"A few years ago, we did a complete guy remodel of our kitchen. During construction, we were forced to eat out. We started to explore the city and found towns of places with fantastic food, some just little holes in the wall. We were just blown away by the quality, atmosphere and energy in these places." Matt says.
Here are a few of the San Fran crowd's favorite eateries:
Matt and April enjoy creating meals together. He mans the grill, while she slices and dices for the stir-fry. Their gourmet kitchen, which April designed to compliment their home's Tudor heritage, features a mixture of stained and painted cherry cabinetry, granite and marble counter tops, bronze tiles and gleaming stainless steel appliances from Wolf and Sub-Zero.
These connoisseurs of wine incorporated a Sub-Zero beverage station into their kitchen to hold chilled wine, beer and soft drinks. Matt and April are big fans of Flowers Vineyard and Winery on the Sonoma coast. Owned by Bucks County, PA natives Walt and Joan Flowers, this winery is known for its chardonnays and pinot noirs - handcrafted in small batches using age-old techniques. They also recommend Merry Edwards Wines - Sonoma Russian River Valley. And for a great cab, try Lewis Cellars in Napa Valley.
Matt and April always have some frosty CA beer on hand, including Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam. Now that they have moved east, they've discovered Victory beers, brewed near Philly. As for summer cookouts, their choice is Hoegaarden, a Belgium white beer, garnished with a slice of lemon.
For Asian ingredients - red bean pasta, tofu and dried seaweed, Matt heads to Young's Oriental Grocery Store in Squirrel Hill, Seoul Mart in Oakland, or Tokyo Japanese Food Store in Shadyside for soba noodles. For fresh, locally grown and organic ingredients - Whole Foods, Market District, Trader Joe's and Shadyside Market on Walnut Street.
No matter if you're in Pittsburgh or California, cupcake bakeries are popping up all over. Pittsburgh boasts two such sweet shops: Dozen in Squirrel Hill and Coco's Cupcake Café in Shadyside. Both are great, and where they go to find some of their favorite treats.
"Coming out of the Fort Pitt tunnels and seeing the skyline lit up at night is phenomenal," said Matt. "It's as dramatic as the view of San Francisco from the tunnel entrance that leads onto the Golden Gate Bridge."
"The diversity of the people…the eclectic neighborhoods…it reminds us of home," says Amy. "But the pace of life here is so much more relaxed. Pittsburgh feels like a big, cosmopolitan city, but it's so easy to get around. And the people are so friendly. We're very happy here."