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Instant Pot Adobo Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Adobo Chicken Wings

YUM! Say it with me…ADOBO! Adobo is a popular Philippine dish using any type of meat that is typically marinated in vinegar and garlic and browned in fat. The recipe that I’m about to share with you, is THE BEST ADOBO CHICKEN WINGS RECIPE if […]

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

Guess what this time of year brings us? If you guessed 🦀 Soft Shell Crabs 🦀 then you are right!   This is the time of year when you can get fresh soft shell crabs at your local seafood store. I found some at Franco’s Pescheria […]

Easy and Tasty Zucchini Blossom Pizza

Easy and Tasty Zucchini Blossom Pizza

If you’re getting ready to plant this spring, be sure to plant some zucchini plants. WHY? Because I have an easy and tasty recipe for Zucchini Blossom Pizza, that’s why!   When to harvest zucchini blossoms When you start seeing blossoms like these on your […]

Date Night @ Franco’s Pescheria Lake Zurich IL

Date Night @ Franco’s Pescheria Lake Zurich IL

Friday, May3rd, hubby and I went on a date. Don’t you just love date nights? I live for those! ❤️💑 Anyway, we went to Franco’s Pescheria. I LOVE this place! You can dine for lunch or dinner and they also have entertainment on weekends, plus, […]

Grilled Salmon with Maple Dijon Glaze

Grilled Salmon with Maple Dijon Glaze

This is not meant to be a plug for Costco, however, most of the ingredients I used for this recipe I bought at  Costco – like the salmon, organic maple syrup and cedar planks. So now that the grilling weather is upon us (I think!?) […]

Chili Cucumber Salad

Chili Cucumber Salad

How’s something like this for a quick and simple cucumber salad with a touch chili for an extra zing. This would be perfect on a side of grilled meat. Perfect summer dish ~ except I’m not sure we’ll ever see summer with how the weather […]


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Date Night @ Franco’s Pescheria Lake Zurich IL

Date Night @ Franco’s Pescheria Lake Zurich IL

Friday, May3rd, hubby and I went on a date. Don’t you just love date nights? I live for those! ❤️💑

Anyway, we went to Franco’s Pescheria. I LOVE this place! You can dine for lunch or dinner and they also have entertainment on weekends, plus, you can get fresh seafood there (which btw, every year we order our fresh lobsters and oysters for our special Christmas Eve dinners at Franco’s).

So for our date, we started off with some fresh shucked oysters. My bad ~ I didn’t get to take a photo of that. Sorry! It was sooo good, we devoured it before I could take my iPhone out of my purse. Lucky Limes and Blue Points are our favorite varieties!

Check out the rest of the items we ate! If these don’t make you salivate, I don’t know what will!

The food was exquisite, the service phenomenal! Both Frank (the owner) and Fran (our server) attended to us and made sure we thoroughly and immensely enjoyed our time at Franco’s Pescheria, in Lake Zurich! We highly recommend this place and be sure to give them a visit! I know we’ll be back! Kudos Frank and staff!! ❤️🐙🦐🦞🦀🍷

YOUR TURN!

How about you? Do you like date nights? How often and where do you go? Would LOVE to hear it!! Share your comments and post and tag @JozMahal on Instagram using hashtag #JozMahal.