Apartment Living


2017 Apartment Excellence Awards Winners

rebecca - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons are proud members of the Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. This organization serves the Pittsburgh area to educate, lobby, communicate, and promote professionalism in all aspects of multi-family housing, according to their website.

All members of the Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, otherwise known as AAMP, gathered at the Rivers Casino on Friday, June 16, 2017 for the annual awards ceremony. This reception is an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication AAMP’s members put into their apartments.

Overall, there are 73 individual properties, containing 15,380 rental units in AAMP. Out of this number, in order for a property to qualify to win an award, they must receive a high score in their category on judging day.

All three of our properties’ staff members worked diligently to prepare their communities for the judges’ inspections. The day of the judging, a staff member from each community took the judges on a tour of their property to show off all key aspects.  Focusing on the overall condition of the building, signage/entrance, landscaping/grounds & parking, the condition of the model, occupied or vacant unit, the common areas and amenities, leasing office, and staff, the judges rank the properties.

The judges and committee members gather to establish which properties deserved an award based on their scores. The awards program recognizes the communities that achieve the highest standards of property management. Additionally, winners of the Apartment Excellence Awards demonstrate to their community, residents and peers that their property has the physical qualities, marketing creativity, and management caliber necessary to be called one of Pittsburgh’s best, according to their promotional materials.

Faros Residential Took Home Three Awards

We are pleased to announce that all three of our properties, Park View Apartments, City View Apartments and Carson Street Commons, won awards for Overall Community Appeal. This category encompasses all areas of the apartment community.  In addition to evaluating a community’s curb appeal judges view the property’s common areas, leasing office and a representative unit, according to their judging rubric.

Park View won Multi-Story Overall Community Award

City View won Highrise Apartment Overall Community Award

Carson Street Commons won Garden Apartments Overall Community Award

We are so proud of all of our communities representing Pittsburgh and bringing home awards. We can’t wait until next year, where we’ll hopefully keep the winning streak going!


Your 2017 Guide to the Fourth of July

rebecca - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Independence Day, also referred to as July 4th or the 4th of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, on July 4th, 1776. Since this day in history, America has celebrated its independence with fireworks, social gatherings, and all things red white and blue, marking this day as an important national holiday and symbol of patriotism. There are a lot of events happening in Pittsburgh to help people celebrate the holiday, which we have listed below. So, go out, dawn your red white and blue, and enjoy fireworks, family, friends, and a little bit of America’s history!

Downtown Pittsburgh Fireworks

  • While many rooftops make for a great location to watch fireworks, nothing quite beats the view at Point State Park, because the fireworks are shot off at this location right over the Allegheny River. The event starts at 1pm with music, food, and celebrations, and the fireworks begin with a 21-gun salute shortly after sundown. If you live in City View Apartments, this might be the perfect event for you! For more information, please visit http://www.pittsburgh-downtown.com/events/#july.

Heinz Field Fireworks

  • Right across the river, located in the Northside, is another fun 4th of July event at Heinz Field. Admission is free and the fun is never-ending! Starting at 2pm, you can enjoy a day of concerts, food vendors, and patriotic tributes. The evening will be highlighted by country music singer/songwriter Phil Vassar, who will perform at 8:05pm and play up until the fireworks display. To all Park View Apartment residents, this event is close by, accessible, and most definitely fun! If you’d like to know more, visit http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Heinz-Field-hosts-Fourth-of-July-celebration/3eaa8e86-b430-4cca-89af-301f7ac4c221.

Firecracker Dinner

  • If you’d like to be more up close and personal, why not watch the fireworks from the river? On the Gateway Clipper riverboat deck, you can do just this! Complete with amazing views, a full dinner buffet, a DJ, and dancing, this will surely be an evening of fun. To top off the event-packed night, you can view the fireworks along the river. The cruise boards at 6:30pm at Station Square. For more information, visit https://www.gatewayclipper.com/activities/fourth-of-july/.

Brentwood July 4th Celebration

  • If one day isn’t quite enough to celebrate, check out Brentwood’s 4th of July celebration, which spans two whole days! The event kicks off with a street fair on the evening of July 3rd, and continues into July 4th, finishing off with fireworks. There’s a Firecracker 5k, a parade, music, food, and games. If this is more your thing, check out brentwoodboro.com/fourth-of-july-celebration for more details.

