Hartwood Acres – Exploring the Mansion and Hiking at the Estate

The estate at Hartwood Acres is often called the crown jewel of the public parks in Allegheny County.  Featuring numerous hiking trails, a gorgeous mansion open for touring, and other unique features, this destination is one that truly lives up to its reputation and is a perfect half or full-day out for visitors from Pittsburgh.

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Nicky’s Thai Kitchen Review – Curry and Noodles

Thai food is one of our favorite cuisines and one that we make a lot at home, so it takes a really good Thai restaurant for us to get excited.

Luckily there's no shortage of Thai restaurants in the city for when we just don't feel like cooking- Nicky's Thai Kitchen being one of the most universally loved and acclaimed.

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Waffles INCaffeinated Review – Brunch in South Side

I'm a sucker for a good breakfast spot, so when we heard about Waffles, INCaffeinated we knew we had to check it out. With several locations around the city, this is a casual, brightly colored joint with lots more on the menu besides waffles if they aren't your thing- but the waffles are definitely the main attraction.

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North Park Pittsburgh – A Little Something for Everyone

North Park Lake in Pittsburgh

The aptly named North Park in northern Allegheny County is a popular spot for those looking to enjoy a day out for hiking in the woods, walking along the paved lake path, or taking in one of the many other activities available.

No matter why you visit this one, there is enough to keep returning time and time again!

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Ephesus Pizza Review – Turkish Food and Pizza in Pittsburgh

Pide from Ephesus Pizza

When I first heard of Ephesus Pizza, I clung to the hope that they would actually serve some Turkish food and that the name wasn't just a pizza restaurant trying to sound exotic.

Specifically, I was hoping the restaurant would serve Turkish pide (basically a Turkish pizza), one of our favorite dishes from our travels in Turkey.

As I checked out the menu online I couldn't have been happier. Not only did they have our beloved pide complete with sujuk, a dry-cured meat sort of like pepperoni, but they also had lahmacun (another type of meat-topped flatbread), kebaps, and other gyro-esque wraps.

We just had to visit, and it only took us a few days in between hearing about this place and actually getting there. Since that first visit, we've found many reasons to return time and time again.

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McConnells Mill State Park – A Perfect Day Outside of Pittsburgh

McConnell's Mill State Park Outside of Pittsburgh, PA

One of the things we love about Pittsburgh is its proximity to nature.  We may be a large city, but it is incredibly easy to get out and hike through the beauty of Pennsylvania when the weather is nice.

One of our excursions north of the city took us to McConnells Mill State Park, located roughly 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh via I-79, to check out a mill that is over one hundred years old, a covered bridge, and gorgeous fall foliage.

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An Evening at Mr. Small’s Theater in Millvale

Mr Smalls Funhouse in Millvale

Much to the chagrin of music lovers in the city, Pittsburgh's concert scene often gets poor reviews.  Sure, a super group may play at Heinz Field once a year, a few big bands will play at the impossibly frustrating First Niagara Pavilion, and smaller but still well known bands may show up at Stage AE from time to time.

The frustration music fans have stems not from a lack of venues, we do have quite a few in the area, but more from the fact that for whatever reason, the huge bands people want to see just don't come here like in other cities. (To be fair, the music scene of lesser known groups can be quite good if you are looking for it).

Luckily for us, one of our favorite bands, the bluegrass-inspired Punch Brothers led by MacArthur Fellowship award winner Chris Thile (a musical God if there ever was one), loves to play in Pittsburgh and often hit a new venue during each visit.   The most recent of which led us to a night out at Mr. Small's Theater in Millvale, where we have one of the most enjoyable music experiences in recent memory.

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Pamela’s Diner Review – Pittsburgh’s Most Famous Hotcakes

Pamela's Pancakes in Pittsburgh

Inside Pamela's in Squirrel Hill When it comes to great breakfasts in Pittsburgh, there is one restaurant that everyone talks about: Pamela's Diner. This restaurant chain is a Pittsburgh institution and has been feeding locals and visitors alike for well over thirty years.

Before getting into our review, we have to make a bit of a confession.  We'd be lying if we didn't admit that Pamela's is our go-to breakfast spot anytime we have friends and family visiting.  We'd also be lying if we didn't admit that we order the same thing every single time we go.

We suspect that you will, too.

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