Snap Food! To Take Photos of Your Food or Not?

I read a very interesting article in the latest issue of Food Network magazine about restaurant chefs going to great lengths of prohibiting their customers from taking photos of their meal.  Reason being is that, the quality of photos taken do not give their food justice and may actually deter people from ordering or worse, not going to their restaurants, period.

 

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Some restaurants actually have phone bans and have asked patrons to surrender their phones at the host’s stand.  In exchange, they get a discount on their meal.

Other restaurant owners, have resorted to emailing their meals to diners before their meal is over.

What do you think of this?  Do you like to take photos of your meal while dining out?  Do you think restaurants should have a cell phone ban?  If they did, would you still eat there?  Would you surrender your phone in exchange for a discount of your meal?  If you’re a restaurant owner, what are your thoughts on this?  Do you mind or not at all when patrons take photos of your food?  Please share with us your comments below.  We all would love to hear it!

Source:  Food Network Magazine, May 2013

Permission granted for use of image from:  Something Banging 

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 04/01/2013

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 04/01/2013

Hope you all had a fabulous Spring Break and Easter!  Hopefully Spring is really near.  Nice and sunny today, but it’s still quite chilly.  I went for a walk and I nearly froze my ears off.  Oh well, don’t despair, here in Wauconda, regardless of the weather, we still find a lot of fun things to do.  Don’t you agree?

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Following is a List of Things to Do in Wauconda the Week of April 1st

 

Every Monday, is Trivia night at Middleton’s on Main.  Enjoy some dinner and/or drinks at Middleton’s while you play trivia games.  Bring your friends.  There are prizes awarded to the winner!  Fun starts at 8pm.

Not much happens in Wauconda on Tuesdays…..not sure why?!

Wednesday picks up again, with another Trivia night but this time at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda.  Starting at 7pm, you can test your skills and show them who the Smarty Pants of them all, thus the name of the game is “Smarty Pants Team Trivia.”  So grab your friends and play along.  Yes, there are prizes too!

Then maybe afterwards, you can swing by Middleton’s on Main for an Open Mic entertainment.  All skill level are invited to participate.  It’s a fun night at Middleton’s.  Sign up at 8pm.

Don’t feel like making dinner tonight?  Want to be entertained?  Fancy some beers?  Then head on over to Bliss Wine and Gifts for their weekly Beer Tasting & Burger Night.  Musical entertainment will be present too.  Just call Bliss to see who’s playing.

Of course the delectable Fish Fry at Golf Farm every Friday is not to be missed.  It’s all you can eat for $9.95; served all day.  Tell Deacon we sent you!

Every first Saturday of the month is marked by an “Artist Reception” at Bliss Wine and Gifts.  This Saturday, the following artists will be there:  Nancy Bermann, Michelle Nellis, Brandie Dunn and Peggy Hoover.  Lindy’s Landing Sushi Chef will be serving up sushi and of course, Bliss Wine will have lovely red or white wine pairings.

The end of the week is Craftstravaganza Sunday at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda.  From 11am to 9pm, you can enjoy lunch or dinner while your kids get creative at JJ Twigs.  Art supplies are provided with varied art projects each month.

 

These are just some of the events that are provided by some of the Community Members here at NWSuburbsChicago.com.  If you’d like your events listed with us, please consider becoming a Community Member.  For details, please contact us, we would love to have you with us!

 

Enjoy the week Wauconda!

TTFN…

Jocelyn

 

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Things to Do in Wauconda During Spring Break

It’s Spring Break and we have lots of fun things to do in Wauconda this week!

Grab your calendar and mark these dates down…

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Spring Break ART Camp

What?!  You’re not out of town and you have the kids at home?  Have no fear, have them attend Spring Break ART Camp at DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique Art Studio.

Spring Break ART Camp is filled with fun and creative art and craft projects to keep your kids busy and entertained!  This exciting program is geared to let your child explore their inner creativity, yet guided by a professional art instructor to teach new skills and techniques. Sign up with friends or meet new kids that also have a love for the arts. Choose between a morning session, afternoon session, or bring a lunch and stay all day!

9:00am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 3:00pm
9:00am – 3:00pm

Cost is $30 per session
$140 for a week of Half Day
Ask about our specials!
15% off for siblings

Play Trivia with Mason

Test your skills, grab your friends and compete amongst the crowd. Full menu, bar is open, just show up and have fun! Play trivia with Mason and win a prize!  Trivia starts at 8pm at Middleton’s on Main.

