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Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

By Shahum Ajmal and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot | TPN Staff

July 11, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

As the City of Pittsburgh wound down from Fourth of July celebrations and stormy weather, the South Side neighborhood prepared for the 14th annual SouthSide Works Exposed arts festival from July 6 to 8. The event was sponsored by City Vets PGH, a new urgent care veterinary practice in the South S...

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

The City of Pittsburgh’s North Side was filled with the sound of country music and the sight of about 25 tons of trash this past weekend as the Kenny Chesney concert took over Heinz Field and the surrounding parking lots for tailgates. But across the river from the hard-partying country fans, a different crowd...

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Uncategorized

Betsy Lewis, Emmy Brown and Emily Richards walked down Butler Street amid sun-showers and humidity Saturday afternoon. As rising juniors at Pitt majoring in microbiology, neuroscience and physics, respectively, they ventured out of Oakland to admire local art displayed along the sidewalks of Lawrence...

Staff Picks: Coffee Craziness

Staff Picks: Coffee Craziness

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

For some, getting caffeinated is the most important part of mornings in college. But others prefer using the local coffee shops for an afternoon date, a study session or a meet-up with old friends. Whether you are a hard-core coffee addict and need all of the espresso shots you can get or just want ...

Staff Picks: Pizza Party

Staff Picks: Pizza Party

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

One thing most Pitt students learn during their first few months on campus is that they must choose sides for the ongoing battle between Sorrento’s Pizza Roma and Antoon’s Pizza.  Both sit on Atwood Street in South Oakland and both are frequented by Pitt students. The allegiance of some students...

Taco lovers lose their minds at Highmark Stadium

Taco lovers lose their minds at Highmark Stadium

By Delilah Bourque | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Food & Drink, Uncategorized

Think of your favorite food, the most versatile and delicious thing you think you could eat for every meal. Maybe for you, it’s pizza, pasta or sandwiches. For some, that food is tacos. Over the weekend of May 20, a mass of Pittsburgh’s most famous Mexican food descended upon Highmark Stadium near...

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

By Sarah Connor | Culture Editor

May 23, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Now that college students have finished their finals and high school students are going to prom, the summer season is truly about to begin. The City of Pittsburgh is ready to celebrate the sunny months with some free outdoor events. Typical summer events — like the Independence Day celebration ...

Cocktail classroom: Professors bring classes to the bars

Cocktail classroom: Professors bring classes to the bars

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

April 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

A professor walks into a bar to talk about statistical issues in business. This sounds like the opening line of bad joke — but it's a reality for some Pitt professors. Though it is rather unconventional, some University staff members have been relocating class to more sociable areas on campus, s...

Out with the old, in with the bowl: Crave-a-bowl opens in Oakland

Out with the old, in with the bowl: Crave-a-bowl opens in Oakland

By Derek Wagner | For The Pitt News

April 10, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

After Qdoba’s sudden and disappointing closing, a new restaurant quickly popped up in its place. Crave-A-Bowl, the ambiguously named newcomer to the Oakland food scene, opened just over a week ago and has generated a fair amount of buzz due to it replacing the popular burrito-based spot. Owned ...

Halal: Is it meat you’re looking for?

Halal: Is it meat you’re looking for?

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When asked about my diet, I’ve stated the same phrase countless times. “Depending on my options, I'm either a vegetarian, pescatarian or meat eater,” I say. I am a 19-year-old Muslim, so when it comes to eating, the wheres and whys are a little more complicated than deciding between a sweet o...

Sree’s Foods serves up Indian cuisine in Oakland

Sree’s Foods serves up Indian cuisine in Oakland

By Sarah Connor | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Nestled next to Peace, Love and Little Donuts on Meyran Avenue sits a small, family-owned shop selling homemade Indian food. A colorful sign hanging from the top of the building reading “Sree’s Foods” welcomes customers into the quick-service restaurant. Sree’s Foods is a restaurant that serves a...

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

In the great beer hall at Hofbrauhaus every Thursday night, college students dance under the warm light of chandeliers to authentic live music — partaking in a beloved College Night tradition. But when Pitt senior accounting and business information systems major Derek Arnold walked into College ...

Oakland Restaurant Week hosts 6 days of $6 lunches

Oakland Restaurant Week hosts 6 days of $6 lunches

By Shahum Ajmal and Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Students on a budget can ditch Market Central for the week and try out a new restaurant on Forbes or Fifth Avenue for a discounted price instead. Oakland Restaurant Week — which takes place from Monday, Jan. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 3 — is hosted and funded by the Oakland Business Improvement Di...

