Churchview Farm Dinner with Csilla Thackray & Joey Hilty of The Vandal

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Welcome Snack from Csilla: Rye cracker with liptauer spread, fennel & beet (paired with a Maggie’s Farm Pineapple Punch by Joey Hilty)! The snack was so decadent and enjoyable; the punch was light & sweet (perfect for summer)!

*NOTE*: Neither Churchview Farm, Csilla Thackray, Joey Hilty, nor The Vandal asked me to write this post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie & Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos captured with an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Back on Sunday, July 2nd, my Mom and I enjoyed a “Farm Dinner” at the Churchview Farm (located in the Brentwood neighborhood of the South Hills of Pittsburgh), featuring Csilla Thackray (Executive Chef) and Joey Hilty (Restaurant Owner), both of The Vandal. When it was time to pick the Churchview Farm dinner I attend, I made sure to choose The Vandal’s dinner. The Vandal is one of my favorite Pittsburgh restaurants (and, in my opinion, one of the best). Csilla’s cooking is INCREDIBLE, and Joey does a fantastic job of always ensuring that his guests are welcomed.

After the welcome snack, cocktail, and farm tour, all of us were seated for dinner. A special shout-out to the couple (and their two friends) who sat next to my Mom and me! They must’ve been the most fun people I’ve EVER dined with at the Churchview Farm!

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First Course: Chilled sorrel soup with poached lobster & chips (paired with Royal Provance Rivarose wine)! Churchview Farm & The Vandal were both kind enough to make any dishes that originally had dairy in them dairy-free for me (and this was one of them)! ❤

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A close up of this lovely soup! I always love the bowls and plates that the Churchview Farm uses!

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Second Course: Radish, frisee, buckwheat, & service berry vinaigrette. This salad was nice and light before the new few decadent courses! This course was served “family style” (meaning the four parts of the dining room table each received platters of the salad, shared amongst four-to-six people).

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Third Course: Mussels, baby vegetable ragout, bronze fennel, sunflower shoot oil & baguette (paired with Draii Laag Tafalbier). I LOVED the mussels, and the beer made me feel like I was in Belgium! This dish was also served family-style.

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Fourth Course: Kohlrabi tortelloni,crispy greens, besurre monte & braised onion (*I had the dairy-free version). This was one of my FAVORITE dishes of the night! The pasta was INCREDIBLE!

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Fifth Course: Quail, gooseberry chutney, tokyo bekana kraut & mashed fingerlings. I LOVED the quail; it was so smart to pair it with the gooseberry chutney. Of course, I always enjoy fingerling potatoes. Also served family-style!

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Dessert Course: Paw Paw sorbet,cardamom meringue, sassafras shortbread and cherries. My favorite course of the night! I loved every single ingredient!

Well there you have it, folks! If you ever get to chance to both dine at The Vandal and attend a Churchview Farm dinner, I highly recommend both!

Next Post: either Summer Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Dinner at Hyde Park Steakhouse or Foodie Adventures of 2017!

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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Brunch at DiAnoia’s Eatery

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DiAnoia’s Eatery was kind enough to make a Dairy-Free & Vegan version of the restaurant’s Chocolate Chai for me! I no longer see the Chocolate Chai on the menu, but I encourage you to either call ahead or ask your server (if you have either any food allergies or dietary restrictions).

*NOTE*: DiAnoia’s Eatery didn’t ask me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures. Photos captures on an iPhone7s; edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

For Mother’s Day, I treated my Mom to brunch at DiAnoia’s Eatery in the Strip District!  I had been anticipating dining at DiAnoia’s Eatery for quite some time! I had heard nothing but good things about the restaurant, and I was curious as to what the former Executive Chef of Spoon had to offer.

 

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Another shot of my tasty Dairy Free & Vegan Chocolate Chai!

 

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Mom & I shared this lovely Nutella Panzerotti (fried dough filled with Nutella)! HEAVENLY!

 

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Another shot of this delectable Nutella treat!

 

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Mom’s brunch dish of choice: Pannettone French Toast with strawberries, maple syrup and powdered sugar! Considering I ate one-third of this (lol), I can personally vouch for the amazing-ness of this dish!

 

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My brunch dish of choice: Vegetarian Frittata with eggs, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, Provolone, EVO, Marinara and Arugula Salad (I also ordered a side of bacon)! One of THE best Frittatas I’ve EVER had! I let Mom enjoy most of the bacon (in honor of Mother’s Day). ❤

 

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A closeup of this BEAUTIFUL Vegetarian Frittata!

Well there you have it, folks! If you’re looking for a good mix of authentic Italian and Italian American cuisine, as well as a good ambiance and stellar service, I highly recommend DiAnoia’s Eatery (which has been added to my list of favorite brunch spots)!

Next on the blog: The Vandal‘s Farm Dinner at the Churchview Farm!

