Posts Tagged 'Food'

SHIFTers Embody Favorite Turkey Day Foods


Ahh, the holiday season is upon us! Last year during Thanksgiving, SHIFTers shared what they were most thankful for – a list that spanned from family and friends, to the likes of Beyonce and… Crest White Strips? No matter what you’re thankful for this year, Thanksgiving is the time to spend with family, reflect on your blessings and – most important of all – relax and be merry! This year we decided to get a little wacky with our Thanksgiving post. See below to check out what Thanksgiving food SHIFTers embody: 

After my Thanksgiving meal, I am definitely the stuffing! – Danielle Mancano

I’m the cranberry sauce…because no one wants me at the table. – Matt Trocchio

I guess you could say I’m the Spaghettio’s because up until I was about 10 years old, that’s all I would eat at Thanksgiving! – Emily Wienberg

I’m the gravy, baby 😉 – Todd Defren

I would absolutely be mashed potatoes. I’m incredibly biased because they’ve been my favorite food since first grade (literally), but no Thanksgiving meal would be complete without them! – Kristi Eells

Pumpkin Pie! Classic, best for last, etc. – Sara Crumley

The wine, obviously! And because the party doesn’t get started until I show up 😉 – Katie Clark

For Thanksgiving, I would be the deviled eggs.  My family is located in Iowa and I haven’t made it back for Thanksgiving for the past 4 years.  In a family of four, the family is unbalanced when I’m gone and I tend to play the peacekeeper when I am present. My one commitment to cooking on Thanksgiving was always making the deviled eggs.  They are not the best item on the menu, but noticeably missed when gone.  My family likes to tell me the deviled eggs do not taste as good when others make them. – Emily Suchomel

Carrot casserole, sweet potatoes, anything orange – gotta represent that red hair! – Emily Adams

I’d be the Sambuca, because I bring the evening up a notch. (Don’t tell me mine is the only family that enjoys the soothing elements of Sambuca after a filling meal…) – Jennifer Usher

Sweet potatoes with that marshmallow topping, because sometimes it can seem like a gimmick on top of a gimmick. – Dave Levy

I’m dessert – my mom’s crumb top apple pie with a side of cannoli and tiramisu. I never loved the turkey growing up and I still look forward to the courses that come before the entree and, most of all, dessert. – Alicia Cerasuolo

What Thanksgiving food are YOU? 🙂

Airplanes and Beyonce – The Things SHIFT is Thankful for

By Puneet Sandhu (@puneet86)

Ladies and gentlemen, SHIFT Communications’ favorite time of the year – the holiday season – has officially arrived! In celebration, all three SHIFT offices held their annual Halloween/SHIFTgiving feasts last week (get a taste of them here, no pun intended) wherein everyone managed to defeat their seemingly bottomless appetites with indecent amounts of food. (And when I say “indecent,” I mean INDECENT.)

Since then, we’ve also emerged victorious from the resulting food coma, and are now preparing for round #2 of unabashed gluttony with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. But before we pack up for the week and head home, we wanted to pause and reflect on the things that have our hearts aflutter with gratitude this holiday season. Below are some of the things on SHIFTers’ minds this Thanksgiving.

  • Zach Servideo (@zachservideo) in Boston: I’m thankful for all of the good people in my life, especially my best friends (who just so happen to be my roommates). I’ve needed to call on them a lot this year to help out my family with a big move, and they step it up every time I need them – no questions asked. I’m lucky to live with four of these friends, all of whom I’ve known since I was 3 years old. They are an extension of my family.
  • Annie Perkins in Boston: I am thankful that my son is out of harm’s way and will be home safe with his family for the holidays. (Readers: Annie’s son, Ben, who was serving in Somalia, has just made it home to Jacksonville, FL!)
  •  Nicole Kruse (@NKruseNYC) in New York: I’m most thankful for airplanes because they make it possible for me to spend the holidays with my friends and family in California that I love and miss!
  •  Amanda Grinavich (@AGrinavich) in Boston: I am thankful for my family, friends and a job that I love. They all equal stability, and that’s something I’m certainly blessed to have at this time. I am also thankful for Beyonce because she’s fierce, and inspires the hell out of me. (Fun fact: Amanda has a “Fierce Wall” up on her cube, featuring Beyonce and others who help remind her to channel her inner fierceness)
  •  Berenise Solorio (@Bsolorio) in San Francisco: Aside from being thankful for the obvious—turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, oh and time with family (of course! ;])—I am beyond thankful for getting hired on as an Account Coordinator at SHIFT’s SF office. I’m honored to start my career at a firm with incredibly talented people!
  •  Alexandra Brooks (@abrooksshiftcomm) in New York: J.CREW. Kidding! I am thankful that my father is in better health than ever four years after his heart transplant.
  •  Justine Routhier (@JMassRouthier) in Boston: I’m thankful for 100-calorie snacks! Why? Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to fit into my wedding dress. (FYI, readers – Justine is SHIFT’s newest newly-wed, having been married only a month ago!)
  •  Catherine Goerz in San Francisco: I am thankful for beautiful November weather in San Francisco. It might be cold and foggy in summer, but the fall is gorgeous and warm (ish). (Goes without saying Cathy, the NY and Boston peeps are JEALOUS.)
  • Jennifer Eastman (@eastmanj) in New York: I am thankful for all the SHIFT bakers, chefs and mixologists. My pants, on the other hand, are not as thankful.
  • Kristen Zukowski in Boston: I am thankful that with tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes and even snow in October, my friends and family are all well. It really makes you think about how the world, in particular your own world, can change in a moment’s time!
  •  Cathy Summers (@csumm) in San Francisco: I get to work with some of my favorite people in the world, which makes work seem a little less like, well, you know, work. 🙂

And our personal favorite…

  •  Danielle Mancano (@dmancano) – Padded bras and Crest White Strips.

Boston Salsa (and Dip) Showdown

By Amanda Guisbond, (@agbond)

This past Thursday, July 22, the Boston office of SHIFT Communications (@SHIFTComm) held an in-office happy hour and salsa (and dip) competition. SHIFTers came out in full force with an array of inspiring salsas, dips and chips, including pineapple salsa, avocado and cucumber dip, HOT pineapple ginger salsa, southwestern style hummus, and BBQ chicken dip.

In true SHIFT style, awards were handed out to the most ambitious chefs. Christina Feeney (@CFeeney) took home the “Should Be on a Menu” title for her grilled pineapple and mango salsa; Mike Fearon (@mdfearon) won “Spiciest” salsa for his flaming hot pineapple ginger salsa, and Ciri Haugh (@chaugh) won for “Best Overall” for her guacamole.

Thankfully, Ciri was kind enough to share her talents with the Slice team – here is a recipe for the winning guacamole in case you’d like to bring some to your own Showdown.

Ciri’s “Championship” Guacamole

3 Ripe Haas Avocados
2 Jalapenos
½ Red Onion
2 Roma Tomatoes
1 Clove of Garlic
Lime juice
Fresh Cilantro


Half, peel and seed avocados then mash them into a bowl. Dice jalapenos, red onion, roma tomatoes, cilantro and garlic and mix with avocados. Add salt, pepper, lime juice to taste. Note: Don’t prepare the guacamole until right before serving it (Abby learned this the hard way – sorry, Abby). Avocados oxygenate and will turn brown if left out too long.

Any suggestions for the next in-office happy hour? In addition to salsa and dips, the Boston office has held a cookie bake-off in past. Other ideas??

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