NoonDaily FOOD | Ambrosia’s Cubs Creations, Seared Scallops at NEAR, Pinstripes Patio S’mores & MORE!

NoonDaily FOOD | Ambrosia’s Cubs Creations, Seared Scallops at NEAR, Pinstripes Patio S’mores & MORE!

 I hope you’re hungry because today’s NoonDaily Update features a gorgeous gallery of amazing food found right here in the Barrington area. All of these photographs were taken of dishes and drinks prepared locally at local eateries like Pinstripes, Near, Farmhouse on North, Biaggi’s, Ambrosia Patisserie, Cook Street Coffee, Southern Belles Pancakes, Savory Salads & MORE! Feast your eyes on these culinary creations… Can you … Read more…

Heinen’s Sunday Supper | A New England-Inspired Meal with Modern Farmette

Heinen’s Sunday Supper | A New England-Inspired Meal with Modern Farmette

 For this week’s Heinen’s Sunday Supper, the couple behind the gorgeous new seasonal recipe blog, The Modern Farmette, is taking us on an autumn trip to coastal New England. Barrington area photographers Ben and Miranda Gustafson share a passion for cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. No matter what’s on their grocery list, they say shopping at Heinen’s offers an endless source of inspiration. A New England-Inspired … Read more…

NoonDaily FOOD | Biaggi’s Pomme Frites, Farmhouse Hanger Steak with Béarnaise, McGonigal’s Burger & Wings Wednesdays, Francesca’s Gnocchi Montovana & More!

NoonDaily FOOD | Biaggi’s Pomme Frites, Farmhouse Hanger Steak with Béarnaise, McGonigal’s Burger & Wings Wednesdays, Francesca’s Gnocchi Montovana & More!

 Who’s hungry? Because we’re focused on local FOOD for today’s NoonDaily Update, featuring some of the latest menu items found at local eateries including Biaggi’s, Farmhouse on North, McGonigal’s Pub, Shakou Sushi, Francesca’s, Pinstripes & Pure PLUS dishes prepared from Heinen’s groceries! NoonDaily is our new approach to gathering information and sharing the good things (and fabulous food) happening locally. Each day we publish a … Read more…

Heinen’s Sunday Supper | Glantz Family Gumbo with Chicken & Sausage

Heinen’s Sunday Supper | Glantz Family Gumbo with Chicken & Sausage

 Something I so love about my blog, A Life From Scratch, is the doors it has opened and the people I have gotten to meet. What started off as a mere space to share recipes has grown and opened doors with Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart Living, Make It Better, and most recently a darling business right in my own home town: 365 Barrington. The owner, … Read more…

NoonDaily FOOD | Frantonio’s Buon Appetito Sub, Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Tortilla Soup, Egg Harbor’s Autumn Harvest Cappucino, Ambrosia’s Apple Normandy Tart & More!

NoonDaily FOOD | Frantonio’s Buon Appetito Sub, Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Tortilla Soup, Egg Harbor’s Autumn Harvest Cappucino, Ambrosia’s Apple Normandy Tart & More!

 We’re focusing on local FOOD for today’s NoonDaily Update, our new approach to gathering information and sharing the good things happening in and around Barrington, Illinois. Each day we publish a post at noon featuring the latest collected photos and information from various sources around town and we hope you’ll join us in sharing. Today’s update is complied with photos and stories submitted by astute … Read more…

Heart of Europe Cafe Named Best Doughnut Shop in Illinois

Heart of Europe Cafe Named Best Doughnut Shop in Illinois

 Congratulations to Barrington’s own Heart of Europe Cafe for being named “Best Doughnut Shop” in the state of Illinois! Buzzfeed.com recently compiled a list of the best doughnut shops by state according to Yelp user reviews and Heart of Europe Cafe came out on top in our entire state. After moving here from Poland, sisters Emilia Augustyn and Kasia Mierzejewska opened Heart of Europe Cafe … Read more…

Cooking with Heinens | Roasted Chicken, Three Ways

Cooking with Heinens | Roasted Chicken, Three Ways

 Starting with one simple recipe we’re creating three delicious meals for your busy week. Roasted Chicken Three Ways. Your gang won’t get tired of chicken by having it three times in one week because each dish is so unique.  We’re starting with Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage. You could just buy a ready-roasted chicken, but roasting your own is better in many ways. Your kitchen will … Read more…

Celebrate Apples at Heinen’s AppleFest!

Celebrate Apples at Heinen’s AppleFest!

 It’s apple season and Heinen’s Grocery is taking the opportunity to officially kick-off fall in style by celebrating AppleFest in all of our stores, including their Barrington location! All are invited to join Heinen’s Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd and sample fresh-picked apples, family favorite apple recipes, apple-inspired food and drink tastings galore. Heinen’s AppleFest Friday, September 30th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. … Read more…

Cooking with Heinen’s | Three Sausages with Three Sauces for Your Fall Football Tailgate

Cooking with Heinen’s | Three Sausages with Three Sauces for Your Fall Football Tailgate

 One of America’s great pastimes is in season: The Football Tailgate. It’s time to eat drink and root for your favorite time from the comfort of your hatchback. Tailgates down, foam fingers up and plenty to eat and drink. Last week I gave you a few ideas that were on the lighter side. Today it’s all about easy, portable and delicious. I’ve picked my three … Read more…

Farmhouse on North Opens to Rave Reviews in Barrington

Farmhouse on North Opens to Rave Reviews in Barrington

 Barrington’s newest restaurant, Farmhouse on North, is getting rave reviews after officially opening for business. Farmhouse serves fresh, homemade food prepared with ingredients sourced from local farms. You’ll find the restaurant in a storied North Avenue property that was originally built in 1883 as Hough Street school. They lovingly restored the space to reflect the farm-to-table menu, which is rustic, sophisticated and hitting the spot … Read more…

Cooking with Heinen’s | Late Summer Peach Raspberry Crostata

Cooking with Heinen’s | Late Summer Peach Raspberry Crostata

 In the last days of summer I’m always looking for ways to soak up every last bit of sunshine.  After a long summer of soaking up the sun, stone fruits are heavy with juice and intensely packed with flavor.  Peaches, plums, and fresh berries are at their very best this time of year.  We love pie. Who doesn’t?  But… with busy back to school schedules fussing over making a pie … Read more…

Tickets Selling Fast for Smart Farm’s 3rd Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Tickets Selling Fast for Smart Farm’s 3rd Annual Farm to Table Dinner

 Tickets are selling fast to Smart Farm of Barrington’s third annual Farm to Table dinner coming up on Saturday, September 17th. Chefs who share a passion for local food will prepare dishes and visit with guests. It’s a rare opportunity to dine inside the historic Quaker Oats barn on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital where Smart Farm also has a community garden. All … Read more…