If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Food Horizon has to offer.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
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.
Food Horizon makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
Spices and seasonings make every meal more flavorful, so expand your horizons and try some new ones.
Food Horizon boasts the highest quality canned foods in the area with their terrific selection. You'll never want to purchase any other kind of food again.
Your mouth will be watering from the fantastic meats available at this location.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Start your long and busy work week off on the right foot with a tasty and energizing coffee or tea from Food Horizon.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Food Horizon.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
At Food Horizon, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
With available parking nearby, Food Horizon is easily accessible by car.
It's always a party at Tequila Sunrise, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Tequila Sunrise's free wifi.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Tequila Sunrise for easy seating.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Tequila Sunrise's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
The dress code at Tequila Sunrise is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Tequila Sunrise as well.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the restaurant's Larchmont Ave location.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
The 21st-century is here at Tequila Sunrise. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
Taste why Tequila Sunrise's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
Come on over to Tequila Sunrise and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
So treat yourself to a variety of tasty Mexican dishes at Tequila Sunrise and cure your hunger cravings.
Pop over to Villa Maria Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Villa Maria Pizza will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Villa Maria Pizza.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
At Villa Maria Pizza, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
You can also have Villa Maria Pizza cater your next event.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
Street parking is readily available near Villa Maria Pizza's Chatsworth Ave location.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Villa Maria Pizza.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Villa Maria Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Villa Maria Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Villa Maria Pizza, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So grab a group of friends and head to Villa Maria Pizza, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
When you are craving a little taste of Italy, make your way over to Villa Maria Pizza and indulge in a fresh and flavorful pizza.
Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria offers a casual environment and multiple pizza choices that the whole family can enjoy.
Enjoy Italian at its best and choose from specialty pastas and pizzas just the way you like them.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
You can't reserve a table at Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria, so be sure to show up early.
The dress code is strictly casual at Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
At Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
For those who travel by bike, Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria offers bike racks for diners.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria has to offer.
A tasty pizza form Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
Isn't it time you tried Frankie and Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria's great Italian place to satisfy your cheese cravings?
With a staggering list of more than 40 tequilas and 10 different tacos, Rio Bravo Tacos & Tequila's name is more than just cute alliteration. Starting with the classic street food, chefs take traditional flour or corn tortillas and weave in gourmet flourishes with a dash of international flair. In the Milanesa chicken tacos, hand-battered fried chicken anchors bright pops of flavor introduced by fresh pico de gallo and the earthy bass notes of roasted poblano crema. The Gringo beef tacos, on the other hand—with their classic blend of ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream—prove that gourmet food isn't always about the bells and whistles. And that's just their tacos—the chefs also create enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, and burritos.
Then there's the tequila. Because the menu can be a little overwhelming, the good folks at Rio Bravo simplified it with an ingenious taster's profile. Are you a vodka drinker or a fan of whiskey? Try a blanco or a teposado, respectively. Do your tastes run a little more on the discriminating side—say, Scotch or cognac? You might want to sample the more oaky añejo options, each aged for at least one year in wood barrels wearing silk smoking jackets. Connoisseurs and newbies alike can taste their way through the menu or concoct a new cocktail with the build-your-own margarita option.
Grab some friends and head on over to Molly Spillanes for great pub grub.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Big groups always enjoy coming to Molly Spillanes.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Molly Spillanes is ultra casual.
Molly Spillanes will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Molly Spillanes' diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Molly Spillanes, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Molly Spillanes welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Molly Spillanes' breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
It's about time you ate the best pub food around with a trip to Molly Spillanes.
Enjoy some food and a relaxing beer at Molly Spillanes.
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.