Preview of the Urban Supper Picnic (and info about other posts)

Bourbon cocktail
Bourbon cocktail, created by Wes Shonk of Wigle Whiskey and Tom McGraw

Urban Supper Picnic Menu Teaser eatPGH Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
A little teaser of the Urban Supper Picnic menu

Raspberry Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream
Raspberry Pie from Sand Hill Berry Farm and “Landlocked” Vanilla from Family Farms Creamery (featuring Landlocked from Wigle Whiskey)
Stay tuned, Pittsburgh Foodies! Soon, I will be writing a guest post on my two friends’ (Michael Pellas and Jessica Fink) blog, called Why We Live in Downtown Pittsburgh. I can’t WAIT to share my foodie adventures of the Urban Supper Picnic (hosted by eatPGH and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership) with all of you!

Also, I will be writing posts for my own blog, regarding: Winter & Spring Foodie Adventures, The Sushi Class at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Special Blogger Event at Cocothe in Sewickley, and my first brunch at Grit & Grace!

Three cheers to good food, fabulous art, and cultural events!

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

Why We Live in Downtown Pittsburgh website

Michael Pellas’ Twitter page

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I Made It! Healthy and Neighborhood Flea

Cold Pressed Juice
#PGH Punch (left) and Spicy Lemonade (right) from Local Press, a local, organic, cold-pressed juice company in Pittsburgh!
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither I Made It! Market, Organically Social, Neighborhood Flea, nor any of their vendors. I am just a Pittsburgh Foodie and health enthusiast, who likes to share her foodie adventures and adventures in health! All photos were captures on my iPhone 4s; all photos were edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

Well, the year is almost half way over, and of course I’ve been busy attending events and being a Pittsburgh Foodie! Two of the most recent events that I have attended were: I Made It! Healthy and the Mother’s Day Neighborhood Flea!

Pictured above is one of my treasures from the I Made It! Healthy event, and one of the highlights: juice from Local Press Juice! Local Press is a local, organic, cold-pressed juice company, based in Pittsburgh. Local Press sells its juices, along with healthy lunch food items Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm EST in the Frick Building in downtown Pittsburgh. I LOVED both of these juices, particularly the #PGH Punch! Local Press is also a vendor at the Neighborhood Flea Market! The next time I attend Neighborhood Flea, I will have to buy a few juices from her!

Another highlight from the inaugural I Made It! Healthy event was a vender called Una Biologicals, run by a young lady named Jessica Graves. Jessica sells organic wellness and beauty products; I purchased a muscle pain reliever balm, with cayenne pepper as one of the ingredients! I have used more expense, non-organic muscle reliever products, but this product from Una Biologicals works the best for me! I highly recommend Jessica’s products!

The next great part of I Made It! Healthy was the Whole Foods Cooking Demonstration! The dietician of both the East Liberty and Wexford locations made sugar snap peas with radishes and a lemony asparagus salad for us (both delicious)! Both recipes were very healthy, and looked like they were easy to make!

Lastly, my Mom and I attended a meditation session (which was WONDERFUL)! I call myself a inconsistent, consistent meditator (lol). My Mom meditated for the first time and absolutely LOVED it! Such an enjoyable and helpful session!

Moving on to the first Neighborhood Flea event of the year! Neighborhood Flea fell on Mother’s Day; what better way to spend time with your Pittsburgh Mom then in the Strip District?

I began the day with a free power yoga session, led by Michelle Williamson of La Vida Yoga and Organically Social! This one-hour class was challenging, but so much fun! Michelle made the poses bearable with her great sense of humor and stories! Michelle’s studio will be opening up in September, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh. If you live near there, I HIGHLY recommend attending class with Michelle! She is a gifted, well trained (she studied under Dominique Ponko, owner of Yoga Flow) yoga teacher!

Once the yoga class ended, I BOLTED for brunch at the Mac ‘n’ Gold (Mac ‘n’ Cheese) Food Truck! I’ve heard LOTS of good things about this food truck, and I was DYING to taste some Mac ‘n’ Cheese from the truck!

Mac n Cheese Food Truck in Pittsburgh
Mac ‘n’ Gold Food Truck!
My weapon of choice: lobster lump mac ‘n’ cheese! This was INCREDIBLE; second best lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese I’ve ever had (my favorite is still the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese at The Harris Grill in Shadyside)! Homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, delicious lobster, all topped with breadcrumbs and cheese. As Anthony Bourdain would say: “Oh yeah, baby; the good stuff”!

Lobster Lump Mac 'n' Cheese
Lobster Lump Mac ‘n’ Cheese from the Mac ‘n’ Gold Food truck! So good!
The lady running the food truck was SO nice; she gave my Mom a flower for Mother’s Day!

Afterwards, my Mom and I walked around the Flea Market and surveyed the vendors. I bought sourdough bread from Mediterra Bakery, and I stopped by my friend Dana Bell’s photography booth!

Once my Mom and I finished up at the Flea Market, we shopped at Marty’s Market, The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, Mon Aimee Chocolate, Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, and the Pittsburgh Public Market (I had to visit Jeanette, owner of the Gluten Free Goat Bakery! Jeanette, I LOVED the lavender lemon donut that I bought from you)!

Here’s three cheers to good food, fabulous art and cultural events!

