A long time ago, my wife and I realized that we don’t enjoy many of the same ingredients on pizza. We tried “half with…and half with…” but we don’t eat the same amount of pizza either. Besides, I’m always worried about olive juice seeping under the cheese onto my half. We started ordering two small pizzas instead of one large. Sometimes we swap a piece, but we always have what we want. And, she says the smaller leftover pieces are easier to reheat.
Faith is a vegetarian. Her mother could get along quite well in a vegetarian world. Her father, um, not really. I enjoy the occasional meatless meal, especially the ones with other comfort elements like cream sauce and melted cheese. But, my favorite meatless meals are the ones I can add chicken to.
When Faith and I were in Pittsburgh with my brother, we chose restaurants that we knew would have something for all of us to enjoy. When we visited Phipps Conservatory, we saw a sign for Café Phipps – “One of the best museum restaurants in the US” according to Food & Wine Magazine. We thought we might have lunch after touring the gardens. When we arrived back at the café, my brother – another serious meat-eater – quipped:
“Just the other day, I was thinking about how long it’s been since I had an Arugula and Cauliflower pizza.”
It’s not that there wasn’t anything we could like about that menu, but there wasn’t much. Faith, on the other hand was in hog-heaven, as it were. We struck a deal. We would sit with her while she ate, and she would go with us to “The Original Hot Dog Shop.” The “O” as it’s known is world famous (seriously, check the link) and was a favorite lunch stop of mine when I was in graduate school, going back was an opportunity to share a fun memory.
Faith enjoyed a soup & salad combination at the Café Phipps, and my brother and I washed down two dogs apiece with a giant can of Mike’s Hard Lemonade at The O.
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