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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

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A happy memory

24 Jan

When the weather is cold and gloomy, I like to think back to warmer days and happy memories. This past June, I traveled to Germany for Sebastian’s graduation. Afterward, we spent three glorious days in Mallorca, Spain. Here is one my favorite memories from that trip:

It was our second night in S’Arraco and we had spent the entire day at the beach in Sant Elm, soaking up the sun. It was one of those really perfect days when the weather was spectacular and the water temperature just right. There’s something rejuvenating about lying on a towel, listening to your iPod, feeling the warm sand between your toes – it just makes you happy.

{Sant Elm}

After a relaxing day, we came home and decided to make shrimp alfredo for dinner. Sebastian started preparing the meal, and I began setting the table out on the terrace. It was a warm night, but the village was quiet, and I enjoyed watching the sun set and playing with the house cat. I sat at the table and smiled as I listened to Sebastian singing while he cooked.

{kitty}

When everything was ready, we set out our feast. Fresh bread, tomatoes with mozzarella and of course the shrimp alfredo. We ate until we were stuffed and sat there talking while the candle burned down. When the temperature had cooled down outside, we cleaned up the kitchen and went to bed.

{dinner is served}

{homemade shrimp alfredo}

A perfect day, a yummy meal, a happy memory.