Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How to Boost Your Health and Improve Your Health #foodandhealth #makehtecoinnection #smarteating

Today, I'm sharing a post from The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent that discusses the role a healthy diet plays in our oral health. Read on to find out how making smart choices with the foods we cook and eat plays a direct role in our dental health!
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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. The problem is that if you aren’t happy with your teeth, you may avoid smiling and feel self-conscious about people noticing your teeth. A bright, healthy smile can provide a huge confidence boost -- which is why cosmetic dental treatment is so popular nowadays. Procedures such as dental implants and teeth whitening are the treatments of choice for many people. If you're considering having any dental procedures, be sure to ask your dentist any questions you may have first. This will help ensure that you have chosen the right procedure for your needs -- and that you're comfortable with your choice.
Taking care of your oral health requires a consistent, proactive approach. Ensuring you have regular dental checkups and follow a strong tooth care routine every day is vital. However, there are other changes you can make to your lifestyle to help further improve your smile. The food and drink you ingest directly impacts the health of your teeth, so it's crucial to know which foods can improve your dental health -- and which ones cause harm.

The Relationship Between Food, Drink, and Dental Health
Sugary sodas and candy are well known to be bad for teeth and are seen as unhealthy food choices. However, when you want to take care of your smile, you also need to rethink some of your food and drink options choices when you are trying to be healthy. For example, drinking fruit juices may seem like a healthy choice to bring more vitamins into your diet and help you stay hydrated. However, the acidity levels in juice can harm your teeth.

Foods and drinks that have a high acid content can cause your tooth enamel to soften, which leaves it more susceptible to damage. When acid attacks your teeth, issues such as tooth decay can occur. Using a straw to drink fruit juices can help reduce the amount of time it is in contact with your teeth, thereby lessening the chances of tooth damage.

Generally speaking, a well-balanced, healthy diet is not only good for controlling weight and preventing disease; it is also the best choice for your teeth. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet will help protect both your physical health and your dental health. Bottom line: eating a balanced diet that contains lean protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables will benefit every aspect of your health.

If you're someone who tends to snack between meals, try to
choose a healthier option rather than reaching straight for candy or cookies. This is because snacking between meals can cause more harm to your teeth than if you ate the same foods with a meal. When you eat at mealtimes, you produce more saliva, which helps wash away more of the acid in your mouth. This, in turn, reduces its impact on your teeth.
November:
  • 11/11: Football Food: Flashback
  • 11/13: Seattle Pike Place Market
  • 11/15: Mixtape Potluck Recipe + Dinner Party Playlist
  • 11/17: I Can Cook Vegan Recipe (Savory Bread Pudding/Thanksgiving)
  • 11/18: SoHill Cafe WGDO
  • 11/20: Santa Fe 
    • Cooking class
    • Stay at resort
    • Church
  • 11/26: Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies
  • 11/29: Oaxaca Cookbook 
December:
12/1: Boerne Weekend
12/3: Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks
12/6: Football Food: Ortega Taco Bar
12/8: OREO Holiday Recipe: Peppermint Bark
12/11: Nielsen-Massey Easy Holiday Baking
12/15: Holiday Coffee Drink (Victor Allen)

12/18: SoCal
  • Pinks LA + Elton John
  • DFG Santa Monica
  • HIE Carlsbad 
  • Encinitas Fish Shop 
  • Q'ero
  • Fish House 
12/21: WGDO: Sugar & Scribe La Jolla + Sea Lions

12/23: Seattle
  • DoubleTree
  • Wandering Goose
  • Pike Place Chowder
  • Dough Zone Dumplings
  • MoPop
  • Cinnaholic 
12/27: Best Bites of 2019
12/29: Top 10 Most Popular Recipes

January:
  • Wendy's Great Eight -- Best Mail Order Meal Subscription Kits
  • Healthy Food
  • New Orleans Part 1
  • New Orleans Part 2
  • Football Food: Sabra Hummus and Guacamole + Litehouse
  • Smoothie Cookbook














                Sunday, November 10, 2019

                November Game Day Food Feature...Featuring Texas Frito Pie Burger #gamedayfood #burger #fritopie #bigflavor #betweenthebuns

                This month's football game day food feature is a big-flavor, Texas-size burger! My Texas Frito Pie Burger was inspired by the menu at local favorite Hopdoddy Burger Bar. During a visit a while back, I saw a similar burger on their menu. I didn’t order it then, and I've been kicking myself ever since. So...I decided to create a fusion Frito pie-topped burger that's ideal for game day noshing! These are definitely three-napkin burgers, but they’re really simple to make and bursting with the big flavors we love. Wait until you see all the goodness going on here! Each meaty third-pound burger is topped with chili, corn chips, shredded cheese, and chopped onion. It’s definitely a bit over-the-top...but in a totally good way! These burgers are piled high with ingredients, making them very dude-friendly. 

