Sunday Sundae: not your typical village


Village Creamery is an ice cream stand in a near north Chicago suburb (Niles). Sure, sure. Probably the usual vanilla-only, root-beer-float-if-you’re-lucky situation, right? Of course, yes. Let’s go after little league and get some soft-serve. I’m all ready to give my chocolate soft serve/butterscotch dip top order with fingers crossed, as per usual. BUT WAIT. What to my wondering eyes should appear? Filipino dreams come true with lychee and macapuno ice creams, and hello hello, a halo halo sundae.

I mean, what’s better than a bowl of shaved ice on a scorching summer day? Round it out with flan, homemade Thai tea and sapin-sapin ice creams, and the Filipino kitchen sink selection of toppings. Coulda shoulda put it on a bubble waffle, but as I’d just polished off some sushi and Korean dumplings at H Mart across the street, I was a tad full. Next visit order: banana split atop a bubble waffle with scoops of red bean, ube and mango. Next visit date: ASAP.



Sunday Sundae: national day history mystery edition


As if the sweltering summer heat wasn’t a good enough excuse to drown yourself in ice cream, July is National Ice Cream Month. And if you didn’t already know that, what better day to learn than today, National Ice Cream Day!

As much as I’d like to take credit for making up this glorious holiday and basically extending it for 1/12 of the YEAR, the Nobel Prize goes to desserty prez Ronnie Reagan, who in 1984 took a break from pounding jelly beans and proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, further driving it home by establishing the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. #justsayyes

Which brings us to today’s mystery: what did I just eat? Unable to decide, but definitely leaning chocolate for today’s observance, I had a turtle sundae with a nice foundation scoop of dark dark chocolate topped with a scoop of Agatha Christie from the newly opened Red Bicycle Ice Cream. The Agatha Christie is an ever-changing mysterious mélange of all the flavors, so you never know quite what you’ll taste. Thankfully, I did not come across arsenic or gun powder, but rather cookies and cream, rocky road, chocolate chip, and a hint of mint. (alas, no Poirot crème de cassis)


Sunday Sundae: Flesor’s Candy Kitchen


Flesor’s Candy Kitchen. Let me repeat: CANDY. KITCHEN. Why oh why did it take me so long to visit?!?!

Established by Gus Flesor in 1901, temporarily closed in the late 1970s, and reopened by Gus’s granddaughters in 2004, I can only hope it lasts for at least 100 more years. Built around an old timey soda fountain, featuring homemade ice cream using original recipes in over 15 flavors, cases of hand-dipped chocolates, a wall of free books to peruse/take home, (a patty melt that comes with American AND Swiss cheese as the norm!), what more can you ask for??!?


My sundae featured a scoop of chocolate, a scoop of coffee, and a scoop of black walnut ice creams, topped with hot caramel and hot fudge, whole toasted pecans, whipped cream and a cherry. I’ll be coming back for a s’mores sundae. I may also be coming back to make my own concoction loaded with seasonal chocolate chip peanut butter ice cream complete with a peanut butter pudding bonbon as a topper.


What is a peanut butter pudding bonbon?? Made with a recipe purchased from some mystery man, I’d say their website sums it up pretty well: “If you like creamy peanut butter and chocolate – milk or dark – buy these squares in mass quantities. (Psst. They’re better than Reese’s, and Reese’s are pretty good.)” 100% AGREE.


Other standouts include dipped fruits, honey salted caramels, molasses chips, butter creams in interesting flavors like lemon poppy seed or cinnamon vanilla, and Paul’s Pecan Favorites (basically turtles). The chocolate is smooth and creamy, the caramel is fresh, the nuts are perfectly toasted.


Flesor’s is located in Tuscola, IL, about 5 min from the outlet mall, so I will leave you with this pro insight: mirrors at the mall are more forgiving pre-sundae.

Sunday Fundae Sundae


Listen: I will follow wherever the desserts will lead, and sometimes they lead to a slick industrial chic glass box structure in Old Town blasting top 40 hits, and the place is called SteakBar, and you’re like “Where the f am I??,” but you go in even though you don’t want steak or a bar at 1pm, because you know there’s a sundae hidden away in there somewhere and, ok, maybe a bar wouldn’t hurt. #YOLO #iactuallysaidYOLOoutloud

“Do you have a reservation?” – no, but lemme get a seat by the window.

“We have Coors light and well cocktails on special.” – no, lemme get some prosecco.

“Here are our brunch and lunch menus.” – no need for menus, I came for the sundae. let’s get this party started.

THE SUNDAE: a dazzling DIY 3 scoop banana split that arrives with a flaming sparkler – in case you forgot that a sundae of this magnitude is definite cause for a celebration. The scoops are a blank slate for whatever your sugary little heart desires: hot fudge, caramel sauce, marshmallows, Nilla wafers, crushed Butterfinger, dark chocolate chunks, sprinkles, Oreos, gummy bears, M&Ms, chopped Twix, toasted coconut, peanut butter cups, Junior Mints. Throw it all on at once, or jazz it up bite by bite.

