Dinner at Wild Rosemary

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The first appetizer of the evening at Wild Rosemary: beets with feta cheese!

*NOTE*: Neither Wild Rosemary nor its owners 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 were captured on an iPhone 5s;  they were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended, and Instagram.

Last month, my Mom and I celebrated her birthday at Wild Rosemary (located in my neck of the woods, Upper St. Clair). I made the reservation WAY in advance (back in February), since I heard that Wild Rosemary books FAST, and has a loyal following.

Several people (from my hair dresser to the eatPGH ladies themselves) have RAVED about this place. Thus, it was time to give Wild Rosemary a try (and fulfill my Mom’s birthday request)! I made the reservation for 5:30pm on a Thursday night (Thursday being one of my two days off from work. Wild Rosemary usually does two seats: one at 5:30pm and the other at 8:30pm); l am so glad that I chose the earlier seating. When 6:00pm rolled around, the parking lot was PACKED- seriously not another spot left.

When you walk into Wild Rosemary, it has this lovely comfortable and homey (yet sophisticated- think Nancy Meyer’s movie set with an Italian influence)- I loved that. Shortly after we sat down, we were presented with a homemade flatbread and hummus (which were both fabulous, by the way) to nosh on, while we reviewed the dinner menu.

Although you may look at the dinner menu ahead of time (which changes one to two times a month. Although, the Scallop dish is a permanent fixture on the menu; the Branzino dish has been on the menu since at least April.), the appetizers (which I’m sure are ever-changing as well) options are presented to you at the table.

As you can tell, I chose to go with the beets and feta cheese dish:

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I loved the simplicity of this dish! I’m not sure if the beets were either raw or lightly-cooked,  but they were some of THE best beets I’ve ever had! The feta cheese paired with the beets transported me to a quaint cafe in the Mediterranean (in my mind, of course). Perfect!

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One last money shot of the beets and feta cheese! 😉

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My main course: Greek Isle Branzino with oven-roasted blistered asparagus, and Sundried Tomato Oil.

This was THE best fish dish I’ve EVER had! I really enjoyed a nice bite of the fish, asparagus and sun-dried tomato all together on my fork.

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Look at those beautiful vegetables!

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Hello my friend- you were my delicious dinner! As Bourdain would say: “your sacrifice was not made in vain” (especially since I ate almost all of you, not including the head, tail and bones).

I also had a “rocket salad”- which was an arugula salad a few vegetables and light dressing. Also very good! Since I ate this in between the beets and the fish, I scarfed it down so fast that I forgot to take a picture. X)

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Mom’s birthday dinner- lamp chops with onion, rosemary, lemon and pita bread. I tried a bite of the lamp- HEAVENLY !

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My dessert! This reminded me of a “Millionaire’s Shortbread”- shortbread on the bottom, next chocolate (I could tell that Wild Rosemary used REALLY good quality chocolate), then caramel and nuts. As you can probably tell, I had the option to dip my luscious dessert into mascarpone whipped cream (which I happily accepted). 😉

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Never mind me- I’ll just be here enjoying chocolate, caramel and mascarpone whipped cream!

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Mom’s dessert (and birthday cake): coconut cake! This reminded me of a coconut Angel Food Cake- very light, after Mom’s heavier dinner entree. Good choice, Mom!

Well there you have it, folks! Pittsburgh: if you are looking for a dinner with high-quality ingredients, friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere, look no further than Wild Rosemary!

 

Next Post- *Special Review*: The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, Florida

 

Cheers to food & yoga,

 

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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Third, Fourth, and Fifth Visits to Sirena Taco Joint & Bar

BBQ Shrimp Tacos from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar
BBQ Shrimp Tacos- one of my FAVORITE tacos from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar

*DISCLAIMER*: I do no see monetary benefits from neither the owner of Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, nor the chefs, wait-staff or restaurant. I am just a humble Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her Pittsburgh adventure. Photos captured with an iPhone 5s; photos were edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

If you haven’t read my first review of Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, please do: First Review. The first review contains one of my FAVORITE tacos from Sirena: the Pork Carnitas tacos! Plus, you will learn about the owner of Sirena (the former owner of Dozen, a LEGENDARY cupcake & bakeshop in Pittsburgh) and the Executive Chef (Former Executive Chef of Nine on Nine).

I visited Sirena Taco Joint & Bar for the third time in February 2015, with one of my college buddies. Since the weather was cold and snowy, we were one of the few customers in attendance, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the kindness of our waiter, the fun, vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant, and the wonderful food of the chefs!

