Lighter fare

Feel the need to lighten up your diet? On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Olive Garden is adding two new items to its Tastes of Mediterranean menu. The spiralized veggie pasta combines zucchini and squash noodles with whole grain linguine, tomatoes and garlic in a scampi herb sauce for 560 calories. The chicken giardino is grilled chicken and fresh veggies tossed with pappardelle pasta in a lemon chicken herb sauce for 600 calories. Olive Garden has locations across the suburbs.

Honey-Jam opens

The breakfast- and lunch-centric Honey-Jam Cafe recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Aurelio's Pizza, just west of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights. Open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, the restaurant serves omelettes, scramblers, skillets, French toast, pancakes and crepes, as well as burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. There's seating for 190 and an outdoor patio, plus a full liquor bar for Bloody Mary's, mimosas and more. Honey-Jam Cafe is at 2944 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, (847) 749-3580 or

New brews

In the mood for a beer? Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook and Naperville recently tapped 15 new brews. If you can't decide which beer to try out of about 90 options, consider a beer flight. The Backyard Flight features Solemn Oath Butterfly Flashmob, Buckledown Belt & Suspenders, Half Acre Pony Pilsner and Two Brothers Domaine DuPage. The Ciders Flight includes Ace Perry Cider, Two Fool's Rosé Cider, Strawberry Magic and Blue Gold. Old Town Pour House is at 8 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 601-1440, or 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 448-6020.