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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.

Do you have your own tips on staying healthy during the holiday season? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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!

Holiday Food Safety

Here come the holidays! November is here which means Thanksgiving is on the horizon. As you begin to think about your Thanksgiving plans and feasts, it is also important to remember proper food handling techniques when it comes to shopping, preparing, cooking, and storing your food.

From the store to the table to your refrigerator, there are plenty opportunities for contamination or spoiling. Heed these food safety tips as you prepare for the holidays.

BEFORE

  • When shopping, separate your groceries. Raw poultry, meats, and seafood should be kept away from other foods as much as possible. The easiest way to prevent cross contamination is to place these items in separate bag (your own reusable bags or those provided by the store). Also, perishable items such as meat and poultry should be put in your cart last to prevent them from sitting at room temperature while you gather other items.
  • Buy the right bird. If you’re shopping in advance, opt for a frozen bird to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. If you prefer serving a fresh turkey, buy your bird within two days of your Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Shop and drop. It may be tempting to run errands after grocery shopping, but to keep your food and your loved ones safe, it’s best to go straight home to properly unload and store your foods.

Depending on how long you leave your food in the car and the temperature, dangerous microorganisms can contaminate for food.

  • Defrost safely. When it comes to defrosting a turkey safely, there are three options: in the refrigerator, cold water, or the microwave.
  • Refrigerator thawing is the best method since it will defrost at a consistent and safe temperature and all you have to do is keep it in the fridge. It does, however, take the longest time. The typical rule of thumb is 24 hours for every 5 pounds, thus, a 15 lb. turkey will take 3 days to thaw.
  • To thaw in cold water, keep your turkey in its original wrapping and submerge it in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes. The general rule is 30 minutes per pound, therefore, a 15lb. turkey will take 7.5 hours and 15 water changes to thaw. While this method takes less time, it requires more attention since you must regularly change the water.
  • Worst case scenario – you forgot to defrost the turkey! You may use your microwave to defrost your turkey. Please refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on microwave defrosting.

If there’s anything you take away from this, let it be to defrost in advance. A thawed turkey can be kept in the fridge (40°F or below) for up to 4 days.

THANKSGIVING DAY

If you’ve got more than one cook in the kitchen, be sure to review these with everyone who is helping out.

  • Wash your hands, not the bird. Instead of helping to get rid of bacteria, the splashing water helps to spread it to other areas (ex. sinks, food prepping surfaces) up to three feet away. The better way to prevent cross contamination is by washing your hands before and after handling raw poultry, meat, or seafood.
  • One of the Thanksgiving foods most susceptible to foodborne illness is stuffing. If your stuffing does not reach an internal temperature of 165°F, harmful bacteria can survive within it. Be sure that immediately after prep, you place the stuffed bird into an oven set for 325°F or higher and use a food thermometer to ensure that not only the bird, but the stuffing as well, reaches the safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Dressing is what they call it when you prepare stuffing outside of a turkey and is generally safer than stuffing. However, cooks must still be aware of food safety. If you are using raw meat, poultry, or shellfish, precook these raw ingredients separately and then incorporate it into your dish.
  • Cook to the right temperature. The only way to determine if meat, poultry or seafood is cooked safely is to check the internal temperature with a food thermometer. Whole turkeys should register 165°F in three locations – the innermost part of the thigh, the innermost part of the wing, and the thickest part of the breast.

LEFTOVERS

We all love Thanksgiving leftovers, but if not properly stored after dinner, they can potentially make us sick. Although you may be in a food coma, fight the urge to nap until you have packed your leftover food properly.

  • Refrigerate uneaten food within two hours of cooking to prevent bacteria growth. Try to use shallow containers to decrease cooling time and prevent food from spending too much time at unsafe temperatures (40°F to 140°F). In regards to the turkey, cut the meat off the bone before storing, and pack the stuffing separately from the meat.
  • BYOC (Bring Your Own Cooler). Because Thanksgiving feasts are often plentiful, refrigerator space is hard to come by. Come prepared with your own cooler from home and maintain a packed cooler at a safe temperature (40°F or below).
  • Leftovers last safely for four days in the refrigerator. If you need at least a week before eating Thanksgiving food again, pack your leftovers into airtight containers and freeze them.
  • If you are sending guests home with leftovers and you know they will be travelling for more than two hours, give them ice or frozen gel packs to ensure the food in their coolers stays at or below 40°F.

