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🍽

Sammy’s Mexican Grill


And so it continues. My 2nd Visit to Sammys Mexican Grill. Friday night I Enjoyed a Mini Tequila Flight & Chef special: Roasted poblano soup. Mmm mmm. Over 13 spices, avo, and crema. Guess what I’ll be recreating this week?

Looking forward to hearing the live music sets on the weekend.

Great for date night, with the family or solo. 

https://www.facebook.com/SammysMexicanGrillRoselle/
http://www.sammysmexicangrillandbar.com/

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

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!