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Make Time For Breakfast

Starting your day with breakfast, even something small, can make a big difference. What we eat in the morning is what kick starts our metabolism and fuels us for the day. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules, breakfast often gets forgotten. Start making breakfast part of your daily schedule by adopting these healthy breakfast habits.

  • Don’t skip breakfast.
    As mentioned, starting your morning with breakfast will boost metabolism.
  • Eat within an hour after you get up.
    Eating breakfast also helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable during the day.
  • Make it simple.
    If you usually skip breakfast, you may think you don’t have time or you feel like you’re not hungry. Luckily, a little can go a long way in the morning. Keep it simple, like yogurt or oatmeal topped with fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Start with water.
    A glass or two of room temperature water or warmer on an empty stomach is a good start for your digestive system. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice can add flavor along with vitamin C.
  • Choose healthy foods.
    The last thing you want to do is start your day with foods that will weigh you down. Keep it light and healthful with whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Keep the saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars to a minimum. Try incorporating things like whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals, plain yogurt, fruits, or hard-boiled eggs.
  • Plan ahead.
    Most breakfast foods can be prepared the night before, so planning ahead can save you some time in the morning. For example, you can chop fruits ahead of time for a fresh fruit salad, or oats can be soaked overnight and topped with your favorite additions in the morning.
  • Pick protein.
    Protein takes time to digest, and thus, helps to stave off the craving for a mid-morning snack. To further sustain you throughout the day, pair lean protein with fiber. Good protein sources include eggs, cottage cheese, nuts, lean meat and fish.
  • Warm it up.
    Be sure to include a warm aspect in your breakfast. If you prefer cold food, try to pair it with a warm drink like tea or coffee. Warm food and liquids help to get your digestive system going.
  • Change it up.
    It may be easier to eat the same thing every day, however, it helps to change it up. There is no food that has all the nutrients you need in the optimum amounts, so having a variety of breakfast options over the course of a week helps to ensure you’re getting all the good stuff in proper amounts.
  • Take your time.
    Busy mornings are usually the reason why most of us skip breakfast. If at all possible, take time to sit down, relax, and really enjoy your breakfast. By slowing down, and chewing carefully and mindfully, you may end up eating less food, feeling full faster, and improving your digestion.

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Join us for breakfast six days a week! Our breakfast menu is available Monday-Saturday until 10:30am. Visit us in store or have our food delivered to you via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Scrumptious Salads

Salads are deliciously light and fresh, and provide an easy way to meet your daily fruit and vegetable intake. Crisp, cool salads are great year-round, but a tasty salad in the summer time just tastes better. If you’re crafting your own salad at home, here are some ingenious tips and tricks to take your salad to the next level.

Beyond Lettuce
Don’t limit yourself to iceberg lettuce. Explore different varieties, like little gem, radicchio, or Bibb. You may even consider using cabbage, fennel, bitter greens, or roots. Fresh herbs like mint, basil, or cilantro, can really add to your salad as well.

Wash & Dry
Whatever you decide to use, be sure you wash everything thoroughly. A salad spinner is a great asset, but you must be sure to use it correctly. Start by filling the bowl of the spinner with cold water. Place your trimmed greens in the basket (work in batches if necessary). Lower the basket into the water and gently wash your greens. Let them sit for a few minutes to allow the dirt to settle at the bottom. Lift the basket and empty the water from the bowl. Repeat these steps of you are working in batches or if your greens still look or feel dirty. Once you’re satisfied, return the basket to the bowl and spin your salad until the greens don’t give off any more liquid.

Salt
Massaging your greens with a generous amount of salt, especially tough greens like kale, collards, and cabbage, can do wonders for your salad. The salt with both season and soften up your greens.

Experiment With Veggies
Sure, you can toss together raw veggies, but cooking them can add new flavors and textures.

  • Roast: Try roasting carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, turnips, or dates and adding them to your salads for a yummy caramelized, sweet element.
  • Grill: Try grilling sturdy greens like kale, romaine, or Treviso radicchio, and then add crunchy raw veggies and a creamy dressing.
  • Pickle: For an acidic kick, try pickled chiles, cucumbers, red onions, rhubarb or even raisins.

Balance
A great salad combines a smart balance of flavors and textures. If your salad is mostly crunchy, add a soft element. Is your salad too rich? Add something acidic to contrast it.

