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1. Wafels and Dinges, New York

Founded in 2007 when a 1968 Chevy Truck hit the streets of New York. They have won a few awards over the years, including “NYC Vendy Award for Best Mobile Vendor” in 2009 and “Best Dessert Truck in America” by The Daily Mail in 2013. 

2. Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles, California

Kogi first hit the streets on November 19th, 2008. They now run 4 trucks, a full catering operation, a Taqueria, a bar “Alibi Room”, and a restaurant “Chego!”. Each of their four trucks has its own area of L.A. to cover. Their menu includes delicious tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.

3. Taceaux Loceaux, New Orleans, Louisiana

A gourmet taco truck running out of New Orleans, they offer huge bites of rich flavour. Serving delicious tacos for lunch and dinner, the trucks schedule changes daily. Check out their Twitter account for locations and updates.

4. The Purple Carrot, Lansing, Michigan 

They are a farm to table food truck. The Purple Carrot is always moving, so make sure to check out their Twitter for updates. They offer outdoor seating which is good for groups, and they also do take out and catering.

5. The Grilled Cheeserie, Nashville, Tennessee

This husband and wife duo has their business set on a “zero waste” goal. Their amazing truck was awarded the 2016 Chairman’s Award for Small Business by the Nashville Business Incubation Center. Try one of their delicious melts or create your own!

6. Urban Sugar, Portland, Maine

Serving hot and fresh bite-sized gourmet donuts. With both sweet and savoury options, this unique mobile cafe has recently opened a brick and mortar location at Sugarloaf Mountain.

7. MOO, New Hope, Pennsylvania

Check out MOO for some clasic burgers, shakes, and fries. MOO has a strong focus on sourcig local ingredients for their food. They have teamed up with 8 local farmers to source all fresh ingredients.

8. Cupcakes for Courage, Chicago, Illinois

The “Green Machine” food truck began when two sisters imagined unique cupcake flavours while one was being treated for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She has happily been in remission since 2011 and Cupackes for Courage has since expanded. With every cupcake sold, a portion of the cost is donated to finding a cure and to increase awareness of this illness.

9. Hey PB&J, Denver, Colorado 

This truck started in 2011 out of a jam coloured Chevy Truck. Hey PB&J sells grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They have an assortment of unique sandwiches from sweet to savory. They mill their own nut butters and make many of their own jams. They use fresh, local bread to create each whimsical sandwich.


10. The Green Bowl, Baltimore, Maryland

Serving up Asian and Latin inspired vegetarian food. All of their dishes are available in vegetarian or vegan, while also offering gluten free options. Great tasting food served in a bowl. Voted “Best Food Truck” by The Baltimore Sun in 2014.













Sources:


https://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/07/10-most-popular-food-trucks-in-america-.html#slide=4


https://www.bustle.com/articles/116185-10-best-food-trucks-in-the-us-to-visit-on-national-food-truck-day


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-20-best-food-trucks-in-the-united-states-107081865/


http://mentalfloss.com/article/500913/50-best-food-trucks-us




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Inventory is something that most companies dread talking about. It takes a whole lot of time and is often incorrect. Many companies are switching from the old pen and paper way to track inventory and are now kept more up-to-date with electronic inventory management systems.


Inventory management software is a system used for tracking inventory levels, orders, sales and deliveries. Companies use inventory management software to avoid product overstock and outages. It is a great tool for organizing inventory data that before was generally stored in hard-copy.


Here are some of the best advantages to using an inventory management software system:



Increased Efficiency


The happier the customer, the further your company is able to grow and succeed. This is why many successful businesses use inventory control systems. Having the ability to know exactly what materials you have on hand at any given point is a crucial component of customer service. Electronic inventory management systems will also allow you do determine when you need to re-order products in order to help you better serve your customers.


Daily inventory updates will allow a better flow of goods to customers. The more timely, efficient, and reliable you are, the more likely you will be to obtain loyal customers.  




