Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cheap Eats: Hail to the King

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click to enlarge POP CULTURE: Beat the summer heat with one of King of Pop's creative, fruit-based popsicles.
  • POP CULTURE: Beat the summer heat with one of King of Pop's creative, fruit-based popsicles.

FOOD GROUP: Paleta. Or, if you don't speak Spanish: Really, really good handmade popsicles.

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN: Pass by Buddy's on North Highland Avenue on a sunny spring day and you're almost guaranteed to spot 26-year-old Steven Carse, the wide-smiling, laid-back "King of Pops." For $2.50, you're welcome to pick from an always-changing rotation of creative, fruit-based paletas made with natural sweeteners. Unlike the flavor-from-a-chemical-plant pops you might've been handed at summer camp, Carse offers up such flavors as strawberry lemon, tangerine basil, pineapple habanero and chocolate sea salt. Although he generally sticks to that corner, follow him on Twitter – he's @TheKingOfPops – for his location, hours and occasional sneak peeks at his daily menu.

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