Allegheny Cemetery Walk

Today was  the day to get moving. The skies threatened rain so it would have been so easy to cancel and stay home. I even emailed to ask” is the walk happening rain or shine?”  Turns out they are committed and walk in the rain.

I decided I’d better go walk after telling everyone I was going to take a walk through this historic Allegheny Cemetery sponsored and led by Fitness Instructor Nancy of the Stephen Foster Community (senior) Center.

Now there were two speed walkers who left the other four of us in the dust. Experienced walkers for sure.  How I made it 3.5 miles is amazing. It’s happening again next Tuesday, too. Hmmmmmm

The Speed walkers like pinpoints as they pulled away from the pack. 

There were three Fox dens you can see on this little hillside. The seasoned walkers have seen their heads peeking out of the holes.

Cemetery workers cleaning up all decor and wreaths as of March 1st.

My second unicyclist sighting in a week. 

A poignant sculpture at a child’s grave

 

 

Taillights, Headlights and Raindrops Catch Light

I got to be the passenger Wednesday night.

So many lights to capture in the night.

The bright light top left is on the new TRYP Hotel, (perhaps from their rooftop restaurant I read about? )

Just left the 40th Street Bridge in Lawrenceville

Becky B inspired the #JanuaryLight challenge

 

Geppetto Café in Lawrenceville

At noon, I met my former teaching colleague and friend Jennifer for lunch. Her suggestion. My first visit to Geppetto Café –  Butler Street in Lawrenceville neighborhood ofPittsburgh. Open for breakfast or lunch. It is a delightful place to eat and the service was excellent.

Coffee,latte, espresso, teas, milkshakes (a Nutella milkshake was on the menu) and ice cream. too.

Savory crepes, sweet crepes, eggs, fruit, waffles, paninis and salads. Mmmm. I had the Challah French Toast. Jen ordered The Bonjour pictured below- scrambled eggs and Brie in a crepe with fresh fruit on the side and Applewood Smoked bacon on top. A leaf shaped  dish of maple syrup.

Patrons have contributed much of the decor. I didn’t count all the wooden Pinocchio figures but the owner graciously showed all the items that people have brought in- the books, paintings,wooden Pinocchio puppets and marionettes.

Margaret Welsh wrote a wonderful review in City Paper calling Geppetto Café a “European-style breakfast nook.”

Hospitable Owner Evren Karabacak

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How about all these books suspended in net from the ceiling?

A snowboard bench in the front.

P.S. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinocchio_(1940_film)PInocchio is a 1940 American animate musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)”  Geppetto was the wood carver/carpenter who created the wooden puppet Pinocchio who can” become a real boy”

Chef Sam Cooking Class with Lentil Cheeseburgers and Caesar Salad

Chef Sam cooks a Lentil Cheeseburger recipe with a Roasted Red Pepper sauce and prepares a Caesar Salad during Cooking Class. He told how he sterilized the eggs for the dressing, gently lowering them into boiling water for five minutes. Safety was emphasized.  Lentils, mushrooms, beets, carrot, onions and garlic were a few of the main ingredients.  Miso paste helped hold it together.  There were ten participants and we all enjoyed the delicious meal at the end of the class.

The class was held Wednesday afternoon at The Stephen Foster Community Center on 286 Main Street, located next to the Lawrenceville Branch of the Carnegie Library. The center is housed in an 1865 brick building now on the National Historic Register. The center offers fitness classes such as Cardio Strength and Flexibility, Tai Chi, Yoga, Soul Line Dancing, and Practical Meditation in addition to craft and  other recreational activities.

Next cooking class with Chef Sam is May 29 at 12:30. $4 is the cost of the class.

 

 Thank you Chef Sam for a great class and delicious meal

Allegheny County senior citizens can eat lunch for a modest donation of a dollar but should register by calling the Community Center office by noon the day before at 412-350-5460.   Contact Allegheny County Seniorline 412-350-5460 for eligibility, if you need a Home Delivered Meal.

Oh, Hello Linens Truck

I was parked on Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

My phone in hand.

A truck pulled up to the red light alongside my car -and stopped. I felt a presence. Looked up and out the driver’s window.

Oh, hello there!

Light turned green. The chef appeared. The truck pulled away into the flow of traffic.

Between 44th and 43rd Streets

Between 44th and 43rd Streets, Lawrenceville. Steve and I were driving back from dinner. Took a different route. Saw this street sign. Took a loop around the block so I could roll down the window and shoot. Love being a passenger. Here is an article about Fractional Street Addresses