                Thursday, November 7, 2019

                Seasonal Fall Mixology and Food at The County Line Bar-B-Q #thecountyline #WGDinesOut #bbq #mixology #banhmi #sponsored

                A new menu of eight creative and delicious handcrafted cocktails is available this Fall and Winter at the San Antonio I-10 location of The County Line Bar-B-Q. Created by Garrett Stephens -- the location's Assistant General Manager, pitmaster, chef, and mixologist -- these seasonal cocktails are a fun and boozy approach to traditional Fall flavors. Michael and I recently visited this location for a lunchtime tasting. We enjoyed a trio of these creative cocktails -- along with a delicious new seasonal fusion sandwich. We rounded out our meal with a duo of County Line's signature side dishes...and a pair of decadent desserts. I can't wait to tell you all about this deliciousness. But, first? About those seasonal cocktails...

                Cacao Old Fashioned
                This modern twist on the classic Old Fashioned starts with two fingers of cacao-infused Michter’s US #1 Single Barrel Kentucky Rye. Then, Liber & Co. Gum Syrup, incredible house-made brandy-spiced Oregon cherries, and Xocolatl Mole Bitters are added. This sophisticated cocktail is served in an Old Fashioned glass over a single Texas-sized ice cube. This cocktail is garnished with orange peel and a whole spiced cherry. The warm Fall flavors and citrus pairing is perfect for the season!
                Cranberry-Orange Margarita
                This tangy margarita features Milagro Silver Tequila, Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur, a house-made cranberry-orange jam, and freshly squeezed orange and lime juices. This cocktail is served in an Old Fashioned glass that's rubbed with a lime wedge and dipped in mixture of salt, sugar, and Chinese five-spice powder. If you're a margarita fan, this cocktail will definitely be a huge hit!

                Painkiller
                This was my personal favorite of the cocktail trio we sampled! This warm tropical cocktail features Stolen Smoked Rum, Myers Dark Rum, Coco Lopez, and fresh pineapple and orange juices. It's served in a tropical Tiki mug and garnished with an edible orchid, nutmeg...and an umbrella.

                Other County Line seasonal mixology selections include:


                Apple Pie Mule

                Made with Enchanted Rock Vodka, house-made cinnamon syrup, Honey Crisp Apple Cider, fresh lime, and Gosling’s Ginger Beer. This drink is served in a copper mug, garnished with a lime wheel and an apple slice.

                Luxardo Whiskey Sour
                This cocktail is made with two fingers of Treaty Oak Red Handed Bourbon, fresh lemon, Luxardo Cherry Syrup, and Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters. This drink is served in a low-ball glass.

                Hurricane
                This potent libation contains Myers Dark Rum; Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican Rum; fresh orange, pineapple, and lime juices; Liber & Co. Passion Fruit Syrup; and Pomegranate Syrup. This cocktail is served in a Mason jar that's garnished with an orange slice, cherry, and flower.

                Big BBQ Bloody Mary
                County Line's starts with their one-of-a-kind Tito's Vodka infusion -- infused with tomatoes, cucumber, celery, garlic, onion, carrots, dill and lemon. Then, Dimitri's Spicy Bloody Mary Mix is added. Garnishes include a pickle spear, pickled okra, green beans, cocktail onions, celery, and a hunk of marbled brisket. This over-the-top Bloody Mary is served in a Mason jar rimmed with bacon salt.

                Frozen Rebecca Creek Whiskey and Coke

                Along with our cocktails, we sampled County Line's limited edition BBQ Banh Mi Sandwich! This fusion Asian-BBQ sandwich starts with a freshly baked baguette. Inside is County Line’s famous peppered turkey breast, shredded carrots, fresh cucumber, and a creamy house-made Sriracha mayo. Cilantro and fresh sliced jalapenos are served on the side so you can customize the spice level of your sandwich. The BBQ Banh Mi comes with fries for just $9.99!

