My uncle let us use his car to explore the town and explore we did. The first stop we went to was Argyle Street. Argyle is like Chicago’s second Chinatown. But this brings back so many memories! When I was a kid, my parents and I would always go here for a quick snack…like mooncakes! When we got there, the place was exactly like it was when I was a kid! I think I made a lot of #nostalgic tweets that day!
We went to this one store in Argyle that had all sorts of exotic fruits and foods! Besides the usual Asian foods that I have no clue what the heck it is but looks good, my parents pointed out mangoosteens, and bell fruits. Mangoosteens, that smoothie flavor I always get…but have no clue what it was until today. haha.
After that, we went across the street to a Chinese bakery…which I call pastry heaven. They had all sorts of goodies that I can’t name if you ask me, but they were so good! I ordered an entire box of moon cakes and other Chinese pastries.
Then we went to Lake Shore Drive because my dad and I wanted to recreate pictures that we took a long time ago. It was a nice day out and there was a bunch of people out in the beaches by Lake Michigan! And what I love is that the park that’s adjacent to the beach is filled with runners, bikers and families having picnics. This is what I love about the city. I love seeing an active park!
This was me when I was about 10 and here’s me now:
Then we went to Unimart, a Filipino store. Brings back sooo much memories! Of course, you can’t go to a Filipino store without eating some amazing Filipino food! Their pork bbq and fish was on point. Then there was halo-halo, which is a filipino cold dessert that consists of mixed fruits with ice cream. Yum!
Then we headed to the north Chicago suburb of Skokie, where the Village Creamery was located. When I was a kid, we’d always go here for some delicious homemade ice cream. They had every possible flavor I could ask for! I ordered the Red Velvet and Creme Brulee Ice Cream. Not too sweet, but so rich and creamy. Foodgasm!
Afterwards, we headed back to Chicago, in Belmont Avenue where there is a huge Polish-European population. Now anyone that knows me knows that I love anything international and European, more specifically. We stopped at this place called Gene’s Sausage/European Imports. It’s like a Polish Publix (any Floridians out there?). There were fresh Polish produce, Polish meats and cheeses. But the best part was the chocolate aisle. They had ALCOHOL FLAVORED CHOCOLATES!!! These Polish really know how to make chocolates!
So there, another reason why I love Chicago. Chi-town is a bustling melting pot that satifies my cultural cravings. There’s people from all over the world, and there’s stores, restaurants and other venues to prove it!