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'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.

E2 gets some love from LA blogger

Anyone who knows E2 loves E2. The Highland Park restaurant recently launched a Kickstarter campaign which netted $12,000 from the post we saw on Twitter and now this LA blogger writes a loving profile.

Read the full story here.

Pop City's Mad Men feature picked up by Business Week

That Mad Men masthead photo we featured a few weeks ago, along with the guide to Mad Men-esque places throughout the burgh, was republished in Business Week online, aka, Bloomberg. Missed it the first time? See it here.

Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" takes on Del's in Bloomfield

"Restaurant Impossible" is an interesting take on makeover reality shows, focusing on a struggling local establishment and helping it to succeed. Del's in Bloomfield is the latest restaurant to get the full culinary facelift, a third-generation establishment that you might want to revisit if you haven't already.

Read it on iheartpgh.com.

Pittsburgh's Salt of the Earth entree a top 10 dish for 2011, says Food & Wine

You don't have to travel far to taste one of the best culinary dishes in the country this year. Chef extraordinaire Kevin Sousa does it again with his Wild Salmon with Sea Beans and Buckwheat, a delightful mix of fermented seaweed with tamarind to create a delectable, if complex, sauce for the salmon. Food& Wine magazine named the dish a top 10 entree for 2011. 

Go try it for yourself (or devour it in Food & Wine.)
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