Bar Marco‘s BEAUTIFUL Union Hall event space (located on the top floor of the building that houses Bar Marco)!
*NOTE*: Neither Justin Steel, Kevin Cox, nor Bar Marco asked me to write this post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoy sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos captured with an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.
One Fateful Sunday, I was lucky enough to teach a one-hour Power Vinyasa Yoga class in Bar Marco‘s Union Hall space! One-Third of the ticket sales went to Food Revolution Pittsburgh Cooking Club (Bar Marco founded the Pittsburgh chapter! The original chapter was created by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver)! FRPCC works with the students at Obama Academy in East Liberty. The Club teaches them how to grow, harvest, and cook their food. They also bring in local chefs to help teach the students! I also co-hosted (along with Bar Marco) a cocktail-hour after class (where students had the choice between either a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary. The cocktail was included within the class price).
I was so lucky to teach in such a beautiful space! Thank you Andrew, Justin and Kevin for providing me with this opportunity!
Students enjoying Savasana before class ends! Stay tuned for Yoga + Cocktails II, which will be held at Bar Marco’s Union Hall once again! Details (as far as a date and time) TBA!
After yoga class and cocktail hour, I met my Mom and brother for brunch at Bar Marco! Here was the fall brunch menu:
Mom’s handsome brunch: Brioche French Toast, and fresh-squeezed orange juice! The Brioche French Toast had a pumpkin mousse, pecan and maple syrup. I tried a bit- INCREDIBLE!
My enjoyable brunch: Buckwheat Pancakes! Served with apple butter, granola, bacon, and maple syrup! Sooooooo good!
In my opinion, Bar Marco makes one of THE best brunches in the city! Whether you’re either just visiting Pittsburgh or live here, I highly encourage you to attend brunch at Bar Marco! Also: please stay tuned to either my Twitter (@lauraelizabethj) or Instagram account (@friendlypghfoodie) for upcoming yoga classes I am teaching!
Next up on the blog: Dinner at Altius!
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The entrance to the Ace Hotel in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh! Surprisingly, the sun provided perfectly lighting for me on this warm Sunday in November!
*NOTE*: Neither the Ace Hotel, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, the Whitfield, nor Tom Totin asked me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, whom enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others. Photos were taken on an iPhone 7s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Instagram.
One fateful Sunday in November, Tom Totin of the Cookspeak Tom podcast invited me to be a guest on his podcast! Before the podcast, we decided to meet for brunch at the Whitfield, which is inside the Ace Hotel of Pittsburgh!
The Whitfield was one of two restaurants from Pittsburgh (the other being Morcilla by Justin Severino and his business partner and wife Hilary Prescott Severino) nominated by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2016! The Pastry Chef of the Whitfield was also nominated for a James Beard Award this year! With all of this fuss, I new I had to dine there myself to be my own judge.
The brunch specials! I went with the Rosemary Vanilla Latte, although I had it with almond milk (which was DELICIOUS)!
Here is my GLORIOUS Rosemary Vanilla Latte, which I thoroughly enjoyed during brunch!
(*Sorry for this crappy photo! The one bad thing about a sunny day is that is creates a lot of shadows.*) Course #1: Pumpkin Bread with a Pepita Crumble and Spiced Chevre. THE best pumpkin bread I’ve EVER had, and the Spiced Chevre was HEAVENLY!
Tom’s Main Course: Whitfield Breakfast! A “riff” on Egg’s Benedict, this breakfast contained: Poached Eggs, a Housemade English Muffin, Smoked Pork, Hollandaise, Chimichurri and Beet & Potato Rosti. Wow! Tom was nice enough to let me try a bit; this was VERY good!
My Main Course: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad! A tribute to the “classic” Pittsburgh salad with fries, this salad contained: Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Fries, Ranch and Aged Provolone. The fried chicken was soooo goood! The fries and the cheese paired perfectly with the fried chicken!
I was very impressed with the food and the ambiance of the Whitfield and the hotel! The Whitfield has quickly joined the list of one of my FAVORITE brunch spots! Whether you’re looking for either a casual Sunday brunch or a reason to celebrate life, I highly suggest dining at the Whitfield! Make sure you make a reservation (since this is a popular spot)!
Next on the blog: Yoga + Cocktails (and brunch) at Bar Marco!
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Spoon‘s Executive Chef Jamilka Borges was kind enough to come out
to the dining room to welcome me for my birthday dinner! She is one
the most genuine women I’ve met in my entire life, and my FAVORITE
Pittsburgh Chef! She is also a James Beard Fellowship Recipient, and
actively involved with the 412 Food Rescue!
*NOTE*: Neither Spoon nor Chef Jamilka Borges asked me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie and Yogini, who enjoys sharing her foodie and yoga adventures with others! Photos captured with an iPhone 7s, and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.
Back in the beginning of November 2016, I celebrated my 30th birthday! What better way to do it then not one, but THREE 30 and FABULOUS birthday dinners! Dinner #2 was held at Spoon in East Liberty!
Birthday Cocktail: Witch’s Brew! Maggie’s Farm Rum, Apple Spice & Pumpkin Spice!
Fall in a cocktail, and so tasty! 😉
When the bread basket is THAT good, you have a picture! 😀
Course #1: Kabocha Squash Soup with a Lamb Spring Roll– this as INCREDIBLE!
Definitely not your average Squash Soup (and the Lamb Spring Roll added this extra kick that made this dish stellar)! This is not on the current menu, but I would imagine it will return in the fall.
Mom’s Course #1: Beef Empanada! I remember from Jamilka’s time at Bar Marco that she made INCREDIBLE Empanadas! I tried a bite of this dish, and I must say Jamilka- FABULOUS! This is also not currently on the menu, but I hope this dish makes a triumphant return!
Course #2: Who Cooks For You Farm Winter Salad! The second best salad I’ve had in my entire LIFE (second only to the Who Cooks For You Farm Rocky Balboa salad, that I had at birthday dinner #1 at Morcilla)! A very similar salad is currently on the menu.
Main Course: Korean Fried Chicken! Whipped Sesame Tofu, gochujang, cilantro and a fried egg! BEST chicken dish I’ve HEARD had! Nice work, Chef! This dish is on both the dinner and brunch menus, and luckily not going anywhere soon! ❤
Side Dish: Who Cooks For You Farm Roasted Carrots! Cumin, pepitas, maple, and cilantro crema! THE best carrot dish I’ve EVER had!
Dessert Course #1: Waffle! Butter Pecan Ice Cream, hot butter rum sauce, toasted marshmallow fluff, and pecan crumble. Pastry Chef Laura, Jamilka wasn’t lying when
she told me you were one hell of a Pastry Chef! Rock on, lady!
Dessert Course #2: House-made Sorbet! “Happy Birthday to me”!
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or are looking for a killer place for dinner (or brunch), I HIGLY recommend Spoon (which is now on my list of favorite restaurants)!
Next up on the blog: Brunch at the Whitfield (inside the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh)!
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