Vegan, Jane Austen student, Minimalist, Reader, Librarian

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pittsburgh Picture of the Day

Wow. That's what I first thought when I saw this ceiling--the ceiling!-- over the main staircase at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Library in Oakland. There are lovely touches like this all over this building and I'm so lucky to work in a historically beautiful building as this! It is a painting that looks like you're looking up at the clouds in the sky! I'm not quite sure but those may or may not be pineapples (I'll have to look it up!) on the edge which mean "welcome." And just look at the molding. The little rounded arches you see below are the tops of windows. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pittsburgh Picture of the Day

Music: Frank Sinatra: Point of No Return

Here we are on the Forbes Avenue side of the Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art in the neighborhood of Oakland. This fountain only seems to be on when the museum is open, so perhaps it's a signal to the public? I like to stroll by it on my daily afternoon walks around the city block that is the library, museums, and music hall--about a nice 20 minute walk. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pittsburgh Picture of the Day

Even after a year and a half, I still cannot quite wrap my head around the fact that I work in such a beautiful building filled with so much history (and you all know how much I love history)! This is a view of the main staircase going up to the second floor (where I work in the Reference Services department). Marble steps, gorgeous moldings, curved archways and windows, and those immense lamps. Not the brightest of lighting to be sure but it still looks lovely. This shot was taken around 9:30am on a cloudy morning.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

What Else Can You Make with Zucchini?

Music:  Anne Queffelec/Satie: GymnopĂ©dies; Gnossiennes; Sports and Divertissements

Eating more raw this past summer, I discovered several new and delicious recipes. When people get an abundance of zucchini, they make zucchini bread. Not me. I make this: 

Raw Zucchini Hummus (adapted from Judita Wignall's recipe in her book, Going Raw):

1 cup peeled and chopped zucchini (usually 1 medium-sized zucchini; I'm never exact so it's usually more like 1- 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (again, I use less, usually 2-3 tbsp from 1 good sized lemon)
3 cloves garlic (1-3 cloves depending on how much you like garlic)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 C raw tahini paste (raw tahini is more expensive but it's much easier to use, and just tastes better than the roasted, plus your hummus will be completely raw)
2 tsp minced fresh parsley
Paprika, olive oil for garnish

1. In a food processor, blend all ingredients except tahini paste until smooth.
2. Add tahini paste and blend until creamy.
3. Transfer to a bowl and stir in parsley and other garnish.

I use this hummus in sandwiches, on crackers, and even as a dressing over chick peas (kind of like musabbaha).

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pittsburgh Picture of the Day

This is the view* from fifth stack at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main looking into the Carnegie Museum of Natural History! How cool is this?! Yes, those are real dinosaur bones that millionaire and industrialist Andrew Carnegie had brought into Pittsburgh for its museum. Fifth stack is level with the second floor of the library, right across from the main Reference Room. I get to see neat stuff like this every day. I love my job!

Here's another view:

*Thanks to my good friend James M. for suggesting I post this! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pittsburgh Picture of the Day

This is the Catholic church closest to my house in Mt. Washington, appropriately named Saint Mary of the Mount. It is smack dab on Grandview Avenue (Pittsburgh's "front porch") with a very grand view overlooking downtown Pittsburgh. I am a lapsed Catholic but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate beautiful architecture. It was dedicated in 1897; for its history, read more here. Also, here's an interior view:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pittsburgh Picture of the Day

I'm not a baseball fan but I used to be. This is PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's on the North Shore (on the Allegheny River). When we took a riverboat cruise this summer, this was one of the highlights. I have yet to attend a Pirates' game, but I hope to (perhaps when they play the Detroit Tigers?) next year. When they play, they even close the Roberto Clemente Bridge to traffic to allow for pedestrians to have free rein. It is said to be one of the nicest ballparks in America; you can't beat the view!