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DiningIn.com Launches New Website

 
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Online food ordering and restaurant browsing is now easier than ever with DiningIn's refreshed, new website.

DiningIn Delivers Corporate Ice Cream Parties

 
Ben & Jerry's delivery

Even those of you that spend all winter on the beach in Florida and spend all summer at your beach house on Cape Cod need to chill out every once in awhile, no matter how afraid you are of winter weather. A lot of times, though, you have to do it on your own time and your own dollar – maybe taking their children or your husbands or wives to a local, seasonal ice cream spot a few hours after dinner on a hot summer evening.
 

Wouldn’t it be awesome – in terms of earning karma and brownie points with your coworkers – if all of you bosses, administrators, and human resources professionals out there randomly planned a corporate ice cream party/social once in awhile to lighten up the mood in the office, make Fridays seem a little bit shorter than they actually are (and the weekend closer than it actually is), and satisfy the cravings induced by the sweet teeth of some of the company’s hardest working professionals? And wouldn’t it be even better if that ice cream were delivered to the office – saving everyone’s time and simplifying everyone’s life?
 

We think so, and you probably think so, too. That is one of the primary reasons why DiningIn started offering ice cream delivery in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia. After all: you don’t have to be in downtown Burlington, Vermont to enjoy Ben & Jerry’s, or within Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood to enjoy J.P. Licks, or in the most hipster neighborhood in your respective city to enjoy frozen yogurt or custard delivery. You do the choosing - we'll do the delivering, bringing you ice cold ice cream along with plates, utensils and more if you wish at the time and day you want. Check out below where you can find the best ice cream delivery in each of our cities:
 




Featured Minneapolis Restaurant: The Tangiers Restaurant

 
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Inspired by Mediterranean and North African cuisine, The Tangiers Restaurant is one of the most eclectic places you'll run into in downtown Minneapolis.
 

Located right in the North Loop at The Hennepin Steam Building, The Tangiers is a great option for having friends over and sharing small plates, snacks and flatbreads including Tangiers Charcuterie and Fromage, Guacamole and Salsa, Hummus Plates, and the Bianca flatbread, a CityPages.com favorite:
 

CityPages.com 100 Favorite Dishes: No. 59, The Tangiers Bianca flatbread:
 

"One such small plate is the Bianca flatbread, among our favorite flatbreads in the cities. The bread is soft and not greasy -- no grabbing for napkins to mop up grease as is common with other flatbreads -- and the sharp Gorgonzola cheese and balsamic vinaigrette blend seamlessly, topped with prosciutto and baked figs. It makes for a simple but well-executed dish worth going back for."
 

Wehether you're hosting a party at your home or office, or if you're looking to eat small bites to keep your day going, check out The Tangiers Restaurant and order online food delivery at www.diningin.com.
 

Inside The Tangiers Restaurant's Delivery Menu

Hummus Plate

Basil-pesto-chipotle-lime hummus served with fresh vegetables.
 







DiningIn Staff Picks: Best Seafood Delivery

 
lobster roll, Legal Sea Foods

Let’s be completely and entirely honest: is there any time of year that’s better to indulge in a fresh plate of fried, baked or raw seafood than the summertime? I, and all of the other DiningIn employees that happily took part in this blog post, think not! During the cold of the winter, in terms of seafood, you never really know what you’re getting. The seafood you’re eating in February could have been sitting in a freezer since the summer before – or longer…
 

Sure, some good ol’ New England clam chowdah might be your best bet to warm up and thaw out your body on a freezing cold winter day, but a 2-pound steamed lobster during the winter doesn’t sound quite as appetizing as it does during the middle of July, and the same thing goes for a good ol’ lobster roll. The bottom line is that seafood and summer go together like two very happy peas in a pod.
 

Furthermore, in case you didn’t know, you don’t have to venture out to the public beaches and sunny shores of Maine to find great seafood – you can get some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted delivered to you in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis and Philadelphia when you order it through DiningIn!
 




May Is National Burger Month: 25 Tasty Burgers Delivered By DiningIn

 
Davio's Burger

The month of May has been issued the designation of "National Burger Month" - which I wasn’t aware of until just this year, but this issuance certainly gives all of us burger lovers a reason to indulge in gourmet ground beef patties with a variety of oftentimes inventive and oftentimes classical toppings. Zagat recently published a list of the ten best burgers you can get delivered in Philadelphia (all of which you can get delivered by us!), so I figured – in the spirit of Zagat – that I’d tell you guys about the best burgers that we deliver in each of our cities - Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis & Philly.

Boston

Met Burger BarMet Back Bay, Boston
 

I don’t think the description of “Burger Bar” does Met Back Bay’s Burger Bar justice. There are no recommendations from their staff – the choice is all up to you. You pick the type of meat or filling you want (the four choices are Met Prime Blend, Salmon, Turkey and Falafel), and then you pick the “Set Up” – and these choices will take you around the world. If you choose “LA,” your burger will be topped off with avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and roasted garlic mayo. If you choose “Paris,” your burger will be topped off with Brie cheese, a fried egg, caramelized onions and truffle mayo. If you choose “Boston” (which we recommend), you’ll get cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried egg on your burger.
 

The Fireplace BurgerThe Fireplace, Brookline
 

Chef Jim Solomon’s The Fireplace Burger was one of the finalists for Boston.com’s 2013 Battle of the Burger, and for good reason: his restaurant’s signature burger is stuffed with Shelburne farms Landaff Cheddar and topped off with thick-cut bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and a garlic dill pickle – but the real catch is that it comes on a homemade English muffin. The texture of the burger might not sound entirely appealing to you at first, but trust us – it’s worth savoring.
 





