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Pittsburgh weekend

22 Apr

I headed back to the Steel City this past weekend to catch up with some of my old friends from Kent State. With everyone working and living in different areas, it’s not always easy to get together, and we all jumped at the chance for a college reunion. I love visiting Pittsburgh, and it was a perfect opportunity to catch up and further explore the city.

We started the day at Pamela’s Diner in Squirrel Hill for hotcakes and coffee. Once we were thoroughly stuffed, we headed to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to walk off our food and learn about dinosaurs, minerals and ancient cultures. Afterward we headed to the Mount Washington incline for great views of the city and a stop at Grandview Bakery. I tried the caramel apple cupcake, and it did not disappoint. We finished the day with sushi at Little Tokyo and an evening filled with wine, stories and laughter.

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It was so great getting together and hanging out with the girls.

Thanks to Shantae, Rebecca and Sam for a fun weekend!

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A day in Pittsburgh

27 Nov

It’s hard to believe another Thanksgiving is over, and December is right around the corner. How quickly the holiday came and went. This year was even more special because both my siblings came home, and so did Sebastian. There was plenty of noise and laughter in the house, and now it feels quiet and empty again. I’m already counting the days until Christmas.

Thankfully, I was able to take some time off work while everyone was in town, and Sebastian and I thought it would be fun to spend a day in Pittsburgh. Even though I’ve traveled to some pretty fantastic places, sometimes it’s nice to rediscover the areas in your own backyard.

We set off in the morning, and after a light breakfast, we quickly decided our first order of business should be a stop at Primanti Brothers. For those of you not familiar with the restaurant, their signature items are sandwiches consisting of grilled meat, cole slaw, tomato slices and french fries, piled high between two slices of Italian bread. We both went for the pastrami sandwich and shared some chili cheese fries, too. It was a delicious way to start our day.

After lunch, we headed to the Monongahela Incline, the oldest continuously operating funicular in the U.S. It was fun stepping back in time, riding the wooden cable car up Mt. Washington. It also offered spectacular views of the city, and we happened to visit on a perfect day to see it.

Our next stop was the Andy Warhol Museum, which I’ve always wanted to visit. The museum is definitely worth seeing. Some things I didn’t know before we visited: it’s one of four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. We weren’t allowed to take pictures beyond the first floor, but the other six floors had some phenomenal displays. If you haven’t yet been, I recommend planning a visit.

The last two stops of the night were the Penn Avenue Fish Company and Andy’s, a little jazz bar that happened to be located in the lobby of our hotel. The restaurant was exactly what we were looking for. It’s BYOB, which I thought was fun, the atmosphere was relaxed, and they had great seafood, including sushi. After dinner we walked back to enjoy some drinks at our hotel, the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Dear Fairmont, you were quite expensive but totally worth it. We loved the views from our room, the convenient location and the incredible service. Needless to say, we enjoyed our time in the Steel City.

Until next time, Pittsburgh. xoxo