Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
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.
You'll definitely want to make sure you're well stocked for any potential emergencies by browsing through Js Cafe's great selection of canned foods.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Js Cafe.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Js Cafe serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
Keep your energy and mood up all day long with a tasty coffee or refreshing tea from Js Cafe.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
It's about time you said goodbye to cooking and said hello to the convenience of the frozen food offered here.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Js Cafe and slurp your way to happiness.
Here you can find a wide range of meats, such as chicken and beef, at a price you just can't pass up.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Skip the hassle of circling the block for parking and park in one of the great options near Js Cafe.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Franco's Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Franco's Pizza is a prime choice for those with special dietary needs, and the menu features low-fat, gluten-free and vegan options.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this pizzeria has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Franco's Pizza, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Franco's Pizza honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Franco's Pizza offers catering.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Franco's Pizza.
Franco's Pizza offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Everyone's talking about Franco's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Franco's Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Franco's Pizza.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Franco's Pizza.
Visit Franco's Pizza for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
All your favorite Italian dishes under one roof? It's not a dream. It's Franco's Pizza.
For fresh maki, Nanuet's Sakana Japanese Restaurant has got you covered.
For those who prefer a healthier lifestyle, Sakana Japanese Restaurant showers their menu with food that's low in fat, gluten-free, and vegan.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Get online for free courtesy of Sakana Japanese Restaurant's wifi.
Sakana Japanese Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Sakana Japanese Restaurant ensures an elegant evening, and guests are asked to suit up accordingly.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
For the tastes of Sakana Japanese Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Sakana Japanese Restaurant.
At Sakana Japanese Restaurant, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
The average check at Sakana Japanese Restaurant will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Dine in for dinner to see what the restaurant is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
For a delicious Japanese meal, make a reservation at Sakana Japanese Restaurant.
Dog House is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Dog House's outdoor patio seating.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Dog House, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Love the food at this restaurant but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
Dog House is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Dog House is a local eatery that serves up free parking.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Dog House.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Dog House, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Dog House a try.
Dog House serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Dog House.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at West Nyack's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Keep your diet in check at Buffalo Wild Wings, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — Buffalo Wild Wings offers a variety of drink options.
Buffalo Wild Wings is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Buffalo Wild Wings for easy seating.
You'll also catch a live DJ spinning at Buffalo Wild Wings some evenings.
The restaurant is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the restaurant on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend.
Folks tend to dress down at Buffalo Wild Wings, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Buffalo Wild Wings' cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Save some dough on parking at Buffalo Wild Wings.
The menu at Buffalo Wild Wings is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Known for its noodle and rice dishes, Fortune Garden Restaurant serves excellent Chinese cuisine to Nanuet locals.
Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Fortune Garden Restaurant.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
If you're having a party, no need to stress out about cooking, cleaning or getting tables and chairs, have your party at Fortune Garden Restaurant instead.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Fortune Garden Restaurant — it's strictly casual.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Throwing a big party? Count on Fortune Garden Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Save some dough on parking at Fortune Garden Restaurant.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Fortune Garden Restaurant since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So if you dream of egg rolls and sweet and sour chicken, Fortune Garden Restaurant is your go-to Chinese spot.
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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