All of my drinking for the past week was concentrated on the weekend. And what a nice little weekend it was. I thought we might make it to Bed Bath and Beyond, but you know … not enough time.

Friday night started with … a pre-dinner drink while I did my make-up.

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Yup, I still use a Caboodle. That’s the one I got when I was … I dunno, 11? 12? If it ain’t broke … don’t get rid of it. Anyway, my drink was brandy, orange bitters (gettin’ fancy!) and ginger ale.

Friday night was dinner & a show. Dinner was at Siena Tavern. Finally. Now I could see what all the fuss what about! (Verdict: Good. Worth the fuss.)

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I had a No. 11 (patron silver, grappa, st germain, chamomile, orange bitters, lime, basil) and a No. 8 (johnny walker black, honey, apricot, bittercube jamaican, lime, grapefruit). Both were good, but I really liked the No. 11.

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The show was the Kiss Kiss Cabaret. This was also the first date we booked through How About We, and our tickets were free with our membership. We got to the theater early and enjoyed drinks in the lobby (I opted for champage, I think it was Korbel). Anyway, Kiss Kiss was awesome! I definitely recommend them if you want to check out a burlesque show. My favorite number was to The Chicken Dance. Yes, the one that’s played at weddings. The performer had this awesome ensemble made of feathers, including an elaborate hat … almost a headdress. It was hilarious and sexy.

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Saturday night, we headed to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba to celebrate Paula‘s birthday. We had a pitcher of blood orange sangria. OK, that’s a lie. We had two.

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After dinner drinks at home … Port. And I learned that Olive can be a drink rest. SCORE. She finally serves a useful purpose.

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Pic above by Ashley Rose Photography

Sunday was our first event with the Cake & Whiskey Club. We booked this date through How About We as well. Cake … plus whiskey … it was an easy sell. This month’s event was held at Punch House, which was a delightful bar in the basement of Dusek’s in Pilsen. The bathroom walls were chalkboard and the entire bar had a 60’s loungey/living roomy feel (depending on which room you were in).

The whiskey cocktail was Kentucky Vecchio Punch – Koval dark millet, amaro, amaretto, cold brewed coffee. It was quite tasty! The cake was an almond-cherry wink cake with orgeat jello and chocolate buttercream. Normally I’m not a huge fan of almond flavoring, but the cake (prepared by Dusek’s) was really good. Next month’s event sounds even more fun, so it’s looking like we’ll go again.

If you were going to do a burlesque performance, what song would you choose? I have so many ideas. Oh La La by Goldfrapp might be good. 

If you’ve attended burlesque shows, what’s the weirdest/oddest performance you’ve seen? I think The Chicken Dance wins for me. Although I’ve seen Tigger [FB link, but maybe NSFW] perform and he’s … unique. 

What’s your go-to dish at tapas restaurants? I’ve been to a few in Chicago, and I always go for anything with grilled octopus and lamb. (“My two favorite animals to eat!”) 

Have you attended a dinner/drink/social club event? This was my first.