Cure for cabin fever: H Lane Coffee in Swissvale // Pho @ Two Sisters

Welcome to 2020! A new podcast interview with Ben Wong, all the ways to stay warm this weekend and all the food highlight you might have missed from last year.

by Lindsay Patross
January 2, 2020

LIVE MUSIC: New Year, New Galaxy

Our commitment to showcasing local artists continues with an upbeat event headlined by Starship Mantis. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Black Forge II (McKees Rocks) for New Year, New Galaxy.

🎶 MUSIC: DJ Femi, Trio+ Shad Ali and high-energy headliner Starship Mantis (jazz/funk/hip hop).

🍺BEER: Dancing Gnome Beer in Sharpsburg has successfully worked with artists to create unique, limited-edition collaboration beers that celebrate creative milestones. As fans of Starship Mantis, the Dancing Gnome team partnered with the band to brew a cream ale — Intergalactic Love. The beer will be released on Saturday (at the brewery) and will be available for all attendees at our show.

☕️VENUE: In 2019, Black Forge expanded to launch their latest outpost in McKees Rocks. The former bank is now a coffee shop and concert venue called Black Forge II.

🚀 DRESS: Totally optional (come as you are) but folks feeling extra groovy can expect to be amongst an intergalactic costume party. Starship fans – show us what you’ve got.

🎟TICKETS: Tickets are $15 and available here.


PODCAST: Tis the season for pho
In Episode 09 of our podcast, “The Slaw: Staying on Top of Pittsburgh,” Ben Wong (Two Sisters, Banh Mi + Ti) chats with us about Vietnamese food in Pittsburgh. Pho – a hearty, noodle soup is super popular during cold weather.

SHOP: Coffee Shop in Swissvale
HLane Dry Goods and Coffee is a unique hybrid concept that offers on-site seamstress and tailor services, along with a full service coffee shop. Built inside an industrial-rustic space, the Swissvale community has embraced this husband-wife owned shop located at 2009 Noble Street.

EAT: The Top Food Moments of 2019
We asked Pittsburgh’s foodie community to spotlight THEIR favorite food moments of 2019. Picks include everything from Driftwood Oven (Lawrenceville) to Blue Sparrow (food truck) to Party Cake Shop (Brookline) to the Western PA Lamb Festival (Strip District).

BEER: Revisiting the Brewery Openings of 2019
Last year we showcased the launch of three new breweries in Pittsburgh. Take a look back at our stories on Cinderlands Warehouse (Strip District), Inner Groove (Verona) and Lincoln Avenue Brewery (Bellevue).


This weekend in Pittsburgh:

Three FREE ways to get out of the house and explore this weekend.

Friday // January 3

Gallery Crawl – First Fridays on Penn Ave

The cure for cabin fever. All the galleries and businesses on Penn Ave in Garfield stay open late for a neighborhood-wide block party.

Saturday // January 4

Bloomfield Saturday Winter Market

The Bloomfield Saturday Market makes a winter appearance.

Sunday // January 5

Historical Tour of Main Library

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers free tours of the main branch at 1 pm and 3 pm. Registration is suggested but not required.

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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