With only three weeks until Thanksgiving, you might want to start thinking about your menu and guest list. If you need some pinspiration, feel free to check out our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

In the meantime, let us do the dirty work for you. Come in for a yummy breakfast or lunch six days a week – visit BrickMarketDeli.com for more information.

How The World Celebrates Halloween

Aside from costumes and trick-or-treating, you may have your own traditions that you partake in to celebrate Halloween. See how your own compare to the Halloween (and Halloween-like) traditions celebrated around the world.

Samhain – Ireland & Scotland
Samhain, or Samhuinn (end of the light half of the year) is a festival that took place thousands of years ago and is a major influence (along with ancient Celtic and Pagan rituals) on modern Halloween. Today, Ireland and Scotland celebrate Halloween with bonfires, games, and traditional foods like barmbrack, an Irish fruitcake that contains coins, buttons, and rings for fortunetelling. For example, rings mean marriage while coins mean wealth in the upcoming year.

Día de los Muertos – Mexico
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated from November 1-2 in Mexico and parts of Latin America. The purpose of Día de los Muertos is to honor those who have passed away and it is believed that the Gates of Heaven open up at midnight on October 31 for the souls of children to return to Earth and be reunited with their families for 24 hours. November 2 is when the souls of adults come down from heaven to join in the festivities.

In-home altars full of fruit, peanuts, turkey, soda, hot chocolate, water, stacks of tortillas and a special holiday bread called pan de muerto (bread of the dead) are left as offerings for weary ghosts. Families also leave out toys and candy for the souls of children, while cigarettes and shots of mescal are left for the adult souls.

Day Of Dracula – Romania
Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes’ alleged home at Bran Castle In Transylvania, Romania, is a travel hot spot for Halloween. Numerous guides and travel packages in Romania that offer tours and parties at Count Dracula’s castle for Halloween.

Kawasaki Halloween Parade – Japan
Celebrated for the past 21 years, the Kawasaki Halloween Parade is a coveted event with strict guidelines and standards. Those who want to participate must apply for entry two months before the parade begins. However, this has no negative bearing on turnout, as nearly 4000 costumed individuals take part in the festive parade.

Pangangaluluwa – The Philippines
This Filipino tradition calls for children to go door to door (often in costumes) to sing and ask for prayers for those stuck in purgatory. Although traditional trick-or-treating has taken over, some towns are trying to revive Pangangaluluwa to keep the tradition alive and as a local fundraiser.

The Hungry Ghost Festival – Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, they celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month (around mid-August to mid-September). Several parts of East Asia believe that spirits get restless around this time of year and begin to roam the world. The festival is part of a larger month-long celebration and its purpose is to “feed” these wandering spirits with food and money needed for the afterlife.

Pitru Paksha – India
Many people in India celebrate Pitru Paksha, which takes places for 16 days during the second Paksha of the Hindu lunar month Bhadrapada. Hindus believe that when a person dies, Yama (the Hindu god of death) takes his or her soul to purgatory, where they’ll find their last three generations of family. During Pitru Paksha, the souls are briefly allowed to return to Earth and be with their families.

The ritual of Shraddha, which includes a fire ritual, must be performed to ensure their family’s place in the afterlife. If not, the soul will wander the Earth for eternity. During Pitru Paksha, food is offered to the dead, such as kheer (sweet rice and milk), lapsi (a sweet porridge), rice, lentils, spring beans, and pumpkins, which are cooked in silver or copper pots and served on banana leaves.

Dzień Zaduszny – Poland
Early November in Poland sees an increase in visits to the cemetery, as many are visiting the graves of family and loved ones. Dzień Zaduszny is akin to All Souls’ Day for Catholics in the country. It is celebrated with candles, flowers, and an offering of prayers for departed relatives. On the second day, people attend a requiem mass for the souls of the dead.

Awuru Odo Festival – Nigeria
This festival lasts up to six months and marks the return of deceased friends and family members back to the living. It is celebrated with feasts, music, and masks before the dead return to the spirit world. While it is an important ritual, the Awuru Odo Festival happens once every two years, when it is believed the spirits will return to Earth.

