Yesterday I had the privilege of being able to attend my first ever blogger get together. This particular meet up was was hosted by the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (it’s been going on all week) and was a special meal for Pittsburgh food bloggers. Since it was a “blogger brunch,” it was the first time I was able to attend (in the past they had always been on a weeknight at a time when my work schedule didn’t permit me to go).
The brunch ended up being held at Meat and Potatoes, possibly one of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh (you can read reviews of dinner and brunch I had by clicking here and here). They serve what on paper sounds like simple fare and yet manages to create “new life” into it. It was held in a private room in the back (the only negative thing about the location of the room was that it was right by the kitchen which resulted in a lot of acrobatic maneuvering if you needed to use the restroom or go to the bar area). The brunch consisted of four courses (yes, four courses for brunch!) along with some delectable breads thrown in.
While I know some foodies in real life, it was great being at an event with fellow food bloggers as in what’s the first thing you do after your food is set down in front of you? Why take a picture of it, duh! So yes, four courses plus two bread selections consisted of a lot of photo taking with big cameras, little cameras, smart phones, and I think there was even a tablet.
It was great being able to meet a ton of cool new faces (as well as check out some awesome new blogs) but then also meet in real life, Laura from Eclectic Travel Girl. She’s a fellow Pittsburgh travel blogger who I’ve known in an online medium for a couple of years now but hadn’t met before in real life until yesterday.
Third-Chicken + waffles (fried chicken/cheddar jalapeno waffle/bourbon syrup)
This course came and my stomach ached in response to seeing it for by that time we had already eaten so much food. I had mine boxed up to enjoy at a later time.
Fourth-Fruit + coffee (bananas, coffee ice cream/charred citrus/ricotta/compressed blackberries)
Not your typical ice cream by any means. It wasn’t overly sweet as it had a bit of kick to it.
And did I mention there was toast with delicious housemade butter and jam AND jam stuffed potato donuts (and let me say you could really taste the potato)?
It was a lot of fun and I look forward to attending one of these again in the future. And if you’re in the Pittsburgh area, you still have time to participate in Restaurant Week by going somewhere cool for dinner tonight! For a list of participating restaurants and to see who has availability for tonight click here!