Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Holidaze!

Hey guys,
So, whether you LOVE or HATE the holidays- it is the time of year when most of us should be very, very thankful for all of the bounty and plenty that we have compared to so many others in the world.  I am very thankful for Van and Bru! :)
 Honestly, giving and receiving gifts is pretty fun- but my favorite part is being around the people I love, eating delicious food and being thankful of course.  I was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Orange, CA for Thanksgiving- and am going back in a few weeks for Christmas!

Oh yeah, AND there are a lot of Sagittarius' in my family, including: my Bro, Grandma, Aunt and Me! 12/12 baby! Here are a few photos of my most recent visit to Orange, CA from Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving 2010. So thankful for my family! Below are both Grandmas:

My lovely parents, thanks for hosting!  You guys were the hosts with the most, and of course my favorite brother. :)

To you and yours, Happy Holidays! Here are a couple other shots from sunny Socal- below left in Santa Ana and below right in Laguna Beach.

We also made a trip to Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar, CA to help get us in the holiday spirit.  Check out the website here.  Pretty major. Although, the only things I could afford there were a candle holder and an ornament- it was really beautiful and definitely gave me some good ideas!

My favorite ornament!

And lots and lots of nutcrackers.

Much love- on to New York next week for my birthday, will definitely take lots of photos. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hot Ham Water

Well...not exactly, more like deliciously salted, smoked, aged PORK!  So, this isn't exactly a "Pittsburgh post" but hey- it is something significant that has happened recently- so I figured, why not?  And who doesn't like a good ham, I mean...really.

So as many of you know,Van LOVES ham, maybe almost as much as he loves me and he recently mail ordered his SECOND Tennessee Country hickory smoked ham from Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams.  Yes, I know you are curious, so click here for the website. We received our 15 lb. 14 month old ham on Friday evening via UPS.  It comes in a box like this:**side note And since Van wasn't home yet- guess who had to carry it up to the third floor?

Then, once the box is opened the ham is wrapped and looks like this: Oh yeah, Van also ordered 4 packs of bacon.  Count 'em.

Ok, now I obviously have to share some photos of what the actual 14 month aged ham looks like:

So much smoky and salty deliciousness! 

Van's pride and joy- to date we have made: Ham Soup, Breakfast sandwiches, Quesadillas and Grilled Cheese all incorporating our delicious new ham- and yes, we got one last year too! Anyone want some? Call me!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I promised these- so from my family to yours, "Happy Halloween!"

We went out last night to a new bar/restaurant in the east end called, Brgr.  Aptly named- it is a build your own burger bar.  You can check out the Urban Spoon review here.  The bar was shut down to the public, because it was being used as a private event space for Tepper students and their friends/spouses/partners.  Tickets were $10, however every person received 2 free drink tickets upon entrance, and there was also free food- which we didn't consume.  Lots of people, great costumes and loud music.  All and all a good time.

My favorite was this guy- somehow I ended up with his beard, however he only drank Dos Equis.  Can you guess who he was?  **Hint/spoiler alert: He may or may not be the most interesting man in the world.

Tonight we are taking it easy- handing out candy to the neighborhood kids, as well as eating our fair share. :)

Take care and be safe- and to my readers with families have fun trick or treating tonight.

Loves, Meg in 'Burgh xx

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sprechen Zie Deutsch?

Errr...not exactly. But it is almost Halloween, and our first one in Pittsburgh at that!

So, there's a very large costume shop in the strip area of Pittsburgh called, Costume World.  It has awesome murals of several pop icons on the windows, two of my favs...

GAGA!! Love her...and of course Mad Hatter:

Pretty cool huh? There's also an Avatar in the next window over.

Said costume shop is directly down the street from where I work- so needless to say, my Halloween shopping was easy this year! 

We decided to celebrate our German heritage, you're welcome parents.

I also got my costume for free- because I had to dress up for a work-related Oktoberfest.  However, we did pay full price for Van's to come soon, after the party this weekend. Viva Germany!

PS I promise I won't wear these boots this Sunday!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

When Autumn Leaves begin to Fall

Ok, so I know it's been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry and I'd like to offer my deepest apologies.  First, my fiance's parents came to visit in Pittsburgh and then the week after my mom came to visit, both for the first time.  Anyways, excuses excuses let's get to the fun stuff.

Fall in Pittsburgh is really exquisite- we are so lucky to live on the third floor of a beautiful, old house and have this phenomenal view outside of our living room window.

I also wanted to share a couple of other inspiring Western Pennsylvania sights that we saw with my future in-laws, the Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: Falling Water and Kentuck Knob.  You can check out more information for them both here and here

Pretty incredible huh?  We took home tours of both, and Falling Water was definitely everyone's favorite in terms of architecture- but the sculpture garden at Kentuck Knob was probably the highlight for me. The garden included this piece of the Berlin Wall.

How can you not feel intrigued?
  I also liked this installment entitled, Red Army, by the British artist Ray Smith.

And of course this one...

