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Food Delivery Services Offer Customers Incentives During Covid-19 Concerns, But What About Their Drivers?

Yesterday, Postmates announced that it would be slashing delivery fees in half for orders worth more than $10 between the hours of 10am-2pm, capitalizing on the recent wave of social isolation due to COVID-19. 

This comes only two days after the company made a dual announcement, stating that it planned to waive commission fees for restaurants, therefore allowing them to join and use the app for free, as well as pay for any COVID-19 medical expenses their drivers accrued. 

The two announcements serve as a microcosm of the juxtaposition delivery services currently lie in: with business surging due to the increased number of people staying home,  what’s the proper response to their workers, who lie at the frontline of exposure, and their struggling restaurant partners?

There appears to be no clear cut answer. 

Postmates took some of the first action in early March by introducing non-contact deliveries, allowing customers to choose a drop off location for their food. But, with most companies working from home, American cities beginning to shut down entirely, and most delivery services remaining tight-lipped about the issues, drivers felt left in the dust.

As lawmakers pressed companies like DoorDash and Uber to improve situations for their workers, food delivery services scrambled to distance themselves from the issue. DoorDash and InstaCart quickly announced paid sick leave for workers diagnosed with COVID-19, and Postmates took the aforementioned measures.

This still doesn’t leave drivers with much room to breath, though. If one is infected, money will be lost regardless, either in the form of time spent going to the doctors or time spent quarantined.

Grubhub took effort to help only restaurants, with a similar strategy to Postmates, by slashing their marketing fees. No word, however, was said about the affected Grubhub delivery drivers.

Though, certainly, these companies seem to be trying to help their associated restaurants and individuals, business is still going on as usual.

And we’ve seen, in multiple countries, what will happen if business goes on as usual, and what happens when it doesn’t.

Delivery services can’t come to terms with the scale of the virus, and the measures it’s going to take to prevent widespread infection. There’s too much money to be lost. And, with no one wanting to leave the house, and drivers relying on the wage they earn for sustenance, the money will continue to roll in.

As long as delivery companies are delivering, and drivers are still dependent on work, ordering delivery with timely promotions doesn’t offer much of an ethical issue. Though, the privilege of being able to put another human at-risk to allow oneself to self-isolate should be noted, and also warrant a hell of a tip.

But, if these companies are as serious as they say they are about preventing infection, that would mean halting business for a week or two, since their entire business plans revolve around sending drivers through different cities to interact with others. This, in turn, would probably harm already struggling restaurants, as well. 

It’s hard to see a right answer with how our gastronomic economy is set up. It’s an ecosystem that runs out of necessity, one that won’t stop turning until it’s forced to.

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What Superstitious Fans Should Eat For The Super Bowl

If you’re the type of sports fan who wears your hat inside out when your team is losing, or sits on the left side of the couch at the end of games, you’re going to want to listen up for the food versions of your Super Bowl superstitions.

Whether you’re a Rams fan, Patriots fan, or just a degenerate who put down $2,000 on one of those teams, Grubhub, the popular food delivery app, put together a recipe for success using eating trends from both Los Angeles and the greater New England area.

The gist of it is, Rams fans should eat beef shawarma, and Patriots fans should eat sausage pizza if they want their teams to win.

Grubhub came to these conclusions by analyzing the most popular orders put in on days the Rams and Patriots won this season.

On days the Rams won games, beef shawarma was 163 percent more popular in Los Angeles than any other order food order. Followed by mac & cheese, shrimp scampi, chicken alfredo, and ramen.

When the Patriots were victorious, sausage pizza was 181 percent more popular among New Englanders. After that, the most popular foods on victory days were eggplant parmesan sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork wonton soup, and cheeseburgers.

Most Popular Food Orders For Rams Wins

1. Beef shawarma (163% more popular)
2. Mac and cheese (115% more popular)
3. Shrimp scampi (110% more popular)
4. Chicken Alfredo pasta (105% more popular)
5. Ramen (103% more popular)
6. Chicken shawarma pita (103% more popular)
7. Penne bolognese (98% more popular)
8. Chicken masala (91% more popular)
9. Baba ganoush (91% more popular)
10.Lamb shank (77% more popular)
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Most Popular Food Orders For Patriot Wins

1. Sausage pizza (181% more popular)
2. Eggplant parmesan sandwich (171% more popular)
3. Ham and cheese sandwich (155% more popular)
4. Pork wonton soup (149% more popular)
5. Cheeseburger (127% more popular)
6. Pulled pork sandwich (127% more popular)
7. California club sandwich (123% more popular)
8. Garden roll (116% more popular)
9. Spicy edamame (101% more popular)
10.Eggplant parmesan (92% more popular)

Now you know what your Super Bowl party spread should look like. If you stray away from this formula, expect your team to lose. Hey, I don’t make the rules, I just tend to follow the supernatural ones.

