Brunch at The Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

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The entrance to the Ace Hotel in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh! Surprisingly, the sun provided perfectly lighting for me on this warm Sunday in November!

*NOTE*: Neither the Ace Hotel, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, the Whitfield, nor Tom Totin asked me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, whom enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos were taken on an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Instagram.

One fateful Sunday in November, Tom Totin of the Cookspeak Tom podcast invited me to be a guest on his podcast! Before the podcast, we decided to meet for brunch at the Whitfield, which is inside the Ace Hotel of Pittsburgh!

The Whitfield was one of two restaurants from Pittsburgh (the other being Morcilla by Justin Severino and his business partner and wife Hilary Prescott Severino) nominated by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2016! The Pastry Chef of the Whitfield was also nominated for a James Beard Award this year! With all of this fuss, I new I had to dine there myself to be my own judge.

 

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The brunch specials! I went with the Rosemary Vanilla Latte, although I had it with almond milk (which was DELICIOUS)!

 

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Here is my GLORIOUS Rosemary Vanilla Latte, which I thoroughly enjoyed during brunch!

 

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(*Sorry for this crappy photo! The one bad thing about a sunny day is that is creates a lot of shadows.*)  Course #1: Pumpkin Bread with a Pepita Crumble and Spiced Chevre. THE best pumpkin bread I’ve EVER had, and the Spiced Chevre was HEAVENLY!

 

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Tom’s Main Course: Whitfield Breakfast! A “riff” on Egg’s Benedict, this breakfast contained: Poached Eggs, a Housemade English Muffin, Smoked Pork, Hollandaise, Chimichurri and Beet & Potato Rosti. Wow! Tom was nice enough to let me try a bit; this was VERY good!

 

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My Main Course: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad! A tribute to the “classic” Pittsburgh salad with fries, this salad contained: Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Fries, Ranch and Aged Provolone. The fried chicken was soooo goood! The fries and the cheese paired perfectly with the fried chicken!

I was very impressed with the food and the ambiance of the Whitfield and the hotel! The Whitfield has quickly joined the list of one of my FAVORITE brunch spots! Whether you’re looking for either a casual Sunday brunch or a reason to celebrate life, I highly suggest dining at the Whitfield! Make sure you make a reservation (since this is a popular spot)!

 

Next on the blog: Yoga + Cocktails (and brunch) at Bar Marco!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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Birthday Dinner #2 at Spoon

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Spoon‘s Executive Chef Jamilka Borges was kind enough to come out
to the dining room to welcome me for my birthday dinner! She is one
the most genuine women I’ve  met in my entire life, and my FAVORITE
Pittsburgh Chef! She is also a James Beard Fellowship Recipient, and
actively involved with the 412 Food Rescue!

*NOTE*: Neither Spoon nor Chef Jamilka Borges asked 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 with an iPhone 7s, and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

Back in the beginning of November 2016, I celebrated my 30th birthday! What better way to do it then not one, but THREE 30 and FABULOUS birthday dinners! Dinner #2 was held at Spoon in East Liberty!

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Birthday Cocktail: Witch’s Brew! Maggie’s Farm Rum, Apple Spice & Pumpkin Spice!

Fall in a cocktail, and so tasty! 😉

 

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When the bread basket is THAT good, you have a picture! 😀

 

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Course #1: Kabocha Squash Soup with a Lamb Spring Roll– this as INCREDIBLE!

Definitely not your average Squash Soup (and the Lamb Spring Roll added this extra kick that made this dish stellar)! This is not on the current menu, but I would imagine it will return in the fall.

 

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Mom’s Course #1: Beef Empanada! I remember from Jamilka’s time at Bar Marco that she made INCREDIBLE Empanadas! I tried a bite of this dish, and I must say Jamilka- FABULOUS! This is also not currently on the menu, but I hope this dish makes a triumphant return!

 

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Course #2: Who Cooks For You Farm Winter Salad! The second best salad I’ve had in my entire LIFE (second only to the Who Cooks For You Farm Rocky Balboa salad, that I had at birthday dinner #1 at Morcilla)! A very similar salad is currently on the menu.

