Hello my lovelies.. sorry for going on a hiatus for a bit. For some reason I was really dragging my knuckles last week and could barely muster the energy to put dinner on the table, let alone blog about it. Luckily, nothing interesting was missed food-wise... Something exciting however was that my brother and sister-in-law came to visit Friday-Sunday. It's been so long since I've been able to see them and it was so nice to spend time with them.
On Friday, we ate takeout from Curry Away (I ordered Vegetable Pad Kee Mao.. soooo good...) and went to see Mike's improv show at Steel City Improv. Afterwards we went to a really fun bar called James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy. I really dug the bar, it was very speakeasy-esque, there was jazz music, jazz musician's photos on the wall, old-fashioned cocktails, and just had a really fun vibe going on. The beer list was amazing too! We were still full from dinner so we just ordered an appetizer of cajun fried oysters. I am obsessed with cajun fried oysters, but unfortunately these weren't very good... Too, too salty.
On Saturday, I woke up and made a decent brunch of coffee, toast, and a frittata that consisted of items I had available in my fridge. I was a bad, bad hostess and didn't have time to go grocery shopping- I didn't even have conditioner in the shower!! D'oh!!
The frittata included: Eggs, mozzarella cheese, turkey sausage, spinach, onion, and soy cream. Like I said, I was really.. really low on ingredients..
After brunch, we headed down to the Strip District and had an amazing time. It's so fun taking new people to the Strip and watching them have fun and enjoy themselves. It really is a sight to see! My sister-in-law Tricia is a major foodie like me, so she was in seventh heaven! Actually Brian (my brother) is a pretty big foodie too so they both loved it. And while not in the foodie club, Mike loves showing newcomers Pittsburgh, so he enjoyed showing them Mancini's Bakery, Wholey's, and Penn Mac.
I have to say Penn Mac is my favorite place in the Strip (well, that and the public market).
We also stopped at Penzey's for some spices- I scored some hot curry and some schmancy cocoa powder...
T bought their hot chocolate mix, some Zatar seasoning, Aleppo pepper mix, and my personal favorite, Sunny Paris blend. If you are ever at Penzey's you have to buy the Sunny Paris or I won't be your friend any longer.
I mean it...
We also picked up some Mancini's bread, vinegar from Olio Fresca, and olive oil from Penn Mac..
Some veggies!! (and some pepperoni for T)
A little antipasta... The olives were a-ma-zing!
For dinner we had grilled seafood (the rest of the family also had steak)
And for a side, we had this gorgeous, gorgeous heirloom tomato salad... So incredibly good...
Oh.. and for dessert...