June 11, 2013

Pittsburgh Eating Diaries Part I

My mom and I made a quick weekend road trip to Pittsburgh recently for my sister's convocation. On the first day, we had breakfast at Crepes Parisiennes.
My sister got her favourite savoury crepe with mushroom, egg, cheese and bechamel sauce. This was a delicious breakfast crepe.
We also shared a dessert macaroon crepe- filled with shredded coconut and walnuts. Unfortunately, this was way too sweet for me, even though I really liked the concept. 

Crepes Parisiennes on Urbanspoon
After breakfast, we went to the Carnegie Museum of Art, which was right beside my sister's school. I was pretty impressed with their selection.

 This reminds me of Game of Thrones!

 We also went to visit a magnificent library.

After the museum, we drove for 90 minutes to visit Fallingwater, the famous house designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is known for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings (it's built over a waterfall!). I certainly wouldn't mind having a summer home like this!
Dinner that night was at this really cute restaurant called the Porch.
We started with cast iron cornbread ($5), which was super buttery and crumbly. I love my cornbread and this one was absolutely delicious! I ate the leftovers for many days.
We also got a daily special- local asparagus with sunny side up duck egg, parm cheese, and balsamic reduction.
Next, we had "Day boat" sea scallops ($12)- butternut squash risotto, kale, leeks, and sweet onion purée. This was another winner. The scallops were perfectly cooked with a beautiful caramelization. All the accompaniments were really tasty, especially that sweet onion purée!
We also shared the shrimp and grits- grilled jumbo shrimp, local corn meal, braised greens, bacon, and Parmesan broth. This was the perfect plate of comfort food that I was craving for. All in all, I was really impressed with the food from the Porch. My sister liked it so much that she returned within a week.
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