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 Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette--Thursday, August 18,  2016--STORY BY NATALIE BENCIVENGA SEEN-- The Kanapki, a small plate dish with three tartines on house seed bread at Apteka, a new vegan Polish restaurant in Bloomfield on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Front, carrot pate, radish, cucumber and dill. Back left, polish salad with pickle, celeriac and potato. Back right, tomato, thyme sherry onions and herbs.

Beyond salad: 6 places to get your vegan food fix

Call it a health trend or call it a lifestyle. Either way, more people across the country are going vegan, and business is catching on.

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 Wendy Mitchell, co-owner of Trolley Stop Inn, takes a break from the cleanup at the restaurant after Wednesday night's flash flood; South Hills Country Club donated the lunches.

Owner for 35 years of Bethel Park's Trolley Stop Inn: 'We've never seen flooding like this'

Neighbors pitch in to clean out the restaurant damaged by Wednesday night’s storm

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 A half-rack of baby back ribs from Two Brothers Bar-B-Q in Collier.

Meat your maker: Munch opens the summer and barbecue season at Two Brothers

Summer means many things to many people, but to Munch, it is the most glorious time of the year for delicious smoked meats.

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Nicky's Thai Kitchen cleared by health department to reopen

Nicky's Thai Kitchen on the North Side reopened last month after being closed by the Allegheny County Health Department for unsanitary

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 Condado Tacos has come out with a new type of hard taco shell -- the firecracker.

A superfood market will open in the Strip next week — and more news

Plus, the former Tender Bar and Kitchen space in Lawrenceville will become a giant taqueria.

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 Jennifer Pinckney speaks beside an image of her late husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the shootings at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, during the unveiling of the mural on a building a few blocks from the sanctuary on Friday, May 13, 2016. She will be in Pittsburgh this weekend for its annual Juneteenth celebrations.

Juneteenth festivities slated for this weekend: 'an American celebration of the freedom of black people in America'

Honored guest is Jennifer Pinckney, who survived the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., which took the life of her husband.

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 Jacobson’s Meringue, made with egg whites, baking powder, sugar and water, can be used on any pie that calls for a meringue topping.

It's hard to top fruit crisps, streusels or glazes for summer desserts

The toppings can be stashed in the freezer and used on Bettys, muffins, tarts and pies as and when needed.

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 Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille will feature a bloody mary garnished with a soft shell crab that has green olives for eyes.

Come in your Sunday best for Pittsburgh's first bloody mary festival

Fourteen restaurants will vie to make the best bloody at Heinz Lofts.

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 Diners need to dress in white for the outdoor Blanc en Plum dinner that will be held in Elizabeth on Sunday.

Dine in white, attend Lidia's dinner and partake in a vegan meal

Blanc en Plum is back for the third year; Lidia hosts a dinner to celebrate her memoir; and a raw vegan dinner will be held in the Strip

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 Limoncello is made by bar manager Julia Wood at Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh.

Pucker up for Festa di Limoncello. It returns to Pittsburgh on June 30

When life gives you lemons, Italians have a plan: Make limoncello, the liqueur known as the icy toast of the Amalfi Coast.

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 Shishito peppers.

Saute, grill shishitos; don't worry about the seeds

Shishito peppers are not generally spicy but 10 percent of them are as hot as jalapenos.

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Subway shop Downtown, two other food facilities cited for health code violations

Also, Claddagh Irish Pub at the SouthSide Works and Chakh Le India mobile food truck were hit with consumer alerts .

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 Cocktails at the new Eliza Bistro in the new Hotel Indigo in Oakland.

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We visit Di Anoia’s, Pie for Breakfast and more.

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 Customer Ramsey Lyons, 41, East Liberty, sits outside of Dinette, a pizzeria and wine bar, on Thursday, June 14, in East Liberty. Dinette uses reusable stainless steel straws in their drinks as a way to be more environmentally friendly.

The last straw: Efforts aim to reduce polluting piece of plastic

Grasping at straws, some Pittsburgh residents and restaurants are pushing sustainable straw practices in an effort to reduce single-use

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 The interior of Casbah in Shadyside

Distinction Magazine: Shadyside still rules when it comes to crowd-pleasing plates

Consider visits to old-school spots like Girasole or Casbah or check out new places like Fujiya Ramen.

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 A recent outbreak of salmonella in pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people across five Midwestern states, the Centers for Disease Control reported, and has led to the recall of products at some grocery stores.

Pre-cut melons recalled due to salmonella outbreak

Pre-cut melons sold by Caito Foods have been recalled from stores across the country after a salmonella outbreak.

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 The Bar Frenchman will become Le Riviera in July, a rebrand from owner Andrew Garbarino.

