Calling all peanut sauce lovers! Take a look at Thai Bamboo's Thai-style menu, and sample the highly-rated dishes everyone's buzzing about.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Thai Bamboo, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Thai Bamboo's wifi.
At Thai Bamboo, formal suit and tie is the name of the game.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Thai Bamboo cater for you.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Thai Bamboo makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Head on over to Thai Bamboo first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Thai Bamboo is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So if curry and peanut sauce is what makes you happy, make sure to try the much-talked-about Thai fare at Thai Bamboo.
So when you don't feel like dressing to impress but want top-notch Thai all the same, head to Thai Bamboo for the best of the best.
Thai food makes for a delicious weekend meal, and you won't find much better than Thai Bamboo.
When you're tired of the same old lunch options, head on over to Thai Bamboo for a yummy Thai dish.
Wine and dine at Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar in Spokane Valley.
At Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar, you can connect with other vegans and enjoy a bite.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar.
Heading over after work? Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since crowds tend to pack Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar on weeknights.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar, which embraces a casual vibe.
Or, take your food to go.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar.
Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Whether you're jonesing for a prime porterhouse or juicy ribeye, Spokane Valley's Max At Mirabeau has you covered.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Max At Mirabeau to grab a spot on the patio.
Hop online in no time using Max At Mirabeau's free wifi.
The large dining space at Max At Mirabeau provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Max At Mirabeau honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Max At Mirabeau is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Max At Mirabeau's diners.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Max At Mirabeau s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Max At Mirabeau accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Max At Mirabeau serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Discover the fine art of preparing and cooking the perfect steak when you sit down to a meal at Max At Mirabeau.
Bolo's Bar and Grill is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Bolo's Bar and Grill, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
Enjoy discounted food and drinks at Bolo's Bar and Grill's happy hour.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Bolo's Bar and Grill.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Dance the night away — the restaurant offers plenty of space to get down.
If waiting in line isn't on the agenda, call ahead and make a reservation during Bolo's Bar and Grill's busy weeknight rush.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Bolo's Bar and Grill.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Bolo's Bar and Grill's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Bolo's Bar and Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Bolo's Bar and Grill is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
Have a relaxing night with a refreshing beverage and tasty pizza at Round Table Pizza in Spokane Valley's Spokane Valley neighborhood.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Round Table Pizza, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Round Table Pizza.
Throwing a big party? Count on Round Table Pizza to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Love the food at this pizzeria but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Commute by bike to Round Table Pizza and find easy bike parking.
Keep your budget in check with a meal from Round Table Pizza, a local restaurant with affordable prices.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Round Table Pizza since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Round Table Pizza a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Round Table Pizza is the place for you.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at Hay J's Bistro in Liberty Lake.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Hay J's Bistro, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Hay J's Bistro.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Hay J's Bistro's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Hay J's Bistro is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Drivers will be happy to know that Hay J's Bistro is located near many street and lot parking options.
Hay J's Bistro s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Hay J's Bistro offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
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.