My Latest Visit to Meat & Potatoes

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*Disclaimer*: I do not neither own Meat & Potatoes nor claim monetary benefits on their restaurant, beverages and food. I’m just a Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her culinary adventures with others! My photos were taken with an iPhone 4s, utilizing Instagram. Website and social media links are located below this post!

Well, here we are again, folks. Another restaurant review of Meat & Potatoes (one of my FAVORITE restaurants in Pittsburgh)! 😀 Smartly nestled in the midst of Downtown Pittsburgh‘s Cultural District, in the Cabaret at Theater Square, Meat & Potatoes is truly a Pittsburgh gem! One of the MANY aspects I love about Meat & Potatoes is that the menu is so vast, you could order a completely different meal every time! This dinner just so happens to be that kind of visit.

My Mom and I dined here last month, right before the Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Saturday show at the Byham Theater. I assisted my Mom with her first appetizer, which was the Fried Chicken Livers (Click the following link for a photohttps://friendlypittsburghfoodie.com/2013/12/23/friendly-pittsburgh-foodies-top-ten-best-restaurant-dishes-of-2013/). Then, I helped my Mom with another appetizer (which was my FAVORITE dish of the night! I’m still kicking myself for not taking a photo): Devils on Horseback! Each “Devil on Horseback” was a date, filled with chorizo and wrapped in bacon. Pittsburgh foodies: you MUST order this the next time you visit Meat & Potaotes. Sooooooo good!

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MY first appetizer of the night was Fried Brussel Sprouts (pictured above). VERY good- definitely a different approach to brussel sprouts! Another brussel sprout dish I LOVE is the Crispy Brussel Sprout dim sum at Grit & Grace (also in Downtown). They aren’t serving that dim sum at the moment; hopefully, Grit & Grace will bring it back! Seriously, Pittsburgh foodies, I will help you lobby for this dish to return to Grit & Grace! Any restaurant that can get me to eat brussel sprouts is O.K. in my book! 😉

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The main dish: pork belly tacos! 😀 The only other restaurant I’ve had pork belly is at Grit & Grace. Grit & Grace serves a FABULOUS crispy Pork Belly dim sum (my FAVORITE dim sum that they serve)! Meat & Potatoes served the pork belly soft, but I still received the wonderful texture and fatty-ness that one would associate with pork belly.

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The pièce de résistance was the Chocolate Pot du Creme (pictured above in all its glory). Words can’t describe.

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Post whipped-cream. As Bourdain would say: “oh yeah, baby; the good stuff”!

 

All-in-all, a wonderful meal! I’m already plotting which dishes to sample next time! X)

 

Three cheers to good food, fabulous art, and cultural events!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

Meat & Potatoes’ website: http://meatandpotatoespgh.com/

Meat & Potatoes’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MeatAndPotatoesPgh

Meat & Potatoes’ Twitter: https://twitter.com/4meatnpotatoes

Meat & Potatoes’ Instagram: http://instagram.com/meat_potatoes

Second to Last Weekend of May Fun!

S'mores dessert cocktail
S’mores cocktail

*DISCLAIMER*: These photos were captured with an iPhone 4S, through Instagram. I do not claim monetary benefits on neither these photos, nor the dishes photographed. I’m just a foodie, who enjoys sharing my culinary adventures with others! 🙂

Website links and social media info below this post!

Two Fridays ago, I dined for the first time at Mahoney’s in Downtown Pittsburgh. I was greeted by the owner (who was extremely cordial)! I had no idea whether I should enter in through the opened patio or the door, and he was kind enough to hold the door for me. I was at Mahoney’s to meet up with a few fellow Pittsburgh bloggers.

My friend Jess let me share some of her appetizer with her. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the appetizer, but it was scrumptious! The appetizer was stuffed mushrooms, that were stuffed with shrimp and cheese. Sooooo good!

