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.
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.