Midwest http://wesa.fm en Elaine Labalme's Midwest Adventure Continues http://wesa.fm/post/elaine-labalmes-midwest-adventure-continues <p>As great as the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-explores-nations-midwest-ballparks">ballparks of the midwest</a> may be, Essential Pittsburgh travel contributor Elaine Labalme found that there was much more to the cities that housed them than just baseball.</p><p>From the amazing Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City to Milwaukee’s historic third ward, to the “photographer’s dream” that is the Gateway arch in St. Louis, Labalme quickly learned that the cultural happenings of the midwest were manifold.</p><p>As an added bonus, much of this art and culture is paired up with some of the tastiest eateries these cities have to offer. As Labalme puts it, “I would say food meets art is all over the midwest.” Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:07:45 +0000 John Lavanga 15294 at http://wesa.fm Elaine Labalme's Midwest Adventure Continues The New Girl Explores the Nation's Midwest Ballparks http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-explores-nations-midwest-ballparks <p>For many, the summer months usher in the long standing tradition of a baseball pilgrimage. Baseball lovers roam the nation soaking up the atmosphere of the nation’s many ballparks.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme undertook such a pilgrimage, exploring the midwest’s best ballyards. From singing the Beer Barrel Polka with Brewers fans, to enjoying Minneapolis’s artist designed mini-golf and St. Louis’s amazing barbecue which she describes as “an 11 on a scale of one to ten,” Labalme has plenty to say about her wonderful experiences in each town.</p><p>As for where the parks stack up, Labalme says Kansas City comes out on top, adding that “the fans had a lot to do with it.” Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:44:22 +0000 John Lavanga 14931 at http://wesa.fm The New Girl Explores the Nation's Midwest Ballparks