I've posted about the food tourism that was a key part of our family visit to St. Louis a couple of weeks ago that included a stop at Blueberry Hill on the Delmar Loop and a visit to the Downtown Imo's pizza ahead of a ballgame . But, we also made a visit to the "must stop" Ted Drewes for frozen custard. Nat recalls fondly her visits to Ted Drewes during her time at Wash U, but I had never had the stuff before. Serious Eats calls Ted Drewes a "national institution" , so the stop was, ummm, warranted. We pulled into the generous parking lot and hopped out of the van. You walk around to the street-side of the stand (see the photo below) and wait in the line to order. All of us ordered our own concretes in the smallest format. Micro or Mini, I don't remember. They take cards, so no need to come with cash, but after you order, you kind of stand around and wait for them to call your item out - just like most every other ice cream stand. The
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There I was, perusing the ice cream novelty section over at the Westmont Mariano's when I see a little box on one of the shelves. It couldn't be? Could it? It's-it? For real? Here in the Midwest? Sure enough! I grabbed a box and scurried to the checkout line. Proud of myself for bringing home this sweet treat. When I got home, I showed them off to Natalie who wasn't as impressed as I was with myself. These are more than novelties. To me. They put me in a specific place. In a specific time in my life. There's only one place that I have ever had It's-It ice cream sandwiches: the main Google cafeteria from 2007 to 2013. Back in the childless days of our lives, Nat came out to Mountain View with me and (apparently) ate at the Google Cafeteria. Because she remembers having an It's-It then. This box is a three pack and it is outrageously priced. But, time and place transportation isn't cheap, right? So, am I the last to know that
It isn't a Cookie Puss or Fudgie the Whale , but there's some big news: our local Jewel is carrying Carvel Ice Cream cakes in their freezer case. Or...at least it is news to me. And if you're faced with this decision, you go Carvel over Oreo, don't you? Who knew that there are three Carvel locations in Illinois ?
At one point, I have to think that Elmhurst and our City Centre was one of the sweet treat capitols of the world. We had - what - three yogurt shops. And two ice cream shops. And a shaved ice place. All within like three blocks of each other. Now we're down to three total. TCBY on the yogurt side. And BrainFreeze on the ice cream side. And the shaved ice place that operates seasonally. And that's because the Cold Stone Creamery on the east side of York - right across from the bowling alley - is shuttered. That sign was posted on the windows earlier this month and if you walk by the place now, it is empty. All the signage inside and out is gone. The fixtures and furniture...gone. And while we're saying 'so long' to this place, I have to raise my own hand and say 'sorry'. We just flat out didn't support this store. Not sure the reason, but it wasn't in our world and didn't appeal to us. Maybe our kids are too young to see the ap
If you are a Howard Stern fan, you can't go to a Carvel stand and not seek out a Fudgie the Whale cake, right? On our trip last week, Nat and I took the kids to get cones and while I was there, I grabbed this photo of the cake. Alas...I didn't get the cake, though. For shame, right? For shame. Fudgie the Whale has his own Wikipedia entry where celebrities of all kinds pledge their undying love for Fudgie. From the post: According to his wife Beth Stern, radio host Howard Stern considers Fudgie the Whale his favorite Carvel product. She discussed this with Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Andy Bernard, a character on the show The Office, requested a Fudgie the Whale cake for the group birthday celebration in the "Survivor Man" episode.
Just a few months ago, I posted about 151 N. York Street and what a terrific opportunity existed for a retail spot right in the heart of downtown Elmhurst. Just last week, I was walking by and saw that some signage had sprung up for a new place called "Cocomero" which looks to be selling frozen yogurt and bubble tea. It looks like this is the second location for Cocomer o as they have a spot right on the corner of Wright and Green Streets in Champaign, right across the street from the Alma Mater statue in the heart of the University of Illinois. But, they won't be alone in the froyo business for long as it appears that we're also getting a Yogen Fruz right up York Street in the old Caribou Coffee location. Is Elmhurst big enough for two of these places? And a Coldstone and Brain Freeze? I'm not so sure.