Pick up some fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and more at Trading Post Market in Ponca and become your own personal chef.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
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.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Trading Post Market.
When you visit here, you'll be able to host a veritable barbecue with so many different meats for sale.
Take your cooking up a level of flavor when you choose from their wide selection of seasonings and spices.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
If you're looking for a great coffee or tea beverage, the team at Trading Post Market will help you out.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Trading Post Market and slurp your way to happiness.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Trading Post Market will do the trick.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
When you're looking to eat something delicious but have literally no time, you'll want to try the delicious frozen food here. It's a shortcut to perfectly scrumptious food.
At Trading Post Market, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby for you to choose from.
So remember, when you pick up your groceries from Trading Post Market in Ponca, you're investing in the best quality and freshness.
When the first Boss' Pizza & Chicken opened in 2005 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it quickly became known as the place to get food after 1 a.m. Granted, it was the only restaurant in town that still delivered that late, but it kept night-shift workers and the bar crowd coming back with its creative specialty pizzas and juicy broasted chicken. Boss' has since expanded to locations in several other states, and almost all of those eateries stay open until 3 a.m. every day. Read on to learn more about what you can find at each location:
Dozens of specialty pizzas: Boss' owner believes pizza crust is a "vessel to serve food, not just pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese," and as a result, you can order a shrimp alfredo pizza, bacon mac 'n' cheese pizza, and breakfast pizza with eggs, bacon, and a choice of veggies. A writer from the Daily Nebraskan deemed the Lincoln location one of Lincoln's best pizza joints, calling it "underrated."
Broasted, not fried, chicken: Unlike other restaurants, Boss' cooks its chicken in a pressurized fryer, not a traditional fryer. According to the owner, this helps seal in the juices.
Community involvement: The restaurant tries to give back to every community it's in by sponsoring youth, adult, and all-kitten sports teams. The original Sioux Falls location also feeds about 1000 hungry people each year with a Thanksgiving meal.
Swing by Taco Bell in South Sioux City's South Sioux City area for a quick and tasty taco (or two) at a reasonable price.
Taco Bell is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
At Taco Bell, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
You can save your money and eat out at Taco Bell. It's all cheaper than $15 here, folks.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Taco Bell is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You don't have to slow down your fast-paced lifestyle for quality food. Stop on by Taco Bell for excellent Mexican food with little to no wait!
Taco Bell's mission is certainly clear: fantastic food without the wait.
Get your spice on at Thai Laos Kitchen Restaurant, a Thai-food lover's paradise.
Thai Laos Kitchen Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Comfort is prioritized at Thai Laos Kitchen Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
An average meal at Thai Laos Kitchen Restaurant will set you back about $30.
Order all of your favorite Thai dishes at Thai Laos Kitchen Restaurant and eat your way through the trends of Thailand.
Big tastes abound at South Sioux City's Trattoria Fresco, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Trattoria Fresco's complimentary wifi.
The large dining space at Trattoria Fresco provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
At Trattoria Fresco, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Meals at Trattoria Fresco are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Trattoria Fresco.
If you're looking for some fine Italian cooking, you'll definitely love Trattoria Fresco.
At Kahill's Steak, Fish & Chophouse in South Sioux City, you can treat yourself to a hearty meal of steak and potatoes.
Kahill's Steak, Fish & Chophouse serves up endless healthy meal options.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Head to Kahill's Steak, Fish & Chophouse in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Ample parking is available in the area.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Kahill's Steak, Fish & Chophouse's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
So come to Kahill's Steak, Fish & Chophouse, where you'll discover the fine art of preparing and cooking the perfect steak.
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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