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#8 Makola

Makola, a West African supermarket (actually more like a mid-size mini mart) added a second location a year ago, at 4501 N. Sheridan. The original is at 1017 W. Wilson. Over a year old, it still had that “new store” smell to it. The meat section stocked frozen goat, cow skin, and feet but butcher’s … Continue reading

#7: Viet Hoa

Viet Hoa ain’t much different from the neighborhood competitors on the surface. You got your canned Asian goods, rice noodles (over 40 different Ramen noodles), and dedicated area to supplies for the home altars many Asians have in their homes. But I got a bit of surprise when I rounded the corner. Viet Hoa separates its self … Continue reading

#6: Hoa Nam Grocery

I don’t love you anymore  It’s just that simple No, no, no, not like before Such a shame, dirty shame — I Don’t Love You Anymore // Teddy Pendergrass This is my breakup song with wheat and everything it’s in. I’m singing it on the street as I pass by Jimmy John’s when I’m starvin’. … Continue reading

#5: Old World Market

Easy like a Sunday morning (and afternoon thru evening) was the weather in Chicago. It was too hard to stay indoors and use the excuse that I’m “making good choices for my dollars” (read:broke). So I hit the streets to hit up some grocery stores. Recently, I’ve discovered or got an inkling that I may … Continue reading

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