Food, Travel

A Weekend in Pittsburgh

As we know, I enjoy travelling to see my loved ones. This time it wasn’t all the way across the country (sorry Less).  This time I went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to see my best friend Meghan who attends the University of Pittsburgh.

Travelling from Bayonne to Pittsburgh is usually about a five and a half hour car ride.  Meghan’s mom and I hit some traffic along the way so it took us seven hours to get there. This was not my first rodeo. Believe it or not I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gone to PITT to see Meghan. Usually I take the Megabus and it’s somewhere between an eight to ten hour bus ride.

I’m not sure whimg_4781at it is but there’s something about the atmosphere that makes me all the more appreciative to be in Pittsburgh when I am. The first time I was there I said something along the lines of “Oh my God that’s the bridge from The Perks of Being a Wallflower!” That’s when I knew I was going to love Pitt.  We arrived at 10 p.m. and there was no time to waste! Meghan told me to get ready because we were going out. For those of you who do not know, Pittsburgh is a college town. You see nothing but students when walking along Forbes Avenue.

That night we went to three bars: Garage Door Saloon (G Door), Hemingway’s Café (Hems), and Peter’s Pub (Peter’s). G Door is right down the block from Meghan. So naturally we stopped there first. This bar is fun if you want to shoot some pool. I hate pickles, but I had my first pickle shot there. Next up is Hem’s this bar is great because they put gummy worms in the drinks and there’s always a big crowd. img_4821Finally, Peter’s is perfectly split between a chill atmosphere on the first floor and a dance floor on the second. The next time I go to Pitt Meghan’s going to take me to bars in Shadyside and South Side.

I know what you’re thinking.. “Bri you went all the way to Pittsburgh and all you did was drink?!” Well the answer is no! Aside from drinking we went to three notable restaurants, Social House Seven, The Yard, and Naturoll. If you know me you’d know that I’m all about Asian food. So I was delig
hted when we went to Social House Seven, a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant.  We ordered spicy edamame (my one true love), a series of rolls, and ginger pear egg rolls for dessert. Definitely try the Poke Aloha roll if you go. Switching over to a more American-style restaurant is The Yard. They are known for their gourmet grilled cheeses, burgers, and craft beers. I ordered the Mac Attack, which is mac and cheese with bacon bits on two fat Texas toast slices. It comes with a little tomato soup and I got Parmesan fries on the side. Let’s just say I was drooling from the first bite all the way to the last. Lastly, we went to Naturoll. I’ve heard so many good things about rolled ice cream so I had to see what all the hype was about. I ordered the s’mores which is chocolate ice cream, graham crackers, and toasted marshmallow. It was chocolate heaven and you can see from the picture how nice the presentation was (totally Instagram worthy!).

All in all I had a great weekend filled with food, laughs, and love. See you soon PITT !

Food

Where to Eat This Weekend

Where to eat: Umi Sushi – 118 E 31st St

 Got love for sushi? If you answered yes to that question then I have the place for you!

Alright, I can’t take all the credit here. My good friend/soul sister/confidant, Chelsey, led me to Umi Sushi.

The Japanese restaurant has a kind of hole in the wall feel to it and is located in Korea Town, a short walk from the 33rd Street Path Station (for all my New Jersey natives).

img_4274We went to Umi Sushi on Thursday around 5 p.m. and there was no wait. As soon as you walk through the door you are greeted with a welcoming smile from the hostess. She led us to our seats and luckily we got the window seat that overlooks the sidewalk traffic (I told you I love people watching!!) The menu has classic Japanese food.  For drinks, I went with Pinot Grigio and Chelsey went with Pinot Noir. As for food, we ordered two miso soups, edamame, a shrimp tempura roll, and a yellowtail & avocado roll.

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Edamame, Shrimp Tempura, and Yellowtail Roll

Everything came out quick and the service was wonderful. Our server checked on us a number of times. Getting back to the food, everything was mouthwatering. The edamame was cooked perfectly and had the right amount of salt. I could eat edamame five times a day for the next seven years and still not get sick of it. That’s love. The rolls were delicious and I stepped out of my California roll comfort zone and tried the yellowtail & avocado. I think the best thing about this restaurant is how fresh everything was. You could taste the freshness and this is so important. No one wants to eat old sushi.

Umi Sushi has great service and food to compliment. The atmosphere is very causal so don’t worry about looking fancy. This is a good spot to go on a friend date, a real date, or alone!  Definitely check them out for yourself. #treatyoself