Pita Breadmaking at Pitaland Guest Blog

A couple of dear friends flew from Florida to Pittsburgh to see my art show and attend the closing reception. They’d gone online at home and arranged to go on a walking food tour of the Pittsburgh neighborhood, Brookline.

Yesterday, Shuey sent me the photos and captions. They really enjoyed the ‘Burgh Bits and Bites tour. There are tours in other neighborhoods,the Strip District, Bloomfield and Shadyside. In fact, two were already booked up and so they chose Brookline.

Shuey made it easy for me by numbering the photos and text.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #1

I’m sending individual pics to tell the story of how pita bread is made.  First the secret recipe dough is made fresh, formed into a biscuit of dough and comes out here where it makes a left turn and heads into a machine that flattens it out.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #2

After it’s flattened into a super thin pancake it makes a few turns and heads into the oven.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #3

In the oven for 22 seconds at 1200 degrees.  They are so thin entering the oven that I couldn’t even see them until about half way through they just materialize out of thin air in a second . . . like magic!  Out of the oven they continue their journey cooling off.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #4

The cooled pita breads drop off the conveyer onto a table where they are manually deflated and stacked then handed off to another worker who bags them up for shipment to stores in 14 states.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #5

This is Joe Cuchines, owner of Pitaland and two of his employees.  He came to America with 1 dollar in his pocket and . . . he’ll tell his story best.  

Pitaland History

Thank you Shuey for such a great guest blog. I’m going to have to take the tour.

Shuey was a guest blogger with his fabulous Barred Owl Photo in 2012 https://rutheh.com/2012/03/12/barred-owl-niceville-florida-guest-post/

They’ve Got It Covered

They’ve got it covered….with Heinz History admission stickers. Wonder who peeled off the first one and stuck it on the pole?

By the way, Charlie opted to keep his sticker on his shirt. He did not add it to the collection.

City Steps in Pittsburgh

”Pittsburgh has more public staircases (800+) than any city in the United States. The City’s steps connect communities and provide residents access to transit and other amenities” http://pittsburghpa.gov/

A3335182-92FA-4B9B-B167-F089D90FD769Garfield   The Steps to Ft. Pitt School

Sidewalks can be steps, too.

 

Book by Bob Regan   Photos by Tim Fabian 588B00B2-BDC7-4C68-BE5A-A04539FF0555

Fredosaurus Rex on the South Side

Look what I found because I turned right instead of left on 21st Street. Looking for the Brew House Association to drop off a photograph for the Pittsburgh Society of Artists show opening Friday July 6. It’s going to be a weekend of art openings for me.

It’s Fredosaurus Rex.

He used to be in front of WQED on Fifth Avenue. I didn’t get out of the car but I read there was a trolley on his tail.

Fredosaurus by artist Karen Howell holding Henrietta Pussycat and King Friday XIII in front of the Fred Rogers Company Offices

In 2003 dinosaur sculptures were installed all around the city of Pittsburgh for Dinomite Days “Dinosaurs on Parade” sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/images/misc/other/fredosaurus_rex/fred_rex_carnegie.pdf

http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/misc/fredosaurus_rex/index.html

Photos of other dinosaurs around the city

http://www.pbase.com/ralf/dinodays&page=all