Creative Crunch
If you need to add a little crunch, don’t just go for the croutons. Sesame seeds, crispy fried onions or shallots, or even seasoned panko crumbs add a flavorful crunch. Another way to add a delicious crunchy texture is to add toasted nuts. Think toasted walnuts, pistachios, cashews, or even hazelnuts.

Vinaigrette
When it comes to dressing, the standard 3 parts fat to 1 part acid has been modified to 2 parts fat to 1 part acid. Here are some ideas for tasty combinations:

  • Yogurt / Lime / Harissa
  • Mayo / Rice Vinegar / Gochujang / Grated Garlic
  • Olive Oil / Apple Cider Vinegar / Maple Syrup
  • Neutral Oil / Rice Vinegar / Miso / Grated Ginger

Season, Taste, Repeat
Every element of your salad should be seasoned – leaves, dressing, add-ins (roasted or raw veggies, croutons, nuts, protein). Taste it as you go and adjust seasonings and/or ingredients as you go.

Dress To Impress
An underdressed salad is an east fix, but there’s no going back from an overdressed salad. To ensure that every leaf is coated but not soggy, be sure to execute these steps just before serving:

  1. Start with a really big bowl. It should be at least 25 percent bigger than the ingredients you’re planning to toss.
  2. Don’t throw everything in. Things that will sink to the bottom or get bruised or soggy should be added on top after you’ve mixed your salad.
  3. Nix the tongs. Thoroughly washed hands are gentle and more efficient than tongs.

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Visit the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm for breakfast (until 10:30am) or lunch. Enjoy our signature sandwiches or fresh salads made to order. Dine in, order to-go, or have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Unconventional Uses For Mayonnaise

When you think of mayonnaise, you probably think sandwiches, or maybe even potato salad. Although it is a classic sandwich condiment, its versatility is widely underrated.

First of all, mayonnaise is an emulsion made from oil, egg yolk, and acid (usually vinegar or lemon juice). While it’s great for adding moisture to dry sandwiches, and a great when used for pasta or potato salads, there are any other ways you can use mayonnaise when cooking.

  • Marinade
    Did you know a thin coat of mayonnaise on meat, poultry, seafood, or veggies can prevent them from sticking to the grill? In addition, it also helps to seal in natural flavors and juices, subsequently keeping your protein moist.
  • Dip
    Mayonnaise is also a great base for dip for your chips or veggies. If you can’t commit to dipping veggies or fries in plain mayo like the Belgians do, try mixing in lemon juice, chives, Dijon, and sour cream for a refreshing crudité dip. Or add avocado, cilantro, and lime to your mayo for a guacamole-inspired dip.
  • Eggs
    Try stirring on a tablespoon of mayo per two eggs before scrambling them. The result? Extra fluffy scrambled eggs.
  • Grilled Cheese
    Have you ever tried swapping butter for mayo when making a grilled cheese sandwich? It helps to get the bread crispy and crunchy while enhancing flavor.
  • Salad Dressing
    A great creamy dressing ideally starts with mayo. Get creative with the ingredients you have on hand (fresh herbs, ginger, soy sauce, sriracha, lime, mustard). Start with mayo and add a bit of vinegar and spices, along with your ingredients of choice and you’ve got a delicious dressing.
  • Dessert
    Sounds crazy, right? It’s not! Mayonnaise is great for keeping pie crusts intact and making moist cakes. For your next chocolate cake, try swapping your egg with 3 tablespoons of mayo and let us know how it goes!

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Our sandwiches and salads are always made fresh to order with the finest ingredients available. Visit us weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm for breakfast or lunch. We also serve delicious baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth, too!

Types Of Breads

When was that last time you ate bread? Unless there is a dietary or health issue that restricts your intake, for most of us, it was likely recently, maybe even today. From sandwiches and paninis to French toast or bread pudding, the recipes are seemingly endless. Moderation is key, but as versatile and inexpensive as it is, it’s hard not to love bread in all shapes and forms. Here are some common types of bread you may or may not be familiar with already.

