So there is no Frugal Friday post this week.
Why you ask?
Because I’m on vacation and didn’t have a set Frugal Friday post ready to go so this is going to be a normal post with a hint of frugality.
On Thursday, both my friend and her boyfriend had to work so I was on my own. I found my way to Squirrel Hill and stopped at Crazy Mocha Coffee Company after hearing good things about it. I am all for the java and any chance I can get to check out a non-Starbucks establishment is a good one. I ordered a skim latte then enjoyed their free Wi Fi, I could have stayed for hours but the parking gods weren’t so kind to me with my lack of coins for parking.
I stopped at Sheetz for lunch. I haven’t been to Sheetz in a year but for gas station food its the bomb.
I was sad to see that they now offer too much of a selection—breakfast sandwiches, wraps, Mexican food, subs, salads, pizza, hot dogs, etc. Can we say overload? I would love if they would’ve kept their menu on the small side because I stood at the computer kiosk for a good three or four minutes deciding what to get. It was that weird time of 10A right in between breakfast and lunch but didn’t feel right about getting a sub so I ordered an egg, cheese and bacon breakfast melt on a pretzel roll.
When I got back to the apartment, I did nothing the rest of the day. Seriously. By the time noon rolled around, I was thinking “It’s only noon? Why is this day going by so slow??” So I proceeded to watch re-runs of 30 Rock, nap and have a late lunch of a loaded sandwich and chips.
We stayed in for dinner so I offered to make stuffed chicken with feta, spinach and onions while my friend took care of the sides. I love cooking but always feel out-of-place in someone else’s kitchen. I don’t know where anything is, if they have certain items and just feel awkward. But I soon got to cooking.
I chopped up some baby spinach and onions and let cook on the stovetop with oil and black pepper.
Once they were cooked, I added to a bowl of feta cheese
While this was cooking, we enjoyed some rye beer from North Country Brewing Company
I beat down the chicken breast the best I could then spread the mixture on one half of the chicken then folded over
There were no toothpicks around and I didn’t have any stolen ones from Chipotle so I folded the chicken over and rubbed with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and hoped for the best.
I baked these at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and broiled for five minutes afterwards instead of cooking on the stovetop in oil so everything wouldn’t spill out.
It smelled scrumptious while cooking and Lincoln was waiting on the sofa and licking his lips. Poor pup thought he was actually going to get some stuffed chicken.
It turned out perfectly this way, I will definitely be sticking to the baking method in the future!
We walked around downtown Pittsburgh today. I’ve been downtown before but never walked around that much so it was exciting to see everything up close.
We found Prantl’s Bakery, which my friend had heard of but never visited. I demanded that we stop in and get a quick treat
This place was bumping for a Friday morning!
I got the German chocolate cake torte, it was the perfect, small treat….devoured in two bites! I was trying to be a lady because I could’ve downed it in one bite but wanted to savor it.
My friend got the burnt almond torte
We went to Macy’s because they have a Lush store in there. I’ve only been to Lush in San Francisco and love their products but unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey for my taste. I found a couple of cheap goodies though!
Solid perfume “Lust” and *gasp* Mint Julips Lip Scrub! I’ve never heard of lip scrub before but the Lush employee told me you lick your lips, put it on, then lick it off. Edible and moisturizing? Sign me up!
We tried on some ugly hats while warming up since it was so chilly outside
Soon after, we met up with one of my friends from WVU for coffee. I love seeing friends who I haven’t seen in years!
And then the highlight of my Friday—Primanti Brothers!!!
I can’t imagine going to Pittsburgh and NOT having Primanti’s since it’s a Pittsburgh establishment that has been there forever. They serve monster sandwiches and their claim to fame is that they put cole slaw and fries on every sandwich.
I got the cheese steak sandwich.
Um, dear Jesus, I’m sorry. I know it’s Friday during Lent and I gave up french fries but c’mon it’s Primanti’s! I still love you though,
Out of this world goodness! I ate up every last bite, I think Jesus would want it that way.
We were rolled out of Primanti’s then strolled over to Penzeys Spices because, you know, I love anything food related.
This place was adorable and prices were reasonable for it being a speciality store. I picked up two jars of spices and can’t wait to use them!
We walked around the Strip district for a little after that but decided to make our way home since it was getting late in the afternoon, we didn’t want to battle traffic and our bellies were at max capacity.
What’s your favorite coffee-house?
While on vacation do you work out or take a break?