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Pittsburgh’s Soup Nancys: “Serving Up Soup for You”

Pittsburgh’s Soup Nancys: "Serving Up Soup for You"

Share this…As it seems that every culture likes soup, soup may be the lingua franca (common language) of the culinary world. Pittsburgh is fortunate to have two remarkable cooks, Linzee Mihalcin and Sara Raszewski, who speak soup language better than anyone else. The women are the owners of Soup Nancys, and their business has been “piping hot” since they arrived on the scene at the

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Pittsburgh’s Wine Country

Pittsburgh’s Wine Country

Share this…For decades, Pittsburgh has been known as a “shot-and-a-beer” town, but that reputation may be changing as more people are turning to wine for their alcoholic beverage of choice. More wineries are opening in the area to accommodate this changing palate. Wine consumption is increasing all over the nation. According to the Wine Institute, consumption was up 5.4 percent in 2010 over 2009, with

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Rainbow Kitchen Community Services: Pittsburgh Extends a Helping Hand

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services: Pittsburgh Extends a Helping Hand

Share this…When tough times come, where do you turn? If you live in Pittsburgh, there are numerous charitable and community services ready to help. One of our favorites is the Rainbow Kitchen Community Services, founded in 1984. The Steel City is no stranger to economic turmoil. In the 1980s the bottom fell out of Pittsburgh’s industrial base when the steel industry collapsed, displacing thousands of

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Sieb’s Pub

Sieb's Pub

Share this…The sign outside the restaurant read, “Our Reuben Sandwich is good enough to go to jail for.” Ridiculous? Silly? A bold marketing ploy? Well…it is said that each legend holds a kernel of truth. The Reuben Incident While in the process of committing a few, what might be considered “minor” crimes, a man entered Seib’s Pub one day and sat at a table. After

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Breakfast in Pittsburgh, Anyone?

Breakfast in Pittsburgh, Anyone?

Share this…Breakfast is often overlooked, but it is the most important meal of the day. If you are eating out, it is relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of dinner. These are two good reasons to check out some establishments that specialize in the first meal of the day. I decided to take on the task of finding great places for breakfast. My list

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Brown Bag Turkey Disaster

Brown Bag Turkey Disaster

Share this…Thanksgiving can be a confusing and overwhelming time when it comes to cooking. You’re not alone when it comes to Thanksgiving cooking horror stories. One local Pittsburgher decided to cook their turkey using the brown bag method for the first time. This method involves cooking the turkey in a brown paper bag and claims a moist and delicious result. After some time in the

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Empire Palace

Empire Palace

Share this…My first trip to the Empire Palace took place a few months ago.  A friend called to ask if I would meet him for lunch.  He was a bit surprised that I didn’t know anything about what he described as one of his favorite restaurants. While I wasn’t in “review mode” at the time, I can tell you that I left feeling that the

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Franklin Inn

Franklin Inn

Share this…The Franklin Inn is a Pittsburgh restaurant specializing in Mexican food. Franklin Park, PA, where the Franklin Inn can be found, is a very comfortable, mostly residential section of Allegheny County located about 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. My first visit to the Franklin Inn came on a Friday evening, which I discovered is a very busy time for the restaurant.  From my

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Tapping into Pittsburgh’s Beer Scene 

Tapping into Pittsburgh's Beer Scene 

Share this…Pittsburgh’s Historic Beer Pedigree In Pittsburgh, the only flowing thing more beloved than our rivers is beer! Soon after people settled in the region, brewing began.  In 1765, the British Army established a brewery at Fort Pitt, making it the first brewery west of the Alleghenies.  In 1803, the Point Brewery was founded by Colonel James O’Hara, making it the first commercial brewery in

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