  • Ciabatta
    Ciabatta translates to slipper, and is named for its resemblance to the footwear. This Italian bread is made with wheat flour, salt, yeast, and water, although its texture and crust will vary throughout Italy. Ciabatta bread is perfect for sandwiches and paninis.
  • Whole Wheat Bread
    Whole wheat bread is made from flour that uses almost the entire wheat grain (with the bran and germ intact). Because of this, you get more nutrients and fiber with whole wheat bread than white bread. Again, this bread is great for sandwiches or egg in a hole (just as it sounds).
  • Sourdough
    This yeasted bread is made from a starter, which is a fermented mixture of flour and water that makes many batches of bread. Sourdough bread boasts a substantial crust with a soft and chewy center and large air bubbles. This bread is ideal for grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Rye Bread
    Made with a combination of bread flour and rye flour, this bread has a bold rye flavor and a tight crumb. Caraway or dill seeds are often added, giving it an earthy flavor. Rye bread is almost always used for classic pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.
  • Pita Bread
    Pita is a leavened flatbread made of wheat flour and originates in the Middle East. It is cooked at high temperatures, forcing the liquid in the dough to escape and forming a large air bubble in the center. When cut in half, this air-bubble becomes a pocket – wonderful for hand-held falafel sandwich. When cut into wedges and toasted, pita is also excellent for dipping.
  • Focaccia
    This Italian bread is typically baked flat in a baking sheet or pan, and often coated with olive oil beforehand for a delicate yet crunchy crust. Similar to pizza dough, foccacia is sometimes flavored with fresh herbs and garlic. With that said, it is enjoyable on its own, for dipping in soup, served with meat and cheese – versatility at its finest.
  • Multigrain
    Just as it sounds, this bread is loaded with grains like barley, flax, millet, and oats, and has a rich, earthy flavor. Try using hearty multigrain bread for your avocado toast.
  • Brioche
    This French bread is made with eggs and butter, and gets an egg wash just before baking. This results in a completely soft crust with a beautiful golden hue. It’s light with a subtle sweetness and a tight crumb. Brioche is best when it’s made into French toast.

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We carry a variety of different breads to create yummy sandwiches for you. Stop in today for your favorite sandwiches, salads, and baked goods! We are located on the northeast corner of Garey Avenue and East Arrow Highway in Pomona (next to Johnny’s – 105 E. Arrow Hwy). You can also have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Step Up Your Sandwiches

It’s no secret that at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli, we are passionate about good, yummy sandwiches made fresh from the finest ingredients. We love creating our signature sandwiches for you, fresh to order. But if you’re creating your own masterpieces at home, heed these smart sandwich tips from the Sandwich King himself, Jeff Mauro.

  • Put the extra effort in to melt the cheese or cook up some of the sandwich components. This extra step takes sandwiches to the next level.
  • Consider the bread you are using. With so many varieties available (ex. sliced bread, rolls, subs), think about the sandwich you are creating and how the type of bread can enhance it.
  • Condiments can really compliment a sandwich, adding an extra layer of flavor and moisture. And don’t be afraid to use more than one condiment. Layer different flavors and see how they work together, or use them as a marinade for meats.
  • Proper sandwich ratios are a must. Your choice ingredients should be proportional to the sandwich size. Feel free to pile your sandwich high, but be sure the elements are relative in size, otherwise your creation may be impossible (or extra messy) to eat.

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No time to make a sandwich at home? Visit the Brick and we’ll make your favorite sandwich fresh to order. Join us weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm for yummy sandwiches or breakfast served until 10:30am.

May Is National BBQ Month

May is National Barbecue Month! Get ready for sunny summer days and fun backyard barbecues with these smart grilling tips and tricks.

  • Muffin Tray Condiments
    What’s a backyard barbecue without a variety of condiments? Rather than creating numerous dirty dishes, use a muffin tray to set out your condiments. Not only will clean up be easier, but you can save valuable table space as well.
  • Ice Cube Patty
    Hear us out – stick an ice cube in the center of your burger patty before placing it on the grill. This will ensure that your patties don’t get overdone and helps to keep them moist.
  • Citrus & Seafood
    Whether it is shrimp, fish or any seafood, you want to add a citrus fruit for delicious and refreshing flavor. You can try lemon, lime, or even an orange.
  • Wood Works
    Add wood chips to your coals to create a smoky, BBQ flavor.
  • Apple Juice Spray
    Put some apple juice in a spray bottle and bring it with you to the grill. Spray your meat while it’s cooking to add extra flavor and maintain a great golden color.

