Flour drifts down through the air, the motes catching briefly in the light from the wood-fired oven. Inside, fontina, smoked mozzarella, and ricotta melt across the handcrafted crusts, forming warm tributaries of cheese. Nearby, chefs sprinkle fistfuls of broccoli rabe, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant onto fresh dough or stew san marzano tomatoes to craft a thick sauce the deep crimson color of a sports car that just discovered it left a hair curler in. The cooks look to traditional Neapolitan recipes and forge crusts from a simple combination of flour, yeast, water, and salt. In an effort to protect the environment, the staff at Red Tomato Pizza—from the same owners as Dortoni Bakery in Levittown and Messina Market in East Norwich—also serves hormone-free meat in the glow of gentle LED lights and uses recycled glassware.
Find your basic grocery items and more at Grandview Finest Grocery in Norwalk and get all of your grocery shopping done in one stop.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
For fresh and tender meat that slides right off the bone, head on over here and browse the latest selection of meats.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Make your cooking life as easy as possible and grab some frozen food today. It's perfect for when you don't have the time or energy to make something from scratch!
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Grandview Finest Grocery.
These fresh and flavorful canned food items will come in handy when you need a quick and convenient dinner option.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Grandview Finest Grocery.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Grandview Finest Grocery.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Whether you prefer sweet or savory dishes, you can find all of the spices and seasonings you need to make your favorite dishes here.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Grandview Finest Grocery will certainly come in hand.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Grandview Finest Grocery.
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
After learning all that Grandview Finest Grocery has to offer, you'll satisfy your craving for groceries by heading there now.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Scandia Food and Gifts encourages purchasing canned foods because they offer such convenience. They let you decide what you want to eat when you want it, as the food doesn't spoil quickly.
The cuts of meat here are tender and fresh. Pick up a selection of meats today and start your weekend off with a barbecue.
Keep your energy and mood up all day long with a tasty coffee or refreshing tea from Scandia Food and Gifts.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Scandia Food and Gifts.
It's about time you said goodbye to cooking and said hello to the convenience of the frozen food offered here.
Who's hungry? A frozen entree will fool anyone's palate, so why waste time cooking up a storm?
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Say goodbye to bland when you select one of their many spices or seasonings.
When you want to elevate your cooking's taste, you'll definitely want to keep your kitchen well stocked with the vinegar and oil offered here.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Scandia Food and Gifts and stay on the go all the time.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Thankfully, you won't have to look far for parking at Scandia Food and Gifts.
Husband-and-wife duo Sean and Tanisha Williams don't believe you have to sacrifice deliciousness just to stay healthy. To prove this point, the Jamaican natives opened Fragrant Basil Juice Café, where they combine their natural taste for exotic fruits with their cumulative experience in the food and hospitality industries. Together, they blend up more than 35 organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies that are devoid of gluten, dairy, GMOs, preservatives, and non-organic ingredients. They also create custom blends based on each customer's taste or dietary preference. But preparing immune-boosting beverages that accommodate everyone from raw vegans to paleo subscribers to unusually health-conscious barbecue pitmasters in disguise isn't the Williams' sole passion—they also whip up a number of fresh, healthful dishes for breakfast and lunch. Read on to learn a little more about what the menu offers before your first visit:
For veggie lovers: The Go Green! smoothie packs in potassium, calcium, and other important nutrients from leafy greens by deliciously combining broccoli, kale, cucumber, and lemon-infused spring water with sweet apples and grapes.
For fruit fanatics: The Forget-Me-Not cold-pressed juice is a classic tropical blend of cranberry, orange, and pineapple.
For devout detoxifiers: The Clap of Thunder smoothie works to expunge the body of impurities with the nutritional properties of beets, carrots, lime, broccoli, ginger, agave, and spring water.
For lunch dates: The East Meets West sandwich puts sprouts, avocado, and house adobe sauce between two slices of multi-grain bread slathered in caramelized-onion hummus.
For the kiddos: The chicken nuggets combo features bite-sized morsels of breaded, gluten-free chicken.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Keep it casual at Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant — the pizzeria is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant is at the top of the list.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant to make that amazing pie a reality.
Come see why the Italian food at Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant is well worth the price.
Feeling some delicious pasta or savory prosciutto tonight? Stop in at Jordan's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Sit down to some Thai-infused deliciousness at InThai Restaurant, and add yet another sparkling review to the lengthy list of compliments.
InThai Restaurant will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at InThai Restaurant, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Whether you have a large or small group, InThai Restaurant can accommodate both.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than InThai Restaurant, so dress for comfort when you come.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant and enjoy!
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and InThai Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Park in the open lot next to InThai Restaurant and score easy and free parking.
InThai Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
InThai Restaurant is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
Come enjoy what some say is the greatest Thai food in Norwalk at InThai Restaurant.
With its casual feel and top-rated food, you need to come to InThai Restaurant when you're craving Thai.
The flavorful and delicious Thai food at InThai Restaurant will make for a unique option for dinner.
When Thai food is calling your name, make your way over to InThai Restaurant for some classic dishes.
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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