One of my favorite restaurants is conveniently located five minutes from my house. They are also a family owned and operated winery. La Casa Narcisi Winery opened in 2001 and a few years ago, La Vite Ristorante opened inside. Come for the wine, but stay for the food! They recently expanded and now boast a large indoor dining room as well as the ever popular outdoor patio. My favorite thing to do is go there with a group of people, order a few different entrées and share. I’ve tried just about everything on the menu and enjoyed it all, but always come back to the Margherita pizza. I’ve yet to find a better Margherita pizza in the entire city.
They also have my favorite wine, Catawba. With all their bottles in the $13-$20 price range, they seriously can not be beat. You can also enjoy 3 complimentary tastings before your meal so that you know what to order. Next time you’re in the North Hills area, I highly recommend stopping by for a bottle or a bite. Or both!
I am also a freelance writer and a social media consultant for various clients, as well as an avid fundraiser and philanthropist. I was previously involved with Maniac Magazine, and write/blog for a number of other websites and publications. You can learn more at abshuck.com, including how to order Empowered in Pittsburgh, and where to catch me on TV.
Causes: the Arthritis Foundation, Save the Children, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society, and basically all animal causes.
Passions: Fashion, writing, pop culture & the entertainment industry, music, family, friends, animals, health & wellness.
Inspiration behind Glitzburgh: All the fashion and entertainment blogs on the web with a dash of Perez Hilton — the nice version! — with a Pittsburgh-centric twist.
Background: I took fashion design classes in high school, music business in college, and have been a writer since the 2nd grade. I have PR experience and I started freelancing at the age of 18 and have been published in many magazines, as well as on many websites. I recently had involvement in a newly published book entitled Empowered in Pittsburgh. Additionally, I have some experience with modeling and the movie industry. I have won various awards including Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, Best Blogger in Pittsburgh, Who to Follow on Twitter, Top 10 Online Expert, and many health and advocacy awards. I also do public speaking in the health advocacy field, have made various television appearances, and teach social media seminars.
Team: Glitzburgh started off as a one-woman show. I’ve now welcomed interns Caitlin R. Banas and Matthew Taylor to the team, as well as guest beauty blogger, Kristen Varoli of Contempo Artistries Salon.
Favorite Designers: I love Michael Kors — he’s at the top of my list. I like Balmain, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, and all of the Olsen twins’ lines. Do I wear most of that? No. I would if I could, and I surely appreciate it all! I also love seeing all of the up-and-coming designers on Project Runway. For accessories, I’m pretty easily pleased with Coach and Tiffany – nothing too extravagant. I like to support local designers and brands — Shop 412, Pittsburgh Fashion Week, all of it. As far as more mainstream mall stores go, I will shop at the Gap, Express, NY & Co, White House Black Market, Urban Outfitters, Loft, H&M, etc. I’m also a Target girl, and really enjoy the capsule collections from all of the designers so far. There’s no shame in my game – I’ll shop secondhand and vintage stores, mall stores, and the like, but also add on more luxe and upscale designer accessories to top off the look. I’d consider myself a bargain fashionista….and like fellow Pittsburgh fashion blogger, Aire Plichta of ModCloth & Athletichic, if it has sparkles, sequins, glitter, or bling — I’m all in!!
Favorite music artists: I’m not going to lie: I like pop music and top 40. I always have. Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Usher, even the Biebs — I love all of that stuff. If they play it on KISS, I’m usually a fan. I also am a huge fan of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, the Fray, One Republic, Sleeperstar, Frank Ocean, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Adele, and more. I even listen to some country — Tim McGraw, Gary Allan, Carrie Underwood. Basically, I love music — all of it. In my iTunes, you will find Katy Perry but also Frank Sinatra. Britney and Sting. Michael Jackson and Five Finger Death Punch. Three Days Grace and Beyonce. Muse, Modest Mouse, Neon Trees, and Aerosmith. The Black Keys and Alicia Keys. Bush. No Doubt. NSync. There’s not much that I don’t like. I really hope to do more Glitzburgh features on local bands and artists. I recently posted on my personal Twitter and Facebook accounts how while I love current and popular music that I want to expand my horizons — find some bands that aren’t “played out” yet; some up-and-comers who are fresh, unique, not too mainstream just yet but who are potentially on their way to superstardom. I love watching a star’s career be born and go through the whole metamorphosis until they reach their personal best level of success — whether that’s getting a regular gig at a local bar, or reaching the level of, say, Lady Gaga.