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7 Food Delivery Hacks That Will Come Through In The Clutch

Food delivery has taken the country by storm without question, but it comes with plenty of tradeoffs. On the one hand, there’s a lot that being in the restaurant has to offer, including the freshness of the food, that you lose out on. However, being at home and getting the food to come straight to you also provides its conveniences.

By looking at what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to delivery, it’s possible to mitigate the cons and transform the food delivery experience into the jack-of-all-trades we can lifehack it to be. From using our stovetops to saving on water for dishes, there’s plenty of small changes we can make when ordering in that’ll take the experience up to a whole new level.

Here’s a few quick hacks that you can easily pull off the next time you’re ordering delivery.

Reboil Your Broths

When ordering pho or ramen, you want that broth to be piping hot to get the maximum enjoyment out of it. Since it usually arrives at your door slightly cooled down, reheating is the best option here. Microwaves can be pretty uneven with bringing every part of your container to temperature, so bringing it up to a boil on your stove is the way to go. Your tastebuds and stomach will be thanking you.

The Perfectly Timed Delivery

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It may take a while to master this, but if you can time your delivery order so it arrives at home the same time you do, there’s no need to wait. It requires knowing how long your commute home is and how long the delivery will take, but that extra attention to detail will be worth the result.

Keep Rice On Deck

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One of the biggest gripes with delivery is the extra charge all of that rice can stack on. Why pay a huge markup for the starch when you’ve got bags of it in your apartment? Whether you make a couple of cups in the rice cooker or have a microwaveable pouch on standby, it’ll help save a bit of money in the long run.

Take Advantage Of Your Toaster Oven/Air Fryer

Nothing’s worse than when the fries, fried chicken, or other crispy foods show up having lost their crunch. A quick blast in a toaster oven or air fryer, however, is all they need to be revitalized and to enjoy that eruptive texture.

Buying Your Favorite Mains In Bulk

If you’re skipping the rice deliveries as mentioned above, why just get a single order of orange chicken or spicy wings? Stock up on a few, and you won’t have to get delivery so much, reducing those additional fee costs. A few orders at a time means you can save some in the fridge and appropriately reheat them to get your favorite meals on repeat at a better overall price.

Know Who’s Got The Best Deals

Every food delivery app has its strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to know when to use which for each situation. Chief amongst that is keeping tabs on deals and discounts, which can be ordered via coupon or code. Grubhub and Doordash are your spots for coupons, while Postmates and Ubereats tend to have some helpful codes dropping weekly.

Any Container Can Be A Plate, Too

Dishwashing can always be a chore with delivery, but remember that the serving vessels also make for great plates, too. Even a standard vertical takeout box can be broken down into a functional bowl if you know how to hack it right. Check the above video for clutch a step-by-step guide.

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The Ideal Times To Use Every Food Delivery App [GUIDE]

It’s 2018, and it seems like the food delivery apps out there are a dime a dozen. However, if you read between the lines and look at the features of each program, you may find some surprising differences that make each one useful in different situations.

Depending on your preferential eating habits, level of convenience, and ability to spend, one app may make better sense to use in one scenario versus another. To illustrate that, here’s a look at a few of the different major delivery apps out there and the optimal time to get your grub through each.

UberEats

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UberEats has a unique model for its delivery fee system: The closer you are to a particular location, the cheaper the delivery fee is. If you’re within about a mile of a restaurant, you basically get free delivery and just pay for the food. It’s perfect for those who are too busy to step out and get lunch.

The Ideal Usage: Use UberEats when you want food from nearby but are too swamped at work (or whatever else taking up your time) to go pick it up yourself.

GrubHub/Eat24/Seamless

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Out of all of the apps on this list, Grubhub (who recently bought Eat24 and also owns Seamless) has the most extensive list of takeout options. It can be used for delivery, too, but if you want to skip the associated fees and have a massive online database of takeaway menus on hand, this app makes perfect sense.

The Ideal Usage: Use Grubhub when you’re craving takeout and don’t want to pay delivery fees. Or if you’re like me and just want a massive collection of takeout menus to choose from.

Doordash

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Doordash just recently added their own pickup option, but it’s still a fledgling, so many restaurants haven’t hopped on board yet. Still, Doordash’s new DashPass and loads of “Try Me Free” delivery discounts make it a go-to app for the adventurous diner who would rather have someone else cook for them.

