Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Yesterday, I was making (what feels like) my daily visit to Giant Eagle Market District, one of my top ten favorite places in the universe, and I struck up a conversation with a very nice man in the bread isle (Yes, this is Pittsburgh, and striking up conversations with nice strangers is a daily occurrence here).
The conversation went thusly:
Nice man: Look at this crazy decadent lava cake! Not very good for me I'm afraid.
Me: (interested) Lava cake? Where?
Nice Man: (raising an eyebrow at the contents of my cart): Well, it looks like you have some little ones with a sweet tooth at home.
Me: (humiliated) Just us two fully grown adults.
Yep, we eat like a 5 year old would if you let him go to the grocery store unattended with a credit card. Needless to say, when the kind people from The Milkshake Factory in the South Side forwarded this little tidbit to me, I was a little giddy...
I am already in line. The Milkshake Factory is located at 1705 East Carson Street. For droolworthy posts, you can follow them on twitter here. While you are enjoying your half-price milkshake(s), be sure to pick up a box of the gourmet chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels from Edward Marc Chocolatier. I am physically unable to leave the shop without them.
See yinz there!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Tucked up behind the North Side and the Mexican War Streets, Fineview boasts a rich and interesting history. Originally called Nunnery Hill (yes, as in "get thee to a nunnery!"), the neighborhood is most famous for its old street car line, the only one in the 'Burgh with a curve in it, which ran until 1899. The "Nunnery" was St Clare Young Ladies' Academy, constructed by the Nuns of the Order of St. Clare in 1828. Remarkably, the area consisted of a series of hills, deemed largely impassible until a renaissance of residential construction began in the mid 19th century. Still proudly standing today is the Henderson-Metz House, pictured above, which was constructed in 1860, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Residents of Fineview are fiercely loyal to their neighborhood, and homes are often quaint and charming abodes with large front porches, encouraging neighborhood interaction. The Block Watch is active, and volunteers participate every Monday in a "Stroll and Patrol", cleaning up the street and checking in on residents. There is a local community garden, and residents can reserve a plot for only $5 for the season! The Fineview playground is host to many family activities throughout the year, and annual "step-a-thon" is a challenge to urban hikers to master the neighborhood's signature topography. To learn more about the community, you can visit their newly improved website here.
MY DAY JOB
And, it is no coincidence that my newest listing just happens to be in this sweet community. Click here for some more details on 1626 Meadville Street, located only steps from the Fineview Overlook!