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'Thank You, Pittsburgh, For The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made'

Shadyside’s Prantl’s Bakery got a major shoutout from Huffington Post writer Julie Thomson this week. She proclaimed their burnt almond torte to be the best cake in America. And as she hails from New York City, that’s saying something.

“To say that the burnt almond torte is light and airy doesn't even begin to describe the texture of this cake,” writes Thomson. “It is beyond that. This cake is so airy it tastes like the idea of a cake, one that can only be tasted in the best of dreams.”
 
Except it’s real and you could have it erryday if you wanted because you live in Pittsburgh.

Ellis students celebrate International Day of the Girl in this unscripted video

In honor of the United Nation's international Day of the Girl, the students of The Ellis School were asked, "What do you wish that adults would work for to make the world a better place for girls?"  See thee range of responses in this unscripted video then help share their message. What will you do to make the world a better place for girls and young women? 

Click here to view the video.

Yes, Cleveland, there is lots to love about your sister city, Pittsburgh

Except for two days a year when our football teams face each other, there's no reason not to love their sister city Pittsburgh, say these two Cleveland authors. From walking Walnut St to stops at Eleven and Dish and a stay at the charming Morning Glory Inn, they find a weekend in Pittsburgh to be quite wonderful.

But what took them to Robinson Twp for the one thing they can't find in Pittsburgh?

Read the full story here.

Brett Freund up for Emerging Artist of 2012 in Ceramics Daily

Selected as one of 14 finalists for the 2012 Emerging Artist award by Ceramic Arts Daily, artist Brett Freund returned to Pittsburgh a year ago following grad school and travel. He now he uses the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Glass Center to fire and finish his work.

Read about him here and then take then vote for him.

Read more about Brett here and see his work here.

Pop City's Mad Men feature picked up by Business Week

That Mad Men masthead photo we featured a few weeks ago, along with the guide to Mad Men-esque places throughout the burgh, was republished in Business Week online, aka, Bloomberg. Missed it the first time? See it here.

Give and Take tees, by CoCo's Cupcake-ista, as philanthropic as they are fashionable

Pop City's PA-wide sister publication Keystone Edge profiles Give and Take, a Pittsburgh HQ-ed line of funky, charitable tees. The line is sold nationally at Bloomingdale's, Urban Outfitters and other chic boutiques, and benefits nearly two dozen charities. A growing number of its designs are associated with celebrity charities, such as Comic Relief, and the firm is working with actress Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project and Live Aid.

Give and Take has launched a new T-shirt collection dubbed Glad Rags, which feature images of Great Depression-era hobo markings and codings. Proceeds from these shirts will benefit the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Give and Take's proprietress, Shea Mullen, also runs CoCo's Cupcake Cafe in Shadyside.

Click here to read the complete Keystone Edge article.

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Pittsburgh is for crafters: Five local stops that highlight handmade

Pittsburgh gets some gushy, well-deserved love in a recent post on Handmade in PA, a blog devoted to supporting the arts and crafts in Pennsylvania.

The post, by Carrie Nardini of I Made It! Market and Pittsburgh Craft Collective, calls out "five stops [that] highlight some opportunities for making and selling, learning and experiencing craft hands-on."

1. The Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District "offers exhibitions, a juried gallery shop filled with beautifully handcrafted items, classes in their studios and short 'Try It' workshops where master artisans provide a taste of their craft in one session enabling participants walk away with a final product."

2. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside "offers classes in a variety of medium including ceramics, photography, metals and printmaking; holds a summer camp for kids; and features a gallery and juried shop."

3. Touchstone Center for Crafts, about an hour outside the city, "offers week and weekend long intensive classes for beginners and artists seeing to fine tune their skill set."

4. Wildcard, on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, sells "all handmade wares with a focus on items produced by local artists and makers."

5. I Made It! Market, "Pittsburgh's nomadic indie crafts marketplace," pops up six to eight times a year throughout the city. Next I Made It! is Sat., Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Union Project in Highland Park.

Click here to read the complete Made in PA blog post.

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Dozen, CoCo's battle it out for best cupcake in the Burgh

The battle for "best cupcake in the Burgh" emerges once again, this time as a poll on blog Boring Pittsburgh.

The contenders: CoCo's in Shadyside and Dozen, which last week opened its fifth location, this one on the South Side.

Currently, Dozen is in the lead with 56 percent of the votes, CoCo's got 20 percent, and 24 percent of the votes go to write-ins.

Looks like Dozen's got this match in the (pastry) bag, but we say: Don't count out Vanilla Pastry Studio to rear its pretty little head.

Click here to read the complete Boring Pittsburgh blog post.

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From grime to glam: Posh Pittsburgh neighborhoods

CNN highlights Pittsburgh by focusing on some of our neighborhoods that offer "great shopping and even better dining."

The article recommends exploring the formerly seedy, now-hot Lawrenceville for locally owned boutiques (including Sugar) and eateries (they suggest trying to the lasagna at BYOB Piccolo Forno; we suggest the wood-fired pizza preceded by a margarita at the Round Corner Cantina just across the street). The Strip District gets called out as a foodie destination--there's java at 21st Street Coffee and Tea (a Pop City favorite) and sweet treats at Enrico Biscotti Company.

The article also recommends fashionistas pop into e.b. Pepper and Moda on Shadyside's Walnut Street, and refuel in Squirrel Hill with Thai at Bangkok Balcony and cupcakes at Dozen.

And though Sewickley's not quite a city neighborhood, the borough--11 miles northwest of the city--makes an appearance, thanks to its unique boutiques and the affordably chic food at the Sewickley Cafe.

The article also guides readers to a CNN video that chronicles Pittsburgh's progression from a depressed steel town to the revitalized host of the G-20 global summit.

To read the complete CNN article, click here.
To view the CNN video, click here.


Pittsburgh's neighborhoods serve up tasty treats and unique boutiques

The New York Post highlights Pittsburgh as an exciting travel destination, with a clear focus on our diverse neighborhoods and all the art, culture, shopping, food and drink they have to offer.

East Liberty's Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Shadow Lounge and Kelly's Bar get some loving, as well as Bloomfield's authentic Italian food finds at Groceria Italiana and Donatelli's Italian Food Center. The article also drools over Legume's three-course vegetarian dinner and D's Six-Pax's Beer Cave in Regent Square; the lattes at Tazza d'Oro in Highland Park; Lawrenceville's Arsenal Bowling Lanes and independent shops and galleries; and the luxury lotions at the 105-year-old Schiller's Pharmacy in Shadyside.

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