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/

Big Chuck’s Market, North Side

We knew there was a story when we saw this market on Chestnut Street. We wondered who Big Chuck was when we saw the sign above the door.

“For decades, Charlie Standfast was an icon of Troy Hill, known in the North Side as a man who took care of his neighbors.” *

The trolley tracks are still visible in the brick street.

Read Big Chuck’s (Charlie Standfast) life story by Jessica Turnbull ( written in 2009) about how he kept this Chestnut Street Market for more than thirty years on the North Side, click the link below

* https://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/obituaries/news/s_651231.html

trolley-tracks

Trolley Tracks on Chestnut Street

Vintage Eyeglasses at Neighborhood Flea

Sunday July 8 10-4. 26th and Smallman Street. A. Boss Opticians of Braddock will have a booth of vintage eyeglasses for sale.

They are about the only establishment who will install replacement lenses in vintage eyeglasses.

The flea market will have lots more vintage items besides eyeglasses.

I learned this today when I picked up my new reading and computer glasses. Mr. Boss brought out some samples and I photographed them.

poster above taken from Simonsgranddaughter.com

Meet A.Boss Master Optician

https://rutheh.com/2018/06/22/meet-a-boss-master-optician/

Grateful for Birthdays

Grateful for birthdays. It was a happy but quiet celebration. Glad my sister is here. More family coming in soon. It was a relaxing day.

Steve, Mary and I took a walk around the Highland Park Reservoir after supper. We got drenched when a sudden thunderstorm appeared just after I took these photos of the peaceful water.

Our power has been out a few hours now. Heard a tree is down on Highland Avenue. Wires down. Hope it can be fixed soon.

Pittsburgh’s Spring Garden Neighborhood Summer Evening

#sixwordSaturday

Steve and I met Vincie at the Penn Brewery parking lot and walked down Vinial Street to the Kaffeehaus on Chestnut Street.

My former photography teacher from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Germaine Watkins, had a solo show of incredible photographs of Haiti. I bought the one of the gorgeous countryside that is right behind my head.

Vincie took this photo of me with Germaine

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6E16F7F0-47EC-4BB7-A9F1-9E8D44173465Cameo and Germaine as the show starts

87D6EBB3-2DD6-44B2-928F-BBCFD0836F6AAcross the street from the Penn Brewery in the Spring Garden Neighborhood of PIttsburgh

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

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

Twisters