East Liberty's Bar Frenchman will rebrand as Le Riviera

The similar names of the fine restaurant and bar have caused some confusion among patrons.

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 Keyla Nogueira Cook in the doorway of Navus House on the North Side Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Pittsburgh.

Hampton chef brings Brazilian flavor to Pittsburgh

Keyla Nogueira Cook is a chefpreneur who has been shaking up the Pittsburgh scene with her creative take on Brazilian cuisine.

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 Confit hen, garlic and tomatoes, with spring lettuce, pancetta, peas, preserved lemon ($11).

New chef at Willow hails from two-star Michelin restaurant in New York City

Aaron Allen is running the kitchen at the Ohio Twp. restaurant

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 Maxo Vanka mural "The Battlefield." The mural is at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale.

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While Lawrenceville, Downtown, East Liberty and the North Side transform from quiet main drags to lively restaurant rows, Shadyside has

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 The outdoor country setting adds to the ambience of Wine Time, held on the grounds of Penn's Colony, just north of Pittsburgh, near Saxonburg, Butler County.

It's Wine Time at the Colony

Annual event features 16 regional wineries, food and arts and crafts vendors and music in the charming Butler County town of Saxonburg.

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 Moon & Mars American pale ale at Stick City Brewing Co. in Mars

Mars Brews Fest takes over Butler County borough

New Stick City Brewing is one of more than a dozen area breweries, plus a winery and a cidery, pouring samples for this fundraiser.

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 Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh are working with businesses to stave off a downturn during construction on Smallman Street in the Strip District, on track to last at least through mid-2019.

Smallman Street construction curtails weekday daytime business in the Strip

The City of Pittsburgh and PWSA are working to stave off downturns.

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Pure Bred Lamb is in and Jamison is out for Western Pa. Lamb Cook-Off

The second cook-off at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh will feature lamb from Elysian Fields Farm.

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 The exterior of Poulet Bleu in Lawrenceville includes an outdoor patio.

Review: Desserts shine at Lawrenceville's Poulet Bleu

But that’s not the only reason to get excited about the Butler Street bistro.

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 The Choolaah Mint Yogurt ice cream will be available for three days, starting Friday.

Get free scoops of new Choolaah Mint Yogurt ice cream on Friday

Millie’s is teaming with Porch at Schenley and Porch at Siena to launch the Chocolate Beehive ice cream.

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 Fresh mint and dill star in tzatziki, a classic Greek cucumber-yogurt sauce.

Herbs are undemanding and forgiving. Give them some love

Use kitchen garden herbs as key players for bold-flavored sauces and dips.

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 A spread of Swedish foods will be featured at the Midsummer Smorgasbord on Friday at IKEA in Robinson.

Catch fireworks, and sip on wine, beer and mead at food fests

Fireworks & Food Trucks Festival, Craft Carnival, Wine Time, Wine ‘ Wheels are slated for Saturday.

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 A pig is roasted at last year's Father's Day Pig Roast at Wigle Whiskey's North Side location. This year's event is on Sunday.

Give Dad the gift of food for Father’s Day

Grilling gear, craft liquors, takeout sandwiches and doughnuts, and tickets for food events all fit the bill.

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 Summer Potato Salad.

Summer salads that will make you forget about burgers

No cookout is complete without some stellar sides to steal the show.

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 Swissvale homebrewer Kevin Stewart toasts a friend at the Triangle Bar & Grill in this still from the Pittsburgh episode of "Beerland."

Pittsburgh homebrewing diversity featured on national TV show

Viceland’s “Beerland” stops to talk and drink with an African-American homebrewer, a woman brewer and a trio of tech types.

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 Larimer's Couch Brewery is releasing its brut India pale ale called Dune Buggy on Saturday.

A new style of IPA, with a dry sense about it, hits Pittsburgh

Hitchhiker Brewing in Sharpsburg and Mt. Lebanon, as well as Couch Brewery in Larimer, are releasing brut IPA, a hoppy champagne-like beer.

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 The seafood boil at Merchant Oyster Co. in Lawrenceville.

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 The burger at Eliza: A Hot Metal Bistro, located in the new Hotel Indigo on the South Side. Named after a furnace used by Jones & Laughlin Steel, the restaurant opens June 19.

Get ready for a new rooftop restaurant on the South Side

Hotel Indigo will fire up its restaurant on the South Side. Also, a fire has forced the temporary closure of Spice Affair in Aspinwall.

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 FILE - This Dec. 19, 2001 file photo shows Anthony Bourdain, the owner and chef of Les Halles restaurant, sitting at one of the tables in New York. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper,File)

Bourdain's death means loss of a voice for immigrant workers

As passionate as Anthony Bourdain was about the restaurant industry, he also was committed to the immigrant workers who help drive it.

