Refreshing Summer Soups

When it’s hot outside there are so many things you can do to cool off. Beach, sprinklers, cold drinks, ice cream, popsicles, fruit. The list goes on. As we know, bubble tea is also on that list. Most of these foods that come to mind are sweet and cold. What if you don’t have that sweet tooth or you are trying to stay away from high sugar foods?

Cold summer soups. Here is something that is both filling and nutritious. It is perfect for the summer because most recipes require little to no cooking. Who really wants to stand next to the stove on a hot day?

The three types we’ll cover this week are gazpacho, vichyssoise, and avocado soup. There are many others like squash, asparagus, cantaloupe, and cucumber soups which need little more than ingredients and a blender.

Wednesday Soup:

Gazpacho is a classic cold soup that that can be made smooth or chunky. It originated in Spain and Latin America. Tomatoes are the staple of almost every gazpacho recipe, but there are plenty of ways to cater it to your own tastes. Gazpacho is generally jam packed with antioxidants because of the use of raw fresh vegetables and tomatoes (a fruit!). Because the soup is not cooked, the vitamins and minerals are retained.

Here is a classic gazpacho recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large roasted red bell pepper (available in jars)
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)

Instructions

  • Cut 1 tomato, 1/2 cucumber and 1/2 onion into 1-inch pieces and transfer to processor. Add bell pepper and puree. Transfer to bowl. Add tomato juice, cilantro, vinegar, oil and hot pepper sauce. Seed remaining tomato. Dice remaining tomato and cucumber and onion halves and add to soup. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead.) Serve well chilled.

Gazpacho Soup

Bubble Tea

Trying to find new ways to cool off during the hot humid days of the year? Sick of drinking iced coffee every time you need that cold drink fix? Get your hands on the some bubble tea, a drink that has become wildly popular throughout the world.

If you’ve never heard of bubble tea perhaps you may know it as boba tea, pearl tea, or tapioca milk tea. Don’t let these unusual names turn you off from the delicious, yet simple combination of tea, sugar, milk, and tapioca pearls. The black tapioca pearls are marble sized and have a chewy consistency, but don’t forget to pick up one of the colorful fat straws otherwise you’ll never get them out of the cup!

There are tons of tea shops specializing in bubble tea around the country, and many more opening up because people who try it are instantly hooked. Nowadays, most tea shops have a variety of flavors (popular ones include taro, honey, passion fruit, lychee, and coffee), and offerings like slushes and smoothies. If it is your first time at a bubble tea shop or stand, you might be intimidated by the numerous options on the menu, but the safest bet is to get the original: a sweet, refreshing, and somewhat filling bubble milk tea!

No bubble tea shops near you? Local specialty or Asian markets are sure to have tapioca pearls, so you can make it at home. Just add it to your favorite chilled tea, add some sugar and milk, and voila, instant bubble tea.

BiteHunter Contest Winners – May 2012

Week of May 1st

Tuesday – Margaret C. of Rhode Island

Wednesday – Heather E. of Maryland

Thursday – Phil M. of Massachusetts

Friday – Kate H. of New York

Saturday – Fung G. of California

Sunday – Ken B. of California

Week of May 7th

Monday – Howard H. of Texas

Tuesday – Mike C. of Pennsylvania

Wednesday – Ronald M. of Illinois

Thursday – Nick W. of California

Friday – Bob G. of Florida

Saturday – Megan K. of Nevada

Sunday – James F. of Portland

Week of May 14th

Monday – Melvin J. of New Hampshire

Tuesday – Joseph B. of Iowa

Wednesday – Jahil N, of California

Thursday – Sarah P. of New Jersey

Friday – Samuel G. of Alabama

Saturday – Hailey D. of Oregon

Sunday – Patrick R. of North Carolina

Week of May 21st

Monday – Jennifer M. of California

Tuesday – Tiffani L. of California

Wednesday – Chloe C. of Oregon

Thursday – Mladen B. of Colorado

Friday – Mark T. of Washington

Saturday – Jonathan L. of Rhode Island

Sunday – Sarah C. of Vermont

Week of May 28th

Monday – Jonathan H. of New York

Tuesday – Kevin S. of Ohio

Wednesday – Brian P. of Illinois

Thursday -  Matt M. of Ohio

BiteHunter Contest

Let us Refund Your Deal Purchase

Every day, during the month of May, we will select one lucky winner, at random, and refund their deal purchase for that day. It easy to enter, simply open up your BiteHunter app and purchase a deal to be entered into the contest. The more you purchase, the better your odds are of having you deal refunded.

If you don’t already have the BiteHunter app, simply follow this link to the iTunes store to download the app. Follow the instructions to signup, and then purchase the deal of your choice.

All winners will be notified by email, and announced on the blog. So make sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

Good Luck to all, and happy hunting!!!

Presenting BiteHunter (Version 2.0)


We are so excited to release the new version of our iOS app. Version 2.0 is by the far the biggest and greatest update to date, with a stunning new layout and the introduction of our one-click payment option, BiteBuyTM. In fact, by comparison with version 1.4, we probably shouldn’t even call it an update, more like a brand new app. We’re so proud of the latest version, and we can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Perhaps, the biggest change you’ll probably notice is the layout. It is bold, extremely user-friendly, and quite frankly, we think its just plain beautiful. The new grid view brings you eye-catching photos with a streamlined layout, making for a more enjoyable and unique way to view deals. In addition to the grid view, we have redesigned the list and map views, so however you prefer to find great dining deals, your eyes and your stomach will be thanking you.

