Serving The Sun-Times: Baladoche, Kombucha, Heirloom Everything

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Social Darwinism aside, maybe this means Baladoche should start serving booze?

One of the best parts of summer is upon us: everyone’s on vacation, the temperature is slightly cooler, and heirloom produce is blanketing the farmers markets. Jennifer Olvera recommends through caution to the wind and buying the weird-looking vegetables and nightshades (i.e. tomatoes, eggplants, etc.), however unfamiliar you are with them. Most of this stuff is so fresh and flavorful that it can just be eaten raw (or follow one of these recipes. Incidentally, the NYTimes dining section also had a feature on what to do with heirloom tomatoes, which is worth checking out).

Sandy Thorn Clark has a glowing review of Baladoche, waxing poetic about the waffles’ "crisp outside and steamy, moist inside," not to mention the scent that emanates from the Lakeview storefront. The best part of this review is a quote from owner Terry Mootoo on the habits of Cubs fans on game days:


"We suffer on days and nights with Cubs games. The groups of Cubs fans actually interfere with our business. We expected a different response," Mootoo says. "We have observed that one person controls each group of fans. If that person, be it he or she, stops to sample a waffle, they all do. But most of those in control walk right on buy, oblivious to the aroma, headed to a predesignated destination – probably to drink.


Social Darwinism aside, maybe this means Baladoche should start serving booze?

One of the best parts of summer is upon us: everyone’s on vacation, the temperature is slightly cooler, and heirloom produce is blanketing the farmers markets. Jennifer Olvera recommends through caution to the wind and buying the weird-looking vegetables and nightshades (i.e. tomatoes, eggplants, etc.), however unfamiliar you are with them. Most of this stuff is so fresh and flavorful that it can just be eaten raw (or follow one of these recipes. Incidentally, the NYTimes dining section also had a feature on what to do with heirloom tomatoes, which is worth checking out).

Sandy Thorn Clark has a glowing review of Baladoche, waxing poetic about the waffles’ "crisp outside and steamy, moist inside," not to mention the scent that emanates from the Lakeview storefront. The best part of this review is a quote from owner Terry Mootoo on the habits of Cubs fans on game days:

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Serving The Sun-Times: Baladoche, Kombucha, Heirloom Everything