(not so)Frugal Friday

25 Mar

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.

Awwww yeah!

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,

Kisses, Tiffany

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?

30 Responses to “(not so)Frugal Friday”

  1. Erin March 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    So glad you made it to Primantis! Technically since they are ON the sandwich I don’t think that the fries count towards not following Lent. 😉

    Enjoy your trip!

  2. vixter2010 March 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I love how your trip is peppered with food places, sooo like me 🙂 Looks a cool city, glad you’re enjoying it. Holidays should be all about having a break and yummy food!

  3. Sara @ Running In Pink Project March 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I am going to be in Pittsburgh for the first time this summer seeing U2 with some high school friends. I have been told Primantis is a must. 🙂

  4. this post made me smile 🙂 and realize how much i love living in pittsburgh!

  5. Natalie @ While I Breathe March 26, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    caribou is my fav place down by the oakland pitt campus… but i think its just because they have the campfire mocha drink haha…

    lush is AWESOME… i splurged when i was in vegas… surprisingly my favorite stuff was the shampoo 🙂

  6. Suzy Eats March 26, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    That chicken recipe looks great!! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

    • simplyshaka March 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      Anytime, it’s one of my favorites and so versatile. Hope you enjoy!

  7. Amanda March 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    So much amazingness in one post. BEER! PENZEY’s and Primantis! I am so jealous. Especially of the french fries in a sandwich. I’d be all over that. YUM

  8. Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest March 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Glad you got to a Penzey’s! I love the mural of flavor.

    • simplyshaka March 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      I never heard of it before but will be on their website trying to find the closest one to me!

  9. bakebooks March 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I want to EAT with you. You don’t even know…! SO GOOD!!! Love the downtown vibe – and keep watching reruns girl!! I love that you do your own thing. Hmm…maybe a marathon of Friends or some terrible Real Housewives…;)

    • simplyshaka March 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      I am catching up on RH right now! Sometimes you just need something completely mindless to occupy your time right? If you are ever near me, we shall dine!

  10. Katie H. March 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Love the pink hat! I really want a pretzel roll. That sounds amazing.

    My favorite coffee house is in Kauai. Sadly, I can’t make it back there often. The coffee shop you found sounds great!

    • simplyshaka March 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      Isnt it the worst when the ones you like are far? Sadface!!

  11. aw thanks for the invite! so sad i got your comment late!!! hope you enjoyed your lunch date with some fellow pittsburgh bloggers! it was beautiful weather! enjoy pamelas tomorrow 🙂

  12. burpexcuzme March 27, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    OMG….that sandwich. I think Jesus would think it’s a sin NOT to try it, it looks amazing!!!!!

    I’ve been to Sheetz, but silly me, never tried its food. Next time!

    • simplyshaka March 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      Is it wrong if I went to three Sheetz today?? I only got food at one of them but gas or drinks at the other one. I can’t help it, I am team Sheetz all the way!

  13. Elin @andserenitytoo March 27, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Pittsburgh is beautiful! Love those tiny cottage-style houses in front of the scyscrapers.
    And that sandwich with the fries… they look so crisp… I’m sure you are forgiven 😉
    Up until now I have never worked out during vacation I think, the walking around is usually enough for me!

  14. Diana@mymarblerye March 27, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Ahhh I want a pretzel roll! Sounds like you are having a chill and yummy vacay! Get that aretha hat! Anyways, love coffee shops! Haven’t been in any artsy ones tho :/

    • simplyshaka March 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

      Aretha hat!! Hahahah, I love it 🙂 I didn’t get it though, a bit too loud for my taste.

  15. This Italian Family March 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    That German chocolate cake torte looks incredibly fabulous!

    And Primanti’s looks pretty fabulous too!

  16. According to Gus March 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Sounds like a great vacation. You can’t beat a refrigerator stocked with a growler full of beer. Yummmm…..

  17. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl March 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Wow! It looks like you are having a great time! If I would have entered Penzey’s, I would have been broke by time I left!

    • simplyshaka March 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be but then again, I only got two things. I was totally eyeing their gift sets!

  18. Monique March 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    i love cooking in other people’s kitchens! No dishes! woot!

    it looks like you had an amazing week! jealous!

    • simplyshaka March 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

      Good thought, I didn’t even think about the no dish factor!

  19. Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg March 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Love that chicken idea! Another wonderful creation that I am going to have to steal from you 🙂

  20. terri March 31, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    i have yet to make it to the strip district! i want to go sooo bad! now i have to make a trip to penzey’s as well! i really want a bite of that sandwich right now! xo


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