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Be There and Be Square

rebecca - Monday, July 31, 2017

Several events are hosted in Downtown Pittsburgh, some of which we’ve mentioned (click here for our recent blog about the Picklesburgh!) and some that are upcoming, one being particularly exciting. There’s no better way to kick off the month of August than FREE dancing, right? Dancing is the perfect summer activity, and it gets you outside and moving, allowing you to enjoy the wonderful weather and relaxed atmosphere.

Right around the corner, on August 4th, is USA Dance Pittsburgh’s “Dancing in the Square,” where anyone interested can come and learn various traditional and new dances from 5-7pm in Market Square. What’s more, these classes don’t require a partner (so if you show up alone, you might make some awesome friends!) and after the class you can enjoy a delicious dinner from one of the many restaurants located in Downtown.

Did we mention this event is free? You heard it right—all that’s required is a positive attitude and a little bit of rhythm, and you’re on your way to having a great Friday night! If you can’t make it on August 4th, no worries, “Dancing in the Square” takes place EVERY FRIDAY from 5-7pm. If you’re a Park View or City View resident, this event is located right by you, so why not check it out? It’s fun, close-by, and won’t burn any holes in your pocket, so good luck finding an excuse not to go.

If you’d like more information on this event, please visit http://downtownpittsburgh.com/programs-activities/market-square-fitness-programming/#Dancing. For more information on USA Dance Pittsburgh, check out their website at http://usadancepgh.com/, where they post about upcoming events, performances, community dance opportunities, and more.

This event also ran in June, so if you have dancing pictures from then, we’d love to see them! Share them with us on Instagram @farosresidential with the hashtag #SquareDance. If you’re going to explore this fun activity for the first time next Friday, we’d also love if you shared your photos with the same hashtag on Instagram. Now get out there and get dancing!

Riverhounds Food Truck Festival

rebecca - Monday, July 24, 2017

It’s safe to say that sometimes the worst part of dining out is choosing where you want to go. One friend wants Mexican, you want Thai and the other one wants Italian food. At that point it becomes impossible to come up with a place, but the solution can be easy. Take your friends to the Riverhounds Food Truck Festival where you can find a wide variety of gourmet style trucks.

This two-day festival starting Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. is brought to you by Tecaté. The idea is to make it easier for all the foodies out there to enjoy a long day full of different options.

Some of the trucks included with your $10 entrance fee are:

Doce Taqueria: Known first for their E Carson St. location, this food truck is the perfect option for those who love tacos. Vegan options are also available.

The Cheese Melt: Coming with the little ones or have a picky eater on the crew? There is no way you can go wrong with this cheesy option. Create your own melt or choose from their extensive menu options.

Local 724 Cruzin’Cuisine: If you’re planning a party soon, you might want to try this exceptional truck that’s known for catering. After you’ve fallen in love with all their meal options, don’t hesitate and order catering for all your future guests.

The Yard Mobile Eatery: This truck is all about cooking and working hard to bring you the best options. From Nashville chicken to a House Chicken Caesar you will not be disappointed.

Bruster’s Ice Cream: They’ve been around form more than 20 years and obviously they’re doing something right. Don’t miss out because this could be the best ice cream you will ever have.

If you are ready to try all of these, make sure to visit High Mark Stadium at 510 W Station Square Dr. during the weekend. Trucks will be parked, and live music will be there to create the perfect setting for a weekend you will want to repeat!

Picklesburgh – It’s the Real Dill

rebecca - Friday, July 21, 2017

Pittsburgh is known for having all sorts of fun and interesting quirks, one of those being its obsession with pickles! Pickles have been a staple in Pittsburgh dating all the way back to the 1800s when H.J. Heinz began giving out pickle pins as a souvenir for those who visited his exhibit at the Chicago World’s Fair as a way to bring in guests. This small pickle attracted such a huge crowd that over 1 million of these pins were given away at the fair! Mr. Heinz’s innovated technique is one of the most iconic beginnings to modern marketing. For many years to follow each tourist of the H.J. Heinz Factory would receive one of the fascinating pickle pins as a keepsake.

