When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Bangkok Cafe.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Bangkok Cafe has all of your pasta necessities.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
Every kitchen requires oil and vinegar. When you need something acidic to balance out a recipe, vinegar will do the trick, or when you need something slick to grease the pan, oil is often a cook's first choice.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Bangkok Cafe serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
You'll definitely want to make sure you're well stocked for any potential emergencies by browsing through Bangkok Cafe's great selection of canned foods.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
For an upgrade to your meals, you'll definitely want to test the fine meats for purchase here.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
If you're looking for a great coffee or tea beverage, the team at Bangkok Cafe will help you out.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
Many parking options are available in the area.
For a quick and easy bite to eat, Bianchi's Pizzeria in Hattiesburg's Downtown Hattiesburg serves piping hot pizza.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
This pizzeria diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Get online for free courtesy of Bianchi's Pizzeria's wifi.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Bianchi's Pizzeria.
Bianchi's Pizzeria is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
You can also have Bianchi's Pizzeria cater your next event.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Bianchi's Pizzeria.
Bianchi's Pizzeria's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
The average check at Bianchi's Pizzeria will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Bianchi's Pizzeria since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Bianchi's Pizzeria has to offer.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Bianchi's Pizzeria and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
Who's hungry? Step up to the big leagues at The Highlands' Conestoga Steak House, where each and every steak packs a five-star punch.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Book a private room at Conestoga Steak House and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, feasting, and celebrating.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Conestoga Steak House.
Conestoga Steak House's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Conestoga Steak House's tasty dishes at your next party.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Conestoga Steak House.
Conestoga Steak House s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Conestoga Steak House has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
When you want prime beef that will make your mouth water, come to Conestoga Steak House where the flavor (and the ratings) are out of this world.
If you are craving a nice dinner, swing by Conestoga Steak House and indulge in a juicy and flavorful steak.
For the perfect jolt of caffeine, look no further than University Heights' Java Werks.
Whether you follow a gluten-free, low-fat, or vegan diet, Java Werks provides plenty of items for a wide range of lifestyles.
Get online gratis thanks to Java Werks' complimentary wifi.
Large groups will appreciate Java Werks for its ability to seat them quickly.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Java Werks' seasonally available outdoor seating.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Java Werks — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Can't get enough of Java Werks' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Java Werks.
A meal so cheap, you can almost pay for it with coins, Java Werks largely serves dishes under the $15 mark.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Java Werks for lunch or dinner.
Swing by the coffee shop at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
When you need an energy boost, head on over to Java Werks and enjoy a delicious cup of Joe.
For Asian-inspired fare at its best, Edo Sushi Asian Cuisine in Hattiesburg serves a unique blend of flavors to those searching for something a little less traditional.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Edo Sushi Asian Cuisine is a great location to host a group dinner.
You can also grab your food to go.
Edo Sushi Asian Cuisine is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Edo Sushi Asian Cuisine.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
If you can't decide on just one cuisine when it comes to dinner, Edo Sushi Asian Cuisine is home to a hybrid of Asian dishes sure to make everyone happy.
When the last thing you feel like doing is getting ready for a fancy-schmancy meal, just remember that the delicious Asian fusion fare at Edo Sushi Asian Cuisine comes with a side of casual dining.
Whether you're in the mood for a New York Strip or a juicy tenderloin, you'll find plenty to like at Hattiesburg's Outback Steakhouse.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Outback Steakhouse for a group meal.
Between the music and the crowds, Outback Steakhouse's noise levels can be intense.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Outback Steakhouse — it's strictly casual.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Outback Steakhouse as well.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
At Outback Steakhouse, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Travel by bike to Outback Steakhouse and store your bike at a nearby rack.
A mid-priced establishment, Outback Steakhouse offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Outback Steakhouse's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
So treat yourself to a nice dinner for a change and indulge in a tasty steak from Outback Steakhouse.
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.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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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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