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Marta On The Move Podcast- Hosted by Marta Napoleone Mazzoni

Visit www.martaonthemove.com A podcast hosted by Marta Mazzoni featuring- -Candid and comedic conversations -Travel Inspirations - Pop culture -General Nerdery -Pittsburgh, PA A lifestyle podcast that blends interesting people from her hometown with her passion for travel, Marta is a minimalist solo traveler at heart, and loves to explore the world for interesting cultural experiences. Twitter @icantfindmarta Instagram- @martaonthemovepodcast Facebook -Marta On The Move, and on The Epicast Network- www.epicastnetwork.com Email comments to martafoos@gmail.com Tell me what you want to hear next!
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Jul 3, 2020

Welcome Courtney Hazlett to the show! She is the creator of "Restaurants on the Edge" on Netflix. If you are in full binge mode and also dreaming of your next vacation, this episode is for you.

"Restaurants on the Edge" takes you to restaurants around the world that need a facelift in a popular location, and steps in to help them reimagine their restaurant. There is two seasons of the show and hoping for a third!

We chat about the creation of the show and how Courtney came up with the idea to pitch to Netflix. Also how she built the perfect crew to compliment the vibe of the show.

We also talk about the state of the industry right now in the food service world. Talking about the comfort level of going out to eat, and what that means for restaurants and take out in the industry. From my families company Aldo's Foods Inc in Pittsburgh to the tiniest of restaurants around the world, we are all being effected by this situation. Courtney and I talk about our opinions on what restaurants and take out places can do to survive during this time and hopefully thrive.

Courtney talks about how hopefully the show will inspire folks to step outside their comfort zone, and whenever this lifts for all of us (because it will!), and book a trip to visit one of these places. Check out the show and let's hope for a season 3!

This episode is brought to you by our friends over at Natrona Bottling makers of Red Ribbon Soda!

"Natrona Bottling Company, makers of Red Ribbon Sodas, Red Ribbon Mixers and Jamaicas Finest Ginger Beer, has been serving the Allegheny Valley and Pittsburgh for 116 years. Coming from a time when every small community across the country had their own soda pop shop to call their own, we are one of only a few left that make our beverages the way pop was meant to be made. We produce our beverages with only cane sugar, the same bottling equipment (which is now antique) and a carbonation
process called “pinpoint carbonation”. This old school process, which utilizes dry ice to create our bubbles instead of a manufactured co2, gives our sodas a small fine champagne like bubble that gently dance across your pallet with every sip. We are the last in the country to use this traditional process to continue to present you with a true authentic representation of what soda pop is supposed to taste like.

Sponsored by Natrona Bottling Company

Stay Refreshed, Stay Satisfied and Stay Happy. Drink Red Ribbon.
Sincerely,
Vito Gerasole
Natrona Bottling Company
CEO"

 

 

Jun 19, 2020

You know her name, and her amazing personality from the hit show Trading Spaces on TLC. Paige Davis hasn't stopped since being cast in the show in 2001. She has starred on Broadway, and you have seen her on Ellen, Oprah, Entertainment Tonight and more.

In 2018 she rejoined as host for the "Trading Spaces" reboot, and I was so pumped to be able to catch up with her in New York. We talk about her history being cast in the show, how she isn't the person to ask about DIY projects, body image, being a libra, (We are the best!), keeping an at home workout routine during Covid, and more.

I love Paige, and wanted to do something special for this episode since she had recently lost her close friend and "Trading Spaces" designer Frank Bielec, along with her uncle a few weeks ago. I brought to the show four of Paige's closest friends to challenge her in a game of "Two Truths and a Lie." It was a HILARIOUS and heart felt time.

Hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did. Paige, us two Libra's shall dance together again in no time at all. ;)

Special thanks to Rodney Shwartz for helping me organize her friends together! WOOT! Follow along over at www.martaonthemove.com and find Paige at www.paigedavis.com

This episode was made possible with the support of Campari USA and Natrona Bottling Company

"Natrona Bottling Company, makers of Red Ribbon Sodas, Red Ribbon Mixers and Jamaicas Finest Ginger Beer, has been serving the Allegheny Valley and Pittsburgh for 116 years. Coming from a time when every small community across the country had their own soda pop shop to call their own, we are one of only a few left that make our beverages the way pop was meant to be made. We produce our beverages with only cane sugar, the same bottling equipment (which is now antique) and a carbonation
process called “pinpoint carbonation”. This old school process, which utilizes dry ice to create our bubbles instead of a manufactured co2, gives our sodas a small fine champagne like bubble that gently dance across your pallet with every sip. We are the last in the country to use this traditional process to continue to present you with a true authentic representation of what soda pop is supposed to taste like.

