Posts tagged "Joe Campagna"

Dos Urban Cantina – the HIGHS and lows

We all desire that sense of “community” near where we live in such a large city. For me that comes by way of finding a regular neighborhood restaurant I can visit two to three times a month finding comfort and consistently good food. The restaurant learns to know more about me, while I get to... Read more »

Helping Homaro Cantu’s Family

Helping Homaro Cantu’s Family
Yesterday we were all shaken and shocked by the sudden, sad news of Chef Cantu’s passing. I’m always in awe of how the restaurant world comes together in good times and bad. I’ve heard from many friends in and out of the industry, some sharing stories of his generosity and how he was a silent... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Coffee Talk with Sparrow Coffee

Coffee Talk with Sparrow Coffee
Coffee to me has gotten super confusing! Growing up Joe Dimaggio, “the Yankee Clipper” was “Mr. Coffee” and made brewing coffee look easy with the push of a button. You could easily imagine him using it every morning especially when he was married to Marilyn Monroe! Today coffee runs the gamut from the morning pick... 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 »

Kilimanjaro Day 3 - Higher than Rainier

We're going how far?
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Shira Hut – 12,500 ft End – Baranca Wall – 13,500 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 8,120 ft We hit a high elevation on the day at 15k feet during our hike. This is higher than any point in the lower 48 states in the... Read more »

Kilimanjaro Day 2 - Shira Hut

the terrain gets steeper!
Machame Route – 7 Days  Start – Machame Camp – 9,350 ft End – Shira Hut – 12,500 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 7,120 ft *Chicago is at 573 ft above sea level. Denver is 5,470ft Distance – 3.3 miles – I think this is more point-to-point than also considering the elevation.... Read more »
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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 »