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Dinner Party Etiquette

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you will likely be attending more and more dinner parties, whether it’s a work event or hosted by family or friends. Whether you’re in someone’s home or out at a restaurant or banquet hall, keep these dinner party etiquette tips in mind.

Before The Dinner
It is always best to respond whether or not an RSVP was requested. If not explicitly offered, refrain from asking if you can bring extra guests. The exception is if your family is invited to someone’s home for dinner – then you should ask if children are included. If so, be sure your children are on their best behavior.

Gift
Bring a host or hostess gift if you will be dining at the home of a friend or family member. Keep in mind that most dinners have carefully planned menu items so do not expect your gift to be used during the meal.

Getting Started
Seating depends on the host or hostess. Some formal parties may have place cards for where the host or hostess wants you to sit. If not, ask if there are seating preferences and wait until the host sits before you do. Sometimes, a blessing will be said before dinner. If you do not follow the beliefs of the prayer, respectful silence is acceptable. If the host offers a toast, lift your glass – a “clink” with someone else’s glass is not necessary.

Napkin
After sitting down, take a cue from your host or hostess for when to begin. When the host unfolds his or her napkin, you should do the same. However, if you are dining out, you should place your napkin on your lap immediately.

Your napkin should remain in your lap until you are finished eating. If you must get up at any time during the meal and plan to return, place the napkin on either side of your plate. Once finished completely, place your napkin on the table to the left of your plate.

When To Eat
At a restaurant, you should wait until all members of your group have been served before you begin eating. For private dinners, take cues from the host or hostess. For buffets, you may start when there are others seated at your table.

Silverware
Silverware can be tricky. Typically, it is best to start with the utensil that is farthest away from your plate and work your way toward the center of your place setting. However, if the host or hostess is doing something different, you may follow his or her lead. Your best bet is to remain as inconspicuous as possible.

Food
If the food are your dinner party is served at the table, the dishes should be passed n a counter-clockwise flow and remember to never reach across the table for anything. Ask that condiments be passed from the person closest to the item (salt and pepper should always be passed together). And always use the serving utensils, not your own, when lifting food from the serving dish.

Eating
Some common table manners and essential dining etiquette are as follows:

  • Turn off your cell phone before sitting down – it’s rude to talk on your phone or text while in the company of others.
  • Never talk when you have food in your mouth -even if someone asks you a question, wait until you swallow before answering.
  • Taste your food before you add salt, pepper, or other seasoning. Doing otherwise may be insulting to the host or hostess. If you are dining with a prospective employer, the person may perceive you as someone who acts without knowing the facts.
  • Don’t cut all your food before you begin eating – cut one or two bites at a time.
  • Never blow on your food – if it’s hot, wait a few minutes for it to cool off. And scoop soup away from you.
  • Some foods are meant to be eaten with your fingers – follow the lead of your host or hostess.
  • Stemmed glasses are meant to be held by the stem.
  • Break your bread into bite-sized pieces and butter only one bite at a time.
  • Unless you are allergic, try at least one or two bites of everything on your plate.
  • Compliment the hostess if you like the food, otherwise it’s best to keep mum.
  • Use your utensils for eating, not gesturing.
  • Keep your elbows off the table and rest the hand you are not using in your lap.
  • Eat slowly and pace yourself to finish at the same approximate time as the host or hostess.
  • Avoid burping or making other rude sounds at the table.
  • If you spill something at a restaurant, signal one of the servers to help. If you spill something at a private dinner party in someone’s home, pick it up and blot the spill. If necessary, offer to have it professionally cleaned.
  • When you finish eating, leave your utensils on your plate or in your bowl.
  • Never use a toothpick or dental floss at the table.
  • You may reapply your lipstick, but refrain from doing the rest of your makeup at the table.

After The Meal
As mentioned, after you finish eating, partially fold your napkin and place it to the left of your plate. Wait until the host or hostess signals that the meal is over before you stand. If nothing is planned after dinner, stick around for approximately an hour before thanking your host for dinner and leaving. For informal events, you may offer to help clean up.

Later
Always send the host or hostess a thank you note or card in the mail, but don’t wait more than a day or two after the event. You brief but heartfelt note should address the host or hostess, thank him or her for the lovely dinner, and include another short, positive comment to show your appreciation.

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Let us cater your next holiday party or event! You can view our menu online at BrickMarketDeli.com or call us at 909-596-5225 to explore your options.

