Wait! You’re Going All By Yourself??

Dear Reader, Today, I am writing to you from the “small but beautiful” Central American country of El Salvador. I use quotes here because that description was provided to me years ago by a maintenance woman at my graduate student dormitory, as she discussed her home country with me. I am in El Salvador on... Continue Reading →

Arcade, Bar, Speakeasy Dreamboat

Dear Reader, Is it worth the hype? That’s the question I kept asking myself as more than one person talked up Cambridge’s A4cade. What is A4cade (probably pronounced “arcade”)? It’s a speakeasy-style, club-bar, arcade joint that has fancy cocktails and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. That sentence alone is enough to entice me, but what is... Continue Reading →

A Night at the Zoo

Dear Reader, Glowing, festive lights are set against the dimming evening sky, and I am happy. Today, my magical twilight rendezvous takes place at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Although I’m not a fan of animals, I can find great amusement in zoos (more here). This zoo outing, however, was not for the purpose... Continue Reading →

[Review] Burgatory

Dear Reader, “Helluva Burger, Heavenly Shake” — this is true. If you are in the Pittsburgh, PA area and you want to try an exceptional (and, frankly, high-caloric) meal, do consider Burgatory. I find Burgatory to be special for a few reasons. First, the company works with local dairies, butchers, and other producers to make... Continue Reading →

[Review] A Chorus Line

Dear Reader, Are you a fan of musicals? I have seen about two dozen musicals live (and a bunch more like Hairspray and Les Misérable on-screen). I have a general appreciation for musicals, but occasionally, one comes along about which I just don’t have anything positive to say (which is rare for me!). The musical... Continue Reading →

What’s a Picklesburgh?

Dear Reader, Every city has its quirks and Pittsburgh is no exception. Like many big cities, the western-Pennsylvania destination has a number of big annual events, including pride parades, marathons, and an abundance of concerts. One summer event that is unique to Pittsburgh, however, is Picklesburgh. What is Picklesburgh? Started in 2015, Picklesburgh is an... Continue Reading →

These Cookies Crumbl

Dear Reader, Are you a fan of change? Do you like unlimited options? Depending on how you answered the above, you may have very strong positive or negative feelings about this cookie place called “Crumbl.” Crumbl is the new cookie place that is spreading like wildfire across the country, as of July 2022, there are... Continue Reading →

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