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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!

Catering Tips For Office Lunches

Good office lunch catering can be the saving grace of an otherwise mundane or stressful work day. It can boost workers’ spirits and fuel them for the rest of the day. However, a lot can go wrong if these catered lunches are planned and executed poorly. Heed these tips and advice when planning your next office lunch catering.

  • Headcount

Getting a final headcount is crucial – nothing is more problematic or embarrassing as running out of food. Be sure to double check your headcount to ensure there will be enough food for everyone participating.

  • Narrow It Down

Instead of taking individual orders from everyone, pick a restaurant and take a look at the menu. Narrow it down to a few options from which workers may choose and give a deadline for order submissions.

  • Location, Location, Location

If your employees will be eating in the conference room during a meeting, there are some things to consider.

You will need to set up a food table opposite from the presentation. If people would like to go back for seconds, they can without crossing in front of the screen. Also avoid messy or noisy foods for minimal interruptions and issues.

  • Time

If there’s a time crunch, setup can make or break the catering all together. When this is the case, individually packed paper bag lunches can help. These prevent long lines, help control portions, and give employees the freedom of a “to go” option if they need to get back into the meeting.

  • The Extras

Workers will appreciate the little things like extra napkins, hand sanitizers, wet wipes, and mints. These thoughtful touches can help everything run smoothly and neatly.

  • Go Seasonal

If there’s a holiday around the corner, you may want to consider adding a few hints to the food and décor.

  • Offer Some Agency

Give people a little power over what they eat and save the organizer from taking individual orders. For example, instead of taking individual sandwich orders, provide the components for a salad and sandwich bar and let everyone build their own lunch.

  • Food Sensitivities

First and foremost, be mindful of serious food allergies amongst the staff. And you must also keep in mind any food sensitivities and personal preferences. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are essential these days.

  • Fun, Healthy Options

Although they may be overlooked, an effort to provide wholesome food should be made. Make it fun with things like Edible arrangements, Sun Chips, or Luna Bars.

  • Sweet Tooth

As long as you have healthy options, it’s fine to add an additional treat.  For those who don’t mind indulging a bit, a cupcake or pastry can go a long way.

Did you know we cater? From sandwich catering packs to boxed lunches to meat & cheese trays, we’ve got you covered! Call 909-596-5225 to learn more and let us cater your next party or special event.  And don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Healthy Tips For Dining Out

There are several reasons for dining out at a restaurant. Whether it’s a new hot spot you’ve had your eye on, for a social gathering, or simply a much-needed break from the kitchen, you deserve a nice night out. And while it is great to treat yourself, it does not mean you have to abandon your diet completely.

Despite hidden calories and large portions, there are ways to create a delicious and healthy restaurant dining experience.

Healthier Choices

  • Just say no to appetizers, which are usually loaded with unnecessary calories. If you want to start with an appetizer, a green salad with dressing on the side is a better option.
  • To prevent overeating, you should aim to fill half of your plate with fruit and/or vegetables (and no, potatoes do not count), and the other half with lean protein and whole grains.
  • Skip the sodium-laden soups. Instead, go for a salad, which offers less sodium and more potassium-rich veggies.
  • Restaurant portions are notorious for being oversized, so, if you can, order a lunch portion, box up half of your meal for later, or split an entrée with a friend.
  • As tempting as they may be, bypass the complimentary bread or chips. These fillers will just stuff you with unnecessary and empty calories and carbs.

Salads

  • Choose Darker Greens – Darker greens have more nutrients per serving than the popular romaine or iceberg lettuce.
  • Pick A Good Protein – Good protein choices include egg whites, egg slices, grilled tofu, tuna, beans, chicken, and seafood.
  • Cut The Cheese – You really don’t need the cheese, do you? Skip the excess calories, saturated fat, and sodium that cheese provides.
  • Smart Toppings – Instead of adding crunch from oily, refined flour (crispy wontons, croutons) and salty sodium bombs (olives, bacon), add crisp veggies and fruit to add more texture and flavor. Load up on nutrient-dense toppings such as broccoli, carrots, chickpeas, black beans, edamame, roasted peppers blueberries, mango, or strawberries.
  • Dress Better – It’s always wise to get the dressing on the side so that you can control how much or how little dressing you use. You may even be able to create your our dressing using oil and vinegar.

