Tour Guide

Krista Stevens at WordPress creates some interesting photo challenges. This week we’re to show where we live with the theme Tour Guide,   

Here’s a Pittsburgh montage.  Knowing when to stop digging in the archives is the problem but it’s one AM so we’ll start with this gallery tonight.

If you enter the city from the south- Ft Pitt Tunnel and Bridge this is the view when you emerge from the tunnel,

Duquesne Incline and a view of the city


Statue of beloved Mayor Caliguiri on the steps of the City-County Building


Andy Warhol Museum Detail and the old Lobby



East Liberty Carnegie Library and Presbyterian Church


Mr Rogers Sweater and sneakersMr. Rogers Sweater and Sneakers at the Airport Display

The Point and the fountain. Where the three rivers meet, Allegheny and Monongahela form the Ohio River,

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Incline in the Snow



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Carnegie Museum of Natural History\


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Carnegie Museum of Art



Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Courtyard


Above-Forbes Field Wall and Bill Mazeroski Statue with Fireworks.  1960 World SeriesBill Mazeroski


Immaculate REception



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Ritter’s Diner

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St Paul Cathedral

St Paul Cathedral at Night


Heinz Field at Night

Heinz Hall

Heinz Hall at Night


Prantl’s Bakery-Home of the World Famous Burnt Almond Torte



Heinz Chapel


Keeping Tabs- Holocaust Memorial- Squirrel Hill


University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning


From the Norhside- Fineview


Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River


Got Bridges?  Why yes, we do!



Lost Kennywood- Kennywood Amusement Park


North Side- Cloud Arbor by the Children’s Museum


Southside Club Cafe   Live Music VenueSt. Paul Cathedral in Oakland


AMTRAK station downtown



Carnegie Library- Oakland

East Liberty- Motor Square Garden and the Presbyterian Church

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Guard rails, hills, and retaining walls.



Phipps Conservatory

Lawrenceville Neighborhood- Arsenal Lanes


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Art Rooney Statue in the Snow


Shadyside Variety Store

Kaufmann’s Clock Downtown.


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Kennywood Amusement Park- Racer


Cherry on Top of a Burnt Almond Torte

Cherry on Top

The fun weekly photo challenge by Michelle W.   I should get in the car and head to a local ice cream shop but it’s really humid and hot and we’ve already been out for dinner.  Wish I knew the Cherry on Top challenge beforehand but then I remembered a Cherry on Top I photographed six years ago.

The following was posted in May 2010.  Since then the Burnt Almond Torte was declared America’s Greatest Cake Here’s the article Thank You, Pittsburgh, For The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made   (By the way, I never saw a cherry on top of a Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte)

Burnt Almond TorteAnd here is the original writing from my May 2010 blog post

Burnt Almond Torte and Copycat Recipe

Different regions prefer certain pastries, baked goods.  Burnt Almond Torte is popular in Pittsburgh. I’ve seen it as a wedding cake. tiered!  Who brought the recipe here I don’t know but many Pittsburghers LOVE it.  I’d never tasted one until we moved here.  This one is from the Oakmont Bakery.  Joan brought it to dinner one night.  We split it three ways. Don’t know who ate the cherry.  Not me.  But before we devoured it, I photographed it.  Here is a link to the Recipezaar Copycat Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte recipe in case you want to have a taste of Pittsburgh Pastry/Dessert.  I hear there’s one where chocolate is involved.

Checking the Copycat Recipe is still valid, YES!!!

The Molasses Swamp is now a Chocolate Swamp post was a slow low day on the blog today.  Bet this Cherry on Top will top it!!


Greatest Cake in America says Huffington Post





Burnt Almond Torte WEdding CakePrudence and Jordan’s Burnt Almond Torte wedding cake-    assisted by his father wielding the fire axe  September 2012


Julie R Thomson of the Huffington Post thanks “Pittsburgh for the greatest cake America has ever made”


Prantl's Burnt Almond Torte

and a link to a previous blogpost with the copycat recipe



Prantl's Bakery Pittsburgh