Online Dish: Bloggers on the Roads to Discovery
From restaurant reviews to healthy menus, these bloggers keep our online plates full
D&T IN THE BURGH
It’s no secret that the city’s dining scene is in the midst of an incredible expansion. With new, independently owned eateries popping up on the regular, it can be challenging to keep track of where you’ve dined, what you liked or disliked, and whether you’d return again. Enter husband-wife team DeAnna and Tony Richey, dining enthusiasts and authors of D&T in the Burgh. With so much to eat and drink around town, the couple began blogging as a way to catalog the different restaurants they’ve experienced. “We’ve loved watching the dining scene grow [in Pittsburgh],” Tony notes. “People are really beginning to care about where their food comes from and who cooks it.” Always on the lookout for new spots to grab a bite, Tony and DeAnna have visited Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods, documenting meals at Lawrenceville’s Tender Bar + Kitchen, East Liberty’s Spoon, and Highland Park’s E2, among others. The couple’s reviews are detailed and honest, accompanied by photos to give readers a glimpse of each restaurant’s menu and atmosphere. What distinguishes D&T in the Burgh from other review-centric blogs, though, is the uplifting attitude Tony and DeAnna convey through their posts. “We try to keep the blog positive,” says Tony. “We may have small critiques, but we’d never bash a place because of them.” Down the road, this blogging couple would love to see more dining developments in the Warrendale, Hampton, and Ross Township areas, noting that they don’t mind traveling across town for great grub. Tony and DeAnna explain: “The more we [blog about Pittsburgh], the more we enjoy it. We love this city.”
UPMC MYHEALTH MATTERS
Wouldn’t it be convenient if the key to better health was just a click away? Well, now it is! UPMC Health Plan’s MyHealth Matters is a blog dedicated to sharing timely information on popular health topics, including medicine, nutrition, fitness, and weight loss. At the helm are five wellness experts, ranging from registered dietitians to exercise physiologists to an orthopedic surgeon, who regularly provide readers with insight and inspiration. Whether you’re in need of healthy recipes (the blog’s “Lighten Up” recipes include Black Bean Soup, Zucchini Brownies, and White Bean Hummus — yum!), a new workout, the latest in disease prevention methods, or all of the above, leave it to MyHealth Matters to fill you in. Each post is packed with just the right amount of educational messages and research study takeaways, without overwhelming the reader — a feat worthy of recognition. To coincide with winter’s arrival, the blog’s contributors plan to write about staying healthy during cold and flu season, beating holiday stress, exercising indoors, and much more, along with a brand new roundup of recipes. “A blog for better health” is the description that headlines MyHealth Matters, and with one visit, you’ll understand why. After all, what could be better than having the wisdom of health professionals at your fingertips?
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