"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Shadyside in the Snow

We lived in this neighborhood for two years in a little rental behind what was the Balcony Restaurant and Jazz Club.  You could hear the dumpster trucks come in the early morning and the beer bottles clash in the alley.  Today on the way home from school I stopped by the Food Museum where the fruit in the window is like  a Flemish painting in the Metropolitan. Better known as the Shadyside Market. An elegant place. They were really nice to me although they knew I was checking the price tags before I made my selections.   I knew I could buy bacon, eggs, and bread and not break the bank. The plan was to use a box of spaghetti in the pantry, the parmesan in the fridge and make spaghetti carbonara accompanied by a spinach salad with oranges and red onion. (had Spinach Salad on my mind, thanks to Chicago John from Bartolini’s Kitchen blog)

With the snow falling I knew that our big markets would be swamped as everyone rushes there to get the last roll of toilet paper or empty the shelves to stock their larder when they hear of an impending snowstorm.  So no food photos of the great meal I was inspired to cook in the winter weather,  But the neighborhood of Shadyside.   Sometimes I cringe when I realize I would let 7 year old Laura walk around the block ALONE to Rite-Aid to buy the paper. What was I thinking?  Prantl’s Bakery makes the Burnt Almond Torte everyone loves. Well, most people. 

Famous for their Burnt Almond Torte. Pamela's is nice for breakfast, too.

19 responses

  1. Toni

    You have beautifully captured some of Pittsburgh’s favorites!!!

    January 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

  2. Kristin

    Looks cold but inviting stores. Dinner sounds good.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

  3. Sue Reinfeld

    What Pittsburgher hasn’t spent time on Walnut Street? I hope you got home safely Ruth E.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

  4. Good call on patronizing the smaller market, a strategy I’ll have to keep in mind.

    January 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

  5. We call Shadyside Market, Tiffany’s. Their steaks are awesome and so are the prices. It was so nice to see snow in the Burgh, but i’m glad I’m in Boca. The weather is beautiful. I am on my way to the gym. Hope you have a great day a work. I do miss the kids.

    January 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

  6. Love how you photograph the city and its’ neighborhoods.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

  7. thirdhandart

    Wow! These are beautiful photos!

    January 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

  8. Great pictures, Ruth, of some scenes that I have looked at for years, but you somehow make fresh. And I Ioved the Shadyside Mkt comments and memories. Thanks very much for all of it.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

  9. Lois I. Greenberg

    My favorite season to be indoors looking out. So thanks for this lovely vista I would have missed. And yes, remember the days when we could let our children go safely around corners. THANKS FOR ALL YUR WONDERFUL PHOTOSCAPES. Lois

    January 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

  10. I particularly love the image looking down the snowy street with the twinkling lights zig-zagging…makes me feel like I’m there! :)

    January 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

  11. Shops like that are so fun.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  12. Love to ramble about streets like these. You’ll never know what you’ll find along the way

    January 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  13. I especially love the first photo! What a treat to go in for a pastry!

    January 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  14. Erica Wells

    Oh Ruth, this is great! I am going to forward to Marian and to a friend in Honolulu who lived in Shadyside “sometime back!” But Prantl’s Bakery, Pamelas, and maybe even the Variety Store have been in SS for a LONG time. Maybe the Market as well!? Amused by your comment about the Almond torte. I’m not one of the “most people.” :-) Rather prefer your 1-2-3-4 Cake!!!!

    January 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

  15. I remember stopping in there when I would go shopping and grab a cupcake

    January 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

  16. Ahhhh, Shadyside! I remember going to Pamela’s for breakfast. I used to live and work in Pittsburgh so we are very familiar with Shadyside. Thanks for the photo memories!

    January 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • Thanks for your good comment and glad the photos evoked some good memories of your living in Pittsburgh.

      January 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  17. I like the contrast of dark, snowy outdoors with warm, cozy indoors. Very soothing.

    January 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    • Interior light photographed in the approaching night is especially inviting. Thanks Stef.

      January 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

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