Finally, had to take a shot of the beautiful western Pennsylvania landscape at the Kentuck Knob vantage point, with a Tipi no less- and no, we did not get the back story on that bad boy.  Although I wish we would have!

So yes- Western Pennsylvania is a very beautiful area of the county, especially in the Fall.  I feel very fortunate that we were able to explore outside of the city of Pittsburgh for an afternoon. 

PS For my fashionistas out there...I'm officially obsessed with the designer vintage available in Pittsburgh for literally a song.  Without giving too much away, because I DEFINITELY want to blog about it- I found vintage Thierry Mugler for under $100.  No typo there...uh-mazing! Of course it is at the tailor now- but get ready for a mini-fashion show, probably by next weekend.

Loves from the Burgh.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Getting our drink church

So, Church Brew Works is VERY well known in and around Pittsburgh.  And there's a reason for that- it's FUN to eat delicious food and drink delicious beer in a church.  Yep, that's a church.

This was our first visit to the amazing brewery, that surprisingly has not really been renovated.  Even though it is still an extremely successful restaurant and brewery- it still very much looks like a church.  When you go to the bathroom, you will have flashbacks from Sunday school.  I did. :)

We each had a couple of beers on tap, I went with a mole porter, (it definitely had a spicy kick to it) and the Cherry Quadruple, Belgian Style Quad.  We also shared a Caesar salad and a delicious artichoke, spinach and feta pizza. Yum.

Since we were there during Oktoberfest we got serenaded by a German Bavarian musical act, consisting of two gentleman, one with an accordion and one with a bass.  Very interesting, but fun- and of course they busted out with a Steelers song.  Apparently the Steelers are a pretty big deal here. :)

Here are a couple of more shots of the stained glass windows, and the rest of the church/brewery/restaurant.  Pretty cool huh?  Check out the website here:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Snow and Vintage some of you have probably heard me say, the thing that I am looking forward to the LEAST in Pittsburgh is the winter weather.  Today, a coworker thought that it would be funny to bless me with this little gem: "You won't see the sun from November to May."  Wow, thanks.  Um, definitely not looking forward to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Ok, so whatever, it gets cold here...I get it.  As long as the winter isn't like it was last year in Pittsburgh, which was a full-fledged, hellish, 10 ft. snowstorm.  Farmers Almanac says that it won't be, (and they were right about last year- so here's hoping.)

After I've discussed something I'm not so fond of, ie: snow (except if I'm snowboarding) I wanna talk about something that I DO love: vintage and retro fashions and style.  Pittsburgh is actually an awesome place for finding vintage/retro fashions and furniture.  Maybe even a haven!  Who knew?  I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.  Van and I were theorizing that maybe because Pittsburgh was such a comparatively larger city when this stuff was made (current pop. is about half of the peak), that excess supply has built up as people move away but don't take their furniture.

A few furniture pieces I wanted to share: Check out this gorgeous 60's Oak chest with brocade top, fits nicely in our window nook.  Perfect for storage too.  So cute, we got this from a local second-hand store and were expecting the price to be $250+.  We were beyond ecstatic to find that it was less than $100. Totally amazing!

Next up, we found the cutest couch and side table at a local thrift store!  The couch is amazing, and perfect for two people.  Van and I LOVE it.  Both pieces (together) were less than $100- yep you read that right. Love them! The couch is 60's brocade fabric with wooden legs, and actually super comfy.  Do you like the flair I added to our side table?

Finally, for our all my fashionistas out there...check out what I found at the same local thrift shop.  Brand new, vintage, Italian leather and canvas Tashkent by Cheyenne booties.  OMG, I almost died.  And strangely enough, they were the right size! SO cute, and in perfect condition- I felt so blessed,  I seriously had a moment.  LOVE these so much, words can't even describe, and for under $10- no brainer.  So amazing!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

How it all began...

So, I've decided to give this whole "blogging" thing a try.  I've come to this decision based on a couple of different reasons:
1. I love to write
2. Most of my family/friends are on the west coast, so I would like to give them a way to keep up with my life here
3. I've never blogged and I want to try it, ok? And I have recently moved from one coast to another- which I think warrants some creative output. goes.  My fiance Van and I recently moved to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles.  This was a fairly sudden move, basically Van was accepted to Carnegie Mellon, Tepper School of Business in June 2010 and we moved in late July, because school started early August.  Yeah, pretty life-changing and quick. 

To make a long story short, we signed a lease in Pittsburgh sight unseen,  pretty much sold most of our possessions, including all of our furniture and my car, shipped 6 boxes via UPS and packed up the Mazda 3 and uprooted our lives to move 2,600 miles away.  We made the cross country road trip in 5 days, taking our time (kinda) and stopping to eat in several cities across the US, it was dubbed "Foodie Roadtrip 2010 across America."

Now, we have been living here for a little over a month and Van is loving school- he definitely made the right choice.  I recently got a job, doing business development for an organic food and lifestyle company; which is right up my alley. 

I would like this blog to help me share my Pittsburgh finds, experiences, theories and thoughts...Here goes my attempt at living with the yinz and the yang.