On Friday, Alex and I were invited to a blind beer tasting event at our friend Ryan’s apartment. The rules were simple. Each person was to bring two 1 pint bottles of beer wrapped to conceal its identity. Additionally, the beers all had to be within the IPA, Stout or Christmas/Winter genres. The person who brings in the winning beer of each category gets a prize.
Our friend Ryan is no joke when it comes to beer so there was definitely a lot of pressure trying to select something the wouldn’t put us (and our somewhat lackluster knowledge of beer) to shame.
Let the games begin.
Alex and I drive through Philadelphia every year on our annual trip to the Jersey Shore. But aside from the quick pit stop for a late night cheesesteak or Chinese food, it had been ages since I had actually walked the streets and truly experienced all there is to do in Philly. When we told all our family and friends of our upcoming weekend excursion, we were surprised by the number of food/bar suggestions that we received. There was so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat!
Here is a recap of what we were chewing on (please note that not all food items are pictured, to view all of the pictures please visit our twitter page):
When we arrived in Philly late Thursday evening, we checked into our hotel and immediately hit the town. We first stopped at Jon’s Bar and Grille for a couple of IPAs (Alex’s new favorite style of beer) and then went to Lorenzo & Sons for a giant pizza slice! Ok so this isn’t the best picture of Alex, but the shining star here is definitely the pizza. Continue reading
Last weekend, Alex and I went on a little Philadelphia food tour. We ate pizzas, cheese steaks, Chinese food and so much more. While I still have to compile a recap post of our Philly excursion, I couldn’t wait to announce this new giveaway! Chew Me Blog is so excited to work in conjunction with the Kitchen Stories Etsy shop to give away a very special collection of spices. All of the spice and tea blends available through Kitchen Stories Etsy shop are wild grown and do not contain preservatives or other non-natural ingredients.
What is the deal with the cold cheese on pizza? I mean, seriously?!
If you guys follow the twitter page at all, you know that Alex and I were a bit indulgent last weekend. We ate Chicago-style beef sandwiches, waffles, Chinese food and tacos. Most importantly, we ate PIZZA! If there is one thing I could eat everyday it would be a New York style slice with pepperoni and banana peppers. My favorite slice in the ‘burgh? Definitely at Pizza Sola.
We ventured down to the Southside on Saturday night looking forward to a fun night of drinking and eating. After a few beers and some snacks (aka an entire Primanti’s sandwich with a fried egg), we thought it would be a great idea to end our night at Pizza Sola. Yum! It’s been so long since we’ve eaten there that I almost forgot how good it was. The slices there are pricey but it is soooo worth it.
Exhibit A: Pizza Sola
Then, instead of ending the night on a good note we decided to also go to Beto’s on Banksville. I had never been to Beto’s but I have heard rave reviews about this place. People seem to love the concept of having cold cheese on their pizza. Although I wasn’t completely keen on the idea, I wanted to try it anyway. We ordered two slices to go.
So this is how it’s done: First, they bake a large square pizza with just sauce. They take the pizza out of the oven and cut it into individual square slices. Then they put the pizza slices in a takeout box, quickly throw on a pile of shredded cheese (and other desired toppings), and close the box. That’s it.
I was eager to dig into my pizza with mushrooms when we arrived home but when I opened the box and saw the heaping pile of cold cheese I was immediately turned off. Not only was the cheese not melted at all but they used CANNED mushrooms! I couldn’t believe that a place of such popularity didn’t use fresh ingredients.
Anyway, I can’t say that I gave Beto’s a fair chance because I really couldn’t bring myself to eat it as is. I ended up putting it in the oven for about 15 to let the cheese get nice and bubbly. And even then I didn’t care for it. Next time I’d like my pizza hot, please!
Exhibit B: Beto’s Pizza
Traveling without Alex is boring on so many levels. Of course I miss having a companion to talk to, but I mostly miss having someone to share great food with. Alex and I love to drive around scoping out the best restaurants, sometimes trying up to 4-5 places in a day! And we always order a small smorgasbord of food for sharing so we can each taste a variety of different dishes. So when I had to travel to Phoenix all by myself last week for work, I definitely felt a little void in my…stomach. Going to a different city and only eating 3 square meals, ordering just one entree per meal, is no fun. Here is a recap of my eating adventures:
Steve and Francee are our new eating buddies. Aside from the fact that they are super fun to hang out with, they are also probably the only two people we know that love trying new restaurants as much as we do. Actually, they’ve probably tried more restaurants in Pittsburgh than us! So we decided to create this new monthly tradition of going out for dinner and drinks together. In August they took us to Industry Public House followed by Tender Bar for drinks. And as you all know, we loved it. So there was definitely some pressure when it was our turn to pick the place. After some deliberation, I finally decided on Nola On The Square. At first we were a little hesitant about picking a restaurant in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh because we weren’t sure what the night scene would be like. But we were pleasantly surprised by how lively “The Square” was on a Friday evening. (We think that the crowd was partially due to that giant rubber duck).