Pchum Ben – Cambodia
Buddhist families gather at the end of September to the middle of October to celebrate Pchum Ben, a religious holiday to celebrate the dead (and also the elderly). People offer foods like sweet sticky rice and beans wrapped in banana leaves, and visit temples to offer up baskets of flowers as a way to pay respect to their deceased ancestors.

Ognissanti – Italy
Ognissanti, also known as All Saints’ Day, is a national holiday in Italy. Officially on November 1, festivities usually begin a couple days prior, when people start leaving fresh flowers (usually chrysanthemums) on the graves of departed loved ones and complete strangers. Cemeteries are transformed into beautiful displays of colors. Another way they pay tribute to the departed is by placing a red candle in the window at sunset, and they set a place at the table for those spirits they hope will pay a visit.

All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day – Worldwide
Many Catholics around the world celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1 and 2 respectively. It is the annual time to honor the lives of the saints who died for their Catholic beliefs, as well as the souls of dead family members. In observance, people go to mass and visit the graves of their loved ones. In Germany, they have their own tradition to go along with this holiday: They hide their kitchen knives so that returning spirits won’t be harmed accidentally, nor use the knives to harm the living.

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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!

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!

Mindful Eating For The Holidays

As the winter weather sets in and the holidays draw closer, we often start thinking about family gatherings and all of our favorite holiday foods. Most of these dishes aren’t the healthiest options, but we don’t have to eat ourselves into food comas. Nor must we deprive ourselves from our favorite comfort dishes. Instead, we should seek balance by practicing mindful eating habits.

Mindful eating involves you using all of your senses to fully enjoy and experience foods. It gives you a better understanding about how you really feel about different foods. You pay attention to things like hunger and satiation, which leads to you to better decision-making in regards to food and when to start and stop eating.

By better understanding what you like and dislike, it makes it easier to choose only the foods you truly enjoy and disregarding others. This will ultimately lead to increased satisfaction. Here are more mindful eating tips to help you navigate through the holidays.

Honor Hunger
A little hunger can make food taste better, which lends to our overall satisfaction. However, being too hungry can backfire. You may end up eating too fast, causing you to not fully enjoy the food, and you are likely to overeat as well. Not only applicable to the holidays, but when you are dieting and decide to skip lunch for a more indulgent dinner, you are hindering your progress.

Stay Nourished
The holidays are meant to be a joyous time, but they can also be very stressful for various reasons. You may be more vulnerable to emotional triggers that can cause you to overeat, undereat, or mindlessly eat. None are good for you, so make it a point to stay nourished by scheduling your snacks and meals and stick to it.

Practice Self-Care
Because the holidays are so hectic, self-care may not be at the top of your list. However, regardless of the holidays, you should always make self-care a priority. Be aware of your emotional coping mechanisms – if food is one of them, you may need to find solace elsewhere. Make time for you, and engage in something that brings you peace, whether that is physical activity, sleep, or simply some quiet time.

Rehearse
If you know you have a tendency to overeat at holiday parties, try a little mental preparation. Imagine yourself at the event, choosing only the foods that taste good and make you feel good. Envision yourself eating mindfully, savoring each bite, and feeling satisfied.

This practice can also help you deal with food pushers, which can be an obstacle in itself. Imagine yourself politely, but firmly, declining food you don’t want. Their intentions may be good, but you have the right to say no.

Reduce Mindless Triggers
Most of us struggle with mindless eating, which is exactly what mindful eating is designed to combat. Mindless eating is often triggered by visual food cues, so it is beneficial to keep food out of your line of sight.

When you are at parties, try to sit or stand where extra food isn’t constantly in view. At home, serve food from the kitchen or a sideboard, not the dining table, and refrain from leaving bowls of candy or plates of cookies in sight.

Do you have any mindful eating tips to share? Connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Practice mindful eating with us at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli! Visit us weekdays from 10:30am-7:30pm and Saturdays from 10:30am-4:30pm. Enjoy our yummy sandwiches and salads in our dining room or on our patio.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Brick Market & Deli – Your Neighborhood Deli!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Brick Market & Deli – Your Neighborhood Deli! We would like to remind you that today, and every day, we are sincerely grateful for all of your love and support.

