Review: Pittsburgh Map Print

The crew at contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their city map prints for our dear old Pittsburgh and I told them to bring it on. Some of my favorite hobbies including embracing city of Pittsburgh and collecting prints and posters that hang out for years waiting to be framed.

Modern Map Art sent me an 18" x 24" white and black print so that I could scope it out and tell you all about it. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the piece. The print is very crisp and as far as I can tell, navigationally accurate. It fit perfectly into a black Ikea frame I had hanging around and works nicely in there without a mat, although at some point I may elevate it and do it properly.

Right now, it's hanging out in my bedroom with another print waiting to find a permanent home.

I scoped out some other maps on their site, which are plentiful, and was pleased to see that they had a Kentucky Blue version for Lexington (#BBN). There were also some good ski valley maps if you're in to that sort of thing.

I think it would be cool to mark our house or some of our favorite spots on the map with a pin or marker. All in all, a solid product that would make an excellent gift or addition to your blank canvas. Thanks to Modern Map Art for the opportunity to review!


Disclaimer: Modern Art Maps sent me their product free of charge in exchange for a review. This post and review is of my own opinion.

Pittsburgh Lately

This is a list of three places that I love that you should go to if you haven't yet:

Bread & Salt Bakery

Mark Bittman's "A Slice of Heaven in Pittsburgh" title sums it up best. The article is on point, so for the full run down, read that, but know that this is really good stuff. I'm sure Pizza Walk With Me will have something to say about it soon, too.

Pizza is by the pound and the pastries are heavenly. As Dan said, "thank god they are the best in the city because their location isn't all that great." True, Pearl Street in Bloomfield is a little off of the beaten path, but do yourself a favor and leave the beaten path.

The Vandal


You guys. This burger. I don't know if I need to go any further than this picture. I'll only say that there are other items on The Vandal's menu and they are all amazing, but hamburgers are where my heart is.

Breakfast sandwiches and iced coffee are another strength of this place, which as Dan and I both said, is just the type of restaurant Lawrenceville needed. BYOB. Order at the counter. Get there before 10:30 a.m. if you want breakfast. GO!

The Livermore

After some meh-ish experiences in the past, this place has fallen back in my good graces. I'm not sure exactly what is different, but I do know that the staff is top-notch and the cocktails are smooth and their small plates are delish. Killer combo. I had to post three pictures of this one.

Keep up the good work, Pittsburgh!