Pittsburgh, you have been all over the place these last few weeks. Freezing, windy, sunny, warm. What gives? I have been combating the ever changing weather by testing out various recipes and hitting up some different local spots. Enjoy my finds and thoughts…
- Sushi at Plum
So two Sundays ago, I drove past the fairly new Plum Pan Asian Kitchen (4609 Centre Ave – formerly Richard Chen) and did a double take. The front entrance of the restaurant was literally demolished! What the hell? Extreme vandalism? I searched the internet when I got home, but couldn’t find any info on it. Had I imagined it?
Fast forward to last Friday. A friend and I decided to meet for dinner and I attempted to talk her in to sushi, suggesting Plum. She agreed and I then remembered the scene I *thought* I had witnessed only a few days prior. After a bit more internet research and a phone call to the restaurant, I found out that a van had crashed into the entrance of Plum in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 11th.
Poor Plum! It seems they are trying hard to re-establish that location and now this?
The restaurant did actually re-open last Friday night. Aside from entering through a side door, the boarded up front entrance, and a note of explanation tucked in the menu, it seemed things were running smoothly. The interior (lovely and minimalistic, by the way) is almost identical to the joint’s Richard Chen days, although a sushi bar has been added. My partner and I had a few rolls and particularly enjoyed the ‘Skinny Roll” (or something like that), made up of marinated veggies. To note, one roll was sort of falling apart and difficult to eat. However, the quality of the fish was undeniable. Definitely fresh. Our bill was around $50 (with tax) for three rolls (two of them specialty rolls), edamame, and two glasses of wine.
The menu is also quite different from that of Richard Chen. It appeared that entrées ranged roughly from $10-$20. I was glad to see the place was quite crowded by about 8:30. This restaurant is gorgeous, and now, more affordable. Parking is available too! Check this place out.
- My Own Stab at Asian
In this month’s Food and Wine, there was an article about ‘quick and easy’ Asian dishes using easily attainable ingredients. Last week, I made the spicy peanut noodles and loved them. This is a recipe I would definitely make again. I added some shredded chicken and diced red bell peppers to my dish. Seriously tasty and spicy.
- Food Businesses and the Social Web
Lauren over at Burghilicious posted an interesting piece about food blogs, local businesses, and the mini-controversy surrounding a few particular issues. Check out the article and the comments – you might be surprised by some of the things going on around the Pittsburgh food scene.
- Duke’s Upper Deck Cafe
A friend and I debated on meeting somewhere at the Waterfront for a drink over the weekend. Knowing most of the chain restaurants in the Waterfront would be jammed and not all that great, we instead decided on Duke’s in Homestead (122 W 8th Ave). Attentive bartenders, casual atmosphere, decent bar food, a nice crowd but not jammed – Duke’s was not bad in my book. Try it over TGIFridays or Damon’s for sure. I am also still intrigued by Blue Dust (601 Amity Street, near the tracks), another independent trying to make it in that area. Foodburgh posted a review awhile back. Seems like its worth a try.
- Tis the Season
I am geared up and ready to sport my Kate Gosselin wig for Halloween. What will you be this year? Also, what type of treats are you handing out or making for a party? I always enjoyed Halloween because my birthday falls very near the holiday. I remember several Halloween themed slumber parties back in the day, one involving sticking your hand in a bowl of cold spaghetti and pretending it was intestines. Muhahaha!