 

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Brunch at Onion Maiden

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I’m not sure if Onion Maiden is still doing this at brunch, BUT: when I went in May, all brunch dishes were served with the “Kale ’em” Salad and Roasted Potatoes! The salad was very tasty, and the potatoes were cooked to PERFECTION! I really enjoyed dunking the roasted potatoes into ketchup!

*NOTE*: Onion Maiden didn’t ask me to write this post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos captured on my iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

I had a RARE Saturday off in Saturday (this is very important to note, as Onion Maiden only serves brunch on Saturdays [and is closed on Sundays]). Thus, I took fully advantage by inviting a few friends to brunch with me at Onion Maiden (located in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh)!

I have been following Onion Maiden ever since I first had their food at VegFeast in 2015! Their food was INCREDIBLE, and honestly didn’t taste like “Vegan food”. My fandom towards Onion Maiden is SO dedicated that last year, I took a Lyft and and Uber during my 30 minute lunch break to get brunch from Onion Maiden when they did a pop-up event at Black Forge Coffee House (also in Allentown). Needless to say, TOTALLY worth it (and the coffee at Black Forge is AMAZING! If you haven’t been there, Pittsburgh, you must go)! Thus: when Onion Maiden finally opened up their own brick-and-mortar restaurant space, I just had to dine there (and yinz know I’m ALL about brunch)!

 

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Main Course: “Waffles in the Throne Room”! This was a Matcha Waffle with Strawberries, Coconut Cream, Walnuts and Maple Syrup! I must say, one of THE best waffles I’ve EVER had! Especially since I’ve been having issues with dairy, I really appreciated the decadent dairy alternative of coconut cream. 🙂

It was nice to go back-and-forth between the savory-ness of the “Kale ’em” Salad and Roasted Potatoes, and the sweetness of the “Waffles in the Throne Room”. ❤

 

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My complete brunch (including Zeke’s Coffee—one of my FAVORITE local coffee companies)!

*NOTE*: Onion Maiden’s brunch menu now changes weekly. The best way to find out about the brunch menu is to follow them on Facebook (see info below), where Onion Maiden will post the brunch menu a few days before. I am happy to say that the past two weeks, the “Waffles in the Throne Room” has been included on the brunch menu!

Well there you have it, folks! Whether you stop by Onion Maiden for dinner or brunch, I highly recommend dining there! I’m excited to return on my next Saturday off from work!

 

Next up on the blog: brunch at DiAnoia’s Eatery!

 

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Brunch at Spoon

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Mom’s tasty birthday cake (yes, I tried a bite) from her birthday brunch at Spoon!

*NOTE*: Neither Brian Pekarcik, Jamilka Borges nor Spoon Pittsburgh asked me to write this post. I am just a friendly Pittsburgh foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos taken on an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Back in April, I treated my Mom to her 65th birthday brunch at Spoon (located in East Liberty)! I also encourage you to read my first post on dinner at Spoon here. Here’s what I had for brunch:

 

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Main CourseSmoked Salmon with watercress & grilled romaine. Also: fingerling potatoes, dill vinaigrette, beets and quail eggs! Absolutely FABULOUS! Great job, Jamilka! 😀

 

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Side Dish: THE best bacon I’ve EVER had (from Heritage Farm)!

 

Well there you have it, folks! I have added Spoon to my favorite brunch spots list; I will definitely return for brunch soon! Whether you either live in Pittsburgh or are planning a visit soon, I highly suggest visiting Spoon in East Liberty for brunch!

 

Next post: brunch at Onion Maiden

 

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Sunday Funday at Yellow Bridge Brewing Company

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Potato Pancake Fritters and Red Cabbage slaw from Swing Truck at Yellow Bridge Brewing Company. This was REALLY good!

*NOTE*: Neither Yellow Bridge Brewing Company, Steel City Chimney Cakes, nor Swing Truck asked me to write this post. I am just a friendly Pittsburgh foodie and yoga enthusiast, who enjoys sharing her food and yoga adventures with others. Photos captured on my iPhone 6s, and edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Please also note that the Swing Truck food truck is no longer in operation, but I still wanted to speak about the delicious food that foodie colleague Bobby Fry made!

Yellow Bridge Brewing Company is located in Delmont, Pennsylvania (just 30 minutes east of the city of Pittsburgh). The Brewery’s staff is very friendly, and of course the beer is very tasty! I hope they are still offering Bloody Mary’s on Sunday, because the Bloody Mary I had on this particular Sunday was FANTASTIC!

I also really appreciate that Yellow Bridge Brewing Company is an advocate for food trucks! This particular Sunday, there was a food truck round up with Swing Truck and the Steel City Chimney Cakes! If you’re wondering what a Chimney Cake is, this is a sweat yeast dough treat, often rolled in sugar. Trust me when I say you will want one (or two)!

 

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Swing Truck Food Truck!

 

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Steel City Chimney’s sign!

