So many things to do. So little time. That’s how I feel about all of the foodie places in Pittsburgh. All those small cafes, food stores and farm markets that I love to visit. Saturdays are a fun time to explore because the markets and stores are bustling and it just adds to the excitement. So this would be my idea of a perfect Saturday morning. 1. Stop at the Farmer’s Co-op in East Liberty for some fresh squeezed juice from the Kew Coffee Stand. Taste some olive oil and cheese even thought it isn’t quite 8AM. 2. Drive to the Farmers@Firehouse market, 2126 Penn Avenue, for some free range eggs, local maple syrup, super delish pork pate and Sara Pozonsky’s salmon. I’m always looking for beet greens, and the local produce selection here is my best chance for finding them.
3. Stop to get a Bitter Combo at La Prima Espresso. Nothing like the sweet and bitter taste all in one sip. And hanging out in there make you feel like you are in Italy. 4. Then, in a perfect world, I would get a mini donut or two at Peace, Love and Little Donuts. The coconut one and the donut with chocolate with the little cherry on top. 5. Since now I need something to rinse down the donies, I would stop at Espresso A Mano, found at 3623 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The coffee artisans here make little swirly designs on top of your cappucino. Great coffee, too. 6. Next stop – La Gourmandine Bakery and Pastry Shop. This new place in Lawrenceville (4605 Butler Street) is run by the real deal. An actual French pastry chef. Last week I drove past, noticed the sign, and the looped around the block until I could find a parking space. Their croissants were flaky and buttery and the mini pear tart was a slice of sweet heaven. I can never say anything bad about the other top notch croissant maker in town, but it’s always nice to have another option on the other side of the river. Filled with caffeine, sugar and fat, it would now be time to go home and take a nap, dreaming of my next food adventure. Something for lunch, maybe?