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The Walking Tour of the North Shore

The Walking Tour of the North Shore

Talk about makeovers! Pittsburgh’s North Shore, on the banks of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers across the water from downtown Pittsburgh, is one of several areas in Pittsburgh that has undergone revitalization in recent years. In addition to cultural, historical, sporting, and recreational attractions, this area boasts some of the most beautiful views of the city. That says a lot, as this town is packed

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Ten Great Scenic Views of Pittsburgh

Here are ten favorite places to photograph, record or paint in Pittsburgh. In other words, the following are places that provide a great city view. A big part of its beauty started a long time ago when glaciers started cutting out the valley that the city was later built in.  Was it a million years ago, 500,000 years ago or 250,000 years ago that this

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The Strip District: A Place Like No Other

The Strip District: A Place Like No Other

Combine the hustle and bustle of a Turkish bazaar, the nightlife of Las Vegas, some of the finest ethnic cuisine, the fun of a street carnival, and the atmosphere of days gone by.  Add to this a thriving commercial center, and what do you get?  Pittsburgh’s Strip District, a place like no other. Since its founding, the Strip District has been a distinctive and vital part

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The Monongahela Incline

The Monongahela Incline

You may remember the Patty Duke Show, which debuted on television in the 1960s and still attracts new viewers decades later in syndication. The program detailed the antics of identical cousins, Patty and Cathy Lane, and how, though they may have looked alike, their personalities, styles, and tastes were different. If Pittsburgh had a Patty and Cathy Lane, they’d be the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines.

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Port Pittsburgh: Dams, Locks, and Inclines

Port Pittsburgh: Dams, Locks, and Inclines

There is a lot about Pittsburgh, PA, that no one would guess is true.  Who could imagine that a city in southwestern Pennsylvania would be such a key to the waterways of the nation?  Or that Pittsburgh is home to the oldest cable car operation, even predating San Francisco’s famous cable cars?  Yet both of these pieces of Pittsburgh trivia are true! Pittsburgh holds the

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The Wooden Nickel

The Wooden Nickel

Before making a visit to The Wooden Nickel in Monroeville, I looked at their menu and prices online.  While the entrees looked to be top shelf, the cost was somewhat more than this frugal diner is accustomed to spending.  “Is it a value?” I asked myself, as I often do.  In order to find out, it’s off to The Wooden Nickel. Located at 4006 Berger

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Sieb’s Pub

Sieb's Pub

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 receiving

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Rainbow Kitchen Community Services

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services

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 workers

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Our Wine Country

Our Wine Country

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 each

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

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 Pittsburgh

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