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Marty’s Market


We discovered a real gem in the strip district- Marty’s Market during the Wet Hoptober event. Now this is the type of atmosphere we can’t get enough of! It has amazingly high ceilings and glass garage door walls. Also, it has an open floor plan that allows us to roam freely without feeling like we are cattle being herded through the aisles. It opened in July 2012 and its mission is to provide Pittsburghers with fresh, high quality food from regional farmers for a fair price.

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Not only is it a great market, it also offers a coffee shop and café. Navy Veteran Regina Koetters, the founder and leader of Marty’s Market, took time out of her busy night to show us her vision of a destination store and a neighborhood meeting place. Regina mentioned an incredibly appealing feature of the store: its floor plan allows for the patrons to see everything that is going on in the store. Whether it be the cafe, coffee shop, or butcher shop, you can see exactly how your food is being handled. This idea of visual access came from her training in the Navy, which taught her that it was vital for her safety to always be mindful of others’ hands. Regina carried this idea over to Marty’s Market and she is completely brilliant for doing so. Not only can the patrons see how fresh the ingredients are, but they can also watch how the food is prepared. This leaves no room for shady kitchen mishaps like dropped food items or poor kitchen hygiene. Plus, if you pay attention, it’s like getting a free cooking class! Imagine if every restaurant granted such access, our dining out experiences would be completely different.

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I got a real sense that Marty’s Market wants its customers to explore food. If you are into (or want to get into) molecular gastronomy, they sell reasonably priced containers of these ingredients so you can become a modern chef in your own kitchen. Also, they have a zillion unique spices you can try out for a couple of bucks a packet. These spices are housed in a super charming library card catalogue from a local library.

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The reason for all these little packets and containers- you can explore new tastes and textures without breaking the bank. Oh, and make sure you stop by the butcher counter; they have uncommon cuts of meat like bone marrow, sweet breads, and duck breasts-just to name a few (they have the usual meat cuts as well). So grab a coffee, a bite to eat, and let your inner chef come alive. Marty’s fresh produce and eclectic food selection inspired us so much that we came up with a salsa that celebrates both Marty’s Market and Pittsburgh. Enjoy!

Check out our Marty’s Black and Gold Salsa Recipe!

Cheers N’at
D&T

 

East End’s Wet Hoptober


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During Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving- the East End Brewery, Marty’s Market, and gtech gave Pittsburghers the wonderful gift of fresh brews, food, and inspired conversation. Wet Hoptober was their event to celebrate the fresh harvest of wet (fresh) hops. 

Here is the 412, I mean 411 on hops. Hops are the seed cones of the hop plant. They are picked once a year (late summer/ fall) from their bines (yes b- think of beer vines). They are either brought to a processing facility where they are dried and vacuumed packed (dry hops), or they are brought to the brew house and used immediately (wet hops). Wet hops are very perishable, so once picked, they need to be used within 24 hours. Wet hops are particularly special because of the unique taste and aroma they add to beer and short shelf-life (check out eastendbrewing.com for pics of the wet hops).

With that said, a genius from gtech had the wonderful idea of turning an unused portion of Garfield Farm into a hop haven. So last spring, they set off to plant hops with the help of hop-grower, Noah (This is extremely exciting for Pittsburgh because hops have not been grown in PA typically since prohibition times). So, the East End Brewery patiently waited for these wonderful little nuggets to ripen. Once they did, the East End quickly started the brewing process and arranged for “hop pickers” to get the goods. This years crop yielded about 15-20 lbs of hops. This number will double by next year. By the third year- the hop plants will be in full bloom. The East End brewers brewed 3 beers with these precious hops- The Big Hop, The Big Hop Harvest Ale, and the Belgian Pale Ale. The hops used in these beers were Cascade and Chinook. The beers turned out to be a-maz-ing!! The hops were so present but completely balanced. And the aroma…my goodness it was heavenly. These beers were so special that the brewers waited to drink theirs for the first time at the event. Talk about anticipation!

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Along with the great brews, came some mighty fresh food. Marty’s Market put out quite a spread- including pork tongue, sweet potato latkes, and Cour Royale Brie. It was such a great pairing with the freshly hopped Pittsburgh brews. There is something about drinking a beer from Pittsburgh soil and eating fleshly butchered meat that makes it that much more appetizing and enjoyable. We were so impressed with Marty’s Market’s commitment to provide clean, local, and very fresh foods that we will be writing up a post about them in the very near future.

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It is amazing how many Pittsburghers were involved with this project. It took gtech, East End Brewers, Noah the Hop Farmer, Garfield Community Farms, and Marty’s Market to make this unique idea turn into a spectacular event. We are not the least bit surprised though, when Pittsburghers share thoughts and ideas with one another, great things are bound to happen. It was inspiring to spend an evening with some awesome Pittsburghers whom share the same passions as we do. Here Here! Pittsburgh.  What a great city to be a part of.

Cheers N’at
D&T

Duck….Duck….Beer!


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This giant duck was very thirsty from all of his sun-tanning down at the point today- so we decided to quench his thirst with Night of the Living Stout by Full Pint Brewery. It’s their seasonal American Stout, (ABV 7%). Head over to North Versailles, and grab one while you can! You are very welcome, Mr. Duck.

Cheers N’at
D&T

Let’s Go Bucs!


Let’s Go Bucs!

