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 The Curioso Cuff illuminates with the goal of attracting attention and starting conversations in social settings.

Stylebook Snapshot: Curioso Cuff aims to spark conversation in style

Robin Randall of Sewickley created an interactive cuff that she hopes will help people break the ice with its unique glowing color settings.

about 5 hours ago


 Deep-fried pickles are a classic eat at the Minnesota State Fair.

The huge Minnesota State Fair is big on decadent food creations

Deep-fried and on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair are the popular offerings that draw nearly 2 million visitors a year.

about 5 hours ago


 Christa Vattimo, 31, borrowed money from her company retirement savings account at PNC Bank for the down payment on a $97,000 home in West View. “I didn’t want to keep throwing money down the drain renting."

Some singles see value in mortgage payment

But homeownership barriers have made it less likely for people in their 20s and 30s to be owners than in previous generations.

about 5 hours ago


 From left to right, Larry Marcello of Brentwood, Greg Neugebauer of Delmont, Nick Kennedy of Regent Square and Steve Benso of Shadyside tailgate Saturday on the North Shore, which was full of activity with University of Pittsburgh playing the University of Delaware at Heinz Field, the Pirates playing the Cincinnati Reds and the Kickoff and Rib Festival all happening.

Pittsburgh's North Shore survives trifecta of events

Pitt football, Pirates baseball and the all-day Rib Fest made traffic and parking tight on the North Shore, but planning prevailed.

about 5 hours ago


 This historic photo shows the site on the east side of Atlanta where Confederate Gen. John B. Hood blew up his munitions train on Sept. 1, 1864, as his troops fled the city ahead of approaching Union armies. This was the historical basis for the famous scene in “Gone With the Wind” that shows the burning of Atlanta.

The burning of Atlanta, seared into America's memory

The fall of Atlanta 150 years ago this week was a Civil War pivot, while 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” enshrined the event in popular culture.

about 5 hours ago


 Tour guide John Funcheon inside one of Cincinnati's beer tunnels.

Cincinnati taps into its brewing heritage

This Ohio city’s Over-the-Rhine district is being revived as a beer haven.

about 5 hours ago


 People wait in line to check into the Bellagio in Las Vegas this month. This year, hotels will take in a record $2.25 billion in revenue from fees and surcharges, 6 percent more than in 2013 and nearly double that of a decade ago, according to a new study. Nearly half of the increase can be attributed to new surcharges and hotels increasing the amounts of existing fees.

Just like the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

The headache for many travelers is a quickly growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

2 days ago


 Riders enjoy the views of downtown Portland, Ore., across the Willamette River as they cruise the Eastbank Esplanade during a tour with the Cycle Portland bike tour company.

Gear up for a bike tour in Portland, Ore.

Cycle Portland Bike Tours’ basic ride-around starts downtown about a mile from the city’s core.

about 5 hours ago


 Ranger Brian Reedy, chief of interpretation, leads visitors on a basement to attic tour of the Gallatin house in Fayette County.

Tour unlocks history as they explore the nooks and crannies of the Albert Gallatin homestead

This historic Fayette County home was built in 1789 by Albert Gallatin, U.S. secretary of the treasury to Presidents Jefferson and Madison.

1 day ago


 A mature oak tree in Sewickley Cemetery illustrates the importance of a strong central leader and wide angles at which branches meet the main trunk. A narrow angle makes a branch more likely to break in a storm.

Garden Q&A: Take your time when choosing a tree

Because trees last for decades, special care must be taken when selecting, planting and maintaining them during their lifetime.

1 day ago


 Artist and composer Abby Aresty has turned sounds recorded around Pittsburgh into an installation at Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes.

Sound installation at Phipps teaches visitors to pay attention

Iowa artist and composer captures the sounds of Pittsburgh in an installation you can hear at Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes.

1 day ago


New gift shop at Carnegie Museum of Art opens next Saturday

Carnegie Museum of Art to open new gift shop that will provide a new shopping experience.

1 day ago


 Albert Gallatin was the nation's longest-serving secretary of the treasury.

Albert Gallatin: scholar, lawmaker, ambassador, banker

He served as member of the state assembly, briefly as a U.S. senator and as a member of Congress before Thomas Jefferson named him treasury

1 day ago


At the Gallatin house, tours and a festival

Friendship Hill is located about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 166 between Masontown and Point Marion.

