What’s not to like? Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who didn’t like pizza? This humble dish has been around for centuries. That’s right: centuries mate. And not just in Italy – in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt flatbread with toppings were all the rage. Simple, quick food. It’s said that soldiers of Darius the Great (521-486 B.C.) baked a kind of flat bread on their shields and covered it with cheese and dates.
A little later the ancient Romans got in on the action, topping their flat, round dough with olive oil, herbs and honey. This ancient version of pizza had a bit of a makeover in the 16th Century after tomatoes made their way to Europe from Latin America.
In Naples in the 1700s, street food for the poor consisted of flatbread with different toppings like tomatoes, cheese, oil, garlic and anchovies.
That’s Queen Margherita of Italy. Yep, you guessed it, the Margherita pizza was named after her.
Somehow, for me food and technology never made a great fit. Even today as there are a million different machines and little helpers that promise to make cooking more fun, easier or enable you to cook certain dishes in the first place.
“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…)
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 Chicken Empanada – basically a Peruvian pastie
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…)
Here at Delivery Hero we pride ourselves on offering you delicious takeaway that’s easy to order and great value. However, sometimes you want to know what the limit is – how much could you pay for a single meal if you wanted to go all out? To save you the trouble of burning your pay-check in one go, we’ve done the research and found the 5 most expensive meals in the world, just in case you feel like skipping the Thai Beef Salad tonight and going all out:)
What! I thought it said a billion, not a zillion
The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata – $1000 The folks at Norma’s restaurant in Le Parker Meridien Hotel, New York sure have a sense of humour. The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata is an apparently simple omelette with a very tasty (and expensive) addition: caviar. In addition to the lobster, your chef tops the omelette with 10 ounces of severga caviar from the Caspian Sea, ringing up the bill for a cool $1000 breakfast, coffee not included. If that’s a bit of a stretch, you can always opt for the 1 ounce version, which will only set you back $100. Not bad (more…)
It’s that time of year again to celebrate the kitschness of Eurotrash – oh we mean Europop. Yes the splendiferousness of Eurovision is about to hit our screens once again. This year the circus of European pop will be coming to you live and direct from the shores of the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Image: Vlad Gerasimov
This is the 57th year of the contest and representatives from 42 countries will take part.Amidst this sea of sequins, over-the-top ballads, euro-trash-disco numbers, there are always some gems. It doesn’t matter if you’re a genuine fan or a forced spectator, Eurovision is always good for a giggle. (more…)
By now you’ve probably heard-of or seen The Avengers movie, Disney’s (via Marvel) newest multi-plex juggernaut based on a team of the world’s greatest superheroes defending the earth from an otherworldy evil. The film has thrilled audiences with a mix of action, pop-culture references and off-beat humour – none moreso than the ‘hidden’ post-credits scene that see The Avengers munching on Shawarma after defeating hoardes of crazed intergalactic demons – as you do!
That gave the team at Delivery Hero a thought – what would other superheroes eat to replenish after dispatching an arch-villain? Read on to find out…
Spiderman Let’s see. He’s a teenager, he rushes around corners all day and he wears a red & blue outfit. If I didn’t know any better I would guess that Peter Parker was born to be a pizza-delivery guy. After webslinging the bad-guys out of the picture I can just see Spider-Man chilling out with a few slices of Super Supreme Pizza and a side of Garlic Bread.
Wolverine Apart from the fact that he always has cutlery on-hand, Wolverine is a hard-living, heavy eating kind of guy. He works hard, he plays hard and he definitely needs to fill up on steak when he’s done doing what he does best. Make it a Sirloin Steak with a side of Creamy Mash and Peppercorn Sauce.
Wonder-Woman This one is a no-brainer. An Amazonian princess with a magical whip [Ed: pun removed], Wonder Woman lives healthy and eats healthy. I’m thinking plenty of greens and some protein – which leads me to believe that Wonder Woman is absolutely a Chicken Caesar Saladfan.
Superman I have a feeling that with all that Kryptonite stuff threatening to destroy his superhuman strength, Superman doesn’t really want anything green on his plate. He also has a stomach of steel, so we’re going to go with the hottest of the hot here – a fiery Beef Vindaloo Curryshould hit the spot.
Batman Dark. Brooding. Mysterious. This guys needs to lighten up – and maybe that’s why I get the feeling that he indulges the lighter side of his persona with a plate of Sushi. You simply can’t feel bad about having a handful of psychotic super-villains trying to destroy your home-town when you have things named Agedashi and Katsu dancing around on your plate can you?
Catwoman I’m initially inclined to say mouse here, but I actually think that Catwoman is more of a ‘curl up on the couch with a bowl of Laksa‘ kind of girl. Sure she’s sexy and dangerous, but when she’s finished toying with Batman my guess is that all she wants to do is take off all that leather, put her feet up, turn on the tv and watch reruns of CSI:New York. Am I right?
If you spent the whole day fighting crime and protecting the citizens of Earth, what would you order to re-energize?
State of Origin Game One is around the corner, and preparations are in full swing. New South Welshman are starting to breathe a little quicker, hoping that their motley crew of first-timers will be enough to staunch the flow of series wins leaking steadily up north thanks to Mal Meninga and his Avenger-like team of superheroes.
While tens-of-thousands of people watch the game live in the stands of Etihad Stadium, and a few million more watch from the comfort of their own homes, you can be sure that the Australian Pie & Sausage Roll industry will see a huge spike in sales, which is fair enough as it’s practically the national cuisine.
If you’re entertaining at home and you’ve invited the boys around for a biggy, you’re probably gonna line up some coldies to go with the tucker, so you don’t want to find yourself running out of food halfway through the game and not being able to get some more. The best way to make sure you’re all set is to order in a forward-pack sized selection of home delivery, so Delivery Hero has decided to do the hard yards for you by putting together a State of Origin Survival pack for Game One! (more…)
Most nights when you feel like getting a pizza delivery you can get by with a large pizza, a garlic bread and a Coke. But what about those big nights when you’ve got the whole crew coming ’round and no matter how you slice the Hawaiian it’s just not gonna satisfy everyone?
Pizza Boxes by Marc Wathieu; Flickr
That’s when you need to pull out the big guns – the pizza deals to end all pizza deals. You know what I’m talking about – it’s Origin Game 1 and the boys start piling in the front door, or Celebrity Apprentice is about to start and you and the girls just want to chill out, put your feet up and dig in to some New York-style slices. What do you do then?
Don’t worry, Delivery Hero has got you sorted with a selection of the biggest and best pizza deals in Sydney & Melbourne, so whether you like league or you reckon Aussie Rules is the only way to play, you can be sure that these monster meals will keep everyone happy (at least until the final whistle blows:) (more…)
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