Summer Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Dinner at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

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Course #1 (as part of Hyde Park’s Prime Steakhouse Pittsburgh Restaurant Week menu): Tomato Bisque (with croutons)! This might just have been THE best Tomato Bisque I’ve EVER had!

*NOTE*: Neither Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse nor Pittsburgh Restaurant Week asked me to write this post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others! Photos captured on my iPhone 7s. They were edited with both Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Back during the Summer time, two of my co-workers and I went to Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse (on the North Shore of Pittsburgh) for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! If you’re unfamiliar with Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, several restaurants participate in both the Winter and Summer sessions. Each restaurant (besides offering its regular menus) also offers a Prix-Fix/multi-course menu, ranging anywhere from $20-$35+ dollars for the total meal price. This is meant to encourage diners to try a new restaurant (and this is a also a great way for a restaurant to develop new patrons who will return for the full menu). Here is the rest of our dinner (all items from the Prix-Fixe Pittsburgh Restaurant Week menu):

 

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Course #2: Atlantic Salmon with sauteed spinach, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, and a lemon crystal citrus sauce. This was sooooo good! 😀

 

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A close-up of the main course (she’s a beauty)! ❤

 

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Course #3: Flourless Chocolate Torte! Semi-sweet, glazed with dark chocolate, Bailey’s creme anglaise and port wine reduction! DELISH! ❤

 

Well there you have it, folks! The ambiance was spectacular, and the service was very friendly! I highly recommend dining at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse for either lunch or dinner!

 

Next up: Foodie Adventures of 2017!

 

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Churchview Farm Dinner with Csilla Thackray & Joey Hilty of The Vandal

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Welcome Snack from Csilla: Rye cracker with liptauer spread, fennel & beet (paired with a Maggie’s Farm Pineapple Punch by Joey Hilty)! The snack was so decadent and enjoyable; the punch was light & sweet (perfect for summer)!

*NOTE*: Neither Churchview Farm, Csilla Thackray, Joey Hilty, nor The Vandal asked me to write this post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie & Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos captured with an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Back on Sunday, July 2nd, my Mom and I enjoyed a “Farm Dinner” at the Churchview Farm (located in the Brentwood neighborhood of the South Hills of Pittsburgh), featuring Csilla Thackray (Executive Chef) and Joey Hilty (Restaurant Owner), both of The Vandal. When it was time to pick the Churchview Farm dinner I attend, I made sure to choose The Vandal’s dinner. The Vandal is one of my favorite Pittsburgh restaurants (and, in my opinion, one of the best). Csilla’s cooking is INCREDIBLE, and Joey does a fantastic job of always ensuring that his guests are welcomed.

After the welcome snack, cocktail, and farm tour, all of us were seated for dinner. A special shout-out to the couple (and their two friends) who sat next to my Mom and me! They must’ve been the most fun people I’ve EVER dined with at the Churchview Farm!

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First Course: Chilled sorrel soup with poached lobster & chips (paired with Royal Provance Rivarose wine)! Churchview Farm & The Vandal were both kind enough to make any dishes that originally had dairy in them dairy-free for me (and this was one of them)! ❤

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A close up of this lovely soup! I always love the bowls and plates that the Churchview Farm uses!

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Second Course: Radish, frisee, buckwheat, & service berry vinaigrette. This salad was nice and light before the new few decadent courses! This course was served “family style” (meaning the four parts of the dining room table each received platters of the salad, shared amongst four-to-six people).

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Third Course: Mussels, baby vegetable ragout, bronze fennel, sunflower shoot oil & baguette (paired with Draii Laag Tafalbier). I LOVED the mussels, and the beer made me feel like I was in Belgium! This dish was also served family-style.

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Fourth Course: Kohlrabi tortelloni,crispy greens, besurre monte & braised onion (*I had the dairy-free version). This was one of my FAVORITE dishes of the night! The pasta was INCREDIBLE!

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Fifth Course: Quail, gooseberry chutney, tokyo bekana kraut & mashed fingerlings. I LOVED the quail; it was so smart to pair it with the gooseberry chutney. Of course, I always enjoy fingerling potatoes. Also served family-style!

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Dessert Course: Paw Paw sorbet,cardamom meringue, sassafras shortbread and cherries. My favorite course of the night! I loved every single ingredient!

