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#1 Post by Victor Hong » February 9th, 2017, 1:22 pm

My elderly parents have occasional cravings for something simple. It is a strawberry-filled yellow layer cake, with whipped-cream (NOT butter cream) frosting.

We used to buy them at Phillips Bakery, on Belmont Avenue, but that wonderful place closed several years ago. Would any Chicagoans kindly recommend another bakery, ideally one which might deliver to the Far North Side? Price is no object. Thank you.
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#2 Post by Corey N. » February 9th, 2017, 1:24 pm

Victor, this sounds similar to the types of cakes they sell in Chinatown; am I on the right track?
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#3 Post by Victor Hong » February 9th, 2017, 1:29 pm

Almost, as the Chinatown ones often lack strawberry filling, and tend to be frosted with a random mix of whipped cream and butter cream (yech).
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#4 Post by Paul Miller » February 9th, 2017, 1:33 pm

Check with either Lutz or Dinkel's. Both in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area (northside). Long time German bakeries. They might, or can tell you who does.

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#5 Post by Mel Hill » February 9th, 2017, 1:41 pm

Call Tag's in Evanston
I'm sure they could make that
http://evanstonbakery.com/cakes/

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#6 Post by Victor Hong » February 9th, 2017, 1:58 pm

Paul Miller wrote:Check with either Lutz or Dinkel's. Both in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area (northside). Long time German bakeries. They might, or can tell you who does.
Mel Hill wrote:Call Tag's in Evanston
I'm sure they could make that
http://evanstonbakery.com/cakes/
Good ideas. Thank you.

At their recent 60th Anniversary brunch, one such cake was THE big hit. However, I am hesitant to ask our yacht club, where we threw the event, for the name of the bakery, as businesses can be protective about their vendors.

Given the advance ages of my parents, nobody is going to say that extra dessert will harm their health. [snort.gif]
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#7 Post by Corey N. » February 9th, 2017, 2:04 pm

Victor Hong wrote: recent 60th Anniversary brunch, one such cake was THE big hit. However, I am hesitant to ask our yacht club, where we threw the event, for the name of the bakery, as businesses can be protective about their vendors.
A wise man once said "when someone chooses not to negotiate, one is quietly negotiating away everything." Sounds to me like you're refusing to negotiate with the yacht club, when the worst that can happen is that they say "no".
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#8 Post by Alan Rath » February 9th, 2017, 2:09 pm

Bingo, I wouldn't hesitate for an instant to call the club and ask them where they got the cake. I assume you arranged the brunch, just call the person you made the arrangements with, praise the heck out of their service, and ask for a favor, where they got that wonderful cake. Schmooze, man, schmooze :)
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#9 Post by Victor Hong » February 9th, 2017, 2:11 pm

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Victor Hong wrote: recent 60th Anniversary brunch, one such cake was THE big hit. However, I am hesitant to ask our yacht club, where we threw the event, for the name of the bakery, as businesses can be protective about their vendors.
A wise man once said "when someone chooses not to negotiate, one is quietly negotiating away everything." Sounds to me like you're refusing to negotiate with the yacht club, when the worst that can happen is that they say "no".
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Hesitate negotiating, yes. Avoid negotiating, no.
I will ask our club, if no alternatives. So far, everybody has been most helpful. Indeed, Tags Bakery just told me that it can make and deliver such cakes.
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#10 Post by Alan Rath » February 9th, 2017, 10:23 pm

Did you tell them "price is no object"? FYI, that's not a great negotiating starter neener
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#11 Post by Victor Hong » February 10th, 2017, 3:47 am

Alan Rath wrote:Did you tell them "price is no object"? FYI, that's not a great negotiating starter neener
No.
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#12 Post by Mel Hill » February 10th, 2017, 5:53 am

Glad to hear Tag's came thru. Given your long time support of the CYC I'm sure they would tell you where they got the cake your parents enjoyed at their party.

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#13 Post by Victor Hong » February 10th, 2017, 6:28 am

I am e-mailing Tags with specifications. This will be perfect timing for St. Valentine's Day. Thank you.
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#14 Post by MBerto » February 10th, 2017, 6:59 am

Victor Hong wrote:Price is no object.
Someone has hacked Victor's account.
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#15 Post by Corey N. » February 10th, 2017, 7:20 am

Victor Hong wrote:Tags Bakery just told me that it can make and deliver such cakes.
Great news.