Sponsored by Natrona Bottling Company

Stay Refreshed, Stay Satisfied and Stay Happy. Drink Red Ribbon.
Sincerely,
Vito Gerasole
Natrona Bottling Company
CEO"

Campari America boasts a rich, comprehensive portfolio of more than 20 brands, including award-winning vodkas, whiskies, cordials, liqueurs, and rums.

"Campari America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., which together with its affiliates Campari Group, comprise an international beverage powerhouse making it the sixth-largest spirits company in the world.

At the heart of Campari America are two legends in the American spirits industry. The first, Skyy Spirits, was founded in San Francisco back in 1992 by the entrepreneur who invented iconic SKYY Vodka. The second is the world-famous Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where they have been making the world’s finest whiskies since the 1800’s. Both companies were purchased by Davide Campari-Milano and together they form Campari America. Unrivaled in its quality, innovation and style, the Campari America portfolio is a top choice among distributors, retailers and consumers.

"Campari America is committed to profitable growth by combining its focus on brand building with innovation and functional excellence.

Campari America manages Gruppo Campari’s portfolio in the US with such leading brands as SKYY® Vodka, SKYY Infusions®, Grand Marnier®, Campari®, Aperol®, Wild Turkey® Straight Kentucky Bourbon, American Honey®, Russell’s Reserve®, Glen Grant® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Forty Creek® Canadian Whisky, BULLDOG® Gin, Cabo Wabo® Tequila, Espolón® Tequila, Appleton® Estate Rum, Wray & Nephew® Rum, Coruba® Rum, Ouzo 12®, X-Rated® Fusion Liqueur®, Frangelico®, Cynar®, Averna®, Braulio® and Jean-Marc XO Vodka®."

Jun 5, 2020

Friend Will Clower and his wife sold everything and bought a boat to sail around the world. They have been on this vessel for almost two years. I had to have him on the show to hear about how they are dealing with coronavirus right now, and also how islands are working through food, drink and supply shortages.

I also secretly would love to do what they did, and wanted to hear for myself what it is like giving up all and switching to boat life for good. Where are his favorite stops? If he had to post up anywhere, where would it be? What place is truly "off the grid" and lovely.

Grab a drink as we cheers each other and YOU with our respective beverages, and away we go! Come join us!

Tahiti Where Will is Currently. (Having trouble feeling bad lol)

This episode is sponsored by Kingly Spirits! A pittsburgh based distillery in the heart of the Strip District. I personally made a cocktail for this episode with their Bliss Aged Rum and the Nonino Italian Liqueur and I am in heaven! I hate to admit that I am also now adding the Nonino to my morning latte sometimes....... No judgement, people! I did a one to one ratio for this drink, and I have no idea what to call it.

What should I name this drink?

Name Ideas?!

 

May 29, 2020

For the live video podcast head to Marta on the Move website

Patrick Page is the leading man of stage and screen. Known for his sultry and sexy bass vocals that bring texture to any character he touches. I could not wait to catch up with him during his social distancing and find out what he has been up to.

I am completely blessed to have viewed Patrick in Hadestown twice in New York, shortly before he was nominated for the Tony for best leading man in a musical, and before Hadestown won the Grammy for best score. It was a magical time to be able to witness this exceptional show.

Join us as we catch up as we converse and try and predict the future of live theater, talk about him missing his Hadestown cast, his favorite past roles and costumes, our opinions of Game of Thrones book verses film, his new podcast and most importantly- the future of live theater. What IS next for live theater? Where are we heading during and after Covid, and how will we adapt as humans. We talk about all of this and more.

When Patrick and I meet we always geek out over magic, it never fails. We are riveted by sleight of hand, and Patrick himself is a magician. I planned a special surprise for him in this episode where I bring on Pittsburgh's own Lee Terbosic to perform a very special trick for him. It was super fun to connect via zoom and watch his reactions to Lee's special trick. Thanks Lee!

Check out Patrick's new podcast and follow him over on Instagram and also on Twitter

www.patrickpageonline.com

Patrick Page as Scar in The Lion King

Patrick Page as Lumiere in Beauty in the Beast

Thank you for joining us for this episode both audio and video versions. In the video, we welcome you to join us in a global cheers at the beginning of each one. Cheers everyone!

This "cheers" and episode was made possible with the support of our friends over at Beam Suntory.

"With a vision of Growing for Good, our mission is to inspire human connections. We are driven by the entrepreneurial spirit that built Beam for more than two centuries and guides Beam Suntory as a world leader in premium spirits today. Inspired by our parent company Suntory’s “Yatte Minahare!” spirit of dreaming big, our objective is to be the world’s most admired, fastest-growing premium spirits company."

