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Korean Grocery Shopping, Niles, Illinois


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Fresh lychees. I’ve only had these from a can, about 25 years ago, and they were awful. I am told they are very good fresh. I did not buy any, but took a photo instead.

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Muscat gummy candy offers admiring feelings of a graceful lady. Just like mom.

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Fish ball of all sorts and plenty of dried anchovies to boot.

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Making kimchee. I did not buy any, but I did have kimchee cabbage and radishes during lunch at Arirang, the restaurant behind the H-Mart grocery store.

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Psy lends his image to some type of alcoholic beverage so we can all drink Gangnam style.

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I thought the label was cute on this one.

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There are several varieties of dried fish for sale, something I have not seen before in my regular grocery back home.

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These are different types of bamboo.

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Note the red beans over ice flakes. I still don’t understand this combo, but it was advertised for sale in more than one place just outside the grocery area. I did try the green tea ice cream over green tea ice flakes. Okay, but I still prefer vanilla ice cream from the dairy state.

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The health food store just outside the grocery.

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Possibly pickled radishes.  Colorful.

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Quail eggs. Small and speckled.

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Live conch and oysters.  Mussels and clams were in the next bins over and we tapped a few clams just to watch them close up. I don’t get out enough.

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These blue crabs were alive, pretty, and inexpensive at $3.99/#. At least I think that’s cheap for blue crab. I bet they’re delicious.

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Did I mention you can get your hair cut or styled just outside the perimeter of the grocery? Here my friend gets a quick trim.

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Even eye exams and new glasses!

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Purple sweet potatoes. Pretty.

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Yes! Chips!

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Homerun Ball, with 3% real cocoa – score!

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Just a little garlic to go …

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… or some mososodium glutamate (MSG) in bulk?

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Very fresh squid staring back at you.

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Whelks. Wow.

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These are Japanese treats.

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Grass jelly drink, of course – where has this been all my life?

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Personally, I’d like a fun date over a fresh one, but that’s me.

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I think Koreans will pickle just about anything. Here we see pickled lemon.

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Jack fruit. No idea what this is or how one might eat it, but it was kind of pretty.

Taking the Bus Across Town to Comet Cafe


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The Sunday bus is never crowded so we got to sit in the very back seat and look out from our throne of emminence.

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This bridge always has some fun tags and they change pretty often.

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“Samo ain’t dead. Asshole.” Well, good to know.

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Fazio’s automotive shop has a nice graffiti-style sign.

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Sticker graffiti. I don’t get this one.

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I don’t know what this one is about, but I LOVE it! And yes, that’s snow flying. Spring is here!

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This little bike shop advertises training wheels for sale. The place looks pretty shabby in general.

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We finally made it to Comet Cafe. This is just outside the front door.

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Here’s a close up of the Koi painted on the sidewalk that you could see in the last shot. I believe they’re stencils. A friend told me he had seen them elsewhere in the city as well. Very nice.

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The mascot of Comet Cafe is the rabbit you can see in the foreground here. I shot this through the back door of the cafe where you can see the Fulbeli Deli across the street.

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Comet Cafe is known for it’s cupcakes, as well as it’s meatloaf sandwiches. We opted for cupcakes today. Yum!

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You can sit at the booths, at a few tables or at the bar. We were lucky – we got a booth today.

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On the bus ride back home.