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If you live in the Chicago area, chances are you have heard of marianos.  I have friends and family that are obsessed with Mariano's because it is a shopping experience and not like any other Grocery store in Chicago! I haven't had the opportunity to shop there very often since we don't have one close to our house.  About a year ago the "Mariano's Coming Soon" sign went up in Lake Zurich and I was beyond excited!  only for the great quality and prices but because it is a shopping experience!

Last week the Lake Zurich Mariano's opened and I had a chance to check out the store. I will tell you that I have never been so excited to check out a grocery store in my life!

When I walked into the Produce Department I was blown away by the colorful, healthy and over 200 organic choices. It makes eating fruits and vegetables much more fun. I found many vegetables, like eggplants that I don't normal cook with but was inspired by them to try a new recipe out.  My kids love the Mariano's freshly squeezed orange juice that they make fresh daily.

When I walked into the Produce Department I was blown away by the colorful, healthy and over 200 organic choices. It makes eating fruits and vegetables much more fun. I found many vegetables, like eggplants that I don't normal cook with but was inspired by them to try a new recipe out.  My kids love the Mariano's freshly squeezed orange juice that they make fresh daily.

The fresh meat department is a favorite for me. They have an amazing selection of organic, natural and ABF beef, pork and chicken. We also love the specialty house made Italian sausage and pub burgers. You cannot beat the price and quality of their meat. If you are craving a burger or steak, they will cook it right there for you on their grill! The cafe at Mariano's is quite busy with a wonderful coffee and Gelato shop and OKI Sushi.

I love that each Mariano's offers their shoppers something unique and different. As a mom that encourages her kids to get healthy, the Trail Mix Bar is something that is fun for them to create their own mix!

Todd's BBQ is only at 4 of the Mariano's locations. Todd's offers great smoked pulled pork, smoked brisket and side dishes. You can grab something from Todd's for lunch and dine in at the cafe or bring it home for a family party! One thing that stood out to me was the health key labeling system. This helps customers identify what products are Gluten Free, organic, Vegan and Heart Healthy easily.

I love fresh flowers and try to have them in my house as much as possible. The gorgeous roses at $10 for a dozen were amazing and at that price I can have fresh cut roses in my house! The floral department showcases over 30 varieties of cut flowers and unique bouquests arranged by in house designers. 

The Bakery is one Department that should not be missed at Mariano's. You feel like you are in an Italian bakery.  It offers artisian breads, pastries, cakes and donuts. On most days they offer a yummy treat to taste while you are shopping. Of course this makes my kids happy to come to Mariano's with me. In most of the Departments you will find something to taste.

If you plan to shop Mariano's make sure you pick up your Mariano's to earn money back! You can redeem rewards now.

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