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Sir Pizza and Sorgels

Tonight we had decided to go out to eat. We decided to try a different pizza place. I had read about it in an article stating pizza places to try in the Pittsburgh area. So off to Sir Pizza we went. We ordered a large pizza, half pepperoni and half bacon. We also ordered an Italian Hoagie.

Blake was the only one who liked the pizza. Colby didn’t like the bacon, and if you know Colby you know that is an odd statement. Richard and I didn’t like the sauce they use. The crust was ok. It was really thin, but not really crisp. The sub was cut into 4 pieces. The first slices that Richard and I had were decent, but then when we went back to try the other slices they were soggy from the dressing they put on it. I ended up pulling the ham off my slice to give to Colby and then just ate the rest of the meat off the roll. It was certainly not worth the calories.

After we were done, we drove across the street to Sorgels. Sorgels is a family owned farm that has a garden center, grocery area, ice cream stand, deli, Natrually Sorgels (allergen free, gluten free and other products such as that) and a gift store. This is where we go to strawberry and blueberry pick in the summer and apple pick in the fall. We haven’t been there in quite a while. We decided to walk through the garden center. Then we went into the grocery area to their bakery where they bake all kinds of yummy things daily. We purchased peanut butter cookies for Colby, doughnuts for Richard and Blake, a brownie for Richard and I to split and two quick breads (blueberry and apple cinnamon).

After that, we went to the ice cream part and go ice creams. The four of us sat down and enjoyed our ice creams. It was nice to just sit and relax outside and enjoy having a sweet treat together. I got cinnamon bun ice cream, this was very tasty.

So while dinner was a flop, we did end up enjoying our time together and who doesn’t enjoy ended the day by eating ice cream?

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Peace Love and Little Donuts review– by Blake

On May 5th, 2018, my mom suggested that my dad and I could go to the Peace, Love and Little Donuts in Wexford, get some donuts, and then I can do a review on it. It was pretty small, and it looked like this:

Image result for peace love and little donuts wexford Pretty interesting, huh? So, my dad and I walked in, and it looked like it opened in the 60’s or 70’s. There were a lot of old band posters dating back to that time, and here are a few of them:

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You can obviously tell that they’re pretty old. The donuts were divided into different sections, with different prices for each type, along with more band posters, as you can see:

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So, as my dad and I were looking around, I noticed something that was really cool:2018-05-05 08.49.25

The one thing that you can’t see, but it was probably their slogan, was: ‘Feed your inner hippie.’

I then decided that I’d get two chocolate chip donuts, which is a donut with chocolate frosting, and chocolate chips on that. We got a half dozen donuts, so we got the two chocolate chips, a maple bacon that we got for Colby to try (he didn’t, but my dad did), which is a donut with maple syrup with bacon on top, a chocolate pretzel, which is a donut with chocolate frosting, and then two pretzel sticks on top, a cinnamon sugar donut,  which is a cinnamon donut with sugar on it, and a cinnamon donut, which was a cinnamon sugar, just without the sugar. We then paid (and it pretty cheap) and went home. This is what all the donuts looked like:

We all (except Colby) tried one, and they were pretty good. It turns out they were cake donuts, which I’d never tried before. I finished one and had the other one today, May 6th.

All in all, this was a pretty good place. There’s multiple of them, one in Wexford, one in Pittsburgh, and one in Cranberry.

If you’re in a donut mood in Western PA and want to not use a lot from your budget, head on over to this place that I’d definitely go again. You won’t regret feeding your inner hippie.2018-05-05-08-50-04.jpg

 

 

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Emporio: A Meatball Joint – Restaurant Review

So yesterday I posted my menu for the week. In posting this I realized I had never reviewed Emporio: A Meatball Joint.

Emporio is one of those place that we have been going to since we visited PA last March looking for a place to live. What make Emporio special? Their meatballs. That’s what they do… meatballs!

First things first which type of meatball are you going to have, beef, chicken, pork, veggie or the “Ball of the Month”? Now what are you going to do with your balls? Pick your sauce, pick your side (or skip the side) pasta, fries, tater tots, rice, on a roll?

