Monthly Archives: August 2011
If you live in Regent Square, chances are you’ve had a meal at Square Cafe on Braddock Avenue. Their buttermilk pancakes, fluffy omelets, and deliciously rich coffee keep customers coming back again and again.
If you’re a regular reader of Pittsburgh Hot Plate, you know that I’m a huge fan of Mexican food. One of my favorite is Carne Asada- a flavorful, tender cut of meat that can be eaten plain or sliced thin and put in tacos or burritos.
Growing up in Southern California, there were always plenty of authentic Mexican restaurants to choose from. Besides having plenty of choices for great ethnic food, San Diego possessed another appealing geographical lure…it was only 40 miles from Mexico.
I love bacon. Really. There’s nothing better than biting into a piece of thick-cut maple bacon right after it’s been cooked. The soft flesh, combined with the fat makes for a “my-taste- buds- are- dancing” sensory experience.
Towards the end of summer I usually end up with large amounts of basil- this is also the time of year when my tomatoes ripen and become sweet, and flavorful. One of my favorite meals is homemade toasted bread with basil pesto, and garden tomatoes… don’t forget the salt and pepper!
When I was growing up in California we had four large haas avocado trees in our back yard. I would visit the trees often, picking the ripe fruit, and letting it sit on a window sill until it became perfectly soft and ready to eat.