May 29, 2020

Patrick Page is the leading man of stage and screen. Known for his sultry and sexy bass vocals that bring texture to any character he touches. I could not wait to catch up with him during his social distancing and find out what he has been up to.

I am completely blessed to have viewed Patrick in Hadestown twice in New York, shortly before he was nominated for the Tony for best leading man in a musical, and before Hadestown won the Grammy for best score. It was a magical time to be able to witness this exceptional show.

Join us as we catch up as we converse and try and predict the future of live theater, talk about him missing his Hadestown cast, his favorite past roles and costumes, our opinions of Game of Thrones book verses film, his new podcast and most importantly- the future of live theater. What IS next for live theater? Where are we heading during and after Covid, and how will we adapt as humans. We talk about all of this and more.

When Patrick and I meet we always geek out over magic, it never fails. We are riveted by sleight of hand, and Patrick himself is a magician. I planned a special surprise for him in this episode where I bring on Pittsburgh's own Lee Terbosic to perform a very special trick for him. It was super fun to connect via zoom and watch his reactions to Lee's special trick. Thanks Lee!

Check out Patrick's new podcast and follow him over on Instagram and also on Twitter

www.patrickpageonline.com

Patrick Page as Scar in The Lion King

Patrick Page as Lumiere in Beauty in the Beast

Thank you for joining us for this episode both audio and video versions. In the video, we welcome you to join us in a global cheers at the beginning of each one. Cheers everyone!

This "cheers" and episode was made possible with the support of our friends over at Beam Suntory.

"With a vision of Growing for Good, our mission is to inspire human connections. We are driven by the entrepreneurial spirit that built Beam for more than two centuries and guides Beam Suntory as a world leader in premium spirits today. Inspired by our parent company Suntory’s “Yatte Minahare!” spirit of dreaming big, our objective is to be the world’s most admired, fastest-growing premium spirits company."

May 22, 2020

I have been adding video podcasts in addition to my audio casts for Marta on the Move. I do it all myself (snooze) so I will be limiting the amount of words on these blog posts. Besides, you came for the audio/video anyways. :)

Today I connect with Elsa Santos owner of Azorean Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA. Elsa is from the Azores in Portugal, and while I have visited the main parts of Portugal, I have never stepped foot on the Azores! I cannot wait to visit.

This episode is all about the cuisine. Food, food and more food. I have found Portuguese cuisine to be so diverse. They have the comfort food that goes back in history, but they are also on the cusp of innovative creations. My hubby and I did a post on where to eat and drink in Lisbon, and I couldn't wait to talk with Elsa about the customs and creations of the Azores.

Enjoy!

 Cod Fritter Recipe! 4 tablespoons of olive oil 500g of desalted and shredded cod ½ chopped onion 1 clove of minced garlic salt Black pepper 500g of boiled potatoes 1 egg ½ packet of chopped parsley Frying oil 

   

 INSTRUCTIONS  Heat a frying pan, drizzle with oil and sauté the cod with the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper and let it cool. Knead the potatoes, add the cod, the egg, the parsley and mix well. Format the cod bites with the help of two spoons, fry in hot oil and drain well on absorbent paper. 

May 14, 2020

Yeah well, this episode was supposed to be released first, but it ended up being second, and honestly... nobody knows what day it is anyways, so it doesn't matter. Moving on!

My friend Barbara is in her native country of Spain in the Capital city of Madrid currently. She has been there since her mom passed away from Cancer in February.

Barbara and I met in Pittsburgh as fellow yoga teachers, and she runs a company call Get Hip Records. A super cool place where you can download tracks, visit events ( online currently), and get your hands on some cool records for your music isolation needs.

I wanted to chat her up about what life has been like in Spain, the general feeling of the population, and also are things coming back to life and in what order? We also chat about what she is watching in isolation (Which is a burning question in my mind)

Tune in! Where should we go next?

~M

May 5, 2020

Yeah well, this episode was supposed to be released first, but it ended up being second, and honestly... nobody knows what day it is anyways, so it doesn't matter. Moving on!

My friend Barbara is in her native country of Spain in the Capital city of Madrid currently. She has been there since her mom passed away from Cancer in February.

Barbara and I met in Pittsburgh as fellow yoga teachers, and she runs a company call Get Hip Records. A super cool place where you can download tracks, visit events ( online currently), and get your hands on some cool records for your music isolation needs.

I wanted to chat her up about what life has been like in Spain, the general feeling of the population, and also are things coming back to life and in what order? We also chat about what she is watching in isolation (Which is a burning question in my mind)

Tune in! Where should we go next?

