Cornerstone to host 3rd Annual Wine Exchange

On December 6, the Pittsburgh TasteBuds will celebrate our 3rd Annual Holiday Wine Exchange as a benefit for Toys for Tots.  The event will feature a seasonally themed menu from Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar in Aspinwall, just over the bridge from the Pittsburgh Zoo.

A $30 fixed-price menu has been set (paid as a $5 online RSVP and $25 on the restaurant bill) to include:

Cornerstone Salad or Soup of the Day
Choice of Entree:
Pumpkin Fettuccini (v): 
blister cranberries, walnuts, roasted squash, sage goat cheese sauce
Seafood Stew: 
spinach risotto, fish, shrimp, scallops, mussels, peas and carrots, tomato broth
Meatloaf Stack: 
whipped yukon potatoes, portabellas, caramelized onions, swiss, broccolini
Roasted Chicken: 
whipped yukon potatoes, creamed kale, whole grain mustard jus

We hope that our faithful followers, their friends, families and newcomers will join us for this wonderful event.  The event will sell-out at 60 attendees, so RSVP by paying your $5 event corkage and selecting an entree from our ShowClix event link.

What is a Wine Exchange?
A wine exchange is a dinner at a BYOB restaurant in which attendees (optionally) bring 2 bottles, one to accompany their meal and the second to be exchanged in a white elephant gift exchange at some point during the meal. The method for selecting exchange wines changes each event to correspond with the theme of the event.

Burgatory now at Consol Energy Center

Penguins fans and concert goers can now eat from Burgatory during their favorite events. A new Burgatory stand replaced the Smokehouse Grill as the Pittsburgh Penguins kickoff their 2011-12 season at Consol Energy Center.

The limited menu at Burgatory at Consol Energy Center
The limited menu at Burgatory at Consol Energy Center

Burgatory Burger & Shake Stand on UrbanspoonBurgatory is located behind Section 206 with two windows of service. In-arena they offer a very limited menu of three helluva burgers and two heavenly shakes. Menu prices may look steep, but burgers are served with homemade russet and sweet potato chips, so $12.50 should fill you for a meal.

Burgatory Smokehouse Burger
Burgatory Smokehouse Burger – Looking out into Fifth Avenue
Burgatory at Consol Energy Center
Burgatory at Consol Energy Center – Helluva Burger + Heavenly Shakes

Congrats to Burgatory for their expansion. Let’s Go Pens!

War Street Buzz

Buena Vista Coffee on Urbanspoon

Pittsburgh’s Mexican War Street is a town on its own.  And a lot of towns have it’s local bars, restaurants and places for the community to hang out and relax.  Well, the War Streets have an awesome little coffee shop on Buena Vista Street called “Buena Vista Coffee”

Buena Vista Coffee is a small inviting place where one can hang out have a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich or a place to take that cup of coffee to go with a pastry.  A long with all of that, they offer espresso, cappuccino and multiple flavors of coffee,  Panini’s, and even a daily soup!

The morning of our visit Buena Vista Coffee was very busy, people in and out grabbing coffee and many customers hanging out and enjoying an early fall morning.  The owners run the place and are very friendly.  I had a cup of coffee and that mornings breakfast sandwich that had egg, cheese, onion and bacon.  It was the perfect way to start the morning. 

I highly suggest giving Buena Vista Coffee a visit!

Mediterrano Wine Exchange fit for the Greek Gods

Apricot, feta and walnut stuffed tenderloin
Ellinki Salad, served family-style
Lemon chicken
Arni Sto Fourno
Pastitisio (Greek Lasagna)
Domates Gemistes

Our wine exchange last night went wonderfully. Mediterrano could not have been a better, more generous host restaurant. The food was spectacular and folks seemed pleased with the gift wines they received.

For a $30 fixed price meal (all inclusive of tax, tip and corkage) the group enjoyed a light appetizer, a signature salad and a choice of four entrees. Much to our surprise and delight, the chef prepared a special additional appetizer of a feta-walnut-apricot stuffed tenderloin.

The father-daughter duo, Helena and Frank Erdeljac, orchestrated a great night and generously donated a gift basket including gift certificate, Greek wine and tickets to Electra, a production of the Pittsburgh Public Theater.

As the night came to a close, we were fortunate enough to thank our friend Grace who introduced us to the restaurant with a surprise birthday dessert. As coincidence had it, the event was scheduled on her birthday.

Thank you to all of our attendees for their continued support. We look forward to our third annual holiday event where we look to drink and be merry, whilest supporting the local Toys for Tots campaign through a toy drive on December 6 at Cornerstone Restaurant.


Kalamata Tapenade with warm pita
*Meat and Vegetarian Grape Leaves available a la carte*
Elliniki Salata – Classic Greek salad of crisp chopped tomaine, vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, caper berry, red onions, kalamata olives and feta, with garlic croutons, dressed with Mediterrano house vinaiagrette.
Choice of Entree:
(A) Pastitisio (Greek Lasagna) – Layered Greek pasta with aromatic meat sauce, baked with a bachamel sauce.
(B) Arni Sto Fourno – Roasted boneless leg of lamb with rosemary and other aromatic herbs.

(C) Lemon Chicken – Half roasted chicken marinated in lemons and Greek oregano.
(D) Domates Gemistes – Tomatoes stuffed with asparagus, feta and orzo with a cinnamon infused roasted red pepper sauce.

Subway Sub of the Month – Name Your Own Sub

All October Subway will have ANY Regular FOOTLONG for $5. Starting at 7am, enjoy all your faves from the supremely satisfying Steak & Cheese to the zesty Italian B.M.T. Don’t miss out – visit a SUBWAY restaurant and get your $5 flavor on. [ANYtober]

So, if you can have any Subway sandwich and make your own “Sub of the Month” what will it be?  Will you go for the fullest flavor or the nutritionally healthy?

More to come on some personal recommendations!