Something new for breakfast in downtown Pgh

My aunt and I decided to try out Bufford’s Kitchen, a newish spot in Pittsburgh located near the now, PPG Paints Arena.   Out of the three, we attended the downtown location, which means metered street parking.

Understand we love eating, shopping and simply being social.  Therefor, staying “hip” she recommended Bufford and from there we made out way downtown.  While entering this space, the first thing you notice is all the metal and wood used all around the restaurant which was pretty nice.

“Oh, check this place out!” I said out loud.

The place was fairly empty, but it was early and only two other tables were consumed with customers.  This was ok because it just meant we had more time to chat with our wonderful waitress and waiter in training.  We went back and forth with our menu selections while taking suggestions from the staff and together decided to get the Our Soon To Be Famous French Toast and the Shrimp & Grits Bowl that consisted of cajun seasoned shrimp with a bbq butter sauce, egg and topped with cheddar cheese.

“Did you like it?” I asked.  She did, which is great!

As for myself I actually do not eat cheese in grits so it wasn’t a wonderful mouth experience, but it was fine, different.  I’ve mentioned cheese in my breakfast in the past and it’s just not my thing, but was open to try once again.  The butter sauce also too greasy and made sick.  I could feel my stomach beginning to turn once we left.  Thank God for the lemon water!  The shrimp itself was pretty good.   bufford-pgh.jpg

 

As far as the french toast, I’ve had much better.  Not sure if the menu title is appropriate <lol> but I wish them the best.  The bread the ok, not dry, but not buttery and tasty.  It was missing something…maybe cinnamon or nutmeg?  It seems a lot of restaurants do not flavor their food unless it’s a family owned spot who really understands what their people want.  Maybe that’s more of what I want, mom and pop spots?

 

 

I still want you to try this place out.  Why?  The customer service was awesome, it’s very clean, they seem to have great drinks at the bar, breakfast is served all day and it’s simply another cool place to visit whenever downtown.

Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Taste **
Price **


Want to try croissant french toast?

RECIPE:

Croissant French Toast

4 old croissants

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • Slice croissants in half (or not, personal preference)
  • In a bowl or shallow dish, stir together milk, eggs and vanilla
  • Dip croissant halves into one at a time into egg mixture.  Make sure it’s nicely coated and moist.
  • Melt butter in large skillet/frying pan over medium heat. Once warm, place croissants in pan, allowing to cook about 2-3 minuets on each side or until golden brown to your liking.

Love fruit or other toppings?  I do!  Consider topping with whipping cream, strawberries, berries or glazed bananas.  Enjoy!

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It’s ALWAYS Pretzel Time

I LOVE BREAD!

It’s not the first or last time I’ll ever announce that. Depending on what it is, I like it hard, I like it soft, I like it with butter, I like it with garlic sauce – I just like it. CORRECTION – I LOVE IT – as previously announced.  One type of bread I can’t keep my hands off are soft pretzels <sigh>.  It’s so bad The Eagle knows not to even ask me if I want one from the concession stand if ever at the theater, park or event.  AND to my surprise, someone has been placing a box of frozen pretzels in my cart when I’m alone at the grocery store. (shifty eyes low to the right, tilts head and walks away…)

OK FINE – IT’S ME!

I’M THE ONE WHO THINKS IT’S PRETZEL TIME – EVERY TIME!!!

 

 

It’s another day at the market.  I find a good parking spot.  People are focused, reviewing their list and confirming their selections.  I grab a cart while placing my ear buds in.  “Hmm MJ or DA playlist?” I ask myself.  I enjoy singing along to a fun tune as I toss my money into the shelves of each aisle.

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Bundtly Delicious!

Oh how I would love arriving to work with someone having the wonderful nerve to bring a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes <huge happy sigh>.  I’ve only seemed to have tried their carrot cake and WOW it is FREAKING AMAZING!!!  A little too much icing for me, but still delicious.  Funny, it’s the only flavor people seem to have brought in, unless I missed something.  Please do try one!

They’ve been on my ‘Need To Eat It’ list.  Super cute, moist, tasty and come in four sizes,  Bundtinis (mini bite-size), Bundtlets (miniature) and Bundts (regular sizes in 8 & 10″).

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“Oh my gosh, who brought in another, Nothing Bundt Cake cake?” I yelled in the office.

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It’s National Sugar Cookie Day

That’s right people, it is NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY.  This means EVERYONE should be out there baking away!  Sugar cookies are not something I make often, but are great for when I’m with the kids.  So it’s time to pull out the basic equipment and brush up on your baking techniques.

RECIPE:

Sugar Cookies

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

a little sugar (colored or crystal, etc) for garnishing

  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt into bowl.
  • Beat sugar and butter until creamy in a large bowl.  Add the next three ingredients until fluffy.
  • Combine flour mixture.
  • Divide dough into two balls and wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill for 2 hours until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • Take one half of the dough and roll out to a thickness of 1/8 inch on floured surface.
  • Cut individual shapes of cookies with round cutter.
  • Place cookies on sheet and sprinkle with sugar of your choice.
  • Bake for 9 minuets or until lightly browned.
  • Cool, remove from sheet and continue.  Dough makes 24 cookies.

Tips:

  1. Don’t use imitation/artificial ingredients.
  2. Butter should always be at room temperature to avoid cold lumps while trying to blend with sugars, etc.
  3. Work with half of the dough while shaping and cutting.  Why?  So you don’t over kneed/work making the dough too tough.
  4. Flatten your balls of dough to form a better mold/shape of cookie.
  5. Offer enough room for your cookies while on the pan.  Consider an inch of space.
  6. Cool cookies completely before storing.