleno, is a pork shoulder marinated in orange juice, oregano, garlic, and pepper, then stuffed with rice & beans and baked in the oven. More modern varieties replace rice with quinoa, whereas others add tropical fruits like mangoes, cantaloupe, or pineapple.

Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder

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Pernil Asado con Mojo is pork shoulder soaked in a mojo marinade. Mojo is a very popular mixture made with garlic, orange or lime juice, olive oil, fresh oregano, ground cumin, and salt. It can be used as a marinade and/or sauce for pork, chicken, and shrimp recipes.

For instance, besides the pork shoulder from the recipe above, it is often used to marinate Lechon Asado (roasted pork), the favorite Cuban holiday dish. Mojo can also be poured over yuca potatoes for a quick snack if you’re having an unexpected company you want to impress.

Chorizo Stew

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This stew is just one example of how Cubans incorporate their version of chorizo into various dishes. Another example is Chorizo and Corn Strata, sweet corn sautéed with chorizo (casing discarded), then combined scrambled eggs and served with bread.

Frita, a.k.a. Cuban hamburger, is a bun with a minced chorizo patty, or beef patty paired with chorizo, and topped with French fries. And finally, chorizo can be added to Arroz con Pollo. Oh, yes, Cubans add chorizo on top on their pizza (read all about it below)!

Chicharrón

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Chicharrón is a dish based on fried pork belly or fried pork rinds. However, it can also be made from mutton, beef, or chicken (like the recipe we offer). These Chicharrones de Pollo are actually chicken thigh pieces marinated in a lime, garlic, and rum mixture, then covered in flour and fried to a crispy perfection.

Cuban Pizza

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Although pizza hardly comes to mind when talking about Cuban food, we believe that Cubans have really taken this traditional Italian dish to a whole new level. How is Cuban pizza different? Firstly, the dough’s a little thicker and the tomato-based sauce is a little bit sweeter than we’re used to. Secondly, the dough is often seasoned with a blend of spices or by adding the sauce directly into the dough!

As far as toppings are concerned, start with cheese. Cubans love to top their pizzas with gouda alone or pair it with another type of cheese like mozzarella. Then, the meat. Opt for ground chorizo, fried lobster, bacon, or lechon. Some recipes call for sweet plantains as well. Cuban pizza is baked in a charcoal oven, then served crustless and uncut. Just fold it over and eat!

Picadillo

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Picadillo which translates as “mince” is a dish similar to hash which appears in Spain and many Latin American countries. In Cuba, it is also called Arroz a la Cubana. It is based on ground beef, and tomatoes or tomato sauce. The rest of the ingredients varies by region. The Cuban version often contains eggs, plantains, potatoes, raisins, and olives. Serve it with plain rice.

Churros

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We can’t stop thinking about churros since we first tasted them in Spain. Cubans have their own version, which is a bit fluffier. Cuban churros are often described as sweet breadsticks, which means that, unlike the Spanish counterpart, they’re straight. In addition, often come with a filling inside (most often fruit like guava). Pair them with café con leche , hot chocolate, or for a completely authentic experience, pair them with Cuban dulce le leche – soured milk that’s curdled and then sweetened.

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Bonus: Mojito

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Havana is the birthplace of this amazing summer cocktail composed of five ingredients – white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint, all gently mashed with a muddler. Mojito has a very low alcohol content so, decorate your glass with mint leaves and lime wedges, sit back, and enjoy!

 

 

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!
NYC Food Report – Iconic Foods, Hot New Trends, and 40+ Recipes to Make You Feel Like a True New Yorker!

NYC Food Report – Iconic Foods, Hot New Trends, and 40+ Recipes to Make You Feel Like a True New Yorker!

NYC is the food capital of the United States, the place where many staple dishes were invented. It is not only most welcoming to ethnic cuisines, but it is also the hotbed of food trends and culinary fusions. The Big Apple picks up on new dishes, adapts them to its taste, and forwards them to the rest of the US and the world!

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Short History of New York as a Food Capital

In the past, NYC was just a small seaport city which housed six food markets stocked by local farmers, hunters, and fishermen.

By the late 1800’s, the population had grown to over a million, causing the food scene to change rapidly. Back then, residents of NYC had more than a thousand restaurants at their disposal, more than any other city in the US.

In the 19th century, long before supermarkets and before the days of modern refrigeration, grocery shopping required quite a lot of moving around – people acquired fruits from traveling carts and dairy from the milkman. Then, they ran to the “ice man” for a big block of ice to keep their perishables cold. Later in the century, all the locally-grown food was sold on the so-called ‘fly markets’.