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 This March 2011 file photo shows containers of Heinz ketchup on the shelf of a market, in Barre, Vt.

Ketchup wars: Canada's retaliatory measures slap tariffs on Heinz ketchup being sent north

Canada’s countermeasures to American trade moves call for, among other things, putting a 10 percent tariff on “tomato ketchup.”

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 The Polish Hill sandwich, which features Mrs. T's Pierogies, is unveiled Friday at Primanti Bros. in Market Square, Downtown.

Primanti's launches its sandwich with pierogies on it -- the Polish Hill

Available for a limited time, unless people really love it, this kielbasa sandwich is topped with three Mrs. T pierogies and fried coleslaw.

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 Anthony Bourdain on Pier 57, where he was planning to open Bourdain Market, in New York, Sept. 20, 2015.  Bourdain died on June 8. He was 61. (Alex Welsh/The New York Times)

A personal reflection: My interview with Anthony Bourdain

Pittsburgh food writer Dan Gigler recounts his phone interview with the host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”

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Jerk Pork Tenderloin Kebabs -- dinner on a stick

The secret ingredient in these spicy pork kebabs from Korean-American chef Bill Kim isn’t allspice. It’s Vietnamese nuoc cham sauce.

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 A detail of one of the murals in the original rathskeller of the Black Dog Wine Co.

Black Dog Wine Co. opens in North Fayette

A new home in the former Hankey house to offer tastings, sales and live music; there’s also a satellite in Penn Hills and a Grove City bar.

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 Amabile "John" Carbonara

Owner of Carbonara's Ristorante & Lounge in Castle Shannon stands trial on sexual assault charges

A former employee accused Amabile “John” Carbonara, owner of Carbonara Ristorante, of assaulting her; he denies it.

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 Farmhouse vegetable soup from  "The Graham Kerr Cookbook: The Galloping Gourmet," reissued by The Lee Brothers Classic Library.

It's not just old records that are cool again — vintage cookbooks are, too

Retro cookbook reissues point to a trend.

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 Labor union members march on Broad Street in Newark, N.J., in protest of Prohibition. The photo is part of the "American Spirits" exhibit that closes Sunday at Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

Sample a strawberry fest, wine walk and Greek food fair

The strawberry fest will be in Shadyside, the wine walk in Harmony and food fair in Mt. Lebanon.

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 Arthi Subramaniam Magazine Strawberry-almond is made with almond flour instead of all-purpose flour and perfumed with rose water. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Oakmont.

Farmers markets: Bringing the farm to the table

Use farm-fresh strawberries, eggs, squash and tomatoes to make strawberry cake and a tian of vegetables and orzo.

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 Tom Brenckle sits among his flowers during a farmers market at Allegheny Commons Park on Friday, May 25, 2018.The North Side Farmers Market is held every Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

2018 farmers market season sees improvements, delays

As the days slide into summer, more farmers markets are springing up across the Western Pennsylvania landscape for the 2018 season.

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 Jeanette Gonzalez and Casey Rahuba, who both work at PPG Place, use their lunch break to go herb shopping during opening day of the Market Square Farmers Market on Thursday, May 10, 2018, downtown.

2018 guide to Pittsburgh-area farmers markets

City of Pittsburgh and Just Harvest seeking to bolster farmers markets, promote healthy eating and improve access to fresh food.

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 Istanbul Sofra owner Adnan Pehlivan offers lamb kabob (left)  and Iskender kabob at his Turkish restaurant in Regent Square in 2014.

Even with an owner in jail, it's business as usual at Istanbul Sofra -- for now

The Turkish restaurant remains open for lunch and dinner, with partners and family taking the helm.

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 Lee Robinson plays his saxophone while restaurant-goers enjoy their meals on the patio of Piazza Talarico and Papa Joe's Wine Cellar in Lawrenceville.

Where to eat and drink outside this summer in Pittsburgh

Patios, rooftops, sidewalk seating and hidden gems abound this summer in Pittsburgh.

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 Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla, center, and chef Csilla Thackray of The Vandal prepare nettle custard at Eleven while Big Burrito executive chef Bill Fuller looks on.

Pittsburgh's top chefs prepare to honor Rick Bayless at gala

An expert on Mexican cuisine, Rick Bayless is the fifth Pittsburgh Botanic Garden gala honoree.

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 The scallops at The Vandal in Lawrenceville are paired with pea shoots and a quail egg.

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Mezze at Daphne Cafe, Scallops at The Vandal and a new ice cream sandwich for dessert in Carnegie.

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