You won't be able to beat the prices and selection of food at Seven Mile Market's superb grocery store in Pikesville.
Seven Mile Market's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
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 Seven Mile Market for some hydration while you're on the move.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
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!
Turn your kitchen into a gourmet chef's paradise with the great spices and seasonings.
Next time you're in a rush, check out the amazing TV dinners available here to get you going out the door.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Seven Mile Market and keep the good meals coming all week long.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Seven Mile Market will do the trick.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Seven Mile Market and cure your hunger pains.
You'll be amazed at how delicious the canned food is when you purchase it from Seven Mile Market.
Ample parking is available in the area.
When your kitchen is getting scarce on groceries, swing by Seven Mile Market in Pikesville today and stock up.
At Mari Luna Latin Grille, a side of plantains will sweeten up a meal at this Latin American-infused eatery.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Mari Luna Latin Grille — just right for large and merry gatherings.
The happy hour at Mari Luna Latin Grille offers deals you won't want to miss.
Mari Luna Latin Grille tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Mari Luna Latin Grille also offers catering.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
At Mari Luna Latin Grille, diners can make use of the street, valet and garage parking options.
Meals at Mari Luna Latin Grille are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Mari Luna Latin Grille accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Brunch is the house specialty at Mari Luna Latin Grille, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
If you're looking to try something new, look no further than the Latin American flavor at Mari Luna Latin Grille.
Indulge in your favorite breakfast bagel at Goldberg's New York Bagels.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Goldberg's New York Bagels' gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Goldberg's New York Bagels' outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Goldberg's New York Bagels is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Wifi is on the house at Goldberg's New York Bagels, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Goldberg's New York Bagels, which embraces a casual vibe.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Goldberg's New York Bagels cater for you.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this restaurant also offers delivery and take-out options.
Goldberg's New York Bagels is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Goldberg's New York Bagels provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
So whether you need a baker's dozen or just one incredibly fresh bagel for yourself, look no further than Goldberg's New York Bagels.
The FountainSide Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Pikesville's Pikesville district.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Free wireless Internet is also available at The FountainSide Restaurant, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Gather up your group of friends and head to The FountainSide Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
The FountainSide Restaurant's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Bring the The FountainSide Restaurant's great food to your place.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? The FountainSide Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, The FountainSide Restaurant is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The friendly staff at The FountainSide Restaurant are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to The FountainSide Restaurant and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza's seasonally available outdoor seating.
The pizzeria's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Catering from Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza will take your party to the next level.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza is surrounded by endless parking options.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza.
When you are craving a little taste of Italy, make your way over to Mama Leah Gourmet Kosher Pizza and indulge in a fresh and flavorful pizza.
The options are endless at Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant, a great Chinese spot in Pikesville's Pikesville neighborhood.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant — the restaurant has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
At Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant patrons come in casual attire.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this restaurant for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant as well.
Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant offers complimentary parking at a lot close by.
Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant provides service throughout the day.
Make your way over to Mr Chan Szechuan Restaurant today for some fabulously authentic Chinese cooking.
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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