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Abbie Synan

Abbie Synan is a freelance writer who focuses on sustainability initiatives within the tourism industry. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Synan has been traveling full time since 2013, hopping the globe and visiting over 90 countries while exploring ways to be a more mindful global citizen. She is the sustainable travel expert for Wanderful, an international travel community as well as the content co-lead for Impact Travel Alliance, a global organization educating and inspiring travelers. You can find her sharing stories on her blog, Speck on the Globe or her capturing wanderlust images on Instagram.

The Best Pittsburgh Coloring Books

By Abbie Synan / April 27, 2022

Coloring books have emerged from the classroom as a way for anyone, at any age, to speak to  their inner child and dive into a whimsical creative outlet. What better way to give life to a black and white picture than by adding vibrant hues to well-known “Steel City” scenes. We’ve taken the guesswork out of where to find the best books, giving you a list of go-to Pittsburgh coloring pages.

Azorean Cafe’ brings Portuguese Cuisine to Pittsburgh

By Abbie Synan / April 19, 2022

Chef Elsa Santos’ Azorean Cafe is a wonderful introduction to a small slice of the globe that the local Pittsburgh population may be otherwise unfamiliar with.

A guide to locally made gifts in Pittsburgh

By Abbie Synan / December 15, 2021

Here is a list of places to shop for that special yinzer in your life.

Four Pittsburgh Restaurants You Didn’t Know Have Great Vegan Options

By Abbie Synan / November 10, 2021

Here are some restaurants in the city that you wouldn’t expect to have phenomenal plant-based plates.

Fall cocktails

Spooky seasonal spirits: A guide to the best fall cocktails in Pittsburgh

By Abbie Synan / October 28, 2021

Autumn brings a chill in the air, falling leaves and this changing weather brings about a perfect time for restaurants and bars to evolve into their seasonal menus. So, dust off your cutest sweater, head to a few of these local haunts and grab a few fall drinks to spice up the season.

Pittsburgh composting

Everything you need to know about composting in Pittsburgh

By Abbie Synan / June 9, 2021

Want to learn more about composting in Pittsburgh or can’t find that perfect place to dump your compostable trash? Fear not, there are plenty of options for the beginner or seasoned pro when it comes to sustainable waste habits.