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Join us for a yummy BBQ Pork Sandwich or your favorite signature sandwich today! We’re open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Stop in or have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Catering Ideas For Warmer Weather

With summer around the corner, the weather is starting to warm up. And when that warmer weather hits, who wants to spend the beautiful days sweltering over a hot stove? Whether you’re hosting a small dinner with friends or catering a casual business meeting or planning a special event, here are some fun summer catering ideas to consider.

Creative Beverages
When the weather is hot, it’s ever important to stay hydrated. Water is essential and infusing it with fresh fruit or herbs can be refreshing surprise. Instead of (or in addition to) lemon, you can try cucumber slices, strawberries, watermelon, ginger root, or even fresh mint or parsley.

You can get inventive with your mocktails as well. Shrubs are acidulated beverages make of fruit juice, sugar and other ingredients, and thus, the possibilities are endless.

Healthy Eats
You don’t want your food weighing you down, especially during the summer. Light, healthy bites are favored over hearty dishes. Think lean proteins, whole-grain breads, fruits and vegetables. Grains like quinoa and millet or grain-free riced cauliflower can become a delicious and nutritious base for healthy bowls. And with an abundance of plant-based proteins, it’s much easier to cater to guests who are vegetarian, vegan, grain-free or gluten-free.

BBQ
Nothing screams summer quite like barbecue. And catering packages allow office workers to enjoy the backyard barbecue vibe indoors. Whether you favor Texas-style or Memphis-style, there are plenty of caterers that specialize in various barbecue styles to suit your preference.

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Looking for affordable and delicious catering for your next event? From sandwich platters to boxed lunches, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call at 909-596-5225 or visit us in store – we’re located at 105 E Arrow Highway (Northeast corner of Arrow Hwy and Garey Ave) in Pomona.

April Is National BLT Sandwich Month

April is National BLT Sandwich Month, and, honestly, who doesn’t love a classic BLT sandwich? Whether you prefer the BLT sandwich its pure form or a variation of it (such as the turkey club, or a vegetarian/vegan version), we can all agree that its simplicity is its genius.

Bread
While many may argue that a BLT belongs on white bread and white bread only, others believe that fresh baked bread from the bakery is the way to go. Whatever your preference (white, wheat, sourdough, ciabatta), most of us agree that the bread is meant to be toasted. You can toast it in the toaster, a toaster oven, pop it into your oven broiler or butter it up and toast it on the skillet.

Bacon
Sure you can fry your bacon it in the pan or on a cast-iron skillet, but baking it in the oven is easy and great for when you need to feed the masses. And whether you go with the normal or thick cut bacon is all up to your preference.

Lettuce
Iceberg is often the go-to, whether you use whole leaves or shredded iceberg lettuce. But anything with a nice crunch, like Romaine or even Bibb lettuce, can be a great substitute or addition. You may even consider adding arugula for a peppery bite, or spinach to up your nutrient intake.

Tomato
There’s no denying that heirloom tomatoes are the tomatoes for a BLT sandwich. Any tomato is fine if you’re in a pinch, but there’s just something about the hearty heirloom. Regardless of the tomato you use, remember to season your tomatoes with salt and pepper.

Condiments
Mayo lovers will agree that it is also a key ingredient, but those who hate it could do without. If you’re feeling experimental, you can try an aioli or even your favorite mustard, just to give your sandwich some kind of moisture.

Additions
Purists would stop there, but, much like a grilled cheese, eaters like to try out new and different ingredients.  For example, you can try avocado, whether in slices or mashed up. A fried egg can help this sandwich masquerade as breakfast.

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Let us make a BLT sandwich, or any of our signature sandwiches, to your liking! Visit us weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm for yummy sandwiches and salads made fresh to order with the finest ingredients available. We also make delicious baked goods in-house, so come in and satisfy that sweet tooth, too!

Healthy Breakfast Essentials

Start your day off right with a healthy and hearty breakfast! The best breakfast will be satisfying and nutrient-rich to fuel your morning and keep you satiated until lunchtime. Be sure your morning meal contains these breakfast essentials.

Protein

This is what keeps you full longer, helps your brain function better and helps to stabilize your blood sugar. Protein is the most important part of breakfast when it comes to fueling your body for the day.