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is here and there are so many things we are grateful for, one of which is our extraordinary customers who have helped us thrive over the years. Whether you have visited us on a whim, were recommended by others or have been with us from the beginning, we appreciate you giving us a chance and allowing us to do what we love.

We are also grateful for our amazing staff, who are dedicated to upholding our reputation for yummy sandwiches and excellent customer service. Your hard work does not go unnoticed and we appreciate each and every one of you.

In order to allow our staff to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be closed for Thanksgiving weekend starting on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Our normal store hours will resume on Monday November 26, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and sincerely appreciate your understanding.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with love, cheer, and good food. From everyone at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli – Happy Thanksgiving!

Build The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Thanksgiving is next week, but we have been thinking about Thanksgiving Leftover sandwiches all month. While we all have our own personal preferences, here are some sandwich tips to help you create a delicious Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich.

Bread Choice
It seems wrong to go out and buy bread specifically for a sandwich made from leftovers. As the name states, you should be using what you have on hand, which is what most of us can and will do. However, if you do go out of your way to get bread for this sandwich, the key is to get something that isn’t too bready. Since you will likely be creating a hefty sandwich, choose bread that’s strong enough to hold up without overpowering the ingredients.

A fresh Kaiser roll might be the best choice as it adds some flaky crispiness on the outside but is airy enough within to complement your leftovers. And this may cause a stir, but a wrap can also be a fine option as it allows for more of the stuff on the inside without adding too much starch. Also it helps to ensure your whole sandwich won’t fall apart while you eat it.

Easy Dressing/Gravy
First and foremost, avoid mustard. While it is a perfectly fine condiment, it doesn’t necessarily lend itself to this sandwich. If your sandwich consists of mainly turkey, then mustard is great. But because it’s such a strong flavor, it may be too intense for the rest of your ingredients. Instead, a neutral condiment like mayonnaise can help to add some greasy moisture to your sandwich.

You want to add gravy to your sandwich because we’re talking Thanksgiving here. But you have to be careful – too much gravy will soak your bread and create a soggy mess. To err on the side of caution for sliced bread, make sure there’s a dry ingredient between the bread and the gravy. If you want to avoid it all together, you can always have a little extra gravy on the side to dip your sandwich in.

Starches
You may be tempted to pile on the starches, like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and candied yams, but disrupting the starch-to-meat ratio will result in a dense, carb-heavy sandwich. If that’s what you like, we are definitely not here to judge. This is merely a suggestion to help balance out your sandwich.

Stuffing may be your best bet for a starch, but you have likely have many options, such as sweet potatoes or mac n’ cheese. Much like everything in this sandwich, go easy. If you are using a wrap, you can probably go with two starches, but keep portions and ratios in mind.

Dark Meat
While many may prefer white meat, whether for taste or health reasons, they may not realize how moist and tasty dark meat is. You don’t want to risk your sandwich being too dry, so when you can, go with dark meat.

Cranberry Sauce
A thin, well-distributed layer is such a good addition to your leftover sandwich. The tart, sweet and fruity flavors add moisture without overpowering the other flavors, nor creating a soggy sandwich.

Egg = Breakfast
Add an egg and you’ve got breakfast – enough said. This tactic allows you to wake up Friday morning and dig right back into your Thanksgiving food.

Follow Your Heart
Ultimately, it comes down to what you like in your sandwich (and what’s on hand – this is a leftovers sandwich). Trust your instincts with flavor and texture combinations, and if it doesn’t work out sometimes, lesson learned.

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For Thanksgiving week, we will be open for normal store hours (7:00am-4:00pm) on Monday-Wednesday, but will be closed Thursday-Saturday for the holiday. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Hope to see you soon!

Food Safety Tips For Halloween

Trick-or-treating, costume parties, and apple bobbing are fun pastimes associated with Halloween. Unfortunately a lot can go wrong if the proper safety measures are not in place. To ensure your children are safe, follow these Halloween food safety tips via FDA.gov:

  • Snacking – Have your children eat a light meal or snack before they head out trick-or-treating. They should wait until they are home and you can inspect their treats before consuming them.
  • Safe Treats – Children should not accept, and especially not eat, anything that is not commercially wrapped. Inspect all candies for any signs of tampering, such as unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Toss anything that looks suspicious.
  • Food Allergies – If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen is not present. Seek houses with teal pumpkins on display, as these denote that non-food treats are available. Any home-baked goods he or she may have received should not be consumed.
  • Choking Hazards – These include gum, peanuts, hard candies, and small toys. If you have very young children, be sure to sort through their bags and remove these choking hazards.

