Food & Drink

Comparing Our Irish Pubs with Ireland’s

Comparing Our Irish Pubs with Ireland’s

The Irish pub is arguably one of the best cultural exports of the Irish. For a millennium, the Irish have been gathering in pubs, and when they left the Emerald Isle, they brought their pub culture with them. Today, it is estimated that there are 7,000 Irish pubs found all over the world. There is even an Irish pub on Mt. Everest in Katmandu, Nepal!

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Pittsburgh’s Fantastic Food Trucks

Pittsburgh's Fantastic Food Trucks

Not too long ago when someone said the words food truck, images of mushy sandwiches and tasteless salads sprang to mind. Today, that has all changed. Food trucks now bring delicious, restaurant-quality meals to you. Many are available to cater your next event or star in your next fundraiser. Below is a list of some of the fantastic food trucks you may come across in

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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

When Michael Bonaventura arrived in Pittsburgh in 1983, the city’s steel industry had bottom out, but Michael’s life was on the rise. He had come here to purse two dreams: marrying his beautiful Pittsburgh fiancée, Antoinette, and becoming a well-respected chef. Happily, both of those dreams have come true. Michael married Antoinette, and they are the owners of the renowned restaurant The Gran Canal in

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Sushi Tomo Review

Sushi Tomo Review

For those whose palates prefer Asian cuisine, Sushi Tomo is the perfect restaurant for your next dining excursion. From the classic egg drop soup to the more exotic fish roe sushi, everyone will be able to find something they love. And the prices are reasonable, which is a plus for a college student or anyone who likes a good value. Sushi Tomo is located at

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Grandma Nell O’Connor’s Soda Bread

Grandma Nell O'Connor's Soda Bread

3 1/2 cups sifted flour 2/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbs. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 cups seeded raisins (I like to mix the dark and light together.  I also soak them in warm water for a few minutes as it plumps them up.) 1 Tbs. caraway seeds (optional; I don’t use caraway unless I know the person getting it

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A Dining Destination: Focus on East Liberty

A Dining Destination: Focus on East Liberty

Pittsburgh: A Dining Destination Focus on East Liberty Pittsburgh: Zagat’s No. 1 Food City If you took a break from devouring chipped ham sandwich or pierogies, you may have been pleasantly surprised to realize that Pittsburgh has become a dining destination. Recently the city was ranked No. 1 as the best food city in the country by the prestigious Zagat Survey, a restaurant review provider.

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The Sweet Life: Pittsburgh’s Best Bakeries

The Sweet Life: Pittsburgh's Best Bakeries

As immigrants flocked to Pittsburgh and settled into neighborhoods, most of those new communities had a bakery, often owned by a baker who had brought their scrumptious recipes for baked goods from the old country. As time went on and supermarkets, with their own in-store bakeries, came into fashion, many of those local, family-owned bakeries closed. A few of those treasured bakeries survived, and in

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Almond Toffee

Almond Toffee

This is a wonderful treat and makes quite a bit. I have given it as gifts during the holidays. One caution: unless you like taking risks, use a candy thermometer. If you don’t have one, invest in one. It is very easy to burn the toffee and ruin the whole batch. Ingredients: 1 cup butter 2 1/2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1

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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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