Archive for November, 2012

Zagat rates Pittsburgh, without ever being here

The Internet kind of blew up yesterday and today.  Zagat released its list of the top five Pittsburgh restaurants.  Without ever being here.

They instead, took the five highest rated national chains that have restaurants here.  Which led to the Cheesecake Factory as being ranked one of the best Pittsburgh restaurants.

Justifiably, the Internet went apeshit.

They have since promised to come to Pittsburgh and actually eat at the amazing restaurants that we have, so hopefully we’ll get a new ranking soon.  This will also mean that Pittsburgh will be pinging on the radar of foodies around the country.

The PG’s City Walkabout covers it here:

The take-away is that Zagat’s, if it ever was credible, is absolutely not now. This is corporate chamber of commerce drivel, like the tourist magazines in hotels that tell people about Pittsburgh attractions that you wouldn’t take even your least cool friends to in a million years.

If Zagats were staffed by reporters, they’d be fired for that failure.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our annual Thanksgiving tradition includes listening to DVE at noon when they play “Alice’s Restaurant,” but for all the ‘Burghers, here and exiled, happy Thanksgiving to you and your families:

Da faq, Uniontown?

Last week, Uniontown held an anti-equality parade.  The kicker: the  mental gymnastics they put themselves through to try to convince themselves that they’re the victims and that they really love everybody.

You can read the entire story here (although I think you can only read 10 articles a month from the Herald Standard before you have to pay), but I’m going to pull out a lot of quotes and respond directly to them below.

I”m also confused as to why now.  There is no real movement for marriage equality in Pennsylvania.  Maybe they’re just afraid because of the historic gains in Maryland, Maine, Washington and Minnesota.

The parade was put on by a church, and I would just remind everyone that not all church’s are anti-equality (the Episcopal church has a ceremony for same-sex couples joining together in matrimony).  Read that aside again.  Notice how I used the word ‘church’ and ‘matrimony.’  Marriage is a civil contract, and the definition has changed quite a bit over the years (see the graphic to the left), not to mention what the Bible itself lists as acceptable (or sometimes forced) marriages.

It’s a bit long, so I’ll put it after the jump, please take a minute and have a read.  I swear a bit.  But we’re talking about civil rights here.  I’m surprised I didn’t swear more.

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Pittsburgh wins again

It was posted elsewhere, but I wanted to make sure to pay tribute to Adam Paul Causgrove, the newly crowned “Mustached American of the Year”

Congratulations, Adam!

Read more at ManMade

A note on November

Once again, I’m joining the ranks of amateur novelists, participating in NaNoWriMo.

And once again, I’m reminded how awesome Pittsburgh is: at last count we have over 30 writing events in November, so if you see a group of people frantically typing  (and possibly wearing silly hats), stop over and ask how their word count is doing.

I’ll be back later this week with some more posts, but I just wanted to drop in quickly.  If you’re interested in writing, it’s never to late to start, and we’re a great group to have fun with.  And besides, there’s always good food where we write/meet!

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