Cocktails & Construction at Curtis Gamble’s Station

*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Curtis Gamble, nor Station, nor any of my fellow Pittsburgh Blogger friends; I’m just a Pittsburgh Foodie & Fitness Fanatic, who enjoys sharing her adventures! Pictures captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop Cs4 Extended.

The evening of Saturday, July 25th, Tasha of The Food Tasters, Amy of Running Om Green, John of YaJagoff, and Heidi of The Steel Trap and I, all attended the Cocktails & Construction, at Curtis Gamble‘s (formerly of The Frick Cafe and Grit & Grace) new restaurant, Station (located in Bloomfield).

Thanks to the eatPGH ladies advertising this event on their blog, my Foodie friends and I were able to attend!

This event was slated one week and one day, before the Grand opening of the restaurant! Just like the title suggests, all of us enjoyed a cocktail (or two, or three lol), while the tables and booths were still “under construction”. Also, there were six small course (including the cocktail) served throughout the evening.

I must warn you: before the event started, my phone battery died, and I missed the first two courses. For the sake of this blog, I brought my phone charger, commandeered one of the electrical sockets (lol), and charged my phone enough to take photos of the rest of the courses! Thanks Curtis; sorry that I had to do this, but it’s all for the sake of promoting your wonderful restaurant! πŸ˜‰

Chicken Liver Mousse Bread Pudding
Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β Chicken Liver Mousse Bread Pudding. Sooooooooooo good!
The Vandal Restaurant in Lawrenceville
Special dish, from The Vandal in Lawrenceville (now, I want to visit this restaurant, and dine there): heirloom tomatoes, on top of creme fraiche, and toasted bread. PERFECTION!
Beef Tongue
Beef tongue, on top of an avocado spread, with broccoli, red peppers, and parmesan crisps, all sitting on grilled bread. My 2nd favorite dish of the night!

One of my favorite dishes of the night! I know why Bourdain likes beef tongue; good stuff! πŸ˜‰

Fried Chicken Confit
My #1 favorite dinner of the night: Fried Chicken Confit, with wet napkins (I guess Curtis knew our hands would be sticky)!

Hands down, the best dish of the night! Incredibly tasty; I couldn’t stop raving about how much I loved this dish! I think I actually jumped up and down a few times in excitement (lol).

Crispy Chicken Confit has been one of my favorite dishes of the year, at any restaurant! πŸ˜€

Panacotta
Salted Caramel Panacotta, with Caramel Popcorn sprinkled on top! Heavenly dessert choice!

All of us LOVED this dish! Tasha, Amy & I loved it so much, we went back for seconds (lol). X)

What really impressed me most, was when Owner & Executive Chef Curtis Gamble introduced himself, and said: “thank you for coming to my restaurant; I truly appreciate it”! It might not sound like much, not not every chef thanks his patrons for dining at his restaurant. I really appreciated this special moment, between the Chef, and his dinner guests.

Whether you either live on the East End, or the South Hills (like I do), Station is worth the trek! The food is SPECTACULAR; the bar is REALLY impressive, and cocktails are sophisticated, and strong!

Namaste, yinz yogis & foodies,

-Friendly Fitness Foodie

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2015 One Whirl Yoga Fest + Healthy Life Expo (and a Food Truck)!

Cold-Pressed Juice
Berry Watermelon, Cold-Pressed Juice, from one of my FAVORITE vendors of the day: The Pittsburgh Juice Company! I saved this lovely juice for breakfast, the day after the festival! πŸ˜‰
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Since this was my second Whirl Fest since 2013 (couldn’t go last year, due to starting a new job), I was SUPER excited for this day! πŸ˜€ I asked a former colleague who works for Whirl (Lauren) when the Fest was back in February (lol); I booked my vacation day, right away at work, and I have anticipated this day ever since!

I started off the day at the Festival with some coffee & a Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookie from Chateau Cafe & Cakery (located on the history North Side); delicious! The pastry was so good, you seriously couldn’t even tell it was Gluten-Free! Also, since I was in town (on my day off) by 8:15aam, I really needed some coffee!

I also visited Salud Juicery (locations in Sewickley & Shadyside- one of the vendors at the Festival/Expo), and ordered lemon & ginger shot to jumpstart my day!

