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In Which We Graduate To Baller (Crawler) Status

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball Crawl

From the Department of Special and Excessive Events…we submit for your review, the Inaugural 101 Achievements Baller Crawler Meatball Ball Crawl. Enjoy! Continue reading

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The Great Chili Cook-Off: Round One

Achievement: #22. Five Chili Cooking Face-Off

Today, we present the first installment in a five-part challenge: We’ll be cooking five different chili recipes from five reputable sources, and then rating and ranking them for your benefit, with the help of a special expert guest judge! Continue reading


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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Lombardozzi’s Restaurant

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

In this third installment of the Baller Meatball Ball-Off, we return to the site of one of our very first Achievements, Lombardozzi’s Restaurant. We remembered well the succulent balls of Lombardozzi’s; but were they truly baller enough for this ball-off? Read on to find out. Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Franco’s Pizzeria Italiana

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

Might we have already found the winner of the Ball-Off? Come and have a look at the delectable meatballs served at Franco’s Pizzeria Italiana. Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Emporio at Sienna Mercato

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

We continue our quest to find the ideal set of meatballs by visiting a specialist: Emporio on the 1st floor of Sienna Mercato, a meatball joint (or “ball joint”) with a massive variety of meaty options. Did their meatballs truly ball, or were they merely “meaty-ocre”? (Sorry.) Click to find out! Continue reading

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The Baller Meatball Ball-Off: Franktuary

Achievement: #22. Meatball Ball-Off

We begin our hunt for the ideal set of meatballs in an unexpected place: Franktuary, a spot better known for their wieners than their balls. How’d they hang? Turn your head and have a look! Continue reading

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Farewell, Michael Jackson: Movie Night On Flagstaff Hill

Achievement: #22. Watch a movie on Flagstaff Hill

Each summer, the Pittsburgh area parks host outdoor movie nights. The Parks Authority puts up a huge screen and sound system, and you can bring your picnic basket and your blanket and camp out under the stars to watch movies … Continue reading

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