Bobbing For Apples
This classic game has the potential for spreading bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.

  • To reduce the number of bacteria that might be present on apples and other raw fruits and vegetables, thoroughly rinse them under cool running water. Consider using a produce brush to remove surface dirt as well.
  • New spin on apple bobbing from FightBAC.org: Cut out apple shapes from red construction paper and write an activity on each (ex. do 5 jumping jacks). Place a paper clip on each apple and put them in a large basket. Tie a magnet to a string and let the children take turns “bobbing” and doing the activity written on the apple. Treat the kids to fresh apples after you are done.

Party At Home

  • Unpasteurized juice or cider can contain harmful bacteria such as salmonella. Stay safe by always serving pasteurized products at your parties.
  • Resist the urge to taste raw cookie dough or cake batter that contains uncooked eggs.
  • Keep all perishable foods chilled until serving time – bacteria will creep up on you if you let food sit out too long. These include finger sandwiches, cheese platters, fruit or tossed salads, cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry or seafood, and cream pies or cakes with whipped-cream and cream-cheese frostings. Don’t leave perishable goodies out of the fridge for more than two hours (1 hour in temperatures above 90°F).

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Fuel up at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli before you head out for your Halloween fun! We will have normal store hours for Halloween on Wednesday, October 31 (7:00am-4:00pm; breakfast served until 10:30am). You may also order our food for delivery via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Tips For A Healthier Valentine’s Day Meal

February is American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re planning on treating your Valentine to a fancy restaurant dinner or a hearty home-cooked meal, be sure the menu is safe and heart-healthy. Here are some tips to make healthier choices on Valentine’s Day (and every day).

Restaurants

  • Assess the scene – Food safety is priority so look for the health inspection score (you may be able to access the health inspection reports online) and certificates verifying the staff is trained in food safety practices. Take a look around to ensure the glasses, silverware, napkins, and tablecloths are clean.
  • Know the facts – Look up the nutritional information in advance – most major restaurants chains have this data online. You can identify the healthier dishes and plan ahead.
  • Beware of unexpected sources of sodium – More than 40% of sodium that we eat comes from these common foods: bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, poultry, soups, cheese, meat dishes, and snacks. Luckily, most restaurants offer lower sodium options for entrées and dressings, so be sure to check the menu or ask the staff.
  • Ask before ordering – Unless they are commercially pasteurized, raw or undercooked eggs can be a hidden hazard in foods (ex. Caesar salad, custards, some sauces).
  • Order it cooked thoroughly – Remember that foods like meat, poultry, and fish need to be cooked to an internal temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria. To err on the side of safety, order your foods well done.
  • Sharing is caring – Restaurants are known for hefty portions so consider sharing one entrée.
  • Refrigerate your leftovers – Your dinner was delicious, but you’re too stuffed to finish it. Unless you are going straight home, leave the leftovers there. Food should be refrigerated within two hours of being served, or one hour if the temperature outside is warmer than 90°F.

Dining In

  • Make recipes healthier – Healthier versions of classic recipes are just a click away (thank you, Internet). Get creative and find healthy swaps for saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol in baked goods and other foods.
  • Choose low-sodium options – Reach for spices before you reach for the salt, and try adding a citrus element. You may find that you don’t need salt after all. If possible, avoid prepackaged mixes (which may be loaded with lots of salt) or seek low-sodium or salt-free versions.
  • Steer clear of frying – Instead, try roasting, grilling or steaming your foods as these methods add little to no fat.
  • Keep HOT food HOT – Once food is cooked, it should be held at an internal temperature of 140°F or above. Just keeping food warm (between 40°F and 140°F – also known as the “danger zone”) encourages fast growth of germs that cause foodborne illness/food poisoning. Use a food thermometer to make sure your meal stays out of the “danger zone”.
  • Keep COLD food COLD – Cold foods should be kept at 40°F or below.
  • Follow the two-hour rule – Throw away all perishable foods (ex. meat, poultry, eggs, casseroles) that have been left at room temperature for more than two hours (one hour if the outside temperature is above 90°F).
  • Continue the celebration – Ate to your heart’s content, but still have leftovers? Go ahead and put them in the fridge to eat within three to four days. If you don’t plan on eating it within that time period, stick it in the freezer.

