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What I Ate in a Week: Patrick’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 stipend. Clearly, we’re using this to get the best bites in town each and every week.

On deck, we have: Patrick, a Technical Publications Lead at Grubhub. Get the lowdown on her delivery highlights of the week and top ordering hacks.

Let’s meet Patrick.

Hello, my name is Patrick and I joined Grubhub just a few short months ago (the day after St. Patrick’s Day, to be exact – which I do not recommend as a first day at a new job in Boston). The Mealperks program has revolutionized the way that I eat downtown and saves me from lugging my leftover turkey and au gratin potatoes on the T every morning.

My wife and I are big food lovers, so scouring the Grubhub app has broadened our scope in terms of eateries available to us both downtown and at home in the ‘burbs. We also have a six-month old son who keeps us very busy, so Grubhub saving the day with a last-minute dinner delivery is a welcomed break from cooking and cleaning when we just don’t have it in us after a long day at work.

Here are my top eats from last week…

BEC from Max’s Deli

Nothing beats a solid breakfast sandwich on a Monday morning – especially when the weekend is filled with playoff hockey (go Bruins!) and gatherings with friends. My go-to for a no-frills, get-the-motor-running breakfast in Boston is Max’s Deli. I take the T downtown to work every morning. The ride is nice and only lasts about 30 minutes, which is the perfect amount of lead time to open my Grubhub app upon taking my seat and order my delicious ham, egg, and cheese for pickup. After the train ride I make the short walk to Max’s, skip the line to grab my prepared sandwich, and get down to business. *Bonus: Monday was a beautiful day, so I decided to dine al fresco on the office building’s roof deck.

Chicken Shawarma Wrap from Shawarma Falafel

On Tuesday, I was at a loss for what to grab for lunch. When I can’t make up my mind or the regular stops on my lunch takeout map just won’t do the trick, I head to the Grubhub website and seek inspiration. Today I filtered for “coupons” and found a sweet $10 coupon for a falafel joint (Shawarma Falafel) right around the corner from the office. Another beautiful day in the city, I decided to eat on the waterfront. Not a bad view (and the water is nice too…)

HEC from Max’s Deli (round two)

If it ain’t broke, muh’right? A late start due to daycare drop-off and missing the alarm clock meant no breakfast at my household. Two cups of coffee later, I’m operating at light speed and desperately need something in my stomach to soak up all that caffeine. Max’s to the rescue! A glorious egg and cheese on a bulkie roll later and I’m back down to earth and no longer in danger of spinning off this planet.

Thai Chicken Bowl from Koy

In the mood for something different, I head back to the Grubhub app and take a look at the map of downtown restaurants. I’m in the mood for a walk since it’s a perfect Friday afternoon and the Faneuil Hall location is the ideal distance from the office and right across the street from City Hall Plaza, where I plan to eat on a park bench.

Since I have a decent amount of mealperks left for the week, I spring for a Thai Chicken Bowl AND a spicy tuna roll at Koy. I enjoy my leisurely walk down to the restaurant to pick it up as the city bustles around me (the Pride parade is the next day, so imagine rainbow decorations being put up EVERYWHERE downtown and an uncommonly high amount of tourist traffic).

I find a nice spot outside to chow down with Haymarket and Faneuil Hall in the distance, and City Hall Plaza all around me. I’m grateful to be working downtown again so I can take in all the excitement and bustle of a city finally able to fully embrace the arrival of summer.

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.