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Be Scared and Do It Anyway….

“Why am I doing this??”  That is a literal question I ask myself at least once, if not several times, during each ride I set out on. Mountain biking for me is challenging, like really challenging. It pushes my body and mind to extremes that I haven’t experienced in any other sport or endeavor I […]

Be Scared and Do It Anyway….

7 Secrets to enjoy the Pittsburgh Arts Festival.

The best way I’ve found to visit the Pittsburgh Arts Festival for its final days this weekend is to park your car at the Theater square parking garage all day for$3! You are then a short elevator ride from most of the best Artist purveyors at the scene. In the courtyard on 7th is Anthony all the way in the rear. He has the most well crafted back packs, purses and hand sewn leather wear that I’ve ever seen. He and his father create these practical masterpieces to be both functional and fashionable. I had to purchase the versatile brown patchwork backpack with zippers and hidden pockets galore to safely transport my laptop and any other necessities. Next stop is right next door at 7th and Penn for refreshments at Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room! There I had a delicious fresh brick Oven margarita pizza, a cold craft beer and a beautiful house salad with fresh pear slices, candied walnuts, and feta over baby bibb lettuce with a lemon vinaigrette. Yum! Now it is across the corner to the parking lot craft display across from the Benedum Theater to Thomas’s Blown glass and spun art creations! There is a reason that WGKglass is the featured artist of the whole show. These glass ornaments are Amazing! He has created colorful Dragons and awesome spiders, hummingbirds and flowers as jewelry and décor which treats the eyes with delight. The more you look, the more you see… if you can get close enough to drink it all in! The people are pleasant and courteous. I snatched up a Loch Ness sea dragon and a delicate black hand skeleton for our daughter! Everything was packed up perfectly. Too cool! Now you can easily return your treasures to your car for safe keeping and stroll down Penn Avenue to enjoy the free concerts at Point Park. There is lots more to see there and along Fort Duquesne Blvd. as you return to your car after a great day of soaking up ideas! ☆

# 7) The Free Art Festival tote bag courtesy of Dollar Bank handed out brought everything home clean and easy!

WGK Glass Art WGK@aol.com Www.wgkglass.com

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Have a star studded day! Janet

Pittsburgh Arts Festival purchases!

You said What to Who?

I always get a bit discombobulated after a Monday holiday.
I’ve got a bunch more discombobulation coming this year
since 3 more national holidays will be observed on a Monday in 2021.

You may be surmising (correctly) that it doesn’t take much to get me discombobulated. I pretty sure my wife would agree.

Fortunately, the forward thinking people in Minnesota have provided
a re-combobulation area. You may remember that I shared this in a previous email. I just love the concept.

I’ll probably come home one day to find a re-combobulation area designated in my home. In the corner, of course.

I’ll share the picture if it ever happens. I hope a cap is not also required when in this area of my home.

At the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com, our residents are always combobulated!

Good Day! Charlie

Delicious Pasta for You

I made this again for dinner!

Pittsburgh's Theater District Star Loft Apartments

Spicy Sauce Bucatini

Bucatini are like slightly bigger diameter spaghetti with a hole in the middle.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

  • 14 OZ. of bucatini
  • 9 OZ. of eggplant
  • 5.5 OZ. of white onion
  • 4 tomatoes
  • Fresh chili pepper
  • Anchovy fillets in oil
  • Capers
  • Basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

METHOD

Quarter the eggplant and fry the pieces in plenty of hot oil; add salt and set aside. 

Peel, seed, and roughly chop the tomatoes to create a concassé.

Slice the onion and sauté in a large pan along with a drizzle of oil, 2 garlic cloves, 3 minced anchovy fillets, the whole chili pepper, and 1 tablespoon of capers.

Allow everything to simmer with a small ladleful of pasta cooking water.

Add salt and pepper to taste, then add the tomato concassé and immediately add the fried eggplant and torn basil. Quickly toss everything and serve.

Make…

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko̞ ðe̞ ˈma̠ʝo̞] in Mexico, Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5.

More popularly celebrated in the United States than in Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s thanks especially to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies. Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.  In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments. The city of Puebla marks the event with an arts festival, a festival of local cuisine, and re-enactments of the battle.

Events tied to Cinco de Mayo also occur outside Mexico and the United States. As in the United States, celebrations elsewhere also emphasize Mexican cuisine, culture and music. For example, some Canadian pubs play Mexican music and serve Mexican food and drink, and a sky-diving club near Vancouver holds a Cinco de Mayo skydiving event. In the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean, there is an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition,  and at Montego Bay, Jamaica, there is a Cinco de Mayo celebration.  The city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, holds an annual Mexican Festival  to honor the day, and celebrations are held in London and New Zealand. Other celebrations of the day can also be found in Cape Town, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria,  and in Paris.  Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Japan in Osaka and in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park Event Space as a celebration of Latin American culture.

Its a great way to celebrate your day, and /or evening at the great restaurants and bars next to your home at the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Happy Cinco de Mayo !

Why Choose to Live in Downtown Pittsburgh?

There’s much to be stated concerning city living. The shops, the markets, the movie theaters, the nightlife– and also being able to stroll almost everywhere. Living in the city is so excellent there have been roughly 295 tv shows filmed in New York City alone.

While you might find more space in the suburbs, life in the ‘burbs could be a bit too laid back for those used to (or searching) the energy often found in the city. The suburbs also tend to be car-dependent, which could lead to additional car-related expenses like loan payments, maintenance, insurance, and gas.

Perhaps you moved to the suburbs, and are now thinking about returning to the city. Or maybe you’ve never lived in the city but want to give try it out. If you aren’t sure, here are some of the reasons you might want to consider renting a downtown apartment:

You want to live car-free

If you want to walk or bike to work, a downtown apartment might be ideal. For those rainy days, cities often provide mass transit options. Even if you work from home, there’s something to be said for being able to walk to the theater, Pittsburgh Symphony, strip district market, or coffee shop.

Entertainment options are everywhere

No matter what you enjoy — the theater, the opera, museums, local restaurants — you’ll find it in the city. Most large cities like Pittsburgh, have professional sports teams as well, so you can cheer on the hometown heroes. Unlike suburbs, where things are often buttoned up by 11:00 p.m., cities have much more nightlife and things to do after hours.

World-class shopping and dining

If having a wide variety of restaurants to choose from is important to you, cities often provide many more options than suburbs and small towns. Locally owned, independent cafes, bakeries, delis, and coffee shops are also more plentiful. Downtown boutiques and specialty shops provide the one-of-a-kind treasures shoppers crave, and mostly the convenience.

Why Choose Downtown Pittsburgh’s Theater District?

City neighborhoods are often very distinct, with each having its own personality and attractions. There’s often little definition between neighborhoods, with one leading seamlessly into the next. When choosing a downtown neighborhood, you’ll want to consider a variety of factors such as cost, your noise tolerance level to your apartment, proximity to work or public transit stops, and the type of housing you prefer.

Some cities are famous for their architecture, like the Victorians of San Francisco or the turn of the Century buildings of Pittsburgh. From high-rise buildings to historic lofts, cities provide a variety of housing options and this often varies by neighborhood. When moving to a city, you’ll want to research the neighborhoods and visit (if you are able) to get a sense of the area. Check out our video of your new home area at the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com, we are sure you will be excited as we are about your new place! https://youtu.be/aPjjmcZ3zsI

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Have a Great Day! Janet