Baby fairy bluebirds at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: Baby birds

What hatches out of a bird’s egg can be homely and helpless or capable and cute, depending on what kind of bird it is.

about 8 hours ago


What's for dinner: Summer-on-a-Pizza

Pizza on the grill continues to be one of summer‘‍s hottest, and tastiest, trends.

about 8 hours ago

Study says beef a heavy polluter

Raising beef for the dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

1 day ago

 Dennis Marron -- "It's an exciting time to open a restaurant in Pittsburgh."

The Commoner Restaurant to open in new Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Downtown

The executive chef of The Commoner and The Commoner Corner will be Dennis Marron, who comes from Poste Modern Brasserie in D.C.

1 day ago

Steel Advice: Clear the air over co-worker's perfume

Delicately and diplomatically tell office mate co-worker her scent is overpowering.

1 day ago

 Britain's Prince George walks during a July 2 visit to the "Sensational Butterflies" exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. He turns 1 today.

Royal family stays low-key as the little prince turns 1

Prince George, heir to the British throne after his father and grandfather, celebrates his birthday today.

1 day ago

 Claude O'Steen

Let’s Talk About Art: Claude O'Steen

Filmmaker Claude O‘‍Steen reaches into childhood and the stories his father told around the dinner table to create his narratives on film.

1 day ago

 Lavinia Schumann turns 100 on Thursday.

Century Club: Centenarian relies on good breakfast, good living

Lavinia Schumann celebrates her 100th birthday with a surprise party for 125 friends and family.

1 day ago

Stargazing: Taurus returns to the morning sky

Taurus, a winter constellation, has returned to the morning sky.

2 days ago

 Vegan Pittsburgh member Niki Penberg.

Pittsburgh Vegan Festival Summer Edition!

Roughly 500 people enjoyed different vegan vendors from around the city at the event held at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church.

2 days ago

 Jane Broeren, Deb Smit and Beth Evans.


Another look at some recent summer parties.

2 days ago

 Saleem and Patti Ghubril with Pam and Ken McCrory.

Pittsburgh Promise: Fireworks on Mt. Washington

Pam and Ken McCrory hosted roughly 50 guests in their home to raise awareness for the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.

2 days ago

 Dee Dee Troutman, Debbie Mancuso and Carole Kamin.

The 3rd Wild Orchid Party held at Skybar

The Wild Orchid Party hosted by the Ladies Hospital Aid Society raised roughly $25,000.

2 days ago

 Erika Hennings, left, and Rachael Crossman, from Opera Theater of Pittsburgh SummerFest, perform "Karaoke Catastrophe."

Happy Hour! Pop-Up Opera hits Downtown

Unsuspecting restaurant patrons were happily surprised by 5-minute performances by Pittsburgh Opera company’s young artists.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates charms are part of the Major League Baseball-inspired collection from PANDORA.

Stylebook: Spruce up your Pittsburgh Pirates style with Pandora charms

Plus vintage fashion in Lawrenceville, Shellie Hipsky holds 1940s fashion event for charity, Famouz Clothing Co. debuts and more.

2 days ago

 Fashion blogger Mandy Fierens, 25, of Crafton models the charter school cardigan, $34.99; the author outings dress in dots, $79.99; palatial presence necklace, $29.99; mobile satchel by The Cambridge Satchel Company, $224.99; and 'S Marvelous heels, $39.99, available at

Style for all sizes: Fashion brands branching out with more plus-size options

The plus-sized women‘‍s category grew 5% last year, according to an NPD Group report, largely due to more - and better - options.

2 days ago

 Holly Giovengo checks the size of the zucchinis at the Millvale Garden. Ms. Giovengo is part of the Browne Leadership Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Growing communities through shared gardens

Community gardens like the one in Millvale offer disadvantaged communities a chance to return to their neighborly roots.

2 days ago

 Adult emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer: Small pest, big potential problems

Part of the problem is that some people don't know their trees are dying.

