I learned that Pittsburgh is the only city with 3 major sports teams with the same team colors. That is right the Penguins, Pirates and the Steelers all are black and gold. So, many places in the city sells black and gold stuff. Yes, even the Mexican market sells black and gold chips.
Besides black and gold things available in the 'Burgh, there are some really really good food made in the traditional ways. Where I hang out in the city, there are virtually no chain restaurants. There are a lot of independently owned restaurants making traditional recipes, and there are a lot of independently owned specialty food stores that rock.
Parma Sausage Company
, house made air dried prosciutto - Do I dare say this, the domestic Parma Sausage Company
air dried prosciutto tastes better to me than Parma Italy prosciutto. It also costs a whole lot less than the Italy variety. I brought back about 10
Cheese from Pennsylvania Macaroni Company
is the best cheese experience one can have. PennMac
has the most extensive cheese counter in the USA. Thank goodness they mail deliver. If you are ever in the 'Burgh, go on a Saturday afternoon to the cheese counter at PennMac
and fully experience the life of cheese. This trip, we got an Italian sheeps milk truffled cheese, an aged piave and a young piave.
Dinner - my pals have 1/2 a cow in the freezer. The meat is from the 4H cow they viewed at the local county fair, went to the farm where the boy walked the cow 2 miles every day, and went to learn more about the boy who raised their meat. Really, this beef was tender and delicious. Thanks 4H.
Glutton Free Clementine Cake. It think the cake is made from almond flour, clementines, and sugared clementine rinds. We called it Clementine Crack.