Review: Salud Juicery opens in Oakland

Review: Salud Juicery opens in Oakland

By Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

January 23, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Just blocks away from Pitt’s campus, Oakland residents now have access to a tasty and healthy alternative to frozen treats and juices. Salud Juicery recently opened its fourth location in the Pittsburgh area — tucked away at 3400 Fifth Avenue. The unadvertised soft opening Friday, Jan. 5, allow...

Best of Oakland food run

Best of Oakland food run

By Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

January 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When I woke up Thursday morning, I felt a little stressed. Weighed down by schoolwork I had yet to complete, and with a long band practice ahead of me that evening, I knew I needed some good food to carry me through the day. I realized the only logical option was to eat at The Pitt News readers’ fav...

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

By Jaime Viens / Contributing Editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Each year we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November — we eat turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes to commemorate the 1621 feast at which Pilgrims and Wampanoags peacefully gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts. And every year since, Americans have put aside their own family...

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Television

When Anthony Bourdain goes to any city, locals are bound to complain that he missed one of the best restaurants or didn’t talk to an important person. But when Bourdain’s Pittsburgh episode of “Parts Unknown” aired on CNN Sunday night, many Pittsburghers were furious, claiming the show didn...

Local eats in Oakland, around Pittsburgh

Local eats in Oakland, around Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

If you are looking for eating options in Pittsburgh, checkout one of the many restaurants listed below: Qdoba Mexican Eats 3712 Forbes Ave. Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 412-802-7866 $ Qdoba offers the best in Mexican cuisine from burritos to quesadillas...

Staff picks: cheap eats in Oakland

Staff picks: cheap eats in Oakland

By TPN Staff

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

With Red Oak Cafe’s closure, Pitt students could go hungry come fall. But here at The Pitt News, we won’t let that happen. There are plenty of restaurants in Oakland to choose from — you just need to find the right spots. We’ve enlisted some editors and writers from The Pitt News to compile some o...

Imbibing expectations: alcohol’s effect on behavior

Imbibing expectations: alcohol’s effect on behavior

By Prachi Patel / For The Pitt News

April 14, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

“Wine makes you a little bit tired. Tequila makes you a little more crazy.” Senior Brock Baranowski is confident in these assertions — a firm believer in the concept that certain drinks encourage certain feelings or actions. Gregg Higgins, a second-year graduate student in the School of Pub...

Tracking trivia: the history of quiz night in Oakland

Tracking trivia: the history of quiz night in Oakland

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Puzzles, Top Stories

Standing beside a booth sticky from nights of shot pitchers and beer specials, Steve McCalley asked a room full of diners and drinkers if they could differentiate between the names of characters from “Game of Thrones” and players in the National Football League. With Maroon 5 playing in the backg...

Crafting the perfect story: beer writing in Pittsburgh

Crafting the perfect story: beer writing in Pittsburgh

By Lexi Kennell / Senior Staff Writer

April 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

In the eyes of Hop Culture co-founder Kenny Gould, craft beer isn’t just an alcoholic beverage — it’s an essential part of Pittsburgh culture. Gould got the idea for Hop Culture — an online craft beer magazine — in the spring of 2016 after realizing there weren’t many people writing about beer for ...

Vegging out with heavy metal vibes

Vegging out with heavy metal vibes

By Taylor Pecarchik / For The Pitt News

April 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

Sometimes you just can’t choose between listening to heavy metal and finding some vegan-friendly eats — and, at Onion Maiden, you don’t have to. At the new restaurant, named for the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden — best known for the songs “Run to the Hills” and “Hallowed Be Thy...

Cats and coffee: Pittsburgh joins growing trend

Cats and coffee: Pittsburgh joins growing trend

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

When Amy Leone and her daughter, of South Fayette Township, sat down Saturday morning to sip coffee and eat a fresh chocolate chip cookie, they were waiting for something more than the typical Starbucks experience. Leone and her daughter were eagerly anticipating their 11 a.m. reservation to lounge with ...

Mix it up: Pittsburghers make bartending into a career

Mix it up: Pittsburghers make bartending into a career

By Ian Flanagan / Senior Staff Writer

February 3, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Katie Keenan stands behind the bar at Hemingway’s Cafe on Thursday night, in front of a bar packed with mostly students overflowing the bar stools and infringing on each other’s elbow room. Keenan, wearing a black tank top with the Miller Lite logo across the front, scoops up two bottles of l...