Sandwiches

  • Whole Wheat > White Bread – Always a better choice as it provides more nutrients. And please note that “multigrain” may mean more white flour than whole wheat.
  • Avoid Wraps – Unless they are whole grain, skip the wraps (they can have up to as many calories as white bread). Or try a lettuce wrap. You can drop refined grains for whole food. And if you’re feeling adventurous, turn your sandwich into a salad.
  • Craving a sandwich? Opt for a half sandwich, half salad combo. That way, you can get your sandwich fix while taking in more vegetables, too.
  • Smart Sides – When it comes to side dishes, opt for fresh fruit or steamed veggies over chips or bread.

Coffee

  • Choose Nonfat Milk – If you don’t particularly like nonfat, take baby steps and do half nonfat, half 2% milk.
  • Pros & Cons Of Non-Dairy Milk – Soy milk provides around 8g of protein per cup, but depending on the brand, they may have added sugar. Almond milk may have less sugar, but also less protein. Skip the coconut milk as it is low in protein and high in saturated fat.
  • Skip The Whipped Cream – Save yourself from excess calories and saturated fat.
  • Skip The Syrup – Sugar-free syrups may be made with unsafe sweeteners, but if you must, ask for a single pump of regular syrup.
  • Order Brewed Coffee and make your own modifications (one packet of sugar adds about 20 calories.

How do you stay healthy when you dine out? Share your tips with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

At the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli, we serve a variety of signature sandwiches and salads made to order. Visit us in store, online or have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS. We also provide catering for business lunches, special events and parties. Call 909-596-5225 to learn more!

Best Sandwiches Across America

Whether you are a sandwich connoisseur or simply a sandwich lover (like us), these are some of the most popular sandwiches from different regions across America.

South

  • St. Louis Gerber Sandwich
    This is an open-faced ham and provolone cheese sandwich, made with crusty French bread smeared with garlic butter and toasted.
  • Pimento Cheese Sandwich
    This Southern picnic staple is made with cheddar cheese and chipotle peppers, plus crispy fried green tomatoes between grilled bread.
  • Shrimp Po’Boy
    A New Orleans classic features fried shrimp drenched in spicy remoulade sauce on a buttered bun.
  • Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich
    This sandwich gets its name from Louisville’s Brown Hotel, where it was first served.  Another open-faced sandwich layered with turkey, bacon, tomatoes, and cheese sauce, and then broiled.
  • Muffaletta Sandwich
    Another favorite from New Orleans. Italian charcuterie and olive salad spread are sandwiched between round Sicilian sesame bread of the same name.

Northeast

  • Spiedie Sandwich
    Hailing from Binghampton, New York, this sandwich features marinated meat (chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison, or beef) grilled on spits and served on soft Italian bread.
  • Beef On Weck
    Another New York classic, the Beef on Weck is made with rare, thin-cut beef and horseradish served on a kummelweck roll and topped with salt and caraway seeds.
  • Lobster Roll
    There is debate whether the best lobster rolls are found in Maine or Connecticut. Depending on your preference, you can have either  mayo or butter with your Maine lobster, served on New England-style rolls which are split on top rather than on the side.

Midwest

  • Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
    Popular in Indiana, this sandwich contains pork tenderloin pounded thin and coated in batter then fried. The batter gets its extra crunch from crushed Saltines and panko crumbs.
  • Chicago-Style Italian Beef Sandwich
    Slow-cooked shredded beef, giardiniera and red peppers, plus mozzarella cheese on Italian bread make this Chicago favorite.
  • Reuben Sandwich
    There is uncertainty about whether this sandwich originated in Omaha, Nebraska or New York City, but the standard recipe remains – delicious corned beef and Thousand Island dressing sandwiched between two slices of rye bread.