Just a friendly reminder, our store hours will be modified this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Wednesday November 25, 2015 and Friday November 27, 2015, we will be closing at 5:00pm, and we will be closed all day on Thanksgiving. Our normal store hours will resume on Saturday November 28, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We appreciate your understanding and do hope to see you this weekend. Whether you’re starting your holiday shopping, or spending time with friends and relatives, feel free to stop by and refuel with our yummy sandwiches, fresh salads, and our wide beverage selection. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Best Picnic Spots In Los Angeles

July is National Picnic Month and what better way kick start summer than with a beautiful picnic on Fourth of July? Enjoy the warm summer weather with a delicious meal during the day, followed by a beautiful fireworks display to illuminate the night. But where are the best spots to picnic?

Hollywood Bowl

This iconic outdoor venue is known for its pre-concert picnics. Picnic areas are located throughout the venue, some opening as early as four hours before the show, and available on a first come, first serve basis. Patina Group offers different food options for ticket holders, or you can bring your own food. Thanks to some of our awesome customers, we’ve already made a few appearances at the Bowl this year.

Grand Park

Located in Downtown L.A. and spanning from Grand Ave at the Music Center to Spring St at City Hall, Grand Park offers spaces for casual picnics as well as public and private events. The four distinct areas of the 12-acre park include the restored Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, an intimate performance lawn, a community terrace, and a grand event lawn. Bring your own picnic or purchase your food and beverages on site.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Friday nights never sounded so good. Enjoy Jazz at LACMA, a free outdoor music event held at the central BP Pavilion on Fridays at 6pm during the season. Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets and chairs and settle on the grass area surrounding the pavilion.

Pan Pacific Park

This park is located across from the Grove, on the site of the landmark Pan-Pacific Auditorium (sadly destroyed in a 1989 fire). The 28-acre park houses picnic tables and barbecue pits available on a first come, first serve basis, along with a paved path for walking or biking. Enjoy a picnic and other fun activities this expansive park has to offer.

Cinespia – Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cinespia began in 2002, and hosts on-site movie screenings, usually at open-air, historic locations. The most popular series is held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Fairbanks Lawn). Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinner and drinks (beer and wine only), blankets, pillows, or low chairs that have a seat that rests on the ground with a low back. A small tarp underneath your blanket is recommended.

Echo Park Lake

After an extensive restoration, Echo Park Lake reopened in June 2013 with numerous lotus plants, improved walking paths, fountains and the boat house. The famous Lady of the Lake (formally Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles, or Queen of the Angels) was returned to her original location at the north end of the lake. Enjoy a picnic at the Echo Park Recreation Center, where you’ll find picnic tables, barbecue pits, a children’s play area, community room, and much more.

Barnsdall Art Park

The Barnsdall Art Park is located atop Olive Hill and includes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center, Municipal Art Gallery and Gallery Theatre. For $30, you can purchase a ticket for the Friday Night Wine Tasting series. Enjoy a picnic and the views while tasting four wine selections. Included with your ticket is a limited edition wine glass for you to take home. All profits from the wine tastings benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects.

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park and allows guests to bring their own picnics into the zoo. They do request that guests do not bring aluminum cans, glassware or any other breakable materials, and avoid using small plastic items (straws, cup lids) that may accidentally find their way into an animal’s exhibit. Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted (no storage lockers available), and picnic areas throughout the zoo are available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Old Zoo

The Old Zoo is the abandoned, former Griffith Park Zoo, located off of Griffith Park Drive. Guests are welcome to picnic on grounds, with tables, barbecue grills, and a large grass area. One exhibit has picnic tables within the enclosure, and you may recognize the stone pits from the movie Anchorman. Free summer events are held her as well, such as the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

Getty Center

Within the famous Getty Center in Brentwood is the Central Garden, created by Robert Irwin. You can enjoy the art, architecture, and panoramic views, as well as a picnic on the lawn adjacent to the Central Garden, or any other public seating areas. You can also enjoy your picnic at the tables and lawn located at the Lower Tram Station (T1), open every day until 30 minutes before the museum closes.

Will Rogers State Historic Park

A well-known celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s, Will Rogers developed a ranch, in what is now the Pacific Palisades, for his friends and family to relax and enjoy riding and roping. After his widow, Betty, died in 1944, the ranch became Will Rogers State Historic Park and is a popular location for equestrian activities. Trekkies will recognize the outdoor polo field as a stand-in for Golden Gate Park in Star Trek IV. A large picnic area with grills is available for guests.

