Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Wawa Food Market and pick up some fresh noodles.
Whether you are new to the world of cooking or consider yourself a home cook, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Two of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, you can never have enough oil and vinegar (so stock up!).
Wawa Food Market boasts the highest quality canned foods in the area with their terrific selection. You'll never want to purchase any other kind of food again.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Wawa Food Market.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Stock up on all of your deli favorites, such as salads, meats and cheese, at Wawa Food Market and enjoy every bite.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Wawa Food Market and sip your way through tasty goodness.
When you're looking to eat something delicious but have literally no time, you'll want to try the delicious frozen food here. It's a shortcut to perfectly scrumptious food.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Kick off your weekend with a barbecue. Pick up some fresh and tender meats from here and start cooking.
Wawa Food Market offers a range of classic and signature breads, all of which are fresh and baked to perfection.
If you have a hankering for a tasty sandwich, swing on by Wawa Food Market and satisfy your craving.
Parking is easily accessible.
Hoping to impress company? Visit Dutch-Way Farm Market in Gap and pick up cooking ingredients.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Get your noodle on! Dutch-Way Farm Market has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
Tired of the same old recipes? Pick up some seasonings and spices from here and try out a brand new and creative recipe.
A little here, a little there, you can never have enough vinegar and oil. Used in almost every recipe, these liquids will come in handy.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Here you can find a wide range of meats, such as chicken and beef, at a price you just can't pass up.
For cool, refreshing H20, Dutch-Way Farm Market's got you covered.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Dutch-Way Farm Market's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
If you're looking for a quick and tasty side dish to go with your meal, check out these great canned food items.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Dutch-Way Farm Market offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
Find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
Dutch-Way Farm Market in Gap carries a wide range of tasty grocery items so head on over today and stock up your kitchen.
Delve deep into the amazing beer list at Station Taproom (and don't forget to pair that beer with some of their world-class pub fare).
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Station Taproom has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Wifi access is totally free at Station Taproom, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Station Taproom.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
At Station Taproom, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Station Taproom.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Station Taproom s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Next time you're searching for quality brews paired with gourmet cooking, don't overlook Station Taproom.
Don't look any further, head to Station Taproom for your next American meal.
So round up your friends and head over to Station Taproom for a casual American meal.
Station Taproom has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Beaver Creek Tavern, home of American comfort food.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Beaver Creek Tavern, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Dine out in the open during Beaver Creek Tavern's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The dress code at Beaver Creek Tavern is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Beaver Creek Tavern.
Don't spend time searching for parking — visitors are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Beaver Creek Tavern.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Beaver Creek Tavern s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Beaver Creek Tavern.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Beaver Creek Tavern and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Whip Tavern for American-style cuisine.
At Whip Tavern, you can enjoy a bite to eat and bring your own beverages to wash your meal down.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Enjoy discounted food and drinks at Whip Tavern's happy hour.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Whip Tavern's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Whip Tavern offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Whip Tavern.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Whip Tavern.
Whip Tavern may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Whip Tavern has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Whip Tavern and treat yourself to an American classic.
Swing by Whip Tavern today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
Big tastes abound at Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano's outdoor patio seating.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano will ensure that it is delicious.
Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano offers various parking options, including bike parking.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
For prime Italian fare, Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
It's certainly time for you to try cheese on cheese on cheese when you take a chance on the best Italian food around at Rocco and Anna's Ristorante Italiano.
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.