Kennywood Celebrate America

  • For a more traditional feel, Kennywood is hosting a week-long event, starting June 29th, exclusively for 4th of July celebrations. There will be fireworks, a hot dog eating contest, special entertainment, and more! During Celebrate America, veterans, active duty, and retired service members get in FREE. Enjoy the pleasures of Kennywood and celebrate America, all in one! For more information, visit https://www.kennywood.com/plan-a-visit/events.

Not only are fireworks and events a huge part of the 4th of July, but so are recipes and traditions! Common foods associated with this holiday are hot dogs, watermelon, hamburgers, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and apple pie. We’ve also listed some amazing recipes to help get your 4th of July started!

DRINKS

  1. Berry Lemonade
  2. Sparkle Punch
  3. Watermelon Lemonade
  4. Iced Fruit Punch
  5. Mango-Peach Fizz

*all these recipes are alcohol-free; however, alcohol may be added by those who are 21+

APPETIZERS

  1. Corn Dog Bites
  2. Strawberry Salsa
  3. Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
  4. Buzzed Strawberry Bites
  5. Classic Potato Salad

ENTREES & SIDES

  1. Grilled Chicago Dogs
  2. Pull-Apart Cheeseburger Sliders
  3. BBQ Grilled Chicken
  4. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
  5. Classic Creamy Coleslaw
  6. Grilled Corn
  7. Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs w/ Whiskey Marinade

DESSERTS

  1. Banana Split Kababs
  2. Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
  3. Red Velvet 4th of July Cupcakes
  4. Patriotic Marble Cupcakes
  5. All-American Apple Pie

We’d love to know your 4th of July day plans! Connect with us @farosresidential on Instagram, or Facebook us https://www.facebook.com/CityViewPgh/, https://www.facebook.com/ParkViewPgh/, or https://www.facebook.com/CarsonStreetApts/.


Summer Concert Guide

rebecca - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer is officially starting, which means events around Pittsburgh are as well! From food festivals to outdoor concerts, Pittsburgh hosts lots of fun-filled occasions, most of which are free and open to the public. Three Rivers Casino is back with their summer concert series, Live on the River, located at the Rivers Casino Amphitheater at 7pm. Below you’ll find a list of all the upcoming performances, because what could be better than kicking off the summer with FREE live music and great company?

JULY

Sunday July 2: Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers with Billy Price

Monday July 3: Beatlemania Magic

Tuesday July 4: No Bad JuJu with special guest Chris Jameson

Friday July 7: Satisfaction—Rolling Stones Tribute

Friday July 21: Rockin the Paradise—Styx Tribute

Saturday July 22: Earth Wind and Fire and Temptations Tribute—Shining Star and Get Ready

Friday July 28: Chris Higbee with the Hobbs Sisters Opening

AUGUST

Friday August 11: Head Games—Foreigner, Journey, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith Tribute

If you are a current resident at City View or Park View Apartments, this might be the perfect event for you! Rivers Casino is less than two miles away from Park View, and only 3 miles from City View, making both locations the perfect bike-riding distance, which is another great summer activity. Carson Street Commons is a little bit further away at 5.6 miles, but still presents a great opportunity for biking, which via the trails is about thirty minutes. Blankets, umbrellas (which must be lowered during each performance), and approved bags are permitted at this event, however, outside food and beverages are not. If you would like more information on the event in general, please visit https://www.riverscasino.com/pittsburgh/entertainment/free-summer-concert-series.


Summer Produce

admin - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer is the perfect season for making recipes that include lots fresh veggies and fresh fruits, but do you know what produce are actually in season right now? We are here to make sure you get the most out of your June, July, and August meals with the right choices!

Fruits

Fresh fruit is the best treat whether it’s for breakfast, a snack or even dessert! During these hot summer months stay refreshed with fruits like apples, apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Honeydew, kiwi, mango, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon. We’ve put included a couple recipes for you to enjoy fresh fruits in the hot summer heat!

Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad

Ingredients:
1-container blueberries
1-container raspberries
1 package cream cheese
½ cup Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Directions:

  1. Prepare berries and allow them to dry.
  2. In a medium tall bowl, whip cream cheese until it becomes smooth.
  3. Add creamer to the cream cheese one tablespoon at a time; mix until it becomes smooth texture. Repeat until the entire creamer is added.
  4. Combine berries in a large bowl. Gently fold cheesecake mixture until completely combined.
  5. Chill until ready to serve!

