*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Cocothe, nor its owners. I’m just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures with others! Photos were captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited in Instagram.
Picture up above was the first dish: homemade biscuits, one of the highlights of brunch! These were particularly good, when paired with the next dish:
(My favorite things were the herb creme fresh spread, picture in the upper left-hand corner, and the rhubarb jam, photographed in the upper right-hand corner. Soooooooo good!)
This was WONDERFUL! So refreshing, light & healthy- PERFECT for summer! I could tell that the berries & basil were both very fresh, and the honey tasted MARVELOUS, drizzled on the top!
These pancakes totally transported me back to my childhood, when my Mom would take me to DeLuca’s in the Strip District, and I would get the chocolate chip pancakes. 🙂
Eggs any way that you like it (I chose scrambled), avocado toast (“toast is back, baby”- Stacey Vespaziani & Amy C.), berry salad, sliced cherry tomatoes, chicken apple sausage, and hollandaise sauce. WOW! My favorite things were: the scrambled eggs, the avocado toast (a taste of California), and the chicken sausage (which I also tried once at The Square Cafe in Regent Square). I HIGHLY recommend this dish! (*thumbs up*)
Pittsburgh: whether you live north west of the city, or if you live in the South Hills like I do, Cocothe is TOTALLY worth the trip for brunch! 😉
Cheers for good food, fabulous art & cultural events,
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from Gaucho Parrilla Argentina; I’m just a Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoy sharing her foodie adventures! Photos captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited in Instagram.
Gaucho is FAMOUS, not just in Pittsburgh- nation-wide in the foodie scene! Once the eatPGH ladies christened Gaucho as a “must-eat, must-see” foodie destination, I knew I had to dine there!
FINALLY, my chance arrived in June, when Tasha (of The Food Tasters) and Mike (of Why We Live in Downtown Pittsburgh) met me for dinner, one Friday night, after work.
First of all: you know the restaurant is good when the line is OUT the door! I was really intrigued by the menu, too, which was exhibited on this HUGE chalkboard:
I really lined waiting “on line” (as Bourdain would say) to ascend to the cash register, place my order, and then await my food, at a rustic table near the entrance window, for my food. Luckily, I was able to converse with The Food Tasters, while I waited in anticipation.
WOW! This house salad was SERIOUSLY one of the best salads I’ve EVER had in my entire LIFE! Once of the aspects of Gaucho that’s unique: everything is cooked on a wood-fired grill! I could really taste the AMAZING smoky-ness of the grill, when I was biting into the grilled shrimp. Perfecto!
I must admit, this empanada was no where as good as the ones I’ve had from Bar Marco & La Palapa. Although, I’m not going to sit here, and bash ANY restaurant. Never fear, my friends: we shall move onto the next dish!
Bourdain has had blood sausage SEVERAL times on his shows: from his buddy Fergus Henderson’s LEGENDARY St. John’s Restaurant in London, to M. Wells in Queens (now in Long Island City). My philosophy as a foodie is always: if Bourdain loves this dish, I should at least taste the dish, and see if I like it. For the most part, this theory hasn’t steered me wrong.
Let me tell you: best. Sausage. EVER! I have NEVER, EVER, in my life had sausage so good! Also: you will not taste the blood! It taste like you’re eating regular sausage, but 100x better! I am so in love with this dish now. I tweeted about this dish, and Bourdain’s buddy of International Mystery, Zamir Gotta, tweeted to me: “welcome to the blood sausage club”! I am honored to be a member. 😉
Whether you’re looking either for a casual dinner with friends after work, a great weekend date night meal, or if you want to book the Bodega for your rehearsal dinner, corporate meeting or reunion, Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is an AMAZING choice!
Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art & cultural events,
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga, Laura Gorham, nor the owners & staff of Franktuary. I’m just a Pittsburgh Yogini & Foodie, who enjoys sharing her cultural adventures! Pictures captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with both Instagram, and Adobe Photoshop Extended CS4.
