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.

Steve and Lynn

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

Osheas

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.

 

 

 

Holy Smoke (that’s) BBQ- Carolina Beach

People at Work series

 

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Meet Mark Wilson owner of Holy Smoke (that’s) BBQ Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Eat in or Take out.  The meats are cooked slowly over oak coals.

Mr. Wilson said he can talk about smoked meat all day long.

Our family ate two orders of Hush Puppies before our dinners came to the table. You choose  two house made sides with your dinner and I selected green beans and Mac and Cheese.  You could  choose from baked beans, fries, mashed potatoes or slaw, corn bread or potato salad.

Pulled Pork, Brisket, Meat Loaf. The sauce on the table has honey and vinegar in it and is flavorful.

Since there were nine of us, we sampled quite a variety from the menu.  The fried chicken is made to order.  Have you ever heard of Cheerwine?  

Good Garlic

Friday night. Supper.

Making good use of the garlic my brother David sent from Okanogan. Cherry tomatoes courtesy of Deb snd Sy’s vines growing along the Ohio River. Steve brought home the fresh pasta.

Sautéed baby spinach in olive oil with garlic.

 

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Layered Rainbow Jello and Cake

Rainbow Jello Interior

When I saw this week’ photo challenge LAYERED by Ben Huberman at WordPress, I thought of these photos immediately. The layered rainbow jello took five hours to make,- a plain layer had to set and them jello with some greek yogurt in the next layer to make the jello opaque.  The creation was to photograph, not eat.  I kept in the freezer for such a long time I won’t even say.

Steve took that colorful layered rainbow cake into work and everyone in the office liked it.  I couldn’t eat any cause I knew how much food color was in the batter.

 

At a Florida Farmstand

On my recent trip to Florida-

offerings at a farmstand you don’t see in Pittsburgh

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So many people have a peanut allergy but, I found a recipe for how to boil peanuts 

if you’re interested.