Julia’s Day Off: March
I was in Texas at the beginning of March for sxsw. And one morning as I was clinging to life, I discovered cappuccino. I’m now obsessed. Make your 1990’s jokes. I’ll wait. Sadly, I’ve yet to find one as delicious as the one below. I think that happens a lot when the romanticism of traveling blurs all of your senses.
Cappuccino should be enjoyed slowly. Actually, most well-crafted coffee should be enjoyed sitting and sipping and appreciating. Not poured into a to-go cup to be guzzled down. But I had business to take care of in the library so my cappuccino from Commonplace Coffee was put in a paper to-go cup. Delicious but just not the same.
Have you been to Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill during the day? It is weirdly packed. Like Walmart at 2 AM packed. Who are all of these people and why are they here at this time packed? And most of them are not college-aged students. They are people playing Candy Crush and people reading all sorts of things–newspapers, books, websites.
I went to the library to hunt down books about one of my favorite people: Julia Child. Naturally, the one I wanted was lost in the abyss so I picked up The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebowitz… for the second time.
After a few chapters I had a hankering for a sweet treat. Mainly, macaroons from Gaby et Jules. Naturally, Gaby et Jules is not open on Mondays (well not until April 21st when they’ll start being open on Mondays until 8 PM). Note to self: Don’t take off Mondays anymore. All the restaurants you’ll want to go to will inevitably be closed.
When Parisian dessert aspirations fail, you go try and get tacos from La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen at the Pittsburgh Public Market. Only to find the Public Market is also closed on Mondays. Day off fail.
So I walked down the street and drowned my tears in macaroons from Enrico Biscotti Co. like any normal person would do. Just walking into the little bakery is enough to keep me going. The key is getting there early when you have your pick of the Italian treats. After, I walked over to Casa Reyna to drown my tears in mini tacos. Because tacos always make everything better.
Julia’s Day Off is a series about exploring Pittsburgh during a day off filled with things you want to do rather than have to do.