Vegans are people, too

Vegans are people, too

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

January 30, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When I was still new to veganism, all I posted on social media were facts: “useless” male chicks are often thrown into grinders or suffocated. More than 30 millions cows are killed every year to feed Americans. Farmers often break off piglets’ teeth to make sure they won’t bite each other wh...

GoPuff brings convenience store delivery to Oakland

GoPuff brings convenience store delivery to Oakland

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

As anyone who has ever had an aha moment knows, coming up with ideas is easy. Putting them into action — especially as a college student — is the hard part. That didn’t stop Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola, who co-founded the on-demand convenience delivery service, goPuff, in 2013 as student...

Another chain moves in, bringing a brighter future

Another chain moves in, bringing a brighter future

By Ariel Pastore-Sebring / Staff Writer

January 19, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Even before Piada Italian Street Food’s official opening, students had already begun referring to the restaurant as “the Italian Chipotle.” When I first heard the phrase, I thought, “Great, another homogenous chain eats up any authenticity left on Forbes Avenue.” But after snooping aroun...

Chef Trevett Hooper brings farm-fresh produce to Oakland

Chef Trevett Hooper brings farm-fresh produce to Oakland

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Trevett Hooper has spent the past seven years crafting fine dining experiences — from the simplest hors d'oeuvres to the most complicated entrees — at Legume on North Craig Street with the freshest ingredients he can find. But starting in June, next door to his former haute hangout, Hooper will u...

With Piada, Oakland restaurant scene expands

With Piada, Oakland restaurant scene expands

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Oakland’s food scene is getting an update this month with the opening of three eateries minutes from campus. Though they’re all new to Oakland, the restaurants — all with “build it yourself” options — cater to a younger generation’s appetite. Piada Italian Street Food After a “VIP” opening over the...

Redhawk brings independent coffee to the streets of Oakland

Redhawk brings independent coffee to the streets of Oakland

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

January 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

Braden Walter Jr. was driving to Espresso A Mano — where he worked as a barista — on a Sunday morning in February 2015. It was a normal day. Until his car slid into a telephone pole on Butler Street. At least, he thinks it was a telephone pole — his memory of the crash is hazy at best. M...

A place to unwind: No 24-hour diners in Oakland

A place to unwind: No 24-hour diners in Oakland

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

It’s 3 a.m., and you’re in the midst of pulling an all-nighter, finishing an essay for one course and studying for a final exam in another. Your stomach growls, and you realize you haven’t eaten since breakfast. You examine your options: Market Central is closed, but you can still grab McDonald...

FeelGood Pitt to host weekend grilled cheese marathon

FeelGood Pitt to host weekend grilled cheese marathon

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

November 11, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When 2:30 a.m. hits this Saturday morning and bars and pizza shops close, students will finally have a different late-night food option than 24-hour fast food joints. FeelGood Pitt — part of the youth-led movement FeelGood International, which aims to end world poverty by 2030 — will host a 17-hour de...

Medicine meets music at Rock the Block

Medicine meets music at Rock the Block

By Salina Pressimone / For The Pitt News

October 17, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Rarely does an outdoor block party give an attendee the opportunity to sit down with a cold beer as a pharmacist-in-training presses two fingers to her wrist, feeling for a pulse. But on Saturday, Pitt’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, or APhA-ASP, defied the conventional stree...

GALLERY: Oscar Mayer’s “Wienermobile” Comes to Pitt

GALLERY: Oscar Mayer’s “Wienermobile” Comes to Pitt

By Kevin Lynch / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Uncategorized

If you have ever wondered how the Oscar Mayer "Wienermobile" handles, just ask John "Jumbo Dog" Craft. "It handles like a Lambo-weenie," said Craft, a brand representative for Oscar Mayer, the American meat production company. Wednesday morning, the Oscar Mayer "Wienermobile" rolled into the William Pitt Unio...

Dining Guide: Local restaurants to fit your mood

Dining Guide: Local restaurants to fit your mood

By The Pitt News staff

September 30, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Dessert Yes, we put dessert first, and so should you. Crêpes Parisiennes 207 S. Craig St. 412-683-1912 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $ This cozy cafe on S. Craig Street serves both sweet and savory crepes, including a berry french toast crepe...

