If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Claremont's Eddie's New York Pizzeria, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
It's pizza (and pasta) time! Find an endless selection of the foods you crave, and have fun eating your way through this Italian menu.
The chefs at Eddie's New York Pizzeria know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
The bar at this pizzeria is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Your group can sit comfortably at Eddie's New York Pizzeria, a local restaurant.
Eddie's New York Pizzeria offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Eddie's New York Pizzeria encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Eddie's New York Pizzeria offers catering.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
Eddie's New York Pizzeria is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
An average meal at Eddie's New York Pizzeria will set you back about $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the pizzeria, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Everyone's talking about Eddie's New York Pizzeria. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Eddie's New York Pizzeria, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Eddie's New York Pizzeria.
So head on over to Eddie's New York Pizzeria and order a pizza filled with all of your favorite yummy toppings.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Danson Restaurant say that the best Mexican fare is found at this Claremont eatery, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Danson Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Danson Restaurant's patio.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Comfort is prioritized at Danson Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Danson Restaurant is located near both options.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Taste the greatness Danson Restaurant is serving up with meals around $30.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Danson Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come to Danson Restaurant, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Danson Restaurant and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
So head on over to Danson Restaurant for a tasty meal and keep up with the latest and greatest trends in Mexican cuisine.
For a wide selection of family-style Italian dishes, visit Aruffo's Italian Cuisine.
Guess what? Aruffo's Italian Cuisine serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Aruffo's Italian Cuisine can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Aruffo's Italian Cuisine.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Aruffo's Italian Cuisine's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Aruffo's Italian Cuisine.
Aruffo's Italian Cuisine patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Yale Ave location.
Aruffo's Italian Cuisine's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Aruffo's Italian Cuisine s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
Ready to try all the best flavors of Italy? Check out the authentic dishes at Aruffo's Italian Cuisine.
Sit down to some Thai-infused deliciousness at Bua Thai Cuisine, and add yet another sparkling review to the lengthy list of compliments.
Bua Thai Cuisine trends toward lighter eating habits, so you won't find many dishes with animal products or gluten on the menu. Fare tends to be low in fat as well.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Bua Thai Cuisine's gorgeous patio.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Bua Thai Cuisine wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Our customers come for our delicious food. They stay in our free parking.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Bua Thai Cuisine.
Dining at Bua Thai Cuisine will set you back about $30 per person on average.
When you're ready to take your Thai fare up a notch, the all-star menu at Bua Thai Cuisine is waiting.
So get a taste of the best Thai around when you swing by Bua Thai Cuisine for a quick bite to eat.
The Thai food at Bua Thai Cuisine makes eating out easy while keeping your meal delicious.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Bua Thai Cuisine.
Come to Eureka! Burger where they start with a mouthwatering patty, add innovative accoutrements and put it inside a golden bun for burger bliss.
Catch the game at Eureka! Burger, a local restaurant with TVs.
Eat out with the little ones at this bar, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Eureka! Burger, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
For comfortable outdoor service, Eureka! Burger sets up a seasonal patio.
Eureka! Burger is a dog-friendly establishment, so bring your pup along.
If you want to skip the weekday crowds, visit the bar over the weekend (and keep the bar's no-reservation rule in mind).
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Eureka! Burger, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
For the tastes of Eureka! Burger from the comfort of your next party, the bar also offers catering services.
Want to enjoy this bar without the wait? Get it to go.
Drivers will be happy to know that Eureka! Burger is located near many street and lot parking options.
Eureka! Burger is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Eureka! Burger also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Fresh-off-the-grill burgers await you at Eureka! Burger, so be sure to try one today!
If burgers are what you're looking for, the ones at Eureka! Burger will not disappoint.
Go beyond just beans and rice at Patty's Mexican Foods, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Patty's Mexican Foods.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Get to dinner early — Patty's Mexican Foods does not accept reservations.
At Patty's Mexican Foods, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
At Patty's Mexican Foods, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
Patty's Mexican Foods makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Patty's Mexican Foods is cash-only so be sure to swing by an ATM on your way.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Patty's Mexican Foods is a great dining option for any time of day.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Patty's Mexican Foods.
Pay Patty's Mexican Foods a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
So when you're seeking a new Mexican restaurant to enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Patty's Mexican Foods.
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.
Check out more coconut-oil coverage:
Oil Pulling Whitens Your Teeth and (Maybe) Makes You Invincible
The Five Best Uses for Coconut Oil You’ve Never Heard Of
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
A video posted by Keepin Tha Block Fed (@purpstagram) on Dec 28, 2015 at 4:00pm PST
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
A photo posted by Keepin Tha Block Fed (@purpstagram) on Apr 10, 2016 at 8:22pm PDT
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
A photo posted by Keepin Tha Block Fed (@purpstagram) on Apr 8, 2016 at 9:26pm PDT
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.