I really wanted to like Vivo Kitchen in Sewickley. The interior is hip, minimalist and so is the menu. The quick presentation of a bread plate with spicy dipping sauce and cooling olive oil was the second thumbs up (after the atmosphere). But, (wo)man cannot survive on bread alone (as much as she may try, ha!). My first course of a barbeque short rib was presented beautifully and tasted just as good. Coated in a sauce that made me miss summer and a grill, this bite of meat made me excited for the next course. But, womp womp. Major let… Read More →
Thanks to Larrimor’s, I won a $100 gift card to treat myself to a swanky dinner at Andora in Mt. Lebanon. With all this cash to spend, I didn’t go alone. Thought I think that I could eat $100 worth of food myself, I opted not to this time around. Upon arriving at the location, I was immediately blown away (in a bad way) that this place had only valet parking. WHAT?! This isn’t Downtown or the South Side with sometimes awful parking. This place has a parking lot. Valet was just awkward. I can park my car myself, it’s… Read More →
The first time I went to Monterey Bay, the only thing I remembered was the view. The second time I went, my salad had a hair in it. This time, I was so displeased with my overall experience that I felt compelled to write something. I usually don’t complain about service or food but to be treated the way I was on all levels is disrespectful. I understand you’re trying to maintain a reputation on par with the other establishments along Grandview Avenue, but you’re failing, Monterey Bay. On multiple levels. I’ve never made reservations for the dining room. Why… Read More →
Sometimes all it takes is something simple to make a day better. Kiva Han Cafe in Oakland makes a great cup of coffee but it also offers delightful menu options. I stopped by one Sunday after a bike ride and wanted a snack. I went with the hummus. Served with pita bread and cucumbers with a drizzle of balsamic, this snack was just what I needed to recharge.
I work Downtown so I love when new places pop up. The latest is GoPretzel located in the old Dozen Bakery on Liberty Avenue. I went on opening day to see what it offered. Walking into the shop was like walking into a candy-coated dream. The smell of cinnamon-sugar was infectious. Naturally that swayed my opinion. I went with the Cinnamon Sugar pretzel. It was generously sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar but was dense. Like I was eating a whole loaf of bread dense. Hopefully this was due to opening day jitters because sometimes you desperately need a sugary coated… Read More →