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▣ Out around town - cool wedding idea of the week (Pittsburgh Popcorn Co)

April 22nd, 2009

 

 

The weather is finally getting better and it's time to be outside.  Pittsburgh is not famous for being easy to drive around, but it's great for walking!  Pittsburgh is known for its three rivers, its bridges, and The Neighborhoods.  Unlike most cities, Pittsburgh has a relatively small downtown metro area (where the skyscrapers are) surrounded by neighborhoods characterized by their geography, architecture and ethnicity.  There's the North Side, the South Side, Mt. Washington, the West End, the Hill District, Polish Hill, the Mexican War Streets, Oakland, Bloomfield, Shadyside, Regent Square, and more.  But far and away one of the best places to visit is the Strip District. 

Originally the Strip District was a section of the city made up of glass factories, foundaries, and warehouses for industrial production.  As times changed these old structures were converted into produce warehouses, markets, lofts, studio spaces, restaurants, and more.  If you're showing out of towners around the city or looking for a taste of pittsburgh yourself, this is the place to go.  You can park, feed the meter, and walk all day through specialty shops, art galleries, and all the gourmet food you can handle.  It's a foodie's paradise.

If you like italian - check out the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company  Over 100 years old the PA macaroni company has a deli with all kinds of meats and cheese, an olive bar, every shape of pasta you can imagine, produce, homemade bread, fresh pasta, and all kinds of specialty items for italian cooking.  You can even choose and dispense your own olive oil in bulk.

 

 

 

If you like seafood ( or food in general) go to WHOLEY'S .  The fish sandwich is legendary.  You can buy fresh salmon, shrimp, crab and more.  You can choose your own live fish or lobsters from the tank and have them prepared and wrapped up to take home and cook that evening.  And it's not just fish - on the other side of the store you can get everything from lambshank to sirloin to cow tongue.  Chickens for frying, wings, pigs ears, sausage.  Everything.  EVERYTHING.

 

 

This was our big fantastic find of the day.  Listen up those of you planning a wedding and still looking for ideas for favors or food!  The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company was a wonderful surprise.  They make gourmet popcorn in a variety of flavors and packaging.  I know we've all eaten popcorn before that we microwaved or bought out of some big popcorn bulk tank at the movies.  But this is the real deal.  You have to try this stuff!  We tasted the Cinnamon Toast flavor and it was to die for.  Their popcorn is all made fresh throughout the day on the spot.  Now here's the cool thing - they make wedding favors!  You can choose your flavor and it comes in a neat little package ready to hand out to your guests.  OR if you're looking for snacks or something unique for cocktail hour - you can have a popcorn bar!  Choose your flavors and they are set out in barrells with scoops and bags are provided for your guests to make their own treats.

 

 

Ok admission of guilt here - I have no idea what the name of the shop was where I took this photo.  If you know me - you know I LOVE tea.  I love my tea flavors and my tea gadgets and just the whole experience of tea.  I have no idea what this shop is called because I was in awe .  The walls, the counter, everything floor to ceiling was different barrells of coffe and glass jars of exotic tea.  Everything from Irish Roast to Yemen Mocha. 

 

The weather is going to be great this weekend - get outside and experience something amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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▣ The fires inside

April 15th, 2009

A video post!  I don't do these alot but I really wanted to share this.  First of all I should tell you that I'm the 1 in 10th person who hates American Idol.  I really can't stand it.  All those people at the auditions living in denial convinced they can carry a tune like a sparrow and come out sounding a lot more like a turkey.  Have they never tape recorded themselves?  Trust me - you do that one time and then play it back WITHOUT the background music blaring and you'll discover an ugly truth. 

 

 

I saw this video and I had to share it. 

 

It's from Britain's Got Talent (America's Got Talent's english cousin).  The woman auditioning is 47.  She tells the interviewer that she's never been married, or kissed, and she lives in a little village in a house with her cat Pebbles.  She does not look like a pop star.  In fact, I think I may have seen her on an episode of Green Acres.  Watch the audience's reaction when she comes out on stage in her stockings and sensible shoes.  Watch the judges faces as she introduces herself and the music starts.   It's a mixture of skepticism and tolerance, nervous polite laughter.   

 

And then she starts to sing.

 

 

 

 

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent
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Here is this woman, who is unemployed, who lives alone, who has never been given a chance.  And we are so lucky to have seen that performance.  If you watch the whole video start to finish after she has sung and the judges give their comments - you can tell.  This is truly the greatest moment of her life - and all of us here in TV were there to see it.  (THIS IS WHY I TELL EVERYONE HOW IMPORTANT PHOTOS ARE - TO PRESERVE THESE MOMENTS AND HOLD ON TO THEM AS LONG AS WE CAN.)  I know you all get tired of hearing me harp on about it, but it's true. 

 

 

There is no posession more valuable than a memory.  It's truly priceless.

 

This reminds me why I love my job when I love my job - because no matter how mundane or average your life seems - the universe puts a fire into every heart. 

 

 

And the light from that fire should never be wasted.

 

 

 

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▣ Pittsburgh Zoo visits Kiddies Korner

April 9th, 2009

Kids get to do all the fun stuff.

Last month the Pittsburgh Zoo made a visit to Kiddies Korner Nursery School in Apollo and I got to tag along for the day!  Two students are selected each week to be the "Stars of the Week" and they get to choose an activity for the whole class.  They chose to schedule a "Zoomobile" visit where teachers from the zoo bring the animals and the facts right into your classroom!

They read a story about the ways different animals move and acted out the motions.  They got to touch an elephant tusk, elephant hair, and wear a shirt made for a gorilla! 

 

 

Here they are pretending they are clownfish (like Nemo!) who are trying to find food in a sea anemone.  They loved the bubbles!

 

Aside from interactive stories, games, and songs, the zoo sent along three of it's small friends to meet the kids:  a chinchilla, a turtle, and a very calm and friendly snake.

 

The kids decided that the turtle was able to move much faster than they thought she would and that snakes are not slimey after all.  However, the definite favorite was the chinchilla which are nearly extinct in the wild.

 

 

Here they got to high five a gorilla and compare their hands to his.

 

 

 

It was really a great experience for the kids AND the adults!  If you'd like more information about the zoo or would like to schedule a Zoomobile trip for your school or organiztion - check them out at the Pittsburgh Zoo Education Department

If you'd like more information on Kiddies Korner and how your child can become part of the fun - check them out on the web at www.kkns.net !  Thank you so much for letting me spend the day with your class!

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▣ Westmoreland Museum

April 6th, 2009

Meet the staff of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art!  They are proud to be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and had me come out to visit and take a group photo for their annual publication. 

They were a great bunch tolerating all of my bad jokes.

 

 

I'll have the privilege to spend the evening with them for their annual gala event on May 30th!  (Where I will probably subject people to more of my bad jokes).  Yikes!

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▣ Donna & Mike's E-session

April 5th, 2009

 

With wedding season just around the corner, it's a great time to shoot engagement sessions!  Last month I met Donna & Mike at the log cabin in Boyce Park for some fun photos.  They will be married this October at Lingrow Farm and I can't wait to see their fall themed wedding!

Aside from just having great photos of yourselves as a couple, an engagement session is the perfect opportunity to get used to the idea of being photographed before the wedding day.  With all the new creative ideas to incorporate photos into your guestbook, your favors, table cards, thank you notes, stamps, etc., an E-session might be just the thing to spark your DIY inspiration!

 

 

Donna is going to be SUCH a gorgeous bride :-)

 

 

 

They're so cute together and you can tell they genuinely enjoy each other's company. 

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