For those who can't cook, rest assured that the frozen foods available here will sate your hunger.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Limited Edition Herbs serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Whether you are new to the world of cooking or consider yourself a home cook, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
When you want to elevate your cooking's taste, you'll definitely want to keep your kitchen well stocked with the vinegar and oil offered here.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Limited Edition Herbs has all of your pasta necessities.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Limited Edition Herbs.
Grab some canned food items from Limited Edition Herbs and keep quick and convenient meal options on hand.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
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.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
With an eye for convenience, Limited Edition Herbs is located centrally to available parking.
Cerulean's sushi rolls are filled with color and flavor, making it one of the trendiest spots in town.
Toast your evening out at this sushi spot with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this sushi spot — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Cerulean when the weather is warm.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Cerulean for easy seating.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Cerulean is business casual all the way.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the sushi spot also serves up grub to go.
Bring the Cerulean's great food to your place.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Cerulean.
Cerulean provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Checks are bigger than average at the sushi spot, so prepare your wallet.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Cerulean has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Come see the fun twists Cerulean is putting on their sushi rolls and flavor combinations.
With so many types of rolls available at Cerulean, you're going to want to try them all!
At Boathouse Restaurant, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Boathouse Restaurant.
Your large group can all sit together at Boathouse Restaurant.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Boathouse Restaurant's free wifi hotspot.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Patrons can park in a lot near Boathouse Restaurant or take advantage of the generous street parking.
At Boathouse Restaurant, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Boathouse Restaurant.
Dine in for dinner to see what the restaurant is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
When American food comes to mind, Boathouse Restaurant should be your first choice.
So round up your friends and head over to Boathouse Restaurant for a casual American meal.
Boathouse Restaurant has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
Chow down on your favorite sandwich and a side of chips at Mad Anthony Brewing Company.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
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.
Large groups will appreciate Mad Anthony Brewing Company for its ability to seat them quickly.
Wear what you like when you dine at Mad Anthony Brewing Company — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Mad Anthony Brewing Company as well.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Parking is easy at Mad Anthony Brewing Company, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
The menu at Mad Anthony Brewing Company is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
If a sandwich from Mad Anthony Brewing Company is calling your name, head on over and browse the latest selection.
Take a trip to Spikes Beach Grill in Warsaw and make your next meal a good one.
Spikes Beach Grill is creating combinations that will work for any diet you're on.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Spikes Beach Grill's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Wifi is on the house at Spikes Beach Grill, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Spikes Beach Grill is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Spikes Beach Grill.
Menu items at Spikes Beach Grill tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Munch on tasty pub grub at The Frog Tavern.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
The Frog Tavern will be able to accommodate your large party.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at The Frog Tavern.
The Frog Tavern also features a DJ and dancing.
Wear what you like when you dine at The Frog Tavern — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? The Frog Tavern also offers catering.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, The Frog Tavern is located near both options.
For those who travel by bike, The Frog Tavern offers bike racks for diners.
At The Frog Tavern, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Eat your way through the day at The Frog Tavern — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
So when you want some amazing food to complement your drinks, The Frog Tavern will be there for you.
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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