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Avoid the crowds and treat your Valentine to a yummy breakfast or lunch at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli. You can dine in with us or get the goods delivered to you via DoorDash or UberEATS!

Guilt-Free Holidays

When it comes to the holiday season, often times we feel guilty for indulging in the decadent holiday foods. While some of us might exercise and eat a balanced diet, others may not. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, eating should not make you feel bad, and the holidays are no exception. Instead of setting rules and feeling terrible for breaking them, try telling yourself these things so that the holidays are more enjoyable and less guilt-laden.

  • I deserve to enjoy holiday meals without the guilt.
    Food is food. It’s meant to nourish and fuel your body, and you deserve to enjoy it. Take time to truly enjoy every bite and the traditions and memories associated with it. The act of focusing on the different elements of your food (such as the smell, look, and taste) without distractions is known as mindful eating. Practicing mindful eating will teach you to fully enjoy what you eat without regret or shame.
  • What I eat every day matters most.
    Rather than obsessing over the foods you eat over the holidays, concentrate on what you eat daily. If you maintain a healthy diet year-round, a few days of indulging won’t hurt. If you don’t usually eat well, make that a goal for the upcoming new year. It’s important to remember that the holiday season doesn’t last forever. Focus on enjoying the quality time with family and friends instead of worrying about the foods you are eating.
  • I have the power to control my portions.
    You are in charge of how much food you eat, and this should be dictated by listening to your body. Slow down and pay attention to the way your stomach feels before eating. If you still feel hungry, have another bite, but once you’re almost full, stop eating.
  • I have the right to eat seconds or to say “No, thank you” when I’m full.
    It is not your responsibility to make someone else happy by overeating, nor by denying your hunger. Although it’s often the norm to eat more when the host graciously offers more, but it doesn’t have to be. Trust your appetite and be polite, yet firm, when declining.
  • It’s normal if I overindulge during the holidays.
    We’re all human. The important thing is to accept that you did and move on. There is no need to dwell, feel guilty, or punish yourself, as this behavior may even push you to seek comfort in more food. As mentioned, eating mindfully has many benefits and may lead to less food consumption to satisfy cravings. So remember to slow down, pay attention, and listen to your body.
  • I will eat when I’m hungry, not when I’m feeling emotional.
    Loneliness, boredom, sadness, and stress are emotions that may lead us to eating, and these emotions can be heightened during the holiday season. More effective ways to deal with these feelings can vary from person to person, but might include calling a friend, exercising, or even practicing meditation. You should take the time to learn what works for you.
  • I don’t need to “healthify” my beloved and traditional holiday recipe.
    The holiday season comes but once a year, so you should enjoy your favorites as they should be. Who really wants sugarless sugar cookies, anyways?
  • I promise not to comment on the size, shape or weight of my friends and relatives.
    Just as your weight is your business, so is theirs. If you find yourself met with a rude, unwanted comment about your appearance, it is okay to tell that person why it’s not okay to talk about it.
  • I will enjoy quality time with the people I love.
    Studies show that our close relationships are crucial to our long-term health and happiness. So rather than worry about the foods you may or may not eat, focus on spending quality time with those near and dear to your heart.

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Enjoy a yummy breakfast or lunch with us! The Brick Your Neighborhood Deli is located at 105 E. Arrow Hwy in Pomona and we’re open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm.

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

The damage of Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the holiday season is still in full effect. Just because you gave into some indulgences on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you should carry on this way for the rest of the holidays. Believe it or not, there is a way to stay healthy and enjoy your favorite holiday foods. Follow these smart tips for a healthier holiday season.

Be Choosy.
Pick your battles wisely. You don’t always have to sample every holiday food you encounter. Rather than indulging in holiday treats on a random day, save them for special days or occasions such as the family dinner or a holiday party. Also, choose the foods you enjoy the most and dismiss the rest.

Stay Curious And Eat Mindfully.
Rather than going into autopilot and snacking on food that’s around, take a moment to ask yourself if you are really hungry and if you really want to be eating that food at the moment. If you are not really hungry, you should reconsider your actions. And if you really are hungry, at least you have taken a moment to acknowledge your hunger and decision to eat. Paying attention and being mindful when making food choices helps you make better, more fulfilling decisions.

Nourish Your Body.
Stay well nourished by eating regularly. Depending on your individual needs, having a regular meal or snack should occur every 3-5 hours to keep you from becoming too hungry. When you starve yourself, or go too long without eating, you become more susceptible to eating sugary, high-calorie foods, partly due to your dwindling blood-sugar levels. Keep your home stocked with healthy and nutritious foods and know where you can grab a healthful meal when you’re out and about. Healthy snacks and meals will help to improve your energy throughout the day as well.