Fourth of July morning, I ventured over to Lawrenceville (one of my FAVORITE parts of Pittsburgh) with my Mom for an Ashtanga Basics class at The Shala (a new yoga studio, dedicated to the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga, a classical form of yoga) and lunch at Franktuary!
The teacher (Lizandra) was absolutely FABULOUS! I arrived early before class (as I always do), and we conversed about yoga, Pittsburgh, and life in general.
Lizard did an EXCELLENT job teaching- from her meticulous cueing, to the hands-on-assists and modifications, I really did experience THE perfect Basic Ashtanga yoga class! The good news: I was both sweating AND smiling at the end of class!
The studio owner (Laura Gorham) is to the right of the legendary Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Tim Miller. In April, I attended an Intro to Ashtanga Yoga workshop with Laura at her studio. She is an INCREDIBLE teacher- Pittsburgh is so lucky to have her, and her studio!
Thanks to Laura, I learned half-lotus pose! I will never forget that, and always will be grateful. It’s thanks to Laura, and that workshop, that has started my love affair with Ashtanga Yoga. 😉
After yoga, I needed to re-fuel with lunch. Thus, I decided to head over to Franktuary, also in Lawrenceville. I was a HUGE fan of the original downtown location (in the back of the Trinity church. In the next few months, Franktuary will be returning to downtown Pittsburgh, and is planning on taking over the space at the formerFat Tommy’s, in Market Square!), but I had only visited the Lawrenceville Franktuary once, for brunch. Thus, I was long overdue for a visit! X)
My beverage du joir: a Citrus Scrub & Soda drink! Even since I tried a Scrub & Soda drink at Cure, back in November, I have been HOOKED! Any place that offers them, I order them! I must say, Franktuary came VERY close to being as good as Cure’s scrub & soda! This was INCREDIBLE! The drink was light & refreshing; perfect for the hot summer day!
Whether you either live in Pittsburgh, or will be visiting soon, I HIGHLY recommend a yoga class at The Shala, and either brunch, lunch or dinner at Franktuary! Trust me on this! 😉
Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art, and cultural events!
*DISCLAIMER*:I do no see monetary benefits from neither the owner of Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, nor the chefs, wait-staff or restaurant. I am just a humble Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her Pittsburgh adventure. Photos captured with an iPhone 5s; photos were edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.
If you haven’t read my first review of Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, please do: First Review. The first review contains one of my FAVORITE tacos from Sirena: the Pork Carnitas tacos! Plus, you will learn about the owner of Sirena (the former owner of Dozen, a LEGENDARY cupcake & bakeshop in Pittsburgh) and the Executive Chef (Former Executive Chef of Nine on Nine).
I visited Sirena Taco Joint & Bar for the third time in February 2015, with one of my college buddies. Since the weather was cold and snowy, we were one of the few customers in attendance, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the kindness of our waiter, the fun, vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant, and the wonderful food of the chefs!
Pictured above was my meal of the day: BBQ shrimp tacos; these were INCREDIBLE! I’m not usually one for fish tacos, but between the shrimp, BBQ sauce and the crunch fritos, I was in taco HEAVEN! My second favorite taco from Sirena Taco Joint!
Of course, I HAD to get dessert! Thus, I chose the Chocolate Lava Cake, with a academia nut crumble, strawberries, whipped cream and Nutella ice cream! 😀
I was in dessert HEAVEN! The Lava cake honestly tasted like you were eating fudge, and the Nutella ice cream really DID taste like you were eating Nutella! Soooooooooooo good; after this dinner, I was “head over heels” for this dessert!
The individual taco menu (plus starters, combos, sides and desserts), part one!
When I arrived for my third visit, I FINALLY decided to order a house margarita from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar! I must say, this was one of the best margaritas I’ve EVER had!
My friend and I decided to order chips and salsa as a starter. The chips were some of the best chips I’ve ever had (La Palapa still makes the best chips), and the salsa had a WONDERFUL heat to it!
