Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Each year for the past 26 years, Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church in Scott Township has hosted the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival. 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

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Pittsburgh Area Happy Hours We Love

Pittsburgh Area Happy Hours We Love

They call it Happy Hour for reason. During this magical time of day, restaurants and bars offer discounted drinks and appetizers to help you unwind after a long day and put a smile on your face. While not comprehensive (we do care about our livers, after all), below are some of the Happy Hours we’ve sampled in the region, why we like them, and why

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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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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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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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Farmers’ Markets

Farmers' Markets

There’s nothing like summer produce, homegrown tomatoes, local corn, and freshly picked strawberries. In years past, if you wanted local produce, you had to visit a nearby farm, but in the last decade or so the cropping up (pun intended) of Farmer’s Markets has continued to proliferate much to the delight of area consumers. A few markets open in May, while most open the beginning

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Authentic or Unique Restaurants

Authentic or Unique Restaurants

Humans tend to be creatures of habit; we do the same things over and over because it is easy, safe, and familiar. But sometimes, we need to shake things up, try something new, and that even extends to our eating and drinking. Below are some establishments you may want to try because they are either unique, authentic, or different. Black Cat Market Inspired by their

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Hasenpfeffer Review

Hasenpfeffer Review

Occasionally, I have consumed and, more often than not, enjoyed German food. From sandwiches with Bratwurst, Weisswurst or Knackwurst to Sauerbraten and an assortment of Schnitzels, I am not a stranger to German fare. But one famous German dish that I have been tempted to order but have shied away from is Hasenpfeffer. I like to be a little adventurous when dining out; I enjoy

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Ox Tail in the Strip District

Ox Tail in the Strip District

You have that “life is good” feeling when you find yourself approaching your restaurant of choice, and a parking spot becomes available. Others see it, but it’s yours for the taking and you are parked in front of Kaya at 2000 Smallman Street a few minutes before your 11 a.m. brunch reservation. No three-block walk. No $5 or $10 parking lot fee. Just lock the

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