Reviews

A Little Iskender at Daphne Cafe

March 2nd, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Really the best kind of yogurt.

Really the best kind of yogurt.

Turkish food isn’t exactly the type of food you can find anywhere. Yet, miraculously Pittsburgh isn’t lacking in that department. One of these spots is Daphne Cafe in Shadyside. We arrived on a snowy winter day and sadly found the place empty. Then again, it was also 3 in the afternoon, so not quite prime time. Continue Reading»


Making Mistakes at Kelly O’s

February 26th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Hashed out.

Hashed out.

Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dive’s is about as close as it gets to an unvegan TV show. This, of course, does not mean any endorse any part of Guy Fieri, but the show nonetheless has been my guide on a number of food expeditions. The most recent of which is Kelly O’s, which can be found in Pittsburgh’s North Hills or in the Strip District. Considering the Strip District is generally a better and closer place to go, there I went for breakfast. Continue Reading»


Squaring Off at Root 174

February 25th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Ride them horses.

Ride them horses.

Ever since arriving in Pittsburgh, I have been told to make my way to Root 174 in Regent Square. It took me a while, but that wait ended recently when the mother-in-law paid a visit to the ‘Burgh. The menu was nothing short of beautiful, but we started out with a little something called Devils on Horseback. This is, of course, dates stuffed with chorizo and manchego topped with a port wine reduction. It was a solid, if not spectacular start, but it whet my appetite for what was to come. Continue Reading»


Noodle Power at Smiling Banana Leaf

February 24th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Just what I needed.

Just what I needed.

Pittsburgh isn’t exactly known for having a wide breadth of ethnic food. Nonetheless, the place continues to surprise in terms of variety. Take, for example, the Smiling Banana Leaf in Highland Park. In case you couldn’t tell by the name, the place is Thai and has a surprisingly interesting menu. I say surprising because while it’s relatively sizable like many Thai spots, some things I had never seen before. Continue Reading»


Teppanyaki Time at Nakama

February 23rd, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Shocking shrimp flipping.

Shocking shrimp flipping.

Remember a time when Benihana-esque teppanyaki places were just the coolest damn things ever? Yes, it seems like a long time ago, but that time was very real. Well, the excitement has certainly passed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to get a group together to hit up a teppanyaki place every few years. Well, we did just that in Pittsburgh’s South Side at spot called Nakama (which weirdly translates to “fellow”). Continue Reading»


BBQ Backup at VooDoo BBQ

February 20th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Better than fast food.

Better than fast food.

BBQ seems to be a pretty big deal in the South, and this is just as true in New Orleans despite the French influence. Supposedly the best place for it is The Joint, but for some stupid reason The Joint has chosen to not be open on Sundays. As a current business school student I can’t comprehend this, but we had a backup plan and made our way to VooDoo BBQ in the Garden District/Uptown. Continue Reading»


Not Japanese at Satsuma

February 19th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Definitely not Japanese.

Definitely not Japanese.

When my cousin suggested grabbing breakfast at Satsuma in Uptown New Orleans, I was a little surprised. You see, “satsuma” is a Japanese word and it definitely doesn’t mean breakfast. But even if it did, Japan isn’t exactly known for great morning food (unless you like fermented beans). As it turned out, there was nothing Japanese about Satsuma at all, and it turned out to be a breakfast/brunch place that also served some fancy smoothies. Continue Reading»


Popping Beignets at Cafe du Monde

February 18th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
So much powder.

So much powder.

Back in the days when our nation was in the grips of civil war, a little French doughnut and coffee shop opened in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The year was 1862 and the shop was Cafe du Monde, which is still standing in the same place and seemingly serving the same doughnuts and coffee it was serving 150 years ago. Of course, being French the dougnuts are actually beignets and the coffee is cafe au lait, which are much more than just a translation. Continue Reading»


Dem Toppings at Dat Dog

February 16th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Never too many toppings.

Never too many toppings.

While out on Frenchman Street in New Orleans, eventually the alcohol consumption began to get to me and I realized I had to eat something. That something turned out to be Dat Dog, an “encased meats” spot with plenty of tube steaks to choose from, beer on the menu and toppings galore to choose from. Continue Reading»


A Muffaletta at Cochon Butcher

February 13th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
A good sign.

A good sign.

One of the things New Orleans is known for is the Muffaletta. And perhaps no place is known more for their Muffaletta than Cochon Butcher in the Lower Garden District. The place is pretty much an unvegan paradise, evidenced by the fact that the word “cochon” quite literally means “pig” in French. It’s also an offshoot of the more famous Cochon (without the Butcher) that it shares a wall with. Continue Reading»


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Strange Meats: Camel

Whatcha gonna do with all that hump?

Whatcha gonna do with all that hump?

After taking a camel ride in the Sahara, it almost seems wrong to have sought out camel meat in Marrakesh. Yet, that’s exactly what I did because I’m a man of the people and my people are unvegans. I found what looked to be a camel hump in a stall in the Medina and knew I had come to the right place. For those that are wondering, yes that is a hump in the picture and no, the humps are not filled with water. In fact, they are mostly fat.

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