Federal Galley Pittsburgh

I had been waiting for the opening of Federal Galley on the NorthSide of Pittsburgh  for what seemed like forever!  It’s been open a few months and I’ve been able to check it out a couple times since it opened.  I thought those of you who are local to Pittsburgh and haven’t had the chance, might want to see what it’s all about!

Federal Galley is the second concept of this type in Pittsburgh.   The first is Smallman Galley located in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood.   Federal Galley is four restaurants in one location.  There are four very different cuisines available and a communal dining room and bar.

I absolutely love this idea!  It is perfect for groups of friends who all have different dietary needs or just can’t agree on where to go!  You can each order from your choice of restaurant and still sit together and enjoy each other’s company! One car, one trip, four choices!

You pick from one of the four, either El Lugar, Michigan & Trumbull, Supper or my fave, Provision Pgh.  Order and pay at the restaurant of your choice, go grab a cocktail at the bar (or order non-alcohol at the restaurants), pick a table with your companions and your food is brought to you!

All the restaurants have their own staff and kitchens.  There are chalkboard menus showing what’s featured at each above their registers.  All the staff has been super friendly during my visits and always willing to answer any questions I have about the food.

I’ve only been to Federal Galley during the work day, so I haven’t partaken of the bar yet, but those who have tell me it’s excellent.  Water is provided on each table, along with glasses and silverware can be found either at the restaurant window or at a nearby communal area with napkins and trash cans.

I’ve also only been here in the Winter, but can’t wait to visit once the outdoor patio area is open.  It looks amazing so far!  And even in the Winter, the large garage style windows let in tons of light which all of us native to Pittsburgh know is necessary!

There are a few small tables, but most are family style large tables with lots of seats so you can share your experience with others.  There is also a bar top along the ordering windows with stools.  You can see it a few photos above.

Now what’s really important, the food! I haven’t tried all four yet, but I can say so far, my very favorite has been Provision Pgh.  They have a lot of choices, but my obsession is their Provision Fries!  They are magical!  They actually told me their secret on Instagram.  Shhh! They are triple cooked!  Seriously, try them, no one I have turned on to them has been disappointed!!  Plus, the Provision Pgh staff is so accommodating to my super picky self!  They are so great about any tweaks I want to make to my order and so friendly!  I actually am going to try their Impossible Burger (vegan) next!

Even though Provision Pgh is my fave, I’ve never had a bad meal at any of the ones I’ve tried.  Friends brought along on my visits all ate at different places and all said the food was amazing.  Granted, I’ve only been here during the day, but we’ve never had a problem waiting in line or finding a place to sit.  You might need to share a table with other people, but you aren’t right on top of them (in my experience).

Now on to the second most important thing to Pittsburghers, where’s it at and where can I park?  It’s located in Nova Place, which used to be called Allegheny Center, it is in the plaza (outside courtyard) area between PNC’s end of Allegheny Center and the Children’s Museum.  On street parking recently opened up along West Commons (Allegheny Circle), so you can park on the street or park in the garage.

Federal Galley has various activities throughout the month and you can check out what’s planned on their website here along with directions. 

Anthropologie Must Haves

The last few weeks have been full of business travel, but in my limited free time, I did check out a couple things I think you might be interested in.

I think everyone loves how Anthropologie smells and when I stopped in the other day after lunch at BRGR with friends, I decided I was going to bite the bullet and buy the candle that causes that yummy smell!

Capri Bue Volcano candle alternative

These Capri Blue Volcano scent candles make your home smell delightful, but their price tag is a little steep for candles.  After buying the small version at Anthro ($12), I was determined to find a more cost effective solution.

