Let’s hear it for the Black and Gold

Are you looking to experience what Pittsburgh is all about?  Well then, you need to try the “signature” sandwich or attend a sporting event around the city.

Primanti Brothers

Would you ever think to put French fries on a sandwich?  Probably not, right?  Well, in Pittsburgh at Primanti Brothers, it is completely normal.

If you’re a “Pittsburger”, there’s probably a chance that you have had a Primanti sandwich once in your life.  If you’re not from around the area or have never had one before, you’re missing out.

As you arrive at one of the many Primanti restaurants located in Pittsburgh be sure to come hungry.  Primanti sandwiches are big, meaty and delicious.  Quick service allows you to enjoy your sandwich minutes after you sit down. As your sandwich arrives, grab it with two hands and take a big bite.  Once you bite into your sandwich your taste buds will erupt with flavor. primanti sandwich You will get the juicy taste of the meat and tomatoes, salty flavor of the French fries and finish it all off with the sweetness of the cole slaw.  This might seem like a lot of flavors to handle, but bite after bite it just keeps getting better.  If you’re an adventurous eater, Primantis offers many additional toppings that can go on your sandwich and make it even larger, including egg, cheese and hot sauce.   Come hungry and leave happy is what you’ll experience eating one of the many Primanti sandwiches.

There are Primanti Brothers located all over Pittsburgh, but if you want to stop at the original Primantis, you will have to check it out in the Strip District. If you’re headed out to a sporting event around the city, don’t worry, you can satisfy your craving by picking up a Primanti sandwich from one of the concession stands at the different stadiums.

City of Champions

When you ask someone what do they think of Pittsburgh, they will tell you the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.  The perfect way to get a sense of what Pittsburgh is about, is to attend a sporting event.


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:  What better way to spend a Steelers Sunday than at Heinz Field surrounded by crazy Steeler fans waving terrible towels.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team in the NFL with six Superbowl rings.  The environment at Heinz Field is a sea full of black and yellow, loud, but yet enjoyable.  Steeler fans are loyal and will travel to any stadium.  No matter where you might be in the country, you will always find a Steelers fan.

Penguins:  It’s always a great day for hockey in Pittsburgh. Many NHL teams can say they have the best player in the league, but the Pittsburgh Penguins show year after year that they do have the best player.  Consol Energry Center is home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and home of the consecutive sellouts year after year.  Playoffs may not be held in the winter, but you sure can expect a white out from the crowd.  The Penguins’ organization ask fans to wear white attire to home games during playoffs and you better believe the fans do!

PNC PARKPirates: What better way to spend a summer night than at a basbeball game?  PNC Park was named best ballpark in America.  The view from the stadium is beautiful.  As the sun goes down, the skyline of the city lights ups.  PNC Park is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Even though the baseball team hasn’t been too good, the fans of Pittsburgh have always been loyal.  This past year, the Pirates were in the postseason for the first time in 21 years.  No matter win or lose, you can always count on Pirate fans at the game. Hey, there is even a pierogi race too!

So are you thinking about stepping out of the box and trying one of the famous Primanti sandwiches?  Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear.

 

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Let Spring Bloom at Phipps Conservatory

The weather is finally starting to break, the snow is melting and the temperature is rising.  What better way to get into the “Spring” mood than a trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, but first, you will want to fill up with the well-known pizza joint, Mineo’s.

Mineo’s

When you walk into Mineo’s, you are surrounded with tons of awards  along the walls that date back many years letting you know you are in one of the best pizza joints in Pittsburgh.

Mineo’s recently expanded its building, which added 40 additional seats, also broadened the menu and opened a full-service bar.

All of the ingredients at Mineo’s are made daily.  Mineo’s grates its own cheese, makes its own sauce and dough.

So if you’re out-of-state and reading this and are dying to try a Mineo’s pizza, you’re in luck. Mineo’s will FedEx you a pizza overnight and will be at your door the next morning.  Mineo’s prepares the pizza half-done, freeze it and then ships it out priority shipping. mineos2

When I go to Mineo’s my favorite menu option is the cheese pizza.  When I bite into the delicious, warm pizza the cheese just melts off into my mouth.  Mineo’s is unique in its own way because most of the toppings on the pizza are baked under the cheese.

No matter what time of day it is, Mineo’s is sure to be to be busy.  If you are craving Mineo’s pizza you will have to drive to one of their locations in either Squirrel Hill or Mt. Lebanon because of their non-delivery service.  Make sure you have enough cash to cover the bill because Mineo’s is a cash only restaurant!

