I Scream for Ice Cream in Pittsburgh

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During my summer in Pittsburgh I tried to visit as many different ice cream shops as possible. I had so much fun exploring different neighborhoods and venues but eating the ice cream was the best part….obviously. I visited a variety of places from a classic parlor to a hometown walk-up establishment. Take a look at my ice cream adventures below and the shop that impressed me most!

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#1 ice cream shop for overall experience

Klavon’s in the strip district is an old school ice cream parlor with old candies and other nick knacks on the inside. They had several unique options including a 20 scoop sundae! I stuck with the one person sundae with caramel and marshmallow sauce along with some Reese’s cups. The only thing I didn’t like about this place was all the options were very traditional and I like to try really different treats. Overall it was a great family-friendly shop.

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#1 for BEST ice cream

This was probably one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. I don’t usually like waffles but anything’s good with ice cream. The waffle was WARM, covered with chocolate and peanut butter sauce over vanilla ice cream. I was in ice cream lover’s heaven! I can’t resist something warm paired with cold, refreshing ice cream. I found this waffle ice cream food truck at the Jazz and Ribs fest after running the Color Run in Columbus, Ohio but the owner was actually from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. It’s a must try!

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This is a brownie sundae from Sugar & Spice Parlor in Pittsburgh. I didn’t go inside but it’s a fun retro-style parlor similiar to Klavon’s. Once again the warm paired with the cold made this a real  treat for me. It was a close 2nd to the waffle ice cream sundae. 

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Talk about one RICH milkshake! I visited the Milkshake Factory on Carson Street in Pittsburgh a few times to enjoy their half off happy hour on Wednesdays. First, I tried the peanut butter fudge milkshake and this is a bear claw milkshake. It had little chunks of almond swirled in chocolate! Both were very decadent and delicious. The Milkshake Factory offers 55+ milkshake flavors. They also have sundaes and gourmet chocolates. It’s a great place for a chocolate lover!

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One of the last things I  tried was a Blendini from Rita’s. Rita’s has multiple locations in Pittsburgh but I had never heard of it before now. This Blendini had Italian ice and vanilla custard blended with Reese’s cups. It was unlike anything I had ever tried before. Adding the Italian to the custard created a unique texture different from regular ice cream.

That wraps up my ice cream adventures in Pittsburgh this summer. If you didn’t already notice I have a taste for peanut butter and Reese’s. I can’t get enough. I visited a few other ice cream joints over the course of the summer but  didn’t document all my visits. Now go find some ice cream in your area and try something different!

 

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My Last Days as a Brunner Intern

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Thank-you card from the media team

Today was my going away breakfast at Brunner. The whole media team gathered together for bagels and donuts and they each took the time to write me a thank-you note. I also had my end of the year fall TV presentation and everything went really well. I don’t think I have ever been so nervous in my life! Below are a couple of paragraphs I put together as I reflected on my internship experience this summer in Pittsburgh.

My summer internship experience at Brunner was valuable, challenging, rewarding and frustrating at times. I interned in the media department, initially having an interest in pursuing a career in media. This internship challenged me to act in a professional way and taught me the importance of communicating to other employees effectively. As a media intern, I was presented with a variety of tasks from reaching out to client representatives to gather information to researching and putting together a presentation about upcoming fall television programming. In addition, I helped enter avails as part of the pre-buy process for Bob Evans, updated information on several excel spreadsheets,  collected and consolidated added value for Bob Evans television buys and organized intern visits to Pittsburgh area companies. I was also fortunate enough to be invited to numerous meetings where potential business partners came in to present their capabilities. Through the meetings, I was able to grow my knowledge of different types of technologies and platforms available to advertisers.

After spending several weeks in media and learning more about the day to day tasks that each employee had to accomplish, I found myself questioning whether or not media was the area I really wanted to focus on. Although every member of the media team worked exceptionally hard every day, I struggled to find the passion and interest in media that I thought I would have. I wanted to be more creative rather than going by the numbers. Therefore, I asked my supervisor to set up a job shadowing afternoon in the public relations department. I was very thankful to have the opportunity to explore a different department within the agency that required more multi-tasking and creative thinking. I truly value my experience in the media department because I not only learned a tremendous amount about working at an agency in the real world but it also challenged me to explore other career opportunities and departments within the agency.

Reflecting upon my experience at Brunner, I left work some days feeling frustrated after not having enough work and other days I wanted to go to bed immediately after work because I was so exhausted. Overall, I feel honored to have been able to intern at such a prestigious agency like Brunner. I could tell that every employee had earned their spot at the agency and worked hard to get where they were. I learned an incredible amount about media and I also learned that media might not be everything that I expected it to be. I am so thankful to have had this experience early on in my college career in order to adjust the direction of my career path.

Not only was today a HUGE day for me at work but my sister is currently in labor with my 1st nephew 4 hours away in Toledo! I’m really bummed that I’m not there to see the little bundle of joy when he arrives but I couldn’t be more excited to become an aunt!

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My sister with a smile on her face after her epidural

The Family gets crazy in Pittsburgh

This past weekend my Mom, 2 aunts and Grandma came to visit me in Pittsburgh. At first, they were overwhelmed by the big city and the crazy drivers. By the end of their visit, I managed to convert them to Pittsburgh fans!

We had such a hilarious, frustrating and heartwarming time. We did everything from walking in a 5k to honor the disease my grandpa passed away from to sampling numerous (probably too many) flavors of Martinis!

Here’s a quick snapshot of our whirlwind weekend in Pittsburgh:

The Family on Grandview Ave.

One of the 1st  things we did was tour my summer house and check out the view from Mount Washington. They weren’t fans of the hike  up the mountain. Nothing like the flat lands of NW Ohio.

Walking a 5k for Grandpa

Saturday morning we walked in the 2nd annual Violet Rippy 5k for Pulmonary Fibrosis. My grandpa passed away from the disease several years ago. Despite a few tears, we shared some special moments together on our walk.

Seviche for dinner

Saturday evening we dined at a Latin-American inspired restaurant called Seviche. Not only the best peach sangria I’ve ever tasted but also some great, unique food.

Next, we saw Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women in the Cultural District downtown. We got discount tickets because I’m a poor college kid 🙂 The play had us laughing for an hour and a half straight!

Outside the theater

We finished our night at Olive and Twist and tried some crazy martini flavors including cake batter, cookie dough, fruit loop, s’more and chocolate covered pretzel!

Sampling our martinis

Although my family can sometimes get on my nerves, I’m stuck with them so might as well love ’em. I had a great weekend showing them around the city and introducing them to new things!

Now on to finish up my last week as an intern at Brunner and my last week as a newcomer to Pittsburgh.