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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer All Clad Sale



This year the summer All Clad Sale is being held at the Washington County Fair Grounds just outside of Washington Pa. on June 6th and 7th.  For those that are close by, it is a worthwhile visit to get All Clad products at significant discounts.  They sell first run specials in additional to seconds.  I've had great luck with seconds as I can usually find pans with defects that I can't detect, or totally insignificant.  The seconds also include their lifetime guarantee.






















The fair grounds are located just north of Washington Pa, off of Interstate 79, about 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh.  If you go,  I would recommend that you do not go early either day.  The crowd are big, early but thin out significantly later in the day.  Stock is not depleted until late Saturday afternoon, as they continue to replenish product all day long.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Highland, again

I stopped in at the Highland Bar in West View again last week and had to follow up with a note about their specials.  I don't recall what day it was (sorry) but the food special was this:

























A steak with potatoes, green beans and garlic toast.  That in itself is not so special, but the price was.  $5.00!  Now granted, the beans were canned (and probably the potatoes too) but what a great deal.  I admit, I increased the tab by ordering mushrooms and onions for a dollar more....

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bee'z Bistro and Pub


















Bee'z Bistro is one of my favorite little restaurants in the South Hills, just outside of the town of Bridgeville. On my way back from a trip, heading north on 79, I stopped for lunch.  Bee'z is a comfortable place with a restaurant on one side and a full bar on the other.  If I remember correctly, the bar offers a great happy hour value, but on this trip I was there for lunch.

Bee'z menu is casual, loaded with sandwich's, pizza, wraps, and salads.  I decided to go with the Grilled Atlantic Salmon & Avocado Salad, which is listed on the menu as an Italian salad with avocado and egg.  It was excellent!






















Bee'z is located at 3249 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA.  It's not easy to see from the main road, because it's located along with a few other businesses behind Portmans Farm Market.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Highland Bar



One of my regular stops (there are many..) is The Highland Bar in West View.  The Highland is a local's type place that is known for down right cheap food specials and very inexpensive drinks.  It's one of those old U shaped bars with red vinyl stools, a Formica bar top and knotty pine paneling.  Old School.
I stopped in on a Friday and decided to order a fish sandwich.  This is another good one!  A huge fish, with a choice of two sides went for $8+.  Take a look at this monster:
























Please note that while this is an old place and on top of that it's a smoking bar, it's also very clean.  I'm not a smoker so sometimes these places bother me but I've never had a problem here. In the afternoon or around happy hour time the crowd is basicly older locals.  At night it get a bit younger (and louder).  The Highland is located on Route 19 in West View.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014







































I was in State College Pa this week, and as I was about to leave, found myself in the middle of quite a snowstorm.  The weather report had called for only 2 to 4 inches, but within an hour it looked like they really missed on this forecast.  I love State College, so making the decision to stay wasn't hard!

One of the meals I enjoyed was a great lunch at Spats Cafe & Speakeasy.   Spats is New Orleans, cajun type food and they have always done it well.

























I ordered a lightly breaded catfish served with tasty greens and very smooth grits.  My lunch partner chose the muffaletta sandwich.  A muffaletta is typically several meats with a spicy olive spread, served on a bread similar to a focaccia.  While I didn't get the chance to taste it, it sure looked good and got raves from my guest.

In addition to the great food, Spats also frequently hosts jazz bands on the weekends and has a comfortable bar if thats what you prefer.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Another reason that I love All Clad...

I've owned a lot of All Clad cookware for many years now, and love the way it cooks and it's durability.  I'm also fortunate enough to live close to the factory and have been able to take advantage of the factory sales that they hold twice a year which has allowed me to buy these at significant discounts.  At the sales they sell first quality and also factory seconds, although I've never been able to see the defects on any of the pans that I've purchased.  In addition, they provide the full factory warranty on the seconds also.

I had two sauce pans that had a non-stick coating which started to peel slightly around the top edges.  By slightly, I mean that the coating has peeled between an 1/8 of an inch to about a 1/4 inch in the worst spots, over about a ten year period.  I contacted the company and they sent me a prepaid postage label to ship them back.  A couple of weeks later, look what arrived!  Two new sauce pans, along with two new lids, which I did not even send to them!

I know that you pay for this service in the purchase price, but it's nice to see that they come through.