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 Samir and Rawah Moussa with falafel in their restaurant Palmyra at 10 Smithfield Street.
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Samir and Rawah Moussa with falafel in their restaurant Palmyra at 10 Smithfield Street.

A feast of ethnic dining has sprouted on Downtown's Smithfield Street

Indian, Russian, Turkish and Syrian are among the flavors blending within a few blocks of Smithfield.


 Kevin Hermann, executive chef at The Porch at Schenley says Weatherbury’s "stone-ground flours are amazing. I wanted something local with real soul to it."

Pittsburgh grain pioneers look to past for flavor

There are more local farmers planting more fields of these special organic grains and selling all they can produce



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Miriam's Garden: Tomatillos

Tomatillos are what’s going on in my garden right now.



 A piper and child at the Penn's Colony Festival in Saxonburg.

Preview: Penn's Colony Festival is a trip back in time

Penn's Colony Festival in Saxonburg plays host to Yankee Volunteers Fife & Drum Corps.


Homes »


Designer banishes dark wood from grand Tudor in Shadyside

New York designer persuades Shadyside homeowner to take a lighter touch on a dark Tudor. Now it’s on the Shadyside House Tour.



Buying Here: New Sewickley

A rustic log house is one of five built by an extended family in 1979.


 

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Rosh Hashanah is time for sweetening the new year

A favorite custom is to dip slices of apples into honey, celebrating the fruits of the season and ensuring that the new year will be sweet.



Dine: How Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Hudson Valley influences U.S. food trends

Chef Dan Barber, author of “The Third Plate,” lures travelers with produce and policy to Blue Hill at Stone Barns outside New York City.


 

Restaurants


Restaurant Scene: Chick'n Bubbly ushers in crispy concept with its Korean-style fried chicken

In a neighborhood that caters to students, Oakland's Chick'n Bubbly sets a new standard for fast-casual with Korean fried chicken.



Dine: Pittsburgh restaurant scene may be heading for shakeout

Despite the restaurant boom in Pittsburgh, there are signs of strain across the city.


 

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Travel


Autumn shows its true colors in northeastern Pennsylvania

Enjoying the fall colors and waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania.



A Signature 'Sunday' worth a trip to Arlington, Va.

The Village at Shirlington has experienced a renaissance since the mid-2000s, including the award-winning Signature Theatre.


 

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: For Your Eyes Only gala

The sold-out party grossed roughly $1.1 million for the symphony.



A rum-tasting event raises funds for Hopital Albert Schweitzer

Roughly 100 patrons came out to Maggie’s Farm in support of Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, raising more than $5,000.


 

Lifestyle


Preview: Etna haunt has ripped it up and started again

ScareHouse opens new haunt The Summoning this weekend.



The Hot List of events for the coming week

Highland Games, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and ’Dixie’ around town this weekend.


 

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