Eating my veggies

Decided to stop in my Favorite Marianos in Wheaton on this beautiful Saturday afternoon for a quick bite and to say hello to a few of my favorite employees. 

I’ve known Sean Hartman for awhile and by far he is one of the best managers I’ve ever met. Although we’ll miss him at Bloomingdale, it’s nice to have him back in Wheaton. 

As I was leaving I stopped over to try out this coconut water and I have to say that the Regular and Cherry coconut were absolutely amazing. Since I don’t drink pop or carbonated drinks and prefer natural ingredients this is the idea electrolyte water at only around $1.79 price point. Definitely recommend it for everyone, especially your kids!

Wheaton French Market 

Picked up some herbs and veggies this morning for a few new recipes I’m creating this week. (Above pic: Sixth generation Farms)


J & K Flowers

I love the Olive Muffaletta and hot giardiniera from The Pickle guy😎 

And I couldn’t resist stopping by the  Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts and Bakery booth for a few treats.

Oh sooo  delicious!

*A few Gluten Free options also available.

https://www.facebook.com/Cocoa-Bean-Fine-Desserts-Bakery-1684411065146717/

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/

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!

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.