Restaurateur Grainne Trainor has bought the Blue Dining restaurant in McCandless and plans to turn it into a contemporary American restaurant with a focus on wine.

Former Mighty Oak Barrel owner to take over McCandless restaurant

Grainne Trainor plans to transition Blue Dining, a restaurant and martini bar, into a contemporary American restaurant with a focus on wine.

about 18 hours ago

 House Bill 466 is similar to a liquor privatization bill that passed the House, but not the Senate, in 2013.

Pennsylvania House votes to privatize liquor sales

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, opposes disbanding the state alcohol sales business.

about 3 hours ago

 The jerk shrimp from Leon's Caribbean Restaurant on Warrington Avenue in Allentown.

Munch goes to Leon's Caribbean Restaurant

Allentown spot is chock full of favorites from the Greater Antilles like oxtail stew, Jamaican patties and brown stew fish.

1 day ago

 Kevin Joyce, owner of The Carlton in Downtown Pittsburgh, shows a selection of French and Italian wines.

Restaurant review: The Carlton remains a class act and competitor in a changing dining scene

With top service, compelling wine list, clubby bar and “unapologetically conservative” menu, The Carlton reflects its owner, Kevin Joyce.

1 day ago

My Generation Essay: Technology doesn't have to be an enemy of reading

Reading in this generation is continually being changed by technology. Many view the change as negative, but that’s not necessarily true.

1 day ago

Let's learn from the past: Mary Lou Williams

In the 1930s, Pittsburgh propelled one musician to break jazz’s all-male barrier and become one of the most innovative artists of all time.

1 day ago

Let's talk about science: Time and toilet paper

If we represent a thousand years with a single sheet of toilet paper, we can picture what the universe will be like in 5 billion years.

1 day ago

 Some of the 10,080 bottles of Penn Oktoberfest beer waiting to be poured into buckets at Wigle Whiskey in the Strip District.

Beer: 10,080 bottles of beer on the wall

Volunteers pour out many, many bottles of Penn Oktoberfest at Wigle distillery to be turned into Oktoberfest Whiskey

1 day ago

 A spoonful of Balsamic vinegar.

In Northern Italy, they are particular about their balsamic vinegar

Hal B. Klein finds out everything about real balsamic vinegar, from its long history to its flavor.

2 days ago

 Markie Maraugha, the new owner of the  reopened Nancy's East End Diner on South Avenue in Wilkinsburg.

Nancy's East End Diner reopens in Wilkinsburg

The borough takes stock of its food assets, including newly reopened Nancy’s East End Diner, so it can promote them.

2 days ago

 Terina Hicks.

The Food Column: Cobblering together a business

Terina Hicks of Swissvale uses her mother’s recipes for her new business, Cobblerworld.

2 days ago

 American Wine Society.

Tastings: It's time for the American Wine Society conference

Affordable, well-organized event pours on the education.

1 day ago

 Margaret Schlass of One Woman Farm, plows a field next to where she is growing lettuce on the property she leases in Gibsonia.

It's time to sign up for your CSA

Feb. 28 is National CSA Sign-Up Day

1 day ago

 A potluck dinner spread.

Two food policy events scheduled

Two related events in early March will address hunger, the sustainable-food movement and other food-security issues in the Pittsburgh area.

1 day ago

 Kendall Jenner walks the runway at the Michael Kors fashion show.

Best of New York Fashion Week trends for fall 2015

Retro-inspired, toned-down hues, boots, hair accessories and lots of fur were among the top looks spotted on the runway.

2 days ago

Allegiant Air to start seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach from Pittsburgh

The new flight will start operating June 5 and run until August 17 and operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.

2 days ago

 John's Granola.

Marathon Ready: Stave off hunger with this nutrient-rich granola

Granola packs good-for-you grains, nuts and fruit into a wholesome treat. Even better, it’s portable.

3 days ago

 Natalie Bencivenga.

Ask Natalie: Friendship over ... but she still owes you money?