~M

May 5, 2020

Yes, this is a HUGE leap for Marta, folks. She is a moron about figuring out technology, but many thanks to the huge help of friends, namely Brad over at Leveling Up Your Game, I was able to achieve this. This aren't really interviews, they are meant to be travel inspirations. We will sometimes chat about food, wine, living like a local, what they are watching on quarantine, etc. the conversation ebbs and flows, and it is fueling my spirit to be able to connect with people all around the world. That is what we are looking for right now, connection. I hope you enjoy these episodes. I am not sure if I will stick with video after all this is done (Honestly, seeing my face live is super weird), but while this is all going on, you will. This episode features my great friend Miguel! We talk to Miguel about food and drink in Barcelona region and also traditional cooking methods for paella. We met Miguel in Barcelona while traveling because we noticed his paella cooking class. It was the best time and we remained close friends afterwards, meet again in downtown Barcelona, and staying in touch over the years. I plan on staying with his family when I take my 6 month adventure (fingers crossed), and am so blessed to have stumbled across his class when we were traveling. Be sure to take his class when you are traveling near Barcelona, you will not regret it. The main thing Miguel and I have in common is that we love connecting with people. He inspired Phil and I to host out own classes from the recipes we have learned while traveling in Pittsburgh. If you are ever in my town, hit us up for a class! I recorded two of these episodes back to back one with my friend Barbara and one with Miguel, so they should come out pretty close to one another. In the hopes that we will all meet again soon, friends! ~M

May 5, 2020

Trying something new for the year of travel inspirations. Talks with folks around the world and how they are holding up. Just checking in and making connections. For this, I couldn't do just audio, it didn't feel strong enough, I went to video.

Yes, this is a HUGE leap for Marta, folks. She is a moron about figuring out technology, but many thanks to the huge help of friends, namely Brad over at Leveling Up Your Game, I was able to achieve this.

This aren't really interviews, they are meant to be travel inspirations. We will sometimes chat about food, wine, living like a local, what they are watching on quarantine, etc. the conversation ebbs and flows, and it is fueling my spirit to be able to connect with people all around the world. That is what we are looking for right now, connection.

I hope you enjoy these episodes. I am not sure if I will stick with video after all this is done (Honestly, seeing my face live is super weird), but while this is all going on, you will.

This episode features my great friend Miguel! We talk to Miguel about food and drink in Barcelona region and also traditional cooking methods for paella. We met Miguel in Barcelona while traveling because we noticed his paella cooking class. It was the best time and we remained close friends afterwards, meet again in downtown Barcelona, and staying in touch over the years. I plan on staying with his family when I take my 6 month adventure (fingers crossed), and am so blessed to have stumbled across his class when we were traveling.

Be sure to take his class when you are traveling near Barcelona, you will not regret it. The main thing Miguel and I have in common is that we love connecting with people. He inspired Phil and I to host out own classes from the recipes we have learned while traveling in Pittsburgh. If you are ever in my town, hit us up for a class!

I recorded two of these episodes back to back one with my friend Barbara and one with Miguel, so they should come out pretty close to one another.

In the hopes that we will all meet again soon, friends!

~M

Mar 17, 2020

Joe Groom is a Pittsburgh artist who owns a company called Paint Monkey. A studio where locals and travelers can come be creative. Check them out at their homestead location.

www.beapaintmonkey.com

https://abnb.me/in2pKToKV4

Mar 17, 2020

Artist Joyce Werwie Perry on the Art Gallery Airbnb.

Joyce is a knife painting oil artist located in Pittsburgh. Her work has been featured around the country. Check it out at the James Street Gallery or over at www.joycewerwieperry.com

Book at stay at the Artist's Gallery in Pittsburgh  offering an interactive and immersive experience for it's guests. Tour the home and enjoy local premier artist's works while tuning into audio interviews with the artists, local musicians and authors writing short stories paired with each piece in the home.

https://abnb.me/in2pKToKV4

Mar 13, 2020

#134 Jennifer Link - How to live a Minimalist Traveling Lifestyle and Travel Fulltime for Work.

Hey all! Sorry to take such a long break, but winter and my onesie were calling to me to chill out for a bit and slow down. I am back and super pumped to talk about the theme for this year for the podcast which is all about travel.

This year, will be interviewing folks from various towns abroad to hear the inside scoop on where they live, why they love it there, and what you need to know before you plan your visit. I will also be talking to people who inspire me with their travels domestically that have paved a new life for themselves.

Why the sudden focus on travel? I am taking a six month trip for my 40th birthday next year! I figured this was a great way to inspire myself, and get me pumped to take on the planning for this epic journey. If I am being honest, it is a bit scary and intimidating, BUT if the solo travels in my past have taught me anything, it is that being scared is a great sign! It means you are stretching, growing, and expanding your mind outside of your comfort zone, which is something we should all strive to do on a regular basis.

