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Kanok Jul25

Kanok

It was a hot and humid Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, a perfect day to enjoy the light aromatic flavors of Thai food at the new Thai restaurant in Shadyside, Kanok. We arrived to an almost empty restaurant around 1:30 in the afternoon. A smiling waiter promptly brought menus and we both...

Park Bruges Jul24

Park Bruges

I always heard great things about Point Brugge in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood but never made an effort to check it out because I had heard there’s always a long wait for a table. And then a few months ago, I heard that Point Brugge was opening a sister restaurant in Highland...

Nicholas Coffee & Tea Jul24

Nicholas Coffee ...

This is a coffee shop brewing with character.  Nicholas Coffee & Tea Company has been roasting coffee in PIttsburgh for 80 years and has done a beautiful job of maintaining its charm.   Between enjoying the beautiful old woodwork and breathing in the rich smell of  coffee beans...

Labriola’s Italian Market Jul17

Labriola’s Ita...

I know the Strip District is the “go to” place for Italian specialty food shopping, but if you don’t want to deal with the parking mess or crowds of yuppies, there’s Labriola’s Italian Market. I love this place. For a second-generation Italian-American like me that loves Italian...

JT’s Rib Shack Jul15

JT’s Rib Shack

I’ll give this one away right from the start: Fantastic food. Terrible atmosphere. JT’s Rib Shack offers melt-in-your-mouth barbecue that’s smoked with cherry wood in an outdoor smoker. Delicious! I tried JT’s for the first time today when my coworker insisted we stop...

Crepes Parisiennnes Jul13

Crepes Parisiennnes

I remember Walnut Street in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood before all the chain stores were there. Before J. Crew, the Apple Store, and Talbot’s moved in, Walnut St. was lined with privately owned stores such as the Gazebo, Koontz & Rider, the Listening Post and the Pet Pad. There...

Coffee Buddha Jul12

Coffee Buddha

Coffee Buddha is the newest hip coffee hangout in Ross Township.  The building is a converted former home on Route 19/Perry Highway in Ross Township.  My expectations were high as we stepped up onto the big and cozy front porch. The three of us were ready to enjoy a wonderful morning of...

Bite Bistro Jul11

Bite Bistro

My girlfirend and I were looking for a place to have dinner last Friday night, and my sister suggested we check out the new restaurant where Vivo used to be in Bellevue, Bite Bistro. (This is Pittsburgh so we refer to places as what they used to be. Admit it; you still refer to the Regional...