Nola @ Pittsburgh, PA
It was super hard to decide where to eat in downtown Pittsburgh because there are so many different restaurants there. We finally decided on Nola to try some Cajun food. I'm super glad we made this decision because it was awesome. The waitress recommended the alligator po' boy, so I was like why not? and ordered it. The alligator was fried very crunchy and tender inside. I had never tried alligator before and it was pretty enjoyable, tasted a lot like chicken. The aioli slathered on the po' boy was awesome. We also ordered an appetizer of fried green tomatoes to share. These were delicious. Anything fried is, honestly. This was also my first time trying fried green tomatoes! This dinner was a meal of firsts, and I know that it won't be the last time I'll be eating these dishes.
Bruegger's Bagels @ Pittsburgh, PA
If you want the real East coast bagel experience, go to Bruegger's. I actually saw people making the bagels! That was pretty cool. I decided to try the smoked salmon bagel. This was a great combo and I enjoyed every single bite. This bagel came with salmon, cream cheese, capers, and tomatoes. I customized it on an Asiago bagel because cheese is the best. I really enjoyed all parts of the bagel, and it was really filling. All of these factors contributed to a fantastic start of the day!
Perfect Pecan Pie Bars
Ooey gooey pecan goodness. It's everything you would ever want for dessert... in hand held form. If you usually make pecan pie for the holidays, try switching it up with pecan pie bars. The crust is different from a pie crust but still consists of crumbles of buttery goodness. Who could say no to that? To make these delicious treats, you'll need:
Before anything, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Start off by combining all the ingredients you need for the crust. Incorporate until crumbly texture and press it into a square pan lined with foil. Bake the crust for 20 minutes. While the crust is baking away, heat up a pot and put in the pecan pie topping ingredients. After the mixture simmers for a minute, put the pecans into the pot. When the caramel and pecans are well incorporated, pour that yumminess on top of the crust and bake for another 20 minutes.
Condado Tacos @ Pittsburgh, PA
I went here with a new group of friends I met in Pittsburgh, and the food fueled us to have a great time. Condado Tacos has tacos already set with their combo of ingredients, but they also have the option to make your own. I went with the Dutch dragon, which had spicy portabella mushroom, cabbage, and the regular fixings like salsa and corn. The special thing about this restaurant's tacos is that they have a hard shell that's wrapped in a soft shell, held together by guacamole. I've never seen anything like this. You get two different textures with just one bite. It's truly a revolutionary idea. If you want to try something other than a taco, they also have a purple haze bowl. This bowl had tofu, red cabbage, and pickled onions. The pickled onions were a very nice touch and added depth to the dish. I would definitely go back to Condado Tacos to satisfy my taco cravings.
Bill's Bar & Burgers @ Pittsburgh, PA
After a long flight to Pennsylvania (with a layover of course), we finally arrived in Pittsburgh. We were super tired so we ended up just eating at a restaurant in our hotel, the Westin. The burgers at Triple B were pretty good. I ordered the portabello mushroom burger. The mushroom was cooked tender and the balsamic vinegar was a nice touch, cutting through the rich burger with some acid. It was a yummy first meal in Pittsburgh.
EmPowered in Pittsburgh
I recently attended an environmental leadership event called Climate Reality in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is a program founded by Al Gore to educate people and train them on how to spread awareness about climate change. From this training, I'm now one of 1,400 new Climate Reality leaders. In addition to my personal actions, I'm also presenting to high schoolers to educate the youth about climate change. I learned so much during the Climate Reality conference, and it was truly inspiring and life changing.
Of course, in the duration of my stay when I wasn't at the conference, I had to explore the city. It's super beautiful with lots of bridges. I also tried many different restaurants, so I'm excited to share that with you all! Stay tuned for more about Pittsburgh :)
Don Julio's was the first place I tried pupusas and it changed my life. Pupusas are a Salvadoran treat made with masa and usually stuffed with cheese. They're served with cortido, which is a tangy slaw to counterbalance the fatty cheese. I had never tried this dish before, so I ordered it when I saw it on the menu. I'm so glad I did because these pupusas are amazing! They have a nice sear on the outside and the cheese and beans were nice and gooey inside. I ordered the pupusas revueltas, which came with beans. The other dishes we tried here was the quesadilla and the carnita enchiladas. These dishes were pretty good, but not as delicous as the pupusas. There's a reason Don Julio's name has pupusas in it. You'll never regret ordering their pupusas. The only regret you'll have is wishing you had ordered more :P
Forks & Fingers @ Novato, CA
I paid a visit to Forks and Fingers to check out their food because I had heard that they are great caterers and well, I gotta make sure their food is delicious. I ordered the Cubano. This sandwich was stuffed with meat, cheese, mustard and pickles. There were layers and layers of yumminess. The Cubano was one of their daily specials so it came with a side. Lemme tell you, their salads are amazing! I got one with kale and berries, and it was divine. This was probably one of the best salads I've ever eaten. Yeah, it's that good.
Forks and Fingers' macaroni salad is also scrumptious. It wasn't too mayonnaisey, just a perfect balance of all the ingredients. This side accompanied the chicken piccata. The portion, just like the Cubano, was huuuuge. The chicken was very flavorful, with capers giving it a nice acidic punch. The last dish we ordered was the corned beef sandwich on a soft roll. This too was great. After doing extensive research (aka eating a lot), I reached the conclusion that Forks and Fingers will take you on a flavor filled journey, and I'm now definitely considering hiring them to cater parties.
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