Cornerstone Cafe in Herndon is perfect for busy families, whether you're stocking up on ingredients for a week of home-cooked meals or just need a quick ready-made dish for a hectic weeknight.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Vinegar is a great way to add that extra zing of flavor, and oil goes quickly in the kitchen. Pick these up now and use today or save for later.
If you're worried about your protein intake, you'll rest assured that great, delicious meats are available here.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Cornerstone Cafe for some hydration while you're on the move.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Embrace your inner chef and try out a new recipe with some bold and fun spices and seasonings from here.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
When you're looking to eat something delicious but have literally no time, you'll want to try the delicious frozen food here. It's a shortcut to perfectly scrumptious food.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Cornerstone Cafe will do the trick.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Cornerstone Cafe has all of your pasta necessities.
Cornerstone Cafe serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
Park your car in one of their many available spaces.
So here's some food for thought: for fresh groceries in Herndon, browse the aisles at Cornerstone Cafe.
Canned goods are a kitchen staple. Don't be caught without them.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Bombay Cafe.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Bombay Cafe.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Bombay Cafe offers a range of classic and signature breads, all of which are fresh and baked to perfection.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Bombay Cafe and keep the good meals coming all week long.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Bombay Cafe.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Bombay Cafe? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
At Bombay Cafe, drivers will appreciate the ample parking options in the area.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Jimmy's Old Town Tavern caters to those craving an all-American meal.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern puts the happy in happy hour.
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Free wifi is available as well.
Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too.
DJ fans will appreciate Jimmy's Old Town Tavern's frequent live mixes.
Tap your foot to Jimmy's Old Town Tavern's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Jimmy's Old Town Tavern as well.
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern's guests can take advantage of the easy street and lot parking options.
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern offers safe bike parking outside.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
At Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Jimmy's Old Town Tavern.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern.
Executive chef Gian Piero Mazzi fell in love with food at a young age, when he was growing up in the Liguria region of Italy. His mother’s passion for cuisine planted the seeds for his infatuation, which he cultivated during formal culinary schooling in Florence as well as an internship in France. After honing his skills in the kitchen, Mazzi ventured across the pond, earning new fans stateside when he showcased his recipes at an event at the James Beard House in 2002.
But that was just the beginning. Today, at two locations of Piero's Corner, he and his team hand make an assortment of authentic pastas, including ravioli stuffed with Maine lobster or a blend of spinach and portobello mushrooms. The menu highlights Chef Mazzi's hometown cuisine, with a focus on fresh seafood. Entrees include blackened tilapia and shrimp served with fruit salsa as well as scallops wrapped in prosciutto and arranged on a bed of spaghetti carbonara. Pizzas are made to order and baked in a brick oven, as are calzones stuffed with ingredients such as ricotta, ham, spinach, and tomato sauce. A gluten-free menu features pastas and doughs imported from Italy, whose climate doesn’t support gluten.
Both of Piero's Corner’s locations facilitate mini European getaways, with brick arches framing murals of Italian landscapes, and columns reminiscent of classical architecture supporting their ceilings. In Fairfax, diners can eat or sip wine al fresco beneath red and white umbrellas.
Glory Days Grill offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
Glory Days Grill has vegan, low-fat and gluten-free eats readily available for hungry diners.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Glory Days Grill's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Glory Days Grill.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Glory Days Grill's free wifi hotspot.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Prepare to face the crowds at Glory Days Grill during the week — weekends tend to be slower.
Glory Days Grill offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Call Glory Days Grill for catering if you have a big event coming up.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
For those who travel by bike, Glory Days Grill offers bike racks for diners.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Glory Days Grill to have a bite of deliciousness.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Glory Days Grill.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Glory Days Grill is all about.
For a quick curry, Herndon's Three Thai Sushi is a great lunch or dinner spot.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Not to be overlooked is Three Thai Sushi's no-charge wifi.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Three Thai Sushi, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
At Three Thai Sushi, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Three Thai Sushi, where business casual attire is standard.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
This restaurant serves your food any way you like, delivered or carried-out.
Save money and time when you drive and dine in. You can stay for free in our wonderful and spacious parking lot.
At Three Thai Sushi, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Three Thai Sushi s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Three Thai Sushi, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
If you're going to eat out, Thai food at Three Thai Sushi is the easy and fun choice.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Three Thai Sushi.
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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