Monday, June 30, 2014
Last week my girlfriends and I headed to Butcher and the Rye for happy hour/dinner. I had not been to this bar/restaurant located in the cultural district in downtown Pittsburgh but had been wanting to try it since it has opened! I am certainly singing its praises now that I have been! It is without a doubt the coolest restaurant in Pittsburgh-- cozy, chic, eclectic are all words I would use to describe the incredible decor. I mean really, I'd go again if only just to take in the decor-- it is spot on and not a detail was overlooked.
My bff Lauren and I taking a quick snapchat selfie outside of Heinz Hall which is right across the street from Butcher and the Rye. For those unfamiliar with Pittsburgh, Heinz Hall is an incredible theater where the Pittsburgh Symphony performs.
With my bff Amanda who just started her blog, Satin Sundays! I have been loving her blog and she has been doing such an amazing job keeping up with it. Not to mention, it's a great blog for gluten free recipes... Amanda is highly allergic to gluten and she is the most amazing cook/baker.. she frequently posts gluten free recipes that I can vouch are absolutely delicious!
I sipped on the Bee's Knees which was a gin and lemon cocktail. Their cocktails feature fresh ingredients and have a lot of small batch liquor to choose from, no to mention 350+ bourbons. For Pittsburgh standards, the cocktails were pricier than average, but delicious nonetheless.
We had our first drink on the downstairs level which is where the main bar is. It has an amazing wall of liquor and an incredible chandelier. The bills come in old books where you can actually leave a note in the book and then flip through the book to see what others have written-- a really neat touch! When I say the restaurant is impeccably designed, their beer taps were even 'in character'... one was a gun, one was a gauge, etc. Really neat!
The photo of the brussel sprouts don't even do this dish justice. They were honestly the most incredible brussel sprouts I have ever eaten. They seemed roasted with some sort of light lemon aioli. We're talking incredible. Amanda got scallops and they were also amazing and served on a bed of crab risotto with wilted kale on top. Lauren and I split the s'mores sundae which had fried ice cream. Yum. The only criticism is that we ordered the cheese plate... while it was presented beautifully it was awful, there were like 3 bites of cheese. Definitely not worth it.
I was coming straight from work so I wore a gingham shirt dress (similar here and here), brown leather belt (similar), peeptoe wedges (similar), a gold cuff and sunglasses. Let me just give a quick sidenote: This place is definitely not the place to wear a gingham shirtdress-- it has a very downtown vibe, but it was a last minute decision to go there so I just owned it. C'est la vie, right? If I was going there on a Friday night, I would sport a trendier/stylish dress with wedges or pumps and in winter, leather leggings, booties and an oversized sweater would be the perfect ensemble.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History
Place to Catch Live Music Stage AE
Athlete Sidney Crosby or James Neal or Neil Walker...They're all cute
Bar for Lingering
Slice of Pizza
Penn Ave Fish Co. (good sushi, too)
Hole in the Wall
Mardi Gras (get the hurricane and play your favorite song on the juke box)
Bed and Breakfast
View of the City