Friday July 28th and Saturday July 29th head down to the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh to join in on the pickle fun from noon until 10pm! The festival includes entertainment, food and art vendors, and demonstrations of pickling recipes. The event has 14 different live music performances scheduled throughout the weekend you won’t want to miss! Performers on the Northwest Bank Stage and times are as follows:

Friday, July 28th

12:00-1:00p.m—Gabby Barrett

1:30-2:30p.m—Steel Town Horns

3:00-4:00p.m—Two Tall Twins

4:30-5:30p.m—Soul Raydio

6:00-7:00p.m—Lone Pine String Band

7:30-8:30p.m—Bindley Hardware Co.

9:00-10:00p.m—Nevada Color

Saturday July 29th

12:00-1:00p.m—Hobbes Duende ft. Kwaj

1:30-2:30p.m—Buffalo Rose

3:00-4:00p.m—Miss Freddye

4:30—5:30p.m—Memphis Hill

6:00-7:00p.m—East End Mile

7:30-8:30p.m—Jack Swing

9:00-10:00p.m—Emerson Jay

Food vendors are preparing spectacular pickle-inspired dishes for you to try! There will be dips, burgers, hot dogs, chips, fudge, cupcakes, pierogies, Italian ice, egg rolls, baked goods, sandwiches, pretzels, cocktails and pizza all incorporating the taste of pickles! Don’t worry there will also be ready-to-eat pickles and deep fried pickles if you are looking for the classic taste!

Other vendors will be there with pickle-themed options for you to take home! Jars of pickled goodies, pickled flavored candy, pickle jewelry and pickle fabrics will be available for purchase at the festival!

Don’t miss out on this Pittsburgh tradition!

National Hot Dog Month

admin - Monday, July 17, 2017

July is the hottest month for many regions across the United States, but that’s not all it’s known for—July is also National Hot Dog Month, and the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans will consume over seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over July 4th weekend, a whopping 155 million were enjoyed, making it no surprise that July celebrates all things hot dog!

Every year, Americans consume an average of 60 hot dogs each, and we can guess why—they’re everyone’s favorite! Whether you’re at a baseball game, family cook-out, or movie theatre (yes, some movie theatres now sell these delicious links), hot dogs can be enjoyed by mostly everyone, mostly everywhere. According to the website infoplease, the term “hot dog” originated at a 1901 baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York, when vendors began selling hot dachshund sausages in rolls. Cartoonist Tad Dorgan could hear the vendors yelling “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot” but upon sketching the scene was unsure of how to spell “dachshund,” so he opted for “hot dog” instead.

While the most popular toppings are ketchup, mustard, and relish, there are more ways to spice up a hot dog than you may think. We have found some truly delicious recipes that you’ll love to try at home—they incorporate the “classic” feel with a whole new twist!

Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish
If you want to keep the classic taste of relish but add a little excitement.

Nacho Dog
Can’t decide between nachos or hot dogs? Why not combine them both!

Pretzel Buns with Grilled Dogs and Spicy Cheese Sauce
Who says the bun can’t have a little flavor of its own?

Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs
Spice things up with this chipotle-seasoned dog.

Brooklyn’s Corniest Hot Dogs
Feeling corny? These hot dogs will help.

BLT Dogs
For all the bacon-lovers out there.

No-Bun Hot Dogs
If you’re gluten-free, or prefer a fresher twist!

Mac & Cheese Dogs
Classic American food at its finest.

Pizza Dogs
If you could go for a slice, try mixing it up with this recipe.

Coney Island Hot Dogs
Bring Coney Island home with you by trying this hot dog!

Guinness® Dogs
If you love beer, you’ll love this dog.

Pittsburgh is an especially great place for hot dogs, because we’re home to Franktuary, a hot dog restaurant founded in 2004 by college friends Megan and Tim. Each hot dog is topped with locally sourced regional and ethnic condiments, and are available at the Lawrenceville and Market Square locations, so if you’re a City View or Park View resident, these amazing frankfurters are right around the corner! If you’re not feeling very stationary, no worries, Franktuary also has two food trucks that are available for booking! Check out their website here: www.franktuary.com.

Have you tried any of these recipes before, or plan to try them in the future? Share your hot dog experiences with us on Instagram @farosresidential with the hashtag #HotDogMonth, or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityViewPgh/, https://www.facebook.com/ParkViewPgh, or https://www.facebook.com/CarsonStreetApts/. Now get out there and enjoy those hot dogs!

