The next time you're in Medina, you'll definitely want to make it a priority to shop the aisles at Monte Alban's fantastic grocery store.
Feeling bold and creative? Dress up your next meal with some unique and tasty seasonings and spices from here.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Monte Alban.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Monte Alban will certainly come in hand.
From canned soups to canned vegetables, this store has a wide selection of tasty and healthy options.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
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.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Monte Alban.
For cool, refreshing H20, Monte Alban's got you covered.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Monte Alban and pick up some fresh noodles.
Take advantage of the many nearby parking options and enjoy the quick trip to and from your car.
So when you're running low on groceries, head on over to Monte Alban in Medina and stock up on some tasty items.
Pop over to Cafora's Pizza Italian Restaurant for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Cafora's Pizza Italian Restaurant. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this pizzeria's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Cafora's Pizza Italian Restaurant for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
So come taste the pizza at Cafora's Pizza Italian Restaurant for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Cafora's Pizza Italian Restaurant's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Cafora's Pizza Italian Restaurant is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
Switch up your normal pizza routine and head on over to Cafora's Pizza Italian Restaurant for a new take on pizza.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Molinaro's Ristorante, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Molinaro's Ristorante's outdoor patio seating.
Molinaro's Ristorante is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Molinaro's Ristorante can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Don't spend time searching for parking — patrons are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Molinaro's Ristorante.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Molinaro's Ristorante's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
For prime Italian fare, Molinaro's Ristorante is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
So treat yourself to a delicious Italian meal from Molinaro's Ristorante and satisfy your hunger.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Applebee's.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Cheers to the weekend! Applebee's is serving up the fun!
Get online gratis thanks to Applebee's' complimentary wifi.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Wear what you like when you dine at Applebee's — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Through their catering service, Applebee's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At Applebee's, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
Applebee's s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
The friendly staff at Applebee's are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Pay Applebee's a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
Visit Lockport's One Eyed Jacks for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
One Eyed Jacks' business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of One Eyed Jacks to your next party or event.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Your tab at One Eyed Jacks will usually run to about $30 per guest.
You can stop by at almost any time, since One Eyed Jacks offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Dynamize your next meal with the kick of some great barbecue eats from One Eyed Jacks.
So don't wait to try the slow-cooked and marinated deliciousness at One Eyed Jacks. This tasty joint hits a homerun in barbecue.
Pop over to Frankie's Pizza and Subs for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Frankie's Pizza and Subs is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Frankie's Pizza and Subs' guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Throwing a big party? Count on Frankie's Pizza and Subs to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
At Frankie's Pizza and Subs, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Frankie's Pizza and Subs makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Frankie's Pizza and Subs.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Frankie's Pizza and Subs to help you out.
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.