Revel + Roost in Pittsburgh: Casual Dining with Flair

Revel + Roost in Pittsburgh: Casual Dining with Flair

In my book, there’s nothing wrong with  celebrating Valentine’s Day, family style. Actually, there’s everything right about it. On Valentine’s Day Eve, we headed into Pittsburgh to sample Revel + Roost’s Prix Fixe menu – and oohed and ahhed over every bite. Here’s our dining experience in photos. Revel + Roost, the in-house restaurant for Hilton Garden Inn at Market Square, has such a fun concept. Its two-story space is party on the bottom floor (Revel), business casual atmosphere on the top (Roost). We had the pleasure of taste-testing Roost’s…

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie: The Battle of the Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie: The Battle of the Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu

While Mr. Locke and I may torment each other on what we love (and don’t love) to eat, there’s always a silver lining, especially when it comes to menu tasting. We had the pleasure of being hosted to taste test Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie’s Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu this weekend and literally tried everything on the menu. So why not have a little fun (all’s fair in love and food, right?) and choose winners in a he said, she said style? It’s such a pleasure to sample new, creative flavor…

Things We Love | January 2017 Edition

Things We Love | January 2017 Edition

Wow, January certainly flew by like a strong storm (happily, we didn’t get many of those last month)! With the ringing in of the new year, new beauty and travel products caught my eye – and I’m happy to share with you my favorites and things we love (and continue to love!) for January 2017. ALEX AND ANI Living Water Bangle Not only are the ALEX AND ANI bangles super popular for Disney fans (the Walt Disney World shops have a hard time keeping them in stock!), but the company’s…

Last-Minute Game Day Sunday Recipe Ideas

Last-Minute Game Day Sunday Recipe Ideas

Scrambling for last-minute ideas for Game Day Sunday? Compliments of a goodie box from Simple Mills I whipped up these delicious Game Day Sunday easy recipes just in time – when you’re at zero hour and ready to watch the big game! Don’t get me wrong, I love making menu items from scratch. Some days are so busy, though, I like to fall back on quick (and super easy) snack ideas that my family won’t turn their noses up at  – and ones that are healthier than traditional recipes without…

Dunkin’ Donuts Premium Hot Tea: A Salute to My Heritage at Home or On the Go

Dunkin’ Donuts Premium Hot Tea: A Salute to My Heritage at Home or On the Go

From a daily tradition as a child to a go-to beverage as an adult, tea is always handy for me and my family. Dunkin’ Donuts Premium Hot Tea is now available by the cup and in tea sachets for at home use, and I couldn’t be happier that the brand is giving us tea lovers more options.   Disclosure: This posts is sponsored by Blog Meets Brand to give you fine folks the scoop on Dunkin’ Donuts Premium Hot Teas. All opinions are my own! There’s no denying my English…

Top Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

Top Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

Romance is alive and well this Valentine’s Day, I’m happy to announce! Mr. Locke and I love celebrating the holiday together and adore the love-filled day just as much when The Kid is involved. There are occasions, however,  when the two of us celebrate together or The Kid spends the night at a family member’s house leaving us to our romantic revelry. Yes, I used the word revelry. Don’t judge. If you’re anywhere in the Pittsburgh area on the top romantic holiday of the year, here’s our recommendations for top…

A Taste of Pittsburgh: Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie

A Taste of Pittsburgh: Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, located in the gorgeous Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, has been on my radar as a worthy place to dine for some time. This New Year’s Eve, Mr. Locke and I had the pleasure of visiting and trying out its five course menu created especially for the holiday. Here’s the scoop in mouth-watering images. You know me and Pittsburgh restaurants: I LOVE checking out new and new-to-me spots that will pull me into the city for a repeat performance and meal. Not a word of a lie, the New Year’s…

Channeling My Inner Barista with Ninja Coffee Bar® – And Giveaway!

Channeling My Inner Barista with Ninja Coffee Bar® – And Giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Ninja Coffee Bar ® System. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own. When it comes to more-than-basic coffee drinks, we’re absolutely guilty of standing in line at our local coffee hangs for a taste of something special.  I love all of the fun coffee combinations that our baristas can make and blend which makes me wanting those same amazing styles when I get home. Happily, now instead of bundling up and running out for flavored…

Five New Fall Favorites at Quaker Steak & Lube

Five New Fall Favorites at Quaker Steak & Lube

My first visit to Quaker Steak & Lube® was at the original location in Sharon, PA, and I’ve been hooked on the wings, fries, and all-over fun ambiance the restaurant provides it guests. And, while most first timers like I was head there for the wings and fries, one look at the menu had me trying different items like its ribs and burgers. This fall, Quaker Steak & Lube has listened to its fans and created a limited-time menu based on what they loved, wanted more of, and wished for. The Kid…

Heading to SouthPark Mall in Strongsville? Check out The Rail Restaurant

Heading to SouthPark Mall in Strongsville? Check out The Rail Restaurant

Getting asked and saying yes to check out a preview of The Rail Restaurant in Strongsville, Ohio has been an August highlight for this foodie family. We hung out with other foodie writers and family staff members, enjoyed the fun, friendly atmosphere, and sampled a variety of what the restaurant has to offer its guests. It was a foodie lovers dream- and one of those dreams that you don’t want to wake up straight way. First thing’s first: The Rail is Ohio proud! All we had to do is look around to…