Posts tagged "chifoodsnob"

Remembering Chef Homaro Cantu

Remembering Chef Homaro Cantu
I write this post with a heavy heart. I’m not supposed to be writing an obituary or “rest in peace” post for a friend, not yet! Homaro Cantu was one of the most creative and ingenious chefs I ever worked with. His ability to think through a problem and solve it was awe-inspiring. There was... Read more »

Food Writing Is No Longer Fun

Food writing has not been fun for me for some time. My recent food conversations with restaurant friends seem stuck on “repeat.” The topic that comes up most often is the current state of food writing in Chicago. Some I talk to feel let down by the writing community because there isn’t enough critical writing... Read more »

Kilimanjaro Day 6 - The Ascent

Sunrise on the Mountain
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Karanga Camp – 15,331 ft End – Uhru Peak – 19,341 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 13,820 ft *Stella Peak – 18,885 *Chicago is at 573 ft above sea level. Sleeping at a point higher than any in the lower 48 states. Distance –10 total... Read more »
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Kilimanjaro Day 5 - Getting to Base Camp

Terrain has become very rocky.
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Karanga Camp – 13,300 ft End – Barafu Camp – 15,331 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 9,820 ft *Chicago is at 573 ft above sea level. Sleeping at a point higher than any in the lower 48 states. Distance – 2.8 miles – total distance... 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 - 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Chicago Restaurants Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Chicago Restaurants Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month. This disease has effected my family and friends over the past few years and thanks to prevention and regular care everyone is doing well today. Below is a list of restaurants in the Chicago area that through your dining dollars and choices, they’ll be... Read more »