I typically just get “Saucy Balls” which is 4 meatballs in your choice of sauce. This time I just decided to have beef balls in marinara… simple yet yummy. IMG_20180426_174127 (1).jpg

Richard ordered the Taco Ball Salad (taco ball was the ball of the month). This was romaine lettuce, Spanish rice, cheese, peppers and beef taco balls. IMG_20180426_174159.jpg

We have tried the Ball of the month in the past too, one time it was a cheese burger ball, Colby loved that one.

Blake and Colby ordered off the kids menu. This gets them one ball in sauce, a side, drink and a cookie. Blake had beef with marinara (then ate one of my meatballs too) and french fries. Colby had beef with creamy Parmesan sauce and penne with the same sauce

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One of Blake’s favorite things about this restaurant is that we saw it on Ginormous Foods. He thinks this is pretty cool. They visited Primanti Bros on the same episode. You can check the episode out here.

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Over The Bar at the Boathouse

Yesterday we had a lazy morning. We didn’t actually do much until about 11:30. At that time, we decided to take Dixie to the Dog Stop for their last week of Sunday Day Care. She loved this break and opportunity to go visit with other dogs. After we dropped her off, we decided to head out to lunch. We couldn’t decide what we wanted to have, so decided to go somewhere we hadn’t been in a while.

Off to Over The Bar at the Boathouse in North Park! We hadn’t been there in a while and thought we’d go see if it was too busy. We were pleased to see that there wasn’t a wait and we went right in and sat down. We were introduced to Over the Bar by our realtor when we came up to Pittsburgh one year ago. It’s hard to believe that one year ago we picked out the lot.

We have been there a few other times. The best time to go is when the patio is open and you can watch the people out on the lake. The sun was shining and there were a lot of people out walking, running and biking in North Park. But, this did not mean it was anywhere warm enough to sit outside. So, we ate inside. The inside of the restaurant is decorated with a lot of different bike items as well as other retro vehicle items.

Richard had “The Trail Builder” which is a burger with 2 kinds of cheese, bacon and onion strings. He said the burger was charred a bit more than he would normally like, but he ate it all.IMG_20180325_132544

I had “Pedal Paddle Panini”. This is a panini with roasted red peppers, tomato and fresh motzarella. It was good, but the balance of the ingredients was a bit off. I took the tomatoes off Richard’s burger, he doesn’t really like tomatoes, and this helped a bit. The peppers was the dominant flavor. I ate the whole thing AND all my fries. The fries were the best thing.

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Blake ordered “The tricycle”… chicken tenders and chips. There was NOTHING left when he was done. The chicken tenders looked really good. The chips are made fresh in house and are yummy.  The kids get to keep the Frisbee if you want it too.

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Colby ordered the “Hard Tail” which is the basic burger, but he added cheddar cheese and bacon. Colby picked tater tots for his side. The burger was over cooked and dried. He ordered it cooked medium, but it was more well done in my opinion. He ate about half of it. Granted the burger was as big as his head!

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We were not happy with the cook on the burgers on this visit, but it won’t stop us from visiting again. I can’t wait to go again when the patio is open.

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Flame BBQ restaurant review

Last night there was no way I was cooking dinner. The house was still pretty much a cluttered mess from painting. The kitchen counters were covered with paper, the island was covered with everything that belongs on the counters. The kitchen table was covered with everything we using for painting.

So we decided to go out to dinner and then head to Costco to get the things we needed from there. We didn’t know where we were going to go, so we decided to try some place new to us.

We went to Flame BBQ in Cranberry, PA. I found it on-line while Googling “restaurants near Cranberry, PA”. I really like the near me features on Google as it gives you the map and then you can get to the websites. I like going onto the Google Earth feature of the map as I have to see what it looks like to know where in the world it is talking about. I can’t give directions go north 5 miles, that means nothing to me. I’m more of a drive until you see this gas station then turn right kind of person. So looking at the Google Earth map helps me see what I would see while driving.

Anyway…. back to Flame BBQ. We looked at the menu on the site and sort of had an idea of what we were going to order. We always look at menus on-line before going somewhere for the fact that my boys are picky eaters. They are getting better, but aren’t always super adventurous in their eating.

