Get It While You Can: Conflict Kitchen

Achievement: #95. Eat at Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is one of those places we’re always meaning to go, but never seem to make it to. Fortunately, we fixed that this week and gave its delicious food a try. The place is closing down at the end of this month, so we suggest you do the same, and fast! Continue reading

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Cheese Of The Month Club: Spanish Cheeses (And Hellraiser Puns)

Achievement: #13. Cheese of the Month Club

We bring to you a fresh installment of Cheese of the Month Club, focused on Spanish cheeses. (And also, because we were watching the movie Hellraiser while eating them, a disturbing amount of Hellraiser wordplay.) Continue reading

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New On The Scene: Casellula @ Alphabet City

Achievement: #3. 3 New Restaurants

Our second trek out to a new Pittsburgh restaurant led us to Casellula @ Alphabet City, for a splendid birthday dinner that Michael won’t soon forget! Continue reading

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Friday Statudanceatopia: Nature Dancing

Achievement: #5. Inappropriate Dancing

We clear a bit more of the backlog with a slightly overdue inappropriate dancing post. To make up for it, we did *way* more inappropriate dancing than usual! Continue reading

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Jelly Of The Month Club: Fess Parker Apricot-Riesling-Vanilla Jam

Achievement: #12. Jelly of the Month Club

As we continue in catch-up mode, we present to you the belated April installment of Jelly of the Month Club, featuring a treat we hauled back (ok, mailed back to ourselves) from California. Continue reading

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The Dead Parrots Society At Hidden Harbor

Achievement: #29. HH Rum Passport

We recently embarked on a guided tour through the world of rum, led by the kind folks at Hidden Harbor. Over the course of the year, we’ll be trying 20 rums produced in 20 countries. Here are our notes from the first 5 we tried. Continue reading

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Proper Cocktail Hump Day: Singani Corpse Reviver #2

Achievement: #67. Craft Cocktail Lab

Now that we know about the joys of singani, we’re psyched to try it in lots of cocktails! First up: we made a take on the classic Corpse Reviver #2, using Singani 63 in place of gin. Examine the results! Continue reading

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Baseball, Booze, & Bartenders — Singani-Style

Achievement: #82. USBG Event

Fox and I are entering our 4th year as members of the Pittsburgh chapter of the US Bartenders Guild, and this past week we got to attend our most fun event yet: a Pirates baseball game hosted by Singani 63, featuring cocktails, swag bags, and a very special celebrity guest. Continue reading

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Proper Cocktail Hump Day: Golden Glove

Achievement: #67. Craft Cocktail Lab

As baseball season gets underway, we present a tasty, citrusy spin on the classic daiquiri for you to enjoy. (And go Pirates!) Continue reading

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March Coffee Talk: Arriviste Coffee Bar

Achievement: #78. Monthly Coffeeshop Feature

As we continue our post-California catch-up, we return for the (belated) March report on a coffeeshop in or around Pittsburgh. For our third entry, we stopped in at a newer place in Shadyside called Arriviste. Have a peek inside! Continue reading

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