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!
#Marianos #Foodie #Goodeats #JAXFOODADVENTURES🍽
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.
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.
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!
Thanks to google we got lost and ended up finding this yummy Bakery.
We had a little plate of treats. Mango passionfruit, Opera, Chocolate Hazelnut, chocolate creme brulee.
Family owned Cafe & Bakery Located just a few minutes from Downtown St.Charles,Il.
@cocoabeancafe ST. CHARLES
Having lunch with mom🍴🍷❤
Tilapia with Lump Crab, steamed zucchini & roasted garlic butter red potatoes. Chef Joe also created a special Smoked Pork Belly and slaw dish for us. Absolutely mouth watering😍 And Creme Brulee for dessert.
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.
Banana Bread French Toast
Asian slaw w/ Chicken
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!
Located on Lake St. Next to DD and across from Caputos Bloomingdale, Il.
I love visiting farmers markets and picking up fresh fruits but when I can’t, I still like to be creative with my food.
My twist on dessert.
Here’s several of my favorite food adventures in the area over the past yr or so.
(counter service/ sit down)
Glendale Heights, Il.
Steer crazy angus beef with a tumeric kiwi tomato sauce, quinoa and sauteed veggies. Absolutely delish!!! #glutenfree Best local deal on Groupon today only $8 ( normally $15)
Crave Cafe Bloomingdale,Il
(Counter service/sit down)
Veggie sandwich on tomato focaccia
La Campania Mexican Food Bloomingdale
Pork and Chicken Tamales
Best Old Fashions around
Lynfred Winery Roselle
Quickfire Cafe Stratford Mall Bloomingdale, Il.
Mouthwatering and by far the Best Vodka sauce around.
Wok n fire Wheaton, Il.
Ky’s Vegas roll was a chef special just for the blog. Amazingly beautiful and delicious.