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Smoke BBQ Taqueria Pittsburgh: Restaurant Review

I had wanted to try Smoke Taqueria for some time but as their original location was in Homestead, a bit of a drive from my house, I never made it there. Thankfully they moved locations last year and in early 2015 officially opened in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, a much closer drive and one of my favorite foodie spots.

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Costa Rica-a study abroad retrospective (part 2)

Compared to my study abroad program in Spain where students were almost "babied," my program in Costa Rica was truly an independent one (well, this is especially true since everyone was sent out on their own to complete their internship).

I learned to master the San Jose bus system. Okay, this is a lie as there is no system, but I could deal with the crazy, frenetic experience that comes with riding the buses there, starting with whether you're going to be riding in an old American school bus

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Costa Rica-a study abroad retrospective (part 1)

I was supposed to go to Cuba. That had always been the plan, ever since I learned that my college was affiliated with a study abroad program that offered a semester in La Habana (Havana). But then the ludicrous administration of President George W. Bush basically stopped all American educational programs in Cuba including the one affiliated with my college. So my dream of studying in Cuba, being the envy of many wanderlusting individuals, was all of a sudden not happening

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Five Years & Counting

Today D and I celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. It's unbelievable how fast the years go by (like everything else in life I suppose), but it feels like just yesterday that I donned a gorgeous white dress to get married on an extremely hot and humid August day.

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Fried Ripe Plantain Omelet-Cuba

When it comes to the Spanish tortilla (Spanish omelet), I didn't think there were any other ways to make it save for with potatoes. Well, I was wrong because never in a million years would I have thought about making a tortilla with plantains, but you know what? It works. Quite well I might add. Thanks to my beautiful cookbook The Cuban Table, I was apprised of such "culinary sorcery."

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