Additionally, as a part of our new layout, our improved filters allow you to not only browse by cuisine, but also to select and deselect only the cuisines you want to see.

Now for the big exciting stuff, so don’t let the nice colors and pretty pictures distract you.

BiteBuyTM is an amazing new feature to the BiteHunter app, and will change the way you purchase dining deals. What so special about BiteBuyTM, is that it is a one-click purchasing option for dining deals. As America’s top dining deal aggregator, we don’t just stop at finding you all the dining deals across the country, but we strive to make your deal hunting as stress free and easy as possible.

With BiteBuyTM, there is no more trying to remember usernames and passwords, or filling in those never-ending forms. You’re free to browse all the dining deals across the country and purchase any of them with just the tap of the finger. Best of all, you never have to leave the BiteHunter app.

Save your billing information or account information for dozens of providers (including Groupon, Living Social, Gilt City, Travel Zoo, Restaurant.com, etc.) to make purchasing deals a breeze. If you choose to enter your credit card, rest assured your information is kept safe with bank-grade security.

There are just so many updates and new amazing features to put into words, that you just have to experience it for yourself. Follow this link to Download the BiteHunter app and see for yourself.

Pizza, Pizza!!

Here’s a fun recipe we came up with this week. Use this nice and easy pizza recipe this weekend to wow your date, or impress your kids; either way it’s a tasty meal with very little work.

Most people are afraid to make bread/dough. It seems very daunting at first, but with a little know-how, its quickly becomes as easy as riding a bike. The first, and most important thing when making bread/dough is patience. If you can master that, you can master bread. Take a look at the recipe and try not to over think it. A little common sense, some patience, and you’ll be a master in no time.

Pizza Dough Recipe
(Makes 2 Small sheet pan size pizzas)
2 ½ Cups Flour (All-Purpose)
1 teaspoon Salt
~1 ½ cups Warm Water (About 110 degrees F)
1 teaspoon Sugar
½ package Yeast (Active Dry)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Original-Style Pizza
(Makes 1 pizza)
1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce (Pomodoro is our favorite)

½ pound Fresh Mozzarella cheese (cut into ¼ inch slices)
¼ cup Fresh Basil (sliced thin)

Arugula and Shrimp Pizza (Dairy-Free)
(Makes 1 pizza)
1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce (Pomodoro is our favorite)

2-3 cups Arugula
1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
½ Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Combine all ingredients

8-10 shrimp (peeled and deveined)
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
Combine all ingredients and cook in pan lightly coated with olive oil, until cooked through. Allow to cool. 

Directions

1. Combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Give it a gentle stir and allow it to sit for about 5-10 min in a warm part of the kitchen.

2. In a electric mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.

3. Add the water/yeast mixture to the flour/salt, along with the olive oil, and mix with the dough hook in the electric mixer. This mixing process can take from 5-15 minutes depending on your mixer. We are looking for a very developed and tough dough (You may need a little more water depending on your flour. We don’t want flour left inside the bowl, everything should be absorbed into the dough. Add water in small increments, if needed!!).

a. An electric mixer is not necessary, but definitely helps. I mean, people did make bread for some time without an electric mixer. Use your hands to mix the two together in a large bowl. You are going to want to mix very very well. If you think its combined well, keep mixing!!! We want a very tough, rigid dough for this recipe. It is definitely a work out when doing this by hand.

4. Use a little olive oil to coat the dough and the inside of the mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to double in size (about an hour or so). The patience part ☺.

5. Divide the dough into 2 pieces and shape them into discs. Let them sit another 10-15 minutes covered on parchment paper lined sheet pans. (Don’t worry if it sticks a bit, it will come right off after baking, and this way definitely beats rolling dough out on a floured surface. What a mess!!)

6. Using your hands, shape the dough into any shape you want. We made rectangles, because it’s easier to cut into even slices (If it starts getting sticky, moisten you hands with a little water, this makes working with dough a little easier.) Try to get the dough quite flat, as it will rise when baking.

7. Take a fork and gently use to poke little holes all over the dough. This will keep big air bubble from rising between the parchment paper and the pizza.

8. Spoon some sauce onto the dough and cover evenly. Leave some space at the edges to allow for a crust.

9. Place the sliced mozzarella evenly over the pizza.

10. Bake until the cheese has melted and slighty bubbly. About 8-12 minutes.

11. Allow to cool slightly. Add some fresh sliced basil and cut before slicing.


**For the Shrimp and Arugula Pizza (Dairy Free), omit step 9, and bake for about 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before adding the arugula and shrimp.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!! And don’t forget to let us know what you think!!

The New BiteHunter Website

Check it out!!! Our new website is up and running, and boy are we excited. As we are focusing more intensely on our mobile application, we have decided to completely redesign our webpage to reflect our focus and dedication to mobile. Please check it out: http://www.bitehunter.com. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

We would also like to take this opportunity to tell you that we will be launching a really new and exciting version of our app in the next couple of weeks. Trust us, you’re not going to want to miss out on this update; it’s a game changer.