Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
It's about time you said goodbye to cooking and said hello to the convenience of the frozen food offered here.
If cooking isn't your strong point, dig into a TV dinner! Microwave cooking has never tasted so good.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from La Vina Carniceria Y Pescaderia and get cooking.
Soup and other canned items are important to have on hand when you're not feeling well. Stock up today.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Say goodbye to bland when you select one of their many spices or seasonings.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at La Vina Carniceria Y Pescaderia.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from La Vina Carniceria Y Pescaderia.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at La Vina Carniceria Y Pescaderia for all your protein and calcium needs.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
Whether you prefer your meat smoked, grilled or fried, you can find your preferred choice here.
When you're looking for a little tart flavor to add to your meal, you'll want to grab some vinegar. For something a little more savory, that definitely calls for oil. When you shop here, you can stock up on either to ensure your food is tart and savory in equal measures.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at La Vina Carniceria Y Pescaderia.
You'll be able to travel by car when visiting La Vina Carniceria Y Pescaderia because of amazing nearby parking spaces.
Elli's Great American Restaurant is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Elli's Great American Restaurant.
Elli's Great American Restaurant is a prime location to dine with a group.
Elli's Great American Restaurant welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Elli's Great American Restaurant will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
At Elli's Great American Restaurant, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Elli's Great American Restaurant.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Elli's Great American Restaurant and treat yourself to an American classic.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Elli's Great American Restaurant for your next meal.
Elli's Great American Restaurant has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Angelina's Pizzeria, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
The menu at Angelina's Pizzeria is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Angelina's Pizzeria.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Angelina's Pizzeria.
A relatively loud pizzeria, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Just through the door at this pizzeria, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Angelina's Pizzeria, a local restaurant.
Commute by bike to Angelina's Pizzeria and find easy bike parking.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Angelina's Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Angelina's Pizzeria's pizza.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Angelina's Pizzeria.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Angelina's Pizzeria has you covered.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Angelina's Pizzeria is well worth every penny!
So head on over to Angelina's Pizzeria and send your taste buds on a delicious trip to Italy.
Whether you're in a hurry or want to linger with old friends, Cozumel Mexican Restaurant Mexican restaurant is quick and casual.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Cozumel Mexican Restaurant.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
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.
Hop online in no time using Cozumel Mexican Restaurant's free wifi.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Comfort is prioritized at Cozumel Mexican Restaurant, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Cozumel Mexican Restaurant for their catering services.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Easy parking is accessible for Cozumel Mexican Restaurant's diners.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Cozumel Mexican Restaurant.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Cozumel Mexican Restaurant since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Cozumel Mexican Restaurant and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
Cozumel Mexican Restaurant serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
Fans of Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
The chefs at Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
With food this good, you'll be running into this pizzeria to pick it up yourself.
Through their catering service, Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
At Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
At Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar's pizza say it is the absolute best.
So bring your appetite to Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Casa Sorrento Pizzeria and Wine Bar and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice’s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active—which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
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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