“There has never been a sadness that cannot be cured by breakfast food.”
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An Article from Pittsburgh Courier Online -
“I had the opportunity to sample several items off of NU’s menu. I also had the privilege of being educated on every mouthwatering bite, by Pamela and Gail.
My first course was Matzo Ball soup, a favorite dish of mine which I eat often. Referred to by some as “Jewish penicillin “ a dumpling made from ground matzo meal, eggs, schmaltz, and seasoning, boiled and typically served in chicken soup.
As the soup approached my table, Pam informed me that there are two types of matzo balls… Sinkers and floaters… I grew up on Aunt Mary’s floaters, and Nu showcases their Sinkers…. The broth was clean, and delicate while flavorful. The matzo ball was tender and the taste of black pepper shined thru.
Next up was course number two, Chopped liver pate with Manischewitz jelly, served with Rye toast points. I actually enjoyed the unique contrasting flavors of this “Nosh” Aka, appetizer.”
Please visit this LINK for the full article! Thank you to Elise the Diva Chef for your wonderful review!
Photo Credit: Brian Cohen
Eat + Drink is Pop City’s weekly look at all the news that’s fit to eat and/or drink.
Pamela’s founders bringing an old-world Jewish deli to Squirrel Hill.
An eat-in, modern Jewish deli will open in Squirrel Hill next month. Nu (from the Yiddish interjectionfor “well?” or “so?”) will occupy the space formerly held by Pamela’s sister restaurant Aji Picante at 1711 Murray Avenue, which held its last dinner service on Saturday night.
In addition to new twists on traditional Jewish fare, such as homemade pickles and matzo ball soup, Nu will smoke and hand-carve all its own meats. It will also have its own line and workspace, rather than share a kitchen with Pamela’s, as Aji Picante did. The sit-down restaurant will retain Aji’s outdoor seating, but won’t have any cases, nor will it sell deli meats.
“It’s going to be a little upscale looking, but not expensive,” says Pamela’s co-owner Gail Klingensmith, adding that executive chef Kelsey Sukel and co-owner Pam Cohen’s sister Rise’ will operate the restaurant.
“This is a family passion. It’s a slice of Americana, and it’s our history,” says Klingensmith, adding that Nu, which she projects will open around October 15th, will probably operate 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. “We’re old girls, but we can still make it to eight.”
Legume now open for lunch
The popular, locally sourced Oakland bistro has begun a lunch service that will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu, which will change every day, will include small plates, sandwiches and salads. Also, we hear the chocolate mousse cake is a legitimate slice of heaven on Earth.
Dozen Bake Shop closing
Dozen, which brought the gourmet cupcake fad to Pittsburgh, will close both its remaining locations by the end of the month.
James Gray launched Dozen out of a small Murray Avenue storefront in 2006, and the business soon became an iconic Pittsburgh name. It established locations in Oakland and Lawrenceville, and closed its Squirrel Hill location. When Doreen Valentine purchased the struggling brand in 2011, she closed its Oakland location and opened a shop in Peters Township.
“Steel Town” filmmakers holding fundraiser at Bar Marco
“Steel Town,” a live-action, short film currently in pre-production that tells the story of the Homestead Steel Strike, will host a fundraiser and live table read at Bar Marco next Wednesday, October 2nd, at 6 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon alumni Nick Hurt and Yulin Kuang wrote the screenplay, and Hurt will direct when principal photography begins in November. The fundraiser’s host committee includes city councilmen Bruce Kraus and Bill Peduto, as well as State Representative Erin Molchany.
You can RSVP for the event by calling Producer Dan Vetanovetz at 937-243-1518, or e-mailing email@example.com. The producers of “Steel Town” are also operating a Kickstarter campaign that has just nine days remaining.
Pittsburgh Opera will perform at Downtown Farmers’ Market
Puccini, Rossini and Bizet aren’t varieties of mushrooms, but they’ll nonetheless be featured during each of the next three Market Square Farmers’ Markets.
The Pittsburgh Opera will perform tomorrow, October 3rd and October 10th between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to celebrate the arrival of fall and the Opera’s 75th season. Lunchtime concerts have long been a staple of Market Square, and this marks the Opera’s first appearance in the series.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Sources: Gail Klingensmith, Dan Ventanovetz
This past weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal online featured an article entitled “What to do in Pittsburgh.” They were kind enough to include a wonderful photograph of our Strawberry Hotcakes as well as express that you should “Dine at P&G Pamela’s Diner” while in town!
Thank you WSJ US, Online Weekend Edition for featuring our restaurant! What an honor!!!
Visit the website article here: Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition: What to do in Pittsburgh.”
Pam and Gail have done it again! They’ve opened another wonderful Latin American restaurant, this time in Squirrel Hill!
Aji Picante [pronounced ah-hee] serves a fusion of Latin American food with a special emphasis on Peruvian cuisine. Open evenings for dinner, the restaurant adds a new element to the Pittsburgh dining scene and it is BYOB.
Aji Picante is located within the heart of Squirrel Hill, a small residential suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh is known for its up and coming restaurant scene and Aji Picante has certainly created its footprint. Being the premiere Peruvian restaurant of its kind in Pittsburgh, we’re sure once you visit the first time, you will understand why our one of a kind menu the talk of the town!
Chef Kelsey Sukel is a visionary, creating unique dishes that are sure to please. Our menu features Latin American cuisine with a Peruvian touch. Using only the freshest and most authentic ingredients, we are consistently adding new and exciting menu items for our customers!
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00pm-10:00pm, BYOB.
Please visit our website for more information as well as to make reservations either over the phone or via our contact form: www.ajipicantepgh.com
It has been nearly four years since President Barack Obama’s first Inauguration, and Pam Cohen and Gail Klinginsmith’s first visit to the White House.