Pittsburgh Breweries

admin - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It’s no secret that Pittsburgh encompasses some of most city-proud individuals, who show their dedication to black & gold in a multitude of ways, ranging from sports logo tattoos, Penguins and Steelers parades, and neighborhood events open to all city-dwellers. This pride extends even further to local restaurants and breweries, many of which make appearances at events, including Imbibe North Side and the Market Square Farmers Market. With the popularity of artisan food and craft beer skyrocketing, it’s not surprising that Pittsburgh is adamantly keeping up with the trend! There are many local breweries based in the city that brew delicious beers all while sporting black & gold pride. Below you can find a list of some of the city’s most popular breweries, with information and a link to each of their websites.

War Streets Brewery
As their website states, “each of our beer recipes uses only the finest hops, barley, and other ingredients to combine for an exceptional tasting brew.” War Streets Brewery advertises themselves as having a “beer for every street,” and is opening soon. A list of their beers can be found here: http://www.warstreetsbrewery.com/beers.html.

East End Brewery
This Pittsburgh-based company started in 2004 brews fresh, local beer, and distributes kegs, cans, and a few large bottles throughout Western PA. With two locations that both offer pints, tastings, big bottles, Crowlers, and Growlers to go, this might be the place for you if you enjoy beer in large quantities and special beer-themed events! Find a list of their beers here: http://www.eastendbrewing.com/beers/.

Penn Brewery
A little older than the two listed above, Penn Brewery began their beer escapade in 1986, starting with German beer styles and recently expanding to IPAs and other contemporary favorites. All beers are hand brewed, and they host special beer-tasting events that are sure to make your taste buds feel good! If you want to know more, check out their website at www.pennbrew.com.

Pittsburgh Brewing Company
What could be more “Pittsburgh” than a company named after the city itself? Established in 1861, Pittsburgh Brewing Company is deeply committed to the Pittsburgh community, strong traditions, and tasteful craft beer. They’re on a mission to make Pittsburgh proud of its hometown brewery, and are constantly working to perfect their beers. If you would like to know more about their mission and values, click here: http://pittsburghbrewing.com/company/about-pittsburgh-brewing-company/.

Allegheny City Brewing Co.
Located in the historic Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Allegheny City Brewing is the result of three beer-lovers who worked hard and visited dozens of breweries to create their own small craft brewery. After gaining inspiration and perfecting their craft, they returned to Pittsburgh in 2013 and officially opened Allegheny City Brewing in 2016. To find out more, check out http://www.alleghenycitybrewing.com/.

Hop Farm Brewing Co.
Gaining inspiration from his home-grown hops, Hop Farm Brewing Co. “brewmaster” and co-owner practiced home brewing for a decade before enrolling in the American Brewers Guild program. Both hobbies of growing hops and making beer came together and Hop Farm Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2013 in Lawrenceville. To learn more, visit http://hopfarmbrewingco.com/about.htm.

We are particularly excited to host Allegheny City Brewing Co. at Park View Apartments on Thursday, July 6th, where they’ll be sampling various beers for all residents. If you can’t make it out, no worries—these breweries often host events around the city, which are open to all individuals (21+) who have an interest in artisanal beer! Check out the links to their websites for more information on specific events coming up, which will allow you to explore the beautiful city of Pittsburgh all while enjoying a refreshing beer.

If you’re a Park View resident, be sure to let us know what you thought of the beer sampling by getting in touch with us on Instagram (@farosresidential) with the hashtag #lovewhereyoulive, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ParkViewPgh/.

Jump Into July Events

rebecca - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It’s that time again—time for the list of summer activities for this month! If you didn’t get a chance to check out any of last month’s events, or if you tried a few and are eager to experience more summer fun, no worries! You’ll find more exciting things happening around Pittsburgh in this special July events blog.

Many of the activities from June are still up and running, so feel free to revisit that page and refresh your memory at https://farosresidential.com/sliding-into-summer/. The events that we’ve picked out for this month are listed below!

  • Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen
    • We’re always excited to announce events happening in the North Side, and this one is guaranteed to impress. The museum is hosting a special exploration of artist Andy Warhol’s fascination with Hollywood and celebrity, and features pieces from Warhol’s personal collection of artwork, photographs, video diaries, and more, all focused on stardom. Much like Warhol had an infatuation with fame, we’re sure you’ll have the same feelings toward this classic exhibit. For more information, visit https://www.warhol.org/exhibition/andy-warhol-stars-of-the-silver-screen/.
  • Body in the Landscape of the Mind
    • Penn Gallery is hosting an exhibit by Angela Biederman, a sculptural artist with a primarily clay medium who is influenced by the natural world. This exhibit focuses on ceramic sculptures that reference the body abstractly, and the ways in which the mind and its thoughts can be turned into tangible art objects that help represent these bodily forms. Penn Gallery is located on Penn Avenue right by the David L. Lawrence convention center, so if you are a Park View or City View Apartment resident, this might be a great neighborhood event to explore! More information can be found here: http://pressroom.trustarts.org/2017/06/15/visual-arts-body-in-the-landscape-of-the-mind-707-penn-gallery/.
  • Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2017 Season
    • If you enjoy more classical artistic experiences, or have never been to an opera but want to satisfy your curiosity, then look no further! The Pittsburgh Opera 2017 season is in full swing, with operas sung in English, music theatre performances, family-friendly productions, and more. These take place every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Winchester Thurston school. Find out more about this opera-tunity at http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org/.
  • After-Dark Potterfest
    • If you’re a Potterhead like many of us are, this is the event for you. On July 21st, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is hosting Potterfest, a special 21+ event that is all about witches, wizards, and magic in the natural world. There will be various Hogwarts-inspired activities to participate in, ranging from examining specimens to brushing up on how to care for magical creatures. Enjoy FREE admission to this summer’s The Power of Poison exhibit (usually 5 dollars), and drink wine or beer (or both!) while exploring the magic of the museum. Still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to come in the mail? No worries, you can speed up the process by clicking here: http://afterdark.carnegiemnh.org/.
  • 7th Annual Violet Rippy 5K Walk/Run for Pulmonary Fibrosis
    • We’re pleased to announce yet another event happening in the North Side (easily accessible to Park View/City View!) especially because it’s for such a good cause. On July 15th, you can walk or run to raise awareness and funds for the University of Pittsburgh Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC, on the pathway to finding a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis. All proceeds go to the Simmons Center for research, education, and awareness. Register today at violetrippy5k.org.
  • Deutschtown Music Festival
    • Another North Side event—our favorite! The 5th Annual Deutschtown Music Festival will take place on July 15th, which is a FREE two-day festival focused on 200+ bands, 7 outdoor stages, and over 20 indoor venues. There’s family friendly programming during the day, and multiple bars and clubs participating throughout the night, making it the perfect event for all! If you’re a Park View or City View resident, FREE shuttles with multiple stops in the North Side and North Shore will be available to take you to and from!
  • Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
    • Are you into cars? Check this out—Pittsburgh is hosting its annual Grand Prix, complete with 10+ days of racing, vintage cars, and more! There’s a full day of activities TODAY, July 12th, in Downtown, with a parade of show cars through US Steel Plaza, PPG Place, and Market Square. If you can’t make it to that, don’t worry, there are plenty more prix-fect events happening throughout the week. Check out the schedule here: pvgp.org.

Are you as excited for these July events as we are? We’d love to see which ones you explored, so make sure to follow us on Instagram @farosresidential and post your pictures of the events with the hashtag #MyKindOfJuly. Did we miss anything? Let us know what you’ve discovered by Tweeting us @farosresidential. Happy July-ing!

Have the Best Picnic Ever

rebecca - Monday, July 10, 2017

It’s summer time. You’ve been waiting for this all year, and it’s finally here. Summer is the best time of the year to have a picnic with your loved ones. Many things can go wrong, but if you plan accordingly you can avoid picnic disasters that may ruin your time. Get ready to enjoy your time because we have the perfect tips for you!

What to bring:

  • Basket or Bag: to carry all your picnic essentials.
  • Blanket: to sit on while you enjoy your nice meal.
  • Silverware: to eat your food. Don’t forget spoons for dessert!
  • Napkins: just in case you spill something or get grease on your hands.
  • Umbrella: to make sure you are ready for any type of weather
  • Cups: to serve your favorite drink.
  • Music: to set the mood
  • Bug spray: the last thing you want is to have mosquitos bother you.
  • Food & Drinks: make sure to not forget the essentials!

