Former professional chef stepping onto the writing scene. Currently interning at The Northside Chronicle and freelancing in Pittsburgh, PA.
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photo by neil strebig Celebrity chef Robert Irvine swung through Industry Public House in Lawrenceville recently to promote his newest book, "Fit Fuel." The book combines Irvine's culinary prowess with health-conscious recipes aiming to make progressive lifestyle changes easier on consumers. Irvine is no stranger to Pittsburgh.
For the superhero fan culture and the nerd community, comic book shops are a hideaway for geeks. Unlike your typical bookstore, most of these shops are designed to be hangouts for both old fans and new readers. Their extensive selections and resident aficionados invite fan-driven conversations like who really would win in a battle to the death between Superman and The Incredible Hulk?
By Neil Strebig Bitter winds howl through a desolate concourse. The revolving door at Two Allegheny Center used to be crammed with businessmen in suits now stands silent, mirrored by cardboard borders. The silence continues as you enter a vacant hallway where Zayre's used to be.
Randyland creator, Randy Gilson, takes time to paint a new road sign for his colorful map display along 1501 Arch St. in Central Northside. Gilson started the expansive art project over 30 years ago and continues to add to the collection with new projects like "Thinkerers." By Neil Strebig Own it.
By Neil Strebig There's something unique about the new Scratch Food & Beverage. Positioned on the corner of Lowrie Street at the location of the former Billy's bistro in the heart of Troy Hill, patrons will notice as soon as they walk through the doors that this little tavern embodies the same amount of pride as the local neighborhood.
The 2016 USGA U.S. Open begins this weekend. While Oakmont Country Club offers a wide variety of outlets for golf enthusiasts, Oakmont's main strip off Allegheny Avenue boasts some terrific destinations for fans looking to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Open without making the trip to the course.
The Priory Hotel in Historic Deutschtown is one of the most unique attractions of all the of the city, led by owner John Graf and supervisor Adam Frye. By Neil Strebig When the Graf family took over Historic Deutschtown's Priory Hotel in 1986 they wanted to create a memorable destination for visitors; one that stood apart from the other hotels in the area.
photos by neil strebig Get your Captain America shirts ready. Put on your Batman cowl. The first Saturday in May is almost here. For those of you who are outside the inner geek circle, the first Saturday in May is "Free Comic Book Day," an annual holiday for comic fans nationwide.
Who has the harder job - the back-of-house (BOH) or the front-of-house (FOH)? It is a question that is often passively answered by biased opinions from their respective halves of the restaurant. Servers, bartenders, hostesses, and food runners will sit back, roll their silverware, and adamantly tell you how difficult their jobs are.
By Neil Strebig Green geckos camouflage themselves against the near wall. Vibrant red parrots fly across the far ceiling stopping abruptly before colliding into a stone-faced monkey hidden in the wallpaper canopy. These hand painted creatures are just another one of the many secret treasures tucked away inside Northside's only tropical getaway; Allegheny West's Parador Inn.
Paralleling the evolution of Pittsburgh's restaurant scene has been the growing popularity and variety of the city's food trucks. Operating a mobile restaurant is a challenging endeavor, as we learned in a recent ride-along (video above) with the Franktuary Food truck in Lawrenceville.
Christmas isn't the holiday we usually associate with when things go bump in the night. Yet, The ScareHouse in Etna is bringing a whole new spin to Christmas just in time for the Halloween season.
I got the idea to compile this list of greatest comic book villains of all time after a recent conversation with my brother. He had just watched Thor 2: The Dark World and was trying to tell me how Loki wasn't an exciting villain. So, needlessly to say I had to set the record straight...
Yes, James Harrison is 36 years old, and yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers should consider re-signing the outside linebacker. The Steelers have a number of defensive players remaining from their Super Bowl core including Ike Taylor, Brett Keisel and Troy Polamalu. After a season-ending injury (torn bicep), Keisel figures to have played his final season with the Steelers.