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5 Thing Friday

6 Dec

1.  We finally got a chance to see We’re The Miller’s this week.  It was absolutely hysterical!  I will not put any spoilers here, but you should definitely watch it if you get a chance.  I was worried that the previews gave away all of the funny parts, but even Hollywood promotional materials couldn’t ruin it.


2.  Mother Jones came out with a pretty good article about BPA this week.  After years of public outcry and evidence of toxicity, the endocrine disrupting chemical known as BPA is being banned from plastic bottle manufacturing and baby/child products.  However, think tanks are forecasting the BPA industry to see even more growth over the next 6 years. Despite Americans’ increased focus and awareness of environmental/health issues, North America is the third largest regional market for BPA in the world.  Wha?  I just don’t understand.

3.  The dates have been announced for Pittsburgh’s Winter 2014 Restaurant Week, which will run from January 13th-19th.  Make sure you check out the PRW website and make a reservation somewhere you have never been!  I strongly recommend checking out restaurants that support the Farm To Table or Eat Local movements – and yes, they are labeled so on the website.


4.  The NY Times released a Civil Behavior piece questioning whether college applicants should address their own sexual identity it in their application essays.  The author’s advice to applicants is to research the college to which they are applying for and then decide whether to address the issue based on the intended admissions department.  It’s disgusting that applicants are chastised for not “digging deep enough” or “getting personal enough” when representing themselves in these essays, yet should sometimes withhold their sexual identity, which is at the very core of that identity.  If you aren’t gay or aren’t yet gay, let me tell you – its a pretty big part of your personality, self-image, history, and more than likely will direct your moral compass and values.  More often than not, coming out is something that you battled with yourself or your family or your friends or schoolmates or teammates or neighbors.


So, yeah.  Lezbihonest, it’s not cool to ask people to omit/cover up such a huge part of their core self to simply BE WORTHY ENOUGH TO EARN AN EDUCATION from a higher institution which has promised the general public to better society.  Needless to say, this article made me want to get in the car and drive to the closest conservative college and suck face with my girlfriend in the middle of the admissions office.  DURING prospective student tours.

5.  So. Many. Babies.  None of them belong to me though – so big congratulations go out to David & Melanie, Roney & Alicia, Meg & Dennis, Ed & Di, and anyone else who popped one out over the last few weeks.

Weekend Ponderings:

  • Do you think LGBT college applicants should address their sexual identities?  Only if it suits their overall topic?  Avoid it completely?
  • Which restaurants are you going to try this for 2014 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week?

Wordless Wednesday

13 Jun

Harris Grill, Shadyside

13 Apr

Having visited for lunch the day before with a friend, she♥ insisted that we stop in for lunch the next day.  Seriously, I know its praise but she wouldn’t stop talking about it.  What’s a foodie to do?

She♥ requested the balcony seating near the window, which conveniently was open.  Apparently this place is crawling at night, but for lunch it was very quiet and intimate.

Our view…


The food was amazing, their menu is full of quirky names for food which makes it easy to imagine large crowds gathering at night.  That and the amazing patio out front.  We’ve walked past in the evening and the place is a madhouse!

I ordered the “Aw, You’re Pulling My Pork” sandwich, made from scrumptious shoulder pork.  Its apparently slathered in something called Big Gay Al’s Strawberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.  Never heard of it, but Big Gay Al gets my stamp of approval.

The sandwich came with a side of coleslaw and a Greek salad.  I feel horrible, but I didn’t touch the salad.  I put a little bit of coleslaw on that bad boy and I went to town.  Fat kid style.

Everytime I eat pulled pork, I try to recreate the best pulled pork sandwich I’ve ever had, which was from a food cart at the Midsummer Music Festival at Rock Falls Park in Slippery Rock.


Also, big brownie points with me is the use of buns sourced from Allegro Bakery in Squirrel Hill.  Big thumbs up to Harris Grill for locally sourcing!

Harris Grill is awesome!  I definitely recommend going there for lunch, but we might have to stop by in the evening for some drinks once of these days.  It happens to be located in Gay Central Station.  😉

Late Night Inspiration ♥

1 Dec

Literally felt like I had to share this…I was brought to tears by this eloquent and inspirational speech given by a young man in Iowa.


Well Hello Ross!

18 Nov

Happy Friday everyone!

Last night, we had the opportunity to meet Ross Matthews, (omg. omg.) former Tonight Show intern & panelist on Chelsea Lately.

He is hysterically funny, super bubbly, and all-around fabulous.  He gave an amazing speech on not giving up on what you want.  Mostly he talked about learning how to own your flaws and make them work for you.

And guess who else was there…

Salvadore ♥   These two have been together for three years and are adorable together.  Check out Ross’s website to see if he will be speaking near you – I highly recommend going out and hearing him speak.

I’m not sure if he’s all ready a part of the “It Gets Better” campaign that supports gay youth, but he should be in charge of marketing!  He did what a lot of people aren’t able to do – get people to laugh with you, as opposed to at you.  All while wearing pink socks 🙂

She♥ and I will be visiting family today and tomorrow, so if you are dying to know what I’m up to make sure you follow me on Twitter: @MichelleSFTS


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