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Amanda Topper
Food and Drink Writer and Foodservice Industry Analyst
Food and Drink Writer and Foodservice Industry Analyst


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Mesa Urbana
While I spend most of my hours dining out in Chicago, I spent most of my time growing up in north suburban Northbrook. When I heard about a restaurant in my hometown that was on Chicago Magazine's Hot List , I knew I had to check it out. Mesa Urbana defines...

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My Top 16 of 2016!
It's hard to believe 2016 is coming to a close! I feel like it was yesterday that I was making my list of my favorite dishes of 2015! This year was another year filled with incredible food and drink, in Chicago and beyond, and that's why it's always so hard...

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Recent Foodie Finds
MAN have I been busy eating! Seemingly too busy to write about it. But much of my time as of late has been devoted to work, wedding planning, and writing awesome pieces for Thrillist ! But fret not, I'm back on The GG and it's been a fabulous few weeks of d...

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Begyle Brewing + G.H. Cretors Popcorn
Begyle Brewing Begyle Brewing Last week I was given the delicious task of creating flavor pairings between G.H. Cretors popcorn, and craft beer from the lovely folks behind Ravenswood's Begyle Brewing . Through some social media conversation research, G.H. ...

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Next Door Chef: Chicago
A few weeks ago, I joined a number of guests at Morton Salt ’s Next Door Chef: Chicago, an exclusive holiday-inspired dining experience. It was a truly unique evening hosted by acclaimed Chicago chef Jason Vincent of Giant . Chef Vincent was joined in the k...

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A Chicago Staycation
I'm back from my (unintentional) blogging hiatus! I'm sorry I've been MIA but I promise it's for good reason. Since my last post, I started a new job at my current company, started writing about Chicago restaurants for Thrillist , and got engaged to the BF!...

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The Ghost Guest in NYC
I recently returned from a long weekend in New York City, a place I hadn't visited in four years! Before I flew in, I made sure to ask my social networks for their favorite places to wine and dine in NYC. The result was a three page list of spots that I had...

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Ixcateco Grill
Brace yourselves, I'm about to tell you about my new favorite Mexican spot in the city, Ixcateco Grill . If there's one thing I know and love about Chicagoans, it's that we will travel for good food. Case in point: Ixcateco Grill in Albany Park. The BF and ...

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Pump Room
The Pump Room , located inside the PUBLIC Chicago hotel is one spot I have always wanted to try, but somehow it managed to escape me. The space formerly housed the original Pump Room in the former Ambassador East hotel (where my parents were married!), whic...

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The Ghost Guest Turns 6!
Happy 6th Birthday, The Ghost Guest! Today, May 19th is a VERY special day. Today marks 6 years (SIX!) since I wrote my very first blog post on The Ghost Guest . That's right, The Ghost Guest is celebrating its 6th anniversary today! I feel like I just wrot...
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