Balmoral Bites: a blog to keep track of our own culinary creations (Eating IN) and the culinary endeavors of others (Dining OUT) – as well as anything else not food or drink related that happens to be of interest to us!

Balmoral Avenue is the street where we lived on Chicago’s northside from 2007 to 2010. From our flat just off Clark Street, we could see the best pizza shop in town, Great Lake, or walk down the main drag to Andersonville’s best-known pub, Hop Leaf, for an excellent selection of Belgian beers. With so many restaurants within walking distance of our flat, it was very tempting to eat out all the time. However, with so many local markets and delis, as well as our own fresh garden out back, we began to really expand our cooking repertoire by using fresh ingredients and cooking nearly everything from scratch. Each of our styles are still very different − Scott always trusting his instinct and Lauren always relying on a great recipe.

We now reside in the Oak Cliff community of Dallas, Texas, just 3 miles west of downtown. Although a multitude of restaurants are no longer within walking distance, there are quite a few business districts in the north OC area with plenty of culinary greatness from upscale restaurants to taqueria stands and even some dive bars, all within an easy biking distance of 3 square miles.

  • Scott is a theoretical/computational chemist by trade and the only bench chemistry he still does is in his own kitchen. He is currently the Manager of High Performance Computing at the University of North Texas, where he spends most of his time in his office hacking away on a Linux terminal. He has been cooking since he could see onto the counter — pancakes were his first food to cook. Now, he considers himself an equal opportunity consumer of food and beverages, what some call a Foodie.  Recently he and his dad have begun to brew beer as well.
  • Lauren is a museum educator and currently spends most of her days discussing art with 4th and 5th graders at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. While Scott has explored making new light veggie dishes using produce from the local farm share, she puts the produce to good use in hearty dishes including dutch oven roasts, soups, baked pastas, and roasted vegetables.

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MegaGood  |  March 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Can’t wait to see the first entry. I found you through the “Andersonville” tag. I am also in love with the restaurants in this area. Delicious.

    • 2. syockel  |  March 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement, we’ve been a bit slow getting this started. I liked your blog post about decrudding the city this weekend with the torrential downpours. Our dog Shelby, hates all those giant salt crystals on the sidewalks.

  • 3. Emily  |  April 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Did I mention that I love, love, love your blog? ‘Cause I do.

  • 4. jpodbuild  |  April 12, 2009 at 10:34 am

    You’re marked in my favorites. I look forward to more culinary creations.

  • 5. Brian Prascher  |  July 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Nicely done blog…very elegant and professional. I especially like the ‘action shots’ of your skilled hands in the kitchen. 🙂 Keep up the good work, perhaps you shouldn’t be in theoretical chemistry since you understand food chemistry so well! 🙂

  • 6. Christina  |  September 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Scott, I thought that was your hand arranging the pizza! LOL. Cool website! I’ve got you bookmarked!


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