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In this episode, Ed and Day learn about Pittsburgh’s 200-year-old North Side, a city in itself.
Kids of All Ages – Highmark Sportsworks at Carnegie Science Center
Ed’s kids join the guys as Marcus A. Harshaw, senior director of museum experiences, gives them the exclusive run of the whole building. Though the facility is built for people ages 6 to 16, adults also have fun. Which we learn when Ed is the first one to test how the You-yo stores kinetic energy and lifts them off the ground — for science, of course. They round out the experience by testing their reaction time and balance, and a healthy challenge between the guys.
An Artists Commune for food – Federal Galley
Alex DeConciliis, director of operations, explains Federal Galley’s simple concept: Offer low-risk opportunities to up-and-coming chefs. After an application process, the chefs only pay for food and labor costs. Ed openly campaigns for a spot on the testing squad. Brian Forrester, Sultry F&B spotlights his mom’s okra recipe. Driven Detroit-style pizza boats about its Big Country: A decadent creation that puts eggs and every breakfast meat on a pizza. Shaka Hawaiian Fusion’s Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke bowl and Hawaiian Bibimbap rice bowl each come highly recommended. Provision offers The Burgher as its signature menu item and rounds out the fourth concept in this commune.
Yoga, Painting, and Joy – YogaMotif
Next up is an afternoon with YogaMotif owner Alecia Dawn in Allegheny Commons Park, the crown jewel of the North Side. Alecia took her bachelor’s in fine arts in sculpture and found a way to incorporate it into her motion practice. She gives the guys stencils of themselves, leading them in breathing exercises. Alecia guides them as they combine yoga, motion and relaxation with visual art and the results are almost psychedelic.
PGH pro tip: Stay up to date with the latest Allegheny Commons Park programs here.
“Where Is Allegheny City?” – Allegheny City Brewing
Allegheny City Brewing got its name as a nod to North Side’s history when Allegheny was a separate city from Pittsburgh. Co-owner Al Brasso wasted no time and personally selected a few beers for our dynamic duo. The focus of Al along with the other two co-owners and North Side natives, Amy and Matt Yurkovich is serving the North Side neighborhood and the diversity within by having a selection that will appeal to everyone. And then for good measure, they threw in a wall full of pictures of dogs. The fellas end the day with a typical white lager, a stout infused with peanut butter chocolate coffee, then finally a hazy IPA and a Polish lager.