Cool Picks Wednesday January 2, 2013

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1) After a traditional New Year’s Day “good luck” meal of pork and sauerkraut,and the start of everyone’s New Year’s resolutions, it may be a good day to enjoy tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes. Some notable vegetarian restaurants include: Quiet Storm: Vegetarian + Vegan Cafe (5430 Penn Ave., Friendship), The Zenith: Vegetarian Cafe*Art Gallery*Antique Goldmine (86 S. 26th St., South Side),  East End Food Co-op Cafe (7516 Meade St., North Point Breeze). Also, most Chinese and Indian restaurants offer a nice assortment of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

2) Burn off the holiday lbs. with a little ice skating at the Citiparks’ Schenley Skating Rink set among beautiful pine trees and a picturesque view of Downtown Pittsburgh. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Skate rentals and skating lessons available. Overlook Drive, Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill.

3) If you live a little further out from the city center and wish to ice skate in a sylvan setting, then Allegheny County’s North and South Park’s ice skating rinks are “your ticket to fun!”  The rinks offer both free and paid skating lessons, and skate rentals. Today’s sessions are: 9-11 a.m.; noon-3 p.m.; 4:30-7 p.m.; 7:30-9 p.m. North Park rink is on Pearce Mill Road. South Park Rink is on Buffalo Drive.

4) Also running at full blast are the neighboring ski resorts Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort. Both are reporting full operations for skiing and snowboarding. If outdoor winter sports aren’t “your cup of tea,” both resorts offer many other indoor activities; swimming pools, work-out rooms. spa services, and eating and drinking near fireplaces.