3 days ago

 Beechview and its sole grocery, Las Palmas IGA, are part of an ambitious five-year project meant to look at food security in the Northeast, examining everything from how much land is devoted to farming to how the supply chain processes and distributes food in the region.

Experts keeping an eye on Beechview grocery in survey of Northeast food security

The project is examining everything from how much land is devoted to farming to how the supply chain processes and distributes food.

3 days ago

 Chris Day churns up dust on the Denali Highway of Alaska. Eight friends decided to take an 865-mile ride around the state.

Moose, McKinley and motorcycles: Taking the scenic route through Alaska

Our quest was emblazoned on the T-shirts we were given before we left for Alaska: “8 men, 4 highways, 5 days, 865 miles.” On motorcycles.

3 days ago

Found in Translation: New tools and products changing the language-instruction market

A number of new, creative  tools are aiming to help you rattle off phrases such “table for two” in an unfamiliar language in no time.

3 days ago

 Realtor Greg Gammonley with, right. shows off a home to prospective buyer Maddie Coker in Orlando, Fla. A new report by Trulia, the online real estate firm, suggests that the recession did little to turn off millennials from the idea of owning a home compared to previous generations.

Study: U.S. millennials buying homes later

It suggests that the recession — for all its damage to the economy — did little to turn off millennials from the idea of owning a home.

4 days ago

 From cuts and bug bites to kitchen burns, Wound Wonder by Pittsburgh-based Una Biologicals can help them all. It's made with organic extracts of calendula, comfrey and chickweed. It's $5.50 for a small easy applicator, or $10 for a 2-ounce tub at

Stylebook Snapshot: Una Biologicals brings health and wellness to beauty

The Ross-based brand specializes in natural, organic products that help soothe and heal everything from bug bites to sunburns.

3 days ago

 Ze Mean Bean Cafe offers an ingenious pierogi happy hour; Baltimore’s Little Poland has gotten smaller over the years but it’s still there if you look for it.

Baltimore boasts a small but hearty Polish heritage

BALTIMORE -- The pierogi at Sophia’s Place sure are yummy. As good as my mother ever made. And the golabki? Mmm-mm

3 days ago

 Passengers wait in line to go through security at an airport. The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase, but airline officials say the fee hike is another way the government is tapping an already highly taxed industry.

Travel Notes: Federal security fee hike to increase overall air fares

The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase.

3 days ago

 A latte from the Sugar Cafe in Dormont.

What your coffee choice says about you

Your coffee order may say more about your personality than you think.

3 days ago

 The very same hot spring that Thomas Jefferson soaked in is now part of the Spa Garden complex at the Omni Homestead Resort.  Guests continue to "take the waters."

One-tank Destination: Home to The Homestead

The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., established in 1766, has refreshed guests since before the Revolutionary War.

3 days ago

 The exterior of the home of Paula and Doug Arnold at 154 Reiber Road.

Buying Here: Connoquenessing

House built 14 years ago boasts two kitchens, 5,000 square feet of living space and a saltwater, in-ground pool.

3 days ago

 Looking through the family room window to the backyard garden at the Stepts' house in Point Breeze.

Gathering moss gives couple a fresh take on front lawn

When grass won‘‍t grow beneath a big tree, Point Breeze couple turned to a moss lawn. It made them winners of the Great Garden Contest.

4 days ago

 'The President' clematis is a colorful vine that needs a trellis or other support if it is to be used for facade greening.

Facade greening can moderate home's temperature

Facade greening is the new term for growing vines against the house, with or without a trellis.

4 days ago

 The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium wants to build a new African-themed restaurant near the expanded African Savannah display. Plans have to go through the city art commission

Pittsburgh Zoo plans to upgrade food plaza and restaurant

The renovated restaurant area is expected to serve as a gateway to the planned ‘‍Top of the World’‍ exhibit featuring endangered species.

4 days ago

 Chuck Morrison of Union Township (near New Castle) sits in his garden with his cat Bastet, named for the Egyptian goddess of the happy winds.

