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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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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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Tacos, a Wonderful Surprise – at BrewDog

Tacos, a Wonderful Surprise – at BrewDog

After a hot, summer day of kayaking on the Mon river and jamming to an eclectic music mix of Disney songs, reggae, and Slayer, I was ready to get out of the sun and into some A/C for dinner. The place I had in mind for dinner and drinks Saturday evening was BrewDog Pittsburgh. The outpost brewpub specializes in craft beers and regular guest brews. This chain bar has other locations, in multiple cities in Ohio as well as in…

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Doce Taqueria, I love you.

Doce Taqueria, I love you.

Taco love was in the air this Valentine’s Day. After a day of work in the OR pharmacy, I changed out of my hospital scrubs and met up with Steve for tacos. Steve knew that the only meal I would accept on Valentine’s Day is tacos. Tacos have a special place in my heart. Now I have already blogged a few times about the tacos at Doce Taqueria, but I wanted to keep my readers updated with the newest tacos…

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T and T Cantina stands for…..

T and T Cantina stands for…..

Tacos and Tequila! All the stars lined up on the day after Labor Day. It was a Tuesday. The weather was ever so pleasant. It was Happy Hour. I wanted tacos nearby. I had hungry company. On that magical eve, my Mount Washington neighbor, Ben, joined me for tacos at T and T Cantina, located on the side patio adjacent to Coughlin’s Law. As you may recall from my post about one year ago, I was not a huge fan…

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Crab cakes and tacos…that’s what Maryland does!

Crab cakes and tacos…that’s what Maryland does!

My mother and I took a mini trip to Baltimore at the end of May for a doctor’s appointment. Just like my other out of state ventures, I had some taco places lined up. I also had the best crab cake restaurants picked out too ahead of time, too, for my mother. Slowly I am making my way into the seafood world and I am now a fan of salmon and crab so maybe those will eventually make an appearance…

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First Tacos of the New Year at La Poblanita.

First Tacos of the New Year at La Poblanita.

Not even two full days into the new year I had my first 2019 taco. I picked a place off my PGH taco list that was recommended to me by several friends for its authenticity and overall high quality of tacos. I had this place marked in my notes for months and I couldn’t think of a better time to try them than at the start of the new year. I took my friend Dan, who was also off of…

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Steel City’s Steel Cactus for National Taco Day

Steel City’s Steel Cactus for National Taco Day

This year, heavy rain attempted to take over some of my favorite taco centered events like the Pittsburgh Taco Festival, Cinco de Mayo, and National Taco Day.  It has not failed to make an appearance at each one of these occasions.  On Thursday October 4th, for National Taco Day, it rained like crazy.   Heavy downpours and floods led to many road closures in the South Hills.  As a result, my Frisbee game was cancelled.   A few of my league friends…

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Pacific Northwest Battle #2: Neon Taco vs. Tacos Chukis

Pacific Northwest Battle #2: Neon Taco vs. Tacos Chukis

After Alexis, Hillary, and I traveled through Portland and Mount Rainier in our green Subaru Forester rental car (we looked like we were in an ongoing Subaru commercial while cruising along the lush mountains and amazing overlooks), we made it to Seattle for Labor Day weekend.  After a late night of exploring a speakeasy, an arcade bar in Belltown, and a random house party south of the city, we were off to a late start Saturday morning.  However, like any…

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Pacific Northwest Battle #1: Uno Mas or Por Qué No?

Pacific Northwest Battle #1: Uno Mas or Por Qué No?

At the end of August, I took an extensive trip to the Pacific Northwest.  The 11 day vacation included a long weekend in Napa Valley for a friend’s bachelorette party with my college crew followed directly with a trip to Portland and Seattle with my grade school buddies.  Since I knew I would not have many opportunities for tacos in Napa, I saved all my taco explorations for Portland and Seattle with my grade school friends.  How lucky were they?!…

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