66. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: Corned Beef, Cabbage & Saint Patrick’s Day Blessings

 With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this week, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions from our three young kids about leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold. Though I wanted to put on my favorite green shirt and head to Chicago’s St. Pat’s Day Parade this weekend, the days of our celebrating with adults over green beer are long gone. … Read more…

58. Menu Monday: St. Patrick’s Day Treats at Anna Shea Chocolates

 We’re getting lucky for this week’s Menu Monday feature by taking a trip to Anna Shea Chocolates at the Arboretum of South Barrington.  At Anna Shea’s, you can always find the most beautifully decorated fine chocolates inspired by all holidays and seasons and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception!  Their annual St. Pat’s Collection of chocolates is back by popular … Read more…

51. Menu Monday: Egg Harbor Cafe Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Green Eggs & Ham

 For this week’s Menu Monday feature, we’re joining Egg Harbor Cafe in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday. One hundred and eleven years ago today, beloved children’s author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. “Dr. Seuss”) was born.  Did you know that you can order a dish in honor of Dr. Seuss any day in Barrington?  That’s right, Green Eggs and Ham, … Read more…

44. Menu Monday: Mandile’s Gourmet Burger Thursdays

 Happy Monday, Barrington! It’s the first day of the workweek and it’s time to get cooking with this week’s Menu Monday feature. Today we’re dreaming of the $7 gourmet burger and hand-cut fries special served up on Thursdays only at Mandile’s Italian Resaurant & Banquets. This burger is so juicy, I might not be able to wait until Thursday to … Read more…

42. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: Mia Sorella Sisters’ Family Fiesta

 It’s Sunday and that means families are hard at work preparing hearty homemade meals at homes in Barrington area kitchens. Mary Sirois and Molly Kiefer, the twin sisters who owned Barrington’s Mia Sorella Salon, say they’ve been enjoying more time spent with their families since they made the decision to merge with Barrington Day Spa late last year. They’re inviting … Read more…

36. Prepare a Sweetheart Meal Inspired by Heinen’s Grocery

 You can discover your inner romantic by giving your sweetheart something more than a restaurant reservation – make an unforgettable meal prepared with ingredients found at Heinen’s Grocery in Barrington. It’s not hard and can be mastered by those who cook and those who don’t. Ken O’Connor, wine consultant, new hire orientation lead and customer service facilitator at Heinen’s grocery … Read more…

29. Menu Monday: Fish and Chips at McGonigal’s Pub

 For this week’s Menu Monday feature, we’re taking a quick trip to McGonigal’s in Barrington which features the best pub food on my block!  We’ve loved living on the same street as this downtown Barrington hot spot, especially having moved here from a Chicago neighborhood spotted with colorful corner pubs.  If you’re craving a frosty beer at the bar or … Read more…

20. Menu Monday: Frantonio’s Magnifico Sub Sandwich

 It’s Menu Monday and time for this week’s look at a delicious menu item found at a Barrington area restaurant.  Today, I’m dreaming of an amazing sandwich you can only find at Barrington’s own Frantonio’s Italian Deli, Café & Catering.  The 20+ year-old deli owned by Franco and Patti Bruno is tucked away on the east side of Route 14 between … Read more…

11. Menu Monday: Pinstripes Bottomless Spaghetti & Chop Salad Special

 We’re kicking off a new series for the new year here at 365Barrington.com called Menu Monday. On Monday of each week, we’ll be featuring a different delicious menu item found at Barrington area restaurants. Today, we’re putting the spotlight on the bottomless Chop Salad and Spaghetti you can enjoy all day every Monday for just $10 at Pinstripes at The … Read more…

4. Sue Randall’s Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting: The Cure for a Cold, Snowy Day

 Post 4, 2015 Here’s one way to heat things up on a frigid winter’s day. Current Barrington “Citizen of the Year”, Sue Randall fired up her oven to cook a favorite family recipe while waiting for her daughter Kelly’s arrival from the Upper Peninsula, where she was visiting cousins. Kelly’s return has been delayed for days due to cancelled flights. … Read more…