Chocolate and Vanilla Twist

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

I credit my daughter Laura with the idea of the twist cone for the weekly challenge.

I credit Steve with taking me to the Twisters Ice Cream on Main Street in Bloomfield, a little hole in the wall place with service at the window- only! As he waited in the car, I got out to order.

I credit the woman who made the medium size twist cone for me, who was gracious to hold  it while I took an iPhone photo of it along with the logo on her T-shirt.  I told her the word of the week was TWISTED.

And I give much credit to the few people who had to be patient to order their cones, splits and shakes, who waited while I took a few extra seconds to take my shot,

Eight years ago I photographed Twisters Ice Cream store at night and blogged it

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Penthouse and Condo Views from Empire on Liberty Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House

Here’s the Post-Gazette article by Patricia Sheridan that my friend sent the other morning. Last week V and I toured the Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House penthouse and two of the condos in the fully restored and renovated old furniture showroom and warehouse Empire on Liberty.

All proceeds were given to Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.

Just today, I realized I bought a carpet in 1989 at the former Roth Carpet Showroom which is now the available first floor retail space.

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/Buying-Here/2018/04/27/Buying-Here-Bloomfield-Empire-on-Liberty-condos-penthouse-office-retail/stories/201804290015

An article from Pittsburgh Magazine about the Ultimate House renovation

http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/Nest/November-2017/First-Look-Ultimate-House-Returns-to-the-City-with-Empire-on-Liberty/

How many textures on Mend Way?

Mend Way. Bloomfield. Right near West Penn Hospital. The one block alley/road between Millvale Avenue and Gross Street. I looked down while walking to my car.

All these textures!

Gravel, bricks, sand, dirt, concrete,dried leaves, my leather boot, cigarette butts and the shadows of the chain link fence.

There are many “Ways” in our city. I looked at the list of Street Names and wondered what determined the definition. Merriam-Webster says “Definition of way. 1 a : a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place. b : an opening for passage.”

Night Walk in Bloomfield

Neighborhood.

Steve and I were walking around Bloomfield Monday night. We grabbed a bite at Lot 17.

Bus on Friendship Ave in front of West Penn Hospital

Once I photographed this duo in the snow.A little Christmas tree with lights.

Did you ever play ItalyOpoly?Merante’s Store on Liberty Ave

Unretouched Photo of formerly St. Joseph Church now St. Maria Goretti . How about that pink?

Wooden bear outside Green Market carved by George. A Vietnam Vet.

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell

A real Pittsburgh experience.  Bittersweet evening. After three decades of successful business, a favorite institution was closing and we were there for the final night. Gracious owners and hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowsi ensured we felt like adopted family.

SATURDAY night we drove over to Bloomfield, We got there early as by the end of the evening it was standing room only.  We ate a Polish Platter, sipped some drafts and listened to some lively music by Ploughman’s Lunch.

We purchased our souvenir BBT t- shirts to commemorate the evening.

I took photos to document the farewell party to Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.

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Our hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowski

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On the left, Mr. Stanley Frankowski, original owner of the Bloomfield Tavern . John Hayes wrote in Mr. Frankowski’s obituary “Mr. Frankowski had a soft spot for struggling artists, and the tavern became and continues to be an important entry-level venue for local rock bands. Many of Pittsburgh most popular bands, including Rusted Root and The Clarks, played at the tavern in their infancy. Years before musical concept artists Squonk Opera took their show to the Broadway stage, they took it to the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.”

John HaysSince 2005, John Hayes has organized and emceed every Tuesday Open Stage Night helping many young singers and songwriters get started on their musical careers.

Drummer Dennis Childers and the band Ploughman’s Lunch.

Karl Mullen and John Hayes

Karl Mullen Frontman of Ploughman’s Lunch and John Hayes

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First date at BBT over twenty years and two kids later.  Meet Cynthia and Michael O’Shea.

 

Performance Artist Phat Man Dee has some wild light up shoes from Amazon.  They kept changing colors and oh say can you see, she sang a crowd pleasing number with the band.

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Sister-in-law Mary Jane wore the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern party Underwear to her Father-in-law’s funeral twelve years ago.  She held it to the light for me to take a photo.

On thing is certain.  This popular local treasure and venue is going to be missed.

 

 

 

Pizzelle Perfect

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Baked in Bloomfield ( using a special pizzelle iron)

Maria Merante – Celebrating all things Italian since 1983

Anise or vanilla?  They are delicate and delicious.

 

Little Italy Days in Bloomfield Neighborhood

Opening day of Little Italy Days.

FullSizeRender(17)Steve photographed me with Franco Harris who was gracious to all his fans.

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Light in the Darkness

Or Silent Sunday.

This series shot Friday night in three Pittsburgh neighborhoods.  It was really dark outside. Steve was given a gift card for dinner at the Pleasure Bar so we drove over to Bloomfield.  Here are some of the lights in the darkness.

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Urban Madonna on the front stoop.

 

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Bloomfield Alley

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Front Porch Closeup

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Angel

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On the way home in Friendship almost Garfield.

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Highland Park-  my neighbors

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Linea Verde- Green Market

Bloomfield neighborhood on Liberty Avenue.

Steve and I were on our way to dinner and so that’s why you see the outdoor pumpkin display going both directions.

After dinner we went inside and bought pizzelles. Anise flavored.

I Had to ask about the roots in the first photo-turmeric!

Bocce Men,Vinyl, Soul Food, Wood Fired Pizza and Books 

IMG_0171.JPGUnder new ownership as of last Monday-  Jeff Gallagher is the new owner of JUKE records– click to read Post-Gazette article.

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There are hardback books, CDs and cassette tapes, too. Check it out for a walk down memory lane.

 

The Bocce Tournament is Saturday.  We missed the celebrity bocce on Thursday night with Mayor Peduto and Franco Harris. Heard it was fun

I was able to show some of the men their photos from two, three and four years ago.  Must have been out of town last year. One of my favorite city posts are the men playing bocce at night years ago

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anthonyadamAnthony and Adam Marino.  Twins/brothers.  I was able to show them photos from previous years.  See links above.

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Did you know?

Nana’s Place by Gibsons- Homemade Soul Food in Bloomfield.

Takeout.  Call your order in and pick up. A nice place to sit and wait, pictured below.Cash only which is always good to know ahead of time.  I’m going to return another day and photograph the women cooking and working for the People at Work series, THANK YOU.

 

IMG_0195“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….”live music across the street

 

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Wood Fired Pizza below.

 

 

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And I bought a book for the grandkids at East End Book ExchangeEast End Book Exchange   They say they have rare books, too.

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