Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at La Dolce Vita Pizzeria — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at La Dolce Vita Pizzeria, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this pizzeria, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
No need to gussy up for a trip to La Dolce Vita Pizzeria, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Call La Dolce Vita Pizzeria for catering if you have a big event coming up.
This pizzeria offers carryout for your convenience.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
La Dolce Vita Pizzeria makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
An average meal at La Dolce Vita Pizzeria will set you back about $30.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried La Dolce Vita Pizzeria's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of La Dolce Vita Pizzeria where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at La Dolce Vita Pizzeria.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by La Dolce Vita Pizzeria.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill in Sanford.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill will be able to accommodate your large party.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill to grab a spot on the patio.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill's free wifi.
Casual dining at its best, Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Bring the Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill's great food to your place.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
For easy dining, Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
You'll need a couple Andrew Jacksons for a visit to Jeff N Lisa Brick House Grill — they only accept cash.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Bubba's Subs and Pizza, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Bubba's Subs and Pizza's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Endless parking options are readily available close to Bubba's Subs and Pizza.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Bubba's Subs and Pizza.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Bubba's Subs and Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Bubba's Subs and Pizza's pizza.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Bubba's Subs and Pizza.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Bubba's Subs and Pizza and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
Italian eats can be found at Elizabeth's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Elizabeth's Pizza and Italian Restaurant knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Elizabeth's Pizza and Italian Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
At Elizabeth's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
See for yourself why Elizabeth's Pizza and Italian Restaurant's Italian food is so highly considered.
Take a culinary tour of Italy when you sample the many deliciously unique dishes at Elizabeth's Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of San Felipe Mexican Restaurant say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at San Felipe Mexican Restaurant.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Easy parking is accessible for San Felipe Mexican Restaurant's diners.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near San Felipe Mexican Restaurant.
So head to San Felipe Mexican Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at San Felipe Mexican Restaurant is the place to be.
Isn't it time to experience the taste of Mexican cuisine at San Felipe Mexican Restaurant's premier restaurant?
Munch on tasty pub grub at Yesterday's Pub and Grille in Barbecue.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Yesterday's Pub and Grille is the place to be for a celebratory happy hour.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Yesterday's Pub and Grille.
Those up for moving and grooving can take a turn on the dance floor.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Yesterday's Pub and Grille is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
The average check at Yesterday's Pub and Grille will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Just imagine that first bite into Yesterday's Pub and Grille's delicious pub food, isn't it about time you ordered from them?
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.
Check out more coconut-oil coverage:
Oil Pulling Whitens Your Teeth and (Maybe) Makes You Invincible
The Five Best Uses for Coconut Oil You’ve Never Heard Of
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
A video posted by Keepin Tha Block Fed (@purpstagram) on Dec 28, 2015 at 4:00pm PST
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
A photo posted by Keepin Tha Block Fed (@purpstagram) on Apr 10, 2016 at 8:22pm PDT
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
A photo posted by Keepin Tha Block Fed (@purpstagram) on Apr 8, 2016 at 9:26pm PDT
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.