Sweets, goodies, candies and delights are everywhere during the holiday season, so when the new year is coming around the corner your sugar high may land on your bathroom scale and scream “get off!” So why not look for ways to get your sugar fix without having to hide from a scolding scale?
In Pittsburgh that may seem like a challenge with all of the old fashioned bakeries and “globs” of frosting at every turn, but rest assure there have been some interesting and modern bakeries pop up in the ‘Burgh in the past few years that cater to the five year old in all of us looking for a sugar fix, without adding inches to our adult sized frames.
Bakeries such as Dozens offers Vegan alternatives as well as low carb options for their baked goods. With their cute little shop right on Butler Street, a hop, skip, and a jump from 40th street cross over to the second half of the bustling downtown Lawrenceville section, this bakery can give you a sweet treat and inspire you to get walking down Butler to explore all the shops, club venue’s, art galleries and bowling lanes that allow you to burn off all those calories and then some. Dozens offers a dozen different reasons to stop and shop, but also a dozen more motivations for acting upon those new year’s resolutions.
Take a walk up to East Liberty and explore the expanding area and try Vanilla Pastry Studio. Which by its name you would get the impression that it is just a sweet heaven filled with fattening pastries and heavenly delights and although you would be right, they also have something for the dieter in all of us. Since the bakeries owner would be more than willing to create any delight by specialty order any sweet tooth can plan ahead and arrange for low carb, low sugar, anything you can imagine delights. Daily there is also Vegan options which always scream healthy. This bakery uses fresh, locally grown ingredients, so don’t worry about processed fats, hydrogenated oils or unhealthy preservatives. Vanilla Pastry Studio stands by its name, its products are from a studio of art.
So whether you are looking to hop around the ‘Burgh on a bike or walk to burn some calories, there is no reason why the sugar fairy can’t pay you a visit on your travels. Bakeries do not have to be a dirty word in a dieters vocabulary, even if they are refraining from even using the word and declare they are just “eating healthier.” Every Pittsburgher has a place to get their sugar fix and get healthy while doing it.