Grab a loaf of bread from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
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.
Running low on your beverage of choice? Stock up on your favorite liquors and spirits at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
When all you want to do is take a can off the shelf, open the lid, and heat it up, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. lets you enjoy dinner faster with its amazing selection of canned foods.
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.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. will be tasty no matter what.
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.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Luckily for you, this place has delicious meat in stock for your cooking.
Thirsty? Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Montgomery offers a refreshing assortment of soda options.
Make your own salad dressing in a snap! Oil and vinegar are essential components for a number of common creations, so make sure these guys always have a place in your kitchen.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
With all of the parking options nearby, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked.
The selection of groceries at Monty Mex are perfect for providing great home-cooked or store-bought meals for you and/or your whole family in Montgomery.
The bread baked at Monty Mex gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
The seasonings and spices here will make any cook feel like a true chef. Pick some up today.
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!
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
Get your grill fired up and grab your tongs! The meat here is perfect for the grill any time of year.
Shop for tasty and hearty canned goods here and stock up on all of your favorite side dishes and main courses, such as soups and canned fruit.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Monty Mex for all your protein and calcium needs.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Monty Mex and sip your way through tasty goodness.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
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 Monty Mex for some hydration while you're on the move.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
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.
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
The folks at Monty Mex in Montgomery put you first, offering only the highest quality foods and ingredients. Make sure to stop by for all your grocery needs!
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Sinclair's Restaurant East, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Wifi access is totally free at Sinclair's Restaurant East, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Sinclair's Restaurant East is a prime location to dine with a group.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Sinclair's Restaurant East to your next party or event.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Sinclair's Restaurant East is close to multiple parking options.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Sinclair's Restaurant East, so plan your budget accordingly.
Sinclair's Restaurant East accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Sinclair's Restaurant East serves up all three meals.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Sinclair's Restaurant East.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Sinclair's Restaurant East.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Sinclair's Restaurant East.
Come for a tasty meal at The Shack that the whole family will love.
Health nuts will love The Shack for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at The Shack.
Wifi is on the house at The Shack, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for The Shack diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
At The Shack, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Those up for moving and grooving can take a turn on the dance floor.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
Keep it casual at The Shack, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? The Shack s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
The Shack accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at The Shack — they're open for all three meals.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit The Shack and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
Mexican-food cravings are easily satisfied at La Zona Rosa — this popular spot puts a fresh, five-star spin on run-of-the-mill beans and cheese.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than La Zona Rosa.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, La Zona Rosa can seat both large and small groups.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to La Zona Rosa's wifi.
Al fresco eating options are also available at La Zona Rosa, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Or, take your grub to go.
Score a close parking spot at La Zona Rosa.
La Zona Rosa offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Convenience is essential at La Zona Rosa, and food is served from morning until night.
So head to La Zona Rosa, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
For great Mexican food in a casual setting, look no further than La Zona Rosa.
There's no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than at La Zona Rosa, so head on over today and chow down on some unique tacos.
Visit Montgomery's Jim N Nick's Barbeque for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Jim N Nick's Barbeque's complimentary wifi.
Jim N Nick's Barbeque is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
The patio tables outside of Jim N Nick's Barbeque are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Take it nice and easy at Jim N Nick's Barbeque, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Jim N Nick's Barbeque can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Jim N Nick's Barbeque is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
A visit to Jim N Nick's Barbeque will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Jim N Nick's Barbeque serves three meals a day.
So make plans to have the best barbecue in town for dinner. Why not tomorrow?
Your next rack of ribs is right around the corner. Don't hesitate to swing by Jim N Nick's Barbeque for some down-home BBQ.
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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