Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just Another Sunday Funday

City living sure can have its benefits.

I grew up in the “suburbs” of Boston, but I was close enough to both Boston and Providence to have the chance to experience city life growing up. 

I have always known I was a city guy. The hustle and bustle, the activity, the culture, the diversity, the life, the love, the food; all of it just gets my heart racing.

It have been in Pittsburgh for 5 years and I still have a love hate relationship with it. But no matter what, I am just thankful to have the resources of city living available to me.

If you have ever visited the ‘Burgh, you may have heard of our famous Strip District. It is essentially our warehouse area where trucks and rail have brought in produce (and other things) for more than a century. At its peak there were over 71 produce dealers in the Strip District. Today, it is known more for being the hub of ethnic food markets, restaurants, cheap Steelers stuff, and some remaining produce dealers. I love it.

Last year, the Pittsburgh Public Market opened in one of the empty warehouse buildings. I have been dying to go ever since and finally made it down there this weekend.

It is so fun! I wouldn’t call it the ultimate vegan hotspot, but I imagine when local summer produce starts rolling in it gets much better. There were a little bit to many meat distributors for my liking right now, but…

My favorites were a stand selling about a million flavors of olive oil, a Greek restaurant stand with veggie stuffed grape leaves (YUM), and an organic bakery that had vegan Coconut Cashew Macaroons. 

Don’t mind if I do.

So if you ever make it to Pittsburgh, visit our local public market. But, wherever you live, visit your local farmers market and support local community agriculture. Buy fresh, buy local.

As Martha would say, “it’s a good thing.”

More pictures after the jump.

Millions of Olive Oils
Most averaged $8-12 a bottle...

Sustenance Bakery
They only had one vegan option, but it was good!


  1. Oh, vegan stuffed grape leaves...I dream about vegan Greek food. I think the only way to get it is to probably make it myself. ;-)

  2. @AKM- so sad. I have no doubt I could sustain myself on purely hummus, baba, falafel, tabouli, and pita! The good news is these grape leaves were super basic and probably really easy to make.

  3. I live about two hours from Pittsburgh. I've been in Pittsburgh countless times, but never been to the Strip District. I gonna have to make a trip over sometime. :) BTW, I love your blog!

  4. @Jason- THANKS! The strip district is pretty much a "must visit" in the Burgh. Homemade tofu, lots of fresh produce, you can't beat it!

  5. Hey! I am putting together a vegan community blog. It is a blog where any vegan blogger can post whenever they want, promote what they want, pretty much do whatever they want. If you are interested and have a blogger account just send me your blog account email to kaycee@donevegan.com and I can add you as an author so you can freely post, or you can send any submissions to submissions@donevegan.com and I can manually post them.

    Let me know if you are interested in contributing and I can send you more info if needed.

    Done Vegan

  6. I also like to have different dishes on sundays and as I am a vegeterian, I love eating curry :)


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