When you stay at Yacht Harbor Village at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, you'll be within the vicinity of Marineland. This family-friendly resort is within the region of Fort Matanzas National Monument and Cypress Knoll Golf Club.
Make yourself at home in one of the 350 air-conditioned rooms featuring private pools. Rooms have private balconies where you can take in water views. Kitchens are outfitted with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and dishwashers. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access keeps you connected.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. While the golfer in the family is out on the course, you can enjoy above-par recreational amenities such as a golf course and a health club. Additional features include a concierge desk, supervised childcare/activities, and babysitting/childcare.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the resort's room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Mezzaluna Pizzeria's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Cheesy pizza is not the only menu item that will make your mouth water — the pizzeria is known for its pasta, too.
At Mezzaluna Pizzeria, you can enjoy healthy and gluten-free eats.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Mezzaluna Pizzeria's free wifi.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Mezzaluna Pizzeria.
Man's best friend is welcome to join you for a delicious meal at Mezzaluna Pizzeria.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
Catering from Mezzaluna Pizzeria will take your party to the next level.
Mezzaluna Pizzeria is close to multiple parking options.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Mezzaluna Pizzeria.
The menu at Mezzaluna Pizzeria includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Mezzaluna Pizzeria's pizza say it is the absolute best.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Mezzaluna Pizzeria's pizza.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Mezzaluna Pizzeria.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Mezzaluna Pizzeria?
Score your next slice at Bruno's Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
For conscientious eaters, Bruno's Pizza has plenty fresh and healthy items on the menu.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this pizzeria — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Be sure to check out Bruno's Pizza's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Comfort is prioritized at Bruno's Pizza, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Bruno's Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Easy parking is accessible for Bruno's Pizza's diners.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Your tab at Bruno's Pizza will usually run to about $30 per guest.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Bruno's Pizza.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Bruno's Pizza's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Bruno's Pizza.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Bruno's Pizza is the place for you.
If fine food and refreshing beverages are on your to-do list, check out Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill in Flagler Beach.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Access the Internet free of charge via Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill's complimentary wifi.
Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill's patio.
Bring your favorite furball along to Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill — it has a dog-friendly policy and keeps its doors open to pooches.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill, which embraces a casual vibe.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Catering from Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill will take your party to the next level.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
High Jackers Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Bunnell's Bunnell district.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at High Jackers Restaurant, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Whether you have a large or small group, High Jackers Restaurant can accommodate both.
Open air seating is ready for diners at High Jackers Restaurant when the weather is warm.
The dress code is strictly casual at High Jackers Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
High Jackers Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Don't spend time searching for parking — diners are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
At High Jackers Restaurant, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at High Jackers Restaurant, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than High Jackers Restaurant.
Wine and dine at Golden Lion Cafe in Flagler Beach.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Golden Lion Cafe has you covered on both fronts.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
The large dining space at Golden Lion Cafe provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
At Golden Lion Cafe, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Wifi access is totally free at Golden Lion Cafe, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Golden Lion Cafe's style.
Golden Lion Cafe can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
At Golden Lion Cafe, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Golden Lion Cafe.
Keeping an eye on your budget? Golden Lion Cafe is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Golden Lion Cafe, pay by major credit card.
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:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
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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