                Sunday, November 3, 2019

                ABRAMS Dinner Party Spotlight: Home Made in the Oven...Featuring Peanut Almond Cookies #HomeMadeintheOven #ABRAMSDinnerParty #cookies #peanutbutter #holidaybaking

                Today, I'm featuring the latest cookbook in my ongoing series as part of the ABRAMS Dinner Party program! Home Made in the Oven by Yvette van Boven is perfect as cooler Fall temperatures settle in. This handy cookbook features tons of easy, comforting recipes that focus on three main oven techniques: baking, broiling, and roasting. There are so many recipes that caught my eye -- including Chicken Gyro Wraps, Vegetarian Enchiladas, and Blackberry Ricotta Cake. That said, I knew I had found the perfect recipe to spotlight when I saw the supremely simple Peanut Almond Cookies. These cookies are a cinch to make...and they taste heavenly. Because the recipe replaces standard wheat flour with almond flour, the cookies have a deep nutty flavor that takes basic peanut butter cookies to new heights of deliciousness!

                Wednesday, October 30, 2019

                McDonald's Vive tu Ritmo Tour...and McRig....Take Part in San Antonio Dia de los Muertos Festivlal #mcdonalds #diadelosmuertos #mcrig #mcdonthego #sponsorrf

                Last weekend, McDonald's brought the fifth stop of its popular, festive Vive tu Ritmo Tour to San Antonio during the 7th annual Dia de los Muertos Festival...which was held Downtown at the La Villita Historic Arts Village! Music for the two-day tour event was provided by AJ Kallejero at the McD's DJ Lounge. In addition, select McDonald's food items were available via the portable McRig!! The McRig is a 53’ long X 8.5’ wide semi-trailer that's equipped with a full galley-style kitchen. This portable McDonald's includes a three-platen grill and three-vat fryer. so it can turn out a large volume of food! The McRig also features two large service windows that allow food and beverages to be passed out to event attendees as they approach the truck.
                Typically, there is one line when visiting the McRig. Guests approach the left window first, where they receive the protein portion of their meal. Guests then proceed to the next window for fries, ice cream, beverages...or other specific items on the menu for their specific event. 

                Tuesday, October 29, 2019

                Perry's Steakhouse & Grille Fall Menu Preview #perryssteakhouse #fallmenu #sneakpeek

                Perry's Steakhouse & Grille has recently introduced some delicious off-the-menu Fall 2019 seasonal dishes. Michael and I dropped by the San Antonio Perry's location last weekend for a sneak peek of these limited-time dishes! There's a bit of everything: a hearty seasonal salad, spicy chili that features their signature Perry's Pork Chop, a decadent seafood risotto...and even a swoon-worthy pumpkin dessert. I can't wait to share these fabulous dishes with you -- get ready to have your mouth water! 

                Our tasting was accompanied by a bottle of Perry's Reserve Pinot Noir. This house red wine paired perfectly with every item on the Fall menu. The first dish from the kitchen was Perry's Harvest Salad. It featured organic greens, seasonal veggie, and more...all tossed in a tangy apple cider flax seed vinaigrette. This hearty salad definitely had a lot going on! Key salad components included carrot, radish, avocado, julienne yellow squash and zucchini, sliced sweet pepper, sunflower seeds, and pepitas. 
                We loved the combination of flavors and textures in this salad...and the tangy vinaigrette had a mild punch of spice from the addition of turmeric and ginger. This salad paired very nicely with crusty bread and the Perry's Reserve Pinot Noir. This 2017 vintage provided fruity aromas of cherries and berries. These fruity flavors are balanced by a soft, elegant texture and a lingering finish. This red wine was smooth and easy to drink -- it complemented our menu items without overpowering them. Nicely done!

                Next from the kitchen was the White Bean Pork Chili -- perfect for enjoying as cool Fall weather approaches! This white bean chill is infused with poblano and Hatch green chiles. garlic, and oregano. It also includes diced applewood smoked bacon and pieces of Perry's Famous Pork Chop. Each bowl is garnished with corn tortilla strips, cheese, cilantro, and warm flour tortillas. A squeeze of lime juice takes this spicy chili right over the top!
                Talk about comforting...I could have eaten TWO bowls of this delicious chili! As comforting as this dish was? The next dish was totally decadent. Let this sink in: Lobster. Truffle. Risotto. Swoon!

