Prassana Kumar owner & chef of Curry Leaf Indian Bistro takes Chicken Tandoori from the grill for the lunch buffet at his Smithfield Street restaurant.

A feast of ethnic dining has sprouted on Smithfield, Downtown

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

about 1 hour ago

 Kevin Hermann is executive chef at The Porch at Schenley.

Local 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

about 1 hour ago


Miriam's Garden: Tomatillos

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

about 1 hour ago

 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.

about 1 hour ago

 ScareHouse in Etna is offering three themed haunts for one price.

Preview: Etna haunt has ripped it up and started again

ScareHouse opens new haunt The Summoning this weekend.

about 1 hour ago

 Honey Cake Biscotti from "The Holiday Kosher Baker" by Paula Shoyer.

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.

about 1 hour ago

 A platter of Linguine Carbonara at San Lorenzo in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to San Lorenzo Ristorante

Roman flair of San Lorenzo a fine find in Lawrenceville.

about 1 hour ago

 Singer-guitarist Justin Townes Earle.

The Hot List of events for the coming week

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

about 1 hour ago

Let's Learn From the Past: The North Side

A cen­tury ago, Al­le­gheny City was Penn­syl­va­nia’s third larg­est mu­nic­i­pal­ity, be­hind Phil­a­del­phia and Pitts­burgh.

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Let's Talk About: Taking things apart

Never disassemble appliances such as TVs, monitors or anything from your kitchen, but many small everyday items are safe to explore.

about 1 hour ago

 Stubna family yearly Gnocchi Fest.

The Food Column: Ever hear of a gnocchi Western?

Parkway Theater holds “Spaghetti Westerns” (movie and spaghetti) and “Sunday Morning Movie Services” (coffee/doughnuts with classic movies).

about 1 hour ago

 A molting penguin at the National Aviary. credit: National Aviary.

Let's Talk About: Molting birds

A bird’s feathers must be replaced in order to continue providing insulation and helping a bird to fly.

1 day ago

 Ginger Lime Beef Stir-fry.

What's for Dinner: Ginger Lime Beef Stir-fry

Hectic days call for something quick and easy for dinner.

1 day ago

 The Southern Leopard Frog.

Let's talk about: Biology and art

Richard Pell’s disturbing photos on display at Pittsburgh Filmmakers of animals involved in biologic testing show mix of biology and art.

2 days ago

 Mary Ann Wellener

Steel Advice: Take a break from this friend

Distancing yourself from a negative friend is OK.

2 days ago

  Helen Marie Chelko Fieo turned 100 on Sept. 3.

Century Club: Two Pittsburgh-region women turn 100

Helen Marie Chelko Fieo and Georgia Crawford turn 100. The secrets to their longevity? Family, a healthy lifestyle and the Pirates.

2 days ago

 James and Susanne Wilkinson.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: For Your Eyes Only gala

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

3 days ago

 Ralph Lauren

Fresh from New York Fashion Week: Styles for Spring 2015

Pastels, pleats and nature-inspired prints were among the top trends spotted on runways at New York Fashion Week.

3 days ago

 Embroidered peasant blouse, $49.99; flounce skirt, $34.99; croc effect belt, $29.99; and ankle strap shoes, $39.99, from the Altuzarra for Target capsule collection.

Stylebook: Target teams with Altuzarra on fall fashions

Plus: a fashion industry networking night, trunk shows, fall bonus shopping days at Fifth Avenue Place and other Pittsburgh fashion news.

3 days ago

 Larry Wetmiller, left, and Joe Calloway with the still.

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.

3 days ago

 Nick Payiavlas and Brenda Waters.

Sunflowers, artistic pillows shine light on POWER benefit.

More than 300 guests attended the fundraising auction held at Perlora on the South Side.

3 days ago

 Janera Solomon, Carmen de Lavallade and Clyde Jones.

Private dinner with Carmen de Lavallade

Legendary dancer Carmen De Lavallade lights up Shadyside before “As I Remember It.”

3 days ago

 Elizabeth Wheatley, Julie Eisenhower and Joanne Ostergaard.

Fort Pitt Block House celebrates 250 years

History buffs gathered Downtown to celebrate the Fort Pitt Block House’s 250th anniversary Thursday at the nearby Wyndham Grand Hotel.

3 days ago

 A cyclist travels the new two-way bike lanes along Panther Hollow Road crossing into Schenley Park in Oakland.

Pittsburgh cyclists concerned about redesign of Schenley Drive in Oakland

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is in the process of redesigning the road through Schenley Park, part of a program to reduce storm runoff.

3 days ago

 Sally Davis and Lisa Zourelias.

Rooftop Shindig held atop Theatre Square parking garage

Like-minded people gathered to watch “The Big Lebowski,” drink White Russians, wear bathrobes in public and celebrate all things “Dude.”

3 days ago

 Mayor William Peduto  and Caitlin Lasky.

Phipps Conservatory hosts Garden to Plate Dinner

Roughly 130 guests gathered (and bucked the black tie) by showing up in their last-gasp-for-summer garden attire.

3 days ago

 Sister Jeanine Swartzlander and Tom Wiese.

