Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant, a highly rated grocery store in Waianae, is a great store to find one-of-a-kind and affordable items.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Looking for a healthier alternative to ice cream? Hop on the frozen yogurt bandwagon! It tastes delicious and keeps you in good shape.
Planning a barbecue? Check out the selection of meat inventory here and go home with a range of tender meats.
If you're cooking up a large dinner for the whole family, grab some canned goods from Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant and create some yummy and easy side dishes.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
At Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
This place lets you recreate the wonders of fair fare by offering terrific vinegar and oil options to help you make everyone's favorite, vinegar and french fries!
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant.
If you're looking for a great coffee or tea beverage, the team at Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant will help you out.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
Perfect for after a meal or a hot sunny day. You can eat ice cream for dessert or to simply cool you off!
Ready for a change? Switch up your weekly meal selections with some bold spices and seasonings from here.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
Fortunately for all, there's space to park close to Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant for your convenience.
So pick up your next set of groceries from Surfah Smoodeez Rolling Restaurant in Waianae, where you can count on freshness and quality.
In the mood for a juicy burger and a pile of fries? You'll love McDonald's.
Wifi is on the house at McDonald's, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at McDonald's.
Skip long waits and head to McDonald's with your large group for easy seating.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
McDonald's makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
So when you have a hankering for a burger, swing by McDonald's and pick up a great burger.
So make a quick pit stop at McDonald's and pick up some tasty and flavorful food to enjoy on-the-go.
If you're leaning towards Mexican, swing by Tacos and More for a mellow meal.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Tacos and More's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Tacos and More goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Tacos and More.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Tacos and More and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
Tacos and More serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Hannara Restaurant.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Comfort is prioritized at Hannara Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
At Hannara Restaurant, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Hannara Restaurant is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Hannara Restaurant.
At Hannara Restaurant you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Can you really transform a burger? Burger King says yes with its innovative take on this American classic.
Burger King is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
At Burger King, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
The burger joint is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this burger joint.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the burger joint.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Burger King serves three meals a day.
There's an amazing burger at Burger King with your name on it, so head on over today!
Swing by McDonald's for your next meal in Waianae.
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.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at McDonald's.
Your group can sit comfortably at McDonald's, a local restaurant.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Parking is easily accessible.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Keep your wallets padded. The meals here won't empty them too much.
The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
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.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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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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