Have a relaxed night out at La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana, a local restaurant with homemade Mexican fare.
Guess what? La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Wifi is on the house at La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana.
Safe parking in a nearby garage is readily available for La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana diners.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
If you can't make it in the morning, try La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana for lunch or dinner.
So swing by La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
So treat yourself to a variety of tasty Mexican dishes at La Fiesta Grande Restaurant Mexicana and cure your hunger cravings.
White Light Diner's classic nosh warms the hearts (and stomachs) of traditional diner fans.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
White Light Diner offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at White Light Diner with their charming outdoor seating.
Your large group can all sit together at White Light Diner.
Dogs are welcome at White Light Diner, so feel free to bring Fido along.
White Light Diner can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near White Light Diner.
White Light Diner offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy White Light Diner since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There's a comfy booth at White Light Diner with your name on it, so stop by today.
Flavorful, five-star sauces fill the menu at Carino's Italian Grill, and visitors will say it serves the best Italian fare in town.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Carino's Italian Grill's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Carino's Italian Grill.
Wifi access is totally free at Carino's Italian Grill, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Carino's Italian Grill, which embraces a casual vibe.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Carino's Italian Grill.
Parking has never been easier at Carino's Italian Grill, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Carino's Italian Grill since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Carino's Italian Grill is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
So head on over to Carino's Italian Grill and send your taste buds on a delicious trip to Italy.
As its multi-star ratings show, Longhorn Steakhouse serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Longhorn Steakhouse is making food that is not just healthy but also makes your taste buds happy.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Longhorn Steakhouse.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Longhorn Steakhouse, so dress for comfort when you come.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Many diners choose to drive to Longhorn Steakhouse, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
Longhorn Steakhouse offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Longhorn Steakhouse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
You don't have to be a meat-lover to enjoy this steakhouse (though it can't hurt). Come to Longhorn Steakhouse and see what the highly-rated menu is all about.
When you're in the mood for a savory steak dinner, be sure to visit Longhorn Steakhouse.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Garcia's Mexican Restaurant say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Garcia's Mexican Restaurant's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Throwing a big party? Count on Garcia's Mexican Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
We'll let you park onsite to help get you closer to our scrumptious menu.
Head on over to Garcia's Mexican Restaurant first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Garcia's Mexican Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come to Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
So break out of your normal dining routine and head over to Garcia's Mexican Restaurant for some flavorful Mexican fare.
Make it a marinara night at Italian eatery Serafini.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Perfect for parties on the larger side, Serafini also has a private area available for use.
Sit outside at Serafini and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
That's right! Serafini will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
For quick and easy parking near Serafini, park on the street.
At Serafini, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Serafini, so plan your budget accordingly.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Serafini.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
If you're looking for some fine Italian cooking, you'll definitely love Serafini.
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.