Showing posts with label Pittsburgh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pittsburgh. Show all posts

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A tragic day in Pittsburgh

Today I would like to take a moment to pray for the victims and their families of the Pittsburgh shooting. As many of you are already aware, a man named Robert Bowers stormed into the Pittsburgh synagogue and killed about a dozen people. Although I have friends from that area, including Jewish friends, I did not know any of the victims. It truly hurts me to see this on the news, as Pittsburgh to me was one of the safest cities in America.

I have had the pleasure of not only residing in Pittsburgh for many years, but attending college there also. I lived there from 1999 until 2003. Then, I stayed there for many months from Spring 2013 until Winter 2014). Pittsburgh will always be a place I will forever appreciate and be very near and dear to my heart. To think such a tragic event occurred today has me so sad. 

With a heavy heart, I am praying for not just the victims and their families, but the entire city of Pittsburgh. This is one of the most tragic days in the steel city and I pray that the city is protected from such hate in the future. 

Update, here are the victims of this terrible tragedy in the steel city:

Joyce Fienberg 
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger
Bernice Simon
Sylvan Simon
David Rosenthal
Rose Mollinger
Richard Gottfried
Cecil Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Rest in peace. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I am the number one writer on Examiner

It is official, I am the number writer on for Beauty, for Makeup and for Pittsburgh. I have to say that I am extremely thankful, grateful and blessed by this honor.

When Yahoo Voices! closed in 2014, I was searching for a platform to write. I looked at several options and was accepted to quite a few, but felt a strong disconnect due to censorship and the fact that these outlets were looking for certain content that was simply not in my forte. When I discovered Examiner, I was quite reluctant as they rejected several of my articles at first.

Yes, at first Examiner rejected several of my articles; however, they believed me in enough to follow up with amazing constructive criticism. Truth be told, I never went to college for writing let alone journalism and literature. I have no academic credentials in the craft. I was a business major. I took maybe one course in writing. I knew I wasn't the most polished writer nor pristine content producer; however, I knew I had the potential to be eventually be, as anyone does.

As time proceeded, I garnered a huge appreciation for the power of the pen. I did a lot of reading and independent studying. Even went on Coursera and looked at the adult learning academic writing courses to see if I could learn something. After taking Examiner's vital criticism towards my content, I am now able to flush out multiple non-fiction articles in a matter of minutes. And now, I can honestly say that I am a whitelisted contributor, so I don't have to go through editors before publishing my content.

Amazing right?

And my content has been featured via news where it has been republished on Google, Bing and Yahoo! news platforms. I have learned to love writing, my writing and appreciate it more than ever. If I can do this, you can also.

Thank you Examiner for this honor.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pittsburgh: Veggie Burger

Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated cities in the world today. Home to over 2 million residents, according to the CSA it is the 20th largest city in the United States. Although it is known as the steel city, it is also known for it's bridges and it's architecture. In fact, the city is filled with art. Pittsburgh is also known for it's sports teams. What you don't realize, however; is that the steel city offers some of the best cuisine you will ever experience.
As a vegetarian, it can be quite complicated trying to find great vegetarian food, but believe it or not, it does exist. But the question remains, can you find a veggie burger here? Absolutely. Don't believe me? Just click here now.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Norooz 2015: Celebrating in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is not only home to one of the greatest football teams, Pittsburgh Steelers, it is home to some of the greatest culture you will ever experience. With a population of almost 400,000; Pittsburgh is not only an exciting city, it is a city that I hold very near and dear to my heart. It is also my second home. So, what is happening in the steel city for Norooz this year?

On Tuesday, March 17th (Happy St. Patrick's Day) join Persian Student Organization and the Persian Panthers for the Chahrshanbe Suri, the last Wednesday before the Persian New Year. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Hookah Bar is provided, but you must bring your own booze if you are 21+. For more information, email:

On Friday, March 27th you can experience an epic time at the Connolly Ballroom at University of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by the Persian Student Organization and the Persian Panthers, this is a Norooz event you don't want to miss. Starting at 7 pm, you can join laughing factory comedian, Tehran along with Radio Javan resident DJ Taba for a night of fun. The Halal dinner is provided by the Shamshiry Restaurant. Vegetarian options are available, as well. Tickets are $15-$25. For more information, email:

If you have an event you want to share, please share it in the comments and I will go ahead and add it here. Mersi. Falan khodahafez.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Best Vegan Restaurants of 2015 in Pittsburgh

Recently, I had the chance to contribute an amazingly buzzworthy article to AXS about vegan food. Although I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian (occasional vegan) I am always discovering new vegan eateries all over the place. And believe it or not, some of the best vegan eats are in the steel city. The next time you visit the burgh, you may want to check out 5 of my favorite vegan joints. So, what are they? Just click here to find out.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas at the PPG Place in Pittsburgh

The holidays are my favorite time of the year and what better way to enjoy than in the Steel City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As you are aware, I am visiting my boyfriend Joe who I have known for over 15 years. When it comes to Joe, there is never a dull moment, as he and I always have great times. And today, we had a blast going hanging out in Pittsburgh. We decided to head to the PPG Place to enjoy some holiday fun. Here are some great photos and glimpse of what the holidays are like here in Steeler country. 

The day started with here. This shining yet very stunning immaculate building is home of the Winter Garden and the Pittsburgh Ice Skating Rink provided by MassMutual. The first time I saw PPG Place, it was back in  the Fall of 1999 when I started college. 

Other photos from PPG Place today: 

Overall it was a great day. Happy Holidays! 

Photos by Sarah Afshar

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I am a Steelers Girl

Although the Steelers have their ongoing tribulations where they tend to fail to play up to the average fans' expectations, I can admit that I still love them. In fact, my love for the Pittsburgh Steelers continues to grow, no matter win or lose. I am a true Steelers girl at heart and will continue to support them through thick and thin and black and blue.
Photo created by my talented friend Joe Labbe. Feel free to right click, save, and share.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013: Farmer's Market in Pittsburgh, PA

Today I decided to go to the Farmer's Market with Joe in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a vegetarian of many years, I truly appreciate Farmer's Markets because I love clean, healthy food. 

When it comes to Farmer's Markets, I find some of the best produce and dairy money can buy, as most of things cannot be found in your local grocery store. Pittsburgh is a big city. Sure there are many cities that are bigger in the United States, but it is one of the cleanest places. The Farmer's Markets here are modestly big and offer some of the best food you can buy. 

Here are some candids from today's Farmer's Market in Pittsburgh, PA:

The Farmer's Market here in the steel city give a lot of samples, which really help. And as a cheese connoisseur, of course I always find myself splurging a little. It also helps too that Joe also loves cheese. Needless to say, it was a very fun day, as it always is hanging out with my boyfriend. 

Photos by Sarah Afshar

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fireworks Display in Pittsburgh, PA 2013

Thursday, July 4th 2013 at a little after 9:45 PM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the fireworks were set off for the entire city to see, kicking off the July 4th celebration and Independence Day festivities. Although I have lived in Pittsburgh for years prior, I wasn't able to discover the fireworks until 7/4/13. As Pittsburgh has a reputation of being one of the best cities to display the best fireworks in the United States, I truly loved being a part of this experience and even more grateful to capture it on video. Sorry if the video was shaky, I also was taking pictures from my iPhone.
If you can't see the video above, simply click here.