More contenders for the best grilled cheese in Pittsburgh: The Yard

A while back, we shared our countdown of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Pittsburgh, but that list was missing a crucial contender: The Yard in Shadyside. This place has an entire page of their menu dedicated to gourmet grilled cheese with punny names.

We managed to sample only two of the options, but at the other end of the bar, we saw a trio of young men passing around various sandwiches. One of them had mac & cheese oozing out of it. That’s right, mac & cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich. That particular concoction is called the “Mac Attack.”

The “Young Cheezy ” features caramelized onions, chorizo, and potato hash glued together with cheddar between two sliced of Texas toast. It’s a messy sandwich, and not as cheesy as you might expect, but it’s a tasty combination of flavors and it’s grilled to perfection.

The grilled cheese menu from The Yard in Shadyside
These sandwiches ain’t yo mama’s grilled cheese, but they definitely call that warm, fuzzy, comfort food feeling.

The “Breakfast Club” wasn’t so much a sandwich as a stack of breakfast foods slathered in cheese and syrup. Our version was served between two pancakes rather than the Belgium waffles advertised on the menu. This one demanded a knife and fork, and while it did feature two cheeses, its relationship to the original sandwich is tenuous at best. It was delicious all the same.

While the two we sampled would make it at around number two of our old list, this menu is so vast that there’s a sandwich for everyone. One of them might, quite possibly, become our new number one someday.

For movie buffs, there’s “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Big Che-bowski,” and “The Jerk.”

For seafood lovers: “Shrimp on the Barbie” and “Crabby Patty 13.”

For people who normally prefer burgers: “The Wac Arnold.”

For those overwhelmed by all the options: “Simple Jack.”

Then there are a couple classic Pittsburgh grilled cheeses to delight all Yinzers. “Pierogies N’ At” features, you guessed it, piergoies, as well as sauteed onions, Sauerkraut, and keilbasa. “Yinz Guys Hungry?” is a true Pittsburgh style grilled cheese: fries and slaw stuffed inside.

Finally, if you don’t want grilled cheese at all, “It’s Peanut Butter Jellytime”  is a fried PB & J sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Looking for an apartment in Shadyside? Contact Prudential Realty Company at 412-261-6500 for their current availability at the Brett Apartments and Thames Manor.


Furry Tails: Ricky & Truman Are Searching For Good Homes

CBS Pittsburgh

Are you looking to bring a pet into your home? Local animal shelters are a great place to find a furry companion. So, as part of Furry Tails, I’ll be doing an ongoing feature on adoptable pets from local animal shelters once a week. If you have room in your heart and are looking to bring a lovable ball of fur into your home, maybe one of these guys is meant to be a part of your family!



Animal Friends

Ricky is a sweet little bunny looking for a loving forever family! She loves to play and cuddle!

Animal Friends says:
“Ricky is a very playful bunny.

“She is curious and likes to explore her surroundings. She especially enjoys pushing her favorite ball around her pen, but will also lie down quietly to be petted.

“Ricky has excellent litter habits and would make a great first bunny for…

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Pittsburgh-Centric Movie Starring Will Smith A Boost To Local Economy

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The hustle and bustle of Hollywood is right here in Pittsburgh.

Downtown Pittsburgh turned into a movie set today, with film crews working in closed streets.

It’s not all that uncommon these days, with more movies being shot in the city.

But this one hits home for Pittsburghers.

Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith will play a former Allegheny County medical examiner who discovered a link between football-related brain injuries and dementia, during Iron Mike Webster’s autopsy.

The NFL pushed back against Dr. Bennet Omalu’s findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
But other people working to learn more about head injuries, like Webster’s son, see the movie as a positive.

“If this movie and my dad’s story helps that, that’s better than super bowls,” said Garrett Webster. “That’s better than the Hall of Fame, those kinds of things. You know, if you can help people not suffer any…

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More fall fun: things to do in the South Hills this weekend

We’ve told you about places to go to celebrate fall as well as a few places to get decent scares, but we’re not done yet. As long as the season continues, a gorgeous one thanks to the area’s changing foliage, we’ll dig up new things to do this Autumn in Pittsburgh.

