Let’s start with food, shall we? First things first, I am in LOVE with the Pittsburgh Public Market (I’ve already been twice this week), and I am totally excited for its growth (and the eventual addition of East End Brewing to fill my Uni-growler). The vendors are great — and the herb guy even sells catnip. Love.
The Strip is both a wonderful and annoying experience — much like my frustration with tourists at the West Side Market while all I’m trying to do is my grocery shopping. We still haven’t figured out the “right” day or time to go to avoid the bulk of the crowds. AND WE ALSO NEED A BUTCHER. Recommendations, please. And if you tell me Gint Iggle, I will punch you in the sack. It was a bitch trying to find some decent ground sirloin (and we walked away with some lean yuck). This week’s treasures: cheddar-jalapeno bread from some bread vendor on the street (magnificently delicious for a Sunday hangover!) and swiss rolls from an amazing Asian grocery (hooray for strawberry and banana!).
I loved Nature’s Bin back home, so I was filled with hungry glee to find Right by Nature in the Strip District. I have also been there twice this week. And while the walk is some 20 blocks away (decent to do on a cooler day), it was totally worth it for the sushi. Also? Their partnership with Good Apples means I can have my groceries delivered to our downtown apartment when I am: a) sick, b) lazy c) hungover or d) all of the above.
And when I need something before our weekly grocery shopping errand, the Market Square Farmer’s Market on Thursdays (through November) is perfect. Last week I left with a Bumbleberry Pie and golden raspberries. But there are food vendors (I think I saw pierogies) and a significant amount of produce available. I’ll have to check again for cheese or meats. Note to self: next time, do NOT go during lunch hour. I keep forgetting that there are BUSINESSES in this city.
Stay tuned for a second post about my first week…