Pittsburgh has been lacking in the Mexican food department- until recently. A few semi-authentic restaurants have popped up in the city. One of these eateries is Verde, in East Liberty. If you’re coming from the east, simply drive down Penn Avenue until you see a colossal lime-green building.
Welcome to the Silk Elephant, Thai Tapas and Wine Bar. Is it just me, or has the word “Tapas” become the most over-used word in the culinary world these days? For those of you that aren’t familiar with the word, let me explain. “Tapas” is a small dish of something edible. The word originated in Spain, but has found its way into almost every type of ethnic cuisine. You can have Japanese Tapas, Moroccan Tapas, and even Italian Tapas. But I’m getting off point again, back to The Silk Elephant.
People are always asking me what type of olive oil to get. That’s a tough question. There are so many different type of oils; thousands actually. There are domestic oils, imported, olive oils made for dressings, and others made for every-day use. Let’s start with the basics.