Bite Bistro is a quaint neighborhood BYOB restaurant located in the heart of Bellevue on Lincoln Avenue. The spot has live music every Friday and a creative and changing menu that will be appealing to both foodies and locals. For example, if you’re going the more traditional route you can get the hot wings with house made hot sauce or try something different and order the pork fat frites. We decided to go all out and order both.

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These rice krispies treats are different from the standard ones because they are flavored with cake mix. Yep, you sprinkle in some of your favorite powdered cake mix with the melting marshmallows and you have cake batter rice krispie treats. These are a perfect snack to make for kids, for your best friends birthday, or for your Valentine.

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I have had Giada’s Roman-style chicken recipe bookmarked on my computer for months now. It is her most reviewed recipe on the Food Network site and with over 800 reviews that mostly say how delicious, healthy, and easy it is– I finally gave in and made this dish.

I added mushrooms and omitted the capers, so this Roman chicken ended up being a lot like Chicken Cacciatore—which is fine by me since it’s one of my all-time favorites. My Mom used to make Chicken Cacciatore in the crock-pot when I was younger, so this dish paired with rice is one that brings me right back to eating dinner in my plaid uniform at our old house on Vermeer Drive.

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Root 174 is one of the newest and most talked about restaurants in Pittsburgh. It boasts an impressive and creative menu with out-of-the-box dishes and flavor combinations you won’t find at your average restaurant. You know a restaurant is doing something right when every review you read before you go says to order the brussel sprouts. Root 174 is also a BYOB which is a definite plus when you’re trying to save money and are a big fan of $12 bottles of wine.

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Sometimes (okay most of the time) a girl just wants some chocolate. And one night when I was in extreme need-chocolate-now mode, I found this recipe and realized I had all of the ingredients in the pantry.  And the stars aligned. The birds started singing. And I thanked the pantry god that I was going to get some delicious chocolate cookies.

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My first stop during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week was the newest Mexican spot in town, Verde. I had seen Verde from the street when I visited Salt, and the décor alone made me want to check it out. It reminded me of Stephen Starr’s El Vez from the street and I thought if it’s anything like El Vez—then it’d be worth a try.

When we arrived at Verde, we headed for the bar to wait for our table and order a drink. The circular bar glows a deep yellow and in addition to local draft beers on tap, there’s an entire wall lined with different bottle of tequila. As it turns out, Verde offers over 150 different tequilas so if you’re a margarita lover or just a boozehound—they’ll surely have one that will tickle your fancy.

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