Cardenas Market 13 in San Jacinto is easy to navigate, making your trip to the grocery store quick and efficient.
For the meat lover in you, you'll enjoy the offerings of eclectic meats at this place.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Cardenas Market 13.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
The tasty and healthy canned good items from here are a great option for busy families who need a quick and easy meal.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
If you need a quick and easy meal solution for lunch or dinner, consider a tasty TV dinner from here.
Cardenas Market 13 serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
For cool, refreshing H20, Cardenas Market 13's got you covered.
Need more vinegar and oil to transform your cooking? No problem, they've got that here, too!
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Cardenas Market 13? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
For that late night at the office or a last-minute change of plans, this frozen food is both scrumptious and convenient for your schedule.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Cardenas Market 13 and slurp your way to happiness.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at Cardenas Market 13.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
The store is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Drivers can easily find parking in the surrounding area.
Stock up your kitchen with only the best quality groceries from Cardenas Market 13 in San Jacinto.
Stadium Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Healthy, fresh fare — including low-fat options — is readily available on Stadium Pizza's menu.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
At Stadium Pizza, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Catering from Stadium Pizza will take your party to the next level.
In addition to its great location, Stadium Pizza is also located near plenty of parking options.
Stadium Pizza offers safe bike parking outside.
Stadium Pizza is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Everyone's talking about Stadium Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Stadium Pizza, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Stadium Pizza.
When you order pizza from Stadium Pizza, you'll maximize any evening for sure.
Come to Farmer Boys to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
Got kids? No problem at Farmer Boys! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Farmer Boys with their complimentary wifi.
Be sure to check out Farmer Boys' outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Farmer Boys is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Farmer Boys.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Farmer Boys.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Farmer Boys and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Farmer Boys.
At Kim's Pagoda Chinese Restaurant in San Jacinto, guests can sample the Chinese menu and choose from numerous highly-rated options.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Kim's Pagoda Chinese Restaurant. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Kim's Pagoda Chinese Restaurant is close to multiple parking options.
Commute by bike to Kim's Pagoda Chinese Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
The super-affordable fare at Kim's Pagoda Chinese Restaurant will definitely make your budget happy too — prices are almost always under $15.
The upscale Chinese fare at Kim's Pagoda Chinese Restaurant is sure to impress. Stop by today and check out the latest offerings.
It's no secret, Kim's Pagoda Chinese Restaurant has the best Chinese food in town! Check them out today.
The Soboba Springs Country Club in San Jacinto offers a wide selection of prime steak choices, including sirloin and filet mignon.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? The Soboba Springs Country Club has you covered on both fronts.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at The Soboba Springs Country Club.
Wifi here is on the house.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
The Soboba Springs Country Club offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
The Soboba Springs Country Club is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
When you're in the mood for a savory steak dinner, be sure to visit The Soboba Springs Country Club.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Delgado's Restaurant.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Delgado's Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
This restaurant accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
At Delgado's Restaurant, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Delgado's Restaurant's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Delgado's Restaurant.
So when you just need a place to go, Delgado's Restaurant is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in San Jacinto.
Delgado's Restaurant has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
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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