Favorite television shows: I watch all of the Real Housewives shows, as well as Project Runway, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I love that kind of stuff. I recently got into X-Factor and Married to Jonas, and I love Glee. My favorite show right now is probably Breaking Bad. I also like Newsroom, True Blood, the Big C, Pretty Little Liars, and Revenge. I think that Glee, Breaking Bad, Newsroom, and Revenge are the best shows on TV right now, and I also encourage anyone who hasn’t seen Pretty Little Liars to tune in to that, also…you’ll get hooked! I recently watched United States of Tara on Netflix, and thought it was brilliant. I will say, I can’t stand the Honey Boo Boo show, or the Toddlers and Tiaras type stuff, and I really think Jersey Shore needs to end, though I used to tune in. Also — if there’s some kind of supernatural/paranormal/UFO show on TV, or anything about a conspiracy theory of any sort, I’m probably going to tune in to that, as well. I dig talk shows, too — not the Maury Povich/Jerry Springer type, but the View, the Today show, Anderson, Ellen. I hope Bethenny Frankel’s show will air in the Pittsburgh market when it comes back on air.
Favorite movies: I like too many movies, to name. As with music, I’m not really a specific-genre kind of girl. Amongst my favorite movies are Anchorman, Stepbrothers, Horrible Bosses, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, the Devil Wears Prada, Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Avatar, the Notebook, Mean Girls, Crash, and basically all of Christopher Nolan’s films, particularly the Dark Knight trilogy. I know there’s some movies that I have to be forgetting — I like “chick flicks” and comedies but also love a good, suspenseful drama, for sure, and usually like most of the comic book/superhero movies, as well. I also LOVE documentaries — our Netflix instant queue is filled with them! Also: if the movie has Justin Timberlake or Jennifer Aniston in it, I’ll probably be seeing it!
Favorite things about Pittsburgh: Steeler Nation, of course! Actually, going to all of the Pittsburgh sporting events. The general sense of pride in our city – sports-related or otherwise. I love that Pittsburgh is becoming a hotspot for the film industry — it’s about time that Hollywood REALLY took notice! I think that the best part of Pittsburgh — aside from our amazingly beautiful city and skyline — is the people. Pittsburghers are friendly by nature. I also love the views from Mt. Washington, biking through the city, visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo and all of the museums. I love Sally Wiggin. I love 96.1 KISS and Mikey & Bob from the Morning Freak Show. I love organizations like Baker Leadership/Get Involved, like Global Pittsburgh, and all of the animal rescue organizations. I love that we’ve been named Best City to Live In, Most Generous City, etc. I love all of the rich history of and trivia about Pittsburgh. I love our Cultural District, all of the unique neighborhoods with their individual quirks, and, of course, I love that there’s a mall within, like, 15 minutes in any direction, where ever you are in the city!
Role Models/Inspirations: Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Bethenny Frankel, Giuliana Rancic, JK Rowling, Loren Ridinger, and my parents/grandparents!
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Get to know “The Real You” with Lindsey Smith, a lovely young woman from Pittsburgh who is, among other things, a certified health coach, speaker, nutritional counselor, and author of the new book, “Junk Foods and Junk Moods.”
Lindsey Smith is a recovering emotional eater who began her cycle of binge eating around age 4. According to her official website, “after overcoming childhood anxiety and weight gain through discovering the connection between foods and moods, Lindsey immersed herself in studying the emotional connections people have with food. She learned that when people look to food for nutrients like acceptance, comfort, celebration, and love, a disastrous cycle of junk foods and junk moods begins. This insight, combined with Lindsey’s expertise as a certified Health Coach, means Lindsey is ideally qualified to help clients gain freedom over destructive food habits.”
Founder of “The Real You,” Lindsey serves clients as a keynote speaker, a one-on-one coach, and author of the book Junk Foods and Junk Moods which was published last month. She helps clients lose weight, increase energy, and gain a healthy lifestyle by uncovering their personal connection with the foods they eat and their moods — without making clients feel as though they are sacrificing anything or depriving themselves.
Lindsey uses her positive, upbeat attitude and a sense of humor humor has been a crowd pleaser to many audiences across the region. Soon, she will take her speaking tour national to coincide with the launch of her new book.
The goal of “The Real You” program is to help people discover their true self and their optimum health potential by getting you back to who you truly are: the energetic, healthy, and happy person!
Lindsey, one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 for 2012, offers juicing and nutrition classes, as well as doing motivational speaking and book signing events.
I may be a bit biased because I’m a huge fan of Mexican food — but Cuzamil Restaurante Mexicano in Shadyside is a yummilicious hidden gem.
It has an additional location on Liberty Ave, but I enjoy the Shadyside neighborhood – so the marriage of delicious, authentic Mexican food in one of my favorite little parts of Pittsburgh was stellar.
Pricing is good, the margarita selection is awesome, and the staff is friendly.
Only downfall? Its size.
It’s a pretty small eatery, and, having gone on a Friday night, was pretty packed.
That being said, the food was so good, that I know it was packed for a reason.