What to do when a friend who owes you money ends the relationship.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Savannah Smith compares characteristics of dog tracks near the Birmingham Bridge to those of a red fox.

Let's talk about parks: Identifying large animal tracks

A look at the animals living around Nine Mile Run watershed area by identifying their tracks in the snow.

3 days ago

 Anica Joyc swings her son Delko, 5, on one of the inner tubes alongside the snowtube hill at Boyce Park in January.

Boyce Park snowtubing area to close Wednesday for 'Let It Snow' filming

The ski slopes, however, will be open and operate on a normal schedule.

2 days ago

 Erica Mendez, Navin Bhambhwani and Chanice Lazarre.

Pittsburgh Film Office hosts Oscar fundraiser gala at Heinz Field

Time to celebrate the Oscars with the Pittsburgh Film Office’s Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield “Lights! Glamour! Action!”

4 days ago

 Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars.

Oscars fashion: Couture and calamity on the red carpet

From custom creations to looks straight off the fall 2015 runway, several stars turned out in their red carpet best (while others tried to).

4 days ago

Stylebook: Pitt Give a Thread campaign attempts to break world record

Plus, FGI Pittsburgh provisional chapter to hold a business of fashion panel and a dollar sale at Avalon Exchange in Squirrel Hill.

4 days ago

 The bill passed the House Liquor Control Committee on party lines with Democrats opposing.

Pennsylvania liquor privatization bill clears House committee

The proposal would allow the sale of wine at grocery stores; beer distributors would be allowed to sell six-packs, 12-packs and cases.

3 days ago

 Dinner Lab Pittsburgh will host at least one event a week at different venues around the city with two seatings of 60 people a night.

Dinner Lab uses pop-ups to cook up Pittsburgh presence

A subscription-event service called Dinner Lab that aims to spotlight new chefs launches in Pittsburgh today.

4 days ago

 Steve and MJ Crane.

Phipps hosts gala that benefits Autism Connection

Nearly 200 guests enjoyed an evening at Phipps while raising funds for Autism.

4 days ago

 From left, Sam Pollard, Mayor Bill Peduto, Constanza Romero, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Azula Wilson, Michael Kantor, Darryl Ford Williams, Phylicia Rashad and Kathryn Bostic.

Wilson documentary premieres at August Wilson Center

Guests were treated to a 36-minute preview of the 90-minute film, which documented not only August Wilson’s life, but his legacy.

4 days ago

 Lion Dance by members of the Tzu-Chi Academy Pittsburgh.

Lunar New Year Celebration held at Syria Shrine

Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Organization of Chinese Americans.

4 days ago

 David Malone, this year's king, hugs Cindy Shapira as David Shapira watches. The Shapiras were last year's king and queen.

Mardi Gras Gala held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel

Roughly 700 guests attended the Mardi Gras Gala, which raised funds for the Epilepsy Foundation.

4 days ago

 Richard and Cary Reed.

'Masterwork of Early Photography' exhibit opens at the Frick

More than 225 guests roamed the Frick galleries during “Masterwork of Early Photography” opening gala.

4 days ago

Stargazing: The Orion Nebula

While you're gazing up at the stars of winter on February evenings, don't forget to search for a few of the night sky's hidden treasures.

4 days ago

 When Halle Berry wore Elie Saab in 2002, the designer's stock soared.

Stylebook Snapshot: The big business behind red carpet fashion

There is much more going on behind the scenes when you see a star donning a designer’s gown on the red carpet.

5 days ago

 A portrait of George Washington Williams, who was a minister, historian, journalist, lawyer, Republican Party activist and the first African-American elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. His portrait hangs in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.

George Washington Williams told black Americans' story

A 1985 biography of George Washington Williams has helped inform a new generation of his contributions to African American history.

5 days ago

 Jonathan Danial, a business analyst and an opinionated Yelper who lives in Observatory Hill, at the bar of Tender in Lawrenceville.

Dine: Getting to know Pittsburgh Yelpers

Elite Yelpers aren’t short of opinions, but they have different sweet spots,  Our columnist meets three.

