How Amazing Cafe Quickly Became one of my FAVORITE Restaurants!

Amazing Cafe Menu South Side
The AMAZING menu at Amazing Cafe in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood!

*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Amazing Cafe, Karen and Sean Conley, nor Gluten Free Goat Bakery. I am just a Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures. Photos were captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

One Sunday in April, a friend and I signed up to take a yoga workshop at my friend’s yoga studio in the South Side. Beforehand, we dined for brunch at the LOVELY Amazing Cafe, owned by Karen and Sean Conley of Amazing Yoga. I had only been to Amazing Cafe once (for the chocolate Vegan Bliss cake, which was INCREDIBLE); I made it my personal mission to return to Amazing Cafe for brunch. Here was my golden opportunity for brunch (cuz Lord knows that I love to brunch, especially in the ‘burgh)!

Gluten Free Goat Bakery Brownie
THE best brownie I’ve EVER had, from Gluten Free Goat Bakery (her baked goods are featured at Amazing Cafe)!

First: a brownie! I have been DYING to sample some of Gluten Free Goat Bakery‘s food; once again, the golden opportunity arrived! I must say: this was the best brownie I’ve EVER had! You would never know that this brownie was vegan, gluten-free, and soy free! Recently, I had the honor of meeting Jeanette (the Owner and Baker/Executive Chef of Gluten Free Bakery) at the Pittsburgh Public Market (where she know has a permanent space Wednesday- Sunday, from 10am-3pm). She is such a sweetheart; I really enjoyed talking to Jeanette about her business and her plans for the future! Whether you’re a vegan or a meat-eating carnivore, I suggest that you either track down a location that sells her baked goods, or go meet her down at the Pittsburgh Public Market!

Brownie Gluten Free Goat Bakery
Another shot of my LOVELY brownie!
Blue Zone Smoothie Amazing Cafe
The Blue Zone smoothie from Amazing Cafe- delicious!

My brunch beverage of choice was the Blue Zone smoothie, which contained: blueberries, almond butter, banana, hemp milk, dates. This smooth really was AMAZING! What really wowed me was that I did not miss the typical cow’s milk that is in a smoothie. The Blue Zone smoothie was still nice and thick, and I LOVED the purple color (so beautiful)! Plus, you can’t go wrong with blueberries, bananas and dates!

Blue Zone Smoothie Amazing Cafe
Glamour shot of my lovely Blue Zone smoothie!
Tumlum Tacos
The legendary Tumlum Tacos (only offered at brunch on the weekends)!

The main event of brunch: Tumlum Tacos! This dish is only featured at brunch on the weekends. It’s definitely worth the wait! Vegan, local and sustainable ingredients! Lots of vegetables, bright colors, and great homemade fries in there, too (it’s Pittsburgh folks- you gotta have fries, even in your tacos lol). This was so refreshing; I didn’t miss the meat for one minute! Although, two tacos is a whole lot (I wouldn’t been happy with just one). It took every fiber of my being to finish the second one (lol). Maybe if I wouldn’t have already consumed a brownie and a smoothie (lol), I wouldn’t felt this way. Nevertheless, this was an EXCELLENT dish!

Tumlum Taco Amazing Cafe
Inside the Tumlum Taco!
Tumlum Tacos Amazing Cafe
Last glorious shot of the Tumlum Tacos!

I really loved that the food left me feeling light; my body and soul were both so happy! I wish I could eat this like everyday (no joke). REAL food- no chemicals, no preservatives, no scientific ingredient names, just really good quality food, made with love.

Also: I LOVE that the two times I’ve been there for brunch, the owners have been brunching with their kids at the counter. Now THAT’S a sign of good business owners; not only are they selling and endorsing the product, they ARE living the product! I wish every business owner was so hands on; rock on, Sean & Karen!

