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

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/

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!

Brunch Cafe

 

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Although I knew most restaurants would be busy on a Sunday for brunch, I lucked out and only had to wait about ten mins. My waitress was Awesome. (Be sure to ask for Nicolette.) I’d highly recommend.  Fast, fulfilling and friendly cafe in Roselle Illinois. With plenty of options for everyone!

 

 

Blueberry Hill Breakfast Cafe

​Went outside my Sunday Norm (eggs benedict) and ordered a big juicy skirt, steak 4 eggs, veggies, and gluten free pancakes. I could only eat a third of this. Lol 

Service was Great. Even on a Sunday at 8am. I sat down right away and food was prompt. Thank you Amy for explaining great gluten free low carb options. $9.86 before tip (with my $15 Groupon)

#hungrygirl #jaxfoodadventures

http://www.blueberrybreakfastcafe.com/

Sweet & Classy Ham, Egg and Cheese Croissant

Straight from my kitchen to yours…

My New “Sweet & Classy” Ham, Egg and cheese croissant.

Ham, Egg, spinach, tomato and Grand Cru Surchoix cheese (2016 Winner of World’s Best Cheese), on a Fresh Almond Croissant from Hanna’s Bakery. It’s so light and flaky it melts in your mouth! #yumyum #hungrygirl #jaxkitchen
Pastry from

http://hannasbakerycafe.com/
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