So, you can eat this like a regular sundae, or you can customize each spoonful, or you can get crafty and really take it to the next level – like maybe make some mini ice cream sandwiches with those Nilla wafers and roll em in sprinkles,


or if the moodsugarprosecco strikes, maybe you go ahead and create a full-on spectacle featuring a gummy bear dance party (you’ll want to click thru for feature-length video):


Whatever path you choose, I guarantee 1) this sundae will not disappoint, and 2) you will inspire the Coors light-ers to live their best life.

SteakBar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday Sundae: National Ice Cream Day!!!


I awoke this morning all dressed up with no place to go. To be honest, I was lying in bed scrolling through pics of ice creams past and wondering where the f I would go to celebrate National Ice Cream Day since I’m in an astoundingly under-ice creamed area of the country and also it was pouring rain.

Fast forward some hours, some naps, and a movie matinee, the rain stopped and the heat returned, and I was walking into a jam-packed Marble Slab Creamery basically next to the movie theater – how convenient! Similar to a Cold Stone but with fewer locations and unlimited mix-ins, I opted for a swirl of amaretto and dark chocolate ice creams chunked up with pecans, walnuts and almonds, made into a hot fudgey waffle bowl sundae. Yassss.

Thanks to the inquiring 3yr old outside, I know that everyone else got: birthday cake, peanut butter cup/cookie dough, blueberry, strawberry and lemon. Def going back (but not tonight, even though it is a holiday… maybe I should go back tonight??!) for a blueberry/lemon combo….maybe mixed with gummy bears…..

Happy National Ice Cream Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marble Slab Creamery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday Melty Sundae


When your weather app says “91F but feels like 102F,” and a huge storm is rolling in, there’s only one thing to do: get a sundae with the works and scarf it down before it melts/you get cycloned away.

The “works” today = a scoop of chocolate, a scoop of Georgia peach, Jarling’s famous cold fudge, butterscotch, sliced bananas, toasted pecans, whipped cream, a cherry, and a questioning-but-not-judging look from the ice cream guy. (future tip: the Georgia peach is prob better sans all of the above, but when a tornado is looming and it might be your last sundae on Earth, you make it count….)


Sunday non-Sundae


Today I had all intentions of getting a wonderful sundae from the Courier Cafe, an old fave of mine: great food, historic venue, dazzling sundae choices – why have I never had a sundae here before??!!?!

All set to order. Didn’t even have lunch yet! Really saving room! Imagine my astonishment and disappointment to learn that they only have vanilla ice cream as an option (is it even considered an “option” at that point?) – which is of course why I’ve never had a sundae here. (listen: I just don’t like vanilla ice cream. Example: if pie a la mode is on the menu, I’ll order pie a la by itself. Also, so many other great ice creams to complement pie: cinnamon or pecan or even maple come to mind….)

Here’s a question: what is the point of a 3 scoop banana split if all 3 scoops of ice cream are the same flavor? Another question: how hard is it to offer just *one* more flavor, um let’s say, chocolate? Answers: 1) No point. 2) Not hard. (fyi: these questions were politely asked IRL as well)

And so I ordered my Courier go-to: a chocolate phosphate (highly recommended!!!!), which was foamy and delicious as always, yet the foam was fizzled a bit by my sundaeless tears (jk jk I held it together, mostly). 

Sunday Sundae! Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!


What a lovely day for a pint….which is basically what I had since my sundae amounted to three huge scoops!

Feeling sunny and brisk, and not in the slightest weighed down by a massive pile of onion rings from Hackney’s, I did a jig over to Cone, a relatively new Irish ice cream shop in the West Loop. (fyi: those two establishments are not actual jigging distance from each other – please drive).

Hair of the Dog sundae: scoops of Bailey’s ice cream, Jameson ice cream and Irish Hangover ice cream (cinnamon swirl with cinnamon toast crunch and bacon), topped (and bottomed) with thick, fudgy chocolate sauce, homemade whipped cream, sprinkled with chocolate flake, and finished with requested cherries, because, you know…..


Walk up to the ice cream window or order from the fast-moving line inside, and then relax in the outdoor garden… ahh….

Coming back for : cookie cones, waffle cones, pretzel cones….. blueberry cream cheese or corn on the cob or spicy chocolate raspberry or coconut cream pie ice creams….. a smattering of Irish imported candies and treats…… yesssss….. this must be the end of the rainbow!


Lick me, I’m Irish! (Cone said it, not me!)

Sunday Sundae: VIP DIY edition


What’s better than an ice cream cone at a ballgame? A helmet sundae. What’s sadder than your team losing? The sundae cart passing you by.

Luckily, I have a top secret inside connection at the Chicago White Sox, and was granted an all-access pass to the DESSERT STORAGE ROOM to make my own helmet sundae! Thassright.


The blessed White Sox dessert angels stopped everything to open their pearly ice cream gates for yours truly. Generous with portions, efficient with clean-up, understanding of the magnitude of the situation.

Sundaes featured: caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, M&M’s, crushed peanuts, whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top. I’ll call this sundae the “9th Inning Miracle.”


And then three Elvises parachuted onto the field from the sky.