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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

It’s my party

9 Aug

This past weekend was exhausting, but also a lot of fun. And it feels like I haven’t had fun in awhile, so I definitely enjoyed it. On Friday, I hung out with my little brother and his friends, Kennedy and Holt. The four of us went to the Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Captain America. We ordered pizza, told silly jokes and ate cotton candy like it was our job. Both movies were entertaining and we had a great time hanging out.

drive-in[chillin’ at the drive-in]

On Saturday, it was my birthday. I turned 23. I don’t feel any older, but I began to realize how fast the years go by. Where did 22 go? I digress. In order to celebrate my big day, my best friend Erika and I went to Pittsburgh. The first stop was the Hofbräuhaus. Having been to the one in Munich, I have to say they do a great job of capturing the atmosphere. There is live music and of course plenty of beer. I ordered Sauerbraten, slow braised wine and vinegar marinated beef, with red apple kraut and mashed potatoes. It was amazing. And I topped it off with Hofbräu Hefe Weizen, an awesome Wheat Beer.

After dinner, we headed to Stage AE to see one of my favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie. It was hot and crowded, but as usual they were amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Pittsburgh decided to make it even better though and celebrated my birthday with a huge fireworks display over the Roberto Clemente bridge. It was a great ending to the day.

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Quick side story: Because of the distance, Sebastian couldn’t be here for my birthday, but he made sure I felt his presence. He called me first thing when I woke up to sing me happy birthday. Then throughout the day I opened little gifts from him. They included: a Kodak camera (to capture the day), a Death Cab shirt (to wear to the concert) and energy shots (so I wouldn’t be tired on the way home). He’s so sweet, and I felt very lucky to have such a thoughtful boyfriend.

Sunday was relaxing. I met my old college roomies for brunch, and we caught up on each other’s lives. Then I went back home for my family birthday dinner. We had steak, home-grown sweet corn and Dairy Queen birthday cake. When you have a summer birthday, the cake has to be from DQ.

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Even though I missed Sebastian on my birthday, it was a great weekend. But this Saturday, I’m looking forward to staying at home and enjoying some peace and quiet.