Constellation Coffee in Pittsburgh

by Heidi Obermeyer

pittcon1 pittcon2 pittcon3 pittcon4 pittcon5 pittcon6 pittcon7 pittcon8 pittcon9 pittcon10 pittcon11 pittcon12 pittcon13 pittcon14Have you ever been to Pittsburgh? That is one cool town. A thing I’m learning is that there are all these people and places around the world where some straight-up great stuff is happening. Small and medium towns of planet earth, rejoice! It’s hard to describe exactly how it feels to be there, but it feels a lot like Fort Collins, Colorado. There’s some beautiful old houses. People are pretty no-nonsense. There’s a university or two anchoring the younger generation in town. And there are great things happening in food, art, and music. One of which is Constellation Coffee, and our croissant-sourcing bakery on this trip, La Gourmandine.

Croissants are a delicate art, and when you get a good one, especially a good one filled with almond paste, you should send a thankful prayer up to the gods of pastry. Just sayin’. I went a little crazy and got a chocolate and almond croissant, and I regret nothing.

Know what else happened while I was in Pittsburgh? Well, firstly, I went to a Taylor Swift concert (which I will probably also blog about), but also we had a great conversation with an old guy in Goodwill. This occurred while we waited to pay for our vase and old fashioned egg beater ($3) and he waited to pay for his 1980’s “nearly-mint-condition-considering-some-kid-was-reading-this” Star Wars children’s book (also $3). He recommended some places around to get generous servings of Mexican food and we asked him further questions about the Pittsburgh food scene from the perspective of a middle-aged man. Finally, as the cashier got it together and we had paid for our goods, we bid him farewell.

“May the force be with you!” I hollered behind us as we exited. It took him a second, but then he got it. But then he got it, my friends.

Mic drop.