Conflict Kitchen serves up new menu, revisits old dispute

Conflict Kitchen serves up new menu, revisits old dispute

By Lexi Kennell and Caroline Bourque / The Pitt News Staff

September 30, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

After offering cuisine based on contemporary conflicts between countries around the world and the United States, Conflict Kitchen turned this spring to a domestic feud: Native Americans and their cultural erasure within modern society. The current featured region — which will run through the sprin...

Love at first bite: Panthers dish favorite date spots

Love at first bite: Panthers dish favorite date spots

By The Pitt News Culture Staff

September 30, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

For this year’s Dining Guide, we wanted to figure out a question as old as the University itself — how do you impress a date? Instead of giving you our opinion — this Culture Editor once invited a woman to his first-year dorm to watch “Jane Eyre,” so he’s disqualifying himself — we wanted to hear f...

Unsung heroes: Club brings relief to food-insecure

Unsung heroes: Club brings relief to food-insecure

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

As the doors were about to lock at closing time Friday afternoon, the Oakland Bakery and Market permitted a few last students to enter. But the group wasn’t there to buy last-minute coffee and pastries for the weekend. They were there to collect all of the shop’s unpurchased food, which they woul...

Just roll with it: NatuRoll brings Thai ice cream trend to Pittsburgh

Just roll with it: NatuRoll brings Thai ice cream trend to Pittsburgh

By Ariel Pastore-Sebring / For The Pitt News

September 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Cyndie Delucia carefully scrapes the last sheet of salted caramel cream into a roll and, using tongs, she places it in a cup standing up next to a row of other loosely-wrapped soft spirals. She tops the resulting rose-shaped ice cream rolls with whipped cream, caramel, shaved sea salt and crunchy pretzels to cr...

Per amore di caffé: Matt Gebis finds happiness in the perfect pour

Per amore di caffé: Matt Gebis finds happiness in the perfect pour

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

As a jangly folk melody played — one that would sound more at home in a bright Tuscan piazzale than a former electrician’s shop — Matt Gebis sipped his third espresso of the day. He looked up, incredulous, at Braden Walter, one of the baristas behind the long L-shaped bar. “Is this the same...

Beer here: Alcohol sales begin inside Heinz Field

Beer here: Alcohol sales begin inside Heinz Field

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

September 9, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

The beer that usually flows outside and before Pitt football games is now pouring into Heinz Field. On June 27, Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the decision to expand beer sales from the suite and club seats to general assembly, meaning anyone 21 or older can buy beer in the stadium...

Brunch in the Burgh: Oakland’s Peter’s Pub Latest to Join Growing Trend

Brunch in the Burgh: Oakland’s Peter’s Pub Latest to Join Growing Trend

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

As a child, Chris Gilbert spent many a Sunday morning sitting in a church pew. But right after, he remembers, he’d chow down on fluffy pancakes. “Around noon, we met at Grandma’s house for brunch. That’s what we did,” said Gilbert, who’s worked as a chef at The Yard, a Shadyside gastropub,...

Q&A: James Beard award winning chef Bryant Terry talks food politics, eating healthy in college and veganism

Q&A: James Beard award winning chef Bryant Terry talks food politics, eating healthy in college and veganism

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink

Growing up on a Tennessee farm — where family life centered around smallholding farming — San Francisco-area chef Bryant Terry’s grandfather told him, “If you have to rely on someone else to feed you, then you’re enslaved — you’re not truly free.” Terry, a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership A...

The Bottle Shop on Fifth brings custom six packs to Oakland

The Bottle Shop on Fifth brings custom six packs to Oakland

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 16, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink

In my constant quest for pretentious foodie things, I’m usually left disappointed by Oakland’s beer shops. Between Pitt’s Doggin’ It, Mellinger Beer Distribution Inc. and the Original Hot Dog Shop, there are plenty of places to get beer — good beers even — but none of these places allow me...

3 drinks and a dinner: TPN staff picks their favorite summer meal and beverages

3 drinks and a dinner: TPN staff picks their favorite summer meal and beverages

By TPN Staff

July 19, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink

Stephen Caruso Gin and San Pellegrino I like my women like I like my drinks — chilly and with a bite. So, a gin and tonic is a staple. But as longer days and hotter weather rolls around, a touch of extra sweetness and citrus doesn’t hurt. For a refreshing summer drink, might I suggest swapping...