Pumpkin Patch Parade in Mt. Lebanon

Pittsburgh in Autumn
In addition to enjoying the gorgeous fall foliage, there are plenty of autumn activities to keep Pittsburgh residents busy throughout the season.
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If your kids love Halloween, consider taking them to the Pumpkin Patch Parade this Saturday in Mt. Lebanon. The parade will take place no matter the weather and will start at 11 a.m. from the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery and head down Washington Road all the way to Lebanon Avenue. Kids (accompanied by parents) may join the parade after The Great Pumpkin passes. After the parade, local businesses with special orange signs will open their doors to trick-or-treaters.

Oktoberfest Menu at Atria’s

Can’t get enough German cuisine? Atria’s in Mt. Lebanon—the original Atria’s, by the way—is still serving Oktoberfest fare. You can be sure that the official caterer of The National Aviary serves good food. Chi Quach, assistant property manager of Alvern Gardens Apartments, recommends the pork shank, a true classic and perfectly hearty for a chilly fall day. He adds that the Mt. Lebanon location is the only one that serves free chips. While you’re in the swing of fall, consider booking a Thanksgiving reservation, they’re accepting them now.

7 tips to get your home ready for fall

Not all of these chores apply to rental properties, but some do (and renters can feel relieved about the things they get to leave to the landlord). It never hurts to make sure windows and doors are insulated (kits are cheap and a call to maintenance is free). Plus, that window ac needs to come out to avoid a draft. Besides, you won’t need it for a few months.

Global News

TORONTO – Whether you’re ready for it or not, fall has arrived. As the days get shorter and the temperature more brisk, it’s time to put away the lawn furniture and get your house prepared for what’s in store over the next six months.

Here are some tips on things you should do now to help make your home more comfortable during fall (and winter). If you’re not comfortable handling any of these tasks yourself, hire a professional to ensure you don’t get hurt or cause unnecessary damage to your home.

1. Clean your eavestroughs and downspouts

Anyone who watches Mike Holmes knows that water is your home’s worst enemy. As leaves begin to fall they will undoubtedly fill your eavestroughs and downspouts, blocking water from making it off your roof and away from your house. While time-consuming, cleaning them out regularly until all the trees in your area are leaf-free is…

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Pittsburgh Ranks As 12th Best City For Trick-Or-Treating

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Halloween is about two weeks away and Pittsburgh was just named on a list of best cities to trick-or-treat.

The city ranks No. 12 of the list, which was put together by the real estate website Zillow.

That’s up one spot from last year’s list.

The list looks at where kids can get the most candy and in the least amount of time with the fewest safety risks.

San Francisco ranked No. 1 and Philly came in fourth.

They also ranked the Pittsburgh neighborhoods for trick-or-treating.

Shadyside topped the list followed by Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze and Greenfield.

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Trick Or Treat Times 2014: Allegheny County

Trick or Treat!

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – What will you be for Halloween?

Katniss from “The Hunger Games,” Olaf from “Frozen” or maybe Harry Potter! What about Little Red Riding Hood? Perhaps a Pittsburgh Pirate? The possibilities are endless; and trick or treaters are sure to sport some creative costumes!

Check out the list below for trick-or-treating dates and times for townships and boroughs in Allegheny County!

Allegheny County:

-Carnegie: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Coraopolis Borough: October 30 from 6-8pm
-Dormont: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Edgewood Borough: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Findlay Township: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Forest Hills: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Fox Chapel: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Hampton: October 31 from 6-8pm
-McKeesport: October 31 from 6-8 p.m.
-Moon Township: October 30 from 6:30-8pm
-Mt. Lebanon: Pumpkin Patch Parade – October 25 from 11am-12:30pm
-Munhall: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Oakdale: October 31 from 5:30pm
-Ohio Township: October 31 from 6-8pm
-Pine Township:…

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