1) It’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Summer 2022! Why is this important to you? A group of Pittsburgh restaurants are offering extra special deals through August 14 (many through August 21), including multi-course prix fixe meals or $20.22 specialties. Restaurants include: LeMont Pittsburgh, Grand Concourse Restaurant, Bigelow Grille, Roman Bistro, Senti, Sullivan Steakhouse, Garabino’s, Station, Vue 412, The Forge, Legends Eatery, and Tupelo Honey. To view all participating restaurants and for more information, visit Pittsburghrestaurantweek.com. Let’s get out there and support all our great Pittsburgh restaurants!
2) Speaking of Pittsburgh’s best-kept secrets: Have you heard of Allegheny Land Trust? The nonprofit maintains “Green Spaces” across the city and into the suburbs and exurbs. There’s a bunch of them, open daily for activities ranging from relaxed walks to biking, birding, and even camping. Wingfield Pines, south of Downtown, is a reclaimed strip-mining area. Audubon Greenway in Sewickley is notably bike-able. Emerald View Park on the slopes of Mt. Washington offers wooded trails with, as the name implies, great views. And Sycamore Island—in the Allegheny River, just a few miles upstream from the Point—is singularly cool. Reachable only by boat, it’s a patch of undisturbed nature where one can camp overnight (get a permit in advance) almost within shouting distance of the city limits. But don’t shout; check it out. The Land Trust has 22 Green Spaces overall, having added Girty’s Woods in the Shaler/Millvale communities under its protection. The Land Trust has also now secured a tract in Churchill Valley. (M.V.)