But a Date Day, well, ignoring the long To Do list for a day means we could go to The Strip. Especially since we've been wanting (needing) to replace/replenish several herbs/spices. A trip to Penzeys may have been the motivation, but once we had parked and started walking around on a gorgeous, sunny, warm day, we decided to take our time and explore and enjoy.
Cafe Raymond - we enjoyed a quick & delicious lunch. It was around 12:30 pm and we both felt a little hungry, but not too hungry, so we shared a sandwich.
San Daniele prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, roasted tomatoes, pesto, and olive tapenade on ciabatta. We got the pesto on the side because of the potential garlic issue. It didn't smell nor taste too garlicky, and I tried a few wee drops of the delicious pesto, but with a full day of fun ahead, I didn't eat too much of it. The olive tapenade was lightly spread on the ciabatta so it wasn't overpowering, just a really nice olive tang. Fresh bread. A thick slice of creamy cheese. Salty prosciutto. Soft red peppers. I don't really remember any tomato on the sandwich, though. The chips were quite tasty, crunchy, thick, and salty.
Our bellies full, we set off. As I said, we explored nearly everywhere, but one place that sticks in my mind is Enrico's Biscotti, probably because I love their biscotti and because I am a sweets person! Walking in and immediately seeing all the glass jars filled with biscotti and all the other treats in the glass display case.... heavenly.
There are lots of places in The Strip, and I'm not going to detail every single one here, especially since most Pittsburghers know all about the terrific places there, but as a cheese-aholic, I need to mention the cheese selection at Penn Mac:
Penzeys to replenish our cinnamon, sea salt, and peppercorn supplies. Of course we had to wander around, smelling everything!
Sunny day, tasty lunch, biscotti, cheese heaven, and herbs/spices smells - could Date Day get any better?!
Our next stop was Carnegie Museum to see Matisse: The Thousand and One Nights and Impressionism in a New Light plus, of course, a trip through the dinosaurs.
Then it was off to an early dinner. There were a lot of places considered and the final decision was a second trip to 1947 Tavern.
Our first trip was last August. We liked the bourbon cocktails, the casual menu, the lower price point. If I recall correctly, several months after our visit 1947 Tavern made some changes that resulted in a pricier more upscale menu and the 'general consensus' I got from Twitter, Urbanspoon, Yelp, etc., was that it had not changed for the better. Personally, I was sad at the loss of a 'less expensive but tasty' dining option. But still... that bourbon cocktail stuck in my mind.
Several months after that change, there was another change to another menu. It went back to what it was, sort of.
Let's start with cocktails. I was devastated to discover they took the Georgia Peach cocktail off the menu! I have often thought of that drink since our last visit, even wasting a significant amount of time online one day, trying to Google up a similar recipe! I was disappointed in the cocktail list in general. There is what looks like an extensive bourbon menu (I only quickly flipped through since I wanted a cocktail, not a glass of bourbon). However, there are only 8 cocktails listed on the menu, 4 of which have bourbon listed as an ingredient, and one of those 4 is a $20 cocktail. I am sure the bartender could make any cocktail you ordered, but I really missed the 8-10 bourbon cocktails that were there last August.
In retrospect, as I look at the online menu, I'm not sure why I didn't simply order the Mint Julep, but I suppose I simply had Georgia Peach on my mind. I asked our server about it, he checked with the bartender, and they offered to make something similar but not exactly what used to be on the menu. Apparently, they no longer buy the peach stuff to make the cocktail. I think what I got was bourbon and iced tea, and it tasted fine, I like bourbon a lot, and it was not a weak drink, and we all know I love iced tea, but... I just can't help but mourn the loss of that Georgia Peach cocktail.
|My bourbon cocktail and SP's Woodchuck Amber|
On to the meals. SP chose Mini Lobster Rolls with celery, pickle, shallot, tarragon, lemon.
It's not really a surprise what I chose to eat:
I have to say I thought our server and the bartender were fantastic. I liked, but didn't love, our meals, but I would go back.