Alisha Bhagat

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  • Pittsburgh's Worst Restaurants

    Restaurant reviews are notoriously kind. But after spending months telling you where to eat in Pittsburgh, I want to let you know where you should not eat. Let me clarify, though: I only focused on restaurants that claim to be good and are not. At places like the ?O? and Ritters Diner, there are no claims that the food tastes good. The restaurants below are more like carnival rides; at first, they...

    Pillbox | April 25, 2005
  • Morimoto

    Last week, as part of the International Festival, hundreds of CMU students and their guests crowded McConomy Auditorium to observe a cooking demonstration by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The cooking demo went on for two hours; all the while Morimoto and his assistant cooked a variety of complex dishes including fresh lobster and a sashimi platter. After the event there was some ambiguity as to wha...

    Forum | November 15, 2004
  • Food and music fail to encompass cultures

    For the most part, people enjoy learning about other cultures. Unfortunately, they usually do so in a very limiting manner. Take Epcot Center, for example: People can travel ?around the world in a day? as they visit different cultural pavilions. This can be seen as in a positive light since, in the past, many people may have been fearful of rather than inquisitive toward other cultures. The proble...

    Forum | November 8, 2004
  • Zyng has no zing

    Zyng, a national chain with more than 14 locations around the country, has recently opened a branch in Squirrel Hill. The chain?s website promises ?an exciting, fresh, vibrant, contemporary dining experience,? but don?t be fooled: Zyng?s bark is bigger than its bite.
    Conveniently located next to the new Rite Aid at Forbes and Murray, Zyng?s flashy exterior is that of a hip bistro. Its interior is...

    Pillbox | November 1, 2004
  • Pimps and Hos costumes no laughing matter

    In a nation in which prostitution employs hundreds of thousands of women, many of them under the age of 16, it is appalling that the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) would choose ?Pimps and Hos? as a party theme for their annual Halloween bash.
    ?Ho,? a slang term for whore or prostitute, is the role assigned to women at this party. Men are pimps, people who sell other men time with the pros...

    Forum | November 1, 2004