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Why I spend way too much time at the Quiet Storm

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Jul. 20th, 2008 | 03:15 pm
posted by: dboon_neverdied in pghveg

The food: gotta love a veggie place with hearty breakfasts, big, sloppy sandwiches (the spicy peanut is almost too good to be legal), and creatively decadent dinner specials. If anyone out there can make better scrambled tofu, I'd love to try it.

The Coffee: it's strong enough to jump start Volkswagon, the refills are free, and there's always plenty of soy cream to go around.

The Staff: a tight-knit group of artists, musicians, and students (and a couple of terrific lady chefs) who can be sassy and friendly in the same breath.

The Crowd: an eclectic mix of stinky bike-punks, trendy yuppies, and crazy old men from Garfield. I take great pleasure in watching Courtney (the old dude who always tries to smoke his pipe inside) freak out the token Shadysiders when he yells out "Coffee!" and pounds on his table.

For the sake of brevity, I'll stop there. What do yinz think of it? And seriously, does anyone out there have a really killer scrambled tofu recipe?

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Hopita

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from: hopita
date: Jul. 20th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I don't get over there as often as I used to, but I'm a big fan of the Quiet wrap (but without the feta).

And it's a trip to know that guy's name -- I always just referred to him as "KAWFEE!!!"

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C. Deighan Eaton

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from: thwomp
date: Jul. 20th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
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My scrambled tofu recipe is basically a sauteing half an onion and a red bell pepper in a generous amount of earth balance and then crumbling in the tofu, a palmful of turmeric, a generous pinch of garlic salt, freshly ground black pepper, the juice of half a lemon, and finishing it off by mixing in a big handful of nutritional yeast.

That's pretty basic, but you can dress it up with whatever is appropriate to the dish your making. (i.e. salsa and cilantro for a mexican wrap) I used to really like it with one of the melty cheeze recipes from the uncheeze cookbook, but I can't remember which one now, though I know it had tahini in it and that it was not the white uncheeze.

I like the quiet storm well enough, however, I ordered the fresh fruit cup one day, which claimed to have whatever was in season and was actually grapes and bananas. meh. Tasty soups, though. :)

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from: dreamalynn
date: Jul. 20th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I'd honestly want to spend a lot more time there if I didn't have to pay for the substandard Telerama wifi they've got going on. But the ginger lemonade is killer.

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brian j. parker

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from: beeporama
date: Jul. 20th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I wish it was less popular, for totally selfish reasons. I'm usually hungover when I go (for brunch) and it's too loud and crowded! Still, good for them...

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dboon_neverdied

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from: dboon_neverdied
date: Jul. 20th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Sunday brunch is actually the worst time to go. It's loud and crowded, as you said, and they raise their prices for it. Zenith does brunch way better.

Nuts to all that laptop jargon, what's happening on at any given moment on Penn Ave. is way more exciting.

Thanks for recipe thwomp, I think lemon juice and nutritional yeast are what I've been missing.

Courtney's a peach. Just when they think they have him trained to smoke outside, that wonderful smell of pipe tobacco starts to fill the room.



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suck it

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from: legalize_murder
date: Jul. 22nd, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
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I really dislike Quiet Storm. I use to go there pretty frequently, but in my opinion the quality of the food has gone down quite a bit ever since they changed their menu, and I was bothered after finding out that they offer meat on their catering menu. I hate resteraunts that promote themselves as healthy/veg*n, but really aren't. I'm not all OMGWTF QUIET STORM SUX!!!111 But I most likely wont be going there again.

The one thing that I did enjoy there that I can't quite recreate at home is their tofu tenders. Good stuff.

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About the meat

from: quietstormpgh
date: Aug. 12th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry you feel our food quality has declined! That's a bummer to hear. I would love to know specifics, if you care to share. Maybe you can visit in October when the new menu comes out...

Just to clarify the meat issue: We do a ton of vegetarian, vegan & special diet weddings and have found that most couples have relatives that are uneasy about this "weird" food we prepare, so we offer a couple of things, like chicken kabobs or fajitas. We make this allowance so that everyone can be satisfied on these special occasions; we prefer to ask the client to get meat from a meat-y restaurant but that is not always convenient logistically or financially. Most of our clients are paying for their own reception and we really do want budget-conscious people to fulfill their wedding dream! We do NOT, of course, prepare ANY meat in the Quiet Storm kitchen; we use a separate facility for meat (which has, for what it's worth, only been about 10% of the weddings we've done).

Jilly (Quiet Storm owner)

P.S. DBOON... reveal yourself!

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dboon_neverdied

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from: dboon_neverdied
date: Aug. 13th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
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C'mon Jilly, take a wild guess.

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