 

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Brunch Dish #1: The Steel City Chimney’s and Swing Truck collaborated on this dish: Fried Chicken strips inside of a Steel City Chimney Cake! I must say, this was some of THE best fried chicken I’ve EVER had (good job, Bobby!). This was paired perfectly with the lightly fried dough with cinnamon sugar!

 

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The Food Tasters’ Brunch Dish #1: My friend Tasha (of The Food Tasters and Eat Local/Shop Small) ordered a ham bechamel Steel City Chimney Cake (another collaboration between Swing Truck and Steel City Chimney Cakes)! I must admit I took a bite, and wasn’t disappointed!

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Brunch dish #2: Pork Tacos! Tasha and I shared these; I must say, they ranked right up there with tacos from the PGH Taco Truck and Tako!

 

So there you have it, folks! If you are craft beer fan, I high suggest stopping by Yellow Bridge Brewing Company for a pint! I also encourage you to follow Yellow Bridge Brewing Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on the latest food truck happenings at Yellow Bridge!

 

Next up on the blog: brunch at Spoon!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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Dinner at Apteka

*NOTE*: Apteka did not ask me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos captured on an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Back in February, I was lucky enough to attend a Yoga Nidra + Reiki workshop at the Yoga Hive in Garfield with one of my best guy friends! After class, we decided to venture over to Apteka in Bloomfield for dinner! Apteka started out as a pop-up in Pittsburgh, featured in several Pierogi competition (and it won several of those competitions).

Apteka is know for its Eastern European food (especially the Pierogies) and everything is Vegan! My friend and I were very eager to dine here! When you walk in, you place your order at the counter (and pay then, too). If you’re a party of less than six, hopefully fate is in your favor and a table is waiting for you (considering Apteka is VERY popular; there was even a line out the door)! Thankfully for my friend and me, fate was in our favor. 🙂

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Course #1: Zupa z dyni! Pumpkin Soup, fennel and a seed cracker. THE best Pumpkin Soup I’ve ever had in my entire LIFE! Even though there was (obviously) no cream in this soup, the soup still had this creamy and comforting quality. I LOVED dipping the seed cracker in the soup, enjoying the soft texture of the soup clash with the crunchy texture of the cracker.

 

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Course #2: Pierogi Small Plate! Also: sauerkrat, mushroom, celeriac, apple, potato and horseradish. Sooooooo good! Definitely one of THE best plates of Pierogies I’ve EVER had! Although I’m glad I ordered the Small Plate, because the three Pierogies were very filling!

 

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Dessert Course: Piernik! Dark Gingerbread and Plum Butter! I swear, if you didn’t know about the ginger and plum butter, you would’ve thought you were eating a decadent chocolate cake! I loved the Spicy-ness of the ginger, paired with the sweetness of the Plum. I was pleasantly surprised with this healthy take on cake!

 

Well there you have it, folks! Whether you’re either a Vegan, Vegetarian, or a meat-eating Carnivore, I know everyone can find a dish (or two, or three) they will enjoy at Apteka! Just make sure to arrive early, to help increase your changes of getting a table!

 

Next up: Sunday Funday at Yellow Bridge Brewing Company, featuring Swing Truck and the Steel City Chimney Cakes!

 

 

 

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Brunch at Round Corner Cantina

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Brunch dessert: the truly INCREDIBLE Churros and Ancho-Cocoa Drizzle sauce from Round Corner Cantina! These might’ve just been THE best churros I’ve EVER had!

*NOTE*: Round Corner Cantina didn’t ask me to write this post. I am just a friendly Pittsburgh foodie and yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures with others! Photos captured with an iPhone 7S; edited with Adobe Photoshop CS$ Extended and Instagram.

One fateful Sunday in February after some #MysoreMagic at The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga, my Mom and I wandered down Butler Street (in Lawrenceville) to Round Corner Cantina for brunch!

I had been to Round Corner Cantina one time before (for their New Year’s Eve Party in 2015), but I wanted to return to actually dine there (especially for brunch, which I have heard is pretty spectacular at Round Corner Cantina).

 

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Mom’s Brunch: La Gourmandine Brioche French Toast! This came with Benton’s Bacon, Ancho Maple Syrup, Chipotle Whipped Butter, and Berries! I must admit, I tried a bite, and it was one of THE best French Toasts I’ve EVER had! Plus: look how beautiful this dish was plated!

 

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My Brunch: Breakfast Tacos! Refried beans, Rice, Salsa Verde, House Made Corn Tortillas with a sprinkling of Cheese! The refried beans and salsa verde paired beautifully together, and I loved the rice! Plus, the homemade tortillas were some of THE best I’ve ever had! This dish has been added to the list of one of my favorite tacos in Pittsburgh!

 

Whether you either live in Pittsburgh year-round or are just visiting, I highly suggest visiting Round Corner Cantina (especially for brunch)!

 

Next up: dinner at Apteka!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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