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Pittsburgh rated a favorite foodie city

Pittsburgh comes in at No. 3 in Livability.com’s top 10 foodie cities for 2015. The reason: consistent rave reviews by local and national food critics, as well as recognition from the James Beard Foundation. 

Of course Primanti’s  is mentioned, but Livability also noted the top-rated local dining establishments posted on Yelp. The food spotlighted? The Liege waffle at Waffallonia, the menu at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, and the cuisine at Cafe Du Jour French Bistro. And not to be upstaged -- the kebabs and kazandibi at Istanbul Sofra -- all testament to the diverse palates of local foodies. 

Pittsburgh was edged out of first and second place by Coral Gables, Fla., at No. 1 and Omaha at No. 2. 

See the full list of Top Foodie cities here.

'The coolest American city you haven't been to'

The Huffington Post is whetting the appetite of Pittsburgh-bound tourists lately, calling it “the coolest American city you haven’t been to.”

Journalist Andrea Poe examines Pittsburgh in all of its quirky glory, from Randyland and the Duquesne Incline to The Mattress Factory and the Bayernhof Museum.

“Downtown Pittsburgh is infused with an authentic, indie-spirited vibrancy you don't see much in cities anymore,” Poe writes.

Read the full post here.

BBC Popup team divulges stories from the Steel City

During a month-long stay on Pittsburgh’s shores in November, the BBC Popup team asked residents what it means to hail from the Three Rivers.

In the video “Life in Pittsburgh: Secrets from the Steel City,” a colorful parking attendant in the Strip District explains the essence of the city over a montage of Primanti’s sandwiches and Penn Avenue street vendors.

“It’s the people,” he says. “The people make Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh welcomes people from all over the world.”

Watch the complete video here.

4Moms' Origami stroller makes cameo on NBC's Parenthood

Origami, the power-folding, self-charging wonder stroller created by Pittsburgh wunderkompany 4moms, made a recent appearance on the NBC prime-time series Parenthood.

As expectant mom Amber and her brother Drew browse a baby boutique in preparation for the family's new arrival, a sales associate demonstrates the Origami as it springs to life in the store.

“I can’t recommend the Origami stroller more highly,” the sales associate tells the characters. “It’s got a cell phone charger, LCD display, daytime running lights, pathway lights.”

See the segment that left us star-struck here.

Entrepreneurs resurrect former churches throughout Pittsburgh

The New York Times’ Travel section recently highlighted the myriad churches throughout Pittsburgh that have been turned into clubs, apartments, cafes, theaters and restaurants.

“A look at Pittsburgh’s many reused churches, in fact, remains a unique way of exploring the city,” reporter Dan Eldridge writes.
Among the hotspots cited: The Priory Hotel in the North Side, the Church Recording Studio in the South Hills, the Braddock Community Café, and Mr. Smalls concert venue in Millvale.

Read the full travel story here.

A Luxury Travel Blog shares Pittsburgh's top five treasures

Looking for the lap of luxury in Pittsburgh? The finest elegance in the City of Steel can be found in five exquisite places, according to A Luxury Travel Blog.

Among the treasures: the Grand Concourse Restaurant, The Frick Art & Historical Center, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, and Wigle Whiskey.

“A beautiful city of contrasts full of grand historic sites mixed with modern dynamic sites firmly rooted in the future,” writes blogger Jennifer Berg.

Travelers with a taste for the finer things in life would do well to explore Pittsburgh’s luxurious offerings, Berg says.

Read the full blog post here.

Smithsonian Magazine celebrates History Center exhibit

“Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation” at the Senator John Heinz History Center caught the eye of Smithsonian Magazine this week.

The publication noted the many contributions Pittsburgh has made to the city throughout it’s 16,000-year history, including introducing the world to the first emoticons, banana splits, ground coffee, ketchup and Big Macs.

“The city has continually reinvented itself,” Smithsonian journalist Max Kutner writes. “At the turn of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was home to thriving glassblowing and iron industries. Over time, that money stayed local, but found its way into other types of business.”

Read the full story and watch a video detailing Pittsburgh’s many firsts hhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-pittsburgh-city-behind-pro-football-big-macs-and-polio-vaccine-180952839/ere.

Sports museum among top 5 for travelers

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, on the second and third floors of the Senator John Heinz History Museum, is a sanctuary for sports lovers, both near and far.

Artifacts, memorabilia and a mix of audio and visual exhibitions capture some of sports’ most mind-boggling moments of sports, according to TravelPulse.com.

“Whether hitting a home run or celebrating runners going for the gold, the city’s love for sports continuously prevails in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum,” the travel site says.

See the full list here.

Chicago blogger rallies in support of a bikeable Pittsburgh

Despite the negativity coming from Pittsburgh cab drivers, blogger Matt Carmichael says Pittsburgh's efforts at bikeability give him hope. 

During a recent visit to Pittsburgh for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference, Carmichael noted the protected bike lanes installed outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and started asking around.

While Mayor Bill Peduto told conference attendees he wants his city to be among the most bike-friendly in the nation, Carmichael argued with the cabbies who see cyclists as a traffic nuisance.

In the end, Carmichael vouched his support for the placemaking movement represented by Pittsburgh’s latest protected bike lanes running along Penn Avenue from Sixth Street to 16th Street.

Read Carmichael’s full post here.

Pittsburgh seeks to expand riverfront access to the public

"Pittsburgh exists for three reasons: the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio," writes Pittsburgh-based writer Christine O'Toole in the New York Times. "In the 20th century, the banks of those rivers were controlled by industrial behemoths. They largely lost that identity after the waning of the steel industry in the 1980s. Over the last two decades, however, the city’s progress in clearing and cleaning its waterfront has created 12 miles of recreational trails, three professional sports stadiums, several boat landings and an influx of nearly 2,000 new downtown residents.

"The city has managed to leverage a $124 million investment in publicly accessible riverfront into $4 billion in corporate, public, nonprofit and entertainment development downtown.

"That success has renewed a debate that would have been unthinkable in Pittsburgh’s polluted industrial heyday: how best to expand public access to the shorelines of the three rivers. Projects proposed for two of the largest tracts left to be developed on the downtown fringe illustrate the opportunities and limits of public-private partnerships..."

Read the full story here.

Five reasons to visit Pittsburgh

Blogger Polly Higgins writes: "Because it's my hometown, Pittsburgh is a required destination on the annual itinerary. Still, every time I visit, as I did last weekend, I am reminded how much there is to do in the under-the-radar town.

Though far west in the Keystone State, a trip to Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvania Turnpike clocks under seven hours from Brooklyn. This is a good enough distance to wash off the workweek, but not so cumbersome as to require more than a long weekend."

Here are her recommendations, from the Carnegie Museum to the Strip District.

Read the story here.

Savoy featured as stylish new dining spot in the Strip

The Examiner profiles and reviews one of Pittsburgh's newer restaurants, the sophisticated and savvy Savoy in the Strip.

Read the review here.

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.

So that's why they call it Kidsburgh

When this vacation blogger came to Pittsburgh, she wondered why they called it Kidsburgh. After her family visit, which included the Aviary, Primanti's and the Science Center, she knew why.

Read the full story here.

Is Pittsburgh the new Hollywood?

Is Pittsburgh the Hollywood of the east? With the new film partnerships--the Entertainment Technology Center and Knight Vision Studios--at 31st Studios, not to mention tax incentives and a growing talent pool, the buzz is only growing.

See the news video here.
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