Ease provides comforting array of dishes

Ease provides comforting array of dishes

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

July 12, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink

Comfort food is pretty simple to define as a college student — it’s a meal whose scent can only be described as nostalgic. For a restaurant to try to capture that feeling while only using, to quote Ease Modern Comfort Cuisine’s website, “high-end ingredients and fresh, local fare” is quite the...

Staff picks: Oakland bites

Staff picks: Oakland bites

By TPN Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

In a New York Times feature story earlier this year, writer Jeff Gordinier dubbed Pittsburgh’s burgeoning food scene a “cultural youthquake.” You might have heard that the Steel City — highlighted by an onslaught of quirky restaurants, including the Fairfield at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty an...

Going vegan your first year

Going vegan your first year

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

After studying countless documentaries on animal agriculture, the environment and our bodies, I decided to make the leap to veganism. And I’m not the only one. A Vegetarian Resource Group study found that about 2.5 percent of Americans are vegan and the number is rising. Celebrities including El...

B52: vegan cafe boasts ample options

B52: vegan cafe boasts ample options

By Megan Bray / Staff Writer

May 24, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Around 8:30 a.m., B52 Cafe, Lawrenceville’s newest vegan cafe, was still relatively empty. I began the excursion with a half pot of their green tea, brewed fresh and served in a stainless steel pot. The tea was quite bitter, so I asked for honey — forgetting that it is an animal byproduct — b...

Culture staff interprets carbonated cameos

Culture staff interprets carbonated cameos

By Culture Staff

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Specials

If you are what you eat, movies are what they advertise. No matter how hard you groan or laugh, there’s no getting around product placement — but some movies do it better than others. In celebration of product placement and our annual beer appreciation edition, The Pitt News recalled some of our favor...

Talk artsy to me: Creatives Drink unites creative types for free booze, conversation

Talk artsy to me: Creatives Drink unites creative types for free booze, conversation

By Brian Murray / for The Pitt News

February 16, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink

Two Pittsburgh photographers are offering free alcohol in exchange for a chat and some creativity. Cody Baker and Chancelor Humphrey draw Pittsburgh’s cultural and artistic community together under one roof to promote collaboration during their three-hour schmooze fests, called “Creatives Drink.” O...

Vinyl meets vegan at Amazing Books & Records

Vinyl meets vegan at Amazing Books & Records

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

January 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Oakland’s newest commodity won’t be the first in the neighborhood to house books and records under the same roof — but it will be the first to add a vegan cafe.  It’s a quiet, rainy day, with an indie rock vinyl spinning on the record player in one of the corners — it’s audible, gentle an...

Jam on: PB&J restaurant opens in Bloomfield

Jam on: PB&J restaurant opens in Bloomfield

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Finally, someone other than your parents will make you peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Located on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield, Peanut Butter Jelly Time has become Pittsburgh’s latest haven for childhood recipes turned functioning restaurant. Chris, 29, and Lauren Firman, 23, a brother and siste...

Sweet dreams: Love Yogurt not just dessert

Sweet dreams: Love Yogurt not just dessert

By Chang Zuo / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Food & Drink

Winter’s coming, but frozen yogurt is already here. Love Yogurt opened at the corner of Atwood and Sennott streets two weeks before Thanksgiving, becoming the third froyo shop in Oakland, but the first to also serve crepes and Asian-styled beverages and desserts. It’s a cozy, beautifully decorate...

Budding communi-tea in Oakland

Budding communi-tea in Oakland

By Chang Zao / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Roll it, bowl it and bubble it. The week before Halloween, Fuku Tea, located on the corner of Oakland and Forbes Avenues, hung its “soft opening” sign in the window and unveiled the bubbling magic brewing inside. If you’re a seasoned foodie in the Oakland area, then you’ll recognize Fuku Tea ...

Haunted happenings

By Elaina Zachos / Senior Staff Writer

October 22, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Midterms and deadlines are a horrific reality right now, but make sure you get a chance to prowl through some of the late-October festivities ghosting around Pittsburgh this month. From a macabre art show to amateur photography, here’s the rundown of some events going on this weekend. Thursday, Oct. 22 T...

