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Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Blogger Brunch

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.

First-oatmeal (bacon lardons/braised apples/spiced walnuts)
Soooo good! And while it may sound odd, bacon in oatmeal actually worked
Second-short rib hash (poached egg/horseradish hollandaise)
Possibly my favorite course. There is just something so comforting about hash, it’s simple yet delicious
 

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!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Colleen Brynn
    January 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    All this food looks so amazing – and what better way to devour food than with a bunch of blogging friends!!! Sounds like a blast.

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      January 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I could not agree more. Awesome food paired with like minded people always equates to a good time 🙂

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    Rebecca
    January 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Sounds like so much fun and I would have been in it purely for the Second-short rib hash (poached egg/horseradish hollandaise), they look delicious!

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      January 20, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I love me some hollandaise and while normally I’m not a fan of horseradish, it did give the sauce a super nice kick!

      And yes, the second course definitely seemed to be the crowd pleaser 🙂

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    Jo Ann M.
    January 20, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun at the blogger get together. The food looks really unique. Were there any veggie dishes on the menu?

    How did you choose the restaurant?

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      January 21, 2014 at 3:16 am

      It really is a cool place! The chef actually opened up another restaurant recently (I’ll be posting about that soon) which was also terrific from a foodie regard.

      No veggie dishes on the menu but it was set for just the function. I think I did overhear someone saying that you could over a la carte from the regular menu though.

      The Restaurant Week organization asked bloggers to list their favorite brunch places here and it looks like Meat and Potatoes won out 🙂

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    Laura
    January 21, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Wow thanks for the kind shout out! I didn’t realize this was your first blogger meetup. It was so great to meet you guys and I certainly enjoyed myself and the food! I was somewhat disappointed/surprised that the restaurant didn’t take the opportunity to interact with us on a more meaningful level than just brunch service since a bunch of food bloggers are good to have on your side! Hope our paths cross again soon!

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      Julie Tulba
      January 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      With pleasure 🙂 Yeah, I don’t get out too much…or I don’t have a working schedule that always aligns with the blogger get togethers 🙂

      I agree that it would have been neat and more meaningful if the restaurant had taken the time to do more than just deliver the food & take orders. Maybe at a less busy time they would have although probably there, busy is the norm. I’m sure it’s a suggestion we could give to the next one!

      And yes, hopefully we can meet again sometime!

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