The fortifying menu of locally sourced, creatively prepared fine dining stands out in Moon Township
Southern-style BBQ and homemade desserts meet in this New Brighton diner
To paraphrase Shakespeare: Let us not to a marriage of true palates admit impediments. Not even the distance from Pittsburgh to Atlanta could keep apart caterer Jim Evans (specialty: pig roasts) and his future wife Jen, a childhood-friend-turned-Georgia-pastry-chef.
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The Hill District lunch-and-breakfast spot draws customers from near and far
It's easy to overlook Patrix Café. It's tucked inside the Hill House Association's Kaufmann Center, and there's not even a sidewalk sign outside.
But folks are finding this offshoot of caterer Patrick Polk's Patrix Gourmet Foods.
Especially now, as we head into fresh, local vegetable season
They say salsa has bested ketchup as America's favorite condiment, and shelves of salsa at the supermarket attest to its growing popularity. But even the best jarred salsa can't match up to fresh salsa (and the worst jarred salsa tastes like slightly spicy, lumpy red salt sauce).
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"This sandwich covers every taste sensation you could ever have."
Pull Quote: "A lot of it is Lucy herself. The food is good, but I'm also taken care of here."
"When I smell compost, it smells good."
One trick to good composting, if you use worms, is coffee grinds.
"Worms eat their food mechanically. There is no acid in their stomachs to break that stuff down; they have no teeth.
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"You don't find the snobbery you'd get in other cities."
Pittsburgh newcomer Rob McCaughey is a wine and spirits evangelist. The affable Brit spent the last 20 years as a global ambassador of hospitality and beverage management, working in Europe, Asia and, for the last five years, as an importer and distributor in Abu Dhabi.
McCaughey moved to Pittsburgh a few months ago to accompany his wife, a Ph.D. candidate at Pitt.
Hardwood floors, warm lighting, extra-wide aisles and brightly lit displays invite customers to linger and browse
Pennsylvania's original state stores "looked like commissaries in Russia," admits Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board member Bob Marcus. "This," he says as he looks around the rebranded Wexford Fine Wine and Good Spirits Premium Collection Store, "is the antithesis."
Even as Harrisburg debates proposals to privatize liquor sales, the Wexford store — like a companion location in Monroeville — marks a new effort by state stores to appeal to consumers.
The newly refurbished stores, which are an improvement even on the newer "Premium Collection" stores, are a complete departure, resembling high-end private liquor stores found in other states (minus the beer, of course).
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