Establish Food Boundaries.
Be polite, but stand firm with food pushers. While most food pushers have good intentions, you don’t want to end up eating food you don’t need or want. So as to not offend food pushers while declining offers, try starting with a compliment and finishing with a deflection, such as “That looks delicious. I’m not hungry right now, but I’ll have some later.” If they continue to insist, try firmly adding, “No, really… I just wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate it right now.” Rehearsing your lines in advance can help as well.

Nourish Your Emotions.
The holiday season can stir up a variety of emotions and stress. With that said, you may want to take a look at your emotional coping strategies. Some of us may find comfort in eating, but this may not be the healthiest route. If you can, avoid using food to cope with stress or emotions, you will find you might feel better. If you find peace in exercise (ex. yoga, daily walk) or simply some quiet alone time, be sure you save time for that to help keep you sane during the hectic holiday season.

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If you need a break from the holiday madness, join us at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli for a yummy breakfast or lunch. We’re open weekdays from 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Got an upcoming meeting, event, or party and need catering? Call us at 909-596-5225 for more information!

Sending Our Sincerest Gratitude This Thanksgiving

The holiday season is here and Thanksgiving has us feeling so grateful and blessed to be able to do what we love. We work hard to serve you the best sandwiches and salads made with only the finest and freshest ingredients available to us, and you’ve rewarded us in the best way possible. It’s not always easy, but the love and support from our community has helped us tremendously along the way.

To our regulars, to those who have taken the time to give us a try, to the people were recommended by others, and to those who happened to have stumbled upon our humble sandwich shop by chance, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And a special shout out to our wonderful staff – you are amazing and your hard work does not go unnoticed. We appreciate you and your dedication to making the Brick the best it can possibly be.

Quick reminder – we have modified store hours for Thanksgiving weekend. We will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and we will open from 10:00am-4:00pm on Friday, November 24, 2017. Our normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Thank you for understanding.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Brick family to yours! We hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving feast filled with yummy food, great company, and lots of love.

Make Thanksgiving Healthier

Thanksgiving is often synonymous with bountiful feasts, food comas, and seemingly inevitable weight gain. But you can avoid consuming excess calories by indulging in the healthier foods of this holiday. The following are some of the better Thanksgiving food choices.

Pomegranates
Often a seasonal favorite, pomegranates and cranberry relish and sauces offer a great balance of sweet and tangy flavors. The health benefits of pomegranates include inflammation-fighting antioxidants, as well as antibacterial and antiviral properties, which may help you to fend off illness. Pomegranates also provide 15% of your daily value of vitamin C and 3 grams of fiber per half-cup.

Beets
Beets are a sweet root vegetable that come in red and yellow, and can be added to main dishes or served as a side. They contain nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels, aiding in the delivery of blood and oxygen to working muscles, and plays an important role in many intracellular processes (ex. muscle contraction). Beets also support neurological and heart health, and have even been shown to lower high blood pressure.

Pumpkin Pie
Of all the desserts, you might want to steer toward the pumpkin pie. Half a can of canned pumpkin has 42 calories and fully 4 grams of fiber, and is also a great source of vitamin A and potassium. If you want to save calories but still enjoy that great pumpkin flavor, try incorporating pumpkin into a savory soup or bread in place of heavy creams and oils.

Cranberries
Fresh cranberries offer excellent health benefits. Known for their role in preventing and treating UTIs, and having a preventative effect against dental cavities, cranberries are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals and are a good source of manganese. They have also been shown to reduce the risk of cancer (namely, breast cancer). One serving of cranberries contains 20% of your daily value for fiber and 24% for vitamin C. And it should be noted that it’s better to opt for fresh cranberries since canned cranberries add about 100 more calories and 6 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Turkey
Usually the star of most Thanksgiving feasts, turkey offers plenty of high-quality protein which helps you feel full and satisfied. If you’re watching your caloric intake, you may want to indulge in the ultra-lean, white meant portions early so that you will feel satisfied sooner. This may potentially fend off the urge to go back for seconds, too.

Green Beans
The classic green bean casserole is made up of canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions. However, you should skip all that and opt for fresh or frozen green beans, which are rich in antioxidants and good sources of vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. If you must make the casserole, low-fat milk and whole wheat bread crumbs are recommended for a healthier dish.

