Archive for the month “September, 2009”

Takeaway Food Can be Healthy Eating!

Sometimes resisting that takeaway can be really difficult, especially when you know you shouldn’t.

To combat this dilemma, we’ve searched out the healthiest takeaway options, so you can rest safe in the knowledge that your hard work at the gym hasn’t gone to waste!

Healthy ChineseChinese takeaway usually means lots of deep-frying, but it doesn’t have to. Go for boiled rice instead of fried, and you’re halving the calories. Dishes served in oyster sauce or black bean sauce are a good option, go for a soup instead of wontons or spring rolls, and go easy on the prawn crackers. Lots of Chinese dishes come with steamed vegetables, and stir-frys are tasty, and fairly low in oil.

Spicy CurryIndian
Avoid creamy and deep fried dishes, and choose a vegetable curry, or a madras. Go for boiled rice, and skip the onion bhajis and poppadoms, and have a chapatti instead.

Fresh PizzaMiss out the deep pan, stuffed crust, avoid pepperoni and extra cheese, and choose vegetable toppings and a thin crust. Hawaiian pizza are usually a safe choice, and Meat Feasts are usually the worst. Both Pizza Hut and Dominos have nutritional values tables up on their websites to help you out.

03 Sep 09 | Terri-Jane Dow | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway


Brave British Holidaymakers- No Idea About Food

Travel site has found the almost 86% of Britons will try out local delicacies when on holiday, with as many as 82% of them not even knowing what they are eating.

Guinea Pigs in PeruThe survey showed that 40% of UK holidaymakers would eat guinea pigs in Peru, and 35% would give deep fried grasshoppers a try in Thailand.

Adventurous Britons abroad ordered Mexican Chimichangas, believing it was a coffee-based dessert instead of a spicy deep fried burrito, and over 250 of the people quizzed thought that ordering cuisses de grenouille in France would mean they were eating sheeps testicles, rather than frogs legs.

Snake, fish porridge and wasabi ice cream were other things tested on the international menu.

Italy, France and Thailand – despite their strange gastronomic delights – came up top of the poll for the best, and best value, food.

Maybe an idea to learn some of the language before tasting the cuisine, or who knows what you’ll end up eating!

03 Sep 09 | Terri-Jane Dow | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

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Takeaway Little Chef Makes The Good Food Guide

Thanks to Heston Blumenthal’s makeover, the Little Chef chain has made it into the Good Food Guide 2010.

Little Chef Big ChefBlumenthal, famous for creating snail porridge, took on the project last year for a channel 4 show ‘Big Chef takes on Little Chef’, and introduced a whole new menu, whilst still retaining the essence of Little Chef.

He’s set to be scheduled for a follow-up to the TV show born from the project.

On Little Chef’s success, Blumenthal said in a press statement “I am overjoyed … inclusion in ‘The Good Food Guide’ is a great barometer of success and it’s fantastic for Little Chef Popham to be recognized by such an established British food guide.”

This is the first time that a roadside diner has been included in the prestigious list, and it’s scored equally to a good quality gastropub.

Heston Blumenthal’s own restaurant, The Fat Duck, came top of the list, scoring a perfect ten despite a brief closure in February this year due to an outbreak of the norovirus bug which affected 400 diners.

The Good Food Guide is published September 8th by Which? and can be ordered from

03 Sep 09 | Terri-Jane Dow | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

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Takeaway “The Codfather” Best Name In The UK

118Menu LogoA Nationwide UK Poll of users has voted the gangster inspired fish and chip shop ‘The Codfather’ as the wittiest and best named takeaway.


Over a third of users of the online takeaway ordering website, voted that Cheshire’s The Codfather was the best named takeaway in the UK’, receiving 37 per cent of the votes. Yorkshire’s quirky ‘Wok This Way’ was placed in at number two after it gained 26 per cent of nominations.

Third and fourth place were awarded to London favourites Hard Wok Café and Fishcoteque, with 14 per cent and 13 per cent of the votes respectively with Yorkshire’s Chip in Dale’s in fith position taking away 10 per cent of the votes.

Mark Hall, founding director of says: “When we first started 118 Menu, we were amazed at how many eccentric takeaway names there were out there.

“We have searched high and low to find the best takeaway names to put to the public vote in order to crown one lucky outlet ‘The Best Named Takeaway in the UK’.

“There were many strong contenders but our voters have certainly not let us down – The Codfather is a highly deserving winner – lets hope no one ends up ‘sleeping with the fishes’.”

Owner and manager of the Codfather, Matthew Orange, commented: “It is fantastic that we have been voted ‘The Best Named Takeaway in the UK’ – our name certainly gets us plenty of attention and we have many loyal customs who keep coming back to us not put off with our mafia connotations!”

The 1,260 users voted that the UK’s top five takeaway names are:

1.The Codfather (37%)
2.Wok This Way (26%)
3.Hard Wok Café (14%)
4.Fishcoteque (13%)
5.Chip in Dales (10%) now has over 700 local takeaway menus.  To search for one near you, CLICK HERE
12 Aug 09 | Extract from an article by Beattie Communications | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

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Takeaway Online | Y4Food | Monthly Competition

It’s competition time and you could be in with a chance to win a local online takeaway… with Y4Food!!!

Y4Tweet Twitter ReviewsFollowing the successful launch of our Y4Tweet twitter review application, we would like to get as many reviews as quickly as possible.

In return for your hard work, we will be giving away a £15 online takeaway voucher each month. 

The voucher is sponsored by Just-Eat Mini Clicket and is valid for a 1 month period.

