Caprianos Italian Cuisine is bringing back the rustic Italian flavors we all know and love.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Caprianos Italian Cuisine.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Caprianos Italian Cuisine has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Caprianos Italian Cuisine will ensure that it is delicious.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Caprianos Italian Cuisine for easy access to parking lots.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Caprianos Italian Cuisine is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
At Caprianos Italian Cuisine, you can pay with any major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Caprianos Italian Cuisine's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
So pay the highly-rated Caprianos Italian Cuisine a visit today and enjoy some tasty and classic Italian dishes.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Sweet Meadow Cafe.
For those who follow the gluten-free or vegan dietary plans, Sweet Meadow Cafe is a perfect choice.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this coffee shop's full bar.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Sweet Meadow Cafe has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Sweet Meadow Cafe will be able to accommodate your large party.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Sweet Meadow Cafe to create the perfect night.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Sweet Meadow Cafe's W Innes St address.
At Sweet Meadow Cafe, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
A typical meal at Sweet Meadow Cafe will set you back less than $30.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Sweet Meadow Cafe also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Sweet Meadow Cafe serves up freshly brewed coffee, so make your way over and enjoy a good cup of Joe.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Ivan's, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Ivan's — just right for large and merry gatherings.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Ivan's' business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Endless parking options are readily available close to Ivan's.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Ivan's to have a bite of deliciousness.
So round up your friends and head over to Ivan's for a casual American meal.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Ivan's and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Inside the savory-scented digs of Honey Baked Ham & Cafe, spools of hardwood-smoked, spiral-sliced ham entice carnivorous palates. Here, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings at Salisbury's Salty Caper.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Salty Caper's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
The pizzeria fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
Salty Caper welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
With food this good, you'll be running into this pizzeria to pick it up yourself.
For quick and easy parking near Salty Caper, park on the street.
Salty Caper's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Salty Caper has to offer.
Feel free to swing by the pizzeria for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Salty Caper to help you out.
For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina for a Mexican-style menu.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Not to be overlooked is El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina's no-charge wifi.
El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this restaurant totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Short on cash? No problem. El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina happily accepts all major credit cards.
So swing by El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina.
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.