At Just Plain Joe Coffee Co., you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
Perfect for cooking! Almost every delicious dish begins with oil and vinegar as an ingredient or for simply making sure your food doesn't stick to the pan!
For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Soup, vegetables, fruit, these are just a few of the canned items available here.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Just Plain Joe Coffee Co. and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Just Plain Joe Coffee Co. and feel energized all day.
If you need a quick and easy meal solution for lunch or dinner, consider a tasty TV dinner from here.
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.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Everyone loves cereal in the morning. Stop in to get your family's favorites.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Just Plain Joe Coffee Co.
Turn your kitchen into a gourmet chef's paradise with the great spices and seasonings.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Just Plain Joe Coffee Co. is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
The freshest French cuisine can be found at Brasserie Brightwell, where foodies hand out five-star ratings for every sip, slurp, and nibble.
Brasserie Brightwell's menu features inspiring, gluten-free dishes.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Brasserie Brightwell features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
Brasserie Brightwell offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Brasserie Brightwell offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Brasserie Brightwell for a group meal.
Dog-owners can bring their pups with them to this canine-friendly establishment.
Keep it casual at Brasserie Brightwell, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Or, take your food to go.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Brasserie Brightwell also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Brasserie Brightwell's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
At Brasserie Brightwell, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Taste the greatness Brasserie Brightwell is serving up with meals around $30.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
If you're looking to impress, the highly-rated French fare at Brasserie Brightwell does the job perfectly.
If you are curious about French cuisine, come taste a sampling today at Brasserie Brightwell.
Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Town Dock Restaurant.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Town Dock Restaurant, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Access the Internet free of charge via Town Dock Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Town Dock Restaurant for a group meal.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Town Dock Restaurant.
Town Dock Restaurant honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this restaurant also offers delivery and take-out options.
Parking has never been easier at Town Dock Restaurant, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Town Dock Restaurant.
At Town Dock Restaurant, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Town Dock Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Town Dock Restaurant's tasty restaurant.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Town Dock Restaurant for your next meal.
Sam's Pizza and Restaurant does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Sam's Pizza and Restaurant's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This pizzeria also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
No need to dress up for a trip to Sam's Pizza and Restaurant — the casual pizzeria encourages laid-back attire.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Can't get enough of Sam's Pizza and Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Sam's Pizza and Restaurant is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Sam's Pizza and Restaurant is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Sam's Pizza and Restaurant, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Sam's Pizza and Restaurant.
There's no doubt about it. Sam's Pizza and Restaurant out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
Over-the-top ratings make up the menu at Scossa, and hopeless romantics call this intimate Italian spot one of the tastiest in town.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Scossa has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Private rooms make any group feel like VIP guests at Scossa.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Scossa, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Scossa, where dress code calls for business casual.
Scossa is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Cyclists are in luck. Scossa provides bike parking.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Scossa — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
So come share a romantic meal at Scossa, where every classic Italian dish is prepared with amor.
For prime Italian fare, Scossa is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
So give your taste buds a delicious dose of Italian cooking from Scossa today.
Carpenter Street Saloon serves American-style cuisine in the middle of St. Michaels' St. Michaels district.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Head to Carpenter Street Saloon for a happy hour that aims to please.
Live music is often featured for patrons' enjoyment.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Casual dining at its best, Carpenter Street Saloon customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Carpenter Street Saloon is located in a prime location where street parking is always readily available.
Carpenter Street Saloon is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
A dinner that is yummy and affordable is the standard at Carpenter Street Saloon.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Carpenter Street Saloon since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Carpenter Street Saloon, and they're waiting to serve you!
Carpenter Street Saloon has something for everyone with great American fare 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.