What’s going on here?

After more than a few years away, I am proud to announce that I have recently planted myself back in Pittsburgh.  As an amateur foodie and ambitious home-cook, it was a happy accident upon my return, I found myself living in the Strip District.  After a few months here, I feel that I have yet to take full advantage of Pittsburgh’s culinary mecca.  There is such a rich variety of shops selling fantastic and inspiring ingredients, and I feel like I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.  So, game on – it is time to spread my cooking-wings and get adventurous!  Italian, Korean, seafood, spices, fresh produce – there are so many cuisines and techniques to explore!  I have listed 25 food stores located in the Strip, and there are also dozens of different vendors at the Pittsburgh Public Market and Farmers at the Firehouse.  Over the course of this blog, I aim to showcase recipes that feature ingredients from each of these wildly different shops…  and (hopefully) live to blog about it… 

PS – If you notice that I have omitted any of the Strip’s beloved food vendors – please  let me know so I can incorporate them into this crazed Pittsburgh challenge.