When you're looking to buy ingredients in a pinch, Asian Grocery and Halal Meat boasts a perfect grocery store for that very purpose. With fast service, you'll be able to go in and out at their store in Manchester in no time.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Whether you like to bake or cook, oil and vinegar are essential items every kitchen needs.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Asian Grocery and Halal Meat.
Whether you prefer your meat smoked, grilled or fried, you can find your preferred choice here.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Asian Grocery and Halal Meat will be tasty no matter what.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at Asian Grocery and Halal Meat.
Shop for all of your favorite canned goods at Asian Grocery and Halal Meat and load up your kitchen shelves with choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Don't wait for things like rice to cook when you don't have to. The great selection of frozen food here helps you speed up the cooking time for any number of different foods.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Asian Grocery and Halal Meat.
Drivers will appreciate the great parking options in the area.
For a grocery above the rest, you'll definitely love Asian Grocery and Halal Meat in Manchester.
In the mood to get down in the kitchen? Pick up some fresh groceries from Patel Foods in Manchester and create a new dish.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
For cool, refreshing H20, Patel Foods' got you covered.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Patel Foods.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
Why spend time cooking from scratch when you can have a great meal in minutes? Frozen food is simple to make and even easier to eat.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Patel Foods and sip your way through tasty goodness.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
The canned food selection at Patel Foods is perfect for giving you a bunch of shortcuts to a nutritious, delicious, and perfect meal for you and your loved ones.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Looking for tender and juicy meats? Here you can find delicious cuts of meat all year long.
Next time you're in a rush, check out the amazing TV dinners available here to get you going out the door.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Patel Foods and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
This store has quite a selection of rich spices and seasonings.
Get your noodle on! Patel Foods has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
Take advantage of the quick and easy parking near Patel Foods.
So find all the caloric fuel you need to get you through the week from Patel Foods in Manchester.
Bread at Cafe On Main is absolutely delicious.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
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.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
The frozen food offered here is so delicious you won't even be able to tell it wasn't home-cooked.
The healthy and tasty canned food items from Cafe On Main make great side dishes and cooking ingredients.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Get your noodle on! Cafe On Main has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Cafe On Main for some hydration while you're on the move.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
Start your long and busy work week off on the right foot with a tasty and energizing coffee or tea from Cafe On Main.
You don't have to be worried about parking. If you are heading to Cafe On Main, there are plenty of options nearby.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Mulberry Street Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Skip long waits and head to Mulberry Street Pizza with your large group for easy seating.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Mulberry Street Pizza.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Bring the Mulberry Street Pizza's great food to your place.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Mulberry Street Pizza.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the pizzeria.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Mulberry Street Pizza is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the pizzeria, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Mulberry Street Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
So bring your appetite to Mulberry Street Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Mulberry Street Pizza.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Mulberry Street Pizza is the place for you.
For prime Italian fare, Mulberry Street Pizza is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
It's certainly time for you to try cheese on cheese on cheese when you take a chance on the best Italian food around at Mulberry Street Pizza.
Enjoy a large array of finger food at The Main Pub Restaurant, a local pub.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than The Main Pub Restaurant.
Watch the game with fellow fans to get the full sports experience.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this bar — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Grab all of your VIP pals, book a room at The Main Pub Restaurant and prepare to enjoy a delicious meal.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on The Main Pub Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
At The Main Pub Restaurant, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Tap your foot to The Main Pub Restaurant's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
If you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the bar dress informally.
Throwing a big party? Count on The Main Pub Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the bar also serves up grub to go.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near The Main Pub Restaurant.
A typical meal at The Main Pub Restaurant will set you back less than $30.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
So when you're in the mood for some tasty pub food, make your way over to The Main Pub Restaurant.
If you're craving food from one of the top British pubs in Manchester, The Main Pub Restaurant is the place to go.
Colorful curries that look as good as they taste receive rave reviews from fans of IndiGo Indian Bistro — come check out the rest of this star-studded menu and enjoy first-class Indian fare right outside your front door.
Score low-fat, vegan and gluten-free fare at IndiGo Indian Bistro.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
IndiGo Indian Bistro is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
IndiGo Indian Bistro offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
IndiGo Indian Bistro prides itself in its delicious catering.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
IndiGo Indian Bistro is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Prices at IndiGo Indian Bistro typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
At IndiGo Indian Bistro, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — IndiGo Indian Bistro serves up all three meals.
Indian cuisine doesn't get much better than this. Come to IndiGo Indian Bistro and taste the star-studded fare for yourself.
The Indian food at IndiGo Indian Bistro is filled with many flavors. Stop by today and try some of the tasty dishes.
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.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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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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