Brunch at Eden in Shadyside

French Pressed Coffee
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!

Peach Muffin
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!

Butterbean Burger
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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Summer & Fall Foodie Adventures

Cafe Moulin
Cafe Moulin in Shadyside

*Disclaimer* I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Cafe Moulin, Wigle Whiskey nor PGH Taco Truck. I’m jut a Pittsburgh Foodie, who likes to share her foodie adventures with others. Pictures were captured on an iPhone4S and edited utilizing Instagram and Photoshop Extended CS4.

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Sometime in September (before the official start of fall), my Mom stumbled across the former spot of Crepes Parisiennes‘ Shadyside location. Now, there’s a new Crepe place in that spot, and it’s called Cafe Moulin.

When you step into the cafe, you really do feel like you’re sitting in a little cafe in Paris, but NO- it’s Pittsburgh (and Shadyside, no less)!

Alaskan Crepe from Cafe Moulin
Alaskan Crepe from Cafe Moulin

I ordered an Alaskan crepe (smoked salmon, creme fresh, dill with green onions on the top). Wow! This was one of the best crepes I’ve ever had! I don’t think Cafe Moulin will have any trouble bringing in business to its cafe!

Wigle Whiskey
Wigle Whiskey’s Distillery in Pittsburgh’s Historic Strip District neighborhood

Towards the end of September, I was lucky enough to attend a cocktail class with Wes Shonk of Wigle Whiskey! We learned how to make some of the classic cocktails, such as an Old Fashioned (one of my favorites)! Also, we received a tour of the distillery (where the lovely Wigle Whiskey spirits are made)! 😀

On the very last Saturday of September (28th), my Mom and I returned to the Strip District for the monthly Neighborhood Flea event (a pop-up Flea Market, created & organized by Carrie Nardini of the I Made it! Market). Also, we visited the Pittsburgh Public Market, Enrico Biscotti, Mon Aimee Chocolat, Penn Mac and the PGH Crepe cart. 🙂

The highlight of the trip was this SCRUMPTIOUS taco from the PGH Taco Truck:

Chorizo Taco from PGH Taco Truck
Chorizo Taco from PGH Taco Truck

This is the best taco I’ve EVER had in my entire life! Pittsburgh (and visitors): if you ever have a chance to dine from the PGH Taco Truck, order the Chorizo taco (and tell James the owner that the Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie sent you!). The Chorizo for this taco is made by Chef Keith Fuller of Root 174. You really can’t go wrong with this meal! I recommend ordering a Mexican Coke, too (it tastes better than the regular coke)! A taco plus a coke for $8? You can’t be that price and quality of food! 😀

Stay tuned, foodies! Soon, I will be posting about my Las Vegas vacation!

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

Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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