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4moms

A Pittsburgh company is rockin’ the baby market with two of the best inventions out there right now.  4moms gave us a video demonstration of the Origami – the world’s first power-folding stroller and the mamaRoo – an infant seat that mimics mom’s natural...

Sieb’s Pub Aug20

Sieb’s Pub

One of the biggest gambles for a person who grew up in Baltimore is to order a crab cake from a Pittsburgh restaurant. I took the gamble at Sieb’s Pub on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township, and it paid off. The bride and I arrived as the dinner rush was ending, just after 7:30, and were able...

La Feria

La Feria Peruvian restaurant gives you more than just a wonderful meal, it also offers a wonderful cultural experience.  Inside the restaurant is a unique gift shop selling original folk art from Peru. This charming little place is easy to miss. It’s quietly perched above the popular...

Happy Hot Dog Man

When something is named Happy Hot Dog Man, you can’t resist giggling.  But when I heard it was created by two Pittsburghers I suddenly imagined using it to add some flair to my Steelers tailgating party! The Happy Hot Dog Man is a plastic contraption that turns a hot dog into a hot dog...

DiPietro’s Restaurant Aug17

DiPietro’s Res...

I’m on a constant quest to find the second best place to get Italian food in Pittsburgh. The number one place for Italian food is my mother’s kitchen, in case you were wondering. I still haven’t made up my mind as to who gets the silver medal for Italian food in Pittsburgh, but one...

Fallone Photography Aug16

Fallone Photography

Mark Fallone’s artistic eye offers something much more than just Pittsburgh’s beauty, he captures the very soul of the Steel City.    Fallone’s first photographic series is called “FROM MY CAR: Pittsburgh” and his bright new perspective inspires us with every...

Stand Up Pittsburgh Aug15

Stand Up Pittsburgh

Derek and Roxane love new adventures, so when Derek wanted to find a special way to celebrate Roxane’s birthday, he found a new Pittsburgh thing with an Hawaiian flair.  Stand up paddle boarding has made its way from the oceans of the South Pacific to the waterways of Western...

Monongahela Dusk Aug14

Monongahela Dusk

This novel is like a mirror, reflecting family histories throughout Western Pennsylvania both the beautiful and the shameful.   This suspenseful story jumped off the pages for me as the characters visited places I know well:  McKeesport, Shadyside, the Grant Building, Uniontown, and more.  ...

Bella Frutteto Aug13

Bella Frutteto

I love the “yelp” app on my iPhone and my bride loves the coupons in her Enjoy book, and so the combination landed us at Bella Frutteto Restaurant in Wexford on a Friday night. The address is 2602 Brandt School Road, but for locals, the easiest way to describe how to find it is “go the...

Willow Aug12

Willow

I can’t remember a more exciting time in Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene. It seems like there’s a new restaurant popping up every week creating a new buzz. And while I want to try each new restaurant as soon as possible, sometimes I have to put off trying the newest hot restaurant in order...

Little Blue Sister Gifts Aug11

Little Blue Sister G...

I first found out about these adorable personalized gifts when my friend ordered one and then couldn’t stop talking about it.  She had a precious photo of her two children walking home holding hands after her son’s first day of kindergarten.  She loved the photo and wanted to...

CellPig.com

I learned the hard way the importance of having a protective cell phone cover recently. As I was putting my new smart phone into my pocket a few weeks ago, it slipped from my hands and hit asphalt, screen first. The large glass touch screen shattered. The phone was insured, but I still had to...

Steel City Artist Aug09

Steel City Artist

Documenting parts of Pittsburgh past and present, self-taught artist Charles Ott creates beautifully detailed pen and ink illustrations.    Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Ott primarily focuses on the architectural statements that define our region such as The Heinz Chapel or Three...

Root 174 Aug08

Root 174

There are just over three-dozen seats inside Root 174, a small neighborhood restaurant at 1113 South Braddock Avenue in Regent Square, and they are rarely empty. Owner-chef Keith Fuller opened Root 174 just a few months ago, but he’s already got a loyal customer base. I thought the food was...

Revolutions Aug04

Revolutions

I asked a friend that works at Barnes & Nobel to suggest a few books by Pittsburgh authors, and she recommended a novel in B&N’s poetry section, Revolutions, by Justin Calderone.  I have a passing interest in poetry, but I am trying to broaden my palate, so I purchased...