If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack in Pasadena.
Cheesy pizza is not the only menu item that will make your mouth water — the restaurant is known for its pasta, too.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack offers catering.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the restaurant's carryout and delivery options.
Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
A typical meal at Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack will set you back less than $30.
Come see why the Italian food at Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack is well worth the price.
It's certainly time for you to try cheese on cheese on cheese when you take a chance on the best Italian food around at Napoli Italian New Pasadena by Papa Zack.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Johnny Tamale Cantina — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Johnny Tamale Cantina, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Seating is readily available at Johnny Tamale Cantina for those with large parties.
Put the suit away when heading to Johnny Tamale Cantina — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Johnny Tamale Cantina and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Johnny Tamale Cantina since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Taste why Johnny Tamale Cantina's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
Stop in Johnny Tamale Cantina today and enjoy a Mexico-inspired meal in a casual setting.
Johnny Tamale Cantina serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Don'key's Mexican Food, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Don'key's Mexican Food offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Don'key's Mexican Food is a great location to host a group dinner.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Comfort is prioritized at Don'key's Mexican Food, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Catering from Don'key's Mexican Food will take your party to the next level.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Cyclists are in luck. Don'key's Mexican Food provides bike parking.
Don'key's Mexican Food serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Don'key's Mexican Food your first stop.
Come on over to Don'key's Mexican Food and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
If you're searching for a great restaurant with traditional Mexican eats, look no further than Don'key's Mexican Food.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Jimmy Changas for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
At Jimmy Changas, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Jimmy Changas, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Keep it casual at Jimmy Changas, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Jimmy Changas.
Jimmy Changas is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
At Jimmy Changas, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Jimmy Changas.
If you're looking for a delicious taco or burrito, you'd definitely be wise to head to Jimmy Changas.
So visit Jimmy Changas today and discover the latest and greatest Mexican food trends.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Pasadena's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Buffalo Wild Wings' great happy hour.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Buffalo Wild Wings and order great food.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
The sound levels at the restaurant can reach ear-splitting levels.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Buffalo Wild Wings offers catering.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Buffalo Wild Wings serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're in the mood for wings, Buffalo Wild Wings should be your first stop!
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Chili's for all of your favorite American dishes.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Chili's.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Chili's, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
The patio seating at Chili's is perfect for those warm summer days.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Chili's as well.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
Chili's' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Chili's is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Chili's to have a bite of deliciousness.
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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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.