1 day ago


 West Elm will give this special tote bag away to the first 300 customers who spend $50 or more in their new location at Bakery Square on Thursday, Sept. 4. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Home and Garden notes: West Elm store to open; 2 neighborhood tours planned

West Elm opens new location in Bakery Square, house tours in Mexican War Streets and Shadyside, composting workshops set.

1 day ago


 The exterior of 522 Wilson Ave., in Ambridge, a split-level house for sale.

Buying Here: Ambridge

Split-level in Ambridge gained stained-glass windows, skylights, loft and other character from former owner.

about 16 hours ago


 Family-owned Greenawalt Farms is one of many places that offers a variety of food items for your next picnic.

Stock up for your Labor Day picnic

There’s no shortage of unique markets throughout Pittsburgh to help you throw the perfect picnic.

1 day ago


 A Pittsburgh shopper reading the label on a shirt she just bought.

Do Pittsburghers care if their clothes are made in sweatshops?

PG staffers went to shopping malls in the Pittsburgh area and asked shoppers about the origin of things they bought.

1 day ago


 Nestle Toll House Spicy Party Mix.

Nestle’s Toll House teardrop chocolate morsel turns 75

For that simple, crunchy pleasure of a chocolate chip cookie, you have Ruth Wakefield and Nestle Toll House to thank.

3 days ago


 Ground cherries from the Trout Lake Farmers Market in Vancouver, Canada.

Ground cherries are having a moment

Fruit that originated in South America is spreading via farmers markets here.

3 days ago


 A platter of raw local organic zucchini spaghetti with raw cashew ricotta and sundried tomato-basil marinara, with fresh basil and a glass of green juice from Zest Wishes inside the Schwartz Living Market on the South Side.

Munch goes to Schwartz Living Market

Old South Side market now a hub for vegan foods

3 days ago


 Arlene Burnett's Labor Day desserts include Peach-and-Nectarine Cobbler, Blueberry- Cormeal Cake, Chocolate-Cherry Cookie Dough-filled Cupcakes and South African Mud Cake.

Kitchen Mailbox: Some fancier desserts for summer's last hurrah

Try something new for the last big picnic of the season.

3 days ago


 60-second coffee ice cream.

Quick as caffeine: Coffee latte ice cream

Make your own ice cream with four simple ingredients.

3 days ago


Beer: Local places will pour it on during 'Big Pour Week'

Saturday’s Steel City Big Pour has sold out, but look for these related events at area bars, restaurants and brewpubs.

3 days ago


 Phipps Conservatory's edible rooftop garden.

The Food Column: A 'Garden to Plate' dinner at Phipps Conservatory

The Sept. 7 outdoor dinner is a first for Phipps, which is growing some of the food

3 days ago


 Dianne Shenk calls attention to the condition of the cucumbers at her produce stand on Second Avenue in Hazelwood.

In Hazelwood, you can circle the wagon and get fresh produce

Second Avenue farm stand is just the first step in Dianne Shenk’s desire to turn a food desert into a food economy.

3 days ago


 Rusted Root (from left, Dirk Miller, Patrick Norman, Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Peach Freedom) play Sunday at Hartwood Acres for the 15th annual Allegheny County Music Festival.

The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend

Ribs and football, colonial crafts, county fairs and men with muscles on the slate for the holiday weekend.

3 days ago


 "Chef" included a stop at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas.  From left, Emjay Anthony, Jon Favreau, Aaron Franklin and John Leguizamo.

Feasts on film: Food plays key role in many movies this year

This year has brought a bounty of movies that entertain and have you salivate at the same time.

3 days ago


Little Bites: 'Personal beer dinners' at Sharp Edge; Fukuda chef to leave town

Through Sept. 21, Sharp Edges are offering dinners marking the 35th birthday of Boulder Beer; Fukuda chef  T.J. Barney heads back West.

3 days ago


Let's Talk About: Space sugar

Outer space is a rather impressive domain if you have a sweet tooth.

3 days ago


Let's Learn From the Past: Shadyside

Considered one of Pittsburgh’s first suburban neighborhoods, Shadyside has retained its tree-lined charm for more than 150 years.

3 days ago


 Cherry Margaritas being served at Fred & Fuzzy's Waterfront Grill in Sister Bay, Wisc.

Food Feedback: With Wisconsin cherries on top

Enjoyed your piece about Door County.

