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Good Morning, Salted Caramel Bread Pudding!


Behold last week’s treat from Sugar Cafe. Some people like to get their sweet fix early in the day, some like to get it following dinner. Me, I’ll take my sweet fix any how and any time I can get it, which is how someone like me ends us eating a donut and bread pudding in the same day (and probably some Girl Scout cookies too). It is also how someone like me will never, ever be a super slender person.

Whatever. If you and I were playing a game of “Would You Rather…” and your question was, “Would you rather be super fit and perfect looking but you could never eat any unnecessary calories, meaning no desserts, no snacks, no extras OR would your rather eat anything you like, but have to work out at least four hours a week and maintain a fairly active lifestyle to maintain even the slightest hold over your fitness?”

I’d go for the latter. In a heartbeat. What is the worth of living if I can’t eat something like salted caramel bread pudding? Isn’t this why we make and share and eat these things? Because they, in some way, contain the love that we feel for ourselves, feel for others? If cooking is an act of love that you perform for others, couldn’t eating something purely for taste and desire be considered an act of love for yourself?

Good Morning, Dor-Stop!


While I’d love to crawl out of bed early each Saturday to explore the vast array of delicious breakfast options that this city has to offer, it’s more than likely that Saturday mornings are spent sleeping in, then cooking a late breakfast in my own kitchen. This is a perfectly reasonable way to enjoy a weekend morning, but it has been limiting on my breakfast experience around town.

Another obstacle in my path to local breakfast domination is that I have one of the best diners in the area mere blocks away from my apartment. The Dor-Stop on Potomac Avenue draws in a consistent flow of weekday traffic, but it is the weekends that are the big deal here. Visitors from all around the area bring their loved ones. People line up in the cramped entrance way or shuffle about outside, sipping cups of coffee and waiting for their table. The wait – which is never more than fifteen minutes – is more than worth it.
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Sugar Cafe Article Posted!

On the Dormont-Brookline Patch:
The Local Table: Kelly James and the Sugar Cafe Add a Little Extra Sweetness to Dormont

This Week on the Dormont-Brookline Patch: Sugar, Sugar!

So normally, I am about five steps behind the happenings around town. Recently, I’ve become more in the know about newly opening restaurants, the buzzed about places, the comings and goings of the food life in Pittsburgh. Yet, I’m never on top of a story.

Well, when you live down the street from a hotly anticipated, soon-to-open cafe, you keep your eyes peeled for signs of life. But how I found out that the Sugar Cafe was going to open on Friday morning wasn’t good scouting, but some terrific luck. My pal, Jackie, who lives right down the street from me on West Liberty Avenue, was walking back from my apartment on Broadway sometime after midnight on Thursday, when she spied that the slowly deteriorating paper shrouding the big windows of Sugar Cafe had finally been torn down. I received a text and that was that.

What a little blurb on the blog doesn’t tell you is that I have become borderline obsessed with this place. Okay, that’s a bit of a hyperbole. But for someone who has trouble working at home, it’s become a minor godsend. I get off the T a stop early at Potomac, stroll down to the cafe, have a cup of coffee, pastry (I’m just pretending that everything in the cafe is magic and doesn’t have calories), and sit down to write for a while. I know the whole thing of going to a cafe to write is seen as sort of pretentious, and maybe it is. You know what else it is? FRIGGIN SWEET.

For my first weekday evening in the cafe, I got to sit down with the owner, Kelly James, to discuss her fantastic opening weekend. I definitely suggest reading the article, but more importantly, I highly recommend the Sugar Cafe. Come by any weekday between 5:30 and 6:00, and you’ll likely me see there, typing and sipping away.

(Note: Article is not live on the site as of yet. I will update post when it is active.)

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The Local Food Report: Monday, January 10th

Local food news happens all the time, and it’s unbelievable how much you miss if you don’t check out local publications. Recently read something worthwhile? Link it at the bottom!

Oh, Cookie Monster. I really did think it was your year to prove to the world how eloquent you really could be. But as reported by several news outlets, Associated Press being one, 2010’s “Word of the Year” according to the American Dialect Society is “app,” with the delicious, onomatopoetic “nom” (from the sound Cookie Monster makes while eating) finished second. A really interesting article on a year’s worth of current events and culture effect on language and basic communication.

The Tribune-Review gives me further reason to try Sababa Middle Eastern Grill in Squirrel Hill, thanks to a great little feature on the restaurant, its owner, and the details, concerns, and responsibilities of kosher cooking. Plus a recipe for Shakshuka!

– Breaking news from the Trib: Apparently, Pittsburgh is the 5th best city to open a fast food chain. Ew. “The high ranking is a reflection of area’s relatively stable economy and main-street culture,” said Al Beery, a client manager for Pitney Bowes Business Insight, the Troy, N.Y.-based group that created the report. That’s one way to look at it.

– More food-business from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Allegheny County Health Department is proposing a revision to the way they review restaurant cleanliness. A grading system of A-B-C (with anything scoring lower than a C issued a “consumer alert” or shut down entirely) and working out of a point scale of 100 seems practical, but critics argue that the proposal is essentially making it more difficult for restaurants to fail.

– Okay, this really only matters to those of us living in Dormont, but PopCity has a great little news feature on the Sugar Cafe, opening sometime late-January/early-February on Potomac Avenue. [Kelly] James and her husband have been hard at work decorating the 1,200-square-foot space, which now features a blue, black, and white color scheme and seating for 24.  In addition to serving La Prima coffee and all the sweets to go you could ever want, Sugar will be an inviting spot to hang out, have lunch, or grab a quick post-work sandwich.

Speaking personally, they couldn’t have picked a better spot. Last year, while briefly unemployed, I considered how to open up a coffee shop in that very same storefront. It’s space is unique and attractive, it’s location is prime (next to the Potomac T Station, as well as a bunch of apartment buildings), and the growing amount of twenty-somethings in this area insure the need of a neighborhood place that can serve as both eatery and hang out spot. Sweet!