*A meal was provided, however all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy.

It’s 8am in the morning, the kids are on the bus, or you have a few left with you, the day begins to take shape and it takes you with it! Before you know it that half-drank cup of coffee is too cold to drink and it is 3 in the afternoon. [Read more...]


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Peanuts, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, thrills, chills and Family Fun is about to commence on the Consol Energy Center.  Family events are great memory makers.  Here is the latest Press Release on the :

The Most Electrifying Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® comes to CONSOL Energy Center
November 1-4

Pittsburgh, PA (September 6, 2012) - Coming to CONSOL Energy Center November 1-4, don’t miss Fully Chargedthe all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileywhere megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages.


Fully Charged celebrates ‘performance power’ that boosts circus-goers’ excitement. The amazing acts, which can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth®, include Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals allows him to ride rearing stallions at a fully-charged gallop and orchestrate majestic four-ton Asian elephants in a symphony of dance. When he stands inside a cage, eye to eye with 12 ferocious tigers, Tabayara sees family where others see danger.


The fearless Fernandez Brothers dial up the thrills as they perform daring feats of athleticism on the Twin Turbines of Steel, including extreme jumps and twists inside the moving wheels! Audiences will crackle with excitement as they watch Guillermo perform a 360-degree, flying-forward somersault, three stories in the air, a feat so difficult it has only been attempted by one other person in the 141-year history of Ringling Bros. Descending from the legendary dynasty of Ghengis Khan, the Mongolian strongman duo of The Titanic Tulga and Mighty Meetal, demonstrate a herculean display of human dexterity and strength as they lift large, cumbersome telephone poles, which weigh up to half a ton, and twirl them above their heads while acrobats balance atop. The Human Fuse, Brian Miser, sets the arena sky ablaze as he rockets through the air from his self-made human crossbow. Don’t blink as he flashes across the sky in less than a second, and travels 110 feet at 65 miles per hour.


Ever wonder how many clowns it takes to change a light bulb? The hilarious hoopla continues to flow as the clowns from the world-famous Ringling Bros.® Clown Alley, charge up the audiences’ funny bones with hysterical silly antics and clownish comedy.


The action at Fully Charged begins an hour before show time at the All Access Power Up Pre-show Party FREE to all ticket holders. Get to know the world’s greatest performers, meet some our amazing animals in person, and work to become CircusFit all before the show starts! The All Access Power Up Pre-show Party is the only place where you can register for a chance to win a pachyderm painting created by one of Ringling Bros. artistic Asian elephants right before audiences’ eyes.


You can only experience this current of excitement at Ringling Bros. Fully Charged! Get your tickets for high-voltage fun today!


Tickets for Fully Charged are now on sale and start at just $20.  For the Opening Night Show only, get tickets at a special price starting at just $12 (Not valid on Circus Celebrity or VIP Seating).  Tickets can be purchased through www.Ringling.com, Ticketmaster, Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center or call 1-800-745-3000 to reserve your seats.


Performance Schedule:


  • (Opening Night Show) Thursday, November 1 - 7pm
  • Friday, November 2 - 7pm
  • Saturday, November 3 - 11am, 3pm, 7pm
  • Sunday, November 4 - 1pm, 5pm



For more information, members of the media should visit www.Ringling.com/141media. They can also find Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey on Facebook and follow producer Nicole Feld on Twitter at @NicoleFeld.

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.


My husband and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary at Lidia’s Pittsburgh.  From beginning to end the night was spectacular and special.

Lidia’s Pittsburgh hosted us in celebrating our 20th Anniversary.  First we want to say THANK YOU and second, I want to share my experience.   

We love to dine out but finding the right place is the hardest thing to do. Sometimes what is great when you have the kids with you is not really as enjoyable when you are without the kids. Our favorite restaurant forever was Piccolo Piccolo and we were saddened when it closed years ago as we would frequent it and could recite the menu. We have tried so many places and really never locked into any new favorites. You know how it is– when you love something and it goes you try to find a similar place at least with the authentic food taste that you recall and when you can’t match it you just stop looking. Now while I realize that Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh has been here in Pittsburgh for a while it had not been on OUR Radar:) NOW IT IS.

We have found a new favorite place, from atmosphere to food. We enjoyed the fact that so many FAMILIES were dining together, not just parents with their children but also grandparents and larger parties. The environment is welcoming. I want to start out by saying that our waitress ASHLEY T was so ‘ON’ that our night was made even better by the great service we received. We sat in a booth/table in a very private corner which we LOVED. Ashley went through the menu with us. I really did not even need to hear much more when I heard the word Pasta Trio.

Our Primi Course was a salad, a Caesar Salad with fresh bread ranging from sticks to a focaccia bread with Pesto and Black Olive Purees. Absolutely unique and delicious, I think I could have eaten the Pesto and Black Olive Purees alone all evening. The salad of preference at our table was Caesar.

The possibilities for main course were endless as I reviewed the menu, there were Arancini Lobster Risotto Balls, or the Insalata Caprese, and Risotto with Local tomatoes it was all a hard decision, but again my heart was set on the Pasta Trio.

The Pasta Trio is a very POPULAR dish at Lidia’s. This is one plate, that is set up in front of you that is serviced by 3 servers, each presenting you with freshly tossed pastas in 3 varieties. It is unique not only for the great tastes each pasta offers but it unique for its presentation. 3 separate servers bring you a pan at a time and place it on your dish. If you want more of any, it is unlimited refill, I have to admit I had to have a bit more  the sauce was to DIE for.

It was not just the presentation but the food itself, the raviolis filled with fresh mushroom and the basil pesto sauce with walnut simply made the fettucine— a diners’ delight. My husband had a Braised Pork Shank with Barley Risotto  pictured above as it was a MOST GENEROUS portion and fork tender an absolutely delicious meal.

After a meal I thought could not get any better, there was more…. Dessert.  The choices were extensive: ranging from a dark chocolate and nutella custard,to a Tiramisu.  My choice was one I could not make, I had to declare DEFEAT in choosing to Ashley.  She laughed:)  I was torn between Torta di Amaretto(Amaretto soaked cake and Amaretto Ice Cream, with toasted almond ice cream and candied almonds) and Biscotti Misti(mixed house made cookies served with a shot of espresso).  My husband had Crostata al Limone e Mirtilla(lemon cookie crust, basil mousse, lemon curd blueberry gelee, and lemon poppy seed ice cream)

The surprise was BISCOTTI MISTI with a decorated plate : It said .. well take a look at what Lidia’s did for us!

We loved our whole dinner, and we loved our waitress and we loved the restaurant. I could find a different word than LOVED but really it all was LOVED.  Lidia’s  is such a part of Pittsburgh, right in the heart of the Strip District. Lidia’s is for families, couples, gatherings but most of all for those of you who LOVE your food and consider it of high importance to have a carefully crafted meal that tastes authentic and a staff that wants to please!

It is hard to find a great place, but when I find one that is exceptional, I let you know! I hope you check out Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh.



The Gateway Clipper Fleet.. An must do in Pittsburgh: Here is the latest FUN release:) Enjoy.



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