Return to Amazing Cafe

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Vegan Mocha (with Almond Milk) from Amazing Cafe!

*Note*: Neither Karen Conley, Sean Conley, Amazing Yoga nor Amazing Cafe asked me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie & Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures with others. Photos captured on an iPhone 5s; edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended with Instagram.

I’ve been waiting to return to Amazing Cafe for 10 months! Ever since my last brunch visit to Amazing Cafe (which, if you were anticipating Tulum Tacos, the Blue Zone Smoothie and a brownie from Gluten-Free Goat Bakery, please click this upcoming link: first brunch post on Amazing Cafe), I am been anticipating the opportunity to brunch at this local establishment once again. Thanks to Susie Popovich‘s Pop-up Rocket Yoga class (which was INCREDIBLE) in the South Side, my brunch dreams came true.

As you can tell, I started off my brunch with a vegan Mocha. I must admit, there was an adjustment period to enjoying this Mocha, due to all of the regular sweeter Mocha’s I’ve had in my life. Once I got past that moment, I really appreciated this healthier version of a mocha!

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Couldn’t resist another snap of this beautiful Mocha! 😉

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The whole reason why I convinced my yoga buddies to go to brunch with me: The Smile! This is a vegan French toast with maple cashew cream and seasonal fruit. Ever since Amazing Cafe opened, customers have been RAVING about this dish!

Once again, I did have to get over the fact that there was neither any butter, regular milk nor maple syrup involved in the making of this French toast. Once I did, I enjoyed the lightness of the toast, the creaminess of the maple cashew cream (it tasted so good; you would never know it was vegan unless someone already told you lol), the crunchiness of the granola, and the sweetness of the fruit. So worth the wait (and the presentation of this dish was BREATH TAKING)!

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Close-up of my beautiful brunch!

I floated out of the cafe on a cloud of happiness (well, you know, in my imagination).

 

Well there you have it, foodies! Whether you live in either the South Side or the North Hills, Amazing Cafe is certainly worth the trip!

 

Next post: a mindful and healthy brunch at Eleven Contemporary Kitchen.

 

Cheers to Food & Fitness,

 

-Friendly Fitness Foodie

 

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Brunch at Eden in Shadyside

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The French Pressed Coffee at Eden = best. Coffee. EVER!

*DISCLAIMER*:  I do not seek monetary benefits from Eden; I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie and cultural events! Photos captures on an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram.

Sunday, July 19th, I decided to have brunch before attending a yoga workshop at Amazing Yoga in Shadyside. I haven’t been to this restaurant in over three years; in 2012, one of my best friends from college was in town visiting. She’s a vegan, and did her research on vegan restaurants in Pittsburgh; she suggested going to Eden for a Sunday brunch, since that would be a good central meeting location, for all of her friends spread throughout the ‘burgh.

Chef and co-owner Hilary Zozula has turned Eden into a vegan, raw and 100% gluten-free restaurant- I was eager to sample the re-invention of the restaurant.

Above was the French-Pressed coffee that I ordered; a necessity, considering I had been up since 7:30am EST that day (lol). The last time I was at Eden, I remember this being THE best coffee I had ever had! The first time, the coffee was so good, it didn’t even need cream. This time around, I did add a little bit of cream, since the coffee was very strong, but it was just as good as the first time!

"Muffin of the Day" and Almond Butter from Eden
“Muffin of the Day” and Almond Butter from Eden

For the first course, I could not resist the “muffin of the day”! Especially when the waitress said it was a peach muffin- be still my beating heart! Almond butter is pictured to the left of the muffin; I must admit, the almond butter wasn’t all that great, but I really enjoyed the peach muffin of the day!

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Close-up of the peach muffin: tasty!
Butterbean Burger & Garden Salad
My main course: butterbean veggie burger with a garden side salad

OMG! Seriously one of THE best veggie burgers I’ve EVER had! I chose this burger after watching the chef of A Chef’s Life on PBS create this burger at her restaurant The Boiler Room in North Carolina. The Butterbean had a meaty texture to it, which really helped me forget that I was eating a veggie burger. I requested that some goat cheese be added to the burger; that helped with the taste as well. Surprisingly enough, I REALLY enjoyed the Gluten-Free bun, too!

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Close-up of the Butterbean Burger!
Garden Salad
My garden salad was so good & simple! Good greens, tomato, cucumber and a vinaigrette dressing! That’s all you need, folks, for a good salad!

Overall, I enjoyed this brunch, but could only consumer half of the burger, and a little bit of my salad. I guess that peach muffin really filled me up that morning!

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

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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