Malibu Family Wines

The Malibu Wines Tasting Room at Malibu Family Wines is located about 25 miles north of Santa Monica, and about six miles into the mountains. They offer free admission and invite guests to bring a picnic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy, however, a  minimum of one bottle purchase is require for each group of 2-4 people. Because of unpredictable weather, it is recommended that guests bring a blanket and sweater to leave in the car. On the weekends, there is live music, valet, and a free shuttle available.

Polliwog Park

On the corner of Redondo Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard is the expansive, 18-acre Polliwog Park. Within the park is a large pond, a natural wildlife refuge, an ampitheater that overlooks the pond, three gazebos, children’s play areas, the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden, City Historical Museum, 9-hole disc golf course, the Polliwog Park Dog Run, and a picnic area. The picnic area contains 15 tables and is open daily from 8am to dusk.

Brookside Park

Pasadena’s largest park is located just south of the Rose Bowl. Enjoy a picnic at any of the numerous picnic spots, most of which have barbecue pits. Besides picnic areas, two lighted softball diamonds, a lighted field for flag football and soccer, tennis, badminton and handball courts, and a play area, the park also features the Rose Bowl Stadium Tours and the Kidspace Museum.

Have you been to any of these locations? Which picnic spot is your favorite? Have you taken us on a picnic? Share your picnic ideas, stories, or photos with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, and Pinterest!

Whether you’re enjoying a picnic at one of these spots, catching a fireworks show, or going on vacation, your friends at the Brick Market & Deli would like to wish you a Happy Fourth Of July! Please be safe and enjoy your holiday weekend.

Budget Friendly Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be an expensive holiday. Luckily we have some tips on how to create a thrifty yet fun Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one.

For those who want to save some money, staying in might be your best bet.

Eat At Home

Rather than dealing with the stress of making reservations in advance, why not take a quick trip to the grocery store and whip up a deliciously inexpensive meal at home? (Bonus points if you and your mate cook together). You’ll get to experience a fun and possibly new experience with your other half. Also, you’ll avoid the crazy crowds.

Give Each Other Massages

Giving each other massages as a gift is not only free, but also allows you both to relax and possibly have a meaningful conversation, or simply enjoy each other’s company.

Board Games

Need something a bit more interactive? Bust out an old board game! Who doesn’t enjoy a little friendly competition?

But if you must go out, try one of these activities.

Get Physical

Take a walk, go on a hike, or ride bikes together. You’ll get a nice workout which will release endorphins and instantly lift your spirits. You can take this opportunity to disconnect from your devices too. You can also take in a beautiful sunrise or sunset together – score!

Volunteer

Volunteering is always a good idea any day of the year. On such a superficial holiday, volunteering will help you realize that acts of kindness truly are the best gifts. You’ll feel good knowing that your time was well spent helping others.

Take A Road Trip

Gas prices are fairly reasonable these days so why not pack up and take on the open road. Go somewhere you’ve been itching to go, or simply see where the road takes you. Explore new places with your love and create memories to last a lifetime.

Celebrate Before/After

You’ll avoid the crowds and maybe even score better deals. Plus, there’s less pressure so you can let loose and be present.

Another way to save some money is to celebrate locally at your neighborhood deli. After 2pm on Valentine’s Day, we’ll be serving up buy one get one free sandwiches! Simply mention the promotion when you’re ordering and you’ll get your second sandwich free (of equal or lesser value). Dine in with your sweetie or take it to go for a sweet Valentine’s Day picnic. Remember, this cannot be combined with any other offer, gift card, or discount, and it is limited to one per customer.

If you decide to spend your Valentine’s Day with us, be sure to snap a photo and tag us! Find us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest. And did you know we have a Vine? Check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving From The Brick Market & Deli!

Everyone at the Brick Market & Deli would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all of your praise and support. May your holiday be filled with plenty of food to eat, smiles to share, and reasons to be thankful.

Please remember, we will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28. On Black Friday, our store hours will be 11:00am-4:00pm. Normal store hours will resume on Saturday (10:30am-7:30pm).

We would love to see you this weekend and hear about your Thanksgiving feast and your Black Friday deals. Come enjoy our yummy sandwiches and salads while you take a break from holiday shopping or your Thanksgiving leftovers. Have a great weekend!