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Pittsburgh Parks Grill and Table so expensive for a picni! Any alternatives?

Wow thanks so much for all the suggestions. Being originally from out-of-state, I'm still shocked that I even have to pay a dime for a table in a park. Is this just a Pittsburgh thing? I'm originally from Austin, and a cheap way to have a great day is grab a table with a grill without a reservation or cost at the city parks, and buy bulk packages of steaks and watermelon. But maybe not paying for park services is also why Texas's budget is in such a hole right now.

Apr 29, 2011
kongrid in Pennsylvania

Lemon Curd

wow I really want to try this. It's like the dessert version of mayonnaise.

Apr 28, 2011
kongrid in Recipes

Pittsburgh Parks Grill and Table so expensive for a picni! Any alternatives?

I'm a graduating college student and my family and friends are coming to Pittsburgh in May. Instead of a traditional graduation dinner, I want to have a barbeque BBQ in one of Pittsburgh's amazing public parks. In order to get a grill and picnic table you have to make a reservation. The shocking thing is that the cheapest reservation is $150!!! This is absolutely ludicrous but I really want to have a BBQ!

I don't have money or time to invest in buying my own grill and table and a picnic blanket is not an option. Is this $150 really the truth? Is there another alternative or other green space where there are grills and I can still barbeque with my family?

Apr 28, 2011
kongrid in Pennsylvania

Yes, but What's the Food Angle on Egypt?

bread shortage crisis

Feb 04, 2011
kongrid in Features

In Viet cuisine, what's the deal with broken rice?

I just came upon this post while I was stalking broken rice on the internet. I just wanted to shout out my love for Com Tam (broken rice). I go to only 1 vietnamese restaurant in a city full of them just because they serve it with their lemongrass beef dishes. I know it's the lower grade rice, but the texture of the broken pieces of rice is spectacular and I'm pretty hooked. I think it's sturdier per grain than whole grains of rice, so when the egg yolk pops and pours over everything, the combination is to die for.

Dec 29, 2010
kongrid in General Topics

Pittsburgh favorites

There's a town near the airport called Beaver, PA which has a great sushi restaurant called Yama. It was a Groupon feature and the sushi rice there is perfect. The area is really cute too, i think they filmed parts of Wonder Boys there, and the thrift store shopping is cool too. You definitely get a taste of cheerier all-american main street too.

Dec 29, 2010
kongrid in Pennsylvania

California Mexican vs. Tex Mex?

ahhhhh cali-snobs! "oh my, the lack of vegetables in texas is astounding! oh goodness!"

TEXAS! TEXAS!

Nov 20, 2010
kongrid in General Topics

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

the korean version is not savory but more dessert like. All you need is a pumpkin, sweet rice flour, sugar, and water.

Nov 20, 2010
kongrid in Recipes

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

This sounds perfect to finish off decadent a thanksgiving dinner. In response to the introduction, i'm going to dip bacon into a bowl of warm nutella then put it on whole wheat toast for a breakfast.

Nov 20, 2010
kongrid in Recipes

Best Beef for Stir-Fry ?

the secret to chinese cooking IS cornstarch. It makes the sauce, glossy and not-watery, and it IS a tenderizer for beef. Sugar should be very minimal in any authentic chinese dish.

Jan 19, 2010
kongrid in Home Cooking