Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice’s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active—which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Feel like family at Ye Olde Trail Tavern — this low-key pizza hub bakes each slice better than the last.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this pizzeria.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Ye Olde Trail Tavern for a group meal.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Ye Olde Trail Tavern and order great food.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Ye Olde Trail Tavern's complimentary wifi.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Ye Olde Trail Tavern, which embraces a casual vibe.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Ye Olde Trail Tavern.
Ye Olde Trail Tavern provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Ye Olde Trail Tavern provides service throughout the day.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Ye Olde Trail Tavern.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Ye Olde Trail Tavern and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Beavercreek's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Head on over to Buffalo Wild Wings for weekday and weekend happy hour.
Buffalo Wild Wings is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Access the Internet free of charge via Buffalo Wild Wings' complimentary wifi.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Can't get enough of Buffalo Wild Wings' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Fed up with difficult parking? At Buffalo Wild Wings, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Buffalo Wild Wings, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Sometimes only wings can satisfy you, and the ones at Buffalo Wild Wings will surely do the job.
Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, New Carlisle's Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll.
A tad noisy, the pizzeria is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
Meals at Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Head on over to Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Park Layne Pizza and Sports Grll and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
Ginger-infused entrees and chili-based sauces flood the menu at Beavercreek's Tsao's Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, where the Chinese fare is applauded as top-of-the-line and diners dish out star reviews.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Whether you have a large or small group, Tsao's Cuisine Chinese Restaurant can accommodate both.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Tsao's Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, which embraces a casual vibe.
You can also serve food from Tsao's Cuisine Chinese Restaurant at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Tsao's Cuisine Chinese Restaurant for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
We'll spare you the marketing. Our food is delicious, and we don't break the bank. It's that simple.
So take your next meal to the next level and treat yourself to an upscale Chinese meal from Tsao's Cuisine Chinese Restaurant.
So head on over to Tsao's Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, where you'll discover a fortune in flavor.
Take a table at Winds Caf in Yellow Springs and look forward to your next meal.
Winds Caf is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Impress your friends and invite them to a party to remember at Winds Caf.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Winds Caf.
Winds Caf is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Or, take your food to go.
Street and lot parking is simple near Winds Caf.
Winds Caf is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
A meal at Winds Caf will typically set you back about $30.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Head on over to Winds Caf first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Winds Caf is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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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