Lunch at El Campesino

Lunch at El Campesino

What’s the best thing to do at work on a slow Friday afternoon? Take a lunch break and go out to eat must be the correct answer. I’m sure not everyone has the type of job where leaving for a long lunch break is accepted, but if you do I would advise checking out an El Campesino near you. When we arrived, a hostess greeted

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The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

What marks a new year? Across most of the Western world, parties leading up to midnight of January 1st celebrate a new calendar year. Often, the first day of school in September marks a new year. In the business world, fiscal years can begin and end at any time. For the Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah is the two-day religious festival that honors the Jewish New

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Caliente Pizza & Draft House: World Pizza Champions

Caliente Pizza & Draft House: World Pizza Champions

Caliente Pizza & Draft House is a locally owned and internationally known restaurant. If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do. On a Friday night in early April, my husband and I decided to enjoy the weather while eating our dinner. After picking up food from Caliente, we drove to the nearby North Park where we found a table by the lake.  The

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Best Ham Sauces in the ‘Burgh

Best Ham Sauces in the 'Burgh

As Easter approaches, many of us start thinking about our Easter dinners. When I was a kid, my grandmother always prepped our Easter ham by covering the outside of it with pineapple rings secured to it with toothpicks and putting a Maraschino cherry in the center of each ring and then studding it with whole cloves. She would then bake it in the oven with

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6 Recipes to Make Your Holidays Special

6 Recipes to Make Your Holidays Special

The holiday season is the time to pull out all the stops when celebrating and entertaining. It’s the time to take your culinary ventures to the next level. Whether it be elegant or whimsical, below are some recipe favorites that will help you to do the holidays up right. Cheddar Broccoli Chicken Christmas Wreath You will need 2 packages of Pillsbury Crescent rolls, a cup

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Fast Food and Nutrition in America

Fast Food and Nutrition in America

The Big Mac and the banana split were both invented in our area, illustrating how much Pittsburghers have always loved fast food. But does fast food love us? In 2017, the Allegheny County Health Department released data on fast food restaurants in the county. The health department defines fast food as chain restaurants without a liquor license, whether local or national, having one or more

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13 Spooky Halloween Treats

13 Spooky Halloween Treats

No matter if you are young or old, when Halloween rolls around, you still like a treat. Below are 13 ideas for Halloween goodies that are sure to make your Halloween spook-tacular. Banana Ghosts Not all treats have to be unhealthy. Peel bananas and cut the banana in half.  Press two mini chocolate chips into the pointy end of the banana to make a ghost.

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It’s a Wrap…at the Walnut Grill

It's a Wrap...at the Walnut Grill

When someone asks me to meet for lunch, a few restaurant names come quickly to mind. Until recently, the Walnut Grill restaurants have not been on that short list. Don’t get me wrong, I like all three of the Walnut Grill restaurants that surround Pittsburgh, and if someone suggested we meet there, I would certainly show up. But I don’t think I’ve ever considered it

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Dining at Aladdin’s Eatery

Dining at Aladdin’s Eatery

Tucked in the corner of the McKnight-Siebert Shopping Center, Aladdin’s Eatery is the perfect oasis for those looking to enjoy Mediterranean fare. And on the Wednesday evening that I found myself dining in, I was fully satisfied and filled with the delectable food on their menu. For an appetizer, my dinner mate and I chose to explore two of their offerings- so as to taste

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Refucilo Winery

Refucilo Winery

God made only water, but man made wine. – Victor Hugo, 1856 Dr. Juan Antonio and Cecilia Lora are passionate about making wine. The Westmorland County couple purchased five acres of a managed vineyard in the Mendoza province of Argentina in 2016. They opened the Refucilo Winery in the North Side of Pittsburgh in 2018. Cecilia and Juan Antonio Cecilia and Juan Antonio are originally

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