                Sunday, October 27, 2019

                Word Series Food with Hebrew National...Featuring Astro-Nomic Nacho Hot Dogs #hotdog #hebrewnational #allamerican #baseballfood

                Disclosure: Hebrew National provided product for recipe development for this feature. I also need to point out that Hebrew National hot dogs are Kosher, but this recipe is NOT Kosher.

                It's World Series time...and we're having an absolute BLAST cheering on our amazing Houston Astros!! Things started out rough...with two big home losses. However, things are looking up now -- with the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 as I write this post. When we watch the big game at home, delicious food is a must! There's nothing more synonymous with baseball than hot dogs...so I'm using Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks to make my personal riff on their quick Mexican Beef Franks recipe. My Astro-Nomic Nacho Hot Dogs are a fusion of two ballpark classics: nachos and hot dogs. With eat bite, you'll get a taste of both iconic dishes! Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks taste great and are made with 100% Kosher beef. Each frank has just 45 calories and 1 GRAM of fat...but they're full of zesty flavor. For those of you following Weight Watchers, each of these franks is just 1 Freestyle SmartPoint!! I especially love that these Hebrew National beef franks are made with zero artificial colors, flavorings, or by-products. I love knowing that these franks are a cleaner way to start out my recipes! 

                Friday, October 25, 2019

                Finding the Best Indian Restaurant #diningout #indianfood #eattheworld #authenticindian

                Love Indian food? Then you're in luck! Today, The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent is sharing tips for finding the most authentic Indian restaurant in your city. As this feature explains, there are some things that separate the best Indian restaurants apart.
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                There are lots of Indian restaurants in the U.S., but what truly sets apart the top restaurants from the average ones is the food that's served. There is a huge difference between genuine regional Indian food and lesser "copycat versions." To illustrate the difference between authentic Indian cuisine and similar restaurants, simply take a look at the ways in which the top Indian restaurants serve your taste buds better…

                Diversity is the Spice of Life
                When they hear the words “Indian food,” many people automatically assume that it merely relates to spicy curries and nothing else. That could not be further from the truth! Indian cuisine boasts a vast range of dishes, tastes and dimensions. Further, the different regions in India boast different types of Indian food -- which adds even more delightful dishes to an authentic Indian restaurant's menu.
                There's Punjabi and Kashmiri cuisine in North India, Manipuri and Naga in Northeast India, Karnataka and Tamil in South India, Bengali and Bhojpuri in East India, Gujarati and Sindhi in West India...just to name a few. The top Indian restaurants will serve your taste buds better by offering food from a variety of different regional Indian cuisines.

                Sourced From the Soul
                The best Indian restaurants will source their food from the heart of India. The spices and ingredients will come from authentic locations – including India's market stalls, gourmet homes, etc. This is the only way to ensure genuine Indian flavors. Lesser restaurants will use cheaper and more local substitutes, which will not create the same infusion of taste that comes from using authentic Indian ingredients.

                Reputation
                It's also important to research and Indian restaurant's reputation before you go to dine. The best way to do this is to read reviews shared by previous diners. The law offices of Hupy and Abraham have dealt with a lot of food poisoning cases over the years. The last thing you want is to leave a restaurant after being served undercooked meat -- or food that has passed its use-by date. This is why it is a good idea to read independent review platforms. You'll be able to see whether people have good...or bad...things to say about the restaurant. If people have a bad experience at a restaurant, they will likely use the Internet to let people know about it. They want to prevent you from wasting your money on a bad dining experience. 

                Cooked by the Best
                The very best Indian restaurants only employ chefs who are from India or have some sort of connection with the cuisine that they're cooking. This ensures that the food is cooked using the correct method...but it is also treated with the love and care it deserves. Every dish will be cooked to perfection, and you can ensure that the standards will not falter -- because the chef will want to do the food from their region of India justice.

                If you want to experience authentic Indian cuisine, then you need to go to one of the best restaurants. After all, the very best Indian restaurants offer food that serves your taste buds so much better. That's because of the diverse, authentic Indian dishes on the menu, natural and imported ingredients sourced, and the way they are cooked via experienced chefs.

                Wednesday, October 23, 2019

                Dinner Party Ideas for a Memorable Night #dinnerparty #dineathome #celebrate #friendsandfamily

                Today's feature is from The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent. The holiday season is approaching, which means more entertaining! This feature shares some excellent tips to make your next dinner party a smashing success!