Saves Time


Electronic inventory management is much more time efficient than a pen and paper system. The ability to scan and track your inventory in real-time is a great way to save time and money. Therefore you can focus less on your inventory count, and more time on customers.


Having the available information to know when a purchase order is needed can allow for time saved as there is no need to manually count to decide when an order should be placed. Have the stock levels available to you at all times will allow for appropriate order levels as well. It is important to avoid ordering more product than is needed at any given time.


Cost Savings

One of the most common reasons for waste, is that companies often order far too much product at one time and (depending on the product) often have to throw away the access product.

Having the ability to track your inventory can reduce your waste by enormous amounts. Tracking the intake and output of inventory will allow for better management of waste.


Inventory management can have real great monetary benefits. By keeping track of which products you have on-hand or ordered, you save yourself the effort of having to recount inventory to ensure accurate records.



Real-Time Stock Updates


Modern electronic inventory systems allow you to access your real-time stock numbers on any device. Having to manually count each item and track on paper will not give you accurate readings unless you are constantly counting your items as they are being used. Having real-time updates will allow


Barcode Integration

The use of an electronic inventory management system will allow you to simply scan the barcodes on items rather than a manual count. The number one benefit of barcode integration is the reduction in human error. This, in turn, saves time and will allow for more accurate stock numbers.




























http://dashboardstream.com/5-reasons-to-modernize-your-inventory-management-system-in-2018/

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/advantages-inventory-control-2228.html

https://www.scanco.com/top-five-benefits-of-a-good-inventory-management-strategy/

http://www.clearspider.com/top-ten-benefits-inventory-management/

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For some people, spicy food is an exciting treat, for others, they stay clear of anything hot. Recent research has shown that spicy food actually has some great health benefits. So next time you come face to face with some hot peppers, maybe give them a try!

Spices add tons of  flavor to meals without all the calories, many of these hot foods like garlic, chili peppers, and onions have antimicrobial properties that kill potentially harmful bacteria in your food. Most herbs and spices also provide valuable health benefits and have disease-fighting antioxidants that can be used as natural remedies for congestion, pain, and nausea.

Some of the main health benefits of spicy foods include weight loss, cancer prevention, and a healthy heart.





Weight loss

Capsaicin is the active ingredient found in jalapenos, cayenne pepper and red chili peppers. It increases your body temperature and can contribute to an increase in your heart rate.


Spicy foods have been proven to decrease appetite, increase metabolism, and aid in fat-burning. Unhealthy fat turns into fat-burning brown fat when capsaicin triggers thermogenesis.


According to The New York Times, eating spicy foods can boost your metabolism temporarily by up to 8 percent.

While the effects of spicy food in helping with weight loss are proven to work, the effects won’t last forever. Scientists say that you body may eventually develop a tolerance to the heat and stop aiding in weight loss.


Cancer Prevention

The American Association for Cancer Research has done studies to show how capsaicin has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells.

A Harvard University study showed an 8 percent reduction in cancers in people who were eating hot chili peppers most days.

Some spices, such as turmeric, a peppery-flavored spice from India, contain powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants reduce the opportunity for cancer to ever get a foothold, while also warding off other diseases.




Healthy Heart

Studies also show that cultures that eat the most spicy food have much lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. Capsaicin is currently being studied for its ability to treat circulatory problems, hardening of the arteries, and irregular heart rhythm.

The same Harvard study also discovered that eating chili peppers at least once a week can decrease your chances of dying from a heart attack by 18 percent. The study also found that people who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14 percent lower risk of death than people who ate spicy foods once a week.

A medical team at the American Chemical Society found that capsaicin blocks a gene that narrows the arteries. Apparently hot peppers can also assist in the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots.



Next time you’re trying to add some flavor to a meal, TURN UP THE HEAT!! These amazing benefits of spicy foods can be life changing. Even if you’re not big into hot foods, give them a try! In the long run, you’ll be glad you did!





















