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Pittsburgh’s Fantastic Food Trucks

Pittsburgh's Fantastic Food Trucks

By: Janice Lane Palko Not too long ago when someone said the words food truck, images of mushy sandwiches and tasteless salads sprang to mind. Today, that has all changed. Food trucks now bring delicious, restaurant-quality meals to you. Many are available to cater your next event or star in your next fundraiser. Below is a list of some of the fantastic food trucks you […]

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Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church in Scott Township has hosted the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival for the last 25 years. The only thing more phenomenal than the festival’s food is the amount of work it takes from the volunteers to make the event a success. Ellen Ayoob has been involved with the festival off and on for the past 20 years and is one […]

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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

  By Raquel Issenberg   When Michael Bonaventura arrived in Pittsburgh in 1983, the city’s steel industry had bottom out, but Michael’s life was on the rise. He had come here to purse two dreams: marrying his beautiful Pittsburgh fiancée, Antoinette, and becoming a well-respected chef. Happily, both of those dreams have come true. Michael married Antoinette, and they are the owners of the renowned […]

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Sushi Tomo Review

Sushi Tomo Review

For those whose palates prefer Asian cuisine, Sushi Tomo is the perfect restaurant for your next dining excursion. From the classic egg drop soup to the more exotic fish roe sushi, everyone will be able to find something they love. And the prices are reasonable, which is a plus for a college student or anyone who likes a good value. Sushi Tomo is located at […]

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Grandma Nell O’Connor’s Soda Bread

Grandma Nell O'Connor's Soda Bread

3 – 1/2 cups sifted flour 2/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 T. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 – 1/2 cups seeded raisins (I like to mix the dark & light together.  I also soak them in warm water for a few minutes as it plumps them up.) 1 T. caraway seeds (optional – I don’t use caraway unless I know the […]

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Pittsburgh: A Dining Destination – Focus on East Liberty

Pittsburgh: A Dining Destination - Focus on East Liberty

Pittsburgh: A Dining Destination Focus on East Liberty Pittsburgh-Zagat’s No. 1 Food City If you took a break from devouring chipped ham sandwich or pierogies, you may have been pleasantly surprised to realize that Pittsburgh has become a dining destination. Recently the city was ranked No. 1 as the best food city in the country by the prestigious Zagat Survey, a restaurant review provider. A […]

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Popular Pittsburgh’s Guide to Area Breweries

Popular Pittsburgh's Guide to Area Breweries

Pittsburgh has often been characterized as a “shot and a beer town.” With the proliferation of so many small breweries in the area, the city today might be more aptly called “a shot and a craft beer town.” Pittsburghers have always loved beer (See Tapping into Pittsburgh’s Beer Scene), but the brewers in the area have undergone several transformations. In the late 1800s, there were […]

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The Sweet Life: Pittsburgh’s Best Bakeries

The Sweet Life: Pittsburgh's Best Bakeries

As immigrants flocked to Pittsburgh and settled into neighborhoods, most of those new communities had a bakery, often owned by a baker who had brought their scrumptious recipes for baked goods from the old country. As time went on and supermarkets, with their own in-store bakeries, came into fashion, many of those local, family-owned bakeries closed. A few of those treasured bakeries survived, and in […]

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Almond Toffee

Almond Toffee

This is a wonderful treat and makes quite a bit. I have given it as gifts during the holidays. One caution–unless you like taking risk, use a candy thermometer. If you don’t have one, invest in one. It is very easy to burn the toffee and ruin the whole batch. Ingredients:

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Pierogies: A Pittsburgh Passion

Pierogies: A Pittsburgh Passion

I remember the first time I tasted a Pierogi. It was 1967 and I was about seven years old. One Saturday afternoon I followed my neighbor and friend, Marilyn, into her kitchen on the way to her backyard to play. I came upon a scene I’d never encountered before. Massive pots of boiling water burbled on the stove, while her mom, who was dusted in […]

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