For Portuguese fare beyond piri piri, dine at Aquario Restaurant.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Aquario Restaurant.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Folks tend to dress down at Aquario Restaurant, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Catering from Aquario Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Aquario Restaurant offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Aquario Restaurant s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Aquario Restaurant and taste test your way through the menu.
If you have been wanting to try Portuguese fare, head over to Aquario Restaurant and get introduced to the tasty cuisine.
Come to Aquario Restaurant, where you can try all the amazing bold flavors of Brazil.
Fresh fare can be found at Land and Sea Restaurant, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Land and Sea Restaurant is a fine restaurant selection for those craving healthy, gluten-free food.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Land and Sea Restaurant won't disappoint.
Your group can sit comfortably at Land and Sea Restaurant, a local restaurant.
Keep it casual at Land and Sea Restaurant — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Through their catering service, Land and Sea Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Land and Sea Restaurant.
Land and Sea Restaurant is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Visit Uncle Henry's and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Sometimes it seems like it's hard to find something healthy to eat when you go out. This is not the case at Uncle Henry's.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Head on over to Uncle Henry's for weekday and weekend happy hour.
Wifi is on the house at Uncle Henry's, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Whether you have a large or small group, Uncle Henry's can accommodate both.
On warmer days, take advantage of Uncle Henry's' outdoor seating.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Uncle Henry's patrons come in casual attire.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Uncle Henry's to create the perfect night.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Uncle Henry's' diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Uncle Henry's accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Uncle Henry's who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Uncle Henry's.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Trattoria Vivolo.
Treat yourself to a healthy lunch or dinner at Trattoria Vivolo.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Warm weather brings out Trattoria Vivolo's highly coveted patio seating.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Trattoria Vivolo's wifi.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Trattoria Vivolo, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Catering services are also available.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
Trattoria Vivolo is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
Trattoria Vivolo is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
All the best flavors of Italy await you at Trattoria Vivolo.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Valley Restaurant at the Garrison for American-style cuisine.
Food allergies can be a bite, but Valley Restaurant at the Garrison is showing that all food has the possibility of becoming great dishes.
Warm weather brings out Valley Restaurant at the Garrison's highly coveted patio seating.
At Valley Restaurant at the Garrison, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Valley Restaurant at the Garrison cater for you.
Valley Restaurant at the Garrison is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Valley Restaurant at the Garrison — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Valley Restaurant at the Garrison.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Valley Restaurant at the Garrison to have a bite of deliciousness.
Dig in to your favorite American meal at Cobble Stone.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
At Cobble Stone, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Hop online in no time using Cobble Stone's free wifi.
Weeknights are often swamped, so plan ahead and make a reservation to avoid the restaurant's rush.
Cobble Stone's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
Cobble Stone s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Cobble Stone who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
Pay Cobble Stone a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
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.