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:
- The Urban Tap
- Noodlehead (Check out Alexa’s story for Very Local on the best vegan options at Noodlehead here)
- Millie’s Ice Cream
Important bread links from this episode:
- No Knead Bread from Pinch of Yum
- Life of a Strawberry bread baking e-book
- And follow Wild Science Bread Co. on Instagram for some local #breadporn.
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.
If you liked this episode…
Here are a few of the other episodes of The Slaw that are about food in Pittsburgh
- Ep. 02 – Food stylist and cookbook author Quelcy Kogel
- Ep. 09 – Ben Wong owner of Two Sisters and Banh Mi & Ti
- Ep. 22 – Scott Smith owner of East End Brewing
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