2018-03-02 18.00.02This restaurant was a small store front in a strip plaza. They had space for about one dozen people to sit in the restaurant so you can tell they do a lot of take out business. They had pulled pork, pulled chicken, pulled beef and brisket as their main meats. This works!

Colby ordered first. He decided to get the Jr. Beef 2018-03-02 18.00.07Brisket Sandwich. The meat in this was very lean and after he added the BBQ sauce it was very tasty. The roll they use for this was good too.

Blake ordered Ms. Chicken which is the pulled chicken sandwich. The meat came with their sweet sauce on it already. This too was really good. The chicken had decent flavor. It had the same roll as Colby.

Richard ordered the Boss Platter. This is two meats and two sides. Richard choose to have pulled pork, brisket, coleslaw and their side called Cheezy potato bake. He also got a kaiser roll with it. The pork was really good. Just like Colby, the brisket had good flavor, but was dry since it was so lean. The coleslaw had a bit too much mayo, but the flavor wasn’t bad. Neither Richard or I liked the potato bake thing. The potatoes tasted almost uncooked and it didn’t have a strong flavor.

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I ordered Pig Pen. This was fries topped with pulled pork and cheese sauce. This was really yummy. I was shocked that the whole time I ate this the fries stayed crispy and never got soggy. I think this was the right balance of meat, cheese and fries. I would certainly get this again.

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We left saying “Yep, we will go there again.” We all agreed that the meat is cooked perfectly and the food was flavorful. I think next time, I’ll try beef and mac (mac and cheese topped with pulled beef) but I did like the pulled pork a LOT.

You will find us going back to Flame BBQ again.

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Kelly O’s– restaurant review

When Richard moved to PA in April, he lived in downtown Pittsburgh in an area called “The Strip District“. Within walking distance of the apartment he lived was a diner called Kelly O’s. After visiting he found out that it had been featured on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives. Richard made a weekly trip to Kelly O’s for brunch on the weekends. He raved over the huge omelettes, but even more so the Grilled Cinnamon Roll.

When I came to visit in May, this was one of the places I had to visit to see what Kelly O’s was all about. Let me tell you his descriptions were spot on. The boys were so excited to try it out too. We took them to the Kelly O’s on the Strip shortly after we moved up to PA.

I decided to watch the episode of Triple D that featured Kelly O’s and realized that the restaurant we’d been to was not the one on the episode. There was a second Kelly O’s…. even closer to where we live!

Whenever anyone comes to visit, we bring them to Kelly O’s! Richard and I tend to get omelettes, Blake gets eggs and Colby gets pancakes. We have tried waffles, french toast and so much more. We have only been there for breakfast/brunch because that is how see the joint. (Check out the menu here)

Yesterday, we were on our way home from the airport. It was around 9 am and we had been up since before 3. It was time to eat. Where to go to get a good breakfast… Kelly O’s. It was also on the way to where we needed to go to pick up Dixie.

When we sat down I said…. Hey I’ve never written about Kelly O’s on my blog. But, when the food arrived I didn’t stop to take photos like normal, I just dove in. I did take pictures when we were almost done… does that count?

The first plate was mine. I had an omelette with ham, cheddar and tomatoes, shredded potatoes and raisin toast. Colby’s in the middle with his chocolate chip pancakes and bacon (he’d already had one pancake and all the bacon, his plate was clean when we left). The plate on the right was Richard’s he had their meat lovers omelette (ham, bacon, kielbasa, sausage and cheese) with shredded potatoes and raisin toast. Blake had eggs and breakfast sausage. He wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t take a picture of him.

We didn’t get a grilled cinnamon roll because well… we didn’t order one fast enough and Blake was miserable and we needed to get Dixie and there was a line out the door.  But, trust me we won’t forget next time.

So, if you are in the Pittsburgh area, either by the Strip or in the north hills, look up Kelly O’s it will be soooo worth your while to stop in and have a bite to eat!

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Zuppas Delicatessen Wexford review

My family is up from FL, we were looking for a place to go for dinner. We decided to take them to Zuppas Delicatessen in Wexford, PA. We have been to Zuppas a few times, but I’ve never blogged about it so I decided this would be a great opportunity since we’d have 6 different plates to share.

