Jeopardy: Chad Edition

Chad’s Birthday Mug

Chad, Cousin, Dallas, Trent

Chen-Je, Jen, Jason

Limey, Ted, Fitz, Paul, Carrie, Trent

Chad & Dallas

Chad & Rachelle

In grand family tradition of playing bar games for 40th birthday parties, we all gathered last weekend to celebrate Chad’s big birthday and played Jeopardy: Chad Edition. Remember, for Brian’s party there was the Pub Crawl Olympics and for Jill’s there was Survivor Wrigleyville.

Brian setting up the Jeopardy board.

Jill explaining the rules.

Jeopardy Team Representatives: Carrie, Limey, Ted

For Chad’s 40th birthday Jen rented out the beer garden at Fizz, but since it was raining, we were in a heated tent. We paid $35 for all the drinks we could drink for 4 hours and Jen arranged for some really delicious food to be served as well. At the appointed time, we all gathered to play Jeopardy. When we arrived Jen had given us each a number: 1, 2 or 3. This was to sort people into 3 teams. I was on Team 2: Team Burrito House. We chose Limey to be our team representative. When the answers were presented, Limey had to yell Burrito House to buzz in with the correct question. The other teams and reps were Ted for Team Guthries, Team 1, and Carrie (and later Danny) for Team Syracuse.


Getting intense!

These were the categories – For the Jeopardy round there was The Man and His Bans, Potent Potables, and Movies & Music. In Double Jeopardy there was Chad’s Sports Follies, Brushes With Fame, and He’s Had a Job or Two. The Final Jeopardy category was Location, Location, Location and the question was about how many places Chad has lived in Chicago. Jill and Brian constructed the Jeopardy board. Jill played Vannah White, flipping the answers open, while Brian did his best Alex Trebec, reading the answers off. Jen was the scorekeeper.

Chad had to charade out one of the Jeopardy answers.

Jeopardy crowd.

Final Jeopardy

Chen-Je with two winning girls, Caroline & Loden

The game got really heated with everyone screaming to ring in and shouting answers. Before Final Jeopardy my team, Team Burrito House, was in the lead by far! We could not mess this up! Well, leave it to Limey…. he wagered something like $4,000 more than we even had, which seems to be breaking the rules to me, and then we lost everything, and then some, when no one on our team know how many places Chad lived in. Wah wah wahhhh…

Cousin & Todd

Baltimore Bomb

Baltimore Bombs

Jill & Dallas

Chad’s high school friend Todd flew into town from Maryland and introduced us to a new shot called the Ravens Bomb. Well, when he’s tailgating at football games he calls it that, but we were opting to call it the Baltimore Bomb. In Baltimore they drop a grape vodka shot into a cup of Red Bull energy drink. At Fizz they only had Monster energy drink, so we used that. Check out the awesome custom shot glasses Fizz had. Perfect for bombs. As for the Baltimore Bomb? It tasted awesome. The grape vodka tasted just like grape soda. Todd did warn me that they will sneak up on you if you are not careful, but I only had two. They were flowing pretty readily, though. I think they did sneak up on some people. Or… it could have been the other bombs…

Chad’s Birthday Cheesecakes

Dessert: Carbombs or Cheesecake?

Of course a night out with all these guys is not complete without Irish Car Bombs. Right as Trent was ordering a round, Jen was in the other room gathering people for cake! Ed (remember The Baked Escape) made two white chocolate raspberry swirl cheesecakes (with a chocolate cookie crust) for the party. So delicious. I’ve had this one a few times. It never disappoints. Just as the cake was being cut the Irish Car Bombs arrived. So, choose your poison: Cheesecake or booze. Or both. Why not? Actually, I only had a tiny sliver of the cake and passed on the bombs.

Todd & Brian

Dancing around the birthday boy.

After this, I don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel very drunk, but there was a lot of dancing. And Ed sent me photos of things this week that I only vaguely remember happening. So yeh. Kind of proud that us old people can still have a good time!

New in Logan Square: The Baked Escape

Blueberry Cassis

Have you ever sat around with a group of friends and daydreamed about all quitting your jobs and starting a business? For years I’ve done that with a group of my friends. Ed, you’ll bake. Chad, you’ll design the site. Rachelle, you’ll take the photos and maybe bake some cookies too. Kristin, you can manage the project. Someone else, you can do our marketing. And on and on. Daydreaming. Except you know what? Ed actually did it. For years he’s made pies and desserts and cheesecakes for us and now? He’s in business. We are not getting any more freebies!

Let me introduce you to The Baked Escape.

Pecan Pie

The Baked Escape is Ed’s for real bakery. It’s not just a dream any more! He’s all legit now and is using the Logan Square Kitchen to do all of his baking.

Marbled Cheesecake

For sale: Cheesecakes, chocolate lava cakes, cassis cake, pies, cobbler, smores dessert. I’ve tried many of these and they’re delicious. I mean, really delicious. This is one of my favorites:

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Right now, Ed does not have a storefront, but he lives and bakes in Logan Square, so I’m going to call this a Logan Square bakery. Ed is accepting your orders online and by telephone (773-732-4538).

If you have an event coming up, a holiday, a party, or if you just want to binge out on a delicious cheesecake, give The Baked Escape a call. You won’t be let down and Ed will even deliver right to your house (if you’re in the delivery zone).

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

P.S. Guess who took all of the photos on The Baked Escape website? The girl who is typing this and gained 10 pounds working for cheesecake! (It was worth it!)

Ed’s Famous Cheesecake


Ed’s Cheesecake, Ginbucks, Wicker Park, Chicago

In certain circles, Ed‘s cheesecakes* are legendary. He is only known to make them on special occassions and most of the time you’ll only get one.. ever. When I was laid off a few weeks ago, Ed came out that night, gave me a hug and said “I’ll make you a cheesecake.” I was super excited because I’d heard about the cheesecakes plenty of times but had never experienced one personally.

Saturday night when we were out for Trent & Allison’s birthday Ed said he made the cheesecake for me and it was ready whenever I wanted it. The next day we went to Ginbucks** to watch football and Ed brought the cake there. We all ate it after having about 8 orders of chicken fingers and while watching the Bears blow the playoffs. Bears losing = not good for hangovers (not that I cared, but most people did), chicken fingers and cheesecake = good for hangovers. The cheesecake was white chocolate with a raspberry swirl and a chocolate crust. Worth the wait, totally!!! Delicious.

* Ed says this was the last free cheesecake he’s making. Next he wants to go into business and sell them. He totally could. So yummy.

** We’re all mourning the passing of the Ginbucks days. Scott sold the bar, yesterday was the last day under his ownership. We hear the new owner is changing the name and remodelling. See some of our adventures at Ginbucks.