Every review you make will be entered to the draw. Draws will take place on the last day of each month, and the winner will be announced in our tweets on the first day of each month.

To enter the monthly competition, find your favourite takeaway online, login using your twitter account and start reviewing!
There is no limit to the amount of reviews you can make, but each store is limited to one review per visitor per day. Reviews are shared on twitter with our followers, so everyone can enjoy the best and avoid the worst of online takeaways.

We hope you enjoy this great new concept of reviewing. If you have any questions, please email to


30 August 2009 | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

Takeaway Online Exclusive | Twitter Review App

UK based online takeaway finding service, Y4Food has introduced a new Twitter Powered App for reviewing online takeaway listings. A global first for sharing reviews.

Y4Tweet online takeaway reviewsY4Food currently has over 9,000 takeaways listed on their site, and all are available for online ordering. That accounts for around 10% of the total UK takeaway market, so needless to say that the service is available in most areas.

The application itself uses twitter to login, and the user has 120 characters to review their favourite (or least favourite) takeaway. There is also a panel where a rating can be allocated according to “Food, Order, On-time and Delivery”, so that other users can see at a glance if the takeaway offers a good service.

Y4Food Director, Justin Eames says: “We are the first company GLOBALLY to offer a review service using social networking. It is a very exciting concept, and one that we are very proud to shout about.”

“Users are now able to instantly share their favourite takeaways with all their friends and followers and the best part is that all takeaways we list are available online, so followers will be able to try the food right away. It’s never been done before…”

Follow Y4Food at to keep posted with special offers and reviews…

Y4Food’s new Twitter Review system has been launched ready for this weekend. Go to to try the service for yourself.


28 August 2009 | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

Takeaway Jerk Chicken | Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival – 30th & 31st August 2009

Notting Hill CarnivalSince 1966, August Bank Holiday Weekend has meant one thing in West London; The Notting Hill Carnival. The biggest street festival in Europe returns this year, bringing the sounds, sights and tastes of the Caribbean to London.

Food is a big attraction at the carnival, with over 1 ton of Jamaican patties, and 12,000 mangoes eaten, and with 25,000 bottle of rum being drunk every year, the carnival is a veritable feast of authentic cuisine.

Stalls offering their best jerk chicken line the streets, and the Carnival is your chance to try Caribbean and West Indian dishes such as curried goat, and traditional rice and peas.

If you can’t make it to the carnival this year, we at Y4Food don’t want you to miss out, so here’s how to make your own jerk chicken, and bring a slice of the Caribbean to your dining table.

6 lb Chicken
1 tbsp Salt
2 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Soya Sauce
1 small onion
3 tbsp Jerk Seasoning

Mix the salt, garlic powder, paprika, jerk seasoning and soya sauce in a bowl. Grate the onion and add to the bowl, then rub the mixture over the chicken and leave in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours. Roast in oven at 180c (slightly less if its a fan oven) for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

For added Caribbean authenticity, serve with rice and peas. Yum!

12 Aug 09 | Terri-Jane Dow | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

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Organic Food hits the British Festival

With last weeks publication of a study commissioned by the Food Standards Agency that states that organic food is no better for you than “ordinary” food…

…whole Foods losses of £36 million, and now the BBC’s decision not to include organic food in their newest cooking show, does this mean the end for ‘going organic’?

The study, however, doesn’t take into account that organic food is kinder to the environment, with strict rules as to what defines ‘organic’; animals are kept 100% free-range, and chemical fertilisers are prohibited.

Organic food may have been shown to have no nutritional benefits, but does it taste better than non-organic food?

The Soil Association is giving you the chance to try for yourself. Between the 5th and the 20th September, it’s hosting Organic Fortnight, with the Organic Food Festival taking place at Bristol Harbourside on the 12th and 13th of September.

Organic Food Festival

Now in it’s ninth year, Bristol’s festival is the largest organic festival in Europe, with 2008 boasting features from 212 food-related contributors.

This year is set to be even bigger, and with entry at just £5, well worth a visit – even just to test out the FSA’s findings!


12 Aug 09 | Terri-Jane Dow | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

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Takeaway Indian? Find local CurriesOnline…

Nationwide takeaway food finding service Y4Food have teamed up with CurriesOnline to provide a way to search the network of CurriesOnline supported Restaurants and Takeaways in your local area.
MMmm Curry
The service provided by is the brainchild of Indian Food Fanatic and Hampshire-based entrepreneur, Justin Eames.
Why Four? Because Y4 is the common reference for the receptor in humans, that mediates the regulation of food intake and appetite. Hence “Y4Food” or “Satisfy your Appetite for Food” in an abstract sense.
Justin says, “The most frustrating part of ordering online is trying to find a takeaway restaurant that serves your local area. We have just set up a service that finds your local takeaway restaurant and links through to the right page on the online order sites ready to place your order”
“We have been building a strong partnership with CurriesOnline since our conception. Shamin and his team have always been very happy to promote their niche market alongside other online food order portals”
“Following the latest rounds of agreements, we can now be certain that our users will always see Indian food at the head of our search results.”
Customers are able to search local restaurants, pass through seamlessly to the CurriesOnline site, and select food from the online menus to order for collection or home delivery. 
The system does not require registration, and there are many additional functions being planned for the site, such as being able to write reviews and rate restaurants on quality, service and value. 
Meals ordered using an online service cost no more than they would directly from the restaurants and simplifies the process of finding, ordering and paying for takeaway food.
CurriesOnline’s custom search page within Y4Food | find local takeaway… is available HERE

11 Aug 09 | Try Y4Food | find local online takeaway

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