The Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh: Our Wondrous Kimpton Staycation

Achievement: #44. Kimpton Staycation
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When we learned that Pittsburgh was getting its very own Kimpton hotel, we immediately made a date for a little staycation. Here is the chronicle of our trip down the road to the Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, a lovely new jewel in the Kimpton chain. Continue reading

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Cheese Of The Month Club: In Which We Begin Frenching

Achievement: #41. Cheese of the Month Club
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We return with another installment of Cheese of the Month Club, this time highlighting some delicious and versatile cheeses from France. Come take a look; maybe you’ll get some ideas for your next friendly get-together! Continue reading

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We Would Die 4 A Prince Movie Marathon

Achievement: #90. Prince Movie Marathon
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This year, our main movie-related achievement was to watch all three Prince movies in a row, with cocktails to match each one. What were the highlights? What were the lowlights? Come and find out! Continue reading

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Charcuterie Face-Off, Round 2: Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie

Achievement: #21. Charcuterie Face-Off
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Continuing our quest to spotlight and rank some of the best charcuterie in town, we travel to Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie in downtown Pittsburgh. What does Chef Jason have in store for you when you visit? Check it out here. Continue reading

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Dinos In The Dark: A (21+) Night At the Carnegie Museum

Achievement: #20. Wildcard #1
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Sometimes, exciting events come up that you didn’t know about at the start of the year. That’s why we added Wildcards to our achievement list. This first wildcard involves a trip to a 21+ event at the Carnegie Museum. Booze, bites, and (dino) bones — what could be better? Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Franco’s Pizzeria Italiana

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off
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Might we have already found the winner of the Ball-Off? Come and have a look at the delectable meatballs served at Franco’s Pizzeria Italiana. Continue reading

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Italian Feasting (With A Side Of Decorative Weaponry) At Zarra’s

Achievement: #66. Dinner at Zarra's
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Zarra’s: cutting between Polish Hill and Schenley Park, you might have been past it once (or if you’re us, a hundred times). What’s inside? Some unique style, some wild history, and some big, bold Italian dishes. Take a look! Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Emporio at Sienna Mercato

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off
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We continue our quest to find the ideal set of meatballs by visiting a specialist: Emporio on the 1st floor of Sienna Mercato, a meatball joint (or “ball joint”) with a massive variety of meaty options. Did their meatballs truly ball, or were they merely “meaty-ocre”? (Sorry.) Click to find out! Continue reading

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Cheese Of The Month Club: Penn Mac’s Finest

Achievement: #41. Cheese of the Month Club
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Our Cheese of the Month adventure continues with a package of the most popular cheeses offered at Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. Come dig in with us as we seek out top pairings and flavor profiles. Continue reading

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Jelly Of The Month Club: Rhubarb Jam

Achievement: #42. Jelly of the Month Club
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We start the year with round one of 2015’s Jelly Of The Month Club. We’ll be trying out a dozen jellies throughout the year; first up is a rhubarb jam from Penn’s Corner. How’d this farm fresh jam turn out? Have a read and see! Continue reading

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