Put your food cravings to rest with a trip to Mo Jos Deli in Huntsville.
Sip on the caffeinated treats offered by Mo Jos Deli's impressive coffee and tea connection.
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.
If cooking isn't your forte, frozen food is an easy fix. Stock your freezer with delicious meals seven days a week!
A sandwich playground, aka deli, can make for the perfect meal. Don't let your next playground experience go without this deli item.
Add a little more flavor to your meals with their quality selection of spices and seasonings.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
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.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
If you are starting to run low on oil and vinegar, head on over here and pick up your favorites.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Mo Jos Deli.
It's always wise to keep a little extra food around the house, just because. Mo Jos Deli encourages you to check out its amazing canned foods for just that very purpose.
Pick up some noodles from Mo Jos Deli and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Meat lovers rejoice! From chicken to beef to pork, the meat selection here is sure to please.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Need something quick for lunch or dinner? Stop by Mo Jos Deli and pick up a sandwich for the road.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
For baked goods that are as delicious as they are fluffy, don't forget to pick up some fresh ingredients to make sure your creation hits it out-of-the-park.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Bread at Mo Jos Deli is absolutely delicious.
Save time and money with nearby parking options at Mo Jos Deli.
When you have the urge to get down in the kitchen, pick up some grocery items at Mo Jos Deli in Huntsville and start cooking.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Large groups will appreciate Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante for its ability to seat them quickly.
Dine out in the open during Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
No need to dress to the nines here — Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Throwing a big party? Count on Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Drivers will be happy to know that Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante is located near many street and lot parking options.
Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
So come to Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
Come on over to Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
So when you're stomach starts growling, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Mexican-style dish from Phil Sandoval's Mexican Restaurante.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Huntsville's Tortoras, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Be sure to check out Tortoras' outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Tortoras' wifi.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Tortoras.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Tortoras — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this pizzeria.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Tortoras.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Tortoras.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Tortoras.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Tortoras serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Tortoras. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Tortoras for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Tortoras (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Tortoras.
A tasty pizza form Tortoras is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
Dig in to your favorite American meal at 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Wifi access is totally free at 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern.
Keep it casual at 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Throwing a big party? Count on 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
1892 East Restaurant and Tavern serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern today.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Rosie's Mexican Cantina in Huntsville — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Rosie's Mexican Cantina will be able to accommodate your large party.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Rosie's Mexican Cantina, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Rosie's Mexican Cantina offers catering.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Rosie's Mexican Cantina.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Rosie's Mexican Cantina.
Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Rosie's Mexican Cantina.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
Rosie's Mexican Cantina offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So head to Rosie's Mexican Cantina, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Rosie's Mexican Cantina.
Rosie's Mexican Cantina serves up a variety of Mexican eats, so head on over today and indulge in some of your favorites.
I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine takes sushi to the next level, where everything on the menu receives top-notch ratings and the awesomely-hip vibe puts diners in the know.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this sushi spot has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Families will feel right at home at this sushi spot with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
No need to dress up for a trip to I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine — the casual sushi spot encourages laid-back attire.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the sushi spot.
Prices at I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine serves three meals a day.
If you're looking for a place to grab some star-studded sushi with a trendy twist, make I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine your go-to spot.
Share good food and show your friends a good time at I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine.
I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Huntsville.
With so many types of rolls available at I Love Sushi Japanese Cuisine, you're going to want to try them all!
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.