I will definitely return to Amazing Cafe for brunch soon, and I have already purchased another baked good from the Gluten Free Goat Bakery at the Pittsburgh Public Market (and I plan to buy more from her, too)!

Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art and cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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First Ever Solstice Brunch at the Pittsburgh Public Market

Bull Dawgs
Scrambled Eggs & Sausage Links topped with White Sausage Gravy on a Toasted Bun from Bull Dawgs

*Disclaimer*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither the Pittsburgh Public Market nor its vendors. I just enjoy sharing my foodie adventures with other. Pictures captured with an iPhone5s, and edited with Adobe Photoshop Extended CS4 and Instagram.

When I read an announcement, saying there would be a Solstice brunch at the Pittsburgh Public Market, I knew I had to attend. All this food, from so many Pittsburgh Public Market vendors, for $25? You can’t get a much better deal for brunch! Plus, it has been MONTHS since I had visited the Pittsburgh Public Market. I was excited to see the new Market Kitchen and the new vendors (such as Second Breakfast and Red Star Kombucha). Also, a few of my fellow blogger friends where in attendance: Tasha from The Food Tasters, and Mike Pellas & Jessica Fink from Downtown Pittsburgh Living.

The brunch dish listed above is from a new vendor called Bull Dawgs. They offered a scrambled eggs and sausage link combination, topped with white sausage gravy in a toasted bun. This was INCREDIBLE; one of the best dishes at the brunch! I would like to visit Bull Dawgs again sometime soon.

Wheat Berry Maple Pudding
Wheat Berry Maple Pudding from Clarion River Organics

Another dish from the Solstice Brunch: Wheat Berry Maple Pudding from Clarion River Organics. My Mom said this tasted very similar to oatmeal. I’ll be honest- I only like oatmeal in cookie form. 🙂 I’m just not a fan of lumpy oatmeal. I didn’t care for this dish, but I have been to the Clarion Organics stand many times, and they have great products. They produce the best onions EVER and my family and I LOVE their sour kraut!

Brunch dishes from the Pittsburgh Public Market
Brunch dishes from Second Breakfast, Ohio City Pasta, Eliza’s Baked Oven and Red Star Kombucha

Here we go- the main event! I’ll go counter-clockwise: Whiskey Creme scone from Eliza’s Baked Oven, Pierogi Egg Benedict from Ohio City Pasta, Mulberry Toasted Oaked Green Tea from Red Star Kombucha, Organic Liege Waffle with Blackberry Cinnamon Compote and House-Cured Maple Smoked Duck Bacon (with locally raised duck from Clarion Farms).

Once again, I usually love everything from Eliza’s Baked oven, but the I did not taste neither whiskey nor creme in the Whiskey Creme scone. A lot of people were raving about the other scone option (Cheddar Ale scone); I wish I would’ve chosen that option.

The highlight of the Pierogi Egg Benedict was the Sweet Potato Pierogi. Seriously, Ohio City Pasta could’ve just given me the pierogi and that would’ve been perfect. The other ingredients: poached egg, chipotle hollandaise, and avocado on an English muffin.

The organic liege waffle with the blackberry compote from Second Breakfast was VERY good, but I think I enjoyed the duck bacon the best! I’m going to have to add that to my list of new favorite foods- duck bacon!

Also, I LOVED the Mulberry Toasted Oaked Green Tea from Red Star Kombucha! The tea had a zing to it that you normally don’t receive from tea. I’m so excited to visit Red Star Kombucha at the Pittsburgh Public Market sometime soon!

I forgot to photograph one of my favorite parts of the brunch: banana nut ice cream from Home Grown Organics with chocolate and coconut sauce from Olive or Tap. Oh my GOODNESS! This ice cream was incredible! I wasn’t sure if I would like banana nut ice cream, but Home Grown Organics won me over! I think having the sauces from Olive or Tap really helped, too.

Well folks, there you have it! I hope the Pittsburgh Public Market hosts more brunches soon!

Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art and cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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