Fruit is a great addition to summer cocktails! Try this Melon Ball Punch to embrace melon season!

Melon Ball Punch

Ingredients:
25.4 oz. Sparkling white grape juice (we recommend using a sparkling wine for an adult beverage)
2 cups clear lemon line flavored soda
1-cup lemonade
1 small watermelon
1 small cantaloupe
1 small honeydew
Fresh mint leaves
2 limes, sliced

Directions:

  1. In a pitcher stir together, sparkling juice (wine), soda and lemonade.
  2. Place in the fridge to chill.
  3. Use a melon baller (or a spoon) to scoop out the flesh of the melons.
  4. Place melon balls on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Freeze.
  5. Once frozen add a few cups of melon balls to pitcher along with fresh mint leaves and slices of lime. Stir.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  7. Serve cold using additional frozen melon balls as ice cubes!

Veggies

Summer is a great time to take your vegetables to the next level on the grill! Swap your carb-loaded side dishes with veggie dishes for a healthier meal this season! Vegetables to grab on your next shopping trip are beets, bell peppers, carrots, celery, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, lima beans, summer squash, zucchini, and tomatoes. Here is a dish to try!

Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Summer Veggies

Ingredients:
2 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch thick slices
2 small yellow squash, cut into ½-inch thick slices
12 oz. Flavorino or small Campari tomatoes, sliced into halves
3 tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ¼ tsp. Italian seasoning
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 18 by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or foil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning.
  3. Place zucchini, squash, and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Pour olive oil mixture over top and gently toss with hands to evenly coat.
  4. Pour onto baking dish and spread into an even layer. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top of each.
  5. Roast in preheated oven 25-30 minutes until veggies are tender and Parmesan is a golden brown.

Living in Pittsburgh, there are plenty of opportunities to get delicious fruits and veggies at Farmer’s Markets! Support your local vendors and get the freshest produce by visiting the various markets all summer long.

Saturdays:

Lawrenceville Farmers Market
June 3- October 28 from 1pm – 4pm

Bloomfield Saturday Market
May 20-November 4 from 9am – 1pm

Swissvale Farmers Market
May 13-October 28 from 9am – 1 pm

Monroeville Lions Farmers Market
Starting May 13 from 9am – 12 pm

Sewickley Farmers Market
Through November 21 from 9am – 1pm

Shadyside Farmers Market
June 3—September 30 from 10am – 2 pm

Sundays:

CitiParks Squirrel Hill
June—November from 9am – 1pm

Mondays:

CitiParks East Liberty
May—November from 3pm – 7pm

Tuesdays:

CitiParks South Side
May—November 3pm – 7pm

Wednesdays:

CitiParks Carrick Dairy District
June—November from 3pm – 7pm

Farmers at Phipps
Starting June 7 from 2:30pm- 6:30pm

Ross Twp. Farmers Market
Starting May 17 from 3pm – 7pm

Thursdays:

Market Square Downtown Farmers Market
May 11—October 26 from 10am – 2pm

CitiParks Beechview
June—October from 3pm – 7pm

Green Tree Farmers Market
May—October from 4pm – 7pm

Fridays:

CitiParks Mellon Square
May—November from 10am – 2pm

CitiParks North Side
May—November from 3pm – 7pm


Student Budget? Student Discount.

rebecca - Monday, June 19, 2017

Everyone loves a good discount–especially college students, who are often overwhelmed with student-debt and other costs of living. So, why not make living easier? There are a lot of restaurants, museums, theatres, and more that offer the same amount of fun for a fraction of the cost, catered specifically to students in the city of Pittsburgh. Not only are there numerous businesses that have adopted certain specials–a few apartment complexes make it easier for students to commute to school and work, while simultaneously including deals of their own for restaurants and the like in the surrounding area.

