Mariano’s Lombard Grand Opening Weekend

I love attending all of Mariano’s Grand Openings. You meet some Amazing people!

Today, I met at least 7 New Vendors, including my Foodie Friends from  Muchacha Salsa. 

And of course I love The Excellent Customer Service at Mariano’s Fresh Markets. That is something they pride themself in. They always go over and above for their customers. 

This location has the Wine bar (With an outside patio), sushi Bar, Todds Bbq, Truffle and Gelato and popcorn bar, Pizza and sandwich station, 2 grills, Starbucks, very large deli, meat and seafood counter and my favorite Cheese department with some of the most Delicious  Cheeses! Of course this is in addition to the rest of their rather enormous market with plenty of gluten free and specialty American & ethnic foods.

Be sure to visit sometime soon and check out these Amazing local Vendors whose products you can find within the market. You can find them on FB, Instagram and the web at http://www.marianos.com
My Favorite New Item And a 1st for me. Spreadable Salami? Yes, please! Wow, did this have some great flavors!

http://www.ndujaartisans.com


https://www.facebook.com/MuchachaSalsa/

https://www.facebook.com/GrandmaToste/

https://www.facebook.com/sugarhillsbakery/

https://www.facebook.com/FullBellyPickles/

https://www.facebook.com/UBeverythingsauce/

https://www.facebook.com/Mama-Jos-Gourmet-Sauce-All-Natural-Gluten-Free-561238204002968/

#Marianos #Foodie #Goodeats #JAXFOODADVENTURES🍽

Container gardening

I was a much better gardener when I lived in the house and could have my own compost. This summer it’s been rough. Almost all of my herbs have died and one of my tomato plants grows tons of fruit but turns bad as soon as the fruit changes color. Yesterday I picked up these at the Wheaton French Market from J& K Flowers. Hopefully I’ll  still get in another two months before our Chicago weather gets cold.

But nonetheless, today I’m Making bruschetta  with my basil, tomatoes, and chives from my container garden. Normally I would make bread too but I cheated and picked up some from Hanna’s bakery in Bloomingdale. 
I couldn’t help picking up a few sweets as well as Creme Cheese for my Pumpkin truffles I’m making for later.

http://hannasbakerycafe.com

Babcock’s Grove House

Mom and I found this cute place when we were walking through downtown Lombard,Il. We had a delicious Hot Carrot Soup, A Cold Cucumber dill soup, and 3 Mini Sliders.

 
Their soups and salads are under $10 and this is definitely a great place for a Saturday lunch date or a great meal with the family. Counter service till 4 then relaxed full service at night.

I love the fact that everything is made fresh, nothing was frozen (except the ice cream) and the menu changes with the seasons.

* Gluten Free options available.

Great food🍽 Great Staff and Great location!

https://www.facebook.com/babcocksgrovehouse/
https://www.babcocksgrove.com/

Gindo’s Spice of Life

Looking for a Unique & Flavorful kick to spice up your food? Gindo’s has by far the Best hot sauces around. And I love The fact that her hubby experiments with a new hot sauce every week. 

You Can find them on Saturday in Wheaton/ Sunday in Geneva #Buylocal Gindo’s Spice of Life❤❤❤

Just one example of my dishes I make at home. 

https://www.facebook.com/thegindos/
Www.thegindos.com

Coopers Hawk

Even though Coopers Hawk is quickly opening many new locations across the state and not a “mom and pop” restaurant like I normally dine at, I really enjoy the friendly atmosphere, amazing food and great wine. 

One of the great benefits of becoming a wine club member is that you get 2 Free tastings, two bottles and two free dinners (valued at $20 each) in the month of July all for ~$38.

Yesterday we visited the new location in St. Charles, Illinois and got to personally meet the chef, manager and many of the staff. With so many food allergies we have to be careful where we eat but Chef Gregory was so helpful. I love the fact that they also have a gluten free menu so the only other two things we had to ask is that they eliminate any corn or soy sauces from our meals. 

I enjoyed the Dana’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken and mom had Shrimp & Scallop Risotto. She could eat the Scallops alone because they were perfectly cooked!

I would highly recommend trying Coopers Hawk. Great for a date night, family friendly or solo. 

GF/ AF Expo Schaumburg

What a great turnout for the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo in Schaumburg today! I would have to say 90% of the people took advantage of the great deal on Groupon for $15 for 2 people for the entire weekend. I know I did! #gfafexpo


So here’s just a few of the vendors I sampled and enjoyed. I will post more tomorrow on day #2.