Capri Blue Volcano candle alternative

After doing a little online research, I found that most people feel Target’s Bali Sunrise candle is very similar.  I bought one and at $10 for a medium size candle, it is definitely a bargain.  The candle does smell almost identical to the Volcano, but I have to say it doesn’t throw scent, as well as, my much smaller Volcano candle.  (Did you like how I threw in that candle terminology there? I’m so punny!! )

My husband can’t tell a difference, but I definitely do.  That being said, it pains me to spend $28 on a candle, so I think the large size will just stay on my wish list for now.  My interim solution is to burn two Target candles at once to intensify the scent.  They really do smell delicious!

Blax Snag Free Hair Ties

My second Anthropologie purchase were these Blax snag free hair elastics.   I am always looking for hair bands that won’t pull my hair, but are strong enough to hold all of it in my messy bun.  (Long hair problems) I’ve read really good things about these and so far so good.  I, of course, already lost one, but until then, it was comfortable and was holding my hair up.  You can also find these on Amazon here:4mm CLEAR Hair Elastics 8 ct by Blax.  They come in clear, brown and black.

Any Anthropologie must haves I missed?  Tell me about them in the comments!




Orlando, Fl Trip Review

Orlando City Hall Nutcrackers

I’m back from my trip to Florida and will be posting regularly again.  It was a tad chilly in Florida last week (in the 60’s), but of course chilly and sunny is a lot easier to take than 30 and cloudy!While my trip was for business, I had some of my evenings free to explore the non-Disney side of Orlando.  We stayed downtown and I hadn’t really explored that part of Orlando before.

My first stop, of course, was the Outlet Mall.  Orlando has two really good ones, but I wanted to check out the Burberry Outlet, so I headed to the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.  Let me start by saying the crowds were ridiculous.  Like Black Friday ridiculous.

There were really only a few stores I wanted to check out since I have two outlet malls in Pittsburgh that have a lot of “regular” stores.  I headed to the Burberry Outlet store, since it was the reason for my mission.  For those of you who haven’t been to one before, the prices are discounted, but not hugely.  For example, a $900 bag is priced at around $800.  I left empty handed.  I just wasn’t willing to spend that kind of money on a past season bag.

Sideshow Restaurant Orlando

We went to a couple of great restaurants while we were in town.  We visited Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando.  It’s an interesting concept with 7 venues all in one location.  We ate at Sideshow and I had some rocking tacos! It was definitely a fun time. Though I have to admit, the whole time I was there I was thinking about American Horror Story!

Seasons 52

I had asked for restaurant recommendations on Facebook and my friend Sharon really came through!  We went to Seasons 52 in Orlando based on her recommendation and it was excellent!  They have a seasonally inspired menu with nothing more than 475 calories on the menu.  I can’t say enough good things about this restaurant.  We had a fantastic waiter named Miguel and the food was amazing.

We didn’t have time to enjoy any typical Orlando theme park offerings as we were there for work, but it was great to see the sun for a few days.  All in all, a great trip, but I am happy to be back home for the holidays!






Girls Day Out-East Liberty Version

I spent my Monday off with two different friends.  I crammed all my girlfriend time into one day! I had such a great time.  We started off at Peace Love and Zen, a wellness center located in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood.  I suffer from chronic pain, so I am always looking for alternative treatments.  My friend located this center and its Himalayan Salt Cave.   After reading about the benefits of Salt Therapy, we booked a session.

Peace Love and Zen Himalayan Salt Cave
I had no idea what to expect when we walked in.  The owner Susan opened the door and we were led into a room made of imported Himalayan Salt, including the floor.  We sat in zero gravity loungers, wrapped up in our blankets and spent our 45 minute session just breathing in the zen.  I, of course, talked the entire time, but that’s part of going to a spa with me!

I then proceeded to my next service, which was a massage with Abby.  She started with some foot reflexology and trigger point massage.  She was great, highly recommend her. The absolute best part, was I was in so much less pain when I left the facility than when I came in.  Not sure which part of the session was responsible, but I am definitely willing to try it all again.

We headed to lunch at BRGR nearby.  It was an amazingly beautiful fall day, so BRGR had their garage door windows open.  Fabulous food as always!