 

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Main Course: Korean Fried Chicken! Whipped Sesame Tofu, gochujang, cilantro and a fried egg! BEST chicken dish I’ve HEARD had! Nice work, Chef! This dish is on both the dinner and brunch menus, and luckily not going anywhere soon! ❤

 

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Side Dish: Who Cooks For You Farm Roasted Carrots! Cumin, pepitas, maple, and cilantro crema! THE best carrot dish I’ve EVER had!

 

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Dessert Course #1: Waffle! Butter Pecan Ice Cream, hot butter rum sauce, toasted marshmallow fluff, and pecan crumble. Pastry Chef Laura, Jamilka wasn’t lying when
she told me you were one hell of a Pastry Chef! Rock on, lady!

 

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Dessert Course #2: House-made Sorbet! “Happy Birthday to me”!

 

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or are looking for a killer place for dinner (or brunch), I HIGLY recommend Spoon (which is now on my list of favorite restaurants)!

 

Next up on the blog: Brunch at the Whitfield (inside the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh)!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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Cocktails & Construction at Curtis Gamble’s Station

*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Curtis Gamble, nor Station, nor any of my fellow Pittsburgh Blogger friends; I’m just a Pittsburgh Foodie & Fitness Fanatic, who enjoys sharing her adventures! Pictures captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop Cs4 Extended.

The evening of Saturday, July 25th, Tasha of The Food Tasters, Amy of Running Om Green, John of YaJagoff, and Heidi of The Steel Trap and I, all attended the Cocktails & Construction, at Curtis Gamble‘s (formerly of The Frick Cafe and Grit & Grace) new restaurant, Station (located in Bloomfield).

Thanks to the eatPGH ladies advertising this event on their blog, my Foodie friends and I were able to attend!

This event was slated one week and one day, before the Grand opening of the restaurant! Just like the title suggests, all of us enjoyed a cocktail (or two, or three lol), while the tables and booths were still “under construction”. Also, there were six small course (including the cocktail) served throughout the evening.

I must warn you: before the event started, my phone battery died, and I missed the first two courses. For the sake of this blog, I brought my phone charger, commandeered one of the electrical sockets (lol), and charged my phone enough to take photos of the rest of the courses! Thanks Curtis; sorry that I had to do this, but it’s all for the sake of promoting your wonderful restaurant! 😉

Chicken Liver Mousse Bread Pudding
           Chicken Liver Mousse Bread Pudding. Sooooooooooo good!
The Vandal Restaurant in Lawrenceville
Special dish, from The Vandal in Lawrenceville (now, I want to visit this restaurant, and dine there): heirloom tomatoes, on top of creme fraiche, and toasted bread. PERFECTION!
Beef Tongue
Beef tongue, on top of an avocado spread, with broccoli, red peppers, and parmesan crisps, all sitting on grilled bread. My 2nd favorite dish of the night!

One of my favorite dishes of the night! I know why Bourdain likes beef tongue; good stuff! 😉

Fried Chicken Confit
My #1 favorite dinner of the night: Fried Chicken Confit, with wet napkins (I guess Curtis knew our hands would be sticky)!

Hands down, the best dish of the night! Incredibly tasty; I couldn’t stop raving about how much I loved this dish! I think I actually jumped up and down a few times in excitement (lol).

Crispy Chicken Confit has been one of my favorite dishes of the year, at any restaurant! 😀

Panacotta
Salted Caramel Panacotta, with Caramel Popcorn sprinkled on top! Heavenly dessert choice!

All of us LOVED this dish! Tasha, Amy & I loved it so much, we went back for seconds (lol). X)

What really impressed me most, was when Owner & Executive Chef Curtis Gamble introduced himself, and said: “thank you for coming to my restaurant; I truly appreciate it”! It might not sound like much, not not every chef thanks his patrons for dining at his restaurant. I really appreciated this special moment, between the Chef, and his dinner guests.

Whether you either live on the East End, or the South Hills (like I do), Station is worth the trek! The food is SPECTACULAR; the bar is REALLY impressive, and cocktails are sophisticated, and strong!

Namaste, yinz yogis & foodies,

-Friendly Fitness Foodie

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