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Bread and Salt Adventure

Maybe you read Mark Bittman’s farewell article A Slice of Heaven in Pittsburgh (in the NYTimes) about the Pittsburgh bakery- Bread and Salt.

My neighbor and I went over to Bloomfield and got in line to order our lunch. We took it to go.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday you need to plan ahead.

You can order via email. If you ordered bread or pizza online you don’t have to wait in the line.  Just go ahead to the counter, pay and pick up.

Samples of bread are in bowls on the counter. Here are a couple of loaves.  They are sold by the pound so you can get exactly what you need, you don’t have to buy the whole loaf.




Here is Laura on her first day of work. She was gracious to let me photograph her.

That’s a ricotta/almond cake.  They weigh the bread and pizza. It was Laura’s (smiling on right) first day




We sampled all four types offered on Friday.


We had a nice lunch back at my neighbor’s.

Lots of fresh veggie toppings.

The one on the right is the Rosa pizza with oregano.

The classic Margherita was my favorite.  The combination of basil, fresh  mozzarella and tomatoes so fragrant and delicious. Next time I plan to try the bread.


Writer Hal Klein has an article in Pittsburgh Magazine describing the breads, the baker Rick Easton  and the bakery

If you plan to go, be sure to click the Bread and Salt link to check on hours of operation.


The weekly photo challenge is fresh

fresh strawberries

smoothie carrot ginger

Laura sipping a NorthStar Shooting Star- Organic Carrot, Lemon and Ginger

Fresh PastaEataly Fresh Pasta

fresh mango

Fresh Mango NYC


Remember Delores’ Fresh Cinnamon Rolls (and Key Lime Pie?) Apalachicola FL

oatmeal and latte

Fresh Oatmeall and Banana and a Latte at Big Dog Coffee

helen's salad

Helen’s Fresh Salad St. George Island July 2014

fresh ingredients


fresh flowers

Fresh Flowers NYC

produce boxes

Produce Boxes  NYC

Portrait at Panza’s and Friday Night Take Out

Everyone who knows me and  what’s in Millvale PA, was pretty sure I was at Jean-Marc Chatellier Bakery when they saw yesterday’s post of the snow topped mailboxes.

Not this trip-  although I wish I’d thought of when I was over there.

Right after school I drove in the snow and met my wonderful printer, Tom, to pick up a print.  Tom was waiting on the side of street on 31st  between Liberty and Penn, right before the 31st Street bridge.

His good idea so I could get to Millvale before closing.

I was dropping off a print to be framed at my favorite framer, Mark Panza Gallery. He and his daughter Jennifer do an excellent job.  I always leave there with a rejuvenation in spirit and lots of creative ideas after we talk.

Mark took this photo me with my new SONY mirrorless camera, testing it out.

I love the vintage mannequins in the background as they are waitng for pick-up to be in a movie being filmed in Millvale and Pittsburgh.

Thanks for taking this photo of me Mark.  


and here is our selfie  usie  taken with the tilt screen option that opens up.

I made it a tad smaller so I don’t feel so bulky when I look at it.

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I cropped myself out and got a nice portrait of Mark


Steve brought in take out tonight. Fish sandwich and slaw.  I reheated the sandwich in the oven.  Mmmmmm.


Shadowed Gallery

A second post of shadowed upon further digging in archives.

Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Brother Michael’s photograph is on the wall at Rocco’s Pasticceria down on Bleecker Street.

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Brother Michael LaMantia served “51 years as a brother in the Scalabrini Order and nearly 40 years at the parish in the heart of Greenwich Village.”

(Our Lady of Pompeii Church is across the street from Rocco’s.  My sister says there is a memorial to Brother Michael in the church.

Before Brother Michael passed in 2013, he gave the Pasticceria this statue of Saint Rocco.  Brother Michael is Gone, But Not Forgotten. 

Thanks to Krista Evans for this challenge

St.  Rocco

Rocco's Pasticceria

Rocco’s on Bleecker Street.


For the story of Saint Rocco you can check out the link in this post from the Saint Rocco Festival in Pittsburgh

Franco (posing for me with a cheesecake below) is the one who showed me Brother Michael’s prayer card on the wall at Rocco’s and told me that Brother Michael had given the Saint Rocco Statue to the store. Franco has been at Rocco’s for more than thirty years!


Here is Franco posing for me with a cheesecake.  Mary and I stopped in Saturday night for a coffee and pastry after a nice day at Galleries and Target First Night at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Unexpected Find at Panza Gallery

Millvale, PA is just across the Allegheny River. Steve and I eat out at Grant Bar Grant Avenue some nights.

If you follow the blog you’ve been to Millvale with me, Jean-Marc Chatellier’s Bakery for Brioche, Esther’s Hobby Shop, Attic Records, the high water mark from the floods.