City View Apartments, located in Downtown, Pittsburgh, is a great location for Duquesne students who travel around the city regularly. Park View Apartments is a little more central, with the building perched between Downtown and the North Shore, making it easily accessible via bus, which many students use as transportation. Carson Street Commons in the South Side is surrounded by a bustling neighborhood complete with restaurants, bars, and grocery stores, not to mention Carlow University and Pitt. All three of these apartment complexes offer an outstanding location, and that’s not all—they include resident perks, which range from 10%+ off meals at surrounding restaurants and coffee shops, to discounted gym memberships. These apartment offers mixed with local college discounts will have you feeling frugal!

We’ve gathered a few places in Pittsburgh that are offering great college discounts, so you can feel free to check them out and spend (small)!

The Milkshake Factory

Students save 50% on milkshakes during happy hour, which is every Wednesday from 4-6pm.

Pizza Fiesta

Students can order a huge pizza for less than ten dollars. The “college special” includes one large cheese pizza, 1 liter of Pepsi, and side of ranch for $9.49.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

After grabbing a milkshake and some pizza, why not stop at one of the amazing Carnegie Museums? These include the Andy Warhol, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Carnegie Science Center. If you’re a CMU or Chatham University student, you get an extra bonus of free admission year-round, and Pitt students get in free during fall and spring semesters.

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

If plants are more your thing, why not take a break from studying and visit Phipps Conservatory? This flourishing establishment is open daily and displays an arrangement of beautiful flowers and plants year-round, not to mention art exhibits. If you’re a Pitt student, you get in completely free during the fall and spring semesters! If you’re not a Pitt student, but still in college, you still qualify for a discount, so no worries!

Penn Avenue Fish Company

At the PA Macaroni Company, every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday, meaning you get two tacos for $4.99, three for $6.99, or all you can eat for $8.99!

SouthSide Works Cinema

If you’d prefer to see a movie, stop by the South Side Works Cinema for discounted tickets. On Monday, even concession prices are lowered!

Pittsburgh Sports

If you love baseball, hockey, football, or all three, being a student has its perks! All the Pittsburgh teams offer college discounts, which will surely save you money during game season! Find out more information here: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-student-discounts-for-sporting-events/

Do you have any favorite events, or spots that you have scouted with a great discount? We’d love to hear from you! Follow us on Instagram @farosresidential, or check out one (or all three) of our Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/parkviewpgh, www.facebook.com/cityviewpgh, and/or www.facebook.com/carsonstreetapts). Happy discounting!


Summer Yoga: Find Your Balance

rebecca - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunday, June 18th is International Yoga Day and the city of Pittsburgh has plenty of opportunities for you to embrace your inner yogi all summer long. With weekly yoga sessions to special yoga events, you will be able to fit yoga into your busy schedule!

Weekly yoga:

Yoga in the Square. Every Sunday of the summer enjoy a free yoga session in Market Square! Yoga begins at 10am. Be sure to check out all of the awesome places to grab a bite after your work out. BONUS: Yoga in the Square will now be available Wednesday nights as well! Grab your mat and meet in the Square at 5:30 pm. The sessions last an hour.

MoWa Yoga at Mount Washington. Ride the incline Wednesday evenings up to Mt. Washington and participate in an awesome yoga session with an even better view! Class begins at 6:30 pm and will happen weekly until September.

Summer Yoga on the River. Sleep in on Sundays and then head over to Aspinwall Riverfront Park to relax with nature surrounding you. Afterwards, spend the afternoon checking out the delicious food trucks.  Yoga begins at 11am and will be available until September.

Mats on the Mon. Wake up on Saturday mornings to start your weekend with positive vibes from a great yoga class! Sessions will begin at 10:30 am at The Landing and Marina at Station Square. Spend the rest of your day shopping and eating around Station Square! Yoga will be available until September.

Moonlight Mondays at Hotel Monaco. Kick off your workweek the right way on the rooftop of Hotel Monaco taking part in a yoga class. The rooftop provides a great view of Pittsburgh! What could be better? One free beer or glass of wine at The Commoner downstairs after your work out! Sessions begin at 6:30 pm.

Yoga Events:

Nova Place Outdoor Yoga with Fitt and UPMC. This Saturday, June 17th, join us on The Plaza at Nova Place for a great yoga session! Yoga will be from 10am-12pm. Hang around after for fresh juice from Reed & Co.

Union Fitness Summer Yoga Series. More yoga right in the Northside on The Plaza at Nova Place is happening June 24th, July 1st, and July 8th. The classes only cost 5 dollars each and begin at 10 am.  If you love the yoga session, check out the membership options at Union Fitness located right on The Plaza!

