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The Milk Shake Factory gets finalist nod from Martha Stewart American Made

South Side sweet spot The Milk Shake Factory is a 2014 Food Finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made program. The awards in categories including crafts, design, food and style honors the next generation of great American makers.

The family business has become an iconic Pittsburgh landmark, tempting tourists and locals alike with 55 different flavors of milkshakes, plus specialty sundaes and gourmet chocolates.

Owners Christian Edwards, Dana Edwards and Mark Edwards attribute their success to ambitious ancestors who opened a small chocolate shop and soda fountain in Lawrenceville 100 years ago.

“In 1914, our story began with two young Greek immigrants who heard stories of an America that opened its arms to many who hungered for success,” the owners write on their voting page.

Vote for The Milk Shake Factory hehttp://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/92001/food/the-milk-shake-factoryre.
 

ABC News features Conflict Kitchen

Pittsburgh’s beloved Conflict Kitchen was recently featured in ABC News’ Lifestyle section. The restaurant serves only food from countries in conflict with the United States. 

The nonprofit takeout spot aims to make food a medium for political dialogue and is funded by grants as a part of the research center at Carnegie Mellon. The restaurant’s menu rotates through cuisine from countries like Cuba, North Korea, and Iran. 

Conflict Kitchen also hosts roundtables and events to promote political discussions. 

"In some ways, [it] was a response to what I felt wasn't in this city, which was a lot of cultural and ethnic diversity, and also a sense of being part of an international, global conversation," says Conflict Kitchen co-founder Jon Rubin.

Esquire says yinz got style

Mount Washington, BRGR, and Stage AE made Pittsburgh look stylish for Esquire’s Style Blog. The editors of Esquire have been travelling across the United States this Spring and recently stopped in the Steel City. 

The article described Pittsburgh as “a hipper, organic, authentic version of the cool downtown area near you with the bricks, only they have more bars, better food, and a brilliant arts scene.”

According to EsquireLarrimor’s and Social Status are the chic places to shop in the ‘burgh, Butcher and the Rye and BRGR are for hungry readers, and they recommend Mount Washington and the Carnegie Museum for just hanging out.

NoWait raises $10 Million to advance business

Pittsburgh startup NoWait raised $10 million in venture funding which it plans to use for hiring and the creation of new tools.
 
The application allows iOS and Android users to track their wait times at restaurants and add their names to wait lists before they have arrived at the restaurant. The app also enables restaurant employees to collect phone numbers and send text messages to alert diners that their tables are ready.
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 1,000 restaurants in the United States and Canada such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Texas Roadhouse are already using NoWait to organize their waiting lists.
 
Ware Sykes, Chief Executive of NoWait, says that the company plans to develop technology that allows restaurants to view analytics like how frequently their customers visit them and how much they spend. 

'Thank You, Pittsburgh, For The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made'

Shadyside’s Prantl’s Bakery got a major shoutout from Huffington Post writer Julie Thomson this week. She proclaimed their burnt almond torte to be the best cake in America. And as she hails from New York City, that’s saying something.

“To say that the burnt almond torte is light and airy doesn't even begin to describe the texture of this cake,” writes Thomson. “It is beyond that. This cake is so airy it tastes like the idea of a cake, one that can only be tasted in the best of dreams.”
 
Except it’s real and you could have it erryday if you wanted because you live in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania offer great dining options, including Farm to Table

Butler County Times recently ran an article showcasing nearby areas' restaurant and brewery markets, mentioning Pittsburgh's growing farm-to-table movement. "The food scene in Pittsburgh runs the gamut from haute cuisine to hot dogs. Groups can taste and tipple their way through neighborhood restaurants, wineries and breweries to discover the authentic flavors of the city."

"The bountiful countryside around Pittsburgh has inspired a fervent farm-to-table movement among the city’s restaurants. Among the most group-friendly spots focusing on fresh, local ingredients are Habitat for “internationally inspired” cuisine and Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen and Wine Bar."

To read more about Pittsburgh's food scene and the scenes of nearby Erie, Johnstown, and others, click here.

United States of Pittsburgh: exploring Pittsburgh-centric spots outside of town

We have two questions when we hear about people who moved out of Pittsburgh. First, "Who moves out of Pittsburgh?" and second, "What are they up to?"

One intrepid blog is out to discover both. United States of Pittsburgh.com is dedicated to people who left Pittsburgh, even if Pittsburgh never left them.  The site wants input from a Pittsburgh expatriate living in each of the United States—makes sense now, right?—in the form of blogs, photos, stories, or whatever about a Pittsburgh place outside of PA.

To read the author's travel journal while scouting out Pittsburgh Places on The Millenial Trains Project, click here.

This once grimy city is now a leader in green, clean living.

Organic Gardening's "Living" section touts Pittsburgh's green innovations as some of the best in the country, especially considering what some might call a grimy history.

"One writer called the place 'hell with the lid off.' That's what some people still expect to find on a trip to Pittsburgh. But they'd be wrong. Visitors emerging from the Fort Pitt Tunnel today are welcomed by a spectacular view of a city experiencing a vibrantly green renaissance that is the pride and joy of gregarious Pittsburghers. A walk through the city's Strip District reveals a burgeoning locavore food scene with an emphasis on freshly sourced and prepared ethnic food, an eclectic collection of unique shops, and an equally diverse crowd scene. Every Saturday morning, Farmers@Firehouse, an organic farmers' market, is held in a parking lot right next to a former firehouse."

To read more about Pittsburgh's green revolution, click here.

Two Pittsburgh restaurants noted in Food and Wine trends article

So this is all it said but still, when was the last time any restaurant in Pittsburgh got mentioned in Food and Wine?

"And in Pittsburgh’s Union Pig & Chicken (unionpgh.com), Kevin Sousa makes sweet-and-tangy baked beans loaded with franks from Sousa’s Station Street Hot Dogs (stationstreetpgh.com)."

Read the full story here to see who else across the country was mentioned.

Is there any dinner better than one designed for food bloggers?

This food blogger was excited to get to The Porch for a special dinner for food bloggers planned during Restaurant Week. It included a few perks, making us wish that we, too, were food bloggers.

Read the blog post.

From Pig to Plate: a visit to Cure for a hog butchering

In an effort to better understand cuts of meat, this blogger went to Cure restaurant where, as "part of the ever creative line up of Sunday events, Justin (Severino) offered a Hog Butchering Demo."

You gotta love it. Read the blog 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.

PNC Park noted for best ball park food for Primanti's and Iron City

Travel and Leisure magazine cites PNC Park, along with 11 other stadiums, as having some of the best ball park food in the country, recognizing--what else?--the classic Primanti Brothers sandwiches and Iron City beer.

Read the full story 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.

Conflict Kitchen features cuisine from the conflict du jour

"...Rubin and Weleski are used to head-scratching reactions since they opened the Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh cafe that serves cuisine only from countries in conflict with the United States, with a menu that rotates to reflect the war or diplomatic row of the moment.

"The cafe opened in 2010, with Iranian food the first featured cuisine. That was followed by periods of Afghan and Venezuelan food. This month, in a sign of the lingering tension between Washington and Tehran, the Conflict Kitchen is wrapping up another Iranian iteration. One recent Saturday, it featured a Persian dinner party attended by customers in Pittsburgh and diners in Tehran, who were linked via video chat."

Read the full story here.
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