*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)!
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!
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!
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!
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