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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...

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...

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 ...

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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