In the early 20th century, working hours dictated meal appearance and timing. The main meal consisted of cold meats, soup, cheese, and bread and it was eaten at the end of the workday. According to testimonials of average New Yorkers, when eating out, they opted for less expensive options like early vending machines and corner soda fountains.

What about today? What we know for sure is that the way New Yorkers shop for food has changed dramatically. What are the favorite foods of people living in the Big Apple? Pizza and bagels are definitely on the list of favorites but there’s so much more to choose from! Do they prefer eating out or cooking at home? Maybe an option in the middle – meal kits! Welcome to the NYC food scene!

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New York City Food in the 21st Century

Here is a list of the most popular foods in NYC:

Baked Pretzels

Black and white cookie

Corned beef

Delmonico steak

Donuts

Eggs Benedict

Hot dogs

Knish

Lobster Newberg

Manhattan clam chowder

New York-style cheesecake

New York-style Italian ice

New York-style pastrami

New York-style pizza

Waldorf Salad

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However, New York City’s cuisine is not limited to these dishes only. There are also other pretty awesome foods worth mentioning like biscuits and Reuben sandwiches. More importantly, all the dishes introduced by ethnic communities.

If you want to eat like a true New Yorker, here are some tips shared by residents:

Street carts & food trucks are an important part of the NYC food scene. There are over 5,100 of them throughout the city and the most popular food they sell is ice cream. Speaking of ice cream, the best one is found in Brooklyn and that is the only reason to cross the Brooklyn bridge. NYC residents say that hot dogs from these mobile food places may be delicious but you eat the, at your own risk!

Those that prefer savory breakfasts, have a trouble deciding between bagels and bialys (small traditional Polish rolls). When it comes to bagels, they swear the best ones are found on Manhattan. To be more precise, within a radius of 75 miles from Manhattan.

No matter how receptive of new trends people of NYC may be, when it comes to donuts, they’re quite stubborn. So, real New Yorker will skip the cronuts (a croissant-donut pastry) and opt for the good old classic donuts.

New Yorkers also don’t like waiting in line for breakfast so they often discover some shady-looking places that make awesome sandwiches. However, they don’t mind waiting for brunch, especially if booze is involved.

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Eating at Home vs. Eating Out

It is safe to say that real New Yorkers eat their meals on the move. This usually applies to breakfast, which is eaten on the way to work. Eating lunch out is also common since people are at work during lunchtime, so they don’t really have much choice. Dinner is the only meal when New Yorkers can decide whether to stay in or go out and can be eaten as late as 11pm!

Surveys have shown that most New Yorkers don’t have formal dinner at home anymore. Most often they order take out or grab something on the way.

New Yorkers often eat out, especially the residents of Manhattan. However, this is not a sign of snobbery or laziness. There are two facts that explain the inclination towards food places:

–    Most apartments and, by analogy, kitchens in NYC are so small that cooking is virtually impossible. Such kitchens are equipped with only a small oven, a fridge, and a sink, with little or no counter space.

–    The cost of cooking for one equals the cost of a take-out so, many people decide to skip cooking after a long day at work.

When it comes to eating out, here is what the numbers have to say:

–    More than 13 million people eat out at least once a month in the Big Apple.

–    In the period between 2014-2015, New York household’s set aside 11% of their budgets on food, of which 58% percent was spent on food at home and 42% on eating out.

–    How much exactly is this translated into dollars? An average dinner in NYC, consisting of an entree, drink, and tip, costs $48.50 which is about 20% percent more than the national average!

Older people who have more free time on their hands tend to cook more often and they really enjoy it! Younger people, on the other hand, tend to eat out frequently but are looking for cheaper places, usually ethnic restaurants with informal atmosphere. They don’t pay much attention to décor or service. These young people are crucial for the formation of NYC food scene. Meet the millennials!

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We’re Living in a Millennial World

You know those people who frequently take pictures of their food and post it on social media? They’re millennials. By definition, “millennials, also known as Generation Y, are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years.”

The influence of millennials is huge. Their lives are closely connected to technology so, by taking photos, they set food trends and promote food places, thus shaping the entire food scene. Of course, the crucial fact here is that, as mentioned before, millennials are the ones who commonly eat out. It’s no wonder that restauranteurs adjust their venues in accordance with millennials’ needs. Here is how they attract millennials:

–    Technology is the key factor. Millennials rely on technology when deciding where to eat. They search for food places online, order online, book tables online. However, the most important thing for them is being able to see the menu online – 74% millennials said that diverse menu options can persuade them to choose a certain restaurant over another.

–     Health benefits & environment impact are also important for millennials – 74% of them stated that they’d choose restaurants that offer healthy dishes, as well as those that serve diet-specific foods (vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, etc.); 65% said that they favor food places that serve environmentally friendly food, as well as those that rely on local sourcing.

