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Bob’s Diner

Saturday Dave and I had a bunch of errands to run. I wanted to try Bakn, unfortunately it is not open yet so we knew Bob’s was a block or so away and had not been there yet so we cruised the nifty little town of Carnegie. Now I love a good diner, broken-in vinyl seats, friendly staff. The glorious smells of coffee and quasi burnt toast with bacon mixed in. We settled into our booth and The smells transported me back to growing up and when we moved we drove across country we also stopped in many a diner. It also smelled like the first job I had out of culinary school, a now closed large resort in the Pocono’s. Being the first in the kitchen, turning...
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Smoke, Pittsburgh

Dave and I discovered Smoke about two weeks or so after it opened.  I am a huge fan of smoked meats and well, Dave would eat tacos for every meal if he could talk me into that.  Smoke is now in a new location, go check it out. These photos are from when they were in Hometead. My favorite taco is the Migas. Breakfast tacos. Egg and potato base, with (l (left to right) chorizo, pork and cheese, and breakfast sausage. So yummy. As Dave would say, So damn delicious. What I love is the depth of flavor Jeff, the chef. Infuses in his food. His mac and cheese, well I think I need to go get some soon, like this weekend. I have not been ther since...
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Big Mac Museum, Irwin PA

I used to live in Irwin.  A small little town off of route 30 and the PA turnpike.  I liked living there for it was near my folks, lots of good grocery stores, shopping in general, the folks are nice and it was an easy hop on the turnpike or drive down rt 30 to get downtown for work.  There are also a bunch of farms in the area so roadside stands were a bonus. I like Mcd’s.  The french fries are yum. The Mcd’s in Irwin is also home to the Big Mac Museum. Now the Big Mac was not created there but elsewhere in western PA.  Before I moved closer to Pittsburgh proper, Dave and I stepped in. Many folks have problems with fast food and...
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Meals from my Past: America Eats,

I was lucky enough to be able to visit my friend Johanna who was living in the Frederick MD area a few years ago when Jose Andreas  opened America Eats in the National Archives in McLean Virgina.  It was basically his take on dishes throughout the history of America.  From drinks to desserts.  There was a book that was published and it gave a bit of American food history and some, lets say, interesting recipes. I heard about this via my mom. She saw an article in the paper and when she heard I was going to DC she told me about it. Reservations were made. Located near the National archives then it has since been remade in Tyson’s corner.   Johanna and I at the front. The...
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