Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
You'll love the selection of coffee and teas at Quick-Check Food Stores, decaffeinated options available, too!
For food that takes less time to prepare, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the canned food selection at Quick-Check Food Stores.
Spruce up your meals with a variety of seasonings and spices on hand.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
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 Quick-Check Food Stores for some hydration while you're on the move.
Grab a loaf of bread from Quick-Check Food Stores and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Quick-Check Food Stores for all your protein and calcium needs.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Quick-Check Food Stores and cure your hunger pains.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Quick-Check Food Stores and pick up some fresh noodles.
If you're just getting into cooking, pick up some oil and vinegar from here and learn the basics of cooking with these necessities.
Quick-Check Food Stores is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Wifi here is on the house.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Love the food at this pizzeria but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Heading to Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Carmine's Pizzeria and Restaurant serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe in Roxbury does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
You'll find a delicious selection of pizzas and pastas.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
This pizzeria offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe to create the perfect night.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
An average meal at Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe will set you back about $30.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe — swing by for your favorite meal.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe is ready and waiting to be served.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe is well worth every penny!
For a new take on Italian classics, make your way over to Cambiotti's Tomatoe Pie Cafe and taste some great eats.
Branda's Italian Grill is making the Italian food you crave with fresh flavors and rich textures.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Branda's Italian Grill is creating innovative healthy meals.
Branda's Italian Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Whether you have a large or small group, Branda's Italian Grill can accommodate both.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Branda's Italian Grill's low-key style is the perfect match.
Branda's Italian Grill will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Delivery and takeout are also available. You'll be knocking down our door to pick up your food, or we'll be knocking down yours.
The parking lot near Branda's Italian Grill will have you in and out in a jiffy.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Branda's Italian Grill s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
The 21st-century is here at Branda's Italian Grill. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
With a trip to Branda's Italian Grill, you'll get everything and more you expect out of a fantastic Italian place!
Pasta Grill by Enzo does pasta right — this Beattystown restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
It's pizza (and pasta) time! Find an endless selection of the foods you crave, and have fun eating your way through this Italian menu.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Pasta Grill by Enzo is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Pasta Grill by Enzo.
Getting online is easy with Pasta Grill by Enzo's free and convenient wifi.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Pasta Grill by Enzo is business casual all the way.
Call Pasta Grill by Enzo for catering if you have a big event coming up.
You can also grab your grub to go.
At Pasta Grill by Enzo, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Pasta Grill by Enzo is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Pasta Grill by Enzo s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
See for yourself why Pasta Grill by Enzo's Italian food is so highly considered.
If you're craving a taste of Italy, come on over to Pasta Grill by Enzo and check out the flavorful menu options.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Luigi's Pizza — this Succasunna pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Luigi's Pizza is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Luigi's Pizza will ensure that it is delicious.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Luigi's Pizza is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Luigi's Pizza hits the nail on the head.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Luigi's Pizza is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Luigi's Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Luigi's Pizza where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Luigi's Pizza.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Luigi'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.