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.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Corner Cafe for all your protein and calcium needs.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Corner Cafe and cure your hunger pains.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
For canned food, such as tasty soups and sides, check out the large selection of items at Corner Cafe.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Corner Cafe.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
Pick up some noodles from Corner Cafe and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
If you're just getting into cooking, pick up some oil and vinegar from here and learn the basics of cooking with these necessities.
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.
Add a little more flavor to your meals with their quality selection of spices and seasonings.
Planning a barbecue? Check out the selection of meat inventory here and go home with a range of tender meats.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Corner Cafe.
For those who can't cook, rest assured that the frozen foods available here will sate your hunger.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Corner Cafe will do the trick.
At Corner Cafe, you can safely park just around the corner.
Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Mulligans Family Sports Pub in Port Orange.
Treat yourself to a healthy meal at Mulligans Family Sports Pub, a local restaurant.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Mulligans Family Sports Pub is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
Your large group can all sit together at Mulligans Family Sports Pub.
Not to be overlooked is Mulligans Family Sports Pub's no-charge wifi.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Mulligans Family Sports Pub, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Mulligans Family Sports Pub has live DJs spinning some evenings.
Pups of all sorts are also welcome at the restaurant.
Weeknights are popular for dining and crowds often form at the restaurant.
Folks tend to dress down at Mulligans Family Sports Pub, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Mulligans Family Sports Pub for catering.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Mulligans Family Sports Pub's diners.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Mulligans Family Sports Pub.
Mulligans Family Sports Pub knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
So when you're in the mood for some tasty pub food, make your way over to Mulligans Family Sports Pub.
Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza's cheesy goodness cannot be beat — this mellow establishment has perfected the art of pizza.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza for their catering services.
This pizzeria offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
Don't spend time searching for parking — patrons are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza.
At Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza, you can pay with any major credit card.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza has you covered.
Fresh fare can be found at Aunt Catfish's On The River, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
You won t find fare that s low in fat here
Aunt Catfish's On The River is the perfect place to indulge.
Aunt Catfish's On The River also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Gather the whole family for a trip to Aunt Catfish's On The River — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Birthday, engagement or baby shower, celebrate any exciting moment with all your loved ones at Aunt Catfish's On The River.
Warm weather brings out Aunt Catfish's On The River's highly coveted patio seating.
Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion.
Catering from Aunt Catfish's On The River will take your party to the next level.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Aunt Catfish's On The River.
For easy dining, Aunt Catfish's On The River provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Aunt Catfish's On The River offers safe bike parking outside.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Aunt Catfish's On The River's moderately priced fare.
All major credit cards are accepted.
The menu at Aunt Catfish's On The River includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Danny's Pizza City's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Danny's Pizza City has something that every stomach will enjoy.
The drink list at this pizzeria has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Take it nice and easy at Danny's Pizza City, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Park your car in the parking garage next to Danny's Pizza City and enjoy your meal with ease.
Menu items at Danny's Pizza City tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Danny's Pizza City. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Danny's Pizza City for a tasty pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Danny's Pizza City's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Danny's Pizza City.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Danny's Pizza City has you covered.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Port Orange's D.J.'s Deck — this Port Orange seafood spot has quite the selection.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at D.J.'s Deck, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at D.J.'s Deck.
This restaurant's most sought after items include Buffalo Shrimp, Buffalo Chicken, Smoked Fish Dip, Coconut Shrimp, and Calamari.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
You can also serve food from D.J.'s Deck at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Prices at D.J.'s Deck typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
D.J.'s Deck serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
There are plenty of fish in the sea at D.J.'s Deck. Head on over today and check out the latest menu offerings.
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.