Brussels Sprouts
These fiber-rich cruciferous vegetables help lower cholesterol and protect against cancer due to the phytonutrient glucosinolate. They also support the body’s detoxification system and anti-inflammatory response and are rich with antioxidants. Steaming your sprouts brings out the most health benefits.

Sweet Potatoes
Skip the mashed potatoes or anything “gratin” and dig in to sweet potatoes instead. Sweet potatoes have fewer calories and more fiber than potatoes, and are also a great source of beta-carotene. They even provide 400% of our daily requirement for vitamin A. For a healthier dish, try roasting them or replace your traditional mashed potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes.

Healthy Leftovers
Even before Thanksgiving, you may already be thinking about those delicious leftovers. Here are some suggestions to keep those leftover meals healthy:

  • Turkey Sandwich 1: First of all, nix the stuffing layer. Choose a high quality whole wheat or sourdough bread and add white turkey meat, avocado, lettuce, and tomato. If you must, add homemade cranberry sauce rather than the canned version.
  • Turkey Sandwich 2: Top toasted Ezekiel bread with skinless white meat turkey, avocado, tomato, hummus, kale, mustard, and lemon.
  • Leftover cranberries and cranberry sauce can be repurposed into a salsa or cranberry applesauce. Or you can add it to oatmeal, plain Greek yogurt, or whole grain pancakes.
  • Roasted veggies can be added to a vegetable broth and turned into a hearty soup. You can add turkey shavings to the mix as well.

Stick To Thanksgiving Specialties
That is, eat the foods that you typically eat only during Thanksgiving and skip the foods that are more common in your daily diet. For example, you might want to opt for pumpkin pie versus cookies or cupcakes, simply because the latter is more easily accessible on any given day. Bonus tip: Take a stroll around the block after dinner rather than succumbing to a post-meal nap.

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Before you start cooking up a storm for the holidays, let us take care of you! Come in and let us prepare your favorite sandwich or salad. Visit us in store, order ahead online, or get your meal delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS!

Potentially Dangerous Holiday Foods

Getting sick in general is never fun. Falling ill from food, especially when it could have easily been prevented, can be worse. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s best to know which common holiday foods could potentially put you at risk.

Chicken Liver Paté
Hosts often choose this as an “easy” option to serve, however, it is responsible for a rise in food poisoning. Thanks to celebrity chefs, more and more people are leaving it pink in the middle.

Campylobacter is a common cause of bacterial food poisoning, and about 80% of these cases stem from undercooking liver paté. Symptoms of this type of food poisoning include diarrhea, stomach pains, and fever, and in severe cases, paralysis and even death.

Cheeseboard
Listeria could be lurking in your cheeses, and unfortunately, symptoms mimic those of the flu. Severe cases can lead to meningitis and septicemia. In pregnant women, the bacteria can cause miscarriage or may be passed on to the unborn baby.

Eggnog
Although odds have drastically decreased over the years, there is still a chance you may get salmonella from eggs. And eggnog, as the name suggests, gets its frothiness from eggs. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting and fever (with severe cases resulting in septicemia and peritonitis).

Choose eggs with the red lion mark, which indicate they are from vaccinated eggs, and cook your eggnog to 106°F/71°C to kill off the bug.

Turkey
You want to cook this properly, taking the appropriate measures to defrost, prep and cook the bird. Avoid washing the turkey as it can spread bacteria around the kitchen, and consider cooking your stuffing in a separate tin to decrease the risk for foodborne illness.

Be sure that your turkey is cooked thoroughly by checking the internal temperature throughout and in the thickest part. The standard safe internal temperature for turkey is 165°F and there should be no pink in the meat.

Christmas Pudding
Traditionally, a silver sixpence is stirred into the Christmas pudding mix. The finder is believed to meet wealth and good luck in the year to come. Over the years, the tradition has slowly declined and all but disappeared. But, as a person may choke on the sixpence, it is likely a good thing that the tradition has faded away.

Leftovers
If not stored properly and eaten within a set amount of time, your delicious leftovers could make you sick. Try to avoid leaving food out for longer than 2 hours and be sure to eat your leftovers in a timely fashion. If you do not plan on finishing your turkey within two days of cooking, your best bet is to send it home with guests or to freeze it.

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Visit the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli for a delicious breakfast or lunch. We are open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Stop by, call ahead, or order online. And we are now offering delivery via DoorDash and UberEATS!