Veggies Fest ’17 in Lisle, Il.

I attended Veggie Fest today and was Amazed at how many people were in attendance. As always,  I headed straight for the food court to dive into deliciousness.  
First stop Mumbai Munchies

I loved this Indian version  of nachos called Papdi Chaat.  

Papri chaat is traditionally prepared using crisp fried dough wafers known as papri, along with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, yogurt and tamarand chutney and topped with chaat masala and sev.

My second favorite thing was this tiny slice of key lime pie packed with a lot of flavor.

I definitely was excited to try  new vegetarian foods, loved all the vendors and even received some great freebies from Whole Foods but I was disapointed that the foods did not have more veggies nor we there any local farmers with veggies for sale.

I really enjoyed the cooking demo out on by Nature’s Pathway organic. The speaker was very energetic and knowledgeable and created two wonderful snacks. 

The first was grilled fruit salad. 

We werent able to sample it but I love THE idea of combining  fresh fruit, Greek yogurt with an organic cereal for crunch.

Overall it was a great day and sure beats eating junk from a fast food chain!

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. 

Spicy Yellowtail and veggie Maki


I love coming out to Wheaton Marianos Market to visit Chef Tong. Today he made me a Special Yellowtail and Veggie Maki. (It had cucumber, jalapeno, and avocado with Yellowtail and Lime on top.) 
I love Japanese food but have to careful because of my allergies to soy, Thats why I enjoy eating here so often. 

$8.50 Special Order

#marianosmarket #sushi #Maki #Japanese #food #fitfoodie

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.

Dino’s Cafe

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Corned Beef & Roast Beef Sandwich

Just a mile or so off the Expressway Dinos Cafe in Bloomingdale is sure to have something for everyone.

When I’m super hungry I love coming here because they have rather large portion sizes and so many entrees to choose from, many under $10.

I met the New owner and she was absolutely fabulous along with my waitress Amy.  They were more than accommodating with my food allergies which is hard to find at a lot of restaurants. Thank you again P. And I definitely will be back to try your weekday specials under $7

*They also have amazing Skillets, Eggs Benedict and corned Beef hash which I’ve had previously!

🍴Highly Recommend

Located on Lake St. Next to DD and across from Caputos Bloomingdale, Il.