Pictured above was my meal of the day: BBQ shrimp tacos; these were INCREDIBLE! I’m not usually one for fish tacos, but between the shrimp, BBQ sauce and the crunch fritos, I was in taco HEAVEN! My second favorite taco from Sirena Taco Joint!

Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake from Sirena Taco Joint- a chocoholic’s DREAM!

Of course, I HAD to get dessert! Thus, I chose the Chocolate Lava Cake, with a academia nut crumble, strawberries, whipped cream and Nutella ice cream! 😀

Nutella Ice Cream
Two scoops of Nutella ice cream! As Bourdain would say: “BEAUTIFUL”!

I was in dessert HEAVEN! The Lava cake honestly tasted like you were eating fudge, and the Nutella ice cream really DID taste like you were eating Nutella! Soooooooooooo good; after this dinner, I was “head over heels” for this dessert!

Sirena Taco Joint & Bar's Menu, Part One
Sirena recently changed the menu to individual taco orders. I love that idea!

The individual taco menu (plus starters, combos, sides and desserts), part one!

Sirena Taco Joint & Bar's Menu, Part Two
Sirena’s Menu, Part Two!
House Margarita
House Margarita from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar = YUM!

When I arrived for my third visit, I FINALLY decided to order a house margarita from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar! I must say, this was one of the best margaritas I’ve EVER had!

Chips and Salsa
Chips and Salsa from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar

My friend and I decided to order chips and salsa as a starter. The chips were some of the best chips I’ve ever had (La Palapa still makes the best chips), and the salsa had a WONDERFUL heat to it!

Guacamole and Chips
For both the third and fourth visits, I ordered the guacamole & chips. It was okay during the third visit, but OUTSTANDING during the fourth!
Jerk Chicken & Roasted Lamb Chili Verde tacos
Third visit tacos: Jerk Chicken (left) and Roasted Lamb Chili Verde (right).

Third Visit tacos: Jerk Chicken (left) and Roasted Lamb Chili Verde (right). Even though the Jerk Chicken taco was good, the Roasted Lamb taco TOTALLY rocked my world, and is now one of my top three favorite tacos at Sirena Taco Joint! I could tell that the lamb was grilled and roasted very well. Plus, I LOVE chili Verde!

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Close-up of the Jerk Chicken Taco, with rice & beans, from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar
Roasted Lamb Chili Verde Taco
“You rock my world, you know you did”! 😉
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Another angle of my third visit tacos from Sirena!
Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream
The Chocolate Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream was so good the first time, I had to order it again! 😉

I was luckily enough to have a “Girls’ Night Out” for my fourth visit, with Tasha of The Food Tasters, Terri of Parmesan Princess, and Amy of Running Om Green. A girls’ night out would not be complete without some Cosmopolitan (a little nod to one of my favorite T.V. shows, Sex & The City):

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Sirena’s Cosmopolitan! My first Cosmopolitan ever; this was soooo good (and only $8)! 😀
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Second angle of the Sirena Cosmopolitan! 😉
Tex-Mex Meal
Amy of Running Om Green’s Meal: Chipotle Sweet Potato soup, a Citrus Mahi taco and rice & beans!

Amy’s meal looked sooooooooooo good! Next time I visit Sirena, I will have to order a Citrus Mahi Taco! Also, the Chipotle Sweet Potato sound smelled AMAZING!

Citrus Mahi Taco from Sirena
Close-up of the Citrus Mahi taco!
Sweet Potato Soup
Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup from Sirena Taco Joint & Bar!
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Terri’s Meal: Sirena Paella!

I’m not sure how I missed Tasha’s meal, but there’s what she ordered: empanada, BBQ short rib taco (which looked REALLY good! I will also have to order this next time) and a citrus mahi taco!

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My dinner: a Pork Bulgogi taco (left), a Carne Asasa taco (right) and rice & beans!

The carne asada taco was great, but I particularly LOVED the pork bulgogi taco! I am a HUGE pork fan- add in apple fennel, cheese and mixed greens, and we have a winner! 😉

Lemon Mascarpone Cake
Terri’s dessert: Lemon Mascarpone cake!

Of course, all of the food bloggers had to order dessert! 😉 Terri chose a lemon mascarpone cake! This was so good! Very lemon-y, and you could really taste the mascarpone (which I LOVE)!

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Tasha’s dessert: Reese’s Pie!

Tasha ordered the Reese’s Pie! Terri, Amy and I all tried a bite- MAN, was this good! So much better than the first time I had this dessert in December!

Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream
The return of the Chocolate Lava Cake & Nutella Ice Cream

I think I’m in love….here’s the dessert that Amy & I shared! ❤

Whether you live either in the South Hills, the East Side, or a different state, Sirena Taco Joint & Bar is DEFINITELY worth the trip!

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

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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