Archive for July, 2010

Bacon Bash Winner

Well, lucky for you bacon lovers, the odds were in your favor with the somewhat small amount of entries on the last post.

And so, according to a random selection, I would like to announce commenter Wendy as the winner of the Bacon Bash tix!

Wendy described her favorite summer cocktail as –

“..watermelon margaritas. Yo Rita does a great one. Must be on the rocks and made with fresh watermelon, not a frozen concentrate. Mmmmmm.”

I could not agree more Ms. Wendy! Watch your e-mail for ticket information.

Thanks everyone for participating!

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I have always been a bacon girl. As a young pup, I remember heading to Denny’s every Sunday after church – no trip was complete without a side of crispy bacon. 

Sausage? No thanks.

Bacon? Yes please. 

When I recently found this subject line in my inbox, I was immediately intrigued;

“2010 Bacon Bash at Harris Grill”

Say what?

Everyone knows Harris Grill sponsors the infamous Tuesday night ‘Bacon Night’ – complementary  bacon is served up at the bar throughout the evening. I have never partaken in this Shadyside tradition but I have heard good things.

Therefore, it only makes sense that they take their bacon love to new heights during this year’s Bacon Bash.

Here are the details –

Name: 2010 Bacon Bash
When: Saturday, August, 14, 2010 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Harris Grill
5747 Ellsworth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 362-5273
Tickets: $35 per person (EDIT: tickets can be purchased here!)
Ticket Includes: admission to the event, several bacon appetizers and small plates prepared by Harris Grill, one beverage ticket (draft beer or frozen cosmopolitan), optional entry in the bacon eating contest, and more.
Menu will include, but is not limited to: bacon pierogies, mini BLT sliders, bacon-wrapped meatballs, chocolate-covered bacon, bacon sushi, bacon horseradish spread with pretzels, bacon breadsticks, bacon shot glasses filled with cheesy mashed potatoes, Coco’s bacon cupcake, and bacon wrapped tofu!
Sponsors: Sugardale Foods, Harris Grill, Mr. Baconpants, Iowa Farm Families, and CoCo’s Cupcake Café

And guess what? I have two free tickets for Bacon Bash that I will so graciously be giving away to one lucky reader.

To note, Harris Grill also serves a mean frozen cosmo. Therefore, to enter this little giveaway, please leave a comment mentioning your most favorite summer cocktail. Enter up until next Monday evening (July 19th) at 11:00PM.  I will pick a (random) winner shortly thereafter.

I actually will not be able to make it to this event so I am already jealous of the reader that gets to go. Bacon sushi? Bacon breadsticks? Sounds kind of amazing.

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Hello friends, it has been awhile! Sometimes life gets busy and Snickie gets neglected. Such is life. I am back now!

Recently, the Snick-ster actually ventured outside the city limits to dine with a dedicated Snickie reader, Big D. We chowed down at Yama, located in Beaver, PA (538 Third Street). Was the drive worth it? Read on to find out.

Yama is a fairly new Japanese restaurant with an extensive sushi menu. The place sits right on the main drag in Beaver, a pleasant looking little area. Yama is tastefully decorated in red and black and impeccably clean looking. You could definitely take a date here.

We were quickly seated.  I was quite hungry after my long journey to the Beav. I let Big D (already a Yama regular?) start off the ordering. We did a few appetizers, sushi, and some specialty rolls.

pardon the flash folks

Wow. Yama is doing some good things out in Beaver. I think this place may just crush any sushi I have had in Pittsburgh proper. Everything was amazingly fresh tasting and clearly prepared with great attention to detail and presentation. Check out this seriously gorgeous Dragon Roll:

Service at Yama was extremely attentive and the waitress patiently answered all our questions. I truly loved everything I ate at Yama but was blown away by the Volcano appetizer (seared black pepper tuna with ‘volcano’ dressing). Rich smooth tuna and spicy sweet dressing – can’t go wrong there. Please order this if you go. I also really liked the above-pictured Dragon Roll (avocado, eel), as well as all the sushi (also pictured above).

To note, Yama is BYO. My favorite!

Dinner was accompanied by great conversation and ended with green tea ice cream and fried bananas. Fried bananas, I love you. The first time I ever had fried bananas was at a Vietnamese restaurant in Capetown, South Africa. Yes, you read that right. I don’t remember how I ended up in that particular restaurant, but I do remember those bananas. Yama let me happily relive that food memory 🙂

So, if you ever find yourself in Beaver (only a few exits past the airport!) or even if you don’t, get yourself to Yama. Really, this place was pretty damn good. Thanks for dinner Big D!

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