Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 1, 2012

A taste of the Mediterranean in Brookline

Who doesn’t want to eat their way through a city? In Pittsburgh I certainly gave it a good try.

I visited the Brookline neighbourhood and went on the Burgh Bits & Bites tour of the area – and from the first stop, I knew I wasn’t going hungry.

The first stop was at Pitaland, a Mediterranean bakery and shop, which had the warm scent of fresh baked pita bread and shelves stuffed with tasty Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food items.

Thanks to the tour I got to see behind the scenes and have a taste of a few items – including fresh pita bread. There’s never a bad moment when a day starts with fresh bread, paired with salty feta cheese, olive oil, and zaatar.

I could have easily been in a cafe in the Middle East – yet I was in Pittsburgh, tasting and learning about the mix of cultures who had populated this city and neighbourhood.

When I left Pitaland to continue the tour, the kind owner was sitting outside with hookah pipe smoking sheesha – and it all seemed to make sense as we moved on to an Eastern European bakery and a Mexican grocery store with an outdoor taco stand. For this neighbourhood, the mix of food and culture was celebrated every day.

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