You may remember the first time President Obama bestowed upon these women the honor of cooking for him, his family and the veterans of war on Memorial Day, 2009. Now again, January 2013, Inauguration is upon us, and he has again honored them with an invitation to the White House! This time they will not be cooking, but they will be sharing the honor of welcoming him back for his second term!
President Obama and his wife Michelle have been long time Pamela’s enthusiasts, ever since his first visit to our Strip District location on Primary day in 2008. Since then he has made sure to mention us, or has endeavored to frequent one of our restaurants each time he comes to Pittsburgh, PA.
We do our best to post stories like this before the news gets a hold of them, and be the first to write one of our own and publish it for our customers to enjoy!
After receiving so many wonderful photographs from Pam and Gail over the past three days, images of themselves with Vice President Biden, as well as Pamela’s nephew Jacob Somogye with Michelle Obama, here is a look in to the fun they are having at the White House 2013 during Inauguration weekend!
Photo Credit: Pamela’s Cohen and Gail Klinginsmith
Story: Elizabeth Hessel
January 18th, 2013 by PJ Hamel
This is a story of the 2008 Presidential campaign, a diner in Pittsburgh, Google images, and a profound love of pancakes.
And if that doesn’t pique your interest – you’re just not the foodie I thought you were.
Back in 2008, when then-candidate Barack Obama was hitting the campaign trail hard and making all the requisite “meet and greet” visits – manufacturing plants, senior citizen homes, truck stops – he paid a visit to Pamela’s P&G Diner in Pittsburgh, where he enjoyed the specialty of the house: pancakes.
But these weren’t just any diner pancakes. Pamela’s pancakes have an almost cult-like following among foodies. Described as light and fluffy, but with a crackly-crisp crust around the edges, these pancakes have spawned blogs, attempted clones, and lots and lots of online photos from folks who’ve actually visited the “shrine” to enjoy the pancakes in person.
Including President Obama. While he didn’t pull out his Blackberry and snap a pancake picture to share on his Facebook page, the President did have this comment (courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): “…’These really were maybe the best pancakes I’ve tasted in a very long time. Get some take-out,’ he directed the reporters. ‘You don’t even need syrup on them. They’ve got [these] crispy edges. Yea, they are really good.’ ”
Diner owners Pam Cohen and Gail Klingensmith were later invited to the White House to cook a Memorial Day pancake breakfast for the President, First Lady, and 80 military veterans – and their culinary star continued to rise.
More buzz online. More Yelp reviews. More Urbanspoon. And, thankfully for me, lots of Google images.
I’m a pancake apprecianado (sic). Love pancakes; always have. So when Pamela’s pancakes appeared on my radar, I knew I had to clone them.
Unfortunately, the recipe is a closely held secret. This single quote from Pam herself (again, in the Post-Gazette): “…a secret process that included leavening and spices. You let the batter rise and sit for a couple hours, then you beat it down, let it rise again and beat it down” – is all I had to go on.
That, and Google images, which offers many, MANY shot-in-the-diner photos of these famous cakes.
So, between Pam’s quote; the review descriptions on Yelp and Urbanspoon; and the photos on Google, I pieced together a recipe that, if not absolutely true to the original, produces pancakes that are truly excellent: crisp edges; soft, tender centers; and marvelous buttery flavor.
If you’re picky about pancakes, Pamela’s are (apparently) pure bliss. And even if the cakes below don’t match Pamela’s exactly – Pittsburgh readers, let me know what needs to change – these Pamela’s wannabes are pretty darned good.
*****If you would like to see PJ’s recipe, please follow this link: Pittsburgh’s Finest Diner Pancakes!
Pam and Gail have been small business owners since 1980, when they opened their first restaurant, Pamela’s P&G Diner, in Pittsburgh. Since then, they’ve expanded to eight restaurants and over 150 employees—all while maintaining their commitment to providing employees with health insurance. Pam and Gail believe they finally have an advocate for small businesses in the White House:
“We’ve seen presidents come and go, but nothing changed until Barack Obama came in and passed the Affordable Care Act. The fact that health insurance companies can no longer deny people who have pre-existing conditions is a big deal to us. It gives us piece of mind to know that we’ll be able to cover all of our employees.
“The President’s personal story is all about coming from very little, making it, and continuing to pay it forward so that others succeed as well. That’s exactly what we believe in, too. President Obama inspires us to keep going and make a difference as responsible business owners.”
President Obama has consistently fought for small businesses—he knows it’s entrepreneurs like Pam and Gail that create jobs in our communities. Stand with Pam and Gail today, and join Small Business Owners for Obama.
Source by: BarackObama.com
Even though we haven’t had the chance to sit down to a stack of hotcakes at Pamela’s P&G Diner, we think its great that President Obama found the place so memorable that he has asked the owners to cook for eighty war veterans at The White House Memorial Day breakfast. The president made a stop at the Pittsburgh outpost during his campaign and it seems like those pancakes make quite the impression.
We invite our readers to try the flapjacks (stamped with the seal of approval from the president himself) at one of the Pamela’s P&G Diner locations and tell us what you think on our restaurant listing page using our “Write Your Own Review”.
Source By: Gayot.com
The PG’s Mackenzie Carpenter has these observations from Barack Obama’s final Pittsburgh campaign stop this morning:
During his visit to Pamela’s restaurant in the Strip District, Sen. Barack Obama discovered something Pittsburghers have long known: the pancakes there are really, really good. So good, in fact, that he had to share that knowledge with the news media hounding him for answers on Bill Clinton, voter turnout and so forth: “Before I answer this question, these really were maybe the best pancakes I’ve tasted in a very long time. Get some take-out,” he directed the reporters. “You don’t even need syrup on them. They’ve got [these] crispy edges. Yea, they are really good.” (more…)