There's no better place to stock up on your grocery necessities than First Choice Coffee Service in Watsonville, a highly rated grocery store.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
When you're pulling long hours at the office, you don't want to come home and spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Fix that potential problem by exploring the frozen food options offered here.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by First Choice Coffee Service and pick up some fresh noodles.
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
For mouthwatering meats at an affordable price, head over here and get a bang for your buck.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from First Choice Coffee Service will do the trick.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from First Choice Coffee Service.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Shop for all of your favorite canned goods at First Choice Coffee Service and load up your kitchen shelves with choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
With parking nearby to spare, First Choice Coffee Service is ready for your visit.
So put your cooking skills to the test with some fresh and tasty grocery items from First Choice Coffee Service in Watsonville.
You'll be greeted with happy faces when you return home from a trip to Coffeol Roasting Co. in Watsonville.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Coffeol Roasting Co. and get cooking.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
This store has quite a selection of rich spices and seasonings.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
Get your grill fired up and grab your tongs! The meat here is perfect for the grill any time of year.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Coffeol Roasting Co. and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
You won't be able to tell the difference with the frozen foods available here for your cuisine convenience.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
When you need a quick meal after a long and hard workday, a canned good item from here makes for an easy and tasty dish.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Coffeol Roasting Co.
Don't let the amazing deals at this place pass you by. When you stop in today, you'll be able to browse an absolutely fabulous selection of vinegar and oil that can mean transformative changes to your cuisine.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Score a close parking spot at Coffeol Roasting Co.
Make freshness a regular part of your diet when you shop at Coffeol Roasting Co. in Watsonville.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at El Frijolito Restaurant — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
El Frijolito Restaurant trends toward lighter eating habits, so you won't find many dishes with animal products or gluten on the menu. Fare tends to be low in fat as well.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
El Frijolito Restaurant is a great location to host a group dinner.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
The dress code is strictly casual at El Frijolito Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Can't get enough of El Frijolito Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at El Frijolito Restaurant.
Convenience is essential at El Frijolito Restaurant, and food is served from morning until night.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out El Frijolito Restaurant.
Pay El Frijolito Restaurant a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
With all the spices and flavors you love, El Frijolito Restaurant is ready to be your Mexican restaurant of choice tonight!
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Applebee's.
The restaurant's menu also includes options for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Applebee's' great happy hour.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Applebee's' complimentary wifi.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Applebee's for easy seating.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
Comfort is prioritized at Applebee's, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Free parking is available in a lot near Applebee's.
At Applebee's, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
The average check at Applebee's will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Applebee's.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Applebee's and taste test your way through the menu.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Applebee's and munch on some American eats.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Applebee's.
At Jalisco Restaurant — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Jalisco Restaurant and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Wear what you like when you dine at Jalisco Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
For the tastes of Jalisco Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Jalisco Restaurant.
A mid-priced establishment, Jalisco Restaurant offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Jalisco Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Everyone in Watsonville knows the secret to a great place for Mexican takeout is Jalisco Restaurant.
So when you're seeking a new Mexican restaurant to enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Jalisco Restaurant.
Cilantros is perfect for grabbing a quick (and tasty) taco or two.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
With plenty of room to go around, Cilantros also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Cilantros.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
No need to dress to the nines here — Cilantros' policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Catering from Cilantros will take your party to the next level.
Or, take your food to go.
Going out can be expensive. That's why we have our own free parking lot, so you spend your money on more fun things.
Cilantros makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Cilantros s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Cilantros time and time again.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
The menu at Cilantros includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Pay Cilantros a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
Cilantros serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
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.