When I was contacted by the RawSpiceBar about reviewing their products, I was intrigued enough by the name. However, after I checked out their site I was sold. While everything these days seems to offer a "(fill in the blank) of the month club," the RawSpiceBar is definitely the winner in my eyes in terms of uniqueness-a spice of the month club. I and any other cooking/foodie fiend will find this idea not only innovative but also majorly cool.
Chinese...Mexican...Uzbek. That's one cuisine I never thought I'd see represented in Pittsburgh, yet lo and behold, it exists. Uzbekistan is a country that probably few Pittsburghers could actually locate on the map (I'm excluded from this as I've always been a hardcore geography nerd), and now one can get themselves authentic Uzbek food.
Thanks to Bethia Woolf, owner and operator of Columbus Food Adventures, I was steered onto the Flatiron Bar & Diner. Located in the city's Arena District, it seemed the perfect spot to grab dinner before seeing the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game later that night. The fact that po' boys and muffulettas, in addition to "smoker" items, were all on the menu only made it that much more enticing to dine there.
Back in the 7th grade on a class trip I visited the Pennsylvania State Capitol. While I remember a striking rotunda, that's pretty much all I remember. This probably had to due with the fact that the day prior I had just returned from a family trip to Disney World (so yes, anything would majorly pale in comparison), and it's Harrisburg. Not to knock the Pennsylvania capital too much but Harrisburg isn't known for being a "happening metropolis." Thankfully the state capital of Ohio is a lot different.
Brasil has been on my mind a lot as of late but especially its warm temperatures and beautiful beaches. While there are other countries I would like to visit before Brasil, the fact that there's only a two hour time difference (as opposed to the 12 hour time difference between Pittsburgh and Vietnam, a country high at the top of my bucket list) definitely make it mighty tempting (I abhor jet lag like the plague). I've also always been hugely memorized by the country's most iconic sight-Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), that and Iguaçu Falls (I have a penchant for waterfalls).