Locations for your picnic in Pittsburgh:

  • Point State Park: If you’re not really into the nature scene, this is a great location to avoid grass. You can sit on the steps as you enjoy the fountains mist over you. Perfect for a hot day!
  • Mount Washington: Make a whole trip out of your picnic date. Take the Duquesne Incline and end up in Mount Washington where you can find a spot looking over Pittsburgh’s skyline. Then head over to grab ice cream in a nearby shop.
  • Randy Land: This is the perfect spot if you’re in for a wild ride. Visit Randy Land in the North Side and eat your food in Randy’s beautiful backyard that is open to the public free of charge. What makes this place special is the experience that comes with it. Sit down and listen to Randy’s tales as you enjoy a quick bite.
  • Frick Park: For the adventurer that wants to walk around after the picnic and explore new grounds. This 650-acre park is an excellent choice. Even your dog can tag along!
  • Schenley Plaza: Enjoy a beautiful day out by visiting this plaza that serves as an entrance to Schenley Park. After, head over and explore The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus.

Picnic Hacks:

  • Tic-Tack boxes: Use these recycled containers to pack your different spices.
  • To-go wine cups: Buy pre-packaged wine to make your day go smother and maximize the space in your basket.
  • To-go speaker: Bring a glass cup and stick your phone in there to turn up the music for a picnic full of dancing.
  • Disposable utensils: Once you’re done, throw away what you’ve used. This makes cleaning up easier.
  • Mason Jars: Use these, to pack certain foods like salads. You can eat out of the container making your picnic prep easier.
  • Shower Curtain: Lay a shower curtain under your blanket to avoid it from getting damp.
  • Pack cold foods: This way you don’t have to worry if your food getting cold. Remember, cheese platters go perfectly with wine.

Make A Splash In Pittsburgh

rebecca - Friday, July 7, 2017

The hot summer sun is shining down on Pittsburgh, making it so tempting to stay indoors and out of the sweltering heat. However, the city has plenty of opportunities for you to cool down all while enjoying the beautiful weather. From swimming pools to water parks you are bound to find the best and of course, most convenient spot for you to enjoy the sun and stay chilled at the same time.

One of Pittsburgh’s great attractions is Sandcastle Water Park. The Park is located right in Homestead making it a quick, easy drive from anywhere in the city. You can even see some of the parks tallest water slides while crossing the Homestead Grays Bridge!  Once inside the park there are plenty of options sure to suit everyone. For the more adventurous type, head over to all of the thrilling water slides for an exciting afternoon. If you are looking for more of a relaxing day, grab an inner tube and float down the lazy river all afternoon long.  In addition there are multiple swimming pools and water fountains for you to explore. Sandcastle is open Sunday-Friday from 11am to 6pm and stays open until 7pm on Saturdays. You can purchase your tickets online or at the gate. Looking for ways to get discounted tickets? Check out WPXI’s weather forecast for the day and if there is a 50% chance of rain tickets are 50% off! It may seem like a risk, but don’t worry, if they park closes down that day because of rain you receive a pass to come another day! Visit their website for more details.

Another park not too far from the city of Pittsburgh is Idlewild’s SoakZone. Similar to Sandcastle it’s a great opportunity for a fun-filled day with family and friends!

Looking for somewhere to cool down but don’t have time to make an entire day out of it? Pittsburgh has two water features in the city to cool you off for FREE! Located in the North Shore right along the river walk are the water steps. This is the perfect area to get cooled off while having killer views of the city! The other city water feature is located at PPG Place in the middle of downtown. The fountains are open for use from 3pm to 10 pm Monday through Friday and 6am to 10pm on the weekends!

The city of Pittsburgh is filled with public pools for you to sunbathe and swim at. Check out this listing of outdoor pools to find the best fit for you!

Lucky for our residents at City View Apartments you do not have to travel at all to cool down on a hot summer day. The Olympic-sized swimming pool located right outside is open from 9am to 9pm every day through August 21st. Invite your friends over and show off this luxurious amenity!

Happy Swimming!