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

With spring right around the corner, the perfect way to spend the afternoon is at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with friends and family.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a 13-room glasshouse and gardens that feature tropical plants, palms, orchids, ferns,

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It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon at an affordable price.  To tour Phipps it is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (62 and older), $14 student with a valid ID, $11 for children 2 to 18 and free for members and children under 2.  Perfect for the whole family or even just a night out with friends or a significant other.

My favorite attraction at Phipps is its Christmas display.  Phipps at Christmas time is definitely the place to be.  Phipps offers a unique festive light experience in an outdoor garden exhibit.  Take a walk through the one-acre holiday wonderland and enjoy all of the beautiful lights.  Trees are wrapped in colorful lights and there are glowing sculptures scattered throughout the garden.  Take a walk under the “tunnel of light,” which is an archway wrapped with lights and has glowing orbs hanging above.

Besides the outdoor light display, Phipps also has impressive indoor winter garden attractions.

phipps xmasIf you can’t get to Phipps during the holiday season, don’t worry.  Phipps is open year-round with exciting attractions.

Thinking about smelling the flowers at Phipps Conservatory or biting into a delicious slice of Mineo’s pizza?  Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear!

Fill up Before a Night on the Town

How does a big, juicy burger sound?  Amazing, right?  Did I get your taste buds excited?  If you’re looking for a filling meal to indulge on before a night out on the town, then the place to go is BRGR in East Liberty.

BRGR

This is the place to go to when you are in the mood for a gourmet burger and all of the regular, plain burgers just aren’t kicking it.  Also, where else can you eat and feel like you’re sitting in the comfort of your own house.  Try the unique setting at BRGR by sitting on one of the leather couches or chairs.  I promise you, you won’t want to move after you’ve finished your burger!photo 3

I’ve personally only gone to BRGR twice, but have enjoyed it each time and will continue to go back!  Both times I have gone there I have ordered the same burger with bacon, lettuce and swiss cheese.  I’m a picky eater and only like the plain condiments on my burgers.  Instead of French fries, I got the housemade chips served with the crack dip.  You might be thinking, crack dip?  Yes, I said crack dip and it isn’t exactly what you’re thinking!  This dip is part of the reason why I continue to order the chips as a side every time I go to BRGR.  The crack dip is a cheese and meat combination that almost taste like your dipping your chips into chili!  If you’re in the mood for French fries, then make sure to try the BRGR fries.  These aren’t your traditional French fries, BRGR fries are tossed with parmesan and herbs. photo 2

If you’re not in the mood for a burger, don’t worry. BRGR offers many other options.   Those options include: salads, hot dogs, bison, salmon and more.  I can’t forget to mention the handcrafted shakes.  If you’re 21 and older, be sure to try one of BRGR’s spiked shakes that contain a mixture of alcohol, ice cream and many other ingredients that will definitely excite your taste buds.  Next time I dine at BRGR, I plan to try the Salty Carmel, which is a mixture of bourbon, caramel sauce, sea salt and vanilla bean.  Yummm!

BRGR also has a traveling food truck to meet your hunger needs.  What a better way to satisfy your cravings.  Keep an eye out for the BRGR truck on the streets of Pittsburgh and upcoming Pittsburgh events.

After you have a hefty meal on your stomach, it’s time to hit up the nightlife of Pittsburgh right around the corner in Shadyside on Walnut Street. Warning:  This is for those 21 and over.

Shadyside: Walnut Street

As a newly 21-year-old I am new to the bars and nightlife of Pittsburgh.  I have been to Shadyside multiple times and can say it is the perfect place to go grab a drink with a few friends.  Shadyside is a lively experience at night.  The nightlife offers many choices of bars including the most popular Mario’s, the elegant Shady Grove, Stack’d, West Penn Tavern and the newest outside/inside bar Steel Cactus.  Mario’s is my favorite and seems to be the most popular spot as stated above.  What you experience in Mario’s can range from a casual night watching a Penguins game or a friendly gathering in the top and lower parts of the bar.  Be sure to walk upstairs and feel the sweet summer breeze coming in through the open side of the bar.j

If you’re a night owl and like to close down the bar, be sure to grab a smothered chili dog from the sidewalk stand as you end your night.  Remember if you’re going to experience the nightlife in Shadyside, be responsible, be safe and don’t drink and drive.

Are you thinking about biting into one of BRGR’s burgers, or experiencing the nightlife in Shadyside?  Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear!