Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Fun Activity: Where IS this?


      As a fan of enigmatic signs, this of course caught my eye. Once I might have thought this was too minimal a hint to make for a fair contest, but after the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder was guessed by its "cash-only" sign, I feel this distinctive treat should get you in the right area.
      Or not. I took the liberty of Googling "Palabok," and, well, that isn't going to lead you straight to the doorstep of this place. Though I found it easily enough. 
      Anyway, enough hints—the hive has never been thwarted, and I assume you won't be thwarted now. Though to be honest, at this point, I can't tell if I'm trying to stump you, or pulling for you to extend your streak. A kind of Stockholm Syndrome.
        I've got a good prize: this attractive Iron Man figurine, which I plucked off the free table, thinking he could guard over my office. He's done a fine job—no security breaches on his watch. But he somehow isn't quite worthy of moving up to the my new office on 10 ... this Wednesday. I'm trying to make something of a fresh start. Well, as fresh as a start as you can while still dragging all 17 volumes of the New Catholic Encyclopedia along with you. 
      Where is this place? Make sure to post your guesses below. 

    Postscript 

    Well, since this was cracked so easily — 12:08 a.m. — I might as well put in a plug for (spoiler alert, if you want to try to figure it out, stop reading now, because I'm about to say where it is ... really, I mean it ... okay, you've been warned) ....
      The Village Creamery in Niles. A purveyor of Filipino ice creams in flavors like lychee, avocado, jackfruit and yam, I just can't drive past the place without stopping in and picking up a few pints, most recently some green tea and a flavor called "Halo Halo Fiesta." It's on Waukegan Road, right across the street from the King Spa, the deeply weird Korean recreation that is also worth a few visits.  Try the maize. And the green tea. And the birthday cake flavor. 

9 comments:

  1. Village Creamery 8000 N Waukegan Rd Niles
    JE

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  2. Damn. Nailed that one. Congratulations. Send me your address, at dailysteinberg@gmail.com, and I'll dispatch your superhero.

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  3. Sending us to the Internet to discover what palabok is? You really must be thinking about the big move.

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    1. Whoops, sorry. Palabok are, as you no doubt know, Filipino noodles.

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  4. I think your readers would find H-Mart, which is next door to King Spa rather interesting as well.
    John

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  5. Is the top picture of the woman and lighthouses from Village Creamery, too?

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    1. No, she's the woman who I was interviewing, for a future story, which put me in the neighborhood of the Village Creamery.

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  6. My guess is Villages Creamery in Niles, not far from the old Par King in Morton Grove

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  7. Hmm, interesting flavors. Maiz sounds good, so do Green Tea and Birthday Cake. But I think I'll pass on the "Queso (vanilla ice cream with Kraft cheese pieces)".

    In the Golf Mill shopping mall there's a large sign advertising the King Spa place; it seems suspiciously shady if you ask me.

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