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 Cheswick vendor Denise Gasper of Uncommon Recyclables sells unique, unisex belts made from recycled materials.
Cheswick vendor Denise Gasper of Uncommon Recyclables sells unique, unisex belts made from recycled materials.

Shop Holiday: Fair-trade, eco-friendly and organic gifts

A belt made from recycled materials or a reusable lunch bag are a couple of suggestions.

  • Downtown Pittsburgh filled with holiday fun / Setting the SEEN


  • U.S. holiday sales may recover with help of deep discounts

    Spending strongest in consumer electronics and home improvement retailers.



     Shawn Culp putting the finishing touches on the ACF Culinary Team USA ' entrée of Roasted Beef Sirloin with Sweetbread and Smoked Tongue, Truffle-celeriac Dauphinoise, Woodland Mushroom Variety, Braised Carrot, Semolina Dumpling, Jus Lie.

    The Food Column: While you're at the mall, check out 'Culinary Traditions'

    Pittsburgh Technical Institute culinary photo exhibit gives a taste of foods from many nations.



     Stem Ginger Loaf with Vanilla Frosting

    Gingerbread and cookies: A spicy holiday tradition

    Celebrating the rich, beloved flavor of gingerbread. Share photos of your holiday sweets with the PG.


    Homes »


    New lending guidelines target first-time homebuyers

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are loosening mortgage requirements, and the housing industry hopes young people will be able to buy homes again.



    Buying Here: Forest Hills

    A Craftsman-style house in Forest Hills boasts lots of solid oak doors and woodwork -- even a water closet.


     

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    Miss Frick's debut

    Helen Clay Frick was photographed with her spaniel, Fudgie, in this studio portrait circa 1910.
    Henry Clay Frick preferred New York City to Pittsburgh and wanted his only daughter, Helen, to make her society debut in that glittering venue among the Astors and the Vanderbilts. But Helen Clay Frick thought differently.

    Interactive tour of Helen Clay Frick's debut

    A candlestick from Miss Frick




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    Restaurants


    Best Dining: Unexpected trends

    The best of Pittsburgh dining in 2014 includes the rise of international cuisine and a dominance of beer, coffee and cocktails.



    Restaurant scene: Market Square spots part of trend for more authentic, healthier Greek food

    Poros will offer polished Greek fare while Simple Greek (a revamped My Big Fat Greek Gyro) will go for updated fast-casual.


     

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    Travel


    India's ancient and modern coexist in a dizzying parade of humanity

    An awesome land of extremes, contrasts and contradictions awaits visitors to India, a country of 1 billion people.



    Travel notes: Fees could increase for baggage, upgrades

    Airlines may start charging more for baggage checks or seat upgrades during peak demand periods.


     

    Seen


    Natalie Bencivenga's #SEEN: Pittsburghers in New York City

    Over the weekend, Pittsburghers attended parties in New York. Learn more about events and partygoers in SEEN column.



    The Pennsylvania Society hosts its 116th annual gala

    More than 1,500 guests attended the 116th annual Pennsylvania Society Gala which honored Jim Rohr, former chairman of PNC.


     

    Lifestyle


    The Hot List of events for the weekend: Dec. 18-21

    Holiday festivities galore, from the CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” to “A Lyrical Christmas Carol” from PMT. (And rapper Bubba Sparxxx.)




     

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