Saturday, March 01, 2008


When I found out Chihuly's glass exhibit at the Phipps Conservatory was leaving on February 24th, I knew I didn't have much time to get there. A hasty trip was planned and I did some research to learn about vegan eats around the city. To my surprise, Pittsburgh was extremely veg friendly. Perhaps more so, than Boston.

Unfortunately, I've been sick since I got back which has prevented me from posting.

Here's a few of the more than 600 photos I took at the Conservatory:

Our first night in the city, we dined at The Church Brew Works. The brewery/restaurant is actually inside an old church. It was a very neat place and waiter/chef had no problem veganizing a dish for me. We shared a plate of the home made chips and I had an Israeli cous cous salad with tofu.

Day 1: Chihuly day time viewing

Lunch at The Quiet Storm

Cococino (Soy coconut cappuccino)
"Chicken Tenders"

Magic Snake (Seitan philly steak)

In the evening, we took the incline car up Mount Washington and viewed the city on a very chilly night.

Dinner at Double Wide Grill, a veg friendly BBQ joint. My camera was toast at this point, so pics from my phone will have to suffice.

I loved how they displayed the wines!
BBQ Seitan Wings

Pulled Seitan Sandwich
Double wide added pearl barley to their seitan which created some great texture. That is something I'd like to try in the future.

Day 2: We checked out the East End Food Coop for breakfast and snacks. What a great store! Besides the loads of bulk options, they had home made vegan baked goods/entrees.

The Mattress Factory is renowned as one the of best installation art facilities in the country. We stopped there to walk through some really interesting exhibits. The cafe there was veg friendly and I enjoyed some beet soup and a salad.

The Heinz History Center
has 7 floors to explore. There was so much to see here that we actually ran out of time. From Lewis & Clark, to the history of the Heinz Company, to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, to Pittsburgh's cultural history...this was one place I would like to check out again.

After this, we rushed to see the Chihuly again at night. The Phipps cafe was vegan friendly which I've yet to see at many Boston museums. I grabbed a Thai tofu wrap and some Thai tomato soup.
We shipped out of Pittsburgh the next morning and made it back to Boston just after a snowstorm started. Luckily for us, our flight wasn't canceled.


Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

I am just realizing what a treasure we have in our local artist Mr. Chihuly! I have always loved his work, I'm so glad others do too!

Can't help myself, I had to include this - here's a picture of a firld trip we went on a while back - even the Kindergartners were awed...

Jenna said...

Mmm... vegan Pittsburgh! Your Chihuly pictures are great but I'm more excited by the food pictures (have my own Chihuly pics) ...mmm! Glad you and your dad had a great time; Pittsburgh is a super city!

MeloMeals said...

looks like a great time and city

urban vegan said...

I've never been to Pittsburgh and it's in my state. NY. Wash DC and Baltimore are all a lot clsoer to Philly. Looks liek a great city, tho'!

You sure ate well...and I love Chihuly's work--magical.

TB said...

Love this post! One of my good friends lives in Pittsbugh, and when I finally make it out there to visit him, all the restaurants will be a huge help! Yay! Also, love the pearl barley in seitan idea. Can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

that is os beautiful! great post.

david santos said...

Hello, Jody!
Excellent posting!
You are master!
Thank you.

bazu said...

I hope you're feeling better, Jody! What a cool (and delicious) last-minute trip to Pittsburgh.

Carrie™ said...

Wow! I don't know what looks nicer, the pictures from the exhibit or the food. :o) I hope you're feeling better now.'s your move.

jd said...

Yay for awesome vegan travels!

I just got back from Portland, & it was so veg-friendly that I probably gained about 10 lbs...

Anyway, Pittsburgh looks delicious! I love all of your pics :)

Thanks for sharing!

Catherine Weber said...

Ms. Jody, where have you been for the last month and a half? I miss reading about your adventures -- cooking and otherwise!

P.S. I just finished posting pictures from my recent trip to Haiti -- come check 'em out, if you have a chance!

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JENNA said...

i would love to one day see a Chihuly exhibit.

Catherine Weber said...

Hey Jody, thanks for the long comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the May Day pictures -- did you see all of my Haiti pictures? Most of them aren't on the main page any more, but if you click on "Haiti" in my label cloud, they should all come up.

Can't wait to see you back blogging again soon!

VeganHeartDoc said...

Hey girl! Glad to see you're still sorta blogging. How's Boston? LA is fabulous and full of vegan restaurants!! Hope you're having a great summer!