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Amanda
Chicago, IL
Interests: the cubs, watching films, globetrotting, cooking elaborate feasts, studying for b-school, reading the classics and the occasional trash magazine and living in the great city of chicago!, wine consumption
Recent Activity
I'm back to blogging... but not on Cakes & Ale! Come visit my new blog about entertaining at home: Fancy House Party! The new site is still under construction, but I'm excited to write about something I love to do,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Cakes and Ale
As you may have noticed, posting on Cakes and Ale has been sparse! Over the past few months, life has been particularly busy and I told myself I would only post if I really wanted to. Unfortunately, I haven't really... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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We are (very reluctantly!) settling back into reality after a week in Costa Rica... The pictures kind of speak for themselves: The view of the Arenal Volcano from our resort (Hotel Nayara Arenal) A typical "Tico" breakfast: Gallos Pintos (black... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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My parents gave me the most lovely framed prints for my birthday, and the other day I finally hung them up! I love these. They look just perfect on the wall that separates our kitchen area from the dining room.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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My (29th!) birthday was last Sunday, which meant I got to claim the whole weekend as my own to celebrate! Friday night, Josh and I decided to tackle cooking live lobsters for the first time. I'm a firm believer that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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The week before my sister left (she was staying with us for a little over two months this summer while she completed her summer associateship here in Chicago), she treated J. and I to a little home cooked meal: Tostadas!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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How to feast at a cozy French bistro (La Sardine): 1) Start with Kir Royales 2) Follow with French Onion Soup, Moules, & Escargot 3) Then with Bouillabaise, Sweetbreads, and Steak Frites 4) Wash it down with a nice Bordeaux... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
It's pretty bright in there, I promise! The photos read a little darker than in real life.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2011 on In the kitch... at Cakes and Ale
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On July 27th, I'm a loser! Growing up and being a little self-centered, I wasn't a huge fan of 7-27 because everyone in my family - Mom, Dad and sister - had something to celebrate. My Dad was born on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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My thoughts on South Carolina: - Myrtle Beach: meh - Charleston: yeah! After my conference wrapped up Sunday morning, Josh and I hit the road for Charleston. Since our flight wasn't until 6 or so that evening, we wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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First of all, have you read about this guy who is the real life George Clooney from Up in the Air (except without the whole George Clooney sex appeal thing)? He just flew past the 10 million mile mark on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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Scenes from a Saturday: Al fresco lunch at Greek spot Barba Yianni Greek salad, broiled octopus, & dolmades with tzatziki An extended stop at Gene's Sausage's for dinner ingredients It's the encased meat lovers dreamworld! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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Let's take things down a notch, shall we? After a lot of weekend excitement, it's nice to just have a simple summer meal on the back deck. Nothing but the sound of ice clinking in your glass, some sizzling on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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We didn't just celebrate the good, ol' U S of A this weekend... We also feted my little sister Laura and her new fiance Steve! I'm getting my matron-of-honor planning spreadsheets prepped and ready to be of assistance in any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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We celebrated last night (on the 3rd) with our 2nd annual Rooftop Fireworks Extravaganza! Last year, we discovered that the view from our roof deck was the perfect panoramic venue for prime firework viewing. So, naturally, we deemed it a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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It's been a crazy week! So happy my 4-day weekend has arrived. Nothing like the 4th in Chi-city! Happy Independence Day, fellow patriots! Photos: fireworks, flag, taste Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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My sister-in-law celebrated a birthday last week. I spent some time trolling around my usual online haunts looking for a present before finally hitting the goldmine at Shopbop. This probably is nothing new, but what a well-curated / reasonably priced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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We took a trip up north to Gethsemane last weekend to continue working on fleshing out our deck space with various greenery and flora. Container gardening is definitely a process that I'm still learning about / trying to master. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
Thank you! I think he got it from Neiman Marcus...
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2011 on Wood at Cakes and Ale
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For five years running, we've kept up with the "traditional" anniversary gifts. First year is paper, second is cotton, third is leather, fourth is fruit & flowers, and fifth? Wood. As usual, creativity was encouraged. I had to do some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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This is my Dad: His name is Greg. He's a business man, a wine lover, an early adapter of technological gadgets, and a world traveler who has checked off "eating a balut egg in Indonesia" from his bucket list. In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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It's pretty hard to believe, but our wedding was FIVE years ago today: Happy Anniversary Mr. Wagner! (from the Mrs.) Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
Look at these glasses: I Love Spitfire Junior Disco Glasses - $39 I love them! Now, if only it would stop raining... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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Since my sister is going to be in NYC next weekend, we decided to treat our Dad to a little home-cooked dinner in honor of Father's Day a week early. Hungarian Crystal Flutes! We kicked things off with a bottle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Cakes and Ale
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Josh has gotten really into bow ties lately. Here are a few I'd like to see around his handsome neck: Bandra Bow Tie - Beau Ties Ltd. Brooks Brothers Sailboats - Vineyard Vines So preppy, it hurts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Cakes and Ale