Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 1

Our First Look at the Mountain
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Machame Gate – elevation 5,380 ft End – Machame Camp – elevation 9,350 ft Distance – 7 miles Time – 6.5 hours Terrain – Jungle Gremlins – None Our day began at the hotel getting picked up by our guide JT in a van just big enough for... Read more »

God Save the Kilimanjaro Porters!

Our support team of 2 guides, 1 cook and 18 porters!
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the “7 Peaks,” ie it’s the tallest peak on the African continent. To climb Kilimanjaro, you need to be in moderately good shape and mentally ready to deal with the altitude you’ll be climbing to – 5,985 meters, or 19,341 feet. It’s rated the 4th most prominent peak in the... Read more »

Why Climb Mt Kilimanjaro?

When people would learn I was setting out to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, the majority would ask, “Why are you doing that?” My answer came in two forms – “Why not?” or “because it’s there.” Life is an adventure! Being a realist I really hope there’s a magical being that created... Read more »
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Happy Martin Luther King Day - jesuisearthling

Happy Martin Luther King Day - jesuisearthling
The past two weeks I’ve literally been off on a mountain! I was completely cut off from most of humanity with literally almost an hour or two of technology (email/text check-ins) but no TV, news or radio. That all changed when I started my journey home. The whole tech blackout was very 1990 amazing.  I... Read more »

Chicago's Top 85 Restaurants - 2014

Chicago's Top 85 Restaurants - 2014
Another year has come and gone, the restaurant scene in Chicago has continued to be robust with many openings big and small. There were a few fan favorites that closed, most notably Hot Doug’s that made more than a few camp out as if life itself would end if they didn’t get one, last bite.... Read more »

Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
Thanksgiving dining options and some great Pre-Holiday dining fun!!! SideDoor (corner of Rush and Ontario Streets) Beverage Director Jeff Van Der Tuuk and FEW Spirits Founder Paul Hletko invite guests to the launch of the long-awaited, FEWSIDE Fernet liqueur at the Burlesque FEW Dinner on November 19 at 7 p.m. The dinner features a selection of specialty cocktails showcasing a variety of the distillery’s... Read more »
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Food Fun Friday - Chicago!

Food Fun Friday - Chicago!
The week before Halloween and everyone was preparing for their slutty costume weekend coming up. What is everyone dressing up as? What’s the candy of choice to be given out? Remember no pennies and no local fruit…candy because it’s for the kids! I hope everyone has a fun weekend. I know next weekend will be!... Read more »

My Jean Banchet Award Ballot and Utter Confusion

I’ve never quite understood what the Jean Banchet Awards were exactly. I know the awards are named for famed local chef Jean Banchet. Chef Banchet, for those who don’t know, was the first “celebrity chef” in Chicago. He took our Paleo Midwestern palettes to another world with Le Francais in 1973. One could argue he... Read more »

Food Fun Friday

I hope everyone had a fun post Marathon week. I know I’m enjoying it immensely! Some fun food events coming up and a big one for Charity with the Meals on Wheels event. I hope everyone has a fun weekend. Between Bites bridges the delicious overlap between eating and storytelling. Food memories shape our personal... Read more »
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Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
With Hot Doug’s closing today, the city loses a iconic dining location. Doug was a true unicorn in that he ran the business exactly like he wanted and only cared that his customers had fun and ate well. We’ll miss Doug but hopefully he’ll be back in business doing whatever he loves soon. A lot... Read more »