Buzz in Kent Island Crab Cakes in Stevensville to pick up some basic grocery items and leave with extra time to spare.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Kent Island Crab Cakes.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Kent Island Crab Cakes.
Balance out the taste of a midday dessert with one of the excellent coffees or teas at Kent Island Crab Cakes.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
At Kent Island Crab Cakes, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Grab any spices and seasonings you need to cook a gourmet dinner here.
Need more vinegar and oil to transform your cooking? No problem, they've got that here, too!
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Purchase an assortment of meats from here and gather up the whole family for a nice Sunday dinner.
If you need a quick and easy meal solution for lunch or dinner, consider a tasty TV dinner from here.
Kent Island Crab Cakes understands what it's like having no time at all. That's why they make sure they're well stocked with the canned foods that help save you time.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
At Kent Island Crab Cakes, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby for you to choose from.
For groceries with a decent shelf life, swing by Kent Island Crab Cakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Big tastes abound at Scittino's Italian Market Place, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the restaurant's menu.
Your body is a temple, so why not opt for healthy food that also tastes great? Scittino's Italian Market Place serves shockingly delicious vegan, low-fat, and gluten-free dishes.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Skip long waits and head to Scittino's Italian Market Place with your large group for easy seating.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Scittino's Italian Market Place's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Throwing a big party? Count on Scittino's Italian Market Place to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Enjoy this restaurant's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Scittino's Italian Market Place is located near plenty of options.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Scittino's Italian Market Place, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Scittino's Italian Market Place!
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Scittino's Italian Market Place.
Build your own burger at Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill — this restaurant serves all-American food.
At Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill, you can find a wide selection of meal choices, including vegan options.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill with their charming outdoor seating.
Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Top-notch attire is required here, so guests should be prepared to suit up before heading out.
Catering services are also available.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
For those driving to the restaurant, a lot is located around the corner with optional valet. Drivers can also find street parking when the lot gets cramped.
Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill offers various parking options, including bike parking.
The menu at Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill.
When you come to Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Duesenberg's American Cafe and Grill.
For tasty American fare, head to Matthew's for a sandwich and side.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Matthew's is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
At Matthew's, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Matthew's' business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Matthew's offers catering.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
At Matthew's you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Matthew's.
Your bill at Matthew's will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
If you can't make it in the morning, try Matthew's for lunch or dinner.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Matthew's and treat yourself to an American classic.
When you come to Matthew's, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Applebee's is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Applebee's' free wifi hotspot.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Applebee's.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Applebee's is ultra casual.
Catering from Applebee's will take your party to the next level.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Applebee's offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Applebee's offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Applebee's' tasty restaurant.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Applebee's.
Ease your appetite with delicious bites from Chef Paolino Cafe in Catonsville.
At Chef Paolino Cafe, you can enjoy healthy and gluten-free eats.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Big groups always enjoy coming to Chef Paolino Cafe.
Chef Paolino Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Chef Paolino Cafe wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Call Chef Paolino Cafe for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
Chef Paolino Cafe is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Chef Paolino Cafe.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Chef Paolino Cafe welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Convenience is essential at Chef Paolino Cafe, and food is served from morning until night.
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.