I think it's hilarious to reminisce upon the fact that I used to be a semi-vegetarian before I met Van, meaning I did not eat very much meat, and when I did it was mainly sushi and occasionally chicken. After five years- my how things have changed. Don't get me wrong, no one forces me to eat anything, because I do what I want and obviously eat what I want. I like to think that Van opened my eyes to the wonders that are pork and veal and lamb and on and on and on. Am I making any veg-heads sick yet? Who knows, maybe one day I will come to my ethical/philosophical senses again- but right now I am enjoying my meat! Also, if you know me- you know that Van is a phenomenal chef- and cooks/prepares a lot of meat that I get to enjoy.
Last weekend was Van's 29th birthday- last year in his 20's, so I took him out to a relatively new restaurant here in Pittsburgh that we've been wanting to try, Meat and Potatoes. The gastropub is located in downtown Pittsburgh, and parking was down the street in a neighboring lot.
I made reservations, so we were seated right away- and the place was packed. We started with drinks of course. An IPA for Van, and a stout for me. I'm not a fan of hoppy beers.
Next up were the entrees. Even though I never really order pasta as a main course, I wanted to try the gnocci pasta, which is basically potato-dumplings deliciousness.
Van went with the pastrami burger(burger plus pastrami-style pork belly) and fries. He liked the burger, (so big he couldn't even finish it) and the fries were average.