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When you dip, I dip, we taco dip at St. Clair Social.

When you dip, I dip, we taco dip at St. Clair Social.

If St. Clair Hospital in the South Hills and Social House 7 in Downtown had a baby, you would get the name of the next Pittsburgh taco place I traveled to… St. Clair Social. St. Clair took a leap of faith and opened up during the pandemic. Their drive is to get Pittsburgh social again. The corner bar and restaurant is located at 302 South Saint Clair Street in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Here, we get the name St….

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Totopo has a sister and her name is Tocayo.

Totopo has a sister and her name is Tocayo.

Tocayo translates to “namesake” in English. The new restaurant in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh, Tocayo, shares the same ownership as Totopo in Mount Lebanon -hence the name. But Tocayo has the opportunity to specialize its menu and really achieve a perfect mix between traditional Mexican cuisine and the urban high-end flare. I am happy to announce that one of the menu items they chose to focus on perfecting is none other than tacos. I chose to try out Tocayo…

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Back for Round 2 at Nauti Tacos.

Back for Round 2 at Nauti Tacos.

Remember when I told you that the tacos at Nauti Taco ended up being naughty and not nice? They were naughty because I was deeply interested in coming back to try more of their tacos. So here I am…writing my second post. You can find my first review by clicking here. Kevin and I are back again for round 2. At the end of the first post, I mentioned that I wanted to try the Chick Next Door, Beach Bum,…

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Baltimore Tacos Take 2, Clinic Visits Take idk 100, and…Action!

Baltimore Tacos Take 2, Clinic Visits Take idk 100, and…Action!

I jinxed myself when I said (with a taco in my hand) that I was celebrating my last clinic visit at Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. I ended up having to go to Baltimore again the following week. With a lot of monitoring and wound care, I am finally seeing progress from my last surgery on December 18th! I could have reviewed another Baltimore taco spot after my last clinic visit, but I decided to surprise my mother with her favorite…

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Sorry Santa, I made it onto the Nauti list this year.

Sorry Santa, I made it onto the Nauti list this year.

The year 2020 has been on Santa’s naughty list since the very beginning of the new year. I recently just joined the list, too. The NAUTI list that is! I am happy to say that I just checked off another Pittsburgh taco spot from my list of 8 new places to try. So, let’s see if these tacos turned out to be naughty or nice… With the pandemic going on, I should now be listing what is available for pick-up…

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Birthday lunch at Lucha Street Tacos.

Birthday lunch at Lucha Street Tacos.

As some of you may know, I am a Halloween baby. Every year I share my birthday with Halloween. There is usually a lot crammed into the day with birthday celebrating, Trick-or-Treating, and Halloween parties. The current pandemic did not stop me from having a day full of the above festivities. For my birthday lunch, my friend Dan took me to Lucha Street Tacos in Bridgeville. This place has been on my taco radar ever since I saw it on…

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Centering clay and tacos in the east side of Pittsburgh.

Centering clay and tacos in the east side of Pittsburgh.

A few Fridays ago, I had my first ever ceramics class with an expert teacher and friend, Matthew, at a pottery studio in Lawrenceville. Even though I had a very difficult time centering the clay, Matt said he was very impressed with my first session. I ended up making four pieces – two large bowls and then two small dishes that I hope will hold ice cream or salsa. I wish I took photos of my creations before they made…

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FALLing for tacos at Los Chiludos.

FALLing for tacos at Los Chiludos.

On a cool, crisp Taco Tuesday, I made my way to Los Chiludos in Canonsburg. Tacos are a necessity all year long, but the thought of a hot taco right off the grill warms my heart this time of year. So you best believe I put on jeans, a leather jacket, and a sweater and took the 25 min drive to 325 Southpointe Blvd. I met up with my friend, Dan, who had Los Chiludos on his taco radar for…

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Blazin’ thru the Rachel Carson with a Trail of Tacos.

Blazin’ thru the Rachel Carson with a Trail of Tacos.

Last year, pre-covid, Carolyn and I planned our next big hiking adventure. We were ready to take our hiking skills up a notch from our last backpacking trip in Havasu to do a full back country backpacking trip. We purchased permits for 3 campsites, 4 days, 41 miles on the Teton Crest Trail in Jackson, Wyoming. To prepare for this trip in Pittsburgh, I hiked over 80 miles from June to August. A good portion of the miles were on…

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Post bike and hike tacos in Jackson, Wyoming.

Post bike and hike tacos in Jackson, Wyoming.

After my fun-filled weekend in Denver, Carolyn, Tyler, Christina, and I made the 8 hour drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to partake in an adventure that we have been planning since last September. We were on our way to hike 41 miles on the Teton Crest Trail in the back-country of the Grand Tetons. About 10 years ago when I was back in college, my family and I took a trip to Yellowstone and we spent only an afternoon driving…

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