Undergraduate Degree: BA, Theatre Arts
Hometown: Pittsburgh (North Hills), PA
Editor's Note: This picture of Josh and his wife, Jessica, was taken at Fallingwater - one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous works.
Where I Live
Lawrenceville - My wife and I bought our first house, located in Lawrenceville but really close to Bloomfield, just before I started school. It's a wonderful house and really convenient to bus stops, restaurants, and stores. I *strongly* recommend looking at Pittsburgh's Craigslist site (http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org) to find housing. That's how we found our last apartment and our current home.
Best Place To Eat
Wow. One thing Pittsburgh has is great places to eat: Tamari in Lawrenceville for Latino-infused sushi and ceviche, Sharp Edge in Friendship for German-American style fare and hundreds of types of beers, or Kaya in the Strip District for Caribbean and South American dishes. Each neighborhood has more than its share of local, fresh, authentic, and affordable places to eat with every type of food and ethnicity being represented within the city limits.
Best Off-Campus Activity
I love seeing shows in Pittsburgh. This town has one of the most vibrant and creative art scenes I know. Gallery openings, plays, dancing, music, and events happen every weekend. There is so much talent in Pittsburgh, and so much cutting edge, interdisciplinary art that is going on that it's hard to pick what to see on a given weekend.
Best Grocery Store
We go to the big, big Giant Eagle Market District in Shadyside. I'm a bit lazy; I don't like going to more than one place for groceries. So, we go there. They have everything in one place and the quality is good. From time to time, we head down to the Strip District to get supplies from the myriad of ethnic stores down there and from Right by Nature, a locally owned organic grocer with incredibly reasonable prices.
I've used the University Center gym at CMU every so often, but I'm not big on working out (though I should be). I do enjoy going to Schenley Park and the free, public Frolf (Frisbee golf: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_golf) course that they have there. It's so relaxing, walking through the wooded course and hanging out with friends.
It's said that Pittsburgh is the biggest, small town you'll ever live in. Spend a day or even a full weekend, if you can, getting "lost" in Pittsburgh's different neighborhoods. There are so many of them, each with their own personalities. Don't worry about an agenda, just drive, walk, or bus from neighborhood to neighborhood and visit the shops and restaurants, walk among the streets and homes, and talk to people. It's a great way to learn where the different neighborhoods are, how they connect, and to get a feel for the town.
Or, if you like more structure, pick different places and go: the Carnegie Library and Museum, the National Aviary, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Kennywood, Phipps Conservatory, Frick Park, the Mattress Factory Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and on and on and on...