West

  • Denver Omelet Sandwich
    The Denver Omelet Sandwich, or the Western Sandwich,  is quite simple. First, the Denver omelet is made with freshly beaten eggs, diced ham, mushrooms,  and bell peppers. Then the omelet is placed between two buttered slices of bread.
  • BLTA
    California’s love for avocados is no secret, so why not add it to the BLT? Made with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado, the BLTA takes the classic sandwich a step further by adding a new flavor and texture to the mix.
  • French Dip Sandwich
    Born in Los Angeles (although two restaurants claim to have invented it), the French Dip is made with sliced roast beef topped with cheese and served with a side of hot au jus dip.

How many of these popular regional sandwiches have you tried? Of them all, which do you prefer? Share your favorites with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Have you tried all of our signature sandwiches? Come in today and order your favorite sandwich or try something new! Visit us in store on the corner of Arrow Hwy and Garey Ave in Pomona, or have your food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Finding The Right Caterer

A lot of planning and hard work goes into executing and hosting a memorable event. Whether it is a party or special occasion, choosing the right catering services can make or break your event. When searching for quality catering services, keep these things in mind.

  • Knowledge

If you are looking for a specific cuisine or cooking style, you want to choose a caterer who possesses the appropriate knowledge. They should be able to help you build a creative menu to specification.

  • Skills

Along with knowledge, the right caterer should also possess exceptional cooking skills. A good caterer will have confidence in their food and will usually offer free tastings to prove food quality.

  • Budget

A good caterer will also work with your budget while still providing quality food and service. Before any contracts are involved, you should get a clear cost breakdown of the services.

  • Food Safety

First and foremost, food safety should be top priority, and any caterer or chef worth his grit knows this. Be sure you choose a catering service that values food safety and ensure that your food is prepared in a sanitary, health-inspected kitchen. In addition, make sure your caterers can transfer your food safely.

  • Skilled Staff

Should your catering service come with staff, you want to make sure that all staffs are adequately trained, and that there is adequate staff available. They should be able to efficiently deliver food and interact appropriately with guests.

  • Flexibility

Your caterer should also be able to adapt recipes for dietary concerns such as allergies and sensitivities. Be sure you can modify the menu options based on special dietary requirements of your guests (ex. shellfish allergy, vegan/vegetarian options).

  • Accessibility

Be sure the catering service provides contact information, whether an email address or phone number, that they respond to promptly. They should be able to answer your questions regarding the event, and easily accessible should anything come up before, during, or after the event.

  • Experience

With experience comes better knowledge on the appropriate amount of food and drinks for the expected number of guests. Experienced caterers will also have a better scope of what works and what doesn’t in various settings. They can help you create and execute a flawless event.

  • Contracts

Before the event, the catering company should provide you with a contract that confirms and covers all the details discussed and agreed upon. Be sure to review this closely to ensure the pricing and details are correct before signing.

  • References

Gain confidence in your catering choice by contacting past references. Before you even ask, the caterer may even provide references from past clients. You can also do your own research, or get recommendations from family and friends.

Share your own tips for choosing catering services on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Let the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli cater your next meeting, party, or special event. To learn more about our catering options, please call 909-596-5225.

Healthy Deli Sandwiches

When it comes to eating healthy, your choices are important. Choosing the right foods to eat and how much can make a difference. This is especially true when it comes to deli sandwiches. Depending on the ingredients and condiments added, things can add up. Remember to be mindful of portions when it comes to breads and cheeses. And there’s a reason sandwiches are often cut in half – if you can, try to save half for later, or share with a friend.

If you’re headed to your neighborhood deli restaurant for lunch, here’s a list of healthy deli sandwiches, from not-so-bad to the best.