 

Smarty Pants Team Trivia

Bring your friends out for a night of FUN with Smarty Pants Trivia at JJTwigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda.  Smarty Pant’s Trivia is an interactive team trivia game designed to be played by teams of 4 or more people. It is 16 categories long and lasts between 90 & 120 minutes.  Prizes awarded to the Smarty Pants!  Trivia starts at 7pm.

 

Open Mic

Featured weekly at Middleton’s on Main is Open Mic. So if you think you can sing, head on over to Middleton’s on Main. Sign up for Open Mic starts at 8:30 pm.

 

Beer Tasting

Great beer line up at Bliss Wine and Gifts beer tasting, gourmet burger cuisine by Bulldogs Grill and live musical entertainment which varies weekly.  See you there at 6pm.

 

The L&M Experience

The L&M Experience BACK at JJ Twig’s Pizza & Pub – Wauconda at 7:30pm to 10:30pm! Find out more about the L&M Experience on Facebook.

 

Jon Rand

Jon Rand performing acoustic at JJ Twig’s Pizza & Pub – Wauconda from 8:30pm to 11pm.

 

Spiritual Mastery Study Group with Rev. Patty Pipia

This study group is for the spiritually strong that desire to walk and exemplify the teachings of the Master Teacher.

During each Study Group, Reverend Patty will give a deep meditation & a reflective talk on the lesson to start up the discussion. This is not just material you read and move on to the next book, but something that must be studied so your life can be transformed into the expression that knocks at the doorway of your soul!

Each lesson is a stepping stone that will bring you into wakefulness from illusion to REALTY, from fear to LOVE. If you want to know how to step out of your fear and walk only in Divine Love, this IS the study group for you!

Session is held at the Energee Center from 9am to 11:30am.

 

Craftstravaganza Sunday

Crafstravaganza Sunday at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda from 11am to 9pm. Come out for lunch or dinner and let the kids get creative! Craft will be available for kinds 12 and under.

 

Hope to see you in Wauconda!

TTFN ~

Jocelyn

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 03/18/2013

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 03/18/2013

Following is a list of fun things to do in Wauconda the week of March 18, 2013.

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What’s Happening in Wauconda

Play Trivia with Mason – Monday, March 18th

Middleton’s on Main is hosting a pub trivia game starting at 8pm.  Grab your friends, enjoy a full menu and complete bar offerings while you play trivia with Mason.  Prize awarded to winners!

Sake Tasting Class – Tuesday, March 19th

Bliss Wine and Gifts will be conducting a sake tasting class, with sushi being served by Lindy’s Landing Sushi Chef.  Class starts at 6pm.  This is a pre-registered class, so make sure to call and contact Bliss Wine and Gifts for details.

Smarty Pants Trivia – Wednesday, March 20th

JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda is hosting a pub trivia game starting at 7pm.  Smarty Pant’s Trivia is an interactive team trivia game designed to be played by teams of 4 or more people. It is 16 categories long and lasts between 90 & 120 minutes. Categories include sports, movies, music, food, cars and TV. There are also 2 physical challenges a scavenger hunt and weekly prizes!!

Open Mic – Wednesday, March 20th

So you think you can sing or play an instrument?  Head on over to Middleton’s on Main for their weekly Open Mic session.  Sign up for Open Mic starts at 8:30-pm.

Beer Tasting and Burgers and Live Entertainment – Thursday, March 21st

Great beer tasting line up , coupled with gourmet burger cuisine by Bulldogs Grill and live musical entertainment?  What else could one ask for?  Head on over to Bliss Wine and Gifts and make a date out of it!  All start at 5:30pm.

Live Entertainment by John Lambert – Friday, March 22nd

Start the weekend with John Lambert performing acoustic at JJ Twig’s Pizza & Pub – Wauconda this Friday.  Entertainment starts at 7pm.

“Truth About Cholesterol and Why We Need It” class – Saturday, March 23rd

For the health conscious, Linda DeFever of Vitality Inc. will be conducting a class at Wauconda Citizen’s Center on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm.  Please arrive promptly and feel free to bring a snack.

Live Musical Entertainment by Heather Moran – Saturday, March 23rd

Heather Moran will be at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda on Saturday from 7-11pm.