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Let’s play ball! It was a great day for a baseball game- party cloudy with a comfortable temperature in the lower 60’s. I couldn’t have asked for better weather. T likes to sweat a little while watching America’s favorite pastime but me, not so much… So this was perfect.  We hosted the Cincinnati Reds at 1:35 pm. Everywhere we looked, there were breathtaking sights of the skyline, rivers, and bridges. No wonder PNC Park is listed in the top 10 most beautiful ballparks. Personally, I believe we should be #1, or at least in the top 3. Definitely not #8 for cryin’ aht lahd!

Before the game started, T and I grabbed two brews from Beers of the Burgh on the first floor. It was awesome! It had several local drafts on tap (seasonal ones as well)  including Rivertowne, Penn, Church Brew Works, Yuengling, and Victory. That’s a pretty fine selection for a ball game if you ask me… We enjoyed the Rivertowne Lager and the Yuengling Oktoberfest. Both of them were very, very tasty.

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This is the Rivertowne Lager. It is a well-balanced American Amber that is full of flavor but not too overwhelming. This is a great beer choice if you are planning on enjoying a couple during the game. If you plan on drinking like it’s your own sport that day, I’d stick with yer Arns n’at…… and a cab.

When it comes to sports fans, we may not have the most friendly fans to the fans of opposing teams. Actually, we may have one of the most, umm how do I put it… “intense” sports teams fans. But, if you are rooting for the ‘burgh, you are almost guaranteed to make friends with the people sitting around you. We sat next to a really great father/son duo from Hampton. They were doing it right- they had Pirate’s tickets for the afternoon and Steeler tickets for the night game. They shared stories about their travels to Europe which included several bier garten visits in Germany. It sounded heavenly. Maybe someday too, we can enjoy such an adventure.

The final score was Reds 11-3. Double Yoi! (imagine Myron Cope’s voice). However, it’s hard to come back from 5 run deficit in just the first inning. Anyhow, we parked relatively far away from the Park and knew there was little hope hailing a cab in this town. Luckily, there were about 20 Rickshaws parked outside of the stadium. We hopped on one of those bad boys and road off.

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This cat had a speaker attached to his, so we were jamming out to Tupac’s song Changes. It was truly an unforgettable experience. A little hairy in some spots… this man was fearless, and so were the fans trying to find parking spaces. But we made it. And it was awesome.

Cheers N’at
D&T

The Art of Speaking Pittsburghese


Yin·zer  (noun) A Piksburgher who talks right, n’at. Most of you are familiar (or may be fluent in) the Piksburghese language. For those who aren’t as well versed, here is a crash course on what you may hear in Dahntahn Piksburgh.

 Arn-Iron. Yinz guys press your clothes with them or drink them. Or drink one while using one. That sounds kind of fun…

Blinkers-Turn signals. You won’t see many of these while driving in Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers like to keep you on your toes

BrightsHigh beams. You may see a lot of these in the back roads. If you squint real hard it lessens the assault on your eyes

BuggyShopping Carts

CaachCouch.  Something you sit on to watch dem Stillers

CelrCellar. The basement where you keep your worshing machine

Chipped Chopped HamThinly sliced ham. It makes for some de-lish sammitches!

ClickerRemote control. Complete mayhem breaks out if you lose it before a Stillers game. We usually find it under the pillas on the caach

Crick—Creek. Miniature versions of the Ohio River n’at

CubbordCupboard. Where you keep your pint glasses

Cucky—Something gross. My toddler hears this word a lot when he puts something gross in his mouth.

CutPiece of pizza. Mineo’s in Squirrel Hill makes an awesome one

DahntahnDowntown Pittsburgh

DahtletsThe Factory Outlet Stores in Grove City

DingyA small boat you may see floating down the Yahk

DoohickeyAn object that you can’t remember its’ proper name

Dust bunniesBalls of dust found under beds and sofas

GumbandRubber bands

Gutcheez—Underwear. “Yinzer laffin’ cause my gutcheez er showin”

Haf-AhrHalf an Hour. “Haf-Ahr til the game is on”

HankerinA strong desire or need. “I got a hankerin for a brew”

HoagieA long sammich

Hot Pad —Oven mitt

JagoffA huge jerk. If you are a skilled lip-reader you will see this word mouthed often during rush hour traffic.

JaggerbushA bush with jaggers (spiky thorns) or a bar in the Southside

JagwireJaguar. A nice car you hopefully won’t sideswipe while driving down Beaver Street in Sewickley

Jimmies—Sprinkles

JumboBologna. Mystery meat…

Kennywood ArrowsYellow Arrows (road signs) that point you to Kennywood Park

Kranz —Crayons

Light BillElectric bill

MumMommy dearest

NebbySomeone who is nosey. Nebnose.

Parking ChairA chair placed in the street to save a parking space

PillasPillows

Pittsburgh LeftWhen you floor it to make a left turn at an intersection and hope the driver who has the right of way respects that this is the law of the land

PopSoda

Red-Up—Clean up

Rush Ahr Rush Hour. The time when all the jagoffs drive

SammichSandwich. Often filled with Isaly’s chipped chopped ham

SweeperVacuum

Tin foilAluminum foil

Worshin MacheenWashing Machine

YoudgeHuge. “That play was youdge!”

I had a lot of fun compiling this list. Now that you have a solid foundation, go out to a local bar and have at it. You will be shootin’ the breeze with a fellow yinzer in no time. The people of Pittsburgh should get an award for their creative contribution to the English language. I wonder if Merriam-Webster would sponsor it?

Cheers N’at
D&T

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