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An Okay Sandwich at Great Harvest

April 23rd, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
A pickly sandy.

A pickly sandy.

Great Harvest is like the small mom and pop answer to Panera. It’s a franchise, but one that allows the owner to make the store truly unique. Take, for example, the Great Harvest that opened up in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty not too long ago. It features a bunch of local Pittsburgh food, plus sandwiches and breads chosen by the owner. And since the afternoon was ripe for a sandwich, Great Harvest seemed like a good place to be. Continue Reading»


Roman Style at Pizza Taglio

April 15th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
So honey.

So honey.

Down in East Liberty, a fairly new pizza spot called Pizza Taglio has opened up to bring some unique new flavors to Pittsburgh. It claims to be Roman style, which I suppose is different from Napoli style, but not so different that it doesn’t involve dough, cheese and toppings. The place doesn’t do cups, so all drinks are bottled or canned, but it does do good music to somewhat make up for it. Continue Reading»


The English Rose by Any Other Name

April 7th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Mmm breakfast.

Mmm breakfast.

I don’t often go out for breakfast, and even less so when I’m on vacation, but Rincon was different. For one, the free breakfast offered by our hotel was slightly less than terrible and for two, there was a breakfast spot known to be one of the best overall restaurants in Rincon. Thus, we made our way up to the top of a very scary hill to breakfast it up at The English Rose. Continue Reading»


A Mofongo Finale at Rincon Tropical

April 6th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Best cone ever.

Best cone ever.

For my last night in Puerto Rico, I wanted to eat something that would leave a lasting impression on my stomach. Thus, I put out a search for the best mofongo in Rincon. This pointed us to a pretty fancy place that only seemed to be for tourists, but it also pointed us to Rincon Tropical, a place that seemed much more local. Continue Reading»


Steak and Surf at Calypso Cafe

April 3rd, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Yum.

Yum.

Rincon is kind of Puerto Rico’s surfing haven and no beach exemplifies this better than Maria’s Beach. Unfortunately, I have never surfed and was not about to try here, but I was interested in trying some food at Calypso Cafe, a place that seemed to embody the entire vibe of the beach. Continue Reading»


Feeling Snappy at La Cambija

April 2nd, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Burrito perfecto.

Burrito perfecto.

As we made our way across the entire island of Puerto Rico toward Rincon, we realized we would be arriving a bit later (because the island is filled with “highways” with stoplights every mile or so) than normal dinner time on a Sunday. This was concerning because we needed food and thought we might have trouble finding a place. Fortunately, La  Cambija was open until 9:00 and we arrived at 8:30. Continue Reading»


Un Argentino at El Meson

April 1st, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
More like El...Stupid.

More like El…Stupid.

While staying at an Airbnb (in Fajardo) for the first time, I felt there would be no better way then to get a food recommendation than by asking our hosts. While we had a panaderia from Yelp in mind, they pointed us to a place called El Meson, which we were told had great sandwiches for breakfast or otherwise. When we walked in, the first thing my buddy said was that it looked like a Puerto Rican Panera Bread. This was hardly a compliment, but the place was pretty crowded so we figured we should give it a shot. Continue Reading»


Mexirican at Lolita’s

March 31st, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Hey little donkey.

Hey little donkey.

Being a part of the Caribbean, it’s kind of unsurprising that Puerto Rico has a wide variety of Mexican food. Nonetheless, it was pretty surprising how many time we were recommended Lolita’s somewhere between Fajardo and Luquillo. And apparently it wasn’t exactly a secret spot, because the parking lot was filled beyond capacity and there was a line out the door. Fortunately, that line and the people in the restaurant all appeared to be locals and not gringos like us. Continue Reading»


Going Bananas for Burgers

March 30th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Always plantains.

Always plantains.

It all began with a quick stop for some Medalla Light beers and some appetizers, but after taking a look at the menu and seeing the food our fellow customers were eating, it became apparent that Bananas in Esperanza would become our dinner that night in Vieques. Bananas, like Duffy’s from the night before, is kind of like a beach bar with mainland American influence. Continue Reading»


Biting Shark at Duffy’s

March 27th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Lemon-flavored shark?

Lemon-flavored shark?

A few miles off of the coast of mainland Puerto Rico is Vieques Island. It’s reasonably small, but still supports a couple of towns, one of which is Esperanza, which caters to tourists a bit more than elsewhere. It was there that we found Duffy’s, a bar and grill with food you could probably find anywhere in the rest of the US, but with a distinct island vibe to it. Continue Reading»


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Street Food Spotlight: Isabel Pinchos

The bread is so necessary.

The bread is so necessary.

While riding our scooters back to Isabel in Vieques, we couldn’t help but be stopped by some street food. The street food in this case turned out to be Pinchos, which is basically a Spanish word for skewer-grilled meat. Or, at least that’s what it means in Puerto Rico.

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