Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Forbes St Market and Deli.
You can never have enough canned goods stocked in your pantry. Pick some more up here.
If you always seem to have one foot out the door, breakfast can be tricky. For a quick and easy solution, a box of cereal is right up your alley.
From sliced deli meat to flavorful cheeses, Forbes St Market and Deli serves up a large variety of deli favorites.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Forbes St Market and Deli.
Feeling hungry? Treat your taste buds to one of the freshly baked sandwiches from Forbes St Market and Deli.
Create your own cocktails at home when you purchase some spirits and liquors from Forbes St Market and Deli.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Forbes St Market and Deli.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Forbes St Market and Deli will be tasty no matter what.
Keep your energy and mood up all day long with a tasty coffee or refreshing tea from Forbes St Market and Deli.
Get your noodle on! Forbes St Market and Deli has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
When you're in the mood to cook a gourmet meal, pick up some spices and seasonings from here and get down in the kitchen.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Here you can find an assortment of meats, such as pork and chicken, to meet your personal needs.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Forbes St Market and Deli.
At Forbes St Market and Deli, you can safely park just around the corner.
Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is creating innovative Italian dining with fresh takes on classic dishes.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
At Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria's complimentary wifi.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria patrons can find street parking at the William St location.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Next time you're in the mood for authentic Italian cooking, remember to try the delicious fare at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Get the next round at Colonial Tavern, an Irish bar perfect for after-work drinks.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Just around the workday bend are Colonial Tavern's happy hour food and drink bargains.
At Colonial Tavern, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Colonial Tavern and order great food.
A DJ spinning or live musical guests are not out of the ordinary at Colonial Tavern.
For great tunes and lively moves, Colonial Tavern hosts a DJ and opens up the floor for dancing.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
It tends to get especially busy on weeknights, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Colonial Tavern in jeans and a hoodie.
Catering from Colonial Tavern will take your party to the next level.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Colonial Tavern.
A meal at Colonial Tavern will typically set you back about $30.
So for a nice beer and some food, Colonial Tavern welcomes all.
Home Team Grill offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Home Team Grill is a great location to host a group dinner.
The patio seating at Home Team Grill is perfect for those warm summer days.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Home Team Grill, known for its laid-back ambience.
Call Home Team Grill for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Home Team Grill.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Home Team Grill will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
When American food comes to mind, Home Team Grill should be your first choice.
Pay Home Team Grill a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Home Team Grill and taste your way through some great American dishes.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
The chefs at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria for your next big event.
At Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this restaurant totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Catering from Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria will take your party to the next level.
Free parking is available in a lot near Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Deep pockets not required! Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
For authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, look no further than the highly-rated Castiglia's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Brother's Pizza, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Is it healthy? Yes. Is it gluten-free? Yes. What are you waiting for? Come to Brother's Pizza.
This pizzeria welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Brother's Pizza has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Brother's Pizza won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This pizzeria knows it's carryout.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Brother's Pizza to your next party or event.
Parking is always free and easy when you dine at Brother's Pizza.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Brother's Pizza.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Brother's Pizza.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Brother's Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Brother's Pizza, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So head over to Brother's Pizza, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
For a pizza that is out of the world, call or make a visit to Brother's Pizza.
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.