My first guest for the year is Jennifer Link. I first caught wind of Jennifer on my Facebook feed through a friend's link, and I had no idea we had both attended the same high school, what a small world!!! Jen is a traveling speech therapist living on the Florida- Georgia line. Her occupation keeps her constantly on the move around the country for 13 weeks at a time.

Her and her husband made the bold choice to sell 80% of their possessions and buy a 20 foot camper to live in fulfilling a more minimalist lifestyle. That is super impressive to me, and I am dying to know what stages they went through to get to that point, and how life is like essentially on the road. Imagine just being able to pick up and head out to any city you wanted with your life in tow. How cool is that?! #lifegoals

Join us as we talk about her travels, future plans, and share some tips on how maybe you can get to this level of a traveling lifestyle. Follow Jen and her hubby along in their travels over at her blog! and also follow her on Instagram @rpod.diaries23708661-B25F-4167-B5C4-C51B67A7FF00IMG_0273IMG_3163

~YOGA SAILING RETREAT~ June 2021

This year for my podcast I am focusing on travel to uplift and inspire everyone (especially myself) I am traveling in 2021 for 6 month for my 40th birthday! While I am away, I am hosting a YOGA SAILING RETREAT in Croatia in June of 2021. It is 7 days full of yoga, swimming, wine, food and fun. Space is limited! For more information please email martafoos@gmail.com, and I can tell you all about why you should join in this amazing adventure. I cannot wait!

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~Visiting Pittsburgh Soon? Come Stay at One of our Airbnbs!~

We are Super Hosts of two unique Airbnb’s in Pittsburgh, PA. 
Our Artist’s Gallery Airbnb has been featured on PLT Live, NEXTPittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Current, etc.

Artist’s Gallery Airbnb- Featured in multiple publications, the Artist Gallery Airbnb includes works from local Pittsburgh artists, and strives to be more than just a place to lay your head.  

Our second home takes you on a gallery tour of each work with a follow along booklet and placards. The goal of the gallery is to inspire it’s guests and give them a taste of our extremely talented artists here in Pittsburgh. 

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Our second Airbnb sleeps two and is a lovely romantic getaway-

Get $55 off off your first Airbnb stay with code - https://abnb.me/e/t3L2t7NNP3

Pittsburgh's Original Libations Tour- Not your average bar crawl. Rated 5 out of 5 on Trip Advisor. Featured on KDKA PTL, Pittsburgh Current, LOCAL Pittsburgh, and Table Magazine. 
Intimate groups of up to 9 people join in an afternoon of learning Pittsburgh’s prohibition and Whiskey Rebellion history while visiting some of it’s prominent wine rooms, distillery’s, and breweries. Games are played, drinks are drunk, snacks are eaten, stories are shared. “Walk, learn, imbibe, repeat!”

Nov 19, 2019

Tis the season I say for giving and kindness. There is no better guest I can think of than Nick Atkins. If you happen to see a man wearing a kilt around town, that is probably Nick. Long beard, usually rocking a hat and kilt, and a distinct pair of socks. Bright pink ankle socks with moustaches strewn upon them. I was introduced to Nick through a mutual friend Larry Gioia. <— We will save with how awesome Larry is for another podcast, because he is due to come on the show in the near future. Essentially what Larry is, is a connector. I tend to think of myself the same way. You meet someone and you know they HAVE to meet another friend of yours. Energies align, vibes are felt and life takes you along a path to the next soul you are supposed to connect with, for one reason or another. Nick was that next soul. Nick travels the world giving talks to people about global communities and the non profit organization that he founded with ..... Pink Socks. 
What’s the deal with the socks? Is the question he hears when he travels with them. That question, that opening of a conversation... is exactly the deal. An invitation to connect with someone you may never have spoken to. In an age where we are ALL connected to our phones ( I typed this, you are reading this... it happens) As a whole nation on this Earth, everyone is lonely. As lonely as we have ever been, we are connected via the internet, but one on one conversation, and getting out of our “bubble” is becoming more and more challenging. I mean, when was the last time you made a friend in an airport or on a plane, or bus. 
Most humans are engaged in a conversation with their phones. Pink Socks strives to connect people all across the world, urging acts of kindness, sharing and global connectivity. 
It isn’t just the spark of asking what the socks are about, Pink Socks is also about gifting without asking anything in return. That is how this all starting with Nick and ..... They gifted a pair of socks to a stranger and saw his face light up. They wondered if they could make that idea bigger, and bigger, and bigger. And here we are today. They are now a non profit, manuf ah tiring thousands of Pink Socks that get delivered directly to Nick and he sends them around the world, or hand delivers them himself! ( I haven’t met anyone that travels like he does... and that is coming from me) This week he flys to a town that had a shooting in a school to spread that joy. 

