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G-20 Plummet

Franktuary is unveiling a new dog this week, the G-20 Plummet:

In honor of this debacle, Franktuary has created the G-20 Plummet.  During the Plummet the restaurant will offer its Pittsburgh frank, buried under 20 additional condiments.  Franktuary publicist Frida Marquetza states, “The extra condiments represent the insensitive visitors who disrupted Pittsburgh’s tranquil and prosperous everyday life.  The suffocated pierogie symbolizes our city’s immobilized economy.”

I have a hard time thinking of 20 appropriate condiments to go on one hot dog, let alone how I would even eat it.  However, everything that I’ve ever tasted from Franktuary has been amazing, so I’m sure if anyone can pull it off, they can.

They are doing an online scavenger hunt all this week to commemorate the launch.  Check out their blog and twitter feed for more info and for more clues.

Conflict Kitchen needs your help

Conflict Kitchen, the discussion-starting cafe run by The Waffle Shop is working to open their next incarnation, Bolani Pazi, featuring Afghan take out.  I love the Waffle Shop, and love the premise of Conflict Kitchen:

It is easy to forget that behind all of the government conflicts there are people and a culture. When this personal connection is lost, things become dangerous. Conflict Kitchen creates a public forum and space for discussions that might not normally take place, mediated by food.

And previously-unknown to me, Conflict Kitchen ran some awesome programs, just like Waffle Shop does:

Conflict Kitchen also programs public events to more directly connect everyday Americans with everyday people from the country of focus. For example, Kubideh Kitchen brought together members of the public for a live Skype meal between Tehran and Pittsburgh, during which groups in both countries shared the same meal on a virtually connected table: an inter-continental dinner party.

That Skype meal with a citizen of the country Conflict Kitchen is featuring sounds really cool, right?  Well, now’s your chance.  Conflict Kitchen has a campaign going on on Kickstarter, and depending on how much you give, you could have your very own Skype meal.  Even if you can’t give at that level, every little bit helps.

Please consider giving to Conflict Kitchen, and don’t forget to stop by!

Conflict Kitchen follow up

I previously wrote about Conflict Kitchen, and now the PG has covered it, adding this amazing little fact:

“I am a locavore, so the beef we use is from a cow in Ligonier, and the flour is from a gristmill in Latrobe.”

Being a graduate of Saint Vincent, I can attest to how awesome everything that comes out of the Gristmill is, next time you’re out that way, stop in, you may even see some of the monks making flour, and be sure to swing around the back to the coffee shop!

And related, above Conflict Kitchen and Waffle Shop is their billboard project, a public forum.  The first is up:

At the Harp and Fiddle

Conflict Kitchen

The creators of the Waffle Shop are back, having expanded into the space next door.  They are now presenting, Conflict Kitchen, a rotating, take-out food place that serves ethnic cuisine from a county that the United States is in conflict with.  Right now, they are offering the Iranian Kubideh.

Programming appears to be planned, but nothing has been announced yet, although any events will take place in the Waffle Shop.

Want to learn more about Iran?  Check out the wrappers that will be used for your Kubideh here.

Awesomeness of the day aka advancements in ketchup packets

Heinz unveiled a new design for the ketchup packet today, and it’s pretty awesome.  Firstly, it holds three times as much ketchup as before.

And secondly, it provides the option to squeeze or dip.  I didn’t even know I wanted to be able to dip from a ketchup packet!  I’ve always just squeeze a bunch of packets into a big pile on a napkin and worked it that way.

Now I don’t think this will revolutionize eating, and eating on the go, as some people are predicting, but hey, I don’t have kids, so maybe it’s more of an issue than I realize. 

This now makes me wonder if “old style” packets will now be some sort of weird collectors item.  Maybe if you hold on to them long enough they’ll turn that nasty color of Hunt’s Ketchup.

Chicago plays dirty

Primantis or Luckys?

I’m watching Man v. Food right now, and it is a repeat (I remember the segment about Chicago deep dish pizza), but I don’t think I’ve ever watched the last segment before.

The host has to eat three overstuffed sandwiches in an hour, and while the sandwiches seem to be bigger than Primanti’s, there are a couple other differences, mainly the bread (Lucky uses French bread).  Update: He ate all three in about half an hour and won the challenge

I took a look at Lucky’s website and here is what they say:

Lucky’s is Chicago’s home of the overstuffed sandwich. This style of sandwich can be found in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Florida and Maryland.

Maybe imitation is the best form of flattery, but we’ll still claim home to the original.  Speaking of, I had Primanti’s yesterday due to their special with Destinta (take in a ticket stub, get a discount on a sandwich and a drink) and once again have to recommend the General Tso’s wings.

Magic night at Spaghetti Warehouse

Magic night at Spaghetti Warehouse, originally uploaded by Mike @

Full post to come once I get to a computer

Sometimes I realize that I’m not a good Pittsburgher.  Case in point, last night was my first trip, ever, to the Spaghetti Warehouse.  I was supposed to go to a wrap up party for NaNoWriMo last year but couldn’t make it (I’m going to guess I was camping, as that tends to be my default), so when I had the chance to go yesterday night, I jumped on it.

The food was awesome, and I remember commenting, it feels like my grandma’s kitchen.  The whole place.  It just felt right, in that crazy, eclectic, stuff hiding on the walls sort of way.  I loved it.

So every Monday is magic night, and even though we didn’t have any kids at our table (which we lamented because we wanted to see some magic), the magician came over and did a few illusions for us, one of which included fire, which made us all very happy, as secretly we are moths…or people who enjoy camping.  Take your pick.

Epiphany robbed, fish and shrimp stolen

Epiphany church in the Hill District has been robbed five times recently; as reported by KDKA, the robber is one of their volunteers at their fish fry.  On the noon news today, they reported that this last time, money wasn’t stolen, instead the man took fish and shrimp.  How oddly appripriate for Lent.

We don’t have a cafeteria here at work, and sometimes it can be hard to find places who deliver to us, or at least, places who will deliver that we haven’t ordered from the last ten times (thank goodness for Franktuary).  Epiphany is close enough to walk to, and their Fish Fry runs every Friday, not just in Lent, so it’s a great place to grab lunch.  If you’re looking for a good, cheap lunch, head on up the hill and grab a bite some Friday, you won’t be disappointed.  Although you may not be able to get seafood at the moment…

Primanti’s will save the economy

Primanti'sIn a recent New York Times article, John Schwartz discusses the CEOs of the big three automakers and their road trip from Detroit to D.C.:

The prospect of the executives motoring along more than 500 miles of highway to Washington — a trip of about nine hours, not counting a possible stop in Pittsburgh for a sandwich at Primanti Brothers — introduces an element of ritualistic public relations gamesmanship

Who knows, maybe the secret to economic success is hidden somewhere in the delicious coleslaw and fries.

(h/t to PR Junkie)

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