When you shop at Saeed's International Market in New London, you're not just getting a great grocery store. You're enjoying a grocery store that prioritizes your comfort and emphasizes customer service to make this among the best places to shop around.
For baked goods that are as delicious as they are fluffy, don't forget to pick up some fresh ingredients to make sure your creation hits it out-of-the-park.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Saeed's International Market and get cooking.
You'll definitely want to experiment with frozen foods to help maximize your time in the evening.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Saeed's International Market and keep the good meals coming all week long.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Saeed's International Market? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Saeed's International Market and get creative with your sandwiches.
Saeed's International Market makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Saeed's International Market and cure your hunger pains.
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.
Craving a late-night snack? Treat yourself to a canned good from Saeed's International Market and satisfy your craving.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
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.
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!
Here you can find an assortment of meats, such as pork and chicken, to meet your personal needs.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from Saeed's International Market and sip your way to happiness.
If you're commuting by car, you will be happy to know that Saeed's International Market is located near a number of parking options.
Stock up your kitchen with only the best quality groceries from Saeed's International Market in New London.
Find great food in a comfortable setting at Wives Brick Oven Pizza — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint.
Gluten-free, low-fat, and vegan! It's all happening at Wives Brick Oven Pizza.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Wives Brick Oven Pizza.
Your large group can all sit together at Wives Brick Oven Pizza.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Wives Brick Oven Pizza, which embraces a casual vibe.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Wives Brick Oven Pizza to your next party or event.
Make use of the quick and easy parking near Wives Brick Oven Pizza, including street and garage parking options as well as valet.
Wives Brick Oven Pizza offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
The menu at Wives Brick Oven Pizza is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Wives Brick Oven Pizza welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the pizzeria's dinner menu will blow you away.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Wives Brick Oven Pizza.
Wives Brick Oven Pizza serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Outback Steakhouse grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated New London steakhouse.
Outback Steakhouse offers great gluten-free alternatives to fan favorites.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Outback Steakhouse.
Eat outdoors Outback Steakhouse (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Outback Steakhouse, which embraces a casual vibe.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Outback Steakhouse to your next party or event.
Free parking is available in a lot near Outback Steakhouse.
Outback Steakhouse offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Head on over to Outback Steakhouse first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Outback Steakhouse is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For that extra special sizzle, it doesn't get much better than an all-star steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse.
If you are craving a nice dinner, swing by Outback Steakhouse and indulge in a juicy and flavorful steak.
Pop over to Supreme Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, fat-free, no matter what free you are, Supreme Pizza has great dishes ready for you.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this pizzeria can exceed a jackhammer.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the pizzeria can get packed.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Supreme Pizza — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Supreme Pizza is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
No time to sit down? No worries! This pizzeria offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Supreme Pizza.
Supreme Pizza makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Supreme Pizza is at the top of the list.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Supreme Pizza.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Supreme Pizza.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Supreme Pizza.
Score your next slice at Ocean Pizza Restaurant — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Health nuts will love Ocean Pizza Restaurant for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Ocean Pizza Restaurant doesn't take reservations, so on busy nights you may have to wait a bit.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Ocean Pizza Restaurant won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to visitors.
A mid-priced establishment, Ocean Pizza Restaurant offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Three meals a day are served at Ocean Pizza Restaurant, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Ocean Pizza Restaurant is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Ocean Pizza Restaurant where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Ocean Pizza Restaurant.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Ocean Pizza Restaurant to make that amazing pie a reality.
Roasted and seasoned to perfection, the ribs at Sunset Ribs Co. in Waterford are truly something to remember.
There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything.
Large groups will appreciate Sunset Ribs Co. for its ability to seat them quickly.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Sunset Ribs Co., you can surf the web and get some work done.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Sunset Ribs Co. and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Live music is often featured for patrons' enjoyment.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this bar.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the bar is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
The dress code at Sunset Ribs Co. is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
The bar has catering services as well.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the bar.
At Sunset Ribs Co., diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Sunset Ribs Co. knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Isn't it time you got some ribs that were finger-licking good from the excellent barbecue offerings at Sunset Ribs Co.?
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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