Sherrie Flick
Photo by Heather Mull.
Photo by Heather Mull.

One of the things I look forward to in the summer is Sherrie Flick’s Instagram feed—her urban gardening photography is a lush source of inspiration for anyone. Those are just the pictures. Her food writing? So beautiful it can make the staunchest fast food devotee run toward redemption. Her work appears regularly in Pittsburgh Quarterly, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and NEXTpittsburgh. Her new collection of short stories, Whiskey, Etc. is coming out in 2016.

Best meal she ate last week?

Like many Pittsburghers I’ve been under the weather lately. When I’m feeling less than par I know to take myself to Amazing Cafe on the South Side. It opened its doors last February, and I can’t imagine the Pittsburgh foodscape without this super healthy oasis.

I ordered a bowl of Strength soup and a Clean Green juice. This soup has saved me more than once and this day was no exception. A deep, rich green made up of portobellos, cashews, tamari, kale and worcestershire sauce, you can feel it fixing you as you eat. Honestly. What I love is that it isn’t just a pureed soup. There are pepitas that add an interesting crunch to the experience. My Clean Green was kale, green apple, cucumber, celery, ginger and lime juiced into a small mason jar. The food here is always tasty and always presented beautifully. The space itself is warm and inviting. I feel like I get a full package of awesome every time I walk through the door.

This day I sat in a window seat and watched big flakes of snow flitter down onto the sidewalks of East Carson Street. Inside, I was sipping, getting healthy and happy with a big dose of green eating.


Read Sherrie Flick’s take on donuts in the region here.

Read other Best Meals here.

Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment. She is the Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where she writes about food and food policy. She writes about the intersection of food, health, innovation and policy.