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If you don’t speak fluent Pittsburghese like this native, the translation of the title is “downtown Pittsburgh and that,” meaning…we did a lot of fun things around the city this past weekend! In my 2016 resolutions post, I said Alex and I wanted to make a concerted effort to plan monthly date nights where we can try new food, attend events, etc. We had a slow go in January since it was just so busy, but we didn’t miss February! For Valentine’s Day, I gave Alex tickets to see an EDM DJ — Hardwell — in my hometown of Pittsburgh. I seized the opportunity to make it our February date night by planning a fun time downtown. Plus, it’s always fun to visit my Mom!

On Friday night, we had dinner at one of my all-time favorite places. Keith Heinritz Katering in my small little town, Trafford, isn’t much to look at…but the food is amazing. You’re hard-pressed to get a seat in the small restaurant on a Friday night during Lent since everyone has a hankering for their HUGE fish sandwiches. Luckily, we did and there is nothing like tasting this fish fresh from the fryer. I like to top it off with tartar sauce and their homemade hot sauce. YUM. They have a bunch of amazing sides, too…we opted for the haluski and mac n’ cheese. #vacationcaloriesdontcount

On Saturday, we headed down to the city and made a couple stops at the Waterfront on our way to the hotel. We booked a room at the Renaissance Pittsburgh for Saturday night so we could enjoy our night downtown without having to travel back out to the ‘burbs. Since I’m from nearby, I don’t often stay in hotels in the city…but when I do in the future, I’ll pick this one again! The interior design is modern through-and-through and we had an awesome view of the Allegheny River, Roberto Clemente bridge and PNC Park. The location is perfect since it’s right in the Cultural District.

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A little pre-date selfie in this cool hotel room mirror!

For dinner, we made reservations in advance and dined at Ten Penny…which is (as you might guess) located on the corner of Tenth and Penn. It was DELICIOUS. The calamari appetizer was devoured within a matter of minutes! The sauces that accompanied those fried little pieces of goodness were TO DIE FOR. I enjoyed the beet salad immensely and ordered the Seared Scallops and Shrimp Risotto. SO. GOOD. Alex opted for the caesar salad to start and ordered the Mango Molasses Glazed Salmon. Everything we had was amazing and I would highly recommend this restaurant. But, make reservations on the weekend! You can do it online through OpenTable.

After dinner, we hopped in an Uber and headed down to 31st Street Studios for the concert. I have never seen a venue so unique…this warehouse structure is used to shoot various productions, but once you add a stage and some pop-up bars around the outer edge, you have yourself the perfect venue for an EDM show. The place was packed and the music was loud! We had a great time before we headed back to the hotel for a WONDERFUL sleep in our comfy room.

On Sunday, I introduced Alex to another Pittsburgh favorite…Pamela’s Diner. We opted for the Shadyside location and my mom met us to hear all about our night downtown…and to enjoy some good eats! I always go for Gail’s Favorite Eggs (which have a little bit of cream cheese goodness whipped in) and a side of the crepe hotcakes. It’s the perfect food after a night out…if you know what I mean. 🙂

All in all, we had a GREAT time in my hometown and will be back again soon for some more Pittsburgh fun!

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