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The Commoner Is Anything But Common

Achievement: #21. Charcuterie Face-Off | #44. Kimpton Staycation

Rounding out our trio of Kimpton Staycation posts…on the night we stayed at the Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, we had a pretty sweet board of cheese and charcuterie at the hotel’s restaurant, The Commoner. Check out the hit parade of cheeses and meats, plus our recommendations! Continue reading

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Everyone Could Use A Little Head Cheese

Achievement: #44. Kimpton Staycation | #57. Eat Head Cheese

During our Kimpton Staycation, we had planned on going downstairs to the Commoner to judge their charcuterie. Little did we know that their charcuterie boards would also allow us to strike another long-in-the-coming achievement: try head cheese! Come read the verdict. Continue reading

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The Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh: Our Wondrous Kimpton Staycation

Achievement: #44. Kimpton Staycation

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

Achievement: #21. Charcuterie Face-Off

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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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Emporio at Sienna Mercato

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

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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Charcuterie Face-Off, Round 1: Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh

Achievement: #21. Charcuterie Face-Off

We begin another foodie challenge with our 2015 Charcuterie Face-Off. Judging on measures of presentation, flavor, accompaniments, variety, and personality, we’re on the hunt for the best charcuterie plates in town. First up: Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh! Continue reading

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Waking The Dead On A Pittsburgh Ghost Tour

Achievement: #14. Pittsburgh Ghost Tour

One of the highlights of our fall had to be Haunted Pittsburgh’s Ghost Tour — we spent two hours wandering downtown with a master storyteller, hearing spooky stories about spectral soldiers, ghostly saviors, and all manner of bumps in the night. Check it out! Continue reading

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Get Your Fill With A Stellar Meal At Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room

Achievement: #70. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (Summer)

We think we’re pretty well keyed in to what’s happening in the Pittsburgh food scene, but sometimes things slip by. We’d never heard of Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room before, but after dinner there this Restaurant Week, you can rest assured we’ll be back! Check it out. Continue reading

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Blogger Brunch @ Meat & Potatoes

Achievement: #20. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (Winter)

We joined a bunch of our fellow bloggers for a special brunch at Meat & Potatoes in Pittsburgh’s Theater District. This meal had a great ensemble cast: short-rib hash, chicken and waffles, and mix-em-yourself Bloody Marys. Plus, a star-making turn by Raspberry Potato Donuts!!!! Read the review here. Continue reading

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Dim Sum Rules At Grit & Grace

Achievement: #20. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (Winter) | #82. Try Dim Sum

For our first Restaurant Week pick, we decided to double up on our achievements and go out for something we’d never had together: dim sum! That brought us to the new downtown eatery, Grit & Grace. And ohhh, was it good. Come take a look. Continue reading

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