Fresh Picks: Lemon Tree Grocer

Lemon Tree Grocer CrateThe weather here in Chicago has been unusually mild, almost Autumn like. Weird for July end. It’s part of my weekly routine Monday nights after work to hit the grocery store and then cook my meals for the rest of the week. It’s a relaxing way to unwind after the first day back at work, and it makes it so much easier the rest of the week if I don’t need to cook! Since Monday was so nice out, I decided to mix things up and head down to quaint downers grove and absorb the energy of everyone basking in these unusually mild days. I headed towards a great little spot called Lemon Tree Grocer.

fruitIt’s a tiny spot, so it’s best for picking up a few things or simple recipes with just a handful of ingredients. Or, if you want to try something different, this is a great stop to pick up unique beers and cheese. And really, who doesn’t want to indulge in that?!

I was making tomato basil bruschetta last night, so my first stop was to pick up a loaf of french bread. I just love that they carry bread from Red Hen Bread, a small, local bakery located in Chicago.

breadThe atmosphere is great with the way they incorporate textures through the concrete floors and the wood crates. It keeps things streamlined and modern while also feeling cozy and intimate through the dim lighting and the tiny little store. There’s also a spot to grab lunch or dinner here with an outdoor patio. I’ve made a mental note to definitely come back for a mid-afternoon glass of wine on the patio on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

salsaAnd to leave you craving, check out all those homemade salsas and guacamoles! I’ll snag a bottle of wine and all of those dips. Yum!

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