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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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Assisting Our Neighbors in Need It seems almost inconceivable, when we hear so often about Americans having an obesity problem, that there are people in this country who are hungry, but according to the most recent Hunger America report conducted in 2014, more than 15 percent of the residents of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s 11-county service area need food assistance. Headquartered in Duquesne,

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Beer Museum on Tap for Pittsburgh

Beer Museum on Tap for Pittsburgh

“Beer spans 10,000 years of human history and culture, and our intention is to tell that story in such a way so that you have fun while learning it,” said Matthew Sherwin, Director of Business Development for National Beer Museum Development Group, LLC, the entity working to bring Brew: The Museum of Beer to Pittsburgh. A Bright Idea Approximately three years ago, Joe McAllister, Principal

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The Gran Canal Caffe

The Gran Canal Caffe

  Tucked away just up the street from the statue of Seneca Chief Guyasuta in Sharpsburg is the Gran Canal Caffe. Since 1995, owners Michele and Antoinette Bonaventura have been serving freshly-made and cooked-to-order delicious Italian cuisine. How this restaurant escaped my attention baffles me, but I’m beginning to suspect that their loyal diners must have been keeping this gem to themselves for fear if

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Autumn Recipes

Autumn Recipes

Mom’s Roasted Turkey and Stuffing While the chefs at Popular Pittsburgh love good food, like most Pittsburghers, we are a practical lot, interested in preparing delicious dishes with the least fuss, and with ingredients that don’t require a loan from the bank.   Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese This is one of my favorite salads. The flavors delivered from roasting the beets is fantastic. 

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Sesame Inn

Sesame Inn

Since Pittsburgh welcomed the Sesame Inn into its dining scene, it has `garnered many accolades both from diners and restaurant critics. I first visited the Sesame Inn several years ago, and after that initial experience, I left feeling sure that all those awards were well deserved.Since that initial visit, I’ve returned to the Sesame Inn a half-dozen times, and I have never left disappointed. I

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Lee Terbosic Interview

Lee Terbosic Interview

Recently, Popular Pittsburgh chatted with Lee Terbosic, a nationally touring magician and comedian. A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Terbosic, 34, will put the city in the spotlight November 6th, when he attempts “Houdini 100.” At noon, while dangling upside-down high above the corner of Liberty Avenue and Wood Street in a straitjacket, he will attempt to undo himself in a death-defying feat of magic that has

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It’s the Christmas Season, Let the Fun Begin!

It's the Christmas Season, Let the Fun Begin!

Christmas is a season for making memories.  To help remember all the things to do, many people start making lists when the holiday season approaches: shopping lists, Christmas card lists, etc. But what about a list detailing things to do to make it your best holiday season ever? The most memorable and enjoyable, instead of just a task list? What would you put on that kind

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Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch came to Pittsburgh as the Steelers’ seventh-round pick in the NFL’s 2011 draft out of Texas Tech University, where he was the school’s eighth-ranked, all-time rushing leader and where he led the team in rushing his senior year with 816 yards on 177 carries. In retrospect, it seems that football would turn out to be only a means for Batch to find his

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Make No Mistake, It’s a Great Time in Ohio on the Lake Looking for a great getaway? The Cleveland area and Lake Erie is a delightful destination. I know, the thought of a Pittsburgher heading there for anything other than a Steelers game may seem outrageous, but on August 25, 2016, my husband and I headed across the state line for a Getaway Weekend to

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