Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
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.
For cool, refreshing H20, Cafe Ole's got you covered.
Turn your kitchen into a gourmet chef's paradise with the great spices and seasonings.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Cafe Ole.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from Cafe Ole and sip your way to happiness.
When all you want to do is relax after a long day, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Eat a delicious meal in a matter of minutes with an easy-to-make TV dinner!
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
Fight for your free time by utilizing the modern convenience of frozen food, which promises to maximize your time.
Need more vinegar and oil to transform your cooking? No problem, they've got that here, too!
At Cafe Ole, you can find a large selection of canned food items and other tasty meal items.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Cafe Ole and get cooking.
You'll be relieved to know that there's nearby parking available to Cafe Ole.
For tasty Mexican fare, Lady Lake's Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office is hard to top.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office.
Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office is a great location to host a group dinner.
Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office for their catering services.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
The parking lot near Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office will have you in and out in a jiffy.
The average check at Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Tierra Starter Shack and Temp Golf Pro Office features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
Fresh fare can be found at Gator's Dockside Villages, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
It s best to save your lighter eating habits for another day, though, as
is not featured on the menu here.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Gator's Dockside Villages' full bar to top off your meal.
On warmer days, take advantage of Gator's Dockside Villages' outdoor seating.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Gator's Dockside Villages' wifi.
At Gator's Dockside Villages, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
No need to dress up for a trip to Gator's Dockside Villages — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Gator's Dockside Villages as well.
Gator's Dockside Villages also offers delivery and carry out if you're in the mood for the restaurant's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
For easy dining, Gator's Dockside Villages provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
A visit to Gator's Dockside Villages will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Sirloin, filet, hanger, rib-eye...find the (five-star) steak that's calling your name at top-rated LongHorn Steakhouse in Lady Lake.
LongHorn Steakhouse combines great flavors with healthy ingredients for dishes that not just taste good but make you feel good too.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
LongHorn Steakhouse's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Can't get enough of LongHorn Steakhouse's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at LongHorn Steakhouse.
LongHorn Steakhouse s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
So get your steak on at LongHorn Steakhouse and treat yourself to a delicious menu loaded with the very best ratings.
So browse the selection of steaks at LongHorn Steakhouse and treat yourself to a tasty slice of meat.
For food that's fast and packed with flavor, Chick-Fil-A is a great go-to chicken joint in Lady Lake's Lady Lake neighborhood.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Chick-Fil-A's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Chick-Fil-A can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Chick-Fil-A encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Chick-Fil-A offers catering.
This restaurant offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the restaurant space.
Chick-Fil-A is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Chick-Fil-A offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Do you hear what I hear? Chick-Fil-A serves the best cheap eats!
You can stop by at practically any time, since Chick-Fil-A serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Can't decide if you want great food or you want it fast? With Chick-Fil-A's chicken you can have both!
Chick-Fil-A serves up delicious eats in a matter of minutes, so head on over today and enjoy a quick bite.
Fill up on fare from Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill in Lady Lake and be sure to satisfy your stomach.
Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill is our corner of happy and healthy with rich flavors and bold ingredients.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
That's right! Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Dine at Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
The average check at Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Three meals a day are served at Oakwood Smokehouse and Grill, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
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.