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The Yum Report

Where else but the Strip can you get the freshest and tastiest seafood to satisfy your family during Lent? Specials on seafood are abounding at Wholey’s www.wholey.com . Yum and Sib are planning a run on the Canadian Cold Water Lobster Tails. Benkovitz Seafoods, in addition to their seafood specialties for Lenten fasters, is offering a full menu of traditional Jewish foods, from gefilte fish to kugel, for Passover through April 16. All items are available to eat in or for takeout and can be sampled during the day. Remember, Wholey’s and Benkovitz both offer free parking, so there’s no excuse not to visit them!
And as long as we’re discussing parking, don’t forget to stop by Right By Nature (which also has free parking). Preview specials at www.rightbynature.net/page2.html. Even if fish isn’t your dish, you can still skip meat on Friday with a delicious vegetarian entrée and RBN offers a great selection of natural or organic products to choose from. Another option for meatless Fridays is the Pittsburgh staple – Pierogis! Homemade pierogis can be had at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Saturdays and a fat and yummy version can also be found at S & D Polish Deli (these have become a new staple of the Yum pantry).
But this season is about more than just fish and other non-meat meals. It’s also about chocolate! If your willpower is strong enough start stocking up now at Mon Aimee Chocolat and Fudgie Wudgie for the best chocolates the city has to offer.

And, if you think you are beyond the age for an Easter Basket – think again! Palate Partners is offering an Easter Basket for grown-ups with chocolates that go very well with wine. Visit http://www.palatepartners.com/giftbaskets1.html and get started on a gift basket for your favorite Honey Bunny.
There are at least two not to be missed dining opportunities in the Strip this Easter (and Yum is still trying to figure out how to do both). Eleven is planning an Easter Brunch from 10 am – 3 pm. Yum and Sib were present at the Valentine’s Day brunch which had a similar menu and it was superb! Check the menu at
http://www.bigburrito.com/eatbig/09/03/index.html and make your reservations early!
Equally intriguing to the Easter Bunny in Yum is the one time only Easter brunch at the Enrico Biscotti Café. There are only about 30 spots available, so act soon or forever hold your peace. From bread basket, to frittata, to house made ravioli with pancetta and asparagus, and much, much more, this tantalizing menu promises a brunch that will curl your toes!
And finally, if you, like Yum, Sib and the Steel Magnolia, can’t get enough of The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company’s delicious gourmet popcorn, they are offering a special Easter Tin with your favorite flavors. We haven’t seen it yet, but there’s no doubt we will be popping in soon!
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg with regard to the springtime holidays in the Strip. So be sure to come on down and enjoy the spring weather in Pittsburgh’s Historic Market District.
P.S. Congratulations to Sushi Kim on Munch’s wonderful review of their barbecue buffet! To read the whole article visit www.post-gazette.com/pg/09078/956682-46.stm.
P.P.S. The Ladies Philoptochos from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will be selling fresh Easter bread from 9 am – 4 pm on April 10-11 in front of Stamoolis Brothers. Yum!