June 17, 2013

Pittsburgh Eating Diaries Part II

On the second day, we went to the Coffee Tree Roasters, a local coffee chain, to grab some breakfast. I couldn't resist trying a green tea latte (my favourite!) here and it was really really good! The matcha flavour was very intense and it was just the right amount of sweetness.
The Coffee Tree Roasters is side by side with a Bagel Factory location. My sister ordered an egg white omelette with spinach and mushroom, but it was really bland. The omelette came with a bagel and a side of home fries.
I was much more pleased with my choice- a bagel breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg and cheese. The bagels here are smaller than the ones from Tim Horton, but they are quite good. I didn't mind the smaller portion size.
Convocation was, as per usual, super boring. Although I was impressed that they had it in a gorgeous music concert hall. This was really sad compared to my recent Waterloo convocation at the school gym. But anyway, the only thing left to look forward to that day was dinner. I asked my sister to pick a place that she wanted to go back one last time before leaving Pittsburgh for good, and her choice was Avenue B.
The restaurant is BYOB (no wine list here!) with a $5 corkage fee. We were served two types of bread with smoked salmon butter, something that I've never had before.
We started with a salad of local greens, caramelized cippolini onions, grape tomatoes, crispy sweet potato, and aged sherry vinaigrette. I really wished the portion was bigger because my mom, my sister and I all eat a lot of veggies.
The next dish from their daily special board was absolutely stunning- hickory smoked duck breast, creamed Brussels sprouts, quinoa, smoked grapes and blueberry demi glaze. There were a lot of components on the plate, but everything came together beautifully.
Also from the daily specials- scallops, cornmeal crusted softshell crab, pork belly, with sweet potato pearl pasta and mustard crema. It was another well-composed and delicious dish! Needless to say, we wiped the plate clean! This was my second visit to Pittsburgh, and my impression of the city definitely improved from the first visit. This time around, we stayed in the suburbs and away from the outlet mall and downtown core. I actually found the city to be quite charming and Fallingwater was definitely worth a visit!
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