Archive for the ‘Just for Fun’ Category
Elgin’s Lao Restaurants
Among many other things, Elgin is known for its sizeable Lao community. Since 1967, in fact, Elgin has been the sister city to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Having this population here in Elgin brings a delightful dose of cultural diversity to the (literal and figurative) table.
Today, we’re focusing primarily on the literal aspect of that statement. What are some delicious Laotian restaurants in the Elgin area?(more…)
Great Spots to Appreciate Autumn in the Elgin Area
With turning leaves and just-as-rapidly cooling weather, fall is in full swing here in Illinois. The cycle deepens by the day, blessing us with a beautifully visceral demonstration of the inherently impermanent nature of the universe.
If you find yourself with a spot of free time, why not get out and see it in action? To that end, we’ve provided some of our favorite hiking areas to observe, feel, experience and accept the continual fading and rebirth process of our planet.
Peruse below, and happy exploring!(more…)
Elgin-area Pumpkin Patches for Halloween Fun
Autumn has arrived, and the best way to take advantage of this fleeting season is by taking part in a few rituals that really help one enjoy the fall vibes. One tried-and-true activity is picking one’s own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch.
So pick an Elgin-area patch from below, and then pick a pumpkin (don’t be slow)!(more…)
Korean Markets and Restaurants with Soju near Elgin
Soju is the single most consumed type of liquor on the planet. This popularity is owed to a variety of factors, including the heavy drinking culture of Korea and the growing international success of K-Pop and Korean media. It also has a low alcohol content compared to other liquors, which not only lends itself to a delightfully smooth taste, but allows the beverage to be sold at restaurants that hold a beer and wine license but no liquor license.
Trying out some Soju is a way to experience a bit of culture from home, which is especially valuable in this COVID-era wherein almost all international travel is a no-no for Americans. Where can one find it in the Elgin area?(more…)
Solving the Magical Mystery of Rain-X
Rain-X seems almost like a magic chemical. Treating a glass surface with the substance works wonders in the way water reacts. How does it repel water in the way that it does? Join us as we take a dive into the workings of Rain-X on a chemical level.(more…)
Elgin Area Top Picnic Spots
Having a nice picnic in the park is, for many, a near-essential summer activity. Luckily, the Elgin area is flush with great places to do so. From neighborhood parks to forest preserves, we’ve got it all. Whether you want to make the picnic part of a day trip with hiking included, or just walk down the block with the kids, the options are available for you in this Cook county region.
So scroll on down to reach into the grab bag of parks we’ve compiled below. Click whichever one happens to draw your finger, or go through them to make a methodical choice. Either way, you’ll be able to get out into nature, refresh the body, mind and soul. Chakras will be aligned, and third eyes will be cleansed; whatever vibes with you.(more…)
Cinema Filmed in Elgin: Trailer Compilation
It’s a special thrill to see somewhere you recognize onscreen. While Elgin doesn’t appear in as many films as, say, Chicago, it’s still made appearances through its fair share of popular cinema.
Sorting through the vast sea of existent films to find glimpses of Elgin can be an exhausting undertaking, however. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile six popular films below that feature Elgin as a filming location. Enjoy the trailers, see if you recognize anything (or anyone), and search the movie out on streaming services if it really captures your liking!(more…)
Reasons Behind the Volkswagen Currywurst
You may have heard tales of infamous Volkswagen currywurst. The sausage is manufactured at the main VW plant in Wolfsburg, and sold in all six Volkswagen factories in Germany. It’s availability has also spread to supermarkets and football stadiums across Europe. And when European customers purchase a new VW, a free package of currywurst is commonly included.
Currywurst has been branded as an official “Volkswagen Original Part,” being designated with the number 199 398 500 A. There were 6.81 million of them manufactured in 2018; the automaker makes more sausages than cars. VW also produces a special ketchup and line of cutlery specifically made to accompany the currywurst.
“Volkswagen Presents” Short Film Compilation
In addition to more traditional commercials and a plethora of helpful “how to” videos, Volkswagen has a unique series of videos they put out called “Volkswagen Presents.” These lovingly crafted shorts focus on the unique meaning particular Volkswagen vehicles have had in the lives of individuals over time. The result is an inspiring overview of how VW machines have been (and continue to be) interwoven with American culture through the years.
For your easy perusal, we’ve compiled the four currently-available Volkswagen Presents shorts below. Enjoy.(more…)
We love the 2020 Volkswagen Passat. For the latest iteration, VW has blessed the U.S. market with fresh styling, an updated interior, and new technology features. This always-great model got even better for 2020.
But did you know that 2020 VW Passat that Volkswagen sells to its European market is a substantially different vehicle? Read on to find out the differences between the American and European Passat, and just why these differences may exist.(more…)