Ashtanga Yoga
Leta Koontz, owner and teacher at Schoolhouse Yoga, leading her Ashtanga Yoga class, at the One Whirl Yoga Festival
Here is a photo from my first class: Ashtanga yoga, with Leta Koontz, owner and teacher at Schoolhouse Yoga (with Squirrel Hill, East Liberty & North Hills’ locations)! I really enjoyed Leta’s sense of humor & honesty, and her meticulous cueing style. After class, I had a lovely chat with her about yin yoga! πŸ™‚

Intro to Acro Yoga
Thanks to Darcy (the teacher, not pictured), and my friends Kelly (the Spotter), Jeff (the base) and Jamie (my assistant & yoga friend, not picture), I think I like Acro Yoga now! πŸ˜‰
I was a bit scared to try Acro Yoga at first, but my teammates Jamie, Kelly & Jeff made me feel very comfortable. As you can see by the photos, I was already flying! I stayed for the full hour of the workshop! I really loved this class; Darcy did such a great job teaching (as always), and her assistants were wonderful as well! Now, I want to learn more about Acro Yoga! πŸ˜€

Intro to Acro Yoga
More “flying” during Darcy’s Intro to Acro Yoga class!
The third class was an Inspiring Power yoga class, lead by the lovely Stacey Vespazinai, of South Hills Power Yoga. ❀ Always a pleasure to be in the presence of one of my favorite yoga teachers!

Power Yoga
Throwback photo to One Whirl Yoga Fest 2013, when I attended my very first class with Stacey & LA of South Hills Power Yoga
I left Stacey’s class halfway through, so I could attend Laura Gorham-Huon’s Intro to the Primary Series Ashtanga Yoga class (which I LOVED)! This was an hour long; my friends Lindsey, Jamie & Melissa also joined me for class as well. You can really tell that Laura is living her passion, by teaching Ashtanga Yoga. She has studied Ashtanga Yoga for 300+ hours, with Tim Miller (the first American EVER, to be certified to teach Ashtanga yoga). Laura just opened up her studio (The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga) in December 2014; I’ve taken two workshops, and attended one class there. Thanks to her studio, and Kino’s workshop at Schoolhouse Yoga, I think Ashtanga Yoga might just be my next yoga fix! πŸ˜‰

Intro to Ashtanga: Primary Series
Laura Gorham-Huon, owner, and lead teacher at The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga, in Lawrenceville, leading her Intro to the Primary Series class!
There were so many great vendors that I visited throughout the day! A special shout-out goes to the gentlemen of Salud Juicery, and their Strawberry Lemonade, that kept me hydrated after each Ashtanga class! They were all very nice, an a pleasure to converse with as well!

Salud Juicery
Salud Juicery (located in Sewickley & Shadyside) kept me hydrated ALL day!
I’ve heard so many good things about the Brassero Grill food cart- I knew that’s where I was stopping for lunch!

Chorizo Taco
FINALLY, my first visit to the Brassero Grill food cart! I’ve heard so many good things! I met the lovely couple (originally from Mexico), who own the food cart; they made one of THE best Chorizo Corn tacos I’ve EVER had in my entire LIFE!
Menu
Brassero Grill’s menu for the Yoga Festival
These Chorizo tacos, with corn tortillas, were INCREDIBLE! I definitely needed to fuel up, in between my first Ashtanga yoga class, and the Intro to Acro Yoga class. Thus, this was the perfect lunch! πŸ™‚

Chorizo Taco
Yes folks, heaven does exits, and it has Chorizo! πŸ˜€
My favorite vendor of the day was the Pittsburgh Juice Company, founded by the Owner of Bikram Yoga (Zeb Homison) and his sister! This is the mocha latte (vegan). made with cashew milk. I have never tried cashew milk before, and ended up loving it! I sipped on this coffee throughout the entire day, before, during and after classes!