We talk about this and so much else in this uplifting episode that reminds all of us, it isn’t just the season. This can happen year round. Let’s spread that love. Head to ... to hear how you can help.

 

This episode is sponsored by Games Unlimited my go to place for choosing a puzzle, game, for my next quality time.

"Located in the popular section of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Games Unlimited opened in 1978 to serve the greater Pittsburgh are a diverse selection of classic, party, and war-games along with jigsaw puzzles. Very soon the phenomenon of Dungeons and Dragons made role playing games a staple and Games Unlimited has been a gaming hub for Pittsburgh ever since. As a small, local business it aspires to make gaming accessible to anyone through it's wide selection of family, cooperative, and strategy games."

Owned by Kylie Prymus, Kylie started his career in gaming writing articles about the intersection of video games and philosophy while teaching and working on his Ph. D. In 2009 he moved to Pittsburgh, and after discovering Games Unlimited, traded in his software and controllers for meeples and dice.

Before long he decided to switch careers and became the manager of Games Unlimited, eventually purchasing it in 2015. As a gaming evangelist he knows that there's a perfect game out there for everyone, even people who say they don't like games"

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Oct 24, 2019

#132 Actor Chazz Palminteri talks about his musical A Bronx Tale

When I was younger, being Italian and having an older brother mean that I got to watch movies I never would have gotten away with at my age. Namely, a good bit of gangster themed flicks. One name I grew up watching was "Chazz" Palminteri. You knew his voice before you even saw him on screen (A credit to a good bit of his voice over work).

Chazz starred in some of my favorites from the 90's- Analyze This, Mulholland Drive, Jade, Diabolique, and one of all time top 10- The Usual Suspects. But one movie spoke volumes when I was younger about a father, and the mob boss who influenced his son back in the 60's in the Bronx. The film was called A Bronx Tale, and Chazz Palminteri played Sonny the mob boss, starring opposite Robert De Niro. Unlike other gangster films of the 90's- Casino, Goodfellas, Mobsters, just to name a few, A Bronx Tale spoke about interracial love as well as the conflict between father and son.

I had no idea at that time, or years to come that Chazz Palminteri wrote A Bronx Tale. Also that the film was based off of his one man play, and that play was based off a murder Chazz witnessed as a 9 year old boy growing up on Belmont Ave. It was only until I found out that I scored an interview with the famed actor that took me down a spiral into his life, and how close he is to his work. In fact almost 90's of the movie is based off of Chazz's life.

Back when Chazz wrote the play and performed it as a one man show playing all 18 of the characters, he got a visit from none other than Robert De Niro in his dressing room. De Niro asked Chazz if he could direct the movie version of A Bronx Tale. Chazz asked if he could play Sonny and away they went with Chazz as the mob boss and De Niro playing the father. Together in the movie they played perfectly off of one another.

Years later they co wrote together "A Bronx Tale the Musical". With music by Alan Menkin the show is now in touring and will be showing in my hometown of Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center for the Arts on November 19th to the 24th.

Join me as I chat with chazz about growing up Italian in the Bronx, his career, working with De Niro, cooking, family, and his work in this show that speak volumes even today in our society. I haven't seen A Bronx Tale yet at the Benedum Center but I plan on being there when it runs in November to witness one of childhood favorites brought to life through music and dancing on stage.

Big thanks to Buzzy Torek at Epicast and Brett Zoric for helping out with the audio edits on this one! You guys are the best!

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This episode is sponsored by Games Unlimited my go to place for choosing a puzzle, game, for my next quality time.

"Located in the popular section of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Games Unlimited opened in 1978 to serve the greater Pittsburgh are a diverse selection of classic, party, and war-games along with jigsaw puzzles. Very soon the phenomenon of Dungeons and Dragons made role playing games a staple and Games Unlimited has been a gaming hub for Pittsburgh ever since. As a small, local business it aspires to make gaming accessible to anyone through it's wide selection of family, cooperative, and strategy games."

Owned by Kylie Prymus, Kylie started his career in gaming writing articles about the intersection of video games and philosophy while teaching and working on his Ph. D. In 2009 he moved to Pittsburgh, and after discovering Games Unlimited, traded in his software and controllers for meeples and dice.

Before long he decided to switch careers and became the manager of Games Unlimited, eventually purchasing it in 2015. As a gaming evangelist he knows that there's a perfect game out there for everyone, even people who say they don't like games"

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Sep 18, 2019

#131  Two Days in London- What to see, eat, drink, and skip.

So you decide to take a quick dip into London. I hear you! My hubby and I recently returned from a trip that included two days in London, and then we took the Eurostar train to France and spent the last 7 days of the trip in the Normandy region and then finished in Paris.

