“Variety’s the spice of life, That gives it all its flavor”, the poet William Cowper once said, obviously never having had his tongue completely burnt off by the relentless fire of a Ghost Pepper. Sure, a little spice here and there makes all the difference, but today we’re going to take it up a notch or two. Or 3 million. You might like some Jalepenos on your Hot and Spicy Pizza, but have you ever tried one of the hottest chillies in the world? Let’s investigate, Delivery Hero style… (more…)
With the London 2012 Olympics fast approaching, Delivery Hero got curious about what top athletes eat. At the Melbourne Olympics in 1952, Australian sprinter, John Landy, scoffed a couple of meat pies and a chocolate sundae less than two hours before breaking the world record. Hard to imagine that lunch being ok’d by sports nutritionists these days! Over the past 20 years there’s been a little bit more of a focus on getting the dietary balance right so that each athlete can get the best out of their training and performance. This means carbohydrates, protein, fat and sugar. Yes, even fat and sugar.
Can you believe Delivery Hero is one year old already?! Our caped crusader skipped the training wheels and got straight to work bringing you the freshest sushi, tastiest pizza and top-notch takeaway in Australia. We’re proud to say that Delivery Hero is definitely fulfilling his mission to change the nature of online food delivery for the better! And we couldn’t have done it without you!
Here at Delivery Hero HQ, it’s clear that we’re all a little obsessed with food, superheroes (did somebody mention lycra?), light adventure sports and office pranks. To celebrate our first birthday, we thought we’d give you a bit of a breakdown of some Delivery Hero stats and facts.
Number of meals delivered: over 100,000!
Number of restaurants: over 1,000
Busiest public holiday to order takeaway: New Year’s Day (somebody’s got to feed you, while you nurse last year’s hangover)
It would be an understatement to say that chefs and restaurateurs are quirky people. If you’ve ever worked at a restaurant – even as a Barista at a cafe – you have first hand experience with the madness. In front of the customers it’s usually all business, forced rapport and big smiles, but we know that behind-the-scenes you have to deal with a Tom Cruise-level personality who would be hilarious if only you weren’t Katie Holmes-level concerned for your personal safety on a daily basis.
Usually the ‘quirkiness’ never makes its way into the character of the restaurant itself, but – when it does…well, see for yourself as we investigate some weird and strange restaurants from around the world:
Modern Toilet – Taiwan, Japan & Hong Kong
Everyone eats, everyone goes to the toilet: fact. Ex-banker Wang Zi-Wei must have had these two nuggets of priceless information flying around his head when he had an earth-shattering epiphany; why not combine the two? Usually pitching this idea to investors would lead to an awkward silence followed by a distinct lack of start-up capital, but luckily Mr. Zi-Wei had already received positive reviews from a previous venture that sold ice-cream served in mini-toilets. Yes, you read that correctly. Enter ‘Modern Toilet’, a concept so popular in Asia that it has become a franchise with restaurants in Hong-Kong, Japan and Taiwan. (*Note to self: first date with Monica?) (more…)
If you harbour a secret love of anime despite the fact you’re now officially grown-up, then head to the SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show this Saturday 14th July.
You can publicly declare your love for all your favourite characters – from Pikachu (Pokémon) and Astroboy, to Akira and Totoro, SMASH! is the place to be. Now in its 6th year, this one-day Japanese pop culture convention is a meet-up for artists, creators and fans, taking place at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour.
Whether you’re an aspiring artist or animator, a Japanese pop-culture buff, into Cosplay, or just want to meet up with like-minded anime fans, SMASH! has something for everyone. (more…)
It’s no stretch to say that Delivery Hero fans and readers of our blog are a highly-connected, internet-savvy group of foodies. You’re up to date with the latest meal sharing apps, restaurant reviews and gourmet food blogs, and you’re also the kind of person that likes to try new (and delicious!) things. Now that we’ve hit the midway mark of 2012 (zomg can you believe it?), we’ve decided to look back at our post from earlier this year that predicted which food trends would bust out into the mainstream in 2012. Let’s see how many food trend points you’ve accumulated so far, and if you haven’t tried any of the following trends then at least that fat tax refund is just around the corner!
Peruvian cuisine: What a fabulously trendy cuisine this year! Peruvian food has been getting some hype after established chefs in Peru began perfecting their humble home cooking and producing some gourmet dishes sourced from local and regional ingredients. The food influences come from many sources including Incan, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and Italian cooking traditions, some of the best cuisines in our opinion! An empanada stuffed with minced chicken and salted olives, spiced with paprika and cumin will surely fit the bill. Or perhaps a Chinese-influenced traditional Peruvian fried rice with shredded pork and a dash of soy sauce. With the variety of flavour and colour in Peruvian cuisine, there’s certainly something for everyone. Food points: 2 if you’ve tried Peruvian food so far this year. (more…)
Great films capture our imaginations, establish witty catch-phrases that never get old and seer our minds with unforgettable images. Think the ‘spaghetti scene’ from Lady and the Tramp, Jack Nicholson chopping down the door in ‘The Shining’, or the opening credits in ‘Star Wars’. What about ‘You can’t handle the truth!’, ‘Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL‘, or ‘I’ll be back‘. There are so many great moments that it’s hard to whittle them down, so we thought we’d combine 2 of our great loves – delicious food and classic movies, with this list of the Top 5 Famous Restaurants from Classic Movies!
**Warning video contains strong language**
Hawthorne Grill – Pulp Fiction 13763 S. Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, CA 90250 (Now Demolished).
Opened in 1956 under the name ‘Holly’s', by the time Quentin Tarantino chose to film the intro and outro scenes of Pulp Fiction here the restaurant was known as Hawthorne Grill, and had actually been closed for 4 years. The success of Pulp Fiction inspired local resident Chris Garnreiter to reopen the grill in 1995, but unfortunately he went bankrupt a year later and the building was demolished in 1999. Still, we’ll always have the memories, the brilliant dialogue and one of the best scenes in movie history. (more…)
School holidays kick off at the end of this week and given the endless rain, no doubt you’ll be looking for some indoor action to keep the ankle-biters entertained. Luckily there are lots of quality options in Sydney to keep boredom at bay and your sanity intact. Here are our top five picks:
1) Dinosaurs Who doesn’t like dinosaurs?! Seriously. Here at Delivery Hero, obviously we have a soft spot for caped-crusaders, but dinosaurs are definitely up there. As well as old-skool favourites like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus, the Australian Museum has welcomed a couple of new additions to the family, including the 228-million-year-old Eoraptor – one of the earliest dinosaurs; and the Bambiraptor. Awwwww! Yes, it really is called Bambiraptor, but in contrast to its doe-eyed namesake, this dino-toddler has very sharp, pointy teeth! (more…)