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Oakland Restaurant Challenge: Mixed Service But Great Food At Lucca

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants | #45. Try 5 Things in the Entertainment Book

Our next Oakland restaurant was a bit of a mixed bag. We headed to Craig Street for an early dinner on a Saturday night at Lucca, a restaurant we’d heard much buzz about. Being the dedicated multi-taskers that we are, … Continue reading

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Oakland Restaurant Challenge: The Games Room At Pamela’s Diner

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants

Next on our Oakland restaurant list was the famous Pamela’s Diner. Pamela’s is a Pittsburgh staple, with locations in Oakland, Squirrel Hill (which is in a brand new building, and just up the hill from us), Shadyside, and the Strip … Continue reading

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The Allegheny River Along The Strip

Achievement: #17. See a River From Two New Perspectives | #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants

Back in early October, when the weather was still lovely (and by that I mean not raining, wtf December), we decided to do our second river exploration. The first time, we were on board a Just Ducky Tour, inches above … Continue reading

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Custard’s First Stand: Killer Ice Cream (And Puns!)

Achievement: #45. Try 5 Things in the Entertainment Book | #55. Ice Cream at Custard’s

This weekend, we took a trip down memory lane to the famous post-softball-game ice cream spot of my youth: Custard’s First Stand! Custard’s is a little hometown ice cream spot on Camp Horne Road, conveniently located between the softball field … Continue reading

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Oakland Restaurant Challenge: The Mythical India Garden Buffet

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants

For our tenth Oakland restaurant, we decided to return to our roots a bit. Our unhealthy-but-delicious-and-cheap-food roots, that is. There was a time in my life when I would get up every Saturday morning, shake off any headache leftovers from … Continue reading

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Around The World In Dining: Cuban Delights at Atlantic City’s Cuba Libre

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants | #42. 5 Different Ethnic Dinners

Last night, we tried out our second-to-last new ethnic food! You may recall, this year, we’ve eaten Korean food, Ethiopian food, and Spanish food (the latter of which we get to try out again this month for a Groupon!), but … Continue reading

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Groupon For The Win: A Miraculous Meal At Tamarind

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants | #93. Use 10 Groupons or Living Socials

Today’s Achievement begs the question: is it cheating to return to a totally incredible Indian restaurant we’ve already visited once this year? Well, if the first visit was part of our Oakland restaurant Achievement, and we somehow forgot to use … Continue reading

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Oakland Restaurant Challenge: Burma-Tokyo

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants

Yesterday was a crappy day. It was beautiful outside, and not really all that muggy, but it was full of crappy appointments, and crappy news, and crappy phone calls, and then when I went to the mall to try to … Continue reading

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Oakland Restaurant Challenge: Tamarind

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants

There’s a wise old saying out there that goes, “When life gives you terrible traffic conditions, go out and get Indian food.” Wait. That’s not it? It’s actually something about lemonade? Whatever, I know there’s no lemonade in Indian food. … Continue reading

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Oakland Restaurant Challenge: Carb-Loading At Joe Mama’s

Achievement: #4. Eat at 15 Oakland Restaurants

Tonight, to prepare for our big race tomorrow, we decided to do some carb loading, and because we love multi-tasking, we decided to get our carbs from a pasta spot in Oakland, to help us on our Oakland restaurant Achievement. … Continue reading

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