Saturday, March 29, 2014

Daddy GreenBox

Tucked away in the heart of the Rockaways, Nicole Russell is baking Kung-Fu pizza pies.

Yup, you heard that right. A die-hard fan of the 1985 classic The Last Dragon, Nicole’s been selling film-inspired pizzas out of her basement…and business is good. 

It all started when Nicole’s day job as a graphic designer just wasn’t cutting it. Among friends & family, she tapped into her love for cooking pizza – until her neighbors started placing orders. Word spread & Nicole’s pizza was the talk of the town.

It wasn’t long before Last Dragon Pizza was born.

But, make no mistake – LDP isn’t another run of the mill takeout joint. Until you’ve placed your order, Nicole’s address is kept secret (the Beach 60’s is all we’ve got). And, while Nicole is feeling out the market, cooking is limited to Wednesdays & Fridays – with a 20 pie max per day.

Ranging from $10-$20, her menu includes 7 signature pies, each inspired by The Last Dragon. Her “Kiss Mi Converse” is layered in spicy jerk chicken, yellow peppers, scallions, white onions & black olives. If you order the “Ninja Puleez!!!”, you have the choice of any 7 toppings – from Asian BBQ chicken to fresh mozzarella.

She even includes the calorie count of each pie on her website. “Sho ‘Nuff,” “Daddy Greens” and “Sukiyaki Hot Suki Sue” are a few of her other delicious options. The possibilities are endless.

Bottom line? We love LDP – not only because they’re proud users of the GreenBox, but because Nicole’s genuine (and quirky) passion for what she does shines through. If you live in the Rockaways, you’ve gotta give this place a try. “The Laura Charles” wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Final Flour

Great friends, your favorite chair & the big game in HD.

What more could you need?

…Pizza. And lots of it.

Everyone knows that Super Bowl Sunday is #1 for pizza sales. No inebriated football fan would have it any other way. In fact, when the 49ers took on the Ravens in 2013, Pizza Hut sold enough slices to cross the Golden Gate Bridge over 1,000 times.

How do they measure these kinds of things?

Anyway. The Super Bowl better watch its back, because March Madness is giving it a run for its money.

That’s right. Last year, during NCAA men’s final four, Dominos sold over 1.7 million pizzas - the busiest stretch of time for the chain all year. In honor of pizza's "biggest month," they're even running a 50% off pizza deal through the 23rd. 

Sales are so good during March Madness that Pizza Hut chose this month to roll out the first national campaign for WingStreet, their new chicken wing brand. If a team with a winged mascot takes the NCAA title, everyone gets free wings on April 10th.

A bucket of garlic parmesan, anyone?

Just remember that Super Bowl Sunday isn’t the only day you have an excuse to binge on pizza & hang out with your best friends. March Madness fans love pizza, too, and the time is upon us.

Let the games begin.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wandering through the Wonder

There’s just something about a snow-capped mountain view, a salty ocean breeze, or the feeling of a warm summer rain.

The Earth is a beautiful place.

Really, though. You could be having the worst day, and all it takes is a breath of autumn air or a walk through a woodsy trail. You forget about your troubles for a while & just let go. Is there anything more spectacular?

With Earth Day coming up next month, we wanted to start getting you all in the spirit. So, we’ve gathered a list of the top 10 most amazing facts about our beautiful, incredible, mind-boggling planet.

It will never cease to amaze us.  

The largest mountain range on Earth, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, is underwater. It is almost 20 times longer than the Andes Mountains.

8.6 million lightning bolts hit the earth on a daily basis. Just one bolt can heat the air up to 30,000 degrees.

Only 14% of the world’s species have been identified. In fact, while oceans are home to over 1 million species, 2/3 have yet to be described.

99% of Earth’s gold lies in its core. That’s enough to form a 1.5-foot coat around the entire planet.

The Sahara, the largest desert on Earth, is about the size of the continental U.S. It is constantly expanding.

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world – over one mile, or 5,371 feet down.

Earth is home to the smallest mammal: Asia’s “bumblebee bat.” They weigh less than 2 grams and are about 1 inch long.

The coldest temperature ever recorded was in Antarctica in 1983: -136°! The hottest was recorded in 1913 in Furance Creek (coincidence?), CA: 134°. We’re pretty sure the name is no coincidence.

The word “planet” comes from the Greek word planetai for “wanderer.”

Want to take part in a local Earth Day event? Awesome! We’ve put together a handy list to help you find your way. Now you don’t have any excuses ;)

Here’s to loving our planet & making sure she knows it.

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