One year ago today, I posted my very first blog post on "Señorita Cibulka Savors", which later became "Sabor PGH". So much has happened since. So, so much.
|My first mention in print - Edible Allegheny|
A taste of another country - one you may never get to experience "for real", not far from your own doorstep. How awesome!
Communities" is one of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages' (ACTFL) standards, and probably the most difficult one for teachers to include in lessons. Seriously, how do you incorporate the community when the Hispanic/Latino population in the area is extremely small?
You do what I'm doing.
Although I was met with some criticism - like, "Why do I have to spend money to get extra credit?" - I think that the first year was a success. There will be some adjustments this year, as I have reflected upon the past year, but the overall concept remains the same: Get out and try something new.
Second, I made new friends. One of the first was Food Collage, and I consider her (and her new DH) to be some of my best friends. Sharing a passion for great food here in Pittsburgh, a passion for trying new recipes, and a willingness to share ideas and opinions makes it so much fun to hang out together. I've also spent time with other food bloggers, such as FoodBurgh, Pittsburgh Taste Buds, and Frugal Foodie Mama, as well as those from "other" blogs, such as Ya Jagoff and 101 Achievements, and can't say enough about the great times I've had.
Third, I have met some wonderfully talented chefs: Jeff Petruso (and his lovely wife Nelda Carranco) of Smoke BBQ Taqueria (which inspired me to start the blog): Shelbin Santos of Chicken Latino; Kevin Sousa of Salt of the Earth, Station Street Hot Dogs, and Union Pig and Chicken; Keith Fuller of Root 174; David Montanez of Las Velas; and Antonio Fraga of Casa Rasta. These are but a few of the great people making great food in Pittsburgh - I can only imagine what they - and others - will come up with next. Food in Pittsburgh is great, and it's getting...greater.
In addition, I've also met other people who do wonderful food-related things - most especially Sylvia McCoy of 'Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tours, which allow native and non-native Pittsburghers to have a fantastic foodie experience through several of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. I had the opportunity to participate in 2 tours - one in Dormont and the other in Brookline. If you have any questions as to whether or not Pittsburgh has great food, you NEED to go on one (or two, or all) of these tours!
|One of my best meals ever was at Rayuela in New York City|
|Taco Truck 3-D Cookie|
Next, I have had the opportunity to discover so much more about Pittsburgh - besides food. I participated in several 5Ks (you know, to burn off the calories that I eat) in addition to running the UPMC Health Center City of Pittsburgh Half Marathon and walking miles of steps and roads during South Side Step Trek. I have learned more about Pittsburgh and the surrounding area in the last year than I had known living in this area my entire life - all because I got out and tried new things. Anyone who says there is nothing to do in this town obviously puts no effort into finding things to do.
|Stunning view of the city during South Side Step Trek|
|My first food truck was the Franktuary Truck at Step Trek!|
|James and I|
So what's next?:
- More food. More discoveries. More memories. And hopefully - more friends.
- PGH Taco Truck. So, so soon. I can't wait to be a part of the excitement.
- An event. It will happen. I'll make sure of it.
|PGH Taco Truck. Coming soon. Very soon.|
|Most beautiful city. Anywhere.|