Pittsburgh's Bakery Square

 Bakery Square’s center and Google office, look at that sky!

We made our way over to Bakery Square and checked out the new West Elm store.  We met Jamison (sorry if I spelled it wrong!) who was super helpful!  Look him up when you visit.  I’ve been to a few other West Elm stores and I have to say, I loved the layout of this one the best.


West Elm Boxwood Antlers

Jamison and the Boxwood Antlers

Front and center were Christmas decorations, anything shiny and glittery and I’m there.  I had to take one of these glitter tinsel trees home with me.  It’s going to look amazing with my gold lamps!

West Elm Tinsel Tree


The bedding was one of our favorite areas of the store.  So pretty!  Love those Mongolian pillow covers.

West Elm Bed Displays


I really, really wanted one of these to come home with me, but I resisted!  The struggle is real!

West Elm Mercury Glass Display


I don’t know why I am so into gold this year, but I loved these too.

West Elm Gold Display


And don’t even get me started on their lighting.  So many pieces I loved.  Check out this Droplet Glass Pendant.  Gorge!

West Elm Lighting-Droplet Glass Pendant


I then spent the second half of my day with another friend, dinner, conversation and Gone Girl (loved the movie)!  What did you do this weekend? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


Weekend Update

I had an awesome pre-birthday weekend!  Lots of activity, girl time and shopping!  Here’s a pic that sums it all up.

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Extensions, jewelry, sunglasses, makeup, money and gloss!  Remnants of an awesome weekend!!

Friday night I went to the Steve Miller/ Journey concert with a girlfriend.  It was super hot out, but we had a great time and had awesome seats!  We were about 8 rows from the stage, so we were super close.  It is so fun to go to a concert where you know pretty much every song the bands sing.

Pretty in Pink





Journey on stage

Saturday, I met a girlfriend for a late lunch and some shopping.  We ate lunch at Burgatory and it did not disappoint.  We ordered the truffle fries for an appetizer and they were amazing and then special ordered our burgers.  No milkshakes for us this trip!


We hit up Hobby Lobby and Home Goods of course.  I did pretty well at Home Goods.  My husband is in the middle of painting my home office so I wanted to pick up a couple things for the walls.  I was thinking about DIY’ing a burlap bulletin board, but when I saw this one at Home Goods, I figured I should just buy it.  I picked up that little mirror at TJ Maxx.  I have so many places it could go.  It most likely will end up in the office, but would look good in our half bath or master bedroom.  Decisions, decisions!

Home Goods Haul1

I also picked up a coastal rectangular basket to corral the crap on my coffee table,  a black and white runner and some colorful cocktail napkins for my birthday get together.Home Goods Haul

Sunday was my sweet baby boy’s birthday!  He’s becoming quite elderly and has lost most of his teeth, but will always be my baby!!


Friday Five

Happy Friday my friends!  Hope you had a great week and have exciting plans for your long weekend!

1.  I am off work today, so my long weekend starts now!  Yeah!  We have tons of projects going on around the house right now, so the extra day off was necessary.

2.   Our community pool opens tomorrow, which of course is the kick off to summer time! Can’t wait to dip my toes in the water.  The pool has been filled for a couple weeks and now that the weather has warmed up, it has looked mighty appealing!  Booyah!

3.  I went to BRGR this week and split a dark chocolate shake with a friend while we waited for our meal!  Yummo!



4.  I found chewable Glucosamine and Chondrotin tablets.  Not very exciting for most people, but I have a really hard time with giant pills and typically G and C’s are HUGE.  I have tried a liquid version that was kind of difficult to swallow (pun intended).  These chewable tablets are raspberry and super sour, but definitely better than my two previous tries.  I’m a big believer in these because we actually give the dog G and C snacks and they really help his joint difficulties, so I am hopeful they work the same on humans!

5.  It’s Memorial Day weekend and I am very happy to live in our country with all the freedoms it provides!

What plans do you have for the weekend?

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