Ep 25: Meet Alexa Peduzzi, the woman behind the vegan food blog Fooduzzi

She knows plant-based Pittsburgh.

by Stephanie Brea
April 28, 2020

We chat takeout and baked goods with local, plant-based food blogger Alexa Peduzzi. Her blog, Fooduzzi (it’s a play on her last name, get it?), offers vegan recipes, book reviews, and other good eats. She’s an expert on plant-based Pittsburgh. Fooduzzi started in 2014 with a recipe for banana bread oatmeal, and Alexa’s passion for food and “floofs” (i.e., animals) has continued ever since. While the blog archives feature lots of options including meals and desserts, recent posts include some guides to help you work through your pantry staples such as pasta and rice without getting bored.

Alexa’s favorite date day with her (omnivore) boyfriend is a trip to South Highland Avenue in Shadyside, where they both can find delicious things to eat and drink:

Important bread links from this episode:


Up your quarantine cooking game with these recipes from Fooduzzi:

How about Thai Peanut Hummus.

Or roasted chickpeas that taste like Cheez-Its.

Or get some inspiration for your pasta pantry stash.

To follow Fooduzzi:

Plus, you can read her freelance articles for Very Local here and here and here.

PGH Open for Business Map

It’s like the ubiquitous Pittsburgh fish-fry map, but replace churches and fire halls with local restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses currently open for business in Allegheny County. An initiative of Allegheny Together, the PGH Open for Business map is open source, with updates happening weekly. If you want your business listed, just fill out the survey. And if you are a consumer, check the map to see some local small businesses that you can support.

All Together Beer: Drink and Do Good

Started by Other Half Brewing Co. in New York, All Together is a worldwide beer collaboration, with proceeds benefiting the service industry. Many local breweries including Dancing Gnome, Grist House, East End, and Hitchhiker have brewed a batch of All Together. You can support some of your favorite beer professionals simply by purchasing some cans and cracking one open to drink.

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