We popped into the Panza Gallery and saw some friends and acquaintances and checked out the new work show by Brian Lang and Susan Sparks. I’ve posted some photos of Panza’s.

While chatting with Mary Ann, I asked if I could photograph the ceramic holy water font where this package of fuses got placed. Just as it was.

When Mark was finished with his conversation, he concurred that I could photograph this find. Thanks Mark and Mary Ann.

Coming up in February and March, Panza will host programs on the artist Maxo Vanka Murals housed in the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish on the hill.

Holy Water Font

Sunday’s Second Collection

Down by the Ohio River.

An eclectic gallery. The back of a big stop sign.

The Byzantine Church from McKees Rocks Bottoms, too, where the bells were ringing Sunday.

A stop at La Gourmandine Bakery on Butler Street for a brioche.

trailer in the woods

A little camper for a weekend getaway

school bus

Good thing they have an alarm system

air conditioned trailer

Hey, the place has AC




Church Bells were ringing in the tower

Steeler Fan Sign

A home filled with disappointment Sunday afternoon. I wonder if they have to water the shakers.


and a line out the front door, everyone getting their French baked goods on Butler Street in Lawrenceville

Stopped at the Car Wash on the way home

car wash

Last Day of Summer Vacation Before School Starts

I need to gather up my knitting bag, the computer bag and the camera bag- pack the suitcase- load the car.  And the grocery bag with the sock monkeys that the girls helped me stuff but still need to be handstitched.  The eyes embroidered.  The tails attached.

I’ll be heading home in a few hours. A 3 1/2 hour drive.  Just can’t sleep. 

The Summer unstructured time has been grand.

Although I’m up at four today, setting the alarm for 5:15 is going to be the tricky part. Getting up tomorrow for the familiar drive to school. The freshman will come on Friday so that gives me a couple of days of clerical time and Prof Dev meetings. All students start on Monday.

Here’s the pastry case and breakfast from Sunday’s brunch at La Chatelaine after church.

La Chatelaine Desserts





Patron Saint of Bakers and Pastry Chefs – Saint Honoré

Honoratus of Amiens  (who died in 600) .  The Feast Day is May 16th but no matter.

The nice woman at Jean-Marc Chatellier Bakery in Millvale said “Saint Honoré” when I asked.

Here he is, carved from wood,  with his bread peel with some sheafs of wheat, watching over the baker

August 2 is the last day before the bakery goes on vacation.  We just made it on our way to the Children’s Museum.



Saint Honoré

Saint Honoré at the French Bakery in Millvale



French Bakery Goods



Oram’s Donuts in Joe Namath’s Hometown – Beaver Falls, PA

More than a decade ago I saw a show narrated by Rick Sebak on PBS about Oram’s Bakery in Beaver Falls, PA. Beaver Falls is about 35 miles Northwest of the city and is on the Beaver River.  ( I just looked it up and the show was out in 1999)

Their cinnamon rolls are their most popular donut, and they appeared to be the size of dinner plates. Well, at least a luncheon plate. I am sure each one weighs a half a pound.

I’d always intended to go check them out.

Today I did.

Oram's Cinnamon Rolls

They barely fit in the bakery box.

I bought a seventh cinnamon roll for me to eat for lunch and Josh put it in a white paper bakery bag for me.

Orams 1 Josh

Here is Josh graciously posing for me with the box of the donuts. Thank you Josh.

I was going to take the box to Ohio but the car was so hot that when I was at the Beaver Falls Post Office I saw a woman waiting in a car,  so I asked her if she liked Oram’s donuts and she said yes so I went to the car and gave her the box.  She was most appreciative.

Orams 5 Nicole

Nicole is constructing boxes to hold donut orders.

Josh and his brother built this LEGO®  donut bakery.   They sent a design to a company online and they sent the design kit to build, software is involved.  It’s on display in the bakery and I found it fascinating.

Orams 3Another view of the LEGO® bakery

Orams 2

A lot of details. This is the front of the bakery.


Orams 6

Love the LEGO® donuts



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Orams 7I bought a souvenir coffee mug for Steve  if you lived in Beaver Falls and brought this mug in after purchase they will give you FREE coffee (the small size coffee) in your Oram’s mug



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Orams building 1912The building was built the year both my parents were born 1912


Oh yes, I mentioned that Beaver Falls is  Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath‘s hometown so I found the plaque to him by the library(the library is closed on Friday’s :-( )    I drove by the Beaver Falls Senior High School but it is a modern one now and so I  figured the old one must be the Middle School next door.



Here is the plaqueJoe Namath Plaque

My friend Gail and her parents took me to see the JETS play in the late sixties and you know who the quarterback was in that game!



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