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Archives: May 2010

Time for Wine

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Summer is almost here! In preparation for those hot summer days we want to share some of our favorite summer wine recipes found on Xiamen Summer.

Our first recommendation needs no recipe. it’s simply wine on Ice. Ice not only makes the wine more refreshing, but also increases the volume of liquid, giving me more sips for the same quantity of alcohol. And did you know that alcohol actually reduces body temperature? So as we head into our warmest months, I suggest you go in for some cooling summer sipping. Icy wine punches embellished with fruits make the ideal light and breezy beverage.

Here are a list of great recipes with a little more detail:


Another pleasant fruit and wine combination.

  • 6 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Sliced orange and lemon for garnish

Mix all liquid ingredients in pitcher. Pour over ice and garnish with citrus slices.


  • 1 pint of sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 6-ounce can undiluted frozen lemonade
  • 1 liter chilled club soda
  • Mint for garnish

Macerate the berries with sugar and wine for 1 to 8 hours. Add lemonade concentrate and chilled soda water. Serve over ice; garnish with fresh mint.


  • Slice of watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces pinot grigio
  • Thin slice of watermelon for garnish

Muddle watermelon with sugar; add pineapple juice and wine.

Pour into shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in highball glass and garnish with a thin slice of watermelon.

The Carlton’s Quick Picks

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Here are The Carlton’s Quick Picks for the week of May 24th.

Remember, you can always find more events on the Post-Gazette’s Event Calendar as well as the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Calendar.

These are just a few of our favorites!

Pittsburgh Public Theatre Presents, “Art”. What do you see when you look at an artist’s ultra-modern canvas? After Serge, a dermatologist, buys an expensive all-white painting, he is astounded by the reaction of his buddies Yvan and Marc. There’s more than meets the eye in this smart and stylish comedy about male friendships by Yasmina Reza. Her Tony Award winning play has been a phenomenal success all over the world and The Public’s new production is sure to be a work of, well, art. For more information visit Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Don’t forget to head over to the Carlton Restaurant for a meal before the show and get a free limo ride to O’Reilly’s Theatre.

Nunsense. Sister Julia has accidentally poisoned 52 of her fellow sisters at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery. Heartbroken and in need of funds to bury their last four departed sisters, the five surviving take over the school auditorium to raise money showcasing their hysterically hidden talents. Featuring star turns, tap dancing nuns, an audience quiz and comic surprises, this is one talent show that is truly heaven sent! Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Off-Broadway Musical, Nunsense has become a must-see international phenomenon. For more information visit the Pittsburgh CLO.

WQED Tours. WQED oversees its television, radio, publishing, interactive and education operations at its high-definition studios in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. WQED provides tours of its facilities to companies, organizations and schools. Tours may include the opportunity to observe productions, editing, broadcasts and other activities that take place at WQED everyday. Want to learn more about the United States’ first community supported television station? For more information visit WQED.

101 Dalmatians Musical

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Bring the whole family to Heinz Hall to share in one of the world’s greatest classic tales as it hits the stage for the first time. Sunday, May 23rd is your last opportunity to enjoy this heartwarming musical!

Audiences will be transported to an exciting, and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience!

Led by the creative team of director Jerry Zaks (La Cage Aux Folles, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Everybody Loves Raymond), book writer B.T. McNicholl (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Cabaret) and composer Dennis DeYoung (founding member of the rock group STYX, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL also features a surprise grand finale showcasing the tremendous talents of the professional and rescued Dalmatians that will leave audiences cheering! For more information visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Don’t forget to stop by the Carlton for a meal before the show and get a free limo ride to Heinz Hall!