Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

My wife, Carol, and I were debating where to head for our Saturday evening meal.  Distance, price, how long has it been since we’ve been there, where Carol says she wants to go were all factored into the decision. The last element had considerable influence on where we would go.  After a very brief discussion, we found ourselves entering DiPietro’s Restaurant in West View.  It

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Ten Penny Restaurant Review

Ten Penny Restaurant Review

My daughter and her family lived in Georgia for five years, and while visiting there, I developed a love for many Southern specialties like Shrimp and Grits. Some people north of the Mason-Dixon line turn their nose up at grits, and few restaurants have them on their menu in our area. But grits are like a blank canvas; they take on the flavor of whatever

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Slavery in Pittsburgh

Slavery in Pittsburgh

Sadly, slavery is as old as civilization itself, and numerous societies over the millennia has either been enslaved or enslaved others. In fact, the word slavery comes from the Slavs because so many Slavic people were taken into bondage. Today, slavery still exists in the form of human trafficking, forced labor, forced marriage and sexual exploitation. Pittsburgh’s history has not escaped this blight on humanity.

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Roommates

Roommates

When a 75-year-old man takes on the responsibility of raising his six-year-old grandson, you never think that Roommates, the 108-minute film you are about to watch, will take you 30 years into the future, showing the highs and lows that most families and some roommates experience. A few minutes into the film, you know by the tragedies that have occurred that this scared little boy

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Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Excellence has a way of asserting itself. That is the case with Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. Located at 213 North Avenue in Millvale, the eponymous bakery was established in 1992, by French native Jean-Marc Chatellier. Before the age of social media, most people discovered this out-of-the-world bakery by word-of-mouth, one customer touting the treats to friends or family. Gazing at the goodies in the glass

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Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher, the action thriller opens with the worst mass-murder to take place on Pittsburgh’s North Shore since the the English and French where battling over who owned this part of the world during the French and Indian war.  The opening carnage in this 2012 movie takes place along the Allegheny River, just outside of PNC Park. When the European powers went at it, there

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Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Nestled in the scenic hills of Lawrence County, McConnells Mill is a paradigm of beauty and solitude for Pennsylvania natives and visitors alike. This state park is filled with endless natural wonders, including waterfalls, breath-taking overlooks, and a variety of trails perfect for hiking. And because of its close proximity to Pittsburgh (only 40 miles outside of the city), McConnells Mill makes a perfect day

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Poisonous Plants: What They Are and How to Care for Allergic Reactions

Poisonous Plants: What They Are and How to Care for Allergic Reactions

Whether you are a scout, a nature enthusiast, or an outdoor aficionado, the ubiquitous adage “Leaves of three, let them be” is always a present and clear reminder to be aware of your surroundings and keep a healthy distance from the devilish, itch inducing plant: poison ivy. However, while charming, this simple rhyme grossly underestimates the amount of poisonous plants lurking in Pennsylvania’s forests, green

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Flashdance (1983)

Flashdance (1983)

Before the talent and production company came to Pittsburgh to start filming Flashdance and after it was opened in theaters around the country, people who knew about these matters felt strongly that this film was going to be a flash in the pan.  The director, Adrian Lyne, turned the script down a couple of times before agreeing to work on this project.  When the film

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A Burger at Tessaro’s

A Burger at Tessaro’s

At 4601 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield stands a building that was constructed around 1892 and has been home to a Bar/Restaurant named Tessaro’s since 1980. In 1984 the Herrington Family bought the business and it has been in the family ever since.  Most of us have probably heard claims that they have really good burghers.  I’ve had a  few people have tell me that they

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