This Ice Cream Will Put a Spell On You

This Ice Cream Will Put a Spell On You

Delicious Vegan Ice Cream Finding good vegan ice cream can seem like something of an oxymoron. All too often, dairy-free ice cream lacks the creaminess of real ice cream. It also tends to have an aftertaste of pretending to be something it’s not. But, the deliciousness of Sugar Spell Scoops’s amazing vegan ice cream surprised me. This past weekend, we decided to give it a

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Pamela’s in the Strip: Review

Pamela’s in the Strip: Review

One spring Thursday morning my daughter and I found ourselves visiting a few stores in the Strip District. It wasn’t until 11 o’clock when we realized we hadn’t stopped for breakfast. I suggested Pamela’s. Pamela’s Diner is a famous Pittsburgh chain. They are well-known for their specialty crepe-style hotcakes. If it had been any earlier or later—or the weekend—I would not have made that suggestion.

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Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer

Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer

A New Restaurant For Us My husband and I were were looking for a good place to eat. We searched for restaurants, and Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer in nearby Bridgeville came up. The restaurant is located in a small strip mall at 3109 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, minutes from the I-79 exit. We arrived there around 6:30 on a Saturday night. The dining room is

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Girasole

Girasole

The first meal I had when I visited Rome was in a restaurant called “The Cave of the Emperors”, as it was translated into English. The subterranean restaurant was located down a flight of stairs on a side street of the Eternal City. Recently, I visited Girasole Restaurant in Shadyside. Like that Roman restaurant, Girasole is located on a side street, 733 Copeland Street, just

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An Omelette at Don’s Diner

An Omelette at Don’s Diner

Don’s hasn’t stayed in business just because of a great location for walk-ins. They haven’t benefited from being on a busy highway or just off a well-traveled expressway. Don’s has thrived by delivering good food with friendly service. Don’s Diner is a destination. I encourage you to put the address into your GPS system before you set out for this Pittsburgh treasure. Breakfast at Don’s

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Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

My wife and I found ourselves traveling hungry along Route 28 near Millvale discussing dinner options when The Grant Bar and Restaurant entered the conversation. Three minutes later we were walking through the bar section of this 85 year old establishment on our way to a dining area. When our waitress told me that their famous Homemade Turtle Soup was only available on Friday and

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The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse. Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978,

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Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Since it opened in 2005, Piccolo Forno, this ever-changing Lawrenceville destination at 3801 Butler Street, has given its customers a unique dining experience. In its early days it wasn’t easy to find a parking spot, and with Lawrenceville’s star growing brighter with each coming year, this task has only become more difficult. If it wasn’t such a damn great place to eat, I would never

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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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