3 days ago


 Dave Burrows and his daughter Dana Burrows walk up the aisle under the rotunda of The Pennsylvanian, as she prepares to marry Conor McCaskey, 34, of Dormont.

Pittsburghers have chosen some original wedding venues

A train station is a unique spot for a wedding, but it’s not the oddest location that locals have chosen to tie the knot.

4 days ago


 The Same Difference Film team, including Kyle Wentzel and Joshua Sweeny, filming Graeme Taylor playing a game of "Magic: The Gathering" with friends at GameStop in Ann Arbor, MI.

Childhood memories turn Pittsburgh dancer into filmmaker

A Pittsburgh-based artist channels his passion and life experience into his documentary, “Same Difference,” now in postproduction.

4 days ago


 Carnegie Science Center can be rented for wedding receptions.

Wedding settings that will set you apart

Some other options for couples who don’t want a traditional wedding reception.

4 days ago


 Dressed as Elvis Presley, Glenn Woods of Cranberry Township tries a pie by Gardner Pie Co. on Tuesday at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh food festival celebrates all things tasty

Not just anybody could sneak into the Clover Mountain Foods show, but almost everybody in the region will eventually taste its products.

4 days ago


 Tomato-Peach Salad with Crispy Tofu.

What's for dinner: Tomato and Peach Salad With Crispy Tofu

A sweet and tangy summer salad even tofu-haters will love.

4 days ago


 Lena Dunham arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Stars walked Emmys carpet in red-hot looks

They kept it classy with sophisticated silhouettes and muted hues that were balanced by a range of reds and a smattering of sparkles.

5 days ago


 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: It's never too late to express sympathy

It’s never too late to extend kind words of sympathy to grieving people.

5 days ago


 Kevin Tyler Jr. gets up close with a bullfrog as part of the Frick Environmental Center’s Young Naturalist program. While it is best not to handle amphibians, if you do come in contact, wash your hands thoroughly after gently returning them to where they were found.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Amphibians in Pittsburgh's parks

Ever see a frogsicle? The varying habitat in Pittsburgh parks offers many wonders about how frogs and other amphibians live.

5 days ago


Napa rushes to fix quake damage as drought means early harvest

Wineries and hospitality businesses rushed to clean up rubble and broken glass ahead of the expected influx of tourists.

5 days ago


 Dr. Stanley and Nikol Marks.

Orchids in the Moonlight event held at the Fairmont

Ladies Hospital Aid Society raises $100,000 for its Orchid Fund that helps those suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy.

6 days ago


Stylebook: Style Week Pittsburgh sets sights on next year

Plus: Philip Pelusi Salons will hold an open model call on the South Side.

6 days ago


 Corey and Katie O'Connor, Judy O'Connor, Father Terry O'Connor and Heidy O'Connor Garth.

Cookie cruise raises funds for local charities

The 22nd annual Bob O’Connor Cookie Cruise set sail from the Gateway Clipper Docks on Wednesday.

6 days ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto serves ice cream to Malena Jones, 5, of Cranberry.

Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae held at the zoo

An estimated 360 gallons of Hagan premium ice cream was enjoyed by all.

6 days ago


 Harris and Janet Ferris, Carol Shriber and Chuck Snyder.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre kicks off season at Hartwood Acres

“Ballet Under the Stars” offered a mixed repertoire with the benefits going to the ballet.

6 days ago


 Miyoshi Anderson struts down the runway.

Carabella event raises funds for Alzheimer's research

Carabella Oakmont transformed Allegheny River Boulevard on Friday for its ninth annual fashion show.

6 days ago


 Jason and Jennifer Pablonis, Shannon Sweeney and Nick Pablonis.

Savor Pittsburgh held at Stage AE

More than 20 restaurants came to compete during Savor Pittsburgh.  Proceeds go to the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

6 days ago


 St. Tropez's iconic clock tower and port as seen from the Citadel.

A stay in St. Tropez

St. Tropez is more than a jet-set destination on the French Riviera. It’s a sensory experience that takes much than a day to appreciate.

6 days ago


 Tom Slivka, Founder of Looks for Love and representatives of Ladies Hospital Aid Society, June Yonas, Laura Penrod Kronk and Carole Kamin.

#SEENSummerPartyRecap

A look back at some special parties in August.

6 days ago



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