Applelicious sates saccharine chompers with hand-dipped granny smith apples adoringly coated in a savory concoction of sweet and salty toppings. Each dewy-eyed apple is ensconced in a layer of creamy vanilla caramel and two extra layers of rich milk chocolate before tumbling down a salty slide of nuts and candies and drizzled with a salacious sprinkle of white or peanut-butter chocolate ($9.95/small, $12.95/large). Eschew lackadaisical lollies for Applelicious's bestselling roasted-cashew apple, which tickles ears with the sweetened crunch of freshly roasted cashews enveloped in ribbons of white chocolate.
Owned and operated by a family privy to gluten-free diet imperatives, Eden's Market caters to celiac sufferers and other dietary nonconformists with healthy grocery options. Similar antigluten activists may enjoy the likes of Katz gluten-free bread ($5.99) and Against the Grain products (most from $5.99–10.99). Much of the Eden's Market stock is sourced from local businesses and sustainable farms, ensuring that eating healthy can also fill up the perpetually hungry ethical stomach. Vegan and nondairy items, as well as vitamins and other supplements, keep customers from gnawing on their seatbelts for sustenance. For anyone with their larder already stocked full of non-lard, the Vindure 900 tablets offer a blend of extracts from red-wine grapes in the Bordeaux region of France with pure resveratrol and quercetin, elements that pump in purportedly life-extending polyphenols and antioxidants said to combat heart disease and other age-related ills.
The berry experts at Triple B Farms invite Pittsburgh-area crop gatherers to fill farm-supplied baskets with fresh-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. After arriving to the Strawberry Festival and donning the stylish all-day-access wristband, guests are free to roam the verdant rows of leafy berry-bursting plants in search of the perfect pound of flavorful mouth-pleasers (a $1.99/lb. value; prices may vary). The delicious fruit’s devotees turn out en masse every year for the annual festival, which is a celebration of all things strawberry and more, including a visit from the Pennsylvania Honey Queen, an inflatable all-ages obstacle course, a rock shaped like baseball great Darryl Strawberry, and a strawberry-themed pancake breakfast and lunch (not included in the value of the Groupon). Triple B Farms’ Strawberry Fest also entertains children with a playground, farm animals, tube slides, and rope mazes; parents can peruse the farm's expansive selection of fresh-grown produce, baked goods, jams, and rustic lifestyle guides.
Tom Friday's Market's small team of grocers hand-trim hanging sides of corn-fed beef and other meats within a cozy storefront that's been grinding out protein since 1955. A rotating menu of weekly specials showcases signature items such as peppered bacon ($3.99+/lb.) and house-made smoked kielbossy and hot italian sausage loaves ($3.99+/lb.), which bask in the chill of glass display cases festooned with neon placards announcing each meat's price, objectives, qualifications, and references. Snapper filets ($8.99+/lb.) join all-natural whole chickens ($1.49+/lb.), which the staff masterfully carves into a variety of specialty cuts such as drumsticks and split breasts. Stuffed hot banana peppers ($3.99+) await cocktail hour after a trip to the oven, and Lorraine swiss cheese and all-natural provolone ($3.99+/lb.) break the windows of nearby food pyramids. Tom Friday's Market also stocks produce, bread, milk, and other sundries.
The heady smell of fresh spices and artisan cheeses, combined with antiqued wide-plank wood floors and exposed-brick walls, inspires fantasies of a neighborhood shop set in a Greek village. Gus Stamoolis, son of Orestus Stamoolis, continues the business started by his father and uncles in 1929. Alongside his family and friendly staff, he imports oils and spices from fine Mediterranean distributers, as well as cheeses from Greece, Cyprus, Spain, and France. The Strip District fixture’s many offerings also include a catalog of olives, fine meats, and more than 30 homemade spreads with flavors such as asiago cheese and spicy feta.
Right By Nature specializes in supplying affordable natural and organic foods in a neighborhood-market environment, and provides the small sector of the population that still requires food with a diverse, affordable selection of organic and everyday products. An array of organic options descends upon the shelves, including Amy's Organic canned soups ($2.89–$3.39), La Prima coffee blends ($11.99), and Bob's Red Mill carb products ($2.99–$10.39). The in-house bakery churns out homemade dentist depressants such as the banana-chocolate-chip bread ($3.25) and a homemade oatmeal-walnut cookie sandwich with buttercream (three for $5.99). The clean, well-kept store also stocks a variety of prepared foods for the cooking-impaired, such as hand-tossed pizzas, fresh sushi, and other fully cooked entrees and sides. Check out the weekly specials to see what's hot, cold, or fresh this week.