We found it! (Thanks Google maps!)
The Leaf and Bean is one of the most awesomely coolest places ever!! For realz!
In fact, it's a deliciously smoky island of relaxation in the loud, choppy sea of macaroni and gravy.*
When we strolled in, in full lollygagging mode,** we were hit with many layers of eclecticity.*** I'd try to explain it, but instead, let's refer to Valentino's pictures, shall we?
And here is Island Jim himself, in his natural habitat!!
See right behind Jim? That's the shop's humidor, which features some of our super favorites, including Leaf by Oscar (of course, because that's Jim's best selling cigar), along with others like our friend Paul Joyal's J Grotto, the ever-awesome Padron, and another new fave, New Workd by AJ Fernandez.
I know what you're thinking: Uhhhh...what about the Island Jim? You know, the proprietor's namesake? Don't you think you should mention that, dear, sweet bloggess?
Well, home skillet, I would mention it, except they're sold out!! So why should I get you all excited for something you can't have? That's just mean!!
But they will be back in house sometime in January, so save your Christmas money.
Here's another treasure of the Leaf and Bean: Melody, Jim's better half. She's a kindred spirit; she doesn't actually smoke cigars but knows tons and tons about them. But she's super friendly and fun to chat with.
Here's the dealio: I don't actually want to live in Pennsylvania because it's way too far from the ocean. But if IF I found some reason I found myself inhabiting a home with a western PA address, I've already picked out my barber chair in the back, where I could write and write and write.
So come here. It's on The Strip on 22nd street. (I know the mailing address is Penn Ave. Ignore that.) if you're at the intersection of the two streets, looking toward the thousands, no, millions of vendors hawking fruit and Steelers merchandise, go left on 22nd. You're going to come across an island of color. Go towards the color. Go. Now.
*For those who don't know, the Italians call sauce "gravy" and pasta "macaroni." Yes, they are weird.
**Stuffed from the Primanti's sandwich, if you must know. Look how big the darned sandwich is!
***Yes, it is a word.