Vegan Mocha Latte with Cashew Milk
My favorite beverage from the Pittsburgh Juice Company: a Mocha Latte coffee, made with Cashew Milk! Vegan, and oh so tasty!
I am wearing one of the three Soul Shine Strands purchases that I made that day! The owner’s name is Jackie; she is a yoga teacher, who trained with Dominique Ponko of Yoga Flow! The bracelet I bought is compromised of dark turquoise- this stone gives you courage, and helps you conquer fears. Since I will be attending the Fearless Warrior Conference (founded by my yoga teacher Hayley Worthman) in October, I thought this was the perfect purchase!

I also purchased this ADORABLE yoga tank top that says “Namaste N’AT: Pittsburgh Yogi” (that I plan on wearing to OMs in the Outfield), a matching sticker!

Another vendor I liked was About Time (protein pancakes and bars)! I sampled and purchases the chocolate chip protein pancakes- WOW! So good! A week later, I made all of the pancakes in one go (four medium sized ziplock bags to freeze, ladies and gentlemen), and have been enjoying these pancakes for breakfast ever since!

Lastly, I had great conversations with Chip and Kale (a Vegan catering service) and Aerie (who gave me a free tank top and tote)!

All in all, it was a WONDERFUL day, filled with: yoga, shopping, eating, and tasty beverages!

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

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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Preview of the 2015 One Whirl Yoga Fest

Acro Yoga
Intro to Acro Yoga at the One Whirl Yoga Festival
Chorizo Tacos
Chorizo Corn Tacos from the Brassero Grill Food Truck! Sooooo good!
Pittsburgh Juice Company
Cashew Milk Coffee (Vegan) from the Pittsburgh Juice Company = YUM & WOW!

Sorry for the delay, folks! I have been dealing with digestive issues for the past two weeks. Combine that with Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (where I mainly ate fruits and vegetables lol), and yoga, I’ve been pretty busy!

I will be posting my full One Whirl Yoga Fest post on Sunday!

Stay tuned, yogis!

Namaste n’at, yinz yogis & foodies,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

Brunch at Eden in Shadyside

French Pressed Coffee
The French Pressed Coffee at Eden = best. Coffee. EVER!

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Sunday, July 19th, I decided to have brunch before attending a yoga workshop at Amazing Yoga in Shadyside. I haven’t been to this restaurant in over three years; in 2012, one of my best friends from college was in town visiting. She’s a vegan, and did her research on vegan restaurants in Pittsburgh; she suggested going to Eden for a Sunday brunch, since that would be a good central meeting location, for all of her friends spread throughout the ‘burgh.

Chef and co-owner Hilary Zozula has turned Eden into a vegan, raw and 100% gluten-free restaurant- I was eager to sample the re-invention of the restaurant.

Above was the French-Pressed coffee that I ordered; a necessity, considering I had been up since 7:30am EST that day (lol). The last time I was at Eden, I remember this being THE best coffee I had ever had! The first time, the coffee was so good, it didn’t even need cream. This time around, I did add a little bit of cream, since the coffee was very strong, but it was just as good as the first time!

"Muffin of the Day" and Almond Butter from Eden
“Muffin of the Day” and Almond Butter from Eden

For the first course, I could not resist the “muffin of the day”! Especially when the waitress said it was a peach muffin- be still my beating heart! Almond butter is pictured to the left of the muffin; I must admit, the almond butter wasn’t all that great, but I really enjoyed the peach muffin of the day!

Peach Muffin
Close-up of the peach muffin: tasty!
Butterbean Burger & Garden Salad
My main course: butterbean veggie burger with a garden side salad

OMG! Seriously one of THE best veggie burgers I’ve EVER had! I chose this burger after watching the chef of A Chef’s Life on PBS create this burger at her restaurant The Boiler Room in North Carolina. The Butterbean had a meaty texture to it, which really helped me forget that I was eating a veggie burger. I requested that some goat cheese be added to the burger; that helped with the taste as well. Surprisingly enough, I REALLY enjoyed the Gluten-Free bun, too!

Butterbean Burger
Close-up of the Butterbean Burger!
Garden Salad
My garden salad was so good & simple! Good greens, tomato, cucumber and a vinaigrette dressing! That’s all you need, folks, for a good salad!

Overall, I enjoyed this brunch, but could only consumer half of the burger, and a little bit of my salad. I guess that peach muffin really filled me up that morning!

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

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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