Friendly Fitness Foodie’s Top 10 Fitness & Foodie Events of 2015

Here’s my top 10 (a la David Letterman) of the best events I attended in 2015; I am exciting to share this post with you! 😀

10. Neighborhood Flea

        My Mom and I had a FABULOUS time at the Mother’s Day Neighborhood Flea! I enjoyed a free yoga class, I browsed and shopped through the vendors, and of COURSE I dined from a food truck (The Mac & Gold Truck specifically). I HIGHLY recommend the truck’s
lobster mac ‘n’ cheese!

9. Urban Supper Picnic

Thanks to the eatPGH ladies, they brought Keith Fuller (Root 174), Brian Pekarcik (Grit & Grace, BRGR, Spoon & Willow) and Richard DeShantz (Meat & Potatoes, Butcher & the Rye, Tako, and the upcoming Pork & Beans) together in one place for a truly scrumptious urban picnic right in downtown Pittsburgh!

8. Oms in the Outfield

Stacey Vespaziani, Sally Sherman, a herd of volunteer yoga assistants, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chelsea Collective organized a fun yoga day at PNC Park!

7. Yoga in the Square


I really enjoyed Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Fittsburgh, and Lululemon‘s summer Yoga in the Square series! I had a chance to attend classes with Dezza from the Yoga Hive and Salt Power Yoga, and Sharon of Urban Elements and Cycology! Although, the highlight was being one of the four assistants for Stacey Vespaziani of South Hills Power Yoga‘s Yoga in the Square class!

6. Cocktails and Construction at Station

I REALLY enjoyed the Cocktails & Construction event at Station, before they opened; Curtis Gamble was such a gracious host, and the food was INCREDIBLE! I definitely want to make a return visit to Station in 2016!

5. One Whirl Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo

There was Acro Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Cashew Milk Coffee (which was stellar), and plenty of juice, healthy food and merchandise for all!

4. Beer + Yoga Blowout

THE best craft beer I’ve EVER had from the Brew Gentlemen, AMAZING chicken and waffles (and ice cream) from the Second Breakfast Food Truck, and yoga by South Hills Power Yoga! I couldn’t have asked for a better day! Also, I truly fell in love with the neighborhood of Braddock

3. Kevin Sousa’s Farm Dinner at Churchview Farm

I loved the rustic feel of Churchview Farm, combined with the sophistication of Kevin Sousa‘s food! Truly an evening fit for a Foodie Queen (or King), tucked away in the South Hills of Pittsburgh!

2. Late Night Dinner at Studio A.M.

Everything about this evening was magical! The food from Chef Steve and Jamilka Borges was truly breath-taking! Server Dan did a meticulous job of explaining and serving each course. Bobby Fry served as the mixologist, wine sommelier, and philosopher of the evening, while Baron Batch and his publicist Renee spoke about current and upcoming projects for Studio A.M.! Truly an evening I will never forget; thanks to The Food Tasters for the invite!

1. Fearless Warrior Conference


Truly a groundbreaking day! The first EVER Fearless Warrior Conference was held on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh. The conference was founded by Hayley Worthman (Ashtanga, Rocket and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher), and was constructed to teach others to conquer fears through yoga, meditation and storytelling. Two of the many things that I learned: 1) “you have to have fear in order to become fearless”, and 2) breaking down your fearless into small tangible steps will overtime lead to big results. Thanks to this conference, I am conquering my own fears and obstacles in life, and I am pursuing my passions more deeply. ❤


Cheers to a wonderful 2015, and an even better 2016!


-Friendly Fitness Foodie


Neighborhood Flea’s Twitter page

Mac ‘n’ Gold Food Truck’s Twitter page

eatPGH’s Twitter page

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Twitter page

PNC Park Events’ Twitter page

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Twitter page

Sally Sherman’s Twitter page

South Hills Power Yoga Twitter page

Fittsburgh’s Twitter page

Lululemon’s Twitter page

Station’s Twitter page

Curtis Gamble’s Twitter page

Whirl Magazine’s Twitter page

The Brew Gentlemen’s Twitter page

Second Breakfast Food Truck’s Twitter page

Church view Farm’s Twitter page

Kevin Sousa’s Twitter page

Studio A.M.’s Twitter page

Baron Batch’s Twitter page

Chef Steve’s Twitter page

Jamilka Borges’ Twitter page

Renee’s Twitter page

Bobby Fry’s Twitter page

The Food Taster’s Twitter page

Fearless Warrior’s Twitter page

Hayley Worthman’s Twitter page

Hotel Monaco’s Twitter page



Yoga Digs is re-rooting to the South Hills!

My friend Lindsey Grantz‘s yoga studio, Yoga Digs, is moving from the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, to the Greentree suburb!

For Immediate Release  —  Yoga Digs Replanting Roots in Green Tree

Next month, Green Tree Borough will have its own yoga studio. Locally owned Yoga Digs will relocate to Green Tree along with a full class schedule, free parking, and the option for heated classes.

Yoga Digs began as a donation-based class in a community garden. Since then, the individuals behind Yoga Digs have encouraged students to “root, nurture, and grow” through their yoga practice and involvement with the community. The new location will allow the studio to grow with new students, classes, and partnerships.

Yoga Digs has already begun to cultivate this relationship with the Green Tree borough by hosting a booth at the community’s annual Octoberfest on September 19th. Classes at the Green Tree Farmers Market and in local parks are also in the works.

Currently located on the South Side of Pittsburgh and in a shared space with Adrenaline Barre, the studio’s new location will be 993 Greentree Rd., near Starbucks and Pittsburgh Kettlebell and Performance.

“This past year on East Carson St. has brought many opportunities and challenges as we shared a space with Adrenaline Barre,” owner, Lindsey Grantz said. “While we are grateful for the South Side studio, we are excited for our new home just a few miles away.”

Grantz and company kicked off the South Side Food, Art, and Sidewalk Festival earlier this summer. Yoga Digs also hosted weekly classes on the rooftop of SkyBar Pittsburgh and the terrace at Hyatt House Pittsburgh.

Students, old and new, are invited to the Grand Opening event at the Green Tree location (date and time TBD). Stay up-to-date with the move by following Yoga Digs on social media.

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