Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Grand Cafe.
Don't let the incredible deals for vinegar and oil pass you by. When you shop here, you can stock up on the many varieties of those two ingredients to absolutely transform your cooking.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Bread at Grand Cafe is absolutely delicious.
Hungry for a tasty meal but don't have the time to spend in the kitchen? Frozen food is an easy solution.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Grand Cafe for some hydration while you're on the move.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Spices and seasonings make every meal more flavorful, so expand your horizons and try some new ones.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Grand Cafe.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
Fill up your home pantry with these great canned food options and keep your basic items in stock.
To help ease your trip, Grand Cafe features a close location to available parking.
Caffe Amici is a fantastic spot to grab a quick slice.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Caffe Amici has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Caffe Amici's patio.
Sound levels can reach upper decibel levels at the pizzeria, so sensitive ears beware!
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Caffe Amici cater for you.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Caffe Amici s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Caffe Amici for lunch or dinner.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Caffe Amici.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Caffe Amici.
Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Selden's Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante will ensure that it is delicious.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante.
Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Nick and Ginas Pizzeria and Ristorante and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
Fill up on fare from Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Selden and be sure to satisfy your stomach.
Wifi is on the house at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Tropical Smoothie Cafe for a group meal.
Wear what you like when you dine at Tropical Smoothie Cafe — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
That's right! Tropical Smoothie Cafe will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the restaurant.
At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Nishiki Sushi Hibachi Restaurant's sushi rolls are filled with color and flavor, making it one of the trendiest spots in town.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this sushi spot has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this sushi spot.
The sushi spot's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Nishiki Sushi Hibachi Restaurant and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Share good food and show your friends a good time at Nishiki Sushi Hibachi Restaurant.
With so many delicious flavors wrapped up into one unique dish, Nishiki Sushi Hibachi Restaurant is surely a sushi-lover's paradise.
Head to China East in Selden and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at China East.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Homebodies can take advantage of this restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
China East can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at China East and taste test your way through the menu.
Discover a fortune in flavor when you sample the delicious Chinese cooking at China East.
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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