Forest Cafe welcomes customers to its one-of-a-kind grocery store, beloved by local patrons at its location in Massapequa.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Forest Cafe will do the trick.
Craft a flavorful meal with some of their gourmet seasonings and spices.
Stock up on all of your deli favorites, such as salads, meats and cheese, at Forest Cafe and enjoy every bite.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
It's always wise to keep a little extra food around the house, just because. Forest Cafe encourages you to check out its amazing canned foods for just that very purpose.
Grab a loaf of bread from Forest Cafe and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
Going on a picnic or thirsting for a tasty sandwich? Why not go to Forest Cafe and pick one up for lunch or dinner!
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
For cool, refreshing H20, Forest Cafe's got you covered.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Forest Cafe and pick up some fresh noodles.
For mouthwatering meats at an affordable price, head over here and get a bang for your buck.
When you are running low on kitchen staples, such as oil and vinegar, pick some up at Forest Cafe.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
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.
Many parking options are available in the area.
Remember when you need groceries in Massapequa, don't go just anywhere, head to Forest Cafe's premier location.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
Put the suit away when heading to Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Can't get enough of Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Diners at Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Carmela's Pizza and Restaurant.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at All American Hamburger Drive In, home of American comfort food.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
For comfortable outdoor service, All American Hamburger Drive In sets up a seasonal patio.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, All American Hamburger Drive In can seat both large and small groups.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Wear what you like when you dine at All American Hamburger Drive In — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up All American Hamburger Drive In for their catering services.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
At All American Hamburger Drive In, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
Travel by bike to All American Hamburger Drive In and store your bike at a nearby rack.
The only payment method that All American Hamburger Drive In accepts is cash.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), All American Hamburger Drive In serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to All American Hamburger Drive In and treat yourself to an American classic.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try All American Hamburger Drive In for your next meal.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at All American Hamburger Drive In is all about.
For true American comfort food, head to Corner Galley for a sandwich or side of fries.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
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.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Corner Galley has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Corner Galley.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Corner Galley.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Corner Galley also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Street, garage and valet parking options are located near Corner Galley.
Travel by bike to Corner Galley and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Corner Galley is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Corner Galley.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Corner Galley.
The neon sign adorning Krish's entrance looks to be unchanged since the ice-cream parlor established itself in the area in 1955. The outdoor patio echoes this '50s feel with aqua-colored tables perched beneath matching umbrellas and nearby murals of ice cream, burgers, and fries that hint at the treasures in store. Inside, the staff concocts more than 35 housemade ice-cream flavors, ranging from chocolate chocolate chip and fluffernutter to peach and black raspberry. This delectable diversity helped earn Krisch's the title of Long Island Press's readers' pick for the Best Dessert Place from 2010 to 2012. Krisch's also transforms this creamy dessert into a variety of treats, adding dollops of it to sodas, whirling it into shakes, and topping it with housemade whipped cream for sundaes.
Krisch's dining room carries on its patio's decorative motifs, flaunting vibrant aqua shades and chrome accents typical of a mid-century diner or mermaid's classic Corvette. Once settled into four-tops or red booths, patrons order from a full menu of comfort fare such as hefty half-pound burgers, deli sandwiches, and homestyle entrees of meatloaf, roast beef, or southern fried chicken.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Pappalardo Pizza Cove, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
The chefs at Pappalardo Pizza Cove know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Catering services are also available.
This pizzeria offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
Diners at Pappalardo Pizza Cove will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Pappalardo Pizza Cove offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Pappalardo Pizza Cove — swing by for your favorite meal.
So come taste the pizza at Pappalardo Pizza Cove for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Pappalardo Pizza Cove's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Pappalardo Pizza Cove.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Pappalardo Pizza Cove.
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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