Q&A: the scoop on Pittsburgh’s food culture

Q&A: the scoop on Pittsburgh’s food culture

By Eric Acosta / for The Pitt News

October 1, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

David Bernabo is a tough man to label as anything but an “artist,” but even that doesn’t do him justice. Bernabo has made visual art installations, owns a lengthy discography, dances, choreographs and is now releasing his second film project — an introspective three-part documentary on Pitts...

Patties Stack’d high

Patties Stack’d high

By Eric Acosta / for The Pitt News

September 22, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Heads up Five Guys, your reign as the face of Oakland’s hamburger scene is coming to an end. Three days ago, Pittsburgh’s own Stack’d moved into the corner of Forbes Avenue and Oakland Avenue, expanding from its original Shadyside operation into the hole Joe Mama’s and Olio Trattoria’s le...

New traditions for Jewish new year

New traditions for Jewish new year

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 15, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Sami Sheinwald stood in front of her dinner table FaceTiming her mom, flipping the camera to proudly display the food-laden, friend-filled Rosh Hashana celebration. “Look mom, here’s mine,” Sheinwald said as she compared her spread to her mother’s table in New York. This year, Sheinwald, a...

Call me Big Poppa: Mr. Humphrey opens food truck

Call me Big Poppa: Mr. Humphrey opens food truck

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

As I opened my container, the savory smell of pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce filled my nostrils. The sandwich before me — a large bun with a heaping pile of pork and vinegar cole slaw, topped with barbecue sauce — sat next to two scoops of homemade mac and cheese. I was ready to dig in. Was...

Panther Funds key to cheap off campus cuisine

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Panther Funds, not to be confused with Dining Dollars, can be handy when you’re looking to eat outside of Market Central. Essentially a Pitt debit card, Panther Funds can come to your rescue when eating off campus, but only at select establishments. Here’s our list of the best restaurants around Oakla...

Sweet dreams come true at DreamOn Ice Cream and Music Festival

Sweet dreams come true at DreamOn Ice Cream and Music Festival

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Ice cream and music go together like jalapeños and lemonade. Last weekend, Kelly Boyle witnessed the former two summer staples join forces. “Everyone was just enjoying the nice weather, great ice cream and wonderful music,” Boyle, a junior nursing student, said. “I listened to one of my favorite Pittsb...

Sugar, spice & everything nice

Sugar, spice & everything nice

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Summer smells like fresh cut grass, neglecting your responsibilities and barbeque. Even if you’re too lazy to get out your lawn mower or you’re still stuck in classes, there’s nothing that says you can’t lounge in your small, enclosed backyard with your fired-up grill and your ice-cold drink...

Mattress Factory emcees majestic merriment

Mattress Factory emcees majestic merriment

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink

Giant, silver M-shaped balloons bounced around an oversized white tent. Hundreds of art-lovers and eccentrics decked out in cocktail wear supported the balloons with whichever hands weren’t holding drinks.The Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art in the North Side, i...

Fun in the Sun: Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off with worry-free whirlwind

Fun in the Sun: Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off with worry-free whirlwind

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

June 9, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

With a chaotic weekend that included a Taylor Swift concert at Heinz Field, PrideFest and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, there’s plenty that could’ve gone wrong.Thankfully, the Arts Festival’s featured public installation — New York City artist Rudy Shepherd’s “Black Rock Negative Energy Abso...

Pitt a plentiful, collegiate playground

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Theater

Ready to experience the magic of the Steel City? Pittsburgh has a lot to offer. From PNC Park to the Andy Warhol Museum, the city has something for everyone’s bucket list. Here are the top five things you’ll want to check off before your time is up at Pitt.Catch a show at the Benedum Center Whether...

6 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make at Pitt

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music

Your first year at Pitt will bring you late-night pizzas, enough pictures of the Cathedral to fill a photobook and a catalog of opportunities to grow as a person as you navigate the many necessary and unnecessary mistakes that come with leaving the nest.For starters, you’ll bring way more clothing an...

East Liberty revived with quirky, caffeinated renaissance

East Liberty revived with quirky, caffeinated renaissance

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Two years ago, East Liberty was in the middle of a community-wide redevelopment project, and many of its new businesses weren’t sure if they were going to succeed.Zeke’s Coffee on Penn Avenue was about as claustrophobic as a Towers dorm room, with 11 seats and a couple tables outside, if you wanted t...

Farm-to-table: Farmers markets pop up in Pittsburgh

By Walter Howard / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

This summer, farmers markets are sprouting up like cucumbers and tomatoes.A mile off the Allegheny River, in the heart of the historic Market District, rests the Pittsburgh Public Market.A throwback to old-school merchandising where customers can meet and buy directly from a diverse group of vendors in one setting, th...

