Make your trip to the grocery store fun and exciting when you shop at Red Apple Market in Saint Helens.
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Stock up the pantry with tasty canned goods from the shelves here.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Red Apple Market.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Red Apple Market.
Browse the selection of sandwiches at Red Apple Market and munch your way to pure happiness.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
If you have a hankering for a tasty sandwich, swing on by Red Apple Market and satisfy your craving.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Red Apple Market and get cooking.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Here you can find a wide range of meats, such as chicken and beef, at a price you just can't pass up.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Red Apple Market offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at Red Apple Market.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Red Apple Market.
Take advantage of the quick and easy parking near Red Apple Market.
The time is now to switch grocery stores and maximize the food on your budget at Red Apple Market in Saint Helens.
Who's hungry? Step up to the big leagues at Dockside Steak and Pasta, where each and every steak packs a five-star punch.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Dockside Steak and Pasta diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Dockside Steak and Pasta is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Dockside Steak and Pasta's business casual code.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Dockside Steak and Pasta offers catering.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Dockside Steak and Pasta is located in a prime location where street parking is always readily available.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Dockside Steak and Pasta s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Dockside Steak and Pasta accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Eat your way through the day at Dockside Steak and Pasta — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Dockside Steak and Pasta is sure to hit the spot.
Get ready to try some of the best steaks in town when you dine at Dockside Steak and Pasta.
Klondike Restaurant and Bar serves tasty American-style cuisine.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Klondike Restaurant and Bar has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Klondike Restaurant and Bar is a great location to host a group dinner.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Klondike Restaurant and Bar.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Klondike Restaurant and Bar offers catering.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Drivers will be giddy once they hear about the easy street parking near Klondike Restaurant and Bar.
The menu at Klondike Restaurant and Bar is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Klondike Restaurant and Bar's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Klondike Restaurant and Bar is the place for you.
At Klondike Restaurant and Bar you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Comfort is prioritized at Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
So come to Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant for a tasty Mexican meal.
Vinnie's Pizza's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Vinnie's Pizza provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Vinnie's Pizza also offers catering.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Vinnie's Pizza is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
At Vinnie's Pizza, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Vinnie's Pizza is at the top of the list.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Vinnie's Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So head over to Vinnie's Pizza, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Vinnie's Pizza.
Stop by Varsity Grill and Bar in Scappoose for flavorful fare and refreshments.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Varsity Grill and Bar and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Varsity Grill and Bar.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Varsity Grill and Bar.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Varsity Grill and Bar patrons come in casual attire.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Menu items at Varsity Grill and Bar tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any 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.
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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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