Tag Archives: May 2010

M.Stew in Pittsburgh

10 May

Martha Stewart will be doing a book signing this weekend at Pittsburgh’s newest, chicest spot for a true grocery ‘experience’ – the new Settler’s Ridge Giant Eagle Market District.

Tickets are limited and you must claim yours in advance via an online waitlist. Also, she will only be signing copies of her best-selling books: Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook and Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast, but she will be on-hand to offer fresh eating and spring-cleaning tips.

For more information, contact Market District.

Pittsburgh: A “Most Livable City” with Heart

7 May

Though I have a friend who would VEHEMENTLY disagree, but, Pittsburgh has been named the Most Livable City in the United States, YET  AGAIN, by Forbes Magazine! (We’ve also ranked 29th worldwide. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!)

I mean, I want a beach house as much as the next person, but I love Pittsburgh and I have no intentions of leaving. I used to have the whole, wah, wah, wah, Pittsburgh-is-lame mentality, too. That was until I really opened my eyes to all that Pittsburgh has to offer. I mean, we truly have a plethora of opportunity right here at home in “Da’ Burgh!” Some of the best schools and universities, some of the best hospitals, some of the best malls, some fabulous dining and nightlife spots, casinos, some WORLD CLASS professional and college sports teams, and one of the best skylines in the world, as well as some awesome parks and recreational venues – what isn’t to love? We have the big-city-meets-small-town atmosphere, a perfect mix of blue-collar and luxe, and are just a stone’s throw away from a rural, country environment if we want that, instead.

Additionally, we have such a rich and interesting history and so many fun and quirky historical and trivia facts that make Pittsburgh unique. We have Mr. Rogers and Kennywood. We have the Inclines. We have the best fireworks anywhere. We have the most bridges in the world. Dignitaries choose to host major events here because, well, our city is so darn pretty – and, accomodating! Yeah, we have the Pirates, too, and the crappy roads, construction, and winters – but you can’t win ’em all.

Let’s talk about cost of living. I can tell you this – to have the home that I own elsewhere, well, to put it simply, there’s no way it would even be within my realm of affordability. The cost of living is great, we have comparably low crime rates compared to other cities our size, a nice arts scene, fairly low unemployment rate, and we have great things coming our way in terms of technology and going-green initiatives.

And the people – Pittsburgh is full of some NICE people. Granted, there ARE some “yinzers” out there, and the local media always chooses to put some real class acts on the news (why?!?) – but there are truly some really nice people in Pittsburgh. Any time out-of-towners come to visit they all say the same thing: they can’t get over how COOL and how NICE and friendly the people in Pittsburgh seem.

It makes me proud to be a Pittsburgher. I’m sure that Forbes only takes into account socioeconomic criteria and that’s fine – I’m proud of that stuff, too. But I’m proud of the other things, too. The beautiful view out the window of my Station Square office. The feeling of camaraderie and sense of community at a Steelers game. The vast array of awesome landmarks and museums and theaters and gardens and parks and boutiques and bakeries and the quirky little things that you might not know existed in Pittsburgh, but do. The hiking trails and biking trails and jet skis and kayaks on the river. The statues along the River Walk. The historic churches and the Potato Patch at Kennywood.

We might have some awesome schools – hey, I graduated from college at Pitt and went to one of the best high schools in the area, so I’ll never argue THAT fact – and we DO have some fantastic communities – I live in one of them. We might have some amazing hospitals with stunning advancements in research, and CMU with groundbreaking advancements in technology.  Our cost of living is amazing and we have a lot to offer to residents. But, I think, that Forbes missed something and that is our heart.

Pittsburgh IS the most livable city, but not just because of all the logistical, measurable outcomes.

It’s because Pittsburgh HAS HEART!

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To see the Forbes list slideshow, click here.

To read the Post Gazette article on Pittsburgh being named Most Livable City click  here.

To read my past BarSmart City Chatter post on Why I Love Pittsburgh click here.

Pittsburgh Marathon Was Da’ Bomb … (Too Soon?)

2 May

Soooo, I went down to the Marathon this morning to watch my Boyfriend cross the Finish Line and was yelled at by a Police Officer that I “couldn’t go down that street, there was an emergency.”

So, I started walking in another direction.

“Or that street!”

I was then told to turn around and go back to my car.

But then I got a “M’am, you can’t go that way.”

“Well, where is the finish line,” I asked.

The officer replied that he had no idea, “where the runners would finish now.”

I grew very confused.

To my left, a girl was bawling that she got diverted from the race course and couldn’t finish the race because the finish line was closed. She’d trained for this all year.

Cop tells us there’s a “situation.” Guy next to him tells me there’s a bomb at the finish line. Runners are MAD that they can’t finish the race. Lots of crying, swearing, breathless phone calls, people roaming aimlessly. (and, on an unrelated note, body odor.)

Next, a large group of people, myself included, are sent across the Clemente bridge in the midst of the choas.

Wait….a bomb? Really?

Yes. It was true. A female officer proceeds to tell me they’re considering canceling the race and closing down the Convention Center.

Way to cause panic amidst a crowd!

It turns out that there was truly a bomb threat at today’s Pittsburgh Marathon, which boasted 16,000 participants and thousands of additional attendees and spectators.

The threat was real, but the race went on.

Apparently, a pipe bomb was found in an abandoned microwave oven left on a sidewalk near the finish line of the race.

A bomb squad robot dismantled the bomb and no harm was done.