Let’s start with the boys meals. Blake had grilled ham and cheese, on the left. He had just tried to bite the sandwich when it was hot and the ham pulled out right before I’d taken this picture. Colby had PB & J.  Both the boys always get these sandwiches when we go to Zuppas. They love them.

The left sandwich was Richard’s. He had the Little Italy: “Prosciutto di Parma, fresh mozzarella, cracked black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, arugula and a fig spread on toasted Italian bread.” He really enjoyed this sandwich and thought the fig spread an interesting addition. He would get it again.

The right sandwich was my dad’s. He had “The Rubenator”: “Traditional reuben done “our way” packed between two grilled swiss cheese sandwiches on marble rye.” This sandwhich was HUGE. Although he thought it was a huge sandwich he did manage to eat almost all of it and said it was good.

I got the plate on the left. It was a BLT: “Thick Cut Oven Roasted Pork Shoulder piled on toasted Italian Bread with mayo, fresh sliced roma tomatoes and arugula” and Italian Wedding soup. The sandwich was really good. The pork shoulder was chewy so it didn’t have the traditional BLT texture, but it was very tasty. There may have been a tad too much mayo for my liking, but I would have this again. The soup was delicious. A perfect blend of chicken stock, well seasoned meatballs, spinach and a dash of orzo pasta. I will certainly get this one again.

The plate on the right, is my mom’s. Her sandwich was the Tomato Basil: Oven roasted tomatoes piled high and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese between two slices of basil pesto marinated panini bread. This is a very fresh sandwich with a nice balance of cheese and veggies. She had the soup of the day, sweet potato. This was the one thing we had that didn’t quite live up to the expectation. It didn’t have a sweet potato taste at all. There was a lot of chicken stock in it, so it almost tasted like gravy. She did eat it, but it just didn’t taste like a good cream soup.

If you are looking for a good deli sandwich, bowl of soup or salad (haven’t had a salad here yet), and you are in the Wexford area… try Zuppas.  I know we will be going back sometimes soon.

 

(This review is not paid for, it is just my opinion!)

 

 

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Waffles InCaffinated

As I mentioned in my post about Pig Iron, we recently went to Pour in the Park. At Pour in the Park, we got to taste pumpkin waffles from Waffles InCaffinated. Although neither Richard or I are huge fans of pumpkin anything, we both tried two different types of pumpkin waffles. We thought they were really good considering the flavor. The one I tried was pumpkin with dried cranberries. I added their home made vanilla syrup.  Richard tried pumpkin with raisins with the homemade Bourbon maple syrup.

The waffles were very perfect Belgium style waffles. There was a good balance between the pumpkin and the add-ins. The vanilla syrup was a bit sweet, but balanced out the tart of the cranberries. The Bourbon maple was not a sweet as original maple syrup.

Since Richard was off work today and we had the morning to ourselves we decided to go out for breakfast. We decided to try Waffles InCaffinated, in Wexford, and get something that wasn’t pumpkin. We walked in the restaraunt and was greeted by the waitress who promptly sat us. She then took our drink order and offered to walk us through the menu.

There is a LOT on the menu, but we finally decided what to try.

Richard got the Megaberry

 “Mega yum! blueberries and raspberries on the inside, fresh berries tossed in our own vanilla bean syrup on top! a mountain of whipped cream and our berry reduction sauce complete this long time fave!”

As you can see it looked yummy and since you can also see his empty plate at the end I can tell you it was yummy. They put blueberries and raspberries inside the waffle as well as all the fresh berries on top of the waffle. This was a huge portion, but super tasty.