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

By Chang Zuo / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Theater

For Pitt student Stephanie Liang, one of her most memorable experiences at Pitt Arts was watching a 4D play. As an audience member, she and other students got up on stage and  followed the actors of “Tamara” at Quantum Theater while they watched scenes unfold.“It showed me how far people can pu...

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Next month, Downtown Pittsburgh will transform from a bustling metropolis into a world-class festival and celebration of the arts.Sponsored by Dollar Bank and produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place downtown at Point State Park, Gateway Center and in th...

Pittsburgh’s Picklesburgh to be a jarring experience

Pittsburgh’s Picklesburgh to be a jarring experience

By Elaina Zachos / A&E Editor

May 13, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Pittsburgh is about to relish in a new cultural festival.On May 13, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced Picklesburgh, a new, culinary festival concerning gherkins galore. The Partnership will hold Picklesburgh on July 17 from 3 to 10 p.m. and July 18 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rachel Carson Bridge in Down...

Meal fit for a college student

Meal fit for a college student

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Meat lover’s omelette, provolone sticks and toast.

Ritter’s Diner a comforting, caloric respite from on-campus eateries

Ritter’s Diner a comforting, caloric respite from on-campus eateries

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Nothing, to me, says vintage charm like a cash-only diner.Ritter’s Diner opened in 1951 in Bloomfield and is a family-owned, nostalgic wonderland of home-cooked food. Housed in an unassuming brown-and-gray building at the corner of Baum Boulevard and Powhattan Street, the restaurant is similar to P...

Smoke across the water: Pitt study abroad students adjust to weed culture shock

Smoke across the water: Pitt study abroad students adjust to weed culture shock

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

April 20, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When Kative Crivellaro smoked a joint last summer in Amsterdam, she was nervous. Not because marijuana is illegal in the United States, but because she “was desperately trying not to come off as an American tourist.”Before  they go abroad, Pitt’s Study Abroad Office warns its travelers about th...

Blazing through the ages: Cannabis prevalent on campus in ’70s

By Natalia Blewonska & Elaina Zachos / The Pitt News Staff

April 20, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When you look out over the Cathedral lawn, you see students sprawled out, soaking up the mid-April sun. While today you wouldn’t find anyone conspicuously smoking pot, 40 or 50 years ago pot use was commonplace.  The radical late ’60s and ’70s were a response  to the conservatism of 1936’s gove...

‘Every memory of lookin’ out the back door’: Natty Light and Nickelback both bland, vital stepping stones

‘Every memory of lookin’ out the back door’: Natty Light and Nickelback both bland, vital stepping stones

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

April 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

There comes a turning point in every adolescent’s life — or, shall we say, every 21-year-old’s life — when he or she must make the conscious decision to start liking beer. By college, beer is nearly unavoidable — far more commonplace than the occasional sip from dad when mom wasn’t looking. ...

More than just a stopgap: spring brews provide myriad options

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

It’s springtime, and, when it comes to having a drink, all you can think of is that Sangria glinting in your glass as you soak up the summer sun. Yet, it’s still too soon. Spring is just the in-between season — a chance for nature to freshen up a bit after a miserable winter. While summer — still mon...

Oakland’s Butterjoint mixes the bitter and sweet

Oakland’s Butterjoint mixes the bitter and sweet

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

April 8, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Butterjoint, Legume’s full-service bar, sits unobtrusively on North Craig Street in Oakland.It has mauve walls and a dimly-lit interior. With only a handful of tables in addition to the bar, it’s cozy but restrictive — a place where long waits are the norm.I had visited the gastropub four time...

Spring into fresh recipes

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Ah, springtime, finally. As Willy Wonka once said, “In springtime, the only pretty ring time, birds sing hey ding ... a-ding, a-ding, sweet lovers love ... the spring.”Everyone is a bit giddy after a miserable winter that has left our stomachs bloated from carb-tastic dishes. Spring is the perfe...

Appalachian Juice Co. bring all-organic juices to Shadyside

Appalachian Juice Co. bring all-organic juices to Shadyside

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

With inexpensive options of fried or heavily processed foods on campus — not to mention a whole pizza for $5 — maintaining a healthy lifestyle in college can be a tall order. But, at the Appalachian Juice Company — an organic juice and smoothie bar that opened in February on Walnut Street in ...

