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What I Ate in a Week: Emily’s Food Diary

Here at Grubhub, our employees are pretty obsessed with food. Every day, we’re making sure delicious food finds its way to your door… and to ours. Say what? Correct, we too order from Grubhub (so meta).

With our “What I Ate in a Week” series, you’ll get a sneak peek into the lives of actual—never not hungry—Grubhub team members. A nice benefit that happens to come with our jobs is what we call “mealperks”—our weekly Grubhub credit. Clearly, we’re using this to get the best bites in town each and every week.

On deck, we have: Emily, an Engineer at Grubhub. Get the lowdown on her delivery highlights of the week and top ordering hacks.

Let’s meet Emily

Hi! I’m Emily and even though I just started as a Release Engineer on the Grubhub Enterprise Platform team, I’m 10,000% thrilled that I literally get paid to further my love for food. Growing up, I took for granted the taste of authentic Chinese food at home and constantly wanted to try new cuisines. Having lived in many states ranging from large urban hubs like New York to almost rural areas like Alabama, my mind has always been blown by how different food can look and taste.

Living in East Cambridge with three other foodies, we love to go on double dates and explore the neighborhood or just order in together while shamelessly watching anime in the living room. In regards to hobbies, I try to get up and support my love of badminton every Sunday morning, but there are definitely weeks where I’d rather sleep in and meet friends for dim sum or be fancy at high tea. As for favorite dishes… there are too many to count.

Here are Emily’s top delivery eats from last week…

Ramen from Shabu & Mein

On a hectic Monday after work, my sick boyfriend and I decided to order ramen from Shabu & Mein to mend our souls a bit. We love that Grubhub connects with Venmo because we usually have a balance waiting to be swiped away for food deliveries. I ordered as I was on my way home so our ramen and spring rolls arrived shortly after I walked through the front door. We were able to avoid the dinner rush and free up the kitchen for our roommates to cook—two birds with one stone!

Shabu & Mein give you the option of either getting ramen or hot pot, with bomb Japanese drinks. Whether you’re just looking for some warm comfort soup with beautiful flavors or you’re too lazy to cook and just want a soothing meal, don’t miss out on this wonderful choice.

Basilico Pasta Special from Pavia

As I’ve been trying to explore more downtown Boston restaurants, I keep seeing the iconic purple Pavia bag. So when I got hit by an Italian craving, I decided to use my mealperks to order the Basilico pasta special for pickup. Not only is Pavia a five minute walk away, but they also offered me fresh bread when I got my food.

The above picture was actually taken on the second day that I attempted to finish this dish. They filled that container to the brim and I only ate about ¼ of the pasta and ½ of the bread on the first day. So this is definitely a two-meals-for-the-price-of-one type of deal.

Acai Bowl from Squeeze Juice Company

On days that are crazy, I usually just snack on things at the office throughout the day and sometimes miss lunch. Even with my schedule, I promised myself that I’d try to stop snacking so much. I ordered a quick power lunch from Squeeze Juice Company and got one of their acai bowls called the Good Morning Smoothie Bowl. It was a refreshing blend of blueberries, banana, apple juice and almond butter topped with gluten-free granola and strawberries. The short walk from the office worked out perfectly with my quick lunch break. The bowl was small enough to carry around in one hand and took up minimal space while I was working. Plus, it was delicious!

Pastrami Sandwich from Beantown Pastrami Co

If you’re a pastrami lover like me, I cannot stress enough how much you need to check out Beantown Pastrami Co. Their pastrami sandwiches are perfectly toasted every time. You can put whatever you want on it and it’s so tender. It melts in your mouth as you take a bite. No joke. Fortunately, Grubhub makes ordering it for pickup super easy—which is exactly what I did when I walked down the street a bit to pick myself up a ¼ pound pastrami sandwich. A small price to pay for a slice of pastrami heaven.

My biggest tip is to try and keep your sandwich toppings as simple as possible so that the pastrami stays the star of the show. Sometimes less is more. My sandwich only had three things: mustard, cheese, and, of course, my love, pastrami.

Tune in next week for the latest edition of “What I Ate in a Week.” Will it make you hungry? Probably...but, we can help with that.