Girls Hope Women's Tournament benefits Girls Hope of Pittsburgh

Nearly 400 women came out to support the cause, enjoying golf, tennis, paddle tennis, bridge and a luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

3 days ago

Stargazing: Jupiter and the waning crescent moon

Before this lunar cycle draws to an end with a new moon Sept. 24, a thin waning crescent will sink past Jupiter in the morning sky.

3 days ago

City calendar: 09/15/14

A look at the events coming up for the week ahead.

3 days ago

 Samantha Lugo shows the merchandise at her Broke Little Rich Girl boutique, which opened this month in Lawrenceville.

Stylebook Snapshot: Broke Little Rich Girl mobile boutique goes brick and mortar

The fashion truck by Samantha Lugo of Robinson is the city’s first to transition to a permanent storefront. It’s now open in Lawrenceville.

4 days ago

 The main attraction in Ricketts Glen State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania is hiking the Falls Trail, a 7.2-mile loop that follows along most the park’s 22 beautiful waterfalls. The park’s crown jewel is the “wedding cake” Ganoga Falls, which descends 94 feet in a series of small steps.

Autumn shows its true colors in northeastern Pennsylvania

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

4 days ago

 The first of the cherry tomatoes at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, N.Y., a four-season farm, education center and restaurant.

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.

4 days ago

 Signature Theatre in the Village of Shirlington in Arlington, Va., decorates the walk way for its acclaimed production of “Sunday in the Park With George,” directed by CMU grad Matthew Gardiner, the theater’s associate artistic director.

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.

4 days ago

 Dan Barber, author of "The Third Plate."

Star chef plays 'The Third Plate'

Blue Hill at Stone Barns’ star chef Dan Barber reflects on changing how we cook and eat.

4 days ago

 A coastal brown bear catches a sockeye salmon in shallow water next to Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska in July.

Watch 'bear jams' in Katmai National Park

Having an very close view of bears pursuing salmon is among the wonders of a trip to Katmai National Park in Alaska.

4 days ago

 In June, volunteers from New England Regional Council of Carpenters erected scaffolding, launching the first phase of the restoration that will include cleaning, re-pointing and repainting of the exterior of the historic 1801 New London Ledge Lighthouse lighthouse.

Connecticut shines brightly with lighthouses

Connecticut’s lighthouses range from the classic white octagon towers to New London Ledge Lighthouse, a three-story red brick building.

4 days ago

 Len Caric, the president and CEO of Uncle Charley's Sausage.

New owners of Uncle Charley's eye expansion

The sausage company based in Vandergrift looks to bring specialty brand into new regions

4 days ago

Wildlife: Monarchs on the rebound?

Though the monarch population is down 90 percent over the past 20 years, monarch watchers reported encouraging news this summer.

4 days ago

If you go: Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park is in Benton, Columbia County, in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, about a four-hour drive from Pittsburgh.

4 days ago

 James Spencer's home on Pembroke Place will be featured on the Shadyside House Tour Sept. 21.

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.

5 days ago

 The single-trunk tree version of  Limelight hydrangea has a prominent spot in front of Susan Silverman's house in Murrysville.

Gardening: Limelight hydrangeas bloom consistently

Limelight and its fellow cultivars, Little Lime and Bobo, are the answer to the question over hydrangeas that don’t bloom.

5 days ago

 Janet Klein, 57, of Cranberry cuddles Cindy,  a three-month old American Eskimo mix at EQT PLaza, Downtown during the  "Pet a Puppy Day" program sponsored by Animal Friends.  Cindy and five other American Eskimo mix  puppies are ready for adoption at Animal Friends in Ohio Township.

Wacky and clever names for dogs and cats

“Here Sasha Biggiepotamus Fierce!” “Can someone clean Joey Banana Pants’ litter box?” It’s time again for the wackiest dog and cat names.

5 days ago

 This white birch in Fox Chapel was properly planted and mulched so that its root flare is exposed.

Gardening: How to prepare a tree-planting site

The right way to prepare the site and dig a hole so that your tree thrives. And when you’re done, DON’T overmulch.

5 days ago

 The exterior of the home, which sits on 1.49 acres and is on the market for $279,900.

Buying Here: New Sewickley

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

5 days ago

Can your dog get ebola? No

Can your dog get Ebola? The short answer is “no.”  There are no documented cases of dogs passing the Ebola virus on to people.

5 days ago

Design Center names CEO

Chris Koch becomes CEO of the Design Center, a Downtown nonprofit that encourages good design and planning of the built environment.

5 days ago

Maryland, Pennsylvania win Miss America prelims

Miss Pennsylvania and Miss Maryland won preliminary competitions Thursday night in The Miss America pageant.

5 days ago

Post-Gazette wins two Association of Food Journalists awards

Food section editor Bob Batz Jr. and freelance writer Hal B. Klein were among 53 winners announced at a dinner Thursday in Memphis.

5 days ago

 Vietnamese Beef with Rice Vermicelli and Crispy Vegetables from Diana Henry's new book, "A Change of Appetite: Where Healthy Meets Delicious."

A change of appetite: Eating healthfully more simply

Diana Henry’s new cookbook is still about good food, and it’s better for you

1 week ago

 A taco from the stand outside Reyna Foods in the Strip District.

There's still time for summer's bounty

Though our city may be known for pierogies and fries on sandwiches, now is a great time for Pittsburgh food that is a lot more diverse.

1 week ago


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