Many runners were told to stop running, and, at least from my point of view, there was chaos for about a half an hour, though, local news outlets are reporting that the whole event took place and was averted in a matter of 12 minutes or so.

Luckily, not too many people were affected by this scare, and the race, for the most part, went on as scheduled. Once they opened roads back up and let us walk over to the finish line, most people were blissfully ignorant and unaware that the bomb scare had even taken place.

The police on the scene and the media did a pretty good job of keeping it on the DL until the Marathon was finished. (I, on the other hand, was frantic because I had no way of getting in touch with my boyfriend, or back to my car, for about half an hour!)

After yesterday’s car-bomb scare in New York City’s Times Square, one has to wonder what’s going on lately. I mean, who DOES that?!?

That being said, I’m glad everything is well, and, I’d rather be inconvenienced for a half an hour than have them be lax on security. So kudos to the Pittsburgh police. It may have messed with my plans for the day but, it is ALWAYS “better to be safe than sorry” in my book!

(It WAS kind of unnerving for a brief time, though! Whew)

2010 Pittsburgh Marathon!

2 May

Today is the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon! (I know, not because I run, but because I got up at 7am on a Sunday to drive my boyfriend downtown.)

He and some very good friends of mine are doing the Relay. I’m rooting for “Team WTF” – Witness the Fitness!

So, “Good Luck” to Mike, Eileen, Shannon, Justin & TJ! Also a big “Good Luck” (and KUDOS!) to ALL of my friends and acquaintances doing the half-marathon and marathon! I wouldn’t even make it 2 miles LOL!

It stuns me how fast some of these runners are!

Photos from the race are already up on the official website. You can also see your friends’ times on Twitter, courtesy of TweetMyTime, or, you can follow the #PghMarathon hashtag.

Here’s the official website: http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/

I’m going to go visit my friend (and former “boss” ha ha) DJ Bonics from KISS fm who’s DJing for the Marathon at 29th & Penn Ave, as I await for my sweetie Mikey to cross the finish line. He’s going to do it even after he’s done with his part in the Relay!

Man, on day like today, I wish I could run! 🙂

Rap Superstar Eminem mentions Steelers QB Big Ben in new freestyle, “Despicable”

1 May

A new Eminem freestyle song entitled “Despicable” went viral late this week.

As usual, it’s genius, albeit laced with clever inappropriateness, vulgarities, and obscenities.

The twist?

Pittsburghers will love this one: towards the beginning of the song, he mentions man of the hour (or, well, not so much …) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a.k.a. “Big Ben.”

The line says, “I’d rather turn this club into a bar room brawl. Get as rowdy as Roethlisberger in a bathroom stall.”

If you really want to hear the song, Google it. I don’t want to post a link to it because, well, as aforementioned, the song is pretty explicit.

I don’t know whether it is a good or a bad thing that Eminem is rapping about Big Ben, but, it certainly showed that he’s crossed into the throes of pop culture iconoclasm and has now been immortalized in song, for better, or, for worse.

Personally, I’d rather have a lesser-known quarterback than one who is suddenly “infamous” tabloid-fodder and the subject of an Eminem lyric. But, that’s just me. I guess, in a way, it’s KIND OF, by SOME stretch of the imagination, SORT OF cool.

Ok ….. not really.

Celebs Get Real: Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson Release Untouched Photos! And Me, Makeup-Free!

15 Apr

This week, Britney Spears authorized the released of her untouched Candies ads – cellulite and all!

Recently, Jessica Simpson posed makeup-free on a magazine cover.

I like this celebrity trend!

While they’re still better looking than the average gal, it IS nice to see that even celebrities have their flaws. I’m not at all “for” the tabloids that exploit stars with their “who has cottage cheese thighs” and “guess who’s flab this is?” worst-of beach bodies issues – BUT – if stars like Britney and Jessica want to authorize the public to see the “real” them on their own terms, well, more power to ’em!

Below are the pics – today’s Photos of the Day!

Britney Pre-Airbrushing – and After  ~ (Shot 1)

Britney Pre-Airbrushing – and After  ~ (Shot 2)


Spears said she did this to show women and young girls that she is not perfect!

Here are Simpson’s May photos from Marie Claire – Jessica Simpson and her camp swear that they are without makeup. Here is a photo of Jess with makeup (left) and then the May 2010 Marie Claire cover without:


Here’s a shot of Ms. Simpson from the inside of the mag:


Jessica posed au naturel, saying that she has nothing to prove. Her new show, The Price of Beauty, is about finding beauty from within, and explores the entire world searching for what each individual culture defines as beautiful. Perhaps, as her song, “In This Skin” alludes to, and despite all the paprazzi badergering her about her weight, Jess really is comfortable in her own skin? I hope so.

By the way – I believe her claims that she is makeup-free. What about you? Here’s a good blog dicussing the topic:

And how about Britney? Despite her bruises and cellulite, I’d take her bod any day.

Thoughts?

I’m interested to hear a GUY’S perspective on this one! Is Jess pretty? Fat? Britney? Yes, no?


Regardless, as woman, I applaud them for going makeup-free. Here’s makeup-free me, taken just now at 6:52pm EST! No makeup, no editing, hair au naturel, too! Ladies ~ anyone else brave enough to share NO MAKEUP pics?!? Scary…..but somehow, freeing! 🙂    Get empowered, we don’t need makeup or re-touching, right gals?? 😉

(Please note: I’m OK with posting a no-makeup face pic. Do not ask me to post a bikini pic right now. I am soooo NOT THAT confident hehehe)