Third Visit tacos: Jerk Chicken (left) and Roasted Lamb Chili Verde (right). Even though the Jerk Chicken taco was good, the Roasted Lamb taco TOTALLY rocked my world, and is now one of my top three favorite tacos at Sirena Taco Joint! I could tell that the lamb was grilled and roasted very well. Plus, I LOVE chili Verde!
I was luckily enough to have a “Girls’ Night Out” for my fourth visit, with Tasha of The Food Tasters, Terri of Parmesan Princess, and Amy of Running Om Green. A girls’ night out would not be complete without some Cosmopolitan (a little nod to one of my favorite T.V. shows, Sex & The City):
Amy’s meal looked sooooooooooo good! Next time I visit Sirena, I will have to order a Citrus Mahi Taco! Also, the Chipotle Sweet Potato sound smelled AMAZING!
I’m not sure how I missed Tasha’s meal, but there’s what she ordered: empanada, BBQ short rib taco (which looked REALLY good! I will also have to order this next time) and a citrus mahi taco!
The carne asada taco was great, but I particularly LOVED the pork bulgogi taco! I am a HUGE pork fan- add in apple fennel, cheese and mixed greens, and we have a winner! 😉
Of course, all of the food bloggers had to order dessert! 😉 Terri chose a lemon mascarpone cake! This was so good! Very lemon-y, and you could really taste the mascarpone (which I LOVE)!
Tasha ordered the Reese’s Pie! Terri, Amy and I all tried a bite- MAN, was this good! So much better than the first time I had this dessert in December!
I think I’m in love….here’s the dessert that Amy & I shared! ❤
Whether you live either in the South Hills, the East Side, or a different state, Sirena Taco Joint & Bar is DEFINITELY worth the trip!
Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art & cultural events,
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither The Commoner nor Hotel Monaco nor Kimpton. I am just a Pittsburgh foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventure with others. Photos captured with my iPhone 5s; edited in Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.
FINALLY, after the restaurant opened in December 2014 (and the eatPGH ladies RAVED about it in a blog post review that they wrote), I had dinner at The Commoner (nestled away in downtown Pittsburgh’s business district, inside Hotel Monaco) with one of my best friends from college!
Pictured above is my beverage du nuit: The “Pennsylvania” Negroni! Ever since Bourdain ordered a Negroni on the Rome Layover episode, I’ve been wanted to try one of these bad boys. Let me tell you: I am so glad that I did! This is one tasty (but strong) cocktail! Yum YUM YUM!
Course #1: Crispy Brussel Sprouts! These were one of the highlights of dinner! Move over regular Brussel Sprouts- the crispy ones win! You almost forget that you are eating a vegetable. These were absolutely DIVINE, and almost as good as the crispy brussels sprout dim sum at Grit & Grace!
As Bourdain would say: “BEAUTIFUL”!
Main Course: Broccoli Wood-Fired Flatbread! best. Flatbread. EVER! Soooooooo tasty and healthy! My friend took a bite or two, but I easily (and happily) demolished this monster flatbread all by myself. 😀
I loved all of the vibrant colors of the vegetables on the flatbread! This made me REALLY want to dive in, and consume the flatbread!
The piece de resistance: Sticky Toffee Pudding! I’ve had sticky toffee pudding from Gordon Ramsay’sPub & Grill, and Habitat (both highly-regarded restaurants), but THIS sticky toffee pudding surpassed them all! You MUST (MUST, I say) order this (whether you’re going for brunch or dinner) at The Commoner. You will not regret it (trust me); make sure to bring a dinner companion to help you polish off this beauty. 😉
Well, there you have it, folks! The Commoner has moved up high on the list of Pittsburgh restaurants I would recommend! Whether you’re either a yinzer, or a tourist from out of town, you MUST dine at The Commoner at the Hotel Monaco!
Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art & cultural events,