Wednesday, November 21, 2018

*HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY* Chipotle Mexican Grill Holiday Catering

This holiday season, kick back, relax, and let Chipotle Mexican Grill take care of all of your holiday catering needs. Whether you're ordering for your office holiday party or simply need to have eats on hand the day before Thanksgiving, Chipotle can bring the quality eats right to your home. 

Consider Chipotle for all your holiday office or home catering needs! The packaging and boxing is unparalleled. 

There's a variety of options available, including something as simple as being provided with a box of ready-made burritos. But I highly recommend you go with the build-your-own taco setup. Completely customizable, all you need to do is choose your fixings. Pricing is based per person on one, two, or three proteins. Yes, chips and salsa is included! Once you pick it up (or have it delivered!), all you have to do is unpack and you're ready to go. 

My kind of spread!

Chipotle will even supply you with tongs, forks, spoons, napkins, and plenty of bowls! The packaging's really superior as well. Within each of the catering boxes, each ingredient is separated into spill-and-fool proof packaging. 

Build your own tacos and burrito bowls!

Chipotle catering is a great group meal solution for all your holiday celebrations. They only need 24 hours' notice to get the ball rolling for catering for as many as 200! So this holiday season, why not let Chipotle handle the food so you can get back to spending more time with your friends and family. 

And in the spirit of holiday giving and getting you a taste of what Chipotle catering has to offer, we have got a giveaway for you! Head over to my Instagram to enter to win Chipotle catering for 20! No catch. Simply follow @bellyofthepig & @chipotle, like the post, and tag a friend! In fact, go to town and tag as many friends as you like for multiple entries. Spread that holiday cheer! 

FTC Disclaimer: Thanks to Chipotle Mexican Grill for sponsoring this particular post and giveaway.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Combat Food Insecurity during the Holidays!

Food insecurity is real. It's especially real during the holidays. One in 8 Americans struggle with hunger. And did you know $1 donated provides at least 10 meals for families, children, and seniors who need it most? Help end hunger today and join Feeding America & Wells Fargo in supporting this cause.


In fact, Wells Fargo has already donated $4M to Feeding America, which supports your local food banks. Philly - Philabundance does the good works in our local area. And to that end, Wells Fargo will donate an additional $1M by matching any donations you personally make 1:1 ... 100%. Head to this link to make your charitable donation today, and help end hunger. Cheers & Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Trattoria Carina Review

From the folks that brought you the acclaimed Pub & Kitchen, Trattoria Carina is a casual Italian gem found in the Fitler Square-Rittenhouse area. And it may be our new go-to spot, right on the corner of 22nd and Spruce. This "Little Darling" has a small menu, but it's big on flavor and execution, all under the execution of Chef Melissa McGrath. And recently, Trattoria Carina has expanded to include brunch on the weekends! 

Fitler Square-Rittenhouse gem Trattoria Carina has added brunch!

To start our day, the GF and I enjoyed a citrusy-bitter Aperol Spritz and a sweet-and-spicy Bloody Mary, complete with a solid antipasti skewer! And including its bar program, Trattoria Carina is reportedly BYO (no corkage!). 

Gold Rush Apple Cake [$6]


 The apple cake is a must. Moist, soft, and buttery within, the grilled exterior helped to provide a nicely crisp textural contrast. Perfect to drape with some of that salted butter. 

Warm Castle Valley Polenta [$9]
Honey mascarpone, walnut granola, Concord grape


A unique take on typically savory polenta, we enjoyed the sweet acidity afforded by the Concord grape jam. Studded with plenty of the walnut granola and a bit of the honey mascarpone, this is a nice reprieve from any savory items you might order during brunch! 

Bucatini Carbonara [$23]
Bacon, Parmesan 


Savory, you say? How do you come to Trattoria Carina and not order the carbonara? Thick bucatini noodles are appropriately coated in egg yolk, plenty of Parm, and with a nice hit of black pepper. Interspersed throughout are salty nuggets of slab bacon. No need for any heavy cream here, folks. Trattoria Carina is doing it right.

Baked Eggs All'Amatriciana [$14]
Guanciale, Parmesan, Lost Bread Co. focaccia 


The smell emanating from this dish almost made me put my camera away. Almost. But as the GF likes to joke, the camera eats first. In a spiced up take on shakshuka, the savoriness of the "gravy" was perfect to dip the Lost Bread co. focaccia in. And as my fellow Master of None fans might say, "it's all bout that guanciale." The salty, fatty hits of the cured meat really made each bite. If only I could have had more bread (not that I asked!). 

So if you're looking for a new spot to hit up for brunch, please check out Trattoria Carina. Along with the delicious dishes, you'll get great service. In fact, ask for Bill if he's available. I know I'll be back soon for dinner! The angry crab pasta Craig LaBan raved about it is already calling my name. 

FTC Disclaimer: Special thanks to Trattoria Carina for having us in. Regardless, my opinions are mine alone and, therefore, unbiased. 

Trattoria Carina
2201 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 732-5818
www.trattoriacarina.com