*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!
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”!
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