Sit, sip, savor: Sugar Cafe

The arrival of spring in Pittsburgh is one my favorite times of year.  It signals the return of yard sales, gardens, farmers markets, cycling, baseball, and outdoor seating at my favorite cafes, when it’s not raining, of course.  I suppose I love spring because although it is a busy time of year, it’s a fun busy.  Being busy is a way of shaking off the winter doldrums.

Or so I thought.  Thanks to Dormont’s new Sugar Cafe, I can now add another item to my spring To Do list: sitting still.  One random Saturday last month, I found myself running errands in the South Hills.  I had heard about the cafe and thought I would pop in while on my way to somewhere else.  The quick bite turned into lunch and dessert.  An hour later, I stumbled back out into the sunlight, so dazed by what I had just eaten that I could barely remember where I was or where I had parked my car.  To Do list?  The only thing I could think about was my current blissed-out state.  Somehow I made it back home.

Sugar Cafe is something of a misnomer.  In addition to desserts and pastries (more on those in a moment), they offer a wide-ranging menu, including breakfast items (bagels, waffles, granola) and a lunch menu (sandwiches and salads).  On my first trip, I had the grilled cheese sandwich.  Anyone who knows me knows my love of cheese, so the standard was high, which Sugar Cafe promptly met. The cheddar-monterey jack combo was excellent, and it was grilled to perfection: crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside.  On a subsequent trip (less than a week later), I had the arugula salad with pear, candied walnuts, and shaved parmesan (I’m getting hungry just thinking about it).

But of course the real stars of the show were the sweets.  Cupcakes, cakes, cookies, pastries, you name it, they have it.  Each is the product of both good taste and a fun sense of creativity.  There’s the S’mores Cupcake, Irish Car Bomb cupcakes, Blackberry and Raspberry cheesecake tart, Cherry Chocolate chip scones, an Almond Torte, chocolate and vanilla cream puffs.  The Vanilla Chocolate Chip cookie cupcake (pictured below) was delicious and just plain fun to eat.  I could go on and on (and on and on), but you get the point. The next time you’re in the South Hill, take time to savor a spring afternoon at the Sugar Cafe.

www.sugarcafepittsburgh.com

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Support Your Favorite Swimming Hole – FUNdraiser for Dormont Pool

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Friends of Dormont Pool are back with another fun event to raise funds for one of the biggest swimming pools in town.

Support Dormont Pool at Cain’s Saloon
Friday, January 29, 2010 9-11pm
Cain’s Saloon, 3239 West Liberty Avenue, Dormont, PA

Guest Bartender – WDVE‘s Sean McDowell

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Pool Party to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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I think it is a great idea to have an event at the Dormont Pool! I have recently had the opportunity to get to know Brian Supler who is organizing this great event to raise money for CFF (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). Each year CFF honors 50 of Pittsburgh’s Finest residents while raising money for their organization. Brian has organized an impressive event this Sunday, August 16 at the Dormont pool.

Check out the Post-Gazette article on the party here. Lots of great food and drink (including beer from Three Rivers Underground Brewers).

Note – because there will be alcohol served – no swimming.

Here is some more info on the party …

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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This year I was selected as one of the 50 Finest. As one of 25 men and 25 women who have been selected as “Pittsburgh’s 50 most eligible men and women”, based on large part on our community involvement and entrepreneurial endeavors, I have been asked by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise as much as I can for the fight against cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that shortens the lives of those it affects to a

median age of 37 yearsOn Sunday, August 16th I am hosting a benefit at The Dormont Pool to raise money for the C.F. Foundation and I will be honoring 5 year old Pittsburgh native Sadie Terrick who was diagnosed with C.F eight days after she was born. Sadie will be in attendance with her family that evening, along with Thomas Lloyd, Mayor of Dormont who will officially proclaim August, 16th “Cystic Fibrosis Day in honor of Sadie Terrick”.

This will be a one-night festival of great food, music and drink. Funk, jazz and soul dj/s J. Malls and Edgar Um will play, grilled food by Cioppino’s in The Strip will satiate, drinks by Diamond Vodka, Three Rivers Underground Brewing and Budweiser will quench an est. 200-250 poolside guests will be in attendance. And the space will be illuminated by Andy Shick of ADS Lighting and Staging.

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