At Floyd's Cafe Del Sol, you can load up on fresh groceries for the week or pick up a tasty pre-made meal for dinner tonight.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Pick up some noodles from Cafe Del Sol and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
You won't be able to tell the difference with the frozen foods available here for your cuisine convenience.
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
When you want to elevate your cooking's taste, you'll definitely want to keep your kitchen well stocked with the vinegar and oil offered here.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at Cafe Del Sol.
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Cafe Del Sol makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
You'll be amazed at how delicious the canned food is when you purchase it from Cafe Del Sol.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Cafe Del Sol? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
You can keep your car safe during your shopping visit when you opt to park at one of the nearby options.
So don't let good groceries pass you by and stop by Cafe Del Sol in Floyd for some tasty eats and drinks.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Oddfellas Cantina, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Oddfellas Cantina, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Oddfellas Cantina has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Oddfellas Cantina.
Free wifi is available as well.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Oddfellas Cantina.
Oddfellas Cantina can also cater your next party; call today for details.
At Oddfellas Cantina, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Oddfellas Cantina.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Oddfellas Cantina.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Oddfellas Cantina is a great dining option for any time of day.
So head to Oddfellas Cantina, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
When you just want to relax and indulge in some Mexican fare, Oddfellas Cantina has you covered.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Oddfellas Cantina.
Passing through Christiansburg with a long drive ahead? Get some rest and a satisfying meal at Holiday Inn Christiansburg Blacksburg in Christiansburg.
This establishment provides guests with a number of comprehensive services, such as complimentary wifi.
Take your work down to the business center and enjoy a comfortable work environment.
Celebrating something special? What better way to do that than at this hotel's palatial suites?
Whether you're new to exercise or an avid gym rat, the hotel gives you the tools to stay in shape with its free fitness center.
Check out the swimming pool for a relaxing dip in the water.
Guests can go out on the town or enjoy a nice meal in their room with Holiday Inn Christiansburg Blacksburg's expert room service.
Leaving for an early morning flight? Grab a quick breakfast, compliments of Holiday Inn Christiansburg Blacksburg.
In addition to many amenities, the hotel boasts a great restaurant so guests don't need to go far for a great meal.
Stop by for your favorite drink at the hotel's bar!
There are plenty of parking facilities in the area for you to take advantage of during your visit.
Make the most of your time in Christiansburg. Book your stay at Holiday Inn Christiansburg Blacksburg for a motel that goes above and beyond.
Pine Tavern Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Floyd's Little River district.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
At Pine Tavern Restaurant, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Pine Tavern Restaurant is ultra casual.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Pine Tavern Restaurant to your next party or event.
With a parking lot adjacent to Pine Tavern Restaurant, you won't get stuck circling the block.
We've got news: Great taste doesn't always come with a hefty price tag. For astonishingly affordable prices (and delicious dishes), treat your taste buds to Pine Tavern Restaurant.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Pine Tavern Restaurant provides service throughout the day.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Pine Tavern Restaurant for tasty American fare.
Pine Tavern Restaurant has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
If you're leaning towards Mexican, swing by El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant for a mellow meal.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
The patio seating at El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant is perfect for those warm summer days.
El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant also offers catering.
Patrons can park in a lot near El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Stop in El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant today and enjoy a Mexico-inspired meal in a casual setting.
You can explore a new and innovative side of Mexican cuisine when you opt to dine at the highly-rated El Charro Grill Mexican Restaurant.
Visit Christiansburg's Due South BBQ for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Due South BBQ with their charming outdoor seating.
Due South BBQ's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
That's right! Due South BBQ will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Don't spend time searching for parking — diners are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
At Due South BBQ, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Due South BBQ accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
The menu at Due South BBQ includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
The jury is in. For the best barbecue in town, you'll want to taste the sizzling eats at Due South BBQ.
So kick back and enjoy some low-key barbecue. It doesn't get much better than Due South BBQ.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
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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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