ode to pittsburgh

In light of Pittsburgh ranking a proud #12 in the recent list of “Fun Cities” in the US, the Pittsburgh Marathon today, and my general fondness for the ‘burgh, I thought a tribute was in order for the city I called home for five years.

Kayaking by PNC Park!

As you can see in the photos above and to the right, kayaking Pittsburgh’s rivers is a lovely way to spend a day. Or, catch a Pirates game at PNC Park. Hit the waterslides and wave pool at Sandcastle. Go on some roller coasters at Kennywood. See one of the finest dinosaur collections in the world and great art collections at the Carnegie Museums. Then check out the dinosaur statues scattered around town. Go to the Point, where the three rivers of Pittsburgh meet. Ride the incline up to Mount Washington for some lovely views of the city. Listen to the Pittsburgh Symphony at beautiful Heinz Hall. Check out the second tallest university building in the world, the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. Visit the gardens at Phipps Conservatory. Go to a dance party at Brillobox.

Pittsburgh has so many great restaurants for vegans and vegetarians. Some of my favorites are the Quiet Storm (all vegetarian or vegan), Zenith (amazing vegan sunday brunch!), Abay (delicious Ethiopian food with great vegan options), Double Wide Grill (again great vegan options, especially the seitan wings, and has lots of outdoor seating), Aladdin’s (yummy and cheap Lebanese food, great juices/smoothies), and Hunan Kitchen or China Palace (all of their soy protein dishes are really good).

And one shouldn’t miss out on the delicious desserts around town either…My favorites are Oh Yeah! (they have hundreds of crazy custom mix-ins for your moo or soy ice cream and waffles) and Dozen Cupcakes (they have really interesting yummy flavors!).

Stop, except right turn. Note that the "right turn" is actually going straight. Strange stop sign situations like this are common in the 'burgh.

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