The garden opens a new chapter for a former teacher

Former teacher goes over the lessons he‘‍s learned in his garden near New Castle.

4 days ago

The Hot List -- What's going on around town this weekend

Start your engines and head to the Grand Prix events this weekend. Or celebrate the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's 20th birthday.

6 days ago

Munch goes to Jim's Famous Sauce

Munch heads into the Monongahela Valley for a legendary hot dog.

6 days ago

 Handmade Steamed Dumplings -- soup dumplings ($8) at Jade Grille in Mt. Lebanon.

Jade Grille open

Jade Grille opened this past Monday for lunch and dinner at 670 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon

6 days ago

 Anchovy jalapeno pizza at Dinette in East Liberty.

Restaurant review: At Dinette in East Liberty, vegetables often serve as main entree

As vegetables take center plate, Dinette in East Liberty is of-the-moment

6 days ago

Little Bites: News about restaurants

A roundup of openings and closings of local restaurtants.

6 days ago

Local food events: Eat at the synagogue and more

Clairton farm stand opens today; kosher dinner in a synagogue Sunday.

6 days ago

Let's Learn From the Past: Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville has its roots in industry but today is being revitalized as a hot spot for shopping, dining, and art.

6 days ago

Let's Talk About: Spacecraft closes in on Pluto

New Horizons, the first probe to travel to Pluto, is now only about 280 million miles from its historic approach with the dwarf planet.

6 days ago

 Squash Blossom Quesadillas, a seasonal recipe that is also gluten-free.

One Good Gluten-Free Recipe: Squash-Blossom Quesadillas

David Leite, the head-”blahger,” posted a recipe for squash-blossom quesadillas that has only five ingredients. Boy, is it ever good.

6 days ago

 Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Orange and Walnut.

Kitchen Mailbox: An "outstanding" Brussels sprouts recipe

Our columnist says they‘‍re great with a bit of orange.

6 days ago

 An ice cream sandwich from Leona's in Shadyside.  Vanilla bean with peanut butter cookie.

The flavors of Pittsburgh: Small businesses collaborate on frozen treats

It‘‍s a business model that’‍s dishing up many mouth-watering menu items for consumers‘‍ varied tastes.

6 days ago

 Cast-iron pans from "The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook" by Ellen Brown.

Cast-iron cookware: Good for you and lasts forever

New books are filled with recipes for this old-fashioned kitchen staple.

6 days ago

 Robert Stehling’s Buttermilk Pie.

One Good Recipe: Buttermilk Pie

This one from Charleston, S.C., isn’t the easiest, but it’s the best.

6 days ago

 Chef Travis Brus and Chef Rhys Lewis point out ingredients in Kings Arms Garden in Williamsburg, Va.

Eating up Williamsburg: The Colonial tourist destination goes foodie

Colonial Williamsburg offers a big harvest of food events.

6 days ago

 A Standard Pacific Home's interior view of a dog-friendly home. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling 27 new home communities from Florida to California and billing them as the first to offer pet paradise as an option in every one. Fully loaded, paradise is a 170 square-foot pet suite and spa with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead, tile walls and floors, a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer, a water station, automated feeders, cabinets for toys, treats and food, a stackable washer and dryer, a French door that opens to a puppy run, and a flat-screen television set.

Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs.

6 days ago

 Margarita Chicken Lollipops.

What's for dinner: Margarita Chicken Lollipops

On the hook for a tasty appetizer for a picnic or neighborhood get-together?  Try these spicy chicken lollipops.

1 week ago

 The exterior of the new Frick Orientation Center.

Welcome to The Frick: New Orientation Center opens

New orientation center at The Frick Pittsburgh offers library, reading room, larger store and electronic touch screens

1 week ago

 Mildred Brown for Century Club.

Century Club: Mildred Weber Brown celebrates 100

Mildred Brown, who was named for the nurse who delivered her at home, turns 100 years old.

1 week ago


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