Oms in the Outfield. When is the last time you were able to practice yoga in the outfield of a professional baseball stadium? Probably never! This Sunday, June 18th, purchase tickets to attend this fantastic event! The day includes a yoga session, tickets to the game, $10 credit to the concession stands, a yoga block, and a Pirates baseball hat! The day begins at 7:30 am!

Yoga at the Frick.  Saturday, July 15th, August 19th, and September 16th, yoga will be held on the Great Lawn at the Frick for free! Wake up bright and early for this perfect start to a Saturday morning. Class begins at 9am.

One WHIRL Yoga Fest.  Mark your calendar Saturday, July 22nd, for an all day work out event! Starting at 6am at Point State Park, you can participate in yoga, Pilates, Barre, and meditation! Spend time in between workouts grabbing a bite to eat and checking out merchandise to be purchased!


Sliding Into Summer

rebecca - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

As summer approaches, so do all the activities that go along with it! Whether it’s hanging out with friends by the pool, or bicycling around the city, Pittsburgh has many upcoming events that are sure to keep you busy this season! What’s better—most events listed below are FREE to the public and take place from mid-June to the end of July, giving you plenty of time to check them out!

Upcoming Tours:

  • All About the Burgh, the Culture to Ketchup Tour
    • If you’re interested in learning about Pittsburgh’s rich history, join Molly’s Trolleys in their fully narrated tours of popular locations in Pittsburgh. You’ll travel through the South Side, Oakland, Downtown, the Strip District, North Shore, and Mt. Washington, learning all about history and current events along the way!
    • http://www.mollystrolleyspittsburghtours.com/
  • BEAUTY OF THE BURGH with Bike the Burgh Tours
    • This exciting and active event is an exploration of Pittsburgh’s popular neighborhoods, like the South Side and the Strip District, but instead of riding on a tour bus, you’re riding a bike! There are mansions to see, museums to visit, and public art to appreciate. No bike? No problem! Rentals are available at the meet-spot.
    • Check the daily schedule at biketheburgh.com
  • BEST OF THE BURGH with Walk the Burgh Tours
    • Not a huge fan of bicycles, but still interested in touring Pittsburgh? Walk the Burgh is the event for you! This is like Bike the Burgh, but instead of biking, you’ll be walking around the heart of Downtown, exploring public art and hidden gems.
    • The tours are all year round. Check out the website at walktheburgh.com
  • Downtown Ghost Tour
    • Looking for something a little more thrilling? The Downtown Ghost Tour, presented by Haunted Pittsburgh, welcomes you on a walking tour full of stories about the city’s ghostly and unexplained past. It will leave you feeling a little spooked, and if you’re the type that enjoys a good tale, you can make reservations at hauntedpittsburghtours.com

Upcoming Festivals & Music

  • Strip Search Sammich Showdown
    • This is a new food festival hosted by Strip District Neighbors, and offers food, fun, games, and more for the whole family! The best “sammiches” are showcased, as well as local food vendors from the Strip District, all of whom will compete for the Strip Search Sammich Showdown crown.
    • Do you love sandwiches? Check out the event at stripdistrictneighbors.com
  • Animal Friends’ Bark N’at
    • What was once a Pittsburgh-themed party has now been transformed into a dog-friendly costume contest located on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Grab your pets and head on down, or for more information visit http://group2designpgh.com/AnimalFriendsBark/
  • Live Music Thursdays
  • Starting June 16th, 2017, restaurant and bar Howl at the Moon will host 90’s Night, full of 90’s music, dancing, prizes, and drink specials. The cover charge is free if you come dressed in your old flannels and high top converse, so head on down to Howl at the Moon for a chance to step in a time machine and relive the 20th century! Find some more ~fresh~ information at http://hubs.howlatthemoon.com/90s-night?_ga=2.66980334.1120272615.1496672897-2028205567.1437358677

