Probably most people who see my blog right now will be seeing it for the first time, having checked out the Vegan Mofo feed. Respect. And hello!
The reason I'm pointing this out if because, back when I started this blog, it wasn't called Food and Loathing in the Steel City because I didn't live in Pittsburgh back then. Instead, I lived in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which is a bit of a way out of Philadelphia. My blog was called Food and Loathing in Phoenixville in those days. I'm not sure which has a better ring.
Interestingly, in Phoenixville, there is an extremely prominent coffee shop/performance space called Steel City. Pittsburgh and Phoenixville aren't that different from each other. Rivers meet in both of them (well, OK, in Phoenixville, one river meets with two large creeks). They both were steel towns that were depressed after the mills closed but are now having a renaissance. They are both like a Phish song: every 12 bars, there's a bridge. Ho!
As I wrote about in my last post, I was back in that area for my friend's wedding this past weekend, so I decided to go by Phoenixville's Steel City and get some grub. Right as I was moving away from that town, ownership of the shop was transferring to a much younger, cooler person than the previous owner(s), and he revamped both the space and the menu. I'd heard there were vegan options to be had.
There were! The chili is vegan, but I didn't want it for some reason. I decided to get a Hippie Wrap, which has garlic hummus, cucumbers and greens and roasted red pepper and and red onion, olives, and a balsamic drizzle all on a spinach wrap. It has feta, but Megan, a young woman I used to know back in the day who has my same birthday and is back to working there, told me they could leave it off the wrap for me.
Actually, at first, they failed to leave it out. That first wrap looked awesome, but I could see the white feta in it, so I asked for another one sans feta. I think they were rushing for my benefit (I was HUNGRY!) so the next one looked less good, but it was actually excellent! There is just no need for feta in this world.