Friday Photo: Springtime on the Strip, Pittsburgh

Brightly colored scarves, handmade wallets. Beaded earrings and Steelers neons. Crates of old records, homemade cannolis sold on the street, and the sweet sizzling smell of glazed chicken and roasted nuts. I seem to always sense the seasons on the Strip.

Cupcakes fit for spring, Dozen Bake Shop, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh

I have a weakness for good cupcakes, especially those, like this one from Dozen Bake Shop, that taste like springtime and are made from scratch daily. This moist vanilla cupcake with deliciously thick passionfruit icing was crowned with coconut for a not-to-sweet but altogether beautiful crunch. Be sure to call ahead for the day’s flavors…

Friday Photo: Graffiti and musical rebellion, Metz, France

Just days after a friend of mine visited Metz, France, and questioned why the French would ever deface their beautiful, ancient buildings with graffiti, I stumbled across this phrase, barely visible in the dark: “Beethoven is a revolutionary.” While I didn’t answer my friend at the time, I should have told her that I love…