Monday, September 17, 2012

All Around Town

Piccolo Forno is one our our 'more favorite' restaurants, which you would never guess by the fact that usually we manage to make it there only twice a year. This past Saturday was one of those trips.
I didn't have my 'real' camera with me, so these are cell phone camera photos. We left early in the morning for a day of appointments and shopping. We are making progress on the basement project - we actually picked out the carpet we want - but are not having much luck with new furniture. All our furniture options were quickly rejected once we got home with our scribbled notes of dimensions, stood in the room(s), whipped out the measuring tape, and started analyzing. Sigh. Looks like we will have another long day of furniture shopping in our future.
We were all over the place on Saturday, starting in Robinson, then south to Peters Township, back north through Upper St. Clair/Mt. Lebanon, over to Castle Shannon, then east and south towards Century 3 Mall area... with stops all along the way. At some point late in the afternoon/early evening, we looked at each other and decided we had enough of shopping/browsing! We did not want to look at yet another couch/sectional and try to figure out if it was comfy, too deep, too shallow, too low, too high, the right size, would the basement support pole be in the way, how close would it be to the fireplace, how would it hold up, squishy or firm or medium, was it too modern for our older more traditional home, would it match the existing furniture... ACK! We decided to relax and unwind after a long day of carpet~appliance~furniture shopping with a spur of the moment trip to Piccolo Forno for dinner. You know, through the tunnels and into the city, of course, because we hadn't yet done enough driving.
Of course since this was a spur of the moment trip, we didn't 'plan' a BYOB. As it turned out, we had stopped at a liquor store to purchase a few of the remaining bottles of a Chairman's Select sangiovese we tried and really liked (and will never be able to get again after we drink these bottles, thanks crazy PA liquor system). So we had wine in the car, but I felt too tired to have any! I was afraid I'd fall asleep after one glass! So we enjoyed their iced tea, shared an arugula~toasted walnut~tomato~parmesan salad, a special of the day risotto with leeks~prosciutto~peas, and a Quattro Stagioni pizza (roasted red peppers, artichokes, mushrooms, prosciutto).
And then, because I wasn't stuffed enough and because, well, why not drive home the long way through Mt. Lebanon and Green Tree and Carnegie, we went to Scoops On Beverly for ice cream. I was looking through past blog posts recently and came across the one with our last trip to Scoops On Beverly - almost an entire year ago! I remembered the Mint Moosetracks ice cream and I had been thinking about it for days. So good! I think mint & chocolate might be my favorite ice cream combination. SP went seasonal, choosing pumpkin ice cream with chocolate sprinkles.
A delicious and satisfying end to a long day searching for the perfect carpet and furniture, which probably do not exist, I just haven't accepted that yet.

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