When you're looking to buy ingredients in a pinch, Marchone Italian Deli boasts a perfect grocery store for that very purpose. With fast service, you'll be able to go in and out at their store in Silver Spring in no time.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Create your own sandwich or choose one of the signature sandwich options at Marchone Italian Deli.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Marchone Italian Deli.
Sip on the caffeinated treats offered by Marchone Italian Deli's impressive coffee and tea connection.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Make your cooking life as easy as possible and grab some frozen food today. It's perfect for when you don't have the time or energy to make something from scratch!
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 Marchone Italian Deli for some hydration while you're on the move.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Marchone Italian Deli will be tasty no matter what.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
If you're worried about your protein intake, you'll rest assured that great, delicious meats are available here.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Every kitchen requires oil and vinegar. When you need something acidic to balance out a recipe, vinegar will do the trick, or when you need something slick to grease the pan, oil is often a cook's first choice.
Find all of your deli favorites, such as sandwich meat and cheese, at Marchone Italian Deli and plan your lunches for the week.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
When all you want to do is relax after a long day, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Eat a delicious meal in a matter of minutes with an easy-to-make TV dinner!
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Marchone Italian Deli serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
In case of emergency, you should always have some canned food on hand. Browse the selection of items at Marchone Italian Deli and stock up today.
Spices and seasonings are a kitchen staple, so explore the selection at this fun store.
Take advantage of the nearby public transit or convenient parking options at Marchone Italian Deli.
Find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
So when you're making your weekly grocery trip, make sure to stop by Marchone Italian Deli in Silver Spring for everything that you need.
Enjoy nachos, burritos and chili at Mi Rancho, a casual Tex-Mex eatery.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Dine on a dime at Mi Rancho, a local BYOB restaurant.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
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.
Skip long waits and head to Mi Rancho with your large group for easy seating.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Mi Rancho.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Mi Rancho encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Mi Rancho will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Commuting just got easier at Mi Rancho, a local restaurant near public transit and parking.
Street and lot parking is simple near Mi Rancho.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Mi Rancho is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
When you're hungry for a super soft tortilla with all your favorite fillings, just remember that Mi Rancho is home to some of the best Tex-Mex dishes around.
When you're feeling hungry, treat yourself to some tasty Tex Mex from Mi Rancho.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Mi Rancho.
Come on over to Mi Rancho and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Mi Rancho for a tasty Mexican meal.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Jackie's Restaurant caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Vegan, low-fat and gluten-free diners will be satisfied with the menu at Jackie's Restaurant.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Jackie's Restaurant, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Jackie's Restaurant with their charming outdoor seating.
Wifi is on the house at Jackie's Restaurant, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Jackie's Restaurant's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Jackie's Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with a nearby stop at Silver Spring Metro (Red).
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Jackie's Restaurant hits the nail on the head.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Jackie's Restaurant.
So head on over to Jackie's Restaurant and enjoy some delicious and trendy American classics.
The Quarry House Tavern is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour.
Skip long waits and head to The Quarry House Tavern with your large group for easy seating.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the restaurant on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend.
The Quarry House Tavern tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Through their catering service, The Quarry House Tavern can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
The Quarry House Tavern's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near The Quarry House Tavern.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at The Quarry House Tavern, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Don't put it off any longer, and give The Quarry House Tavern a try.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated The Quarry House Tavern.
Pick up a sandwich for lunch or save it for dinner — The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company serves easy-to-please subs.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Skip long waits and head to The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company with your large group for easy seating.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company's al fresco patio seating.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company — they're open for all three meals.
Between their slices of bread, The Daily Dish, A Restaurant and Catering Company masterfully creates the best sandwiches around.
Silver Spring's Thai at Silver Spring offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Thai at Silver Spring has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Be sure to throw on your finest threads before heading to Thai at Silver Spring.
This restaurant also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Through their catering service, Thai at Silver Spring can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with a popular stop at Silver Spring Metro (Red).
Thai at Silver Spring offers safe bike parking outside.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Thai at Silver Spring — swing by for your favorite meal.
Thai at Silver Spring's Thai food is so quick and flavorful that you'll come back again and again.
Order up your favorite Thai creation at Thai at Silver Spring. You won't be disappointed.
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.