Well there you have it, folks! If you ever get to chance to both dine at The Vandal and attend a Churchview Farm dinner, I highly recommend both!

Next Post: either Summer Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Dinner at Hyde Park Steakhouse or Foodie Adventures of 2017!

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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Brunch at DiAnoia’s Eatery

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DiAnoia’s Eatery was kind enough to make a Dairy-Free & Vegan version of the restaurant’s Chocolate Chai for me! I no longer see the Chocolate Chai on the menu, but I encourage you to either call ahead or ask your server (if you have either any food allergies or dietary restrictions).

*NOTE*: DiAnoia’s Eatery didn’t ask me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures. Photos captures on an iPhone7s; edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

For Mother’s Day, I treated my Mom to brunch at DiAnoia’s Eatery in the Strip District!  I had been anticipating dining at DiAnoia’s Eatery for quite some time! I had heard nothing but good things about the restaurant, and I was curious as to what the former Executive Chef of Spoon had to offer.

 

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Another shot of my tasty Dairy Free & Vegan Chocolate Chai!

 

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Mom & I shared this lovely Nutella Panzerotti (fried dough filled with Nutella)! HEAVENLY!

 

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Another shot of this delectable Nutella treat!

 

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Mom’s brunch dish of choice: Pannettone French Toast with strawberries, maple syrup and powdered sugar! Considering I ate one-third of this (lol), I can personally vouch for the amazing-ness of this dish!

 

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My brunch dish of choice: Vegetarian Frittata with eggs, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, Provolone, EVO, Marinara and Arugula Salad (I also ordered a side of bacon)! One of THE best Frittatas I’ve EVER had! I let Mom enjoy most of the bacon (in honor of Mother’s Day). ❤

 

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A closeup of this BEAUTIFUL Vegetarian Frittata!

Well there you have it, folks! If you’re looking for a good mix of authentic Italian and Italian American cuisine, as well as a good ambiance and stellar service, I highly recommend DiAnoia’s Eatery (which has been added to my list of favorite brunch spots)!

Next on the blog: The Vandal‘s Farm Dinner at the Churchview Farm!

 

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Brunch at Spoon

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Mom’s tasty birthday cake (yes, I tried a bite) from her birthday brunch at Spoon!

*NOTE*: Neither Brian Pekarcik, Jamilka Borges nor Spoon Pittsburgh asked me to write this post. I am just a friendly Pittsburgh foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos taken on an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Back in April, I treated my Mom to her 65th birthday brunch at Spoon (located in East Liberty)! I also encourage you to read my first post on dinner at Spoon here. Here’s what I had for brunch:

 

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Main CourseSmoked Salmon with watercress & grilled romaine. Also: fingerling potatoes, dill vinaigrette, beets and quail eggs! Absolutely FABULOUS! Great job, Jamilka! 😀

 

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Side Dish: THE best bacon I’ve EVER had (from Heritage Farm)!

 

Well there you have it, folks! I have added Spoon to my favorite brunch spots list; I will definitely return for brunch soon! Whether you either live in Pittsburgh or are planning a visit soon, I highly suggest visiting Spoon in East Liberty for brunch!

 

Next post: brunch at Onion Maiden

 

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Dinner at Apteka

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Back in February, I was lucky enough to attend a Yoga Nidra + Reiki workshop at the Yoga Hive in Garfield with one of my best guy friends! After class, we decided to venture over to Apteka in Bloomfield for dinner! Apteka started out as a pop-up in Pittsburgh, featured in several Pierogi competition (and it won several of those competitions).

Apteka is know for its Eastern European food (especially the Pierogies) and everything is Vegan! My friend and I were very eager to dine here! When you walk in, you place your order at the counter (and pay then, too). If you’re a party of less than six, hopefully fate is in your favor and a table is waiting for you (considering Apteka is VERY popular; there was even a line out the door)! Thankfully for my friend and me, fate was in our favor. 🙂

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Course #1: Zupa z dyni! Pumpkin Soup, fennel and a seed cracker. THE best Pumpkin Soup I’ve ever had in my entire LIFE! Even though there was (obviously) no cream in this soup, the soup still had this creamy and comforting quality. I LOVED dipping the seed cracker in the soup, enjoying the soft texture of the soup clash with the crunchy texture of the cracker.