Eat like a millennial:

Vegan Linguine with Broccoli  

Gluten-Free Veggie Burgers

Paleo Jalapeno Meat Poppers

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New York City Food in Numbers

If we want to explore the eating habits of people living in the Big Apple, we need to look at the numbers.

New York City has declared war on obesity by enforcing several laws related to nutrition and promoting ‘green’ initiatives like local sourcing & green carts, as well as introduction of fruits and vegetables into public school menus.

  • In a health food research conducted by org in NYC, 27% of the people stated they have one or more sugary drinks a day, and 88% of them also have one or more fruit or vegetable a day.
  • In New York State, the number of farmers’ markets has more than doubled since 2000, increasing from 235 in 2000 to 521 in 2012.
  • Since the ‘Green Cart Initiative’ was introduced to NYC, 71% of customers surveyed reported increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • The Big Apple was the first city in the US to make calorie count law mandatory. This means that all food paces must state the number of calories of each menu item. Having in mind that about one million New Yorkers check the calorie data on food products, this seems like a very smart decision.
  • Specialty foods and drinks are on the rise, increasing by 15% in only two years! “Specialty foods are foods that are considered as “unique and high-value food items made in small quantities from high-quality ingredients. Consumers typically pay higher prices for specialty foods, and may perceive them as having various benefits compared to non-specialty foods. Compared to staple foods, specialty foods may have higher prices due to more expensive ingredients and labor.”
  • Still, the increase in specialty foods is nothing compared to wellness bars, a category which shows an increase of whopping 76% in sales between 2012 and 2016 and is expected to continue growing.

After analyzing these numbers, it is safe to say that people in NYC are shifting their eating habits towards healthier options. According to the Google 2016 Food Report, the volume of searches for the so-called functional foods has risen dramatically. Turmeric leads the way of foods with health benefits, followed by apple cider vinegar, avocados, and coconut oil.

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Turmeric Bakes Chicken Thighs with Garlic Turmeric Rice

Mexican Avocado Tartlets

Pumpkin Pie Spice Coconut Oil Granola

However, this doesn’t mean they’re giving up fast food for good. On the contrary, the number of fast food chain locations shows a rise of 8.2%. The five most popular chains are Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Baskin Robins.

Still, changes can be seen in this field as well. Read all about it in the next section – food trends.

Modern NYC Eating Habits – Food Delivery vs. Meal Kits

Delivery

The business of delivering restaurant meals to your doorstep is worth more than $80 billion worldwide! The traditional model, in which the consumer orders and waits for the food place to bring the food takes up 90% of the market. And despite expectations, most orders are still made via phone.

However, the rise of digital technology has influenced the rapid growth of online delivery services. Who would pass on a possibility to choose from a wide array of restaurants and foods with just a tap of their smartphone? Online delivery services allow you to compare menus and prices, see average delivery time, order, and leave reviews.

Online food delivery platforms like GrubHub, Yelp, and Delivery Hero are racing to satisfy all the consumers’ needs, constantly expanding offers, convenience & efficiency. Expect to see cab drivers, delivery boys riding e-bikes, and even robots to bring your food in NYC very soon!

Meal kits

Meal kit delivery services are one of the best things that have happened to modern people. Now, everyone can enjoy fresh, healthy, homemade food – singles, working couples, and busy families. National boxed-meal services like Plated, Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Terra’s Kitchen bring fresh ingredients to your doorstep, along with recipes and step-by-step instructions to help you minimize the time you spend in the kitchen and reduce stress. All you need to do is – just add cooking!

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New York City Food Trends

What is hot at the moment in NYC? Well, there’s something for everyone.

  • Believe it or not, eating out is a rising trend. Finding a table in the Big Apple is harder than ever.
  • New cuts of meat. Pork shoulder is one of the most popular meat cuts, as part of the broader ‘Experimenting with pork’ trend. This means that people are looking for ways to prepare meat other than classic barbecue, i.e. they turn to exotic ways of preparation like Korean, confirming once again the influence of ethnic foods. When it comes to meat, free-range pork and poultry are also popular, as well as heritage-breed meats.

Korean Bulgogi Pork

  • Vegetarian and vegan food, i.e. vegetable-focused cooking is a trend that seems to persist in the Big Apple for several years. New Yorkers are especially fond of vegan ice cream and avocado toast.

Carpese Avocado Toast

  • Burgers continue to be one of the most beloved foods in NYC but eaten in fast-casual venues owned by renown chefs. So, instead of rushing to a fast food chain, you can enjoy unique burgers in bars and restaurants, paired with a glass of great wine.

