Winter & Spring Foodie Adventures

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Elysian Pumpkin Beer, Miso Kale Salad and Vegan Chilli from Franktuary‘s new downtown Pittsburgh location!

*NOTE*: none of these restaurants asked me to do a mini-review of their food. I am just a humble Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures! Photos captured with an iPhone 5s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Instagram.

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The Miso Kale Salad also had roasted root vegetables, pickled red onion, and crispy sage. VERY good! I’ve also had this salad at Franktuary‘s Lawrenceville location (with Falafel balls).

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Tasha of The Food Tasters and Ya Jagoff! Podcast and I were both lucky to attend G&G Noodle Bar’s New Year’s Day lunch! This was also back when the restaurant was called Grit  & Grace. Brian was testing out a few menu dishes to see if the conceptual transition at the restaurant would work. The dim sum (Starting clockwise, from the upper left hand corner): 1) kimchi, 2) sweet and sour cauliflower (my new favorite Dim Sum at G&G Noodle Bar), 3) Pork Belly, and 4) Potstickers (which premiered for this lunch)!

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I also enjoyed the Steamed Bun with chicken, kimchi and chill aioli. Very tasty!

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Tasha LOVED this Chicken Meatball Ramen dish (a special dish for New Year’s day)! I tried some of the broth and it was INCREDIBLE! Now, G&G Noodle Bar has Pork Ramen Noodles and Beef Shank Ramen Noodles.

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Fortuitea Cafe is an all-vegan (and made from scratch), quaint and friendly cafe, located in the Quail Acres Shoppes in Washington PA. During the winter time, I really loved this Almond Walnut Taco Salad (with taco meat made from almonds, walnuts, and sun-dried tomatoes), served with mixed greens, fresh salsa, sour cream, black beans and corns. I did the creamy cashew lime dressing and I chose a spinach taco shell. Sooooo good! You won’t even miss the meat in this dish, because the vegan taco meat tastes just like beef meat.

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This spring, I was pleasantly surprised by this Vegetarian Tikki Masala dish from The Commoner at Kimpton‘s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. Yummy!

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The bourbon & rye wall at Butcher & The Rye is a beautiful sight (no matter what time of year).

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My Mom and I both enjoyed this Potato Leek Soup at Butcher & The Rye before Alton Brown‘s show at the Benedum Center.

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Towards the end of May, my friend Erica and I went to this place in Dormont called Mekong. Mekong is know for its Pho (Anthony Bourdain’s “death row” meal). Thus, I had to try the Shrimp Pho with beef broth. Words can’t describe this dish’s beauty!

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I attended Bend, Brew and Brunch III (hosted by Spoonwood Brewing Company, Pure Power Yoga and Fitt City) in the beginning of June. Of the beer samplers I enjoyed after class was White Hot Rate! This was a Belgian Wit, with hints of orange, coriander, habanero and white pepper.

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The second beer taster of the morning was the Killer Diller IPA! This craft beer was lightly sweet, moderately bitter, with citrus, floral and fruity notes.

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My favorite of the morning was the Blackmore! This is a black ale with an iced coffee taste. YES!

 

There you have it, folks!

 

Next post: lunch at Smallman Galley!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

Franktuary’s Twitter page

G&G Noodle Bar’s Twitter page

Fortuitea Cafe’s Twitter page

The Commoner’s Twitter page

Butcher & The Rye’s Twitter page

Spoonwood Brewing Company’s Twitter page

Fitt City’s Twitter page

 

Preview of the Urban Supper Picnic (and info about other posts)

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Bourbon cocktail, created by Wes Shonk of Wigle Whiskey and Tom McGraw

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A little teaser of the Urban Supper Picnic menu

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Raspberry Pie from Sand Hill Berry Farm and “Landlocked” Vanilla from Family Farms Creamery (featuring Landlocked from Wigle Whiskey)
Stay tuned, Pittsburgh Foodies! Soon, I will be writing a guest post on my two friends’ (Michael Pellas and Jessica Fink) blog, called Why We Live in Downtown Pittsburgh. I can’t WAIT to share my foodie adventures of the Urban Supper Picnic (hosted by eatPGH and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership) with all of you!

Also, I will be writing posts for my own blog, regarding: Winter & Spring Foodie Adventures, The Sushi Class at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Special Blogger Event at Cocothe in Sewickley, and my first brunch at Grit & Grace!

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

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

Why We Live in Downtown Pittsburgh website

Michael Pellas’ Twitter page

Downtown Pittsburgh Living’s Guest Post: Butcher & The Rye and The Gallery Crawl

*My friend Michael Pellas, the blogger behind the Downtown Pittsburgh Living blog, wrote this lovely guest post for the Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie blog. Enjoy!*

This year, I wanted to do something a little different for Jess’ birthday; so I made reservations for January 23rd at Butcher and the Rye (here is their website). I was excited due to all the accolades the establishment had already received…and I like whiskey.

It did not disappoint.

I was intent on documenting our experience...Jess was intent on getting inside :)
I was intent on documenting our experience…Jess was intent on getting inside 🙂

We got right in and immediately enjoyed the interior. The table created an intimate experience…we even started a conversation with our neighbors and got some recommendations. The interior design was awesome:

He closely watched over our second floor table
He closely watched over our second floor table

The food and drinks lived up to their reputation as one of the best new bars in the country:

We LOVED the varied Charcuterie appetizer
We LOVED the Homemade Charcuterie small plate appetizer like dish!
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Jess had the Hazel-Rah Drink…and LOVED it!
I had the Flying Irishman. Check out the cool design on the table!
I had the Flying Irishman. Check out the cool design on the table!
Jess having some fun posing for me. Behind her was a wall of old books...a really cool design for the restaurant.
Jess having some fun posing for me. Behind her was a wall of old books…a really cool design for the restaurant.
This was AMAZING! A pork chop, shrimp, sweet sausage and an egg
This was AMAZING! A pork chop, shrimp, sweet sausage and an egg.
Jess had the Seared Scallops.
Jess had the Seared Scallops.
This explains itself. :) I love the look on her face.
This explains itself. 🙂 I love the look on her face.
The decor, food, drinks and overall experience was AMAZING! Thank you Butcher and the Rye!
The decor, food, drinks and overall experience was AMAZING! Thank you Butcher and the Rye!

We then enjoyed the Gallery Crawl festivities thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. I bought a household membership at the Cultural Trust’s Liberty Ave building so we could see the festivities that were scheduled for the Pippin cast party. We had a blast!

These pictures were of the readings Jess had done and other events thanks to the Miracle Elixir Side Show (here is their website). The other is of the actual after party that had aerialists and face painting!

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Here is a picture of the after party:

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I want posts like this to show how many entertainment options there are in downtown Pittsburgh. There are still a lot of people out there that are skeptical about how family centered downtown can be. Everything we saw this Gallery Crawl – short of the cold weather – was totally family friendly and a blast!

 

Michael Pellas’ Downtown Pittsburgh Living blog

Michael Pellas’ Twitter page

Butcher & The Rye’s website

Bucher & The Rye’s Facebook page

Butcher & The Rye’s Twitter page

Butcher & The Rye’s Instagram page

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Facebook page

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Twitter page