Sources:

  • Eggs – 6 grams per egg
  • Greek Yogurt – 15 grams per ½ cup plain yogurt
  • Milk/Almond Milk – 8 grams per 8 ounces
  • Peanut Butter – 8 grams per 2 tablespoons
  • Oatmeal – 6 grams per ½ cup oats

Whole Grains

Fiber keeps your digestive system working properly, keeps you full, and balances blood sugar. Luckily, whole grains are a great source of fiber. When you pair fiber with protein and healthy fats, your body works to break down whole grains slowly and efficiently.

Sources:

  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Whole Wheat Toast
  • Whole Grain Muffins
  • Pancakes/Waffles made with Oats or Whole Wheat Flour
  • Granola

Healthy Fats

Again, healthy fats help to keep you full, and help the condition of your skin, hair, brain function.

Sources:

  • Nuts/Nut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Flax Seed
  • Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Regular

Fruits/Veggies

Including at least one serving of fruits and vegetables in your breakfast is an easy way to help you reach the recommended daily intake.

Ways To Add Fruits & Veggies To Breakfast:

  • Smoothies – you can mix both fruits and vegetables for a refreshing drink
  • Oatmeal – top with bananas or apples, or add carrots and raisins to create a Carrot Cake-like oatmeal
  • Hash – try a sweet potato has for a hearty breakfast
  • Frittata – use up leftover roasted vegetables for a veggie-filled dish
  • Sandwiches – load up with different veggies and eggs
  • Pancakes – top whole wheat pancakes with your favorite fruits

Prep The Night Before

By preparing your breakfast food the night before gives you one less thing you need to worry about in the morning. And if time is the main reason you skip breakfast in the morning, now you have no excuse.

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest! Be sure to join us for breakfast, served until 10:30am, six days a week (Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm, Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm). Visit us in store or have it delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Delicious Fruit Salads

As the weather warms up and more fruits come into season, refreshing fruit salads are a coveted dish. But there’s more to fruit salads than just chopping fruits and tossing them into a bowl. The best fruit salads are not only visually stunning, but create a beautiful balance of flavors and textures. To create your own fruit salad masterpiece, check out these tips and tricks.

  • Seasonal Fruit
    Overall, seasonal fruit simply tastes better. When in season, their flavors and textures are far superior than that of off-season fruits. When choosing your ingredients, opt for seasonal produce that is local to you.
  • Ripeness
    In terms of texture, you want to choose fruits that are at same (or similar) level of ripeness. When you don’t, your salad may contain bites that are mushy or too tart or tough. Mixing similarly ripe fruits together will keep your salad looking fresh and vibrant longer.
  • Colors & Textures
    Speaking of vibrancy, fruit salads are easily one of the most visually appealing salads. The different colors and hues of the fruits you choose will highlight and contrast each other. A variation of textures can also keep your taste buds pleased. Choose a combination of seedy fruits along with crispy or juicy fruits or some with fibrous skins.
  • Remove Stems, Pits & Skins
    With cherries and strawberries and the like, you should remove the stems, pits, and, when necessary, the skins. If you cannot remove the pits or seeds, make sure your guests are aware to prevent any unpleasant surprises.
  • Consistency
    You want to cut your fruits into uniform pieces. This not only helps your salad visually, but it keeps each bite relatively even and easier to consume.
  • Equal Parts
    In addition, you want to use equal parts of each fruit so that one does not overpower the other.
  • Season With Citrus
    Nothing compliments a delicious fruit salad like fresh citrus zest and juice from lemons or limes. The citrus juice also helps to prevent the fruit from browning.
  • Herbs: More Than A Garnish
    You can continue to enhance the flavors of your fruit salad by adding fresh herbs. For example, mint is often used as a garnish, but it can be a refreshing and delicious addition when to the mixed in.
  • Granulated Sugar
    If you happen to pick up some fruits that are not quite ripe yet, you can soften and sweeten them with a bit of granulated sugar (to taste). After a few minutes, the granules will dissolve into the fruit, so no need to worry about the grainy texture.
  • Add Whipped Cream Or Yogurt
    Want to add some creamy richness to your fruit salad? Whipped cream or yogurt can be a great addition, especially for berries and stone fruits.

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Join The Brick Your Neighborhood Deli for breakfast or lunch six days a week! Order our sandwiches in store, online or have them delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS. We also provide catering for business lunches, special events and parties. Call 909-596-5225 to learn more.