The Ideal Usage: Use Doordash if you get meals delivered to you all the time and want to be as diverse in your dinner options as possible.

Postmates

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Postmates is so much more than a meal delivery app, because you can get groceries, sundries, and other items delivered to you on demand as well. You can also pay into a monthly program to get free delivery all the time, making it a clutch move for when you really need that pound of ground beef right now.

The Ideal Usage: Similar to Doordash’s, but for all different kinds of items and for those who cook regularly as well.

Amazon Restaurants

To compare Amazon as a whole to all of these apps would be like comparing Superman to the rest of the Justice League, so we won’t go there. In terms of the restaurant app, though, it doesn’t offer much yet in terms of discount options, but has a ton of local eats available. If you prefer to have one program or website that you get everything from, aka the perfect Amazon user, this is great.

The Ideal Usage: If you already get literally everything on Amazon.

GoPuff

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GoPuff is an app at the intersection of convenience store and delivery. It can get you basically anything you need from the mini-mart, but isn’t meant to get entire meals from. Great if you have a sudden urge for bags of chips or some alcohol, however.

The Ideal Usage: When you need something from the convenience store ASAP.

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Yelp Exits Food Delivery, Sells Eat24 To GrubHub For $288 Million

Yelp has decided that it’s getting out of the food delivery business.

The food review website and business just announced that it would be selling its delivery arm, Eat 24, to Grubhub for a total of $288 million. The deal also brings Yelp and Grubhub together in a partnership where Yelp users will be able to begin ordering online through Grubhub directly. There’s no current timetable as to when that will occur, as the deal still needs to go through some customary closing procedures.

The deal makes perfect sense for both companies: Yelp now has the ability to focus and specialize on acquiring and sharing data about restaurants, and Grubhub adds another system into its food delivery fold. So far, investors have been loving the partnership, with Yelp’s shares climbing a staggering 27% today and Grubhub shares going up 9%. following the news.

Yelp had originally bought Eat24 for $135 million in 2015, so it definitely turned in a nice profit at the price they sold it to Grubhub for.

For us, the deal means that while Yelp Eat24 will be a thing of the past soon, we’re going to be able to utilize an awesome partnership between Yelp and Grubhub. It also means one less food delivery app will be crowding up our phone space.

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Stats Show Patriots And Falcons Win When Fans Eat These Foods

If you have a rooting interest between the Atlanta Falcons, or New England Patriots, you might want to pay close attention and make sure you eat the right thing this Super Bowl Sunday.

If you’re a football fan and you don’t believe in superstitions, you’re lying to yourself. Still, there’s a little bit of evidence behind what I’m about to tell you raving fans and gamblers out there.

There are actually dishes that have been proven to be ordered  a lot on days that the Patriots won games this year. The same goes for the Falcons.

Grubhub, the popular online food ordering service, put together some stats that showed that Boston fans eat a lot of saag paneer when the Pats win, and Atlanta eats chicken noodle soup on days the Falcons win.

Over the course of the season, Boston natives ordered saag paneer from Grubhub 169% more on days that the Pats won, than on days they lost. Right under that, Bostonians ordered carna asada 162% more on days the pats won, than on a loss.

For Atlanta natives, Grubhub found that chicken noodle soup was ordered 195% more on days the Falcons won, than lost. Being ordered equally as often before Falcon wins was chicken salad.

Our Saag Paneer…we bet you will want to bottle it up! #tastessogood

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So if you’re a Patriots fan and want Brady to win another Super Bowl, you might want to try the saag paneer, or get some carne asada tacos.

For Falcons fans, you might want to make some space for chicken noodle soup.

Below are the top five foods ordered by both Bostonians and Atlantans, but I’d stick with the top ones. Why even risk it.

Top 5 most ordered foods in Boston during Patriots game day wins vs. losses.

Saag paneer was ordered 169% more on Patriots’ winning game days vs. losses

Carne asada was ordered 162% more on Patriots’ winning game days vs. losses

Crispy chicken sandwich was ordered 154% more on Patriots’ winning game days vs. losses

Unagi roll was ordered 139% more on Patriots’ winning game days vs. losses

Breadsticks were ordered 134% more on Patriots’ winning game days vs. losses

Top 5 most ordered foods in Atlanta during Falcons game day wins vs. losses.

