Whether you need staples, cheeses, desserts, or dinners, the dynamic selection of food at El Mar Music and Market is the place to go in Lebanon.
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.
Be prepared for emergencies by exploiting El Mar Music and Market's amazing stock of canned foods.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at El Mar Music and Market for all your protein and calcium needs.
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.
Here you can find a wide range of great spices and seasonings to make your next dish more flavorful and creative.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Pick up some noodles from El Mar Music and Market and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
The cuts of meat here are tender and fresh. Pick up a selection of meats today and start your weekend off with a barbecue.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
The frozen food offered here is so delicious you won't even be able to tell it wasn't home-cooked.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from El Mar Music and Market.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from El Mar Music and Market will certainly come in hand.
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
A great selection of parking spots are nearby.
Make sure your cabinets and drawers are filled with only the best food when you shop the shelves at El Mar Music and Market.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Kokopelli.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Pick up a loaf of bread from Kokopelli and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
If you need a quick and easy meal solution for lunch or dinner, consider a tasty TV dinner from here.
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!
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Kokopelli.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Picking up canned foods is terrific for when you want a quick meal, are participating in food drives, or need some last-minute eats to keep you from starving. You'll definitely want to browse the selection at Kokopelli today!
For an upgrade to your meals, you'll definitely want to test the fine meats for purchase here.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Make your own salad dressing or secret sauce with some flavorful and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Kokopelli will do the trick.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
Patrons of Kokopelli will love the convenience of the nearby parking spaces.
Cracker Barrel serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Lebanon's Lebanon district.
For a healthier dining option, try one of the many vegan, low-fat, or gluten-free dishes at Cracker Barrel.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Cracker Barrel.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Cracker Barrel, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Drivers will jump with joy when they find out about the free parking in the lot next door.
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.
Your wallet will be happy with a visit to Cracker Barrel, too, where prices are generally under $15.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Cracker Barrel.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Cracker Barrel for your next meal.
Demos Restaurant takes their beef seriously, earning them a multi-star rating from their many loyal customers.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Demos Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Parking by the restaurant is a breeze, so feel free to bring your own set of wheels.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Demos Restaurant.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Demos Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Demos Restaurant is sure to hit the spot.
For juicy steaks you just can't find anywhere else, be sure to check out Demos Restaurant.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Ruby Tuesday, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Eating right doesn't have to be hard. Head to Ruby Tuesday for a healthy or gluten-free meal.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Keep it casual at Ruby Tuesday — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Ruby Tuesday prides itself in its delicious catering.
At Ruby Tuesday, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
Ruby Tuesday s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
If you can't make it in the morning, try Ruby Tuesday for lunch or dinner.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Ruby Tuesday.
So when you just need a place to go, Ruby Tuesday is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Lebanon.
Outback Steakhouse offers juicy cuts of meat, making it one of the best steakhouses in Lebanon.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Outback Steakhouse will leave you happy and full.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Your group can sit comfortably at Outback Steakhouse, a local restaurant.
Wear what you like when you dine at Outback Steakhouse — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Catering from Outback Steakhouse will take your party to the next level.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Driving to Outback Steakhouse? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
Outback Steakhouse offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
A typical meal at Outback Steakhouse will set you back less than $30.
No matter if you like your steak rare, medium, or well done, the chefs at Outback Steakhouse ensure you get the best out of every bite.
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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