 

I ordered French Toast

 “Italian bread sliced down and rolled in our egg mix, pressed in our waffle irons and served with our signature honey mascarpone spread! For the ultimate experience, review the toppings list!”
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I didn’t dislike the dish, but I didn’t love it either. I would not have been able to tell you that this was French Toast in anyway. It certainly needed the help of syrup as it didn’t have much flavor. The honey mascarpone spread was not bad, but it was super thick and was too sweet. I felt like this dish needed cinnamon or something on that idea to give it more flavor. I tried it with both the vanilla syrup and the bourbon syrup. It was much better with the bourbon syrup, but still not OMG I have to eat this all and come back for more.
I know we will be going back to Waffles InCaffinated. Next time I will probably get a waffle, it is called Waffles InCaffinated.
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DiBella’s Subs

When I grew up in MA, we had so many really great sub places and lots to choose from. When I moved to FL, I couldn’t find a good sub place. The local grocery store, Publix, probably had the best subs around. But, it’s not the same as going into a restaurant that is dedicated to making subs.

When I came up to Pittsburgh to visit Richard in May we decided to go out for subs one night. We had been walking to most of our meals since he lived right in the Strip District. This night we decided to order and Uber and go to a different section of Downtown Pittsburgh. We found a sub place close enough to the Point that we would be able to walk over to the point after we ate and just enjoy the views. We ended up a DiBella’s Subs. We really enjoyed the subs. The people who worked there were really helpful and funny. We left full, having enjoyed a good sub, and enjoying the company of the staff. (We were like the only people in the place at that time). Both of us said we’d have to go back there at some time. Richard never ended up going back before he moved out of the city and we hadn’t been back into that part of the city with the boys.

Yesterday we went to the movies to see Ninjago and decided to go out for lunch. We were looking for somewhere to go have lunch that we hadn’t gone to before and found a sub place across the street next to Lowes, our next stop. So we decided to go there. When we walked into the restaurant Richard and I looked at each other and said… hey this is the place we went downtown. While the staff at this DiBella’s wasn’t as funny or interactive, I they were much busier than when we went to the one downtown, the food was still good.

We ordered 4 subs. Blake got ham and salami, Colby got ham and bacon, Richard got a cheese steak and I got the Cowboy, Thick-cut bacon, BBQ sauce and all white meat chicken topped with cheddar cheese. We also ordered a chocolate chip cookie.  Ummm we should have bought more than one of the cookies, they were really good!

We then came home to see if where else we could go to DiBella’s near by because we will be going back!

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Monte Cello’s Pizza

Tonight we could not agree on what to have for dinner. I was originally going to go shopping today, but had to do something for the house at noon. Once I was done with the gym, did a few things at home and took a shower it was time to head out to the house. When I got home I was working on items I need to complete to volunteer at the boys school district.

By the time the boys got home from school, I still hadn’t decided what to have for dinner. I had pulled ground turkey out but was unmotivated. Richard got home from work on the early-ish side so we decided to go out to eat.

Richard wanted pizza so we opted to go to Monte Cello’s here in Wexford. We had been there before and liked it. The first time we went we got a large pizza half cheese/half pepperoni, a meatball casserole and Colby got pasta with a meatball. We really liked the pizza and the dishes as well. They used three different sauces on the dishes we tried. The pizza had a true pizza sauce, true red color slightly sweet and very smooth in texture and taste. Colby’s pasta had a plain red sauce that was close to a marinara sauce taste. The sauce on the meatball casserole, which was more like pasta and meatballs (possibly baked, but no cheese added) had a more robust sauce. The pasta was cooked to a perfect  al dente and the meatballs were really good. They had a good meat taste and weren’t over done with binder.

This time we changed thing up a big. Again we got a large pizza, this time half IMG_20170921_190707.jpgmeatball/half pepperoni. Blake wasn’t sure he wanted it at first, but then decided that he really liked the meatball and said he doesn’t want it any other way from here. Colby again got the same pasta dish. Richard and I split lasagna this time. We talked about ordering ravioli, but Colby considered ordering lasagna himself and I wanted him to try a bite of it before ordering it for his whole meal. Again we were not disappointed. the pizza was really good, even Colby who doesn’t really like pizza enjoyed the meatball pizza.

The other nice thing with this restaurant is both times we had really good service. The waitress brought both Blake and Colby yogurt even though only Colby got it as a side. She was also helpful in ordering our dishes. She recommended getting the garlic loaf instead of the roll since it is a bigger portion.

Needless to say, we will be going back and continue to try something else new next time. So, if you too are the Wexford, PA area… try out Monte Cello’s Italian Restaurant.

 

(I did not get paid for this review)