Chicken noodle soup was ordered 195% more on Falcons’ winning game days vs. losses

Chicken salad was ordered 195% more on Falcons’ winning game days vs. losses

Saag paneer was ordered 186% more on Falcons’ winning game days vs. losses

Negi hamachi roll was ordered 160% more on Falcons’ winning game days vs. losses

Barbecue pork was ordered 160% more on Falcons’ winning game days vs. losses

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Study Shows The Cubs Win More When Fans Eat These Foods

Game 7 of the World Series is upon us and either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will be crowned as champions.

Both teams have their own bouts with superstitions like Billy Goat curses and long championship droughts, so fans might want to pay close attention to this one.

Delivery service Grubhub analyzed the food ordered by both teams’ cities this season, and determined which food correlated with their teams winning.

Essentially, when fans ordered these food items during the regular season, the Cubs and Indians somehow won more games.

You may or may not believe in these silly superstitions, but if your team is about to close out a victory, do you really want to risk it?

Here’s What Cubs Fans Want To Eat Before The Game

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  1.  Hamachi kama was ordered 145% more when Cubs won than when they lost
  2.  Mac and cheese was ordered 117% more
  3.  Black bean taco was ordered 111% more
  4.  Hriatiki salad was ordered 91% more
  5.  Shepherd salad was ordered 88% more

Basically if you’re a Cubs fan right now, you want to grub on some Hamachi Kama, the juicy collar of the yellowtail fish. When Chicagoans ordered Hamachi from Grubhub, the Cubs won 145 percent more times than when not. Sure you can try to order some of the other stuff, but you run the risk of the win percentage decreasing.

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Here’s What Indians Fans Want To Eat Before The Game

tempura-roll

  1. Shrimp tempura roll was ordered 124% more when Indians won than when they lost
  2. Tuna melt was ordered 121% more
  3. Vegetable roll was ordered 119% more
  4. Meat pizza was ordered 113% more
  5. Turkey club was ordered 111% more

Indians fans need to jump on that shrimp tempura roll, ASAP. They’re dangerously close to blowing a 3-to-1 series lead, and you’d think every bit of luck is necessary.

Best of luck to both teams, if you believe in that kind of thing.

 

pic: simply home cooked, just one cookbook

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5 Food Apps Changing How You Order Food

As time goes on, we seem to get closer to becoming the humans in Wall-E. Technology, though incredible and awe-inspiring, is being used in numerous ways to facilitate laziness/productivity (depending on how you view your glasses of water). Apps centered on ordering food have exploded onto this front of “I didn’t really know I needed this” technology. Here are the heavy hitters changing the way you eat and all but eliminating the need to speak to another person IRL.

1. Starbucks Order

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With Starbucks Order, you can choose items from your chosen store’s drink and food menu, customize your order in ways you might not have known were possible, and simply walk to the pick-up counter to retrieve your pick-me-up. A printed receipt hugs your cup, boasting a perfectly legible, correctly spelled name. You only have to say your name to a barista and you’re on your way.

The lines at Starbucks, especially at peak hours, can make the most patient individuals fume, but reducing your barista interactions to your name and a smile seems downright cold. After all, they’re the only line of defense between us and our beloved coffee. These are strangers who are nice to us pre-caffeination. And we’re just going to throw that relationship away?

2. Allset

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Several apps are available that allow you to reserve a table at a restaurant and order your food in advance, but Allset isn’t encouraging you to do it all the time. Geared toward the precious lunch hour, the app allows you to make reservations, order food, and pay before you even set foot in the restaurant. You can also include an adjustable tip, so the service quality from the waiter you’ll barely talk to isn’t a complete dice roll.  In May they even introduced a feature allowing people to order the day before.

3. Grab/AirGrub

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Similar to the aforementioned apps, Grab and AirGrub allow travelers to order food ahead of time from airport restaurants. You might not be able to avoid your Chatty Cathy neighbor on the plane, but you can at least get a burger in peace. Well, as much peace as you can get sprinting towards your gate.

4. Eat24


The year began with Eat24 battling it out with GrubHub for the title of largest food delivery app. Before we could enjoy our Valentine’s Day chocolates, however, Yelp acquired Eat24, letting GrubHub slink off into the corner. Having trustworthy ratings blend with a smooth food delivery app, especially when your color schemes already match, seems like a cocktail for success. So far, so good, but everyone I know panics when a restaurant employee calls about an issue with their order.

5. Postmates

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More than just a food delivery app, Postmates will have their couriers deliver anything from alcohol to laundry detergent to your front door. An emergency Uber of sorts, Postmates compartmentalizes the awkwardness of buying a pack of condoms, a bag of Cheetos, and Pepto Bismol from the local pharmacy into a 10-20 second interaction with a college student. So that’s… better?