                Dinner parties can be a classy, grown-up way of getting together with friends and catching up just like old times. Dinner parties are great, because they take place in the comfort of your homes -- instead of going out somewhere and spending a ton of cash! Going out to a restaurant or bar can be great for an event or special occasion, but if you simply want to get everyone together without a lot of stress, throwing a dinner party is an ideal solution. Here are a few dinner party ideas to create a memorable night:

                Have a Clear Arrival Destination
                To allow the smoothest entry for your guests, you should set up a clear arrival destination. Arrange a cart or small table with drinks, glassware, and accessories like bottle openers. This means guests won’t have to hunt for a beverage...and they’ll likely feel at home right away. Make sure there’s space for mixing drinks too. Ideally, you’ll have a mixture of drinks to suit every invited guest. Provide a few ingredients guests can use to make cocktails -- as well as standard spirits, mixers, and wine. You can research handy wine facts to determine what you need. It’s also a good idea to have non-alcoholic beverages on the cart too. 

                Prepare for Socializing
                Even if the drink cart is a huge hit, guests will still want to hang out where the action is -- and that usually means where you are preparing the food! If you have the space, try to reserve the far end of your working space and place some snacks and appetizers there. This way, your guests will automatically understand they can linger there without getting in your way. It’s like an unspoken sign! 

                Don’t Let Everyone Know How Stressed You Are
                If you talk about how stressed you are and rush around like a whirlwind, your guests may regret coming to your dinner party. They’ll feel your stress with every bite...so don’t be that person. The last thing you want while everybody is enjoying your new pasta dish, is for stress to emanate off the table.

                Create a Scenic Landscape
                You should set the scene of your dinner party to get your guests excited for what’s to come. Remember: we eat with our minds just as much as our mouths! Make sure you have a nice tablecloth and cutlery, as well as colorful/festive plates and dishes to help create the atmosphere you want. You can even use place cards to give your dinner table a fancier feel. 

                Stay Present
                If you want your dinner party to be a memorable night for everybody -- including yourself -- be sure to stay present in everything. Don’t rush off from the dinner table for too long when you can easily quickly grab something. You can also clear the table after dinner -- but wait to wash the dishes until after your guests leave. As soon as you start that huge chore, your guests will feel the atmosphere drop...and it may send a signal that the party's over. 

                How do YOU have a memorable night at your dinner parties? Leave me a comment below with your best at-home entertaining tips! 


                Tuesday, October 22, 2019

                The Health and Lifestyle Benefits of Cooking At Home #homecooking #eatathome #eathealthy

                Today, The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent is sharing some health benefits of cooking at home rather than dining out. Be selecting healthy foods -- and cooking methods -- you can enjoy a delicious and healthy meal at home!

                It's hard to think of many people who don’t appreciate a home-cooked meal. Not only are home-cooked meals comforting, but they can also mean you're eating better. That's because you know exactly what ingredients are going into each dish that you prepare! Not only can you contribute to the health of your family -- but also to the planet, the community, and your finances (since cooking at home can be much cheaper). If you're someone who thinks they can’t cook...or can't seem to find time to cook...then it's time to think again! There are many benefits to cooking at home.

                Cooking at home is something the whole family can get involved in, from young children to grandparents. It's also an activity that adults who have hearing difficulties can enjoy -- because they only need to be able to read a cookbook or printed recipe to take part. Of course, you can also learn more about hearing aids and how they can help in everyday life.

                There's plenty of other information you can learn about home cooking that can be beneficial.

                Portion Control
                Many restaurants like to give the appearance of value by offering diners larger portions of food. There are also "all you can eat" and buffet-style restaurants that may encourage customers to overeat. Cooking at home, however, can make it easier to both control and manage the portion size of your food. Cooking at home means you can cook the exact amount of food for one meal...or cook extra food to have leftovers for the next day.

                You Can Maintain Nutrition
                When you cook at home, you have much more control over the ingredients you use. You decide what kind of foods to cook, how much food to cook, and the cooking method to maximize the meal's nutrition. For example, overcooking some foods -- especially veggies -- can remove some of their
                nutritional value. Obviously, they're healthy either way, but there's an optimal way to cook them. You can also grill or steam food instead of frying it. You can’t know for sure how your food is cooked when you’re eating out, but you're in control in your own kitchen. 