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

I Made It! Market website

I Made It! Market Facebook page

I Made It! Market Twitter page

Organically Social’s website

Organically Social’s Facebook page

Organically Social’s Twitter page

Local Press Juice’s website

Local Press Juice’s Facebook page

Local Press Juice Twitter page

Neighborhood Flea’s website

Neighborhood Flea’s Facebook page

Neighborhood Flea’s Twitter page

Mac ‘n’ Gold Truck’s website

Mac ‘n’ Gold Truck’s Twitter page

Dana Bell Photography’s website

Dana Bell Photography’s Facebook page

Dana Bell’s Twitter page

Mediterra Bakehouse’s website

Mediterra Bakehouse’s Facebook page

Mediterra Bakehouse’s Twitter page

La Vida Yoga’s website

Lunch at La Palapa in the South Side

Mexican Restaurant in the South Side of Pittsburgh
La Palapa’s dining room in Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side neighborhood
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from La Palapa. I’m just a Pittsburgh foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures. Pictures were captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. 

For my Mom’s birthday, I decided to treat her for lunch at La Palapa, in Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side neighborhood. We’ve both been to La Palapa’s food stall at the Pittsburgh Public Market, and absolutely LOVED it! We’ve been wanting to dine at the South Side location, and my Mom’s birthday presented the perfect opportunity.

La Palapa's entrance from the inside
La Palapa’s entrance (from the inside)
I loved the intimate space of La Palapa! Lots of warm and fuzzy feelings about this space! There was Mexican and Spanish music jamming on the radio. Also, the waiter and host was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and friendly!

Chips and Salsa
Chips and Green salsa from La Palapa! Best chips EVER, and the salsa verde was INCREDIBLE!
Our shared appetizer: homemade tortilla chips and salsa verde! Let me tell you, these were the best Mexican tortilla chips in the ‘burgh! I swear- you will not find better chips then at La Palapa! Also, the green salsa was INCREDIBLE! A great way to start our Mexican lunch adventure!

Cheese Enchiladas
The best cheese enchiladas I’ve EVER had (cover in green sauce, of course), with pinto beans and white rice!
My main course: cheese enchiladas with salsa verde, pinto beans and white rice. THE best Cheese Enchiladas I’ve EVER had! I swear, the green salsa added to the fabulous-ness of the dish! Plus, the pinto beans and white rice were AMAZING!

Even though my tummy was full when our waiter asked us about dessert, I happily said: “YES! What are you offering for dessert”? Luckily, he told me about the “off-menu, super secret dessert of the day”, that I was secretly hoping that he would mention:

Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate
The “super secret, off-menu dessert”: Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate!
Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate! Ever since I sampled Churros in one of my Middle School Spanish classes, they have been one of my favorite desserts! Whether eaten alone, or dipped in the Mexican Hot Chocolate, they were HEAVENLY! I applaud you, and love you, La Palapa!

Close up of the Churros
Close-up of the Churros
Glamor shot of the Churros!

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mexican Hot Chocolate = Absolutely FABULOUS!
This Mexican Hot Chocolate was soooooooooooooo good! I loved that it had a kick to it (our waiter said that cinnamon is normally added for a special touch). Perfect on the chilly day that we attended lunch!

So there you have it, folks! If you want the most authentic Mexican food in Pittsburgh, you MUST dine at La Palapa in the South Side. Conveniently, there’s a little lot (with a metered box) across the street from the restaurant. Thus, there’s no excuse! Whether you either live in Pittsburgh or are visiting, you need to go there!

Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art and cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

La Palapa’s website

La Palapa’s Facebook page

La Palapa’s Twitter page

La Palapa’s Instagram page

Brunch at Marty’s Market

Brunch at Marty's Market
My amazing brunch at Marty’s Market
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Marty’s Market, nor, I Made it! Market & Organically Social. I’m just a Pittsburgh foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie experiences. All photos were captured with my iPhone 5s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

Sunday, April 26th, Organically Social and the I Made it! Market both co-hosted the first I Made it Healthy event in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District neighborhood. Of course, I had to attend brunch before the event; my Mom and I settled on Marty’s Market (also  in the Strip District). The eatPGH ladies have said that Marty’s Market serves up the best brunch in the ‘burgh. Thus, I had to taste brunch for myself!

Marty's Market Pork Belly Sandwich
P.B.L.T. (Pork Belly, Lettuce, Tomato) Sandwich at Marty’s Market
My main brunch dish: Pork Belly, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich (P.B.L.T) with an egg on top! Let me tell you: both the bread and the pork belly were GREAT! Although, you could’ve just given me the pork belly. I HAD to try this sandwich, the pork belly at Marty’s Market was recommended by my friend and fellow blogger Fox. The crispy pork belly from Grit & Grace is still my favorite Pittsburgh pork belly, but Marty’s Market’s did a good job with the pork belly.

Vegan Pancake
Beer-battered, vegan pancake from Marty’s Market
One of my side dishes ended up being the HIGHLIGHT of brunch! A 3 Bells Oberon Ale vegan pancake = one of THE best pancakes I’ve ever had in the ‘burgh (no joke). Next time I visit Marty’s Market for brunch, I’m just getting the pancakes!

Bacon!
Bacon side dish from Marty’s Market
My second side dish: BACON! This was some of the rest bacon I’ve EVER had; just the right combination of smoky-ness and fat! I know this bacon came from a local farm, but I forget which one. X)

Eggs Benedict
My Mom’s brunch dish: Egg’s Benedict
Here’s my Mom’s main brunch dish- Eggs Benedict! She said this was REALLY good; Mom also enjoyed a side salad (similar to mine, which I also loved).

The verdict: I would definitely go back for the pancakes and organic chocolate whole milk (my brunch beverage of choice at Marty’s Market)!

Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art and cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

Marty’s Market website

Marty’s Market Facebook page

Marty’s Market Twitter page