For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Town Fish and keep the good meals coming all week long.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Town Fish and stay on the go all the time.
Dinner is on the table in one, two, three with a microwavable meal (you'll be surprised how great it tastes, too!).
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Town Fish and feel energized all day.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Pick up some noodles from Town Fish and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Town Fish serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Stop eating out when you can eat in with any of the frozen food meals offered here.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
For a cheaper, more convenient alternative, you'll want to shop the canned foods at Town Fish. You won't even be able to tell the difference.
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.
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
If you plan on driving, you'll appreciate the great parking options nearby Town Fish.
Featured by Paul Stern on Mansfield-StorrsPatch in 2011—just months after its opening—Coriander Cafe & Country Store has hatched quite the name for itself in Eastwood. According to Stern, brothers Scott and Brett Laffert run the show with Brett, a former chef and self-proclaimed “country person at heart,” transforming local ingredients into gourmet sandwiches, burgers, and straw hats. The shop makes all their breads—from ciabatta to whole wheat—in-house before stacking them with fresh-carved turkey and cranberry sauce or homemade black-bean patties. Yet the cooks don’t stop at handheld fare; the menu changes daily and can include anything from pan-seared haddock over corn-and-chive griddlecakes to braised pork belly with a side of chipotle grits.
Coriander Cafe also welcomes early risers into its country confines for a cup of fair-trade and organic coffee from Red Barn Coffee Roasters, a homemade bagel, or a decadent pastry such as a raspberry scone or cinnamon-sugar donut muffin, which guests can enjoy inside or amid fresh-picked oxygen molecules on the backyard deck. A fully stocked country store outfits fleeting customers with all the necessities, from homemade cookies and Red Barn coffee to gourmet jams and hot sauces.
Fill up on bread and olive oil at Italian hub Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets.
Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
With plenty of room to go around, Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Wear what you like when you dine at Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Through their catering service, Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets is just steps away from a parking lot.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets — swing by for your favorite meal.
If you are looking for a new lunch or dinner spot, make your way over to Marco Polo Restaurant Banquets and fill up on Italian fare.
For that fresh, out-of-the-oven feel, Anna's Pizza Restaurant serves mouthwatering pizza with a down-home feel.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Anna's Pizza Restaurant.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Anna's Pizza Restaurant for catering.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Endless parking options are readily available close to Anna's Pizza Restaurant.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Anna's Pizza Restaurant.
Anna's Pizza Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Stop by for three square meals a day — Anna's Pizza Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at Anna's Pizza Restaurant.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Anna's Pizza Restaurant?
Load up on toppings or opt for a simple slice of cheese at Charlie's Pizzeria Fine Food, East Hartford's classic pizza venue.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Charlie's Pizzeria Fine Food has you covered on both fronts.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Wifi here is on the house.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Throwing a big party? Count on Charlie's Pizzeria Fine Food to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this pizzeria totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Parking has never been easier at Charlie's Pizzeria Fine Food, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Charlie's Pizzeria Fine Food.
A tasty pizza form Charlie's Pizzeria Fine Food is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Savvi's Pizza Restaurant — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this pizzeria's full bar to top off your meal.
Access the Internet free of charge via Savvi's Pizza Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
The pizzeria can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Just through the door at this pizzeria, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Savvi's Pizza Restaurant.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the pizzeria.
Convenience is essential at Savvi's Pizza Restaurant, and food is served from morning until night.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Savvi's Pizza Restaurant is at the top of the list.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Savvi's Pizza Restaurant?
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.