Spiritual Mastery Study Group with Rev. Patty Pipia – Sunday, March 24th

Do you want to move from being on the spiritual path, to being and walking on the path of the mystic? Then you must attend this!  Starts at 9:30am to 11am at the Energee Center.

Craftstravaganza Sunday – March 25th

From 11am to 9:30pm, your kids can get creative at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda. So come for lunch and dinner and have the kids be entertained with varied monthly projects.

 

Hope to see all of you at one or all of these events.  We strongly recommend that you contact the place of venue in case of any cancellation or changes.

 

Wauconda Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Shamrock the Block in Wauconda

Wauconda celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a “Shamrock the Block” event.  This is a series of fun events put together by some of Wauconda’s local establishments in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  All are welcome to get involved and GET GREEN!

Following is a list of what to expect the week of St. Patrick’s Day in Wauconda:

March 8-17th:

Paint the Town Green! Store fronts, spot lights….Get GREEN!

Star Runners “Shamrocks” for sale at merchants. Proceeds go to St. Baldrick’s Fund.

Golden Tickets start. Stop in any of the participating businesses and pick up a Golden Ticket with your purchase and qualify in a drawing to win $25 gift cards from participating businesses.

March 15th:  Main Street Pub Crawl

March 16th:

March 17th:  HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!  Golden ticket drawing at Middleton’s on Main at 3 pm ~ be there!

Do you think they’ll be serving GREEN BEERS?!?  Like their page on Facebook and stay in the know of “Shamrock the Block” event in Wauconda 2013!  Check out our Events Calendar for Shamrock the Block list of things to do in Wauconda for St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

And by the way, guess who signed up to do the “Leprechaun Plunge” on March 16th?

TTFN!
Jocelyn

Wauconda Celebrates St Patrick's Day

Leprechaun Plunge – March 16th – Team: Lucky Charms – Image Credit: Amazon

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 03/04/2013

March is going to be packed full of fun here in Wauconda!  Let’s start with our regular events….

March 4, 2013 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – “Play Trivia with Mason” – Middleton’s on Main (847) 526-6433

Test your skills, grab your friends and compete amongst the crowd. Full menu, bar is open, just show up and have fun! Play trivia and win a prize!

 

Sake Tasting, Sushi Bar, Bliss Wine and Gifts, Wauconda

Sake Tasting, Sushi Bar, Bliss Wine and Gifts, Wauconda

March 5, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – “Sake Tasting & Sushi Bar” – Bliss Wine and Gifts (847)526-7133 – JUST GOT WORD THAT THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED DUE TO IMPENDING BAD WEATHER.

Enjoy a taste and learn lesson on Sake and order up delicious sushi by Lindy’s Landing Sushi Chef – Reservations a must for Sake Class – $15 includes $10 credit towards Sake purchase. Call early – very popular class.

 

Sake Tasting, Bliss Wine and Gifts, Wauconda

Sake Tasting, Bliss Wine and Gifts, Wauconda

 

March 6, 2013 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – “Boresha International Fat Burning Coffee & Tea Tasting Party” – Energee Center (847) 526-7674

Brenda Lung shares BSKINNY COFFEE & NUVO GENE TEA!

BSKINNY COFFEE – Switch from Fat storing to fat burning * Patented Hunger Control * Low Glycemic Balanced Energy * Thermogenic Fat-Burning * Buffered Caffeine

* Combats Stress-Related Eating

NUVO GENE TEA – DIT Thermogenic Fat-Burning * Maximum Natural Energy * Hunger & Stress related Eating Control * Anti-Glucose Matrix * Beating the Obesity Gene! Stop in, Taste & see what you think!

March 6, 2013 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – “Smarty Pants Trivia” – JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda – (847) 526-4159

Bring your friends out for a night of FUN with Smarty Pants Trivia!

This is an opportunity to show your friends who wears the pants!

Smarty Pant’s Trivia is an interactive team trivia game designed to

be played by teams of 4 or more people. It is 16 categories long and
lasts between 90 & 120 minutes.

Categories include sports, movies, music, food, cars and tv. There
are also 2 physical challenges a scavenger hunt and weekly prizes!!

 

March 6, 2013 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm – “Open Mic” – Middleton’s on Main (847) 526-6433

Featured weekly at Middleton’s on Main is Open Mic with local talents gracing us with their musical talents. So if you think you can sing, head on over to Middleton’s on Main. Sign up for Open Mic starts at 8:30 pm.