Upcoming in Art & Performance

  • Photo Exhibit Featuring the Work of Hannah Price
    • East Liberty Presbyterian Church is hosting a photo exhibit featuring the work of Hannah Price, a filmmaker and photographer whose main interest lies in documenting relationships, race politics, and social perception and misperception. The exhibit is entitled “Cursed by Night” and includes a series of photographs taken between 2012 and 2013. For more information, please visit ELPC.church
  • Urban Exchange: Photography of Hudson Rush
    • Pittsburgh-based multidisciplinary artist Hudson Rush will host her first photography exhibition, which focuses on the lack of mindful moments in a city. For more information, visit purplepierotti.com, or contact Carolyn Pierotti directly at purplepierotti@gmail.com
  • The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Portfolio Show
    • Come and support the Art Institute’s recent graduates at their portfolio show! You get a chance to meet the artists and explore their work, all in the heart of downtown. It’s free to the public, so why not check it out? For more information visit their website at https://creative.artinstitutes.edu/portfolio-show/pittsburgh
  • Factory Swing Shift
    • Interested in making art of your own? Visit the Andy Warhol museum’s hands-on underground studio to make art after dark during Factory Swing Shift. Participants can experiment with various materials and learn techniques for working with specific mediums. This event is free with museum admission. Visit warhol.org if you want to find out more!
  • Dancing in the Square
    • Do you enjoy dancing, or have you always wanted to learn how to dance? There are free ballroom and line dancing classes in Market Square, taught and demonstrated by dancing professionals. The two remaining dates for this season are June 16th and 23rd at 5pm. All you must do is show up and dance your heart out.
  • 21+ Prom Night
    • Did you skip your prom, or simply wish to relive it? Thanks to the Carnegie Science Center, you can experience prom for the first time, or re-experience all those high school memories (but with alcohol). Dress up and take pictures at the selfie station, or get a prom picture taken in front of a fun backdrop. Decorate your own crowns, sip delicious beverages, and dance the night away. For more information, please visit http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/adult-programs-21-plus-night/

What are you favorite Pittsburgh events? Are there ones you participate in annually, or are you experiencing any for the first time this season? Let us know! Connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/parkviewpgh, www.facebook.com/cityviewpgh, and www.facebook.com/carsonstreetapts) or Instagram us @farosresidential!


Brunch Blog

admin - Monday, June 12, 2017

Everyone has a basic understanding of brunch—not breakfast, but not exactly lunch. It’s usually midday, and is a lighter meal than either breakfast or lunch, with the term “brunch” being a combination of the two. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, “brunch” first appeared in print in an 1895 Hunter’s Weekly article, where British author Guy Beringer suggested the benefits of a lighter meal, versus that of a heavy, post-church feast. Though the exact origin is unclear, the practice of brunch caught on in the United States in the 1930s, as it served those who traveled via train with a late morning meal, and allowed hotels to feed guests when restaurants were closed on Sundays due to church. Brunch also invited people to sleep in, which is always a treat after a long week of work.

Brunch has remained consistently popular, and often combines both breakfast and lunch foods, with the inclusion of mimosas and bloody Marys (yay!) A lot of major city restaurants have taken to offering brunch menus, while some are specifically catered toward brunch alone. Because this is such a trending topic, we’ve taken the liberty of listing some of Pittsburgh’s best brunch spots, as voted by magazines, Yelp reviews, and general popularity.

Bar Marco: offers handcrafted cocktails, tiramisu French toast, and brown sugar bacon and apple-cinnamon pull aparts
Brunch is served 10am-3pm Saturday & Sunday.

Coca Café: the brunch menu changes weekly but consists of five or six selections from the regular breakfast menu. Just for an idea as to what they serve, past menus have included tea-smoked salmon scramble, fried eggplant benedict, and challah French toast!
Brunch is served 9am-2pm on Sunday.

DiAnoia’s Eatery: has specialty espresso beverages, a variety of house cocktails, and Italian menu items.
Brunch is served 10am-2:30pm on Sunday.

Point Brugge Café: offers both individual and shared platters, based on if you want to focus on one meal or try a little bit of everything, with, of course, a drink menu featuring mimosas, bloody Marys, champagne, and sparkling hard cider.
Brunch is served 11am-2pm on Sunday.

Smallman Galley: this restaurant is a little different, in that it features four separate kitchens with their own chefs. Guests can choose to eat at just one kitchen, or move around between all four. There are Dutch baby pancakes, scrambled eggs on toast, and chicken and waffles, just to name a few menu items.
Brunch is served 10am-3pm Saturday & Sunday.