A bit OT, but I've always appreciated the posts where you talk about your parents. It is obvious that you're a loving son and I think that's wonderful.
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#16 Post by Jason T » February 10th, 2017, 11:37 am

MBerto wrote:
Victor Hong wrote:Price is no object.
Someone has hacked Victor's account.
This made me laugh out loud enough on the plane such that I got some weird looks. Well done.
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#17 Post by Michael Sopher » February 10th, 2017, 11:51 am

Jason T wrote:
MBerto wrote:
Victor Hong wrote:Price is no object.
Someone has hacked Victor's account.
This made me laugh out loud enough on the plane such that I got some weird looks. Well done.
Laughed out loud too...

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#18 Post by Victor Hong » February 10th, 2017, 12:36 pm

No cake for any of you three!
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#19 Post by CWun » February 10th, 2017, 12:46 pm

MBerto wrote:
Victor Hong wrote:Price is no object.
Someone has hacked Victor's account.
His Confucian upbringing makes him irrational towards elders. neener
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#20 Post by Victor Hong » February 10th, 2017, 12:54 pm

OK, you get not cake....but a feather-dusting.
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#21 Post by Victor Hong » February 11th, 2017, 7:47 am

My parents just got the cake, and loved it. Thank you, everybody, especially Mel.

Tags Bakery also saved me a special whipped cream pie, just for MBerto. [stirthepothal.gif]
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#22 Post by Mel Hill » February 11th, 2017, 8:51 am

Happy to help

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#23 Post by Siun o'Connell » February 11th, 2017, 8:58 pm

What a wonderful thread!

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#24 Post by MBerto » February 13th, 2017, 7:14 am

What's your preferred pairing for pie-in-the-face, Victor?
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#25 Post by Victor Hong » July 25th, 2017, 9:38 am

Mel Hill wrote:Happy to help
Thank you.
I just ordered another cake for this Saturday, which is the 90th birthday of my father.
He is getting weaker with age, and might not wish to go out for dinner on Saturday night,
even though I have teed up some 1990 Bordeaux and 1927 (birthyear) Madeira.

Or he might try to summon his strength for Champagne Sunday brunch at our yacht club.
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#26 Post by Corey N. » July 25th, 2017, 9:40 am

Happy birthday wishes to your dad. I hope you have a wonderful time with your parents.
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#27 Post by Siun o'Connell » July 25th, 2017, 11:05 am

Adding Happy Birthday from here as well! I'm sure whether dinner or brunch it will be a lovely celebration!

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#28 Post by David K o l i n » July 25th, 2017, 11:24 am

Happy Birthday to your dad, Victor!

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#29 Post by Victor Hong » July 25th, 2017, 11:44 am

Thank you, everybody.
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#30 Post by David K o l i n » July 25th, 2017, 12:10 pm

Do they let birthday stripppers into the Chicago Yacht Club?

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#31 Post by Corey N. » July 25th, 2017, 12:14 pm

David K o l i n wrote:Do they let birthday stripppers into the Chicago Yacht Club?
Are you offering?
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#32 Post by Mel Hill » July 25th, 2017, 12:15 pm

Have a great celebration for his 90th! We had quite the party for my dad on his 90th a few years ago.

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#33 Post by Victor Hong » July 25th, 2017, 12:22 pm

Corey N. wrote:
David K o l i n wrote:Do they let birthday stripppers into the Chicago Yacht Club?
Are you offering?
Well, if his new implants are worthy, why not?
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#34 Post by Corey N. » July 25th, 2017, 12:27 pm

Victor Hong wrote:
Corey N. wrote:
David K o l i n wrote:Do they let birthday stripppers into the Chicago Yacht Club?
Are you offering?
Well, if his new implants are worthy, why not?
Who says they're implants?

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#35 Post by Jay Miller » July 26th, 2017, 6:47 am

More happy birthday wishes here.
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#36 Post by debbie holm » July 26th, 2017, 10:25 am

A very happy birthday to your father!

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#37 Post by Victor Hong » July 26th, 2017, 10:41 am

Thank you, all.
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#38 Post by Victor Hong » July 29th, 2017, 1:59 pm

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#39 Post by Siun o'Connell » July 29th, 2017, 5:50 pm

What great birthday cake and family - thanks for sharing!

(I'm drooling over that piped frosting...yum!)

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#40 Post by Victor Hong » July 29th, 2017, 9:11 pm

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#41 Post by Corey N. » July 30th, 2017, 6:29 am

90...so it's a birth year wine. Sort of.

Thank you for sharing the pics Victor.
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#42 Post by Victor Hong » July 30th, 2017, 7:00 am

We started with the 1927 Alvear Pedro Ximenex, as the birth year wine. The Haut Brion was rich, dark, complex, and lively. Far from full maturity, this Bordeaux offered ample tobacco, gravel, and forest notes. Its finish was quite layered, silky, yet gripping. Thank you.
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