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http://www.medicaldaily.com/weight-loss-foods-eat-spicy-help-you-achieve-your-weight-loss-goals-325200

http://www.medicaldaily.com/weight-loss-foods-eat-spicy-help-you-achieve-your-weight-loss-goals-325200

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthy-eating/spicy-foods-associated-with-longer-life-harvard-researchers-find
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Ever get a craving for something sweet but a simple chocolate chip cookie isn’t gonna cut it? Here are three AMAZING sweet treats that are sure to calm your sweet tooth!


BeaverTails


Founded in 1978, this Canadian-based pastry company is fantastic!


BeaverTails are whole wheat pastries stretched to the shape of a beaver’s tail, then cooked fresh and served hot with your choice of toppings! They come in many flavours so there’s something for everyone!


Fun fact about BeaverTails: They have travelled to Davos, Switzerland, Washington, DC, and Iqaluit, Nunavut to deliver treats to fans!



Sweet Jesus Ice Cream


This Toronto-born ice cream shop uses high-quality ingredients to make extreme ice creams for customers. Whether in a cup or a cone, this place is guaranteed to pile the ice cream high to the sky and cover it in the toppings of your choosing.


With multiple locations across Ontario, this is a must for all ice cream lovers!!



The Bagel Store


The Bagel Store in Brooklyn, New York has an enormous menu of interesting bagels, but their most enticing would have to be their Original Rainbow Bagel!


These bagels have become so popular that they are now shipping their rainbow bagels Nationwide. Sounds awesome right?? But…their bagels are so popular that there is actually a waitlist to get rainbow bagels shipped to your door!


So to all you bagel lovers out there, you might want to join the waitlist if you want to try these beautiful bagels anytime soon!




Check out the website links below for the full menus of these awesome places! You’ll definitely want to put these on your 2018 bucket list!


http://beavertails.com/en/


http://www.sweetjesus4life.com/


http://www.thebagelstoreonline.com/menu









Photos sourced from Free Pix

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Plant-based Protein

 

With veganism on the rise, veggies are more popular now than ever before. Just because you’re not eating meat, doesn’t mean you can’t get the protein you need. More chefs are embracing ingredients such as tofu, tempeh and quinoa in their dishes. Tempeh is a soy product originating from Indonesia, created from a fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. Chefs are also introducing new and innovative ways to incorporate the entirety of fruits and vegetables into their recipes.

Meal Kits

 

Say goodbye to meal prep and hello to meal kits! New meal kit companies have been popping up all over North America to assist with all your meal preparation needs. They are all a little different, however the concept is basically the same. Whether they deliver directly to your home or you order and pick-up in-store, the company prepares pre-portioned fresh ingredients that usually need only to be assembled. the ingredients are portioned and packaged and ready to simply be cooked based on recipe cards included in the package. If you are looking for a microwaveable lunch or a full meal for 10 people. meal kits are entering 2018 with a bang! Fear no more about making time in your busy schedules for meal prep, meal kits got your back!

 

Timut Pepper

 

Timut pepper is a rare peppercorn with a  vibrant aroma of passion fruit and grapefruit and leaves your mouth tingling for a few minutes. It has become popular to add to seafood, meats, fruits and even chocolate desserts. It has also become known to add to fruity drinks. Need some extra flavor in your weekend sangria? Forget the lemon, let’s try some timut pepper! Check out this drink recipe by the mixologist artist Canelle de Balasy: http://cobalte.vodka/en/cocktail-vodka/elderflower-liqueur-timut-pepper/





References

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-food-trends-2018

http://www.spiceace.com/chiles-peppers/pepper-timut.html

http://www.chatelaine.com/food/trends/2018-food-trends/

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/dining/meal-delivery-service-subscription-boxes.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/dining/meal-delivery-service-subscription-boxes.html

Photos sourced from freepik.com

 

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