Flat white makes an overpriced, over-foamy entrance in U.S.

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Our hipster coffee obsession perpetuates a common myth — “The Americano isn’t just espresso with water. It’s a brash shot of heady liquid adrenaline with notes of chocolate and tobacco tempered by a slosh of hot water” — but half the time that Americano you sip at Starbucks is average at...

The Lunchbox: TPN unpacks Spice Island

The Lunchbox: TPN unpacks Spice Island

By Britnee Meiser and Meghan Bray / The A&E Staff

March 3, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Spice Island Tea House is a small Thai restaurant tucked away on Atwood Street, just a few blocks off Forbes Avenue. Its traditional Southeast Asian menu, wide variety of tea and charming atmosphere make Spice Island worth the trip.Students tend to settle for the likes of Szechuan Express and other Oakland Avenue eats when they’re crav...

Meat & Potatoes: A tasteful blend between casual and upscale

Meat & Potatoes: A tasteful blend between casual and upscale

By Abby Hoffman / For The Pitt News

February 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

We often talk about “meat and potatoes” like “bread and butter” — a go-to staple in any person’s diet. But the restaurant Meat & Potatoes, with its only location downtown on Penn Avenue, serves up fare that is anything but conventional. Meat & Potatoes, which debuted in spring 2011, is a...

Beat the lines with these revamped Super Bowl recipes

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

January 29, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

The Super Bowl is not just about the game, the commercials or how much air is in the footballs. It’s also about the delectable spread you lay before your amigos and the carnal pleasure of licking your fingers after consuming way too many Buffalo wings. But all too often we sit back after the game...

TPN’s Copy Chef tackles quick recipes to save time for studies

By Ellie Petrosky / Copy Chief

December 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

As final exams and deadlines approach, spending time in the kitchen is the last thing on my mind.Trust me — I’m definitely the type of person who prefers making a run to Chipotle or to pick up Chinese over spending valuable study time in the kitchen. It only took a week of eating out for practica...

Chopping up Oakland Ave.

Chopping up Oakland Ave.

By Abby Hoffman / For The Pitt News

November 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Sometimes, the stir-fry station at 360 Degrees in Market Central just doesn’t cut it. Pitt students are constantly on the hunt for the next best meal, and Asian eats can provide a nice shake-up to the average person’s diet. Walking down Forbes Avenue, restaurants ranging from Panera Bread to N...

Pumpkin in a bottle: Pitt News’ guide to the best fall brews and ciders

Pumpkin in a bottle: Pitt News’ guide to the best fall brews and ciders

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

As fall approaches, the bars begin to break out their “fall brews”: Usually weak ciders, “pumpkin” beer that tastes like you inhaled allspice and an array of Jolly Rancher green apple martinis.In a simple sense, you get what you pay for in the fall. Quality will always be more expensive, and...

The Copy Chef tackles her favorite cooking tool: Crock-Pots

By Ellie Petrosky / Copy Chief

September 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

My Crock-Pot is my best friend.Seriously, what other kitchen appliance can have a hot meal ready and waiting for you — with minimal preparation and cleanup — when you get home after a long day of class or work?Those of you who just answered “roommate” or “boy/girlfriend” obviously haven’...

The Wheel Mill: Pittsburgh’s weatherproof biking facility

The Wheel Mill: Pittsburgh’s weatherproof biking facility

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

There are 17 bike parks in the Pittsburgh area, but only one of them is weatherproof. When the snow falls or the July humidity becomes unbearable, bikers pedal to the Wheel Mill on Hamilton Avenue to shred inside the massive structure.The Wheel Mill opened in April 2013 from a conglomeration of seven ...

Revived from the ashes: Copy Chef returns to TPN

By Ellie Petrosky / Copy Chief

September 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Back with a new byline and a new face — the Copy Chef.That’s me! Hi, my name is Ellie, and I am here to teach you how to create affordable culinary creations fit for the college student’s palate and wallet.When I’m not fulfilling my duties as The Pitt News’ copy chief, I can often be found in the k...

Panther Card every Pitt student’s pass to free entertainment

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Getting around in a big city can be confusing for a lot of students, especially freshmen who are leaving a small town for the first time. Here’s a piece of advice: Keep your student ID (Panther Card) on you at all times — more so than your newly acquired just-for-college credit card, but try not...

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