There are a lot of different brunch restaurants scattered all throughout the city, so no matter where you live in Pittsburgh, you are almost always guaranteed to satisfy your brunch craving. It is a true art—finding the perfect balance between breakfast and lunch food, while creating new flavors and combinations to keep customers coming back—but it’s an art that we will always cherish! If you want to brunch on your own, meet up with coworkers, or go out for a family member’s birthday, be sure to check out the restaurants listed above. Allow yourself some time to sleep in, relax, and try new foods. And of course, happy brunching!


Kennywood: Around the Corner and Out of This World

rebecca - Thursday, June 8, 2017

KENNYWOOD’S OPEN! In Pittsburgh, these two words have marked the start of summer for over a century.  The amusement park, located in West Mifflin, first opened as a trolley park but was soon purchased and flipped into the fun-filled park we know and love. The park is home to many types of entertainment including thrill rides, water rides, and classic rides. The park also has theaters, and a “Kiddie Land” for the youngsters.

Did you know Kennywood holds some of the oldest roller coasters in the world? The Jack Rabbit, Racer, and Thunderbolt, have been up and running in the park dating all the way back to 1920, 1927, and 1968 respectively. These wooden coasters provide that nostalgic, old-time feel but are just as thrilling as the latest models.  In addition, the park has other exciting, more modern coasters including the Phantom’s Revenge, Sky Rocket, and Exterminator, all sure to make your hair rise.

Not only does this Pittsburgh amusement park maintain impressive attractions, it has some great places to grab a bite! Many Pittsburgh natives head over to Kennywood in order to eat at at the Potato Patch. Be sure to get yourself the infamous fresh-cut fries topped with melted cheddar cheese and crisp bacon bits. If you aren’t already convinced, Food Network ranked Potato Patch fries as top ten best fries in America! The line may be intimidating but it is well worth it. Pro tip: Small Fry located in lost Kennywood serves Potato Patch fries as well.

After indulging in a delicious meal, take some time to check out the more peaceful rides. Jump on in a boat and head into Garfield’s 3-D Nightmare or ride in a cart through the Ghostwood Estate to capture as many ghosts with your laser gun as possible!

End your fantastic day with one of the park’s delicious dessert options. Star Refreshment stand serves deep-fried Oreos and funnel cakes sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Are you ready to plan your day at Kennywood? The park is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m. through the end of August. * Before you head over to the park, stop at a participating Giant Eagle to grab discounted tickets! You can save $12 by purchasing at the grocery chain rather than the park. Kennywood also offers Buy One Get One Tickets on select days. If you choose to visit the amusement park Wednesday July 5th or Tuesday July 18th purchase one full priced ticket online and get a second one for free! Another option to save big is to visit Kennywood on Smart Days. By purchasing your tickets 48 hours in advance you can save $20 on your tickets. Select Smart Day dates are June 18th, June 26th, July 10th, and July 24th. Other discounts can be obtained with military ID, bringing a group of 15 or more, or visiting the park on a night pass!

So gather your friends and follow the yellow arrows to a wonderful day at Kennywood Park!

*Hours of park are subject to change based on weather conditions and crowd size.


Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival

admin - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Looking for something different to do in the city? Are you trying to explore your new home? The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival might be the perfect-affordable solution. Enjoy the ten-day period for absolutely no cost, which makes it one of the most-celebrated FREE festivals in the country.

The festival is a safe zone for the exchange of creative ideas and thoughts. Its purpose is to spread the word that art matters and does make a change.

The 58th annual celebration is hosted in three different locations, Point State Park, Cultural District and the Gateway Center. Each venue is filled with music, theater, public art installations, gallery exhibitions and more.

Three Rivers Art Festival started out as a small outdoor showcase of art founded in 1960 by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art. All those years add up to more than 10,000 visual and performing artists that have entertained millions of people. Some of these artists in the past include stage performer Ella Fitzgerald, literary legend, Allen Ginsberg and concerts featuring The Wailers and the Black Keys.

Different food vendors will be at the locations as an additional cost to your visit.

No tickets are required, and all exhibitions will be open to the public from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. until Sunday, June 11.

Dogs on leashes are allowed in the Point State Park venue, but guide animals are welcomed at all locations.


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