Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
This place lets you recreate the wonders of fair fare by offering terrific vinegar and oil options to help you make everyone's favorite, vinegar and french fries!
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Chef-A-Roni Fancy Foods.
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.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Pick up a loaf of bread from Chef-A-Roni Fancy Foods and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
If you're planning a dinner party, pick up some fresh meats from here and please your party guests one bite at a time.
When you're in the mood to cook a gourmet meal, pick up some spices and seasonings from here and get down in the kitchen.
For food that takes less time to prepare, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the canned food selection at Chef-A-Roni Fancy Foods.
Chef-A-Roni Fancy Foods serves up great food items, such as sandwiches and salads, at an affordable price.
You'll love the selection of coffee and teas at Chef-A-Roni Fancy Foods, decaffeinated options available, too!
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.
Whether you prefer your sandwich hot or cold, Chef-A-Roni Fancy Foods serves up both tasty options.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Chef-A-Roni Fancy Foods.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
You can find great parking in the surrounding area.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
More often than not, their patrons leave with the best, delicious meats the city has to offer.
Eastern Food Industries' selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Eastern Food Industries will do the trick.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Eastern Food Industries? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
If cooking isn't your forte, frozen food is an easy fix. Stock your freezer with delicious meals seven days a week!
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
When you're just looking to open a can, heat it, and then eat, the canned food aisle at Eastern Food Industries offers you exactly just that kind of convenience.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
Take your cooking up a level of flavor when you choose from their wide selection of seasonings and spices.
Pick up some noodles from Eastern Food Industries and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
For cool, refreshing H20, Eastern Food Industries' got you covered.
Parking is easily accessible.
Build your own burger at Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant is creating healthy meals that are enticing to anyone's taste buds.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant.
A private room is available for reservation at Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate.
At Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Catering services are also available.
Park in a matter of seconds at Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, a local restaurant near valet and lot parking options.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant.
Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant is all about.
Visit The Grille on Main for some true American comfort food.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at The Grille on Main.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Wifi here is on the house.
The Grille on Main has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at The Grille on Main.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
The Grille on Main's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in The Grille on Main for catering.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
At The Grille on Main, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
Bike parking is quick and easy at The Grille on Main.
Your tab at The Grille on Main will generally run you about $30 per person.
At The Grille on Main, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into The Grille on Main's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
See what great American fare is cooking up next at The Grille on Main.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at The Grille on Main is all about.
Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere at Chianti's Italian Cuisine.
At Chianti's Italian Cuisine, you can keep your diet in check and enjoy healthy and low-fat eats.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
At Chianti's Italian Cuisine, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Chianti's Italian Cuisine is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Get online for free courtesy of Chianti's Italian Cuisine's wifi.
You pup can accompany you to Chianti's Italian Cuisine, which welcomes dogs.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Catering from Chianti's Italian Cuisine will take your party to the next level.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Drivers rejoice! Valet and lot parking is made simple at Chianti's Italian Cuisine.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Chianti's Italian Cuisine is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Your tab at Chianti's Italian Cuisine will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
Get ready to discover the colorful, flavorful world of Italian cooking at Chianti's Italian Cuisine.
Fresh fare can be found at Harbourside Lobstermania, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
The weekends are for going out for amazing combinations. Save the salad for the weekday and come grab a meal at Harbourside Lobstermania.
Harbourside Lobstermania also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Harbourside Lobstermania won't cost you a sitter.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Harbourside Lobstermania can seat both large and small groups.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Harbourside Lobstermania when the weather is warm.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Harbourside Lobstermania is ultra casual.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Harbourside Lobstermania to your next party or event.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Harbourside Lobstermania's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
For convenience, patrons can park in the lot next door, and valet is also an option.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Head on over to Harbourside Lobstermania first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Harbourside Lobstermania is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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.