5 days ago

 A view of Edinburgh's High Street on Christmas Day, down to the Firth of Forth.

What to do (and don't) in Edinburgh, Scotland

Do’s and don’t’s for a bracing week in Scotland’s capital with a quick side trip to London.

5 days ago

Travel notes: Denver, JFK airports worst in accessibility

Denver, JFK airports ranked least accessible in survey.

5 days ago

 A billboard from Albuquerque lawyer Ron Bell sits along busy Interstate 25 in Albuquerque and plays off the new AMC-TV series "Better Call Saul" with "Better Call Bell." The show, starring Bob Odenkirk as sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, premiered Sunday, and city officials hope the prequel to the hit series "Breaking Bad" sparks more interest in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque hopes 'Saul' brings the tourists

'Better Call Saul' puts Albuquerque back on the map for tourists who enjoyed tours of “Breaking Bad” sites.

1 week ago

 Reverse mortgages have been a popular tool for cash-strapped retirees, but wealthier folks are finding ways to use them, too.

As more seniors rely on reverse mortgages, troubles beckon for heirs

Problems and confusion are expected to continue as more baby boomers retiring with little or no savings turn to the loans for help.

5 days ago

 Female participation in fishing and hunting is on the rise. Amidea Daniel will lead a seminar on fly fishing for women today at the Cabin Fever fly fishing expo in Cranberry.

Nationwide and locally, more women are going fishing and hunting

Last summer, Kelly Hancock and her sister bought themselves deer rifles and joined the family tradition, going "red tag" hunting.

5 days ago

Airlines make families play a seating game

Travel dilemmas: Togetherness can have a huge price when flying with your family in adjoining seats.

5 days ago

Wildlife: Everything becomes a blur in a winter whiteout

“The Story of Hazel Miner," is the tale of a 15-year-old girl who gets lost and dies in a terrifying prairie blizzard.

5 days ago

 Villa Carlotta on Lake Como in Tremezzo is an estate dating back to 17th century. It's filled with gardens, a museum and beautiful view of the lake and mountains. This is a view after exiting the museum of the entryway through the red geraniums.

Northern Italian villas on Lake Como: spectacular

Mountains and Lake Como create an ever-changing backdrop for two historic villa gardens in northern Italy.

6 days ago

Peter McKay: Send in the drones

Peter McKay is worried about drones, driverless cars and machines taking people’s jobs. But he’s OK with computers taking over his column.

6 days ago

Gardening Q&A: Solarization of garden's soil one way to kill fungal diseases

If your tomato garden is contaminated by fungal diseases, solarization and a season of growing in containers may be the best solution.

6 days ago

 Detailed facial expressions from "The Order: 1886," a new game for PlayStation 4.

Game review: ‘The Order: 1886’ offers stunning visuals, but little else

“The Order: 1886,” a PlayStation 4 exclusive, is high on presentation and story, low on player choices.

6 days ago

 This four-bedroom house in Latrobe is on the market for $149,900.

Buying Here: Latrobe

A Colonial-style house in Latrobe boasts original woodwork, updated kitchen and a tight-knit neighborhood.

6 days ago

 A look from the Ralph Lauren fall 2015 collection.

Stylebook at NYFW: Lincoln Center era ends as Fashion Week comes to a close

The final day of New York Fashion Week saw new collections by Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs and said goodbye to Lincoln Center.

1 week ago

Italian Oven eatery coming to Monroeville

A veteran restaurateur hopes to capitalize on the fast casual food trend and the popularity of Monroeville’s business district.

1 week ago

 A look inside Studio A.M. in Homestead during Sunday brunch.

Munch goes to brunch at Homestead's Studio A.M.

Homestead art gallery Studio A.M. is an unlikely setting for a Sunday feast.

1 week ago

 Double cooked sliced pork belly at Chengdu Gourmet.

On the Table: Bold Sichuan cooking makes Chengdu Gourmet stand out

This modest spot in Squirrel Hill, with a range of magical dishes inspired by the Sichuan province, is one of the best restaurants in town.

1 week ago


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