Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter- German Style

In my family, Easter is all about spending time with family and eating.  Obviously I couldn't be with the fam this year- so we decided on the next best thing, celebrating Easter with brunch at a German brewpub. Really, what could be better?  We went to the Hofbrauhaus in Southside Works, which had a pretty good Easter brunch, and lots of activities for kids, with a percentage of the proceeds going to a local animal shelter.  Yeah charity!
Here is the outside of the Hofbrauhaus, and the actual website can be found here.

I may have been a little over-dressed for the brewpub, with my Herve Leger coat, but I wanted to dress up for Easter!  Also, please note my wind-blown hair.
 We had reservations at 11:30am, and were quickly say by a Bavarian beer wench against a wall.  Even though it was overcast we still asked to move to a window seat.  Check out our view of the river and the interior of the restaurant.  The river was so high today!

Van then ordered a Lager, (a sensible half-liter for brunch) and I had a mimosa as we scoped the menu.
The entertainment was also fun- two Germans, one with a stand-up bass and the other with an accordion.  We had actually seen these guys at the Church Brew Works during Oktoberfest. There was also singing and German chants.  Definitely getting our German fix in here! 

In regards to the foodie choices of the morning, I ordered the 3 cheese omelet, and Van ordered some German skillet thing and a side order of sauerkraut.  Both were pretty tasty.  Van's skillet below.

Fun atmosphere, and a good way to celebrate the holiday.  Viva Germany.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Parents in Pittsburgh

So The Keller-Parsons recently made their debut in Pittsburgh visiting Van and me.  We had a wonderful time doing some traditional "Pittsburgh" activities and hitting up some local haunts.  We all especially enjoyed The Warhol and Phipps Conservatory.  As you probably assume by the name, The Warhol, a museum with around 6 floors, is dedicated almost exclusively to Andy Warhol, since he is from the Pittsburgh area.  You have to take the Warhol bridge to get to the museum.  Here is the official website.  Although, I'm not a huge Warhol fan, the museum was unique and interesting- and I admire that he was definitely true to himself, and that honesty comes through in a lot of his artwork.  We also hit up the cash-bar before viewing the exhibits, in the Warhol lobby-available Friday nights during the "cocktail hours."
Here are some pics from the museum:

 These flowers are ALL over Pittsburgh.
Van and I found this to be hilarious.  Since I could only take photos on the first floor, I don't have too many. 

Next, on to the beautiful Phipps Conservatory.  Official website here.  Although it is right behind CMU, we had a bit of trouble finding the location. After getting a bit turned around in Squirrel Hill, we made it and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the facility as well as all of the Dale Chihuly glass, truly incredible artwork.  His website can be found here.
 This piece was AMAZING! Right at the entrance of the building.

 I loved these little guys!! Maybe a potential wedding flower?!
 I also love orchids, especially pink orchids.

 This was in the succulent garden, and was HUGE!

We were very surprised at the sheer vastness of the conservatory, it was big, with several room and indoor/outdoor areas.  Obviously at this time the outdoor areas were fairly lacking- because of the weather.  I definitely want to head back in the Summer though and see some new seasonal plants, apparently the plants rotate depending on the weather, and I've also heard going at night is cool too, because everything is lit up. 
Kudos Pittsburgh.