Cobb Salad Burger

  • Unique pastas. Forget about the good old spaghetti bought from the supermarket. Opt for something less than usual like pasta made of ancient grains, farro, black rice, non-wheat pasta, or hand-made pasta.
  • Kid’s menus for adults. From healthful kids’ meals to whole grain & gourmet items in kids’ meals, as well as kids’ entrée salads – suddenly food for little people is in the spotlight.

Homemade Pasta

  • Ube ice cream is another trend that’s been around for some time. It is a continuation of the trend of colorful foods popularized by social media which included mermaid toasts, purple foods, unicorn foods, glowing donuts, fairy bread, etc. Speaking of sweets, what else is hot? House-made ice cream, savory desserts, smoked dessert ingredients, and bite-size desserts.

Peanut Butter Kisses

  • The prices of booze are rising. So, if you decide to be in fashion, save your dollars for the upcoming hot trends – artisan spirits, onsite barrel-aged drinks, locally produced wine, spirits & beer, regional signature cocktails, and culinary cocktails. As far as non-alcoholic beverages are concerned, pay attention to coffee. High-end coffee services that serve house-roasted coffee are the hot new trend. Also watch for house-made/artisan soft drinks, gourmet lemonade, and specialty iced tea.

Mexican Coffee

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Concept Trends

  • Solo dining. People in NYC and the US in general no longer hesitate to occupy a table on their own. Surveys have shown that reservations for one have grown by more than 60% nationwide in the past 2 years.
  • Fast eating which doesn’t necessarily mean fast food. New Yorkers are in favor of quick snacks made up of common ingredients such as mug cake.

Decadent Chocolate Mug Cake

  • Sustainable food is a whole movement in the USA that tries to inspire people to eat food that is healthy, fresh and above all, encourages fairness for everyone involved in the process of production and preparation. The ‘slow food’ movement, for instance, urges you to invite those less fortunate than you, neighbors, and even strangers to share a meal.
  • Ingredient sourcing That’s why, you can read in the menu where certain foods came from.
  • Omakase, an eating method where the chef gets to select all the items, usually the freshest ingredients available at the moment. The term is most commonly associated with sushi or other Japanese dishes. Even though omakase dishes are considered quite pricey, some venues have started offering less expensive options ranging from $40 to $57 for a full meal.
  • Food waste reduction. The fact that 70 billion pounds of food go to waste each year in the modernized, Western countries, while other parts of the world are starving, startled the community and spread like fire. Professional and amateur cooks all over the world supported the trend with no-waste cooking, preparing delicious meals made of food waste! This trend reached its peak when certain restaurants started serving dishes made of unused ingredients that would normally have been thrown away.

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New York City Ethnic Cuisines

Ethnic cuisines are hot in NY right now.

In the last few years, “the consumer attitudes toward or perceptions of ethnic foods have become more positive when we consider the popularity of ethnic foods and the presence of ethnic restaurants in the United States”. 80% of consumers eat at least one ethnic cuisine per month, whereas almost one-third of consumers tried a new ethnic cuisine in the past year.

So, there are restaurants that represent virtually every world cuisine in NYC. When it comes to the top three ethnic cuisines, NYC is quite predictable – Mexican, Italian, and Chinese (Asian) lead the way.

Roasted Chinese Chicken

Mexican Chicken Salad

Italian Beef Stew

Besides the three above mentioned most popular cuisines, New Yorkers also favor Japanese, Thai, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Brazilian/Argentinian, Greek, and Indian. Ethiopian is popular as convenience- and grocery-store takeout. In fact, African cuisine is expected to steal the show in the future as well as ethnic fusion cuisines like the one that is hot in NY right now – Japanese fusion. Other ethnic cuisines to watch for are Middle Eastern and Latin American.

 

Asparagus Tempura

Thai Drunken Noodles

Jamaican Jerk Pork Casserole

Vietnamese Banh Mi

Brazilian Feijoada

Argentinian Chimichurri

Greek-Style Orzo

Spicy Indian Poppadoms

Barbere Spiced Chicken

Savory Rice Pilaf

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One of New York’s largest influences is Jewish and Eastern European cuisine. This is due to the large population of Eastern European Jews who immigrated to New York with bagels being the most popular representative, followed by corned beef, cream cheese, brisket, potato pancakes, New York-style pastrami and more!

DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS!

When it comes to dishes, poke is one of the most sought for ones. In case you are wondering what poke is, it’s raw fish salad originating in Hawaiian cuisine and usually served as an appetizer. People in NYC also like pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and ramen (Japanese noodle soup). Is it safe to say that a noodle frenzy is taking over NYC?

Ahi Tuna Poke and Mango Salad

Easy Vegetarian Pho

Quick Ramen Bowl

Isn’t NYC the best food city in the world?!

 

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

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