7 Gourmet Hot Dogs You'll Love from Philly's Hot Diggity!

 
hot diggity dogs

Philadelphia may be known for its famous Cheesesteak sandwich, but there’s a handheld, all-American delight that’s become just as popular in the recent years: the hot dog.
 

South Street’s Hot Diggity! dogs restaurant takes your original frank up a notch with a creative toppings like Garlic Cream Cheese, Green Chili Sauce, Hot Sriracha, Homemade Chili, and even Guava Mustard.
 

According to its website, Hot Diggity! Philadelphia "has made it [its] mission to bring hot dogs back to the city of brotherly love. Philadelphia and hot dogs have a rich history together, but the rise of other local favorites has pushed the humble hot dog to the back burner. We say no longer
 

We’ve explored the very best and unique dog combinations our great hot dog nation has to offer for inspiration to compile a menu we’re truly excited to bring to you, Philly’s finest. Old dogs, new dogs, dogs you’ve heard of, dogs you haven’t, and dogs that’ll surprise you, all brought to you with the freshest ingredients and constructed with the utmost care and precision. Our fanatical attention to hot dog detail will transform what you remember as the grey and bland hot dogs of only yesterday into delicious Hot Diggity dogs."
 

Since it's opening days, Hot Diggity! has evolved into one of the best gourmet hot dog joints in Philadelphia, using high-quality ingredients like New York’s Sabrett All-Beef Natural Casing Hot Dogs, Worthington & Loma Linda vegan dogs, and Liscio’s Bakery hot dog rolls.
 

Now, you can even find Hot Diggity!'s delicious dogs at The Wells Fargo Center, between Sections 202 & The Cure Insurance Club, while watching your favorite Philadelphia teams including the Flyers, Sixers, and Wings.
 

Craving a hot dog or two? Check out our top 7 Gourmet Hot Dogs You'll Love from Hot Diggity!, all available for delivery at DiningIn.com.
 

Hot Diggity!'s Gourmet Dogs Menu

See Hot Diggity's full menu and order hot dog delivery via DiningIn.com

1. The Bronx Bomber

Topped with Sauerkraut, New York Onion Sauce, and Spicy Brown Mustard.
 









Top 11 Food Trends for Summer 2014

 
Top 11 Food Trends for Summer 2014

1. Brazilian Cuisine

This year, all eyes are on the upcoming host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Brazil.  South America's most populous nation combines it's European, Indigenous, and African elements, translating into the delicious homemade cooking of present-day Brazil.
 

Read more: Around The World in 17 Dishes


Gaslight Brasserie - A Little Taste of Paris in Boston

 
Gaslight Restaurant Boston

'Classic neighborhood Parisian brasserie' Gaslight Brasserie du Coin ("brasserie on the corner") is a little taste of Paris in Boston.
 

Opened in 2008 by Matthew Burns and Jeffrey Gates, Gaslight Brasserie Boston is located in the heart of the South End, Boston's up-and-coming restaurant paradise, home to an endless number of diverse upscale eateries and locally-owned cafe spots attracting Bostonians and out-of-town tourists.
 

Zagat's Summary Review: "Capturing the spirit" of an "adorable" French brasserie, this "lively" "standby" delivers a "touch of Paris" to the South End via "terrific" fare for "reasonable" rates; with a patio, "buzzing" bar scene and "pleasant" staffers, it's a "Jack-of-all-trades" fit "for every occasion."
 

This French bistro fare restaurant is just one member of the European themed multi-concept restaurant group, The Aquitaine Group, the award winning masterminds behind DiningIn.com restaurant partners Metropolis Cafe, Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, Greenlight, Union Bar Grille, and Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistrot.
 

Browse restaurant menus and order food delivery online via DiningIn.com
 

Gaslight Brasserie Boston, whose menu is said to resemble New York SoHo's finest restaurants, serves a wide variety of traditional and modern French plates, hors d'oeuvres, side dishes, and desserts, all available for brunch delivery and dinner delivery via DiningIn.com.






An Interview With Chef Fabio Viviani

 
Fabio Viviani, interview

If you didn’t stop by the 31st annual MayFair event this past Sunday in Cambridge's Harvard Square, you missed out on the chance to indulge in delicious foods. Even more than that, you missed out on the opportunity to talk to Italian Chef Fabio Viviani, formerly of Bravo’s “Top Chef” show, as well as taste authentic Italian salumi fresh out of the MeatUp Food Truck. Viviani (pictured on the right) earned the “Fan Favorite” title after competing in Season 5 of “Top Chef” – which is probably the best way you could describe him, as he made it back onto “Top Chef All Stars” because everyone loved him so much. He also hosts the #1 lifestyle and food web series on Yahoo! called “Chow Ciao!,” owns and operates restaurants in greater Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, and wrote the New York Times bestselling cookbook, “Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.” I interviewed Fabio over the weekend and discuss his favorite recipe, his favorite cities to eat in in the United States, and more.

NYC Bagel Deli: Authentic New York Bagels in Chicago

 
new york bagel deli Chicago

It's not often that you can find a restaurant outside of The Big Apple that accurately depicts the original golden-brown-super-chewy New York bagel. 
 

Related blog: 5 Awesome Chicago Spots That Deliver Breakfast

But Chicago's own NYC Bagel Deli wonderfully serves the best of iconic New York City foods like NYC kettle boiled bagels, bagel sandwiches, breakfast on a bagel, homemade cream cheese by the pound, and thin-crust New York pizza "slices" or pies.




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