                Learn More About Food
                When you cook at home, you can learn much more about food, nutrition, and cooking. You can take time to meal plan and read different recipes. Meal preparation can also give you insight into how foods are best prepared, as well as the nutritional benefits offered. As you learn more about food, you may find yourself making healthier choices much more naturally. That's because you’ll be better educated on which foods are healthier for you...and what ingredients are included in processed and pre-prepared foods. This knowledge allows you to make smarter food choices!

                Friday, October 18, 2019

                Food to Make You Feel Better

                Today, I'm sharing a post from The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent. Hospital stays are never fun...but eating right when you return home can help speed  the recovery process. This feature shares information for the best types of foods to help enhance post-illness recovery.
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                Hospital food has a bad reputation, because many patients complain about its taste and quality during their hospital stay. There's not a lot that you can do about that -- other than asking family and friends to bring a bit of your favorite foods to your room. However, once you're out of the hospital, you eat whatever you want. However, there are some foods that are better nutritionally for you than others -- which will help you feel better quicker. 

                Some people require hospital discharge care, which may include post-discharge meals. These meals can help to reduce hospital re-admissions and keep patients healthier -- especially those who are unable to prepare their own meals after leaving the hospital. It's important to eat well, though, because it helps patients regain their strength and energy faster. This is key for better recoveries.

                Whether you're making your own meals or caring for someone else -- unless the hospital has given you guidelines for specific foods to eat -- there are general nutritional guidelines you can follow. As we all know, eating the right foods and getting plenty of water can help a person recover from a hospital stay and prevent complications like dehydration and constipation. But what do we mean by eating the "right foods?"

                Wednesday, October 16, 2019

                Decadent Eats On An NYC Adventure

                Today, I'm sharing an informative feature from The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent. If you've got a trip planned to New York City, this feature has some great ideas for enjoying the city's best dining!

                New York City is a favorite destination for many foodies -- including The Weekend Gourmet -- thanks to its unique mix of cultures and foods. The city plays host to Americanized versions of many traditional foods, often improving on original recipes to make them even more delectable. 

                The great thing about going on a food tour of New York is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune! There are all kinds of options in every area of the city that cater to locals at a fraction of the price of the typical tourist spots. It’s simply a question of sniffing them out. If you’re going on a trip to New York, what kind of food experiences can you expect? 

                Weekend Brunches

                New York is a city that loves its brunches! People love to munch their way through pastries, salads, and other entrees in the middle of the day -- or whenever it suits them. Brunch is typically a weekend-only affair. After a long week at work, many New Yorkers like to sleep in before venturing out to enjoy brunch with friends. Several restaurants around the city -- including La Flaca and Mezetto -- feature "bottomless" brunches that serve a wide variety of foods and cocktails. 

                Pizza On Broadway
                Suppose you’ve booked your Book of Mormon tickets on Broadway, and want something to eat before the show. If it’s value you’re looking for, then pizza is one of your best options. Pizza is an iconic NYC specialty, and Broadway is home to some of the most affordable pizzerias in the city. Many pizzerias are family-owned. Simply pop into any number of pizza shops just off Times Square for some traditional Italian charm. For the most authentic experience, be sure to stick with the traditional pizza toppings.  

                Chow Down On Dumplings
                While New York has a many Italian immigrants, it’s also home to a large Chinese and Asian community. That means you'll find dumplings galore! 

                Dumplings are filled pockets of dough boiled in a tasty broth and served in special bamboo steamers. As an added bonus, dumpling prices are surprisingly affordable if you know where to look! Your best bet is to head to Chinatown. Restaurants like Vanessa's Dumpling House and Tim Ho Wan offer exceptional value for money if you’re dining on a budget. 

                Sample The City’s Gourmet Hot Dogs
                While you can definitely pick up a hot dog from a street vendor, there are now numerous locations all over the city where you can indulge in a variety of gourmet hot dogs. A Polish-Jewish immigrant named Nathan Handwerker originally popularized the street-vended hot dog. This resulted in an entire universe of food establishments now dedicated to the humble hot dog. Top places to visit should be Tony Dragon’s Grille and Rudy’s Bar & Grill. 

                Eating in New York City has never been more interesting as new eateries open all the time. It’s the perfect city to visit if you like all-American food with an old-world twist.