12. Cubano
The Cubano typically consists of ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. With virtually no veggies in sight, the Cuban sandwich lands on the bottom of the list for healthy sandwiches (but it sure is tasty).

11. Italian Sandwich
Aside from being heavy on the deli meats plus cheese, the Italian is also loaded with veggies, spices, and olive oil. To lighten it up, try skipping the cheese, adding more veggies, or saving half for later.

10. Meatball Sub
Despite the meatballs being made with ground, unprocessed meat, the cheese, white bread, and size of the sandwich itself make it not so healthy.

9. Bacon, Egg & Cheese
Although it is delicious, the Bacon, Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwich is a high-protein, high saturated fat option. If you can, eliminate the cheese to make it a slightly better choice.

8. Turkey Club Sandwich
The additional slice of bread and bacon weigh this option down. You can get a pretty great sandwich without all the excess ingredients.

7. Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Despite being deemed “the other white meat,” pork is actually still red meat and should be limited in consumption. Also, pairing it with cheese doesn’t help. Try ditching the cheese and piling on fresh vegetables.

6. BLT
While it is a good choice, the bacon still drags it down. Brownie points for the veggies though.

5. Turkey & Swiss Sandwich
Great lean meat and veggies help this rank higher on the list. The cheese again is the culprit. However, you can cut down on the cheese to one slice, or omit it altogether.

4. Egg Salad Sandwich
Eggs are nutritious, delicious, and healthy, however, the mayo content can get overwhelming. Combat that by adding more veggies and saving half for the next day.

3. Chicken Salad Sandwich
Chicken salad is often made with leftover chicken (white meat, dark meat, skin, fat, etc.), but it is still whole, unprocessed protein. Again, there may be a lot of mayo, but like the egg salad sandwich, you can add more veggies and save the other half for later.

2. Roast Beef Sandwich
As mentioned, you should limit your red meat intake, but roast beef is a relatively lean cut. Skip the cheese and add mustard, sauerkraut, or your favorite condiments.

1. Tuna Sandwich
Tuna tops the list because most people don’t eat enough seafood. Again, ditch the cheese and add colorful, healthy, and delicious veggies.

What’s your go to deli sandwich choice? Do you prefer your chips in your sandwiches or on the side? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For a yummy deli sandwich made with the finest and freshest ingredients available, visit the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli in Pomona! We are open weekdays from 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm.

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.

Happy New Year from The Brick Your Neighborhood Deli!

Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017! We have had a great year with all of you, and we look forward to the exciting new changes to come.

You may have heard that in 2017, we will be changing our store hours. Beginning January 9, 2017, we will be open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00-4:30pm. These new hours allow us to serve your favorites along with new and delicious breakfast items! Stay tuned for more details.

This year, much like any other year, had its highs and its lows. We want to hear what you some of your favorite highlights of 2016 were and what you’re looking forward to in the new year. Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

The entire Brick family would like to wish you a Happy New Year rich with the blessings of love, joy, warmth, and laughter!

Season’s Greetings From The Brick Your Neighborhood Deli!

In the spirit of the holiday season, we would like to offer our praise and gratitude for your undying support. Without you, we wouldn’t be here, let alone, on the cusp of our third anniversary. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and do what we enjoy.

We value our customers, and we also value our hardworking staff and our families. With that being said, we will have modified store hours this weekend. We will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, and we will close at 4:30pm on Monday. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all.

Happy holidays from The Brick family to yours!

From Our Family To Yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! In case you didn’t know, everyone at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli is sincerely grateful for YOU. We know we wouldn’t have made it this far without your love and support. We wish you the best this Thanksgiving holiday and always.

Don’t forget! We have modified store hours for the holiday. On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 and Friday, November 25, 2016, we will be open from 10:30am-4:30pm, and we will be closed all day on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 24, 2016). Our normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 26, 2016. We appreciate your understanding.

Whether you have family in town, or you’re visiting for the holiday, we would love to see you! Fuel up for your holiday shopping or share some laughs and stories over a yummy meal at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!