Seasonal Pierogies at the Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church

We first had pierogies from the Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church at the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival. We had heard the glory of the church's famed dumplings, but never quite made it happen until fate intervened and put us all at the same festival.

It was truly love at first bite.

When we visited the church's table at the festival they were handing out cards for their Christmas pierogi sale, and we knew we would have to return to buy more- and that we did!

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A Holiday Tradition at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a classic ballet that is a Christmas tradition for many. With familiar music, hundreds of colorful and dramatic costumes, and a story full of wonder, it's easy to see why this ballet keeps people returning to performances year after year.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has been performing The Nutcracker for decades, and yet each year there are new twists to enjoy.

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Phipps Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show – A Festive Tradition

When it comes to holiday festivities, one of the best places in Pittsburgh to visit is Phipps Conservatory.  Their winter flower show, which begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs until early-January, is a celebration of the holiday season with festive art pieces, an array of gorgeous winter flowers, and some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Pittsburgh.

For our visit to the 2018 show we made our way to the conservatory at dusk to enjoy the outdoor Light Garden which is only open from 5pm onward when the sun sets over the city.

As with each flower show, we are drawn to some rooms more than others, both for their photographic beauty as well as the ambiance in general. From the 2018 Winter Flower Show, the following were a selection of our favorite displays.

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FEAST at the Carnegie Museums – An Exceptional Dining Experience

The Carnegie Museums in Oakland have an annual dinner series known as FEAST which is a themed a dining experience in conjunction with a current exhibit. During the Carnegie International (running until March 2019), the museum is hosting three unique dinners in order to celebrate topics being presented during the flagship exhibition.

The first dinner was themed after the topic Beauty and hosted by Kate Romane from Black Radish Kitchen- a popular pop-up restaurant that is known for being highly sought after and almost impossible to get a seat at (we've yet to get in ourselves!).

I was invited to check out the dinner series as a guest of the museum, and share the experience of the dinner series in this one!

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Sleight of Hand at Its Finest at 52 Up Close with Lee Terbosic

Let's talk about magic, shall we?

Or, perhaps, we should be a bit more honest and talk about the art form of sleight of hand- most notably used in the form of card tricks.

This kind of entertainment has been around for quite some time, and is still alive an kicking at Lee Terbosic's resident show at the Hotel Monaco- 52 Up Close.

We were invited to check out the show and have to say, he certainly fooled us during the 90 minute performance.

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Phipps Conservatory’s Fall Flower Show – 125 Years of Wonder

Phipps Conservatory is known for being one of the largest botanical gardens in the region, and also for their seasonal flower shows that are truly events not to be missed.

For the fall 2018 flower show, Phipps went all out to celebrate their 125th anniversary. The theme for this show is 125 Years of Wonder, and brings a historical element (namely photos from different time periods) in addition to the beautiful flower displays you come to expect from the shows.

As with all of our show reviews, we're not going to share every room in the Conservatory (you'll have to visit yourself to see them all!). Instead, we're going to feature a few of our favorite rooms from the show to highlight a cross-section of the displays!

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Texture Contemporary Ballet at the New Hazlett Theater

Texture Contemporary Ballet fills an invaluable niche in the city of Pittsburgh's arts scene with its classically-trained ballet dancers performing original contemporary works.

Texture Contemporary Ballet is for everyone: those who love classic ballet, performing arts enthusiasts, and even those who think they might not like a dance performance. We've been to several shows over the years, and we have to say that their works always keep us incredibly captivated and leave us inspired.

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Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival – Celebrating the City’s Favorite Food

As far as local foods are concerned, Pittsburgh is in love with the pierogi. If there would be an official dish of the city, we have no questions that this little dumpling would be it.

So what would any good pierogi lover do with this tried and true favorite? Honor it with a festival of course!

Enter the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, a one day celebration taking place at Kennywood. We were invited to check out this pierogi-laden event and share our thoughts on it in this full review!

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Justin Severino’s Hog Butchering Demonstration at Morcilla

Most Pittsburghers know about esteemed Chef Justin Severino and his two restaurants, Cure (closed in early 2019), that featured his creative and unique charcuterie, as well as Morcilla, focusing on Spanish tapas. But did you know that Chef Severino also hosts semi-annual hog butchering demonstrations where you can take a deep dive into his world of meat curing while enjoying a multi-course meal?

We've long been fans of Severino's work and were so excited that we recently had the chance to finally enjoy one of these events at Morcilla.

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