Sunday, October 23, 2011

South of the Border- Pittsburgh Style

So, I have an affinity for Mexican food- in all of its glory.  So much so that I have chosen to serve it at my wedding in June.  Seriously. Do you get how much I love Mexican food? Obviously it was abundant in LA- not so much in Pittsburgh.  However, I recently learned about a super authentic Mexican grocery store in Pittsburgh, in the Brookline area.  I learned about it through a contact at work- I discuss Mexican food whenever I can, even at work functions.

Anyways, Van and I decided to travel beyond the city limits of the 'Burgh yesterday to check out this grocery store, Las Palmas Carniceria.  We wanted to stock up on some cooking items, and also had read that on some weekends there is a taco stand outside of the store.  We were thrilled to see that there was one this weekend!  We immediately checked out the tacos, and were pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the stand. 

The meats were delicious and the salsas were fresh...really tasty.

I ordered one pork and one beef taco, and Van went with two pork.  Typical. No lengua unfortunately, but I won't hold that against them. We then piled on the toppings- at the DIY salsa bar.

Inside the store, were a ton of great Latin American products- very cool.  We checked out the vast array of Goya products and canned peppers, and Van picked out some limes and really spicy Habeneros peppers.

Then we checked out the meat selection, pretty intensely amazing.  We didn't buy any meat this time, but instead bought some insanely delicious home-made avocado salsa, (that we doctored up with some habeneros at home.) I like spicy!

Finally, I had to check out the vast array of religious-inspired candles.  I love religious inconography- I think it's beautiful.  And these candles were only $1.89, (they are only .99 in LA- but I take what I can get here.)  I chose the lady of Guadalupe, because I have always loved her story- and her day is my birthday, 12/12- so I've always felt a connection.
Loved Las Palmas! We will definitely add this shop to the rotation- and it's only 10 minutes away from downtown, not too far off the beaten path.  This store is really authentic.  It really reminded us of a small Highland Park grocery store- and the tacos were truly amazing.  I've heard that handmade tamales are sometimes available.  I can't wait! I don't think they sell cerveza- but I highly recommend this place for a real Mexican food experience.