 

March 7, 2013 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – “Beer Tasting” – Bliss Wine & Gifts (847) 526-7133

Join us for Beer Tasting from 5:30pm – 8pm and taste some great brews featuring different brews every week! Our neighbors at Bulldogs Grill feature an amazing gourmet menu. Come out for a great time!

 

March 8, 2013 7:00 pm – 11:55 pm – ” Bulldog Nation Foundation Dinner/Dance Gala” – Concorde Banquet Hall

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS EXCITING EVENT OF DINNER, DANCE AND AUCTION!

Bulldog Nation Foundation is a group of dedicated community members who are interested in providing Wauconda High School with financial resources for innovation in the classroom to support a robust academic experience for all WHS students.

Visit us at http://www.waucondabulldognationfoundation.org/ for more information.

TICKETS ARE $75 per person (Includes soup, salad, entree, dessert and 4 hour open bar)

To reserve your spot at this exciting event, tickets must be purchased by March 1st. Please post any comments or questions you may have below and one of the Committee Members will get back to you promptly.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THIS ANNUAL GALA! WE WANT THIS TO BE THE BEST EVENT YET!!!

March 8, 2013 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm – “Placid Rock Trio” – JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda – (847) 526-4159

Enjoy dinner and the easy listening sounds of classic rock, jazz, blues and R&B by Placid Rock.

March 9, 2013 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – “Vision Board” – Energee Center (847) 526-7674

Vision Board Class with Jodi Salata

 

March 9, 2013 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – “Comedy Club” Energee Center (847) 526-7674

Headliner: Jim McHugh


Feature: Mike Preston

Emcee: Will Tremont

$15.00 each for Advance Tickets Sales at Vickie’s Personal Touch before 2pm on 3/9/2013 (Next door to Energee Center)

Jimmy McHugh, a comedian for over 25 years, born & raised on the N.W. side of Chicago, blends observational humor emphasized with his unique vocal & facial expressions! Ernie Tucker of the Chicago Sun Times wrote, “Jim McHugh delivers some of the funniest sports material I have ever heard!” Jimmy appears at various national comedy clubs, Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, ESPN2 and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Mike Preston is a comic, author & self-appointed anti-social worker. He has all but abandoned political correctness and opted to shine a bright light on society & the entertainment aspect of the human condition. Mike is the Host of TV talk show Psycho Babble. His guests have included Mike Ditka, Craig Ferguson, Gilbert Godfried, Henry Winkler, Jerry Seinfield, Ted Nugent & more!

Will Tremont is Magician, Storyteller & Entertainer Extraordinaire! DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!!!

FREE PARKING! FREE POPCORN! 

Minimal charge for Snacks, Soda, Coffee & Water.

 

March 9, 2013 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – “Ben Kane LIVE!” – JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda – (847) 526-4159

Acoustic set from Ben Kane of Razin’ Kane

 

March 10, 2013 9:30 am – 11:00 am – “Spiritual Mastery Group” – Energee Center (847) 526-7674

Do you want to move from being on the spiritual path, to being and walking on the path of the mystic? Then you must attend this!

This study group is for the spiritually strong that desire to walk and exemplify the teachings of the Master Teacher.

During each Study Group, Reverend Patty will give a deep meditation & a reflective talk on the lesson to start up the discussion. This is not just material you read and move on to the next book, but something that must be studied so your life can be transformed into the expression that knocks at the doorway of your soul!

Each lesson is a stepping stone that will bring you into wakefulness from illusion to REALTY, from fear to LOVE. If you want to know how to step out of your fear and walk only in Divine Love, this IS the study group for you!

The book is available for purchase at the time of class or

call 847-845-8818 to purchase ahead of time

 

March 10, 2013 11:00 am – 9:30 pm – ” Craftstravaganza” – JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub – Wauconda – (847) 526-4159

Come out for lunch or dinner and let the kids get creative!
Every Sunday a craft will be available for kids 12 and under.
*a new project is featured each month

Check JJ Twigs website for project description.

 

NOTE:  We strongly recommend that you contact the place of venue in the event of any cancellation or changes.

 

Mark your calendar for St. Patrick’s week, as we have jammed pack, loads of fun, going on here in Wauconda!  Check out our events calendar!  Hope to see you!

 

TTFN!

Jocelyn

 

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