We split this trip up into 3 podcasts for easy listening and access to our favorite spots in each area.

In London we wanted the BEST food, the coolest folks to meet, the weirdest shows, and of course to check out the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. There is so much more to do in London, mind you, but this was just a taste.

So tune in to hear our favorite spots, our trip itinerary, what to get passes for ahead of time, and some of the fabulous places we found in London. Also what to do when you miss your Eurostar train to Paris. :/

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We saw something off in the distance and were so relieved this was a hot dog man and not a presidential effigy
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Outside Tower of London
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Out the window at Duck Waffle

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Aug 11, 2019

#130 Jessica Anne Marino from JamDancer Pittsburgh

There are some times you just want to dance. if you are me, that just happens to be about 80% of the time. I love moving my body and rocking out letting loose and being free. I had always wanted to be a dancer when I was a kid but maybe I started late, maybe I was too pudgy, or maybe the scene with those girls in that snobby class was just NOT ME.

AHEM, I digress. The point is, I love dancing and I have a hard time finding places in Pittsburgh where I can take a dance class. Not to say they aren't out there, they are! It is just overwhelming to try to look up exactly when, where, what it is all about. I wanted one place that had it all on a calendar.

Enter Jessica Anne Marino who runs JamDancer online. A website that brought a newsletter right to my email box, showing me exactly where I can go to rock my body out. We chat about her dance background, schooling, what being a professional dancer does to your body and mental health, and accessibility for kids and adults to be able to dance freely and often!

Big shout outs to Julie Erickson, Slowdanger, and also Katie Mcguire Gaines who is running Minding the Gap which offers mental health support group for dancers.

Get out there and dance people!

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Photo Credit : Kitoko Chargois, courtesy of STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos
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Photo Credit : Kitoko Chargois, courtesy of STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos

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Jul 21, 2019

#129 Brian Edward from Burgh Vivant

When you meet humans that have your same tastes it is the best feeling in the world. I had a feeling when I danced with Brian Edwards at the City Theatre Gala that I had to get to know him better.

He may be one of the only people I have met that has more interests than I do, and that is a compliment because I truly believe in trying ALL things you may find of interest. One of the passions of Brian is to lift up the culture and arts scene in Pittsburgh through Burgh Vivant.

Pittsburgh has no shortage of talent, culture and arts, we are lucky to have an abundance of it in fact. The only thing is, if you don't have platforms such as Burgh Vivant featuring these events, you may not know to get up off the couch to go see them. So tune into their reviews, subscribe to their newsletter, and go to their events to support this non profit to keep them up, running and driving forward in the name of the arts.

Join us as we talk about our love of kitsch art, how to people can live their truth, finding the courage to go out and try different things, Pittsburgh arts and culture scene, exciting events coming up for Burgh Vivant, and more. This was such a lovely conversation with a like minded, theme party throwing, Batman loving gentleman.

Cheers to you, Sir! See you for a cocktail soon or a dance at the City Theatre's Bash Party!

This episode is NOT sponsored by the new Pittsburgh Libations Walking Tour we created that showcases in a some of Pittsburgh's leaders in spirits, wine, and beer in a 2 hour stroll with Marta on the Move. Grab your friends or roll solo on various Sundays! We play games, have chocolate tastings, win prizes, learn hidden history all while sipping on some fabulous libations.

Come join us! Our next tour is on August 11th. Tickets at Eventbrite!

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Jul 18, 2019

#128 Costa Rica Guanacaste Region Tips

I am extremely late with this post,(actually I forgot to post it how fun!) but wanted to record an episode about my husband and I's trip to Costa Rica. I left early for this trip and volunteered for a sea turtle conservation project (more on that later), and then met up with Phil afterwards. 

Costa Rica is a fabulous trip from the States because of it's cheap flight pricing, two different convenient airports, acceptance of the american dollar, and a good population of english speaking locals.

It is also a great spot for adventurers that love to get outside. We chat on this episode about getting outside and on their popular zip line at the famous Witch's Rock, and riding ATV's to secret beaches, along with the diving around the area and renting jet ski's.

We also talk (of course) food, drink and more while you are there. We visited Guanagaste region during their dry time of the year in January. If you are looking for the more tropical enviorment with all the peacocks and crazy gorgeous birds, you will need to head more South of Costa Rica and fly into the San Juan airport. This episode is just about Guanacaste province, so take note.

Have you been? Tell us about your trip! We head to England and France soon, and we are pretty stoked, and looking for travel advice on London. Help a girl out, you know the weird stuff I like. 

