Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Music Cafe and keep the good meals coming all week long.
A healthy and light snack from Music Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
Add a little more flavor to your meals with their quality selection of spices and seasonings.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Music Cafe will certainly come in hand.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
At Music Cafe, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
When you need some essential proteins, you'll definitely be covered with the great meat selection here.
You'll be amazed at how much time you can save by buying canned food. It's like a shortcut to a better prepared meal.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Music Cafe.
Heading to Music Cafe? Take the whole family along for a fun shopping trip and find easy parking nearby.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at The Greene Turtle, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
The Greene Turtle can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Pump up your night with performances from The Greene Turtle's live DJs.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Regulars recommend heading over to The Greene Turtle during the workweek.
Keep it casual at The Greene Turtle, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
The Greene Turtle prides itself in its delicious catering.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
For easy dining, The Greene Turtle provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, The Greene Turtle is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit The Greene Turtle and munch on some American eats.
So when you just need a place to go, The Greene Turtle is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Mount Airy.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Mt Airy Tavern for American-style cuisine.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Mt Airy Tavern.
Your large group can all sit together at Mt Airy Tavern.
Take it nice and easy at Mt Airy Tavern, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Catering from Mt Airy Tavern will take your party to the next level.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Mt Airy Tavern's moderately priced fare.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Mt Airy Tavern's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Mt Airy Tavern.
So when you just need a place to go, Mt Airy Tavern is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Mount Airy.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Mt Airy Tavern and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
New York J and P Pizza is a casual pizza restaurant that serves up fresh, hot and creative pizzas.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
At New York J and P Pizza, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
At New York J and P Pizza, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
At New York J and P Pizza, "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 pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Catering from New York J and P Pizza will take your party to the next level.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near New York J and P Pizza and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at New York J and P Pizza.
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 New York J and P Pizza.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as New York J and P Pizza welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at New York J and P Pizza.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from New York J and P Pizza.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Laurienzo Restaurant Entps — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Laurienzo Restaurant Entps.
Free wifi is available as well.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Laurienzo Restaurant Entps is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
The average check at Laurienzo Restaurant Entps will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Laurienzo Restaurant Entps.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Laurienzo Restaurant Entps (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So head over to Laurienzo Restaurant Entps, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Laurienzo Restaurant Entps a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
Swing by Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro in Mount Airy for your next meal.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
At Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Warm weather brings out Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro's highly coveted patio seating.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro's free wifi.
Four-legged friends are welcome at the restaurant.
Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Commute by bike to Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro and find easy bike parking.
Concetta's Mainstreet Bistro welcomes diners of all budgets to enjoy its savory fare (and its cheaper-than-cheap menu items).
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
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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