For my main course, I had a Bison burger with sweet potato fries. The sweet potato fries were WONDERFUL! The Bison burger was okay. I must admit, I’ve never tried bison before. Thus, I’m not sure if I didn’t like it b/c of trying it for the first time, or because of the way it was cooked. Either way, here’s the photo:

Bison Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Bison Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

There was only one waitress/bartender in the whole place. Even so, she did a great job, being attentive to each guest, but not overly attentive. She gave the bloggers and I plenty of space to converse with each other.

After two of the bloggers left, Jess convinced me to have a drink with her at a new restaurant called Ten Penny. I had a dessert “S’mores” cocktail. One word: WOW! When you drink the cocktail, it really DOES taste just like a s’more. The alcohol taste kicks in later, almost as an after-effect. I loved it!

 

S'mores dessert cocktail
S’mores cocktail

Last Sunday, I attended class for the first time at BYS Yoga in the South Side. I participated in a YogaWorks, Level 1/2 class with the LOVELY Anna-Gilbert Zupon. I had heard that she and her husband would be moving away from Pittsburgh soon. Thus, I wanted to make sure I enrolled in a class with her while I still could! The perfect post-yoga treat: vegan chocolate cinnamon cake at Amazing Cafe (owned by Karen and Sean Conley of Amazing Yoga, with the South Side studio right next door to the cafe):

 

Vegan Chocolate Cinnamon Cake
Vegan Chocolate Cinnamon Cake

Let me tell you: you would HARDLY even know this was a vegan cake! So tasty and moist, and much healthier than your average piece of cake. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the Amazing Cafe, which was playful and joyful. I will DEFINITELY return for brunch- the french toast sounded REALLY good!

 

Well, there you have it, folks! Watch out for another upcoming post on my most recent dinner at Meat & Potatoes! 😀

 

Three cheers to good food, fantastic art, cultural events, and Pittsburgh-ese namastes,

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

Mahoney’s Restaurant and Lounge’s website: http://www.mahoneysrestaurant.com

Mahoney’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mahoneysrestaurant

Ten Penny’s website: http://www.tenpennypgh.com

Ten Penny’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tenpennypgh

Ten Penny’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/TenPennyPGH

BYS Yoga’s website: http://www.bys-yoga.com

BYS Yoga’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BYSYoga

BYS Yoga’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BYSYoga

Amazing Yoga’s website: http://www.amazingyoga.net/

Amazing Yoga’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amazing-Yoga/241796840190

Amazing Yoga’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmazingYoga

Amazing Yoga’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/amazingyoga

Amazing Cafe’s website: http://www.amazingyoga.net/cafe/

Amazing Cafe’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amazing-Cafe/543959155625284

Amazing Cafe’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Amazing_Cafe

Amazing Cafe’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/amazingcafe

Quick Post: five months of culture in the ‘burgh!

WICKED
Wicked: The Musical

*DISCLAIMER*: These photos were captured by me, on my iPhone 4S, with Instagram. I do not seek monetary benefits from these photos, as the rights belong to the individual shows and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Greetings dedicated blog followers! Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts! Four weeks ago, I started a new full-time job. Everything’s going well, but I am still adjusting to having a full-time job (and working my hobbies, such as blogging, into my free time).

The first show I went to in the 2014 season was WICKED! This was the second time I’ve attended a Wicked performance- it is one of my favorite musicals (number two, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera is my number one)! Both women who played Elphaba and Glenda did a SPECTACULAR job! The whole casts was wonderful- the costumes, special effects and props were also incredible! I attended the show with some of my best friends from college. It was an enjoyable afternoon at the Benedum Center in Downtown Pittsburgh! 😀

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My Mom and I attended Wednesday Night Wine Flight: Sonoma County at Cabaret at Theater Square. I’ve attended a few Wednesday Night Wine Flight events in the past (three Holiday Wine & Cheeses and Wine Down Under the Sails), and this event was just as nice as the others! Here was the spread for that night’s event.

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure show
Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure

Last night was the Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure show at the Byham Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. It was INCREDIBLE! Eddie Izzard is one of my favorite comedians (Bill Maher and Ricky Gervais being the other two); I never thought I would see him live in person. It was truly a magical night! 😀

 

Three Cheers to wonderful shows, good food and fabulous art!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie