A decade or more ago I saw a PBS special about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I didn’t deliberately turn the TV on for it. Pittsburgh—come on—-gotta be some depressing story about a steel town which never recovered. Boy howdy was I wrong. By the end of the special I was soooooooooo impressed and intrigued. Since then I’ve always wanted to visit.
The photo above is the stunning vista from the top of Mt Washington, where the confluence of the two city defining rivers blending into one is easily seen. Guess how you get to the top? Aah never mind I will make it easy—via two 19th century cable cars. How fun is that!
The Phipps Conservatory immediately reached out and grabbed my attention. It’s an incredibly large indoor botanical garden—-be still my heart—-and butterfly sanctuary. The Spring Flower Festival sounds like an event not to be missed.
Did you know Andy Warhol is a Pittsburgh native? Well you know now. Thus Pittsburgh has a museum featuring many of his well known works.
I know all the Foodies out there and we number MANY would definitely be spending quality time in the Strip District, a foodie heaven. This gritty converted warehouse district is home to a plethora of authentic specialty food stores, ethnic grocery stores, farmers markets and international restaurants. Toot! Toot! Toot! I had to blow my horn.
How about this for a cake topper. From late spring to late fall monthly firework displays flash color and sparkle into the night sky. This is a city bursting its buttons in celebratory pride.
So needless to say I was thrilled when Carla Cardello aka Chocolate Moosey from—you guessed it—Pittsburgh agreed to provide a picnic basket. I wasn’t disappointed! Take a peek inside her basket and see what goodies she packed for us.
Amish Macaroni Salad:
Amish Potato Salad:
Klondike Ice Cream Cupcakes:
Apple Pie Crumb Bars:
I think Carla’s Basket of Goodies deserves its own fireworks display. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Carla.