Can you sense my enthusiasm? For that reason, it was irresistible for James and I to take one LOOOOOONG walk along the trails in Frick Park on Saturday. The weather was perfect, the air was crisp, and we were motivated to walk as long as we could through the trails, despite the changes in elevation.
While walking, I received a message via Facebook from a fellow co-worker, asking my opinion of the Spice Island Tea House in Oakland - rarely do I ever venture into Oakland (I did not attend Pitt - Penn State was my homeland), so I had never been, but I figured that James had. I asked his opinion, and it was positive, so I relayed it to my co-worker friend.
I guess the positive thoughts on the place stuck in James's head, because he suggested going there for a late lunch. We had walked 4.7 miles, up and down many steep hills, and were famished. I agreed to go on one condition - he had to drive us there, as I had driven my car to Frick Park.
Oakland is foreign territory to me.
|Spice Island Tea House|
|Oolong Iced Tea|
|Burmese Hiringa with Tilapia Soup|
|Five Spice Chicken|
My dish was good - not very adventurous, by my standards. As I cut into the chicken, the skin immediately separated from the meat. If the chicken had five spices, I could not identify any of them, but it had flavor. I mentioned to James on the way home that if my dad (the non-adventurous one) had been forced to eat at Spice Island Tea House, I would recommend that dish to him, since it was similar to barbecued chicken. The Coconut Jasmine Rice was definitely worth the extra dollar - much more flavor than boring old steamed rice, but not so much to overpower the flavor of the chicken. I especially liked the crispy fried onions that adorned the top of the mound of rice. On the side of all of this were two small samoosas, and I gave one to James (awww, I'm so sweet!)
Speaking of sweet, at this point we were presented with the choice of dessert or no dessert - so we compromised and decided to share a dessert - Fried Banana...
|Dave & Andy's Coconut Ice Cream|
With full bellies, we walked up the street so that I could see what this Cuban place up the street was...
|The Black Bean, also on Atwood Street in Oakland|
And then we walked down the street to visit Las Palmas #2, similar to the one in Brookline (maybe a bit smaller), with a taco stand outside! SO TEMPTING, but it wasn't possible for us to fit another morsel of food into our stomachs that day :-(
Maybe I should go into Oakland more. I'm not a traitor if I do, am I?
Spice Island Tea House
253 Atwood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)