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Pittsburgh Outing {From South Side to the Cathedral}

Posted Jul 10 2012 11:41pm

Hands down, one of the best parts of blogging is the ability to make friends you otherwise may not have known.

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So, when I found out I was going back to Pittsburgh (and this time with slightly more advance notice), I was able to make plans with one of my blog/twitter friends I’d never met in person before – Abby from Abby Normally .

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Abby was a total doll and offered to not only meet me for dinner after work, she gave me a mini tour of Pittsburgh. Our first stop – dinner in South Side.

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I didn’t really know what to expect from Pittsburgh, but I’ve felt so comfortable here. Everyone seems so nice, and the town has a laid back atmosphere. Even as we walked towards the restaurant, I passed houses with flowers outside and doors wide open.

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The South Side seems like a really artsy area of town with cool architecture…

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…and lots of people on bikes.

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We headed to the Double Wide Grill for dinner. I really liked how the restaurant had so many options (lots of vegetarian, vegan, and GF, too!). I strongly considered making my own TV dinner, but I ended up going with the first thing that caught my eye.

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I had the coconut chicken dinner with cilantro rice and snap peas. I thought the sauce was going to be a little more thick (I guess I was thinking it was made with coconut milk or something), but it was still really good. I especially liked the crisp snap peas – they tasted so fresh.

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After dinner, we wanted something sweet, so Abby drove us over to Oakland for dessert.

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We went to one of Abby’s go-to spots, Dave & Andy’s , for homemade ice cream.

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Upon entering, you’re greeted by the sweet smell of freshly made waffle cones. Mmm…

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Abby said they make the best birthday cake ice cream here, so I had to try it…with a waffle cone, of course. I’m a bit of a slow ice cream eater, so I asked them to put my cone in a bowl. It’s sort of wrong, but it’s better than having ice cream dripping all over my hand.

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We took our ice cream over to the Cathedral, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh.

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The inside of the building is stunning – from the stone work to the super high ceilings.

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Inside, it was as quite as a library.

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Can you imagine studying here?

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How about just eating ice cream here? I can tell you from personal experience – that is awesome! Oh, and Dave & Andy’s birthday cake is delicious. They even mix bits of cake into the ice cream.

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This was definitely a side of Pittsburgh I wouldn’t have been able to see on my own. I felt so lucky Abby was available to hang out with me!

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Big thanks to Abby, who is one of the nicest people I’ve met, for being so friendly and welcoming!

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