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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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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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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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Friday Statudanceatopia: Daisy’s Dream

Achievement: #4. Posing with Statues

We return from a vacation-induced hiatus to bring you the (slightly late) March edition of Friday Statudanceatopia, in which I imitate a surprisingly graceful bovine playing sports. (No, literally.) Continue reading

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Seasonal Cocktail Creations: The Rite Of Spring

Achievement: #18. Seasonal Cocktails | #67. Craft Cocktail Lab

This post is doing double-duty, as part of our hump day cocktail series, but also as the first of four seasonal cocktails we’ll be creating throughout the year. Without further ado, we present to you: The Rite of Spring! Continue reading

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Cheese Of The Month Club: Something Stinky From The State Of Denmark

Achievement: #13. Cheese of the Month Club

This month, we’re trying out a sampling of Danish cow’s milk cheeses; creamy, spreadable, and pair-able, these were a delight. Check it out; see if there’s anything you might like to try. Continue reading

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