Jun 2, 2019

#127 Billy Kidd- Rockin Female Magician

I grew up thinking of all magicians as male, I am sure most of us have. It is the way they have been portrayed through media through stories, and truly it HAS in history been a man's occupation. The top hat, the goatee, and infamous coat was imbedded in my psyche from childhood until today.

2700 bc marks a man that is the known to use the first ever performance of magic with the use of balls. From 400-1000 men were known to perform magic with the use of cups and balls AND at this time magic was associated with witchcraft, but I haven't read about men being killed for it. In 1584 Reginald Scot publishes a book revealing conjuring secrets of magic that results in many of the books being burnt, 1876 the publication of Modern Magic written by professor Louis Hoffman releases, 1918 Houdini performs his first vanishing act, and so on.

Listen, there are SO many more male magicians and moments in history recorded online that I am not mentioning, the point is that hardly any of them are female. The first female to actually show up on this timeline was Dorothy Dietrich in 1980 who is noted to perform the first bullet catch in the mouth that was televised at that time.

I have personally been captivated by magicians my whole life, having featured numerous personalities on the show, and have always been truly curious about not how they do the trick (I don't want to know, don't tell me), but why they do it.

What passion fueled in them to become a magician? What are their fantasies or dreams? It is not an easy occupation. Truly I think of just the arthritis they must get in their hands shuffling cards all day long to practice. For a man it seems acceptable that he should choose this occupation. Long hours, being on the road constantly, the secrecy. For a woman it comes off as indecent. Not to me, to be sure but I know others in the general population who would feel this way.

This brings me to my guest for this show-Billy Kidd. She is in Pittsburgh at this moment performing at Liberty Magic the newest spot for magicians from around the world to showcase their talents.

What do I say about Billy Kidd? I was curious going into the show, my trained mind of a 37 year old who has established a dominant figure for a magician as being male was skeptical, but hopeful. I felt like a young school girl waiting to watch my first female magician.

Billy Kidd took the stage, and I was hypnotized. Her tricks were impressive, but I found myself looking more towards her story than the trick itself. She weaved humor, sadness, comedy and more into her act and it felt genuine. This is not me saying her tricks took a backseat, they did not. I was wowed by what she performed, but the theme and story weaved everything together so nicely. It felt real. I loved it, and I couldn't wait to chat with her and nerd out a bit over how awesome I think she is, because she is.

Billy Kidd owns her own magician's space in Bath, England. I am now dying to visit. If you can catch her while she is in town, you should. your heart will be lighter, and you WILL have a newfound respect for women in this profession.

Now, excuse me while I go practice my card tricks.

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Apr 26, 2019

#126 Gardening in Pittsburgh with Kyle Ethan Fischer

Spring is here! Do you feel it? Are you, like me, pacing around your garden looking for the newest bulbs to blossom, or perennials to possibly return? Do you mutter to yourself the following questions- "Is my lavender coming back? It better be!", "What the hell did I plant here?", "What else can I plant here?", "Are pots on sale yet?", "Why the hell isn't my clematis growing yet!?"

If you have said one of these questions to yourself (or a variation), you are a gardening nerd. CONGRATS! You have entered into a phase of your life that you probably never even considered would happen. You are older, you are wiser, and for some reason flora just gets your gears going.

I realized I had the gardening bug years ago after buying my home. It didn't happen instantly as a homeowner, but over time, I needed to get my hands dirty, and I needed my own vegetable garden. I wanted tomatoes to fill my land, and I have always wanted figs. I dreamt of them since I was little, and now, I could have my own.

Should have been easy, right? Dig a hole, pop some maters and a fig in there and you are good to go. It's not, gardening in Pittsburgh is challenging as all get out. We have four seasons, and thanks to my new friend Kyle Ethan Fischer who is studying to be a master gardener under Phipps Conservatory, I now know that our zone is shifting every year!

Our zone shifting could be the reason you see more and more tropical foliage in Pittsburgh. Still, gardening in this city can be tough, and I for one want the best landscape, and bounty I can get from my small little space I carved out in the world.

Kyle comes on the show to share some tips on how to keep a Pittsburgh garden green year long, how to create a more edible garden, and what key things you can do in order to know your yard.

We could have talked about this stuff forever, in fact, I will probably have him, or another gardener on to cover this subject again, because I LOVE MY GARDEN, and I want to understand how to take better care of it.

Follow Kyle on his Instagram, and check out some pics of my garden below! Have any questions? or have your favorite perennial? Post them in the comments below!

You too can actually see my garden if you stay in our 1 bedroom Airbnb! We also have another Airbnb that sleeps 8-9 and is steps to games and the casino. It contains art from local Pittsburgh talent that we created into an art gallery tour within the house----> Pittsburgh Artist's Gallery You can check out the write up in NEXTPittsburgh about it.

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