Find all of your favorite seasonal items in one place at Cachagua General Store in Carmel Valley and enjoy some of your favorites.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Cachagua General Store.
Oil and vinegar are great staples to have stocked in the kitchen whether your recipe calls for an acidic element or something greasy to line the pan.
Picking up canned foods is terrific for when you want a quick meal, are participating in food drives, or need some last-minute eats to keep you from starving. You'll definitely want to browse the selection at Cachagua General Store today!
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at Cachagua General Store.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Whether you prefer your meat smoked, grilled or fried, you can find your preferred choice here.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Score a close parking spot at Cachagua General Store.
So eat up. Cachagua General Store is your next stop for delicious go-to groceries in Carmel Valley.
Come to Windmill Restaurant for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Windmill Restaurant's free wifi.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
Cyclists are in luck. Windmill Restaurant provides bike parking.
Windmill Restaurant is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Windmill Restaurant tastes like pure heaven!
Make your way over to Windmill Restaurant and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
For that fresh, out-of-the-oven feel, Gabilan Pizza serves mouthwatering pizza with a down-home feel.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Gabilan Pizza.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Gabilan Pizza has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Takeout and delivery are also available, so you can just do you.
Drivers will find parking not far from the pizzeria.
Cyclists are in luck. Gabilan Pizza provides bike parking.
At Gabilan Pizza, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Gabilan Pizza.
A tasty pizza form Gabilan Pizza is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
Load up all of your favorite toppings on a juicy burger at McDonald's.
Give your stomach a break and try some of McDonald's' gluten-free or low-fat items.
Wifi is on the house at McDonald's, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at McDonald's.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to McDonald's for a group meal.
Want to enjoy this burger joint without the wait? Get it to go.
We'll let you park onsite to help get you closer to our scrumptious menu.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
Swing by the burger joint at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
Don't just sit there with your mouth watering! Satisfy your burger cravings today at McDonald's.
For a fast bite with tons of flavor, try Soledad's Carl's Jr.
Carl's Jr. will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Carl's Jr.'s low-key style is the perfect match.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Carl's Jr. is located near plenty of options.
At Carl's Jr., bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Head on over to Carl's Jr. first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Carl's Jr. is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So make a pit stop at the highly-rated Carl's Jr. and munch on a quick and tasty meal option.
Come hungry and leave happy! El Camaron Mex Grill in Soledad aims to please even the pickiest eater.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the restaurant.
El Camaron Mex Grill is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
At El Camaron Mex Grill, you can count on quick and easy street parking close by.
Travel by bike to El Camaron Mex Grill and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
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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