 

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Course #2: Pierogi Small Plate! Also: sauerkrat, mushroom, celeriac, apple, potato and horseradish. Sooooooo good! Definitely one of THE best plates of Pierogies I’ve EVER had! Although I’m glad I ordered the Small Plate, because the three Pierogies were very filling!

 

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Dessert Course: Piernik! Dark Gingerbread and Plum Butter! I swear, if you didn’t know about the ginger and plum butter, you would’ve thought you were eating a decadent chocolate cake! I loved the Spicy-ness of the ginger, paired with the sweetness of the Plum. I was pleasantly surprised with this healthy take on cake!

 

Well there you have it, folks! Whether you’re either a Vegan, Vegetarian, or a meat-eating Carnivore, I know everyone can find a dish (or two, or three) they will enjoy at Apteka! Just make sure to arrive early, to help increase your changes of getting a table!

 

Next up: Sunday Funday at Yellow Bridge Brewing Company, featuring Swing Truck and the Steel City Chimney Cakes!

 

 

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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Brunch at Round Corner Cantina

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Brunch dessert: the truly INCREDIBLE Churros and Ancho-Cocoa Drizzle sauce from Round Corner Cantina! These might’ve just been THE best churros I’ve EVER had!

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One fateful Sunday in February after some #MysoreMagic at The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga, my Mom and I wandered down Butler Street (in Lawrenceville) to Round Corner Cantina for brunch!

I had been to Round Corner Cantina one time before (for their New Year’s Eve Party in 2015), but I wanted to return to actually dine there (especially for brunch, which I have heard is pretty spectacular at Round Corner Cantina).

 

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Mom’s Brunch: La Gourmandine Brioche French Toast! This came with Benton’s Bacon, Ancho Maple Syrup, Chipotle Whipped Butter, and Berries! I must admit, I tried a bite, and it was one of THE best French Toasts I’ve EVER had! Plus: look how beautiful this dish was plated!

 

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My Brunch: Breakfast Tacos! Refried beans, Rice, Salsa Verde, House Made Corn Tortillas with a sprinkling of Cheese! The refried beans and salsa verde paired beautifully together, and I loved the rice! Plus, the homemade tortillas were some of THE best I’ve ever had! This dish has been added to the list of one of my favorite tacos in Pittsburgh!

 

Whether you either live in Pittsburgh year-round or are just visiting, I highly suggest visiting Round Corner Cantina (especially for brunch)!

 

Next up: dinner at Apteka!

 

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Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Winter 2017 Dinner at Avenue B

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The AMAZING Pittsburgh Restaurant Week menu at Avenue B!

*NOTE*: Neither Chris Bonfili nor Avenue B asked me to write this post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and Yoga adventures with others. Photos captured on an iPhone7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram. 

Back in January, I was lucky enough to dine at Avenue B, located in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh! Avenue B is one of the restaurants that my friend and foodie colleague Bobby Fry (Co-founder of Bar Marco, The Livermore and Food Revolution Pittsburgh Cooking Club, and current owner of The Swing Truck Food truck) recommended to me as one of THE best restaurants in Pittsburgh! Thus, I decided to take Bobby’s advice and go to Avenue B for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week!

Although the restaurant week menu looked FABULOUS, I decided to order a few dishes off the menu:

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My side dish: charred Brussel Sprouts! I must say these were THE best Brussel Sprouts I’ve EVER had!

 

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Main Course: Roasted Organic Chicken with Chestnut Spatzle, Kale and a Carrot Emulsion! Best non-friend chicken dish I’ve EVER had—-ANYWHERE! The chicken was perfectly cooked and prepared (and just tasted wonderful! Like chicken is supposed to taste.). I am a big Kale fan, so if you include it in a dish, I’m happy! I really loved the Carrot Emulsion (something I don’t often see on menus), and my first time trying Spatzle went well! I enjoying gathering a piece of the Chicken, Kale and Spatzel on my fork and dunking it in the Carrot Emulsion! Nice job, Chef!

 

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Considering Mom and I also thoroughly enjoyed the bread plate before our dinner came, we passed on dessert, but certainly LOVED our dinner!

I was very impressed with Avenue B! Friendly service, fantastic food and plating, good atmosphere and wonderful music! I will return to Avenue B, and highly recommend dining here!

 

Next up: brunch at Round Corner Cantina

 

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