Pittsburgh 2013


So I’m completely head over heels for the city of Pittsburgh. Where do I even start to describe how much I loved this city?! I guess bullet-points are always good.

My Pittsburgh Top 12:meggieco

1. Partying and dancing the night away with best friend and company in South Side. The nightlife here was friendly, lively and oh-so-much fun.


2. The Strip. The fresh air and inviting atmosphere here seemed to help our Saturday morning hangovers. After picking out friendship bracelets from a basement shop for one another, Meg and I did a little outdoor browsing. I was smitten with the open market vibe they had going on. Fruits, veggies, knick-knacks, pastries and SO MANY FLOWERS. I bought myself some lovely, white carnations for a dollar. A dollar, y’all! I also indulged in a raspberry truffle latte and a delicious pecan pastry. Meggie and I ended our day with a free mini-wine tasting at a family owned joint; They made their wine inside of their shop. So neat!


Eating a yummy brunch at DeLuca’s Diner and happening to get seated exactly where Adam Richman of Man v. Food sat in 2008.


Jogging through an absolutely gorgeous park with my best friend.

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Snow!!!! The high on Monday was 16 degrees. As a Texan, I was equal parts giddy in awe and freezing from cold.


From the majestic old churches to the breathtaking views and scenery, I was constantly amazed by the beauty of Pittsburgh. Can you believe I got the above picture from my iPhone!? Fancy equipment definitely wasn’t necessary to capture the loveliness of this city.


The Incline. Oh my goodness, This was an adventure. Around ten thirty at night, Meg and I hopped onto century old cable cars that took us way up high to a phenomenal view of the city. Though my nose and fingers were numb, I couldn’t get over how stunning it all was. I was already infatuated with Pittsburgh, but this was the moment I fell madly and deeply in love.


The friendly people. This is John and he was working the parking area near The Strip. He told us all about the area and completely charmed us with his sweet spirit and talkative nature. If there is anybody that can talk your ears off more than I can, it would be John.

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Brunch at Harris Grill. This was one of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a while. $14 dollars for a frozen mimosa, coffee, peanut butter and jelly french toast, a BOWL of bacon just the way I like it (Not crispy. As close to raw as possible without obtaining food poisoning. Aka, Sushi bacon.) and scrumptious country potatoes. My mouth is watering just writing this down. Pair all of this with giggly and long conversations with the best friend? Perfection.

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Speaking of long conversations. Meggie and I talked for hours, about everything and nothing, over delicious Mexican hot chocolate at a hip little bar/coffee shop. It was the best best-friend date a girl could possibly ask for.



If I haven’t mentioned this enough already, the food was incredible. From homemade scones with jelly and cream at the Frick Museum Café to the Pittsburgh-famous salad with fries on top, my mouth was always a very happy camper.

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Just being with my best friend of nearly half of my life. There is a closeness that goes unspoken between a friendship as close and long as ours. Besides my husband, Meggie knows me better than anybody in the entire world, and the same goes for how I know her. When one of us is feeling something,or thinking something, or even slightly annoyed with the other… More often than not, the other one already knows. Words aren’t really needed after almost twelve years. There is a comfort in silence and a language that goes without vocalization. If it sounds like we’re in love, that’s because we probably would be if we were of the opposite sex. Our astrological signs (which Meggie reads a lot into and I, if nothing else, am intrigued by) conclude as much and one of Meg’s guy friends, in all seriousness, asked if we were lovers. Minus the sexual part of being lovers, we pretty much are.

There couldn’t have been a better way to start off 2013 than with my best friend in a beautiful city, feeling young and happy and so alive. I’m a lucky girl.

28 thoughts on “Pittsburgh 2013

  1. With those food choices at these prices I would fall in love with any city 😆

    Glad to hear that you’ve had a great time. It has a lot to say with whom we make new memories. That’s probably the reason why I love coming back to San Francisco because I have so many good memories from there with my oldest friend of by now almost 23 years.

    Psst!: with my jacket open and only a t-shirt I would freeze too 😉 (…and I am used to 5F or lower….)

    • Yes, amazing food+great prices= I’m already sold!
      Definitely agree with you on the memory-making bit. My fondest vacation memories are the ones I’ve shared with those closest to me. And 23 years! That’s awesome.
      Haha, I’m such an unprepared Texas girl….that jacket I’m wearing my best friend actually gave to me because I didn’t bring a coat heavy enough. Though I will admit that I maybe unzipped the jacket for the picture 😉

    • There are oh so many, but seeing all these lycris typed out is cracking me up. So, without further ado, Poison!I know I could have saved our love that night if I’d know what to sayInstead of makin’ love, we both made our separate waysNow I hear you found somebody newAnd that I never meant that much to youTo hear that tears me up insideAnd to see you cuts me like a knifeI guess every rose has its thornJust like every night has its dawn SING IT!

      • Hey I am so excited I found your wapebge, I really found you by error, while I was searching on Askjeeve for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I done28099t have time to go through it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the awesome work.

  2. Meg says:

    Yayyy! I had so much fun. The best weekend i’ve had since I can remember honestly! I still can’t believe Bill thought we were lovers…but then again, I can hahaha I was kind hyper-aware after that of all our romantic tendencies. Quaint coffee shops, sharing scones and giggling….visiting art museums, grinding on eachother at clubs lol I can see why people assume.

    I love you! You definitely know me more than anyone next to my mom probably haha. You guys might even be tied. I can’t believe that the entire purpose of me moving to TX for three years when I was 9 was to meet my soul mate! 🙂 ❤

  3. YESSS love this post! Travis always told me that he doesn’t want to go to the incline because he doesn’t see the point of going up a hill slowly. HA what does he know?! Also, Southside has the potential to be DANGEROUS. Eek! haha my best friends lived there last year on the “southside slopes”…lotsss of craziness to be had.

    • Hahaha! Such a dude thing to say.
      Tell him your blogger friend Christina said it was a crazy-cool experience with a gorgeous view. That will convince him for sure! 😛
      I could see how South Side could be potentially dangerous…,guess we went on a good night though! 😉

  4. B says:

    It looks like you had a great time! I have friends that live in Chicago and it’s always a blast when I’m able to go out and visit!

  5. Yay! I am so glad that you really enjoyed the Burgh! The incline is so fun, isn’t it?! I’m super sad we couldn’t meet up. Next time you come to Pittsburgh we will!! Or if I visit Austin 😀

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