Yoga + Cocktails (and Brunch) at Bar Marco


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!




-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie


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Oms in the Outfield 2015 (and brunch at Meat & Potatoes)

Yoga Day at PNC Park
Oms in the Outfield/”Yoga Day” at PNC Park!
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither the Pittsburgh Pirates, Stacey Vespaziani, Sally Sherman, South Hills Power Yoga, nor Meat & Potatoes. I’m just a Friendly Foodie & Yogini, who enjoys sharing her yoga and foodie adventures!

Sunday, August 30th was the 2nd Annual Oms in the Outfield at PNC Park! Last year, I didn’t get the chance to attend; thus, this year, I knew I couldn’t miss out on the fun! The same teachers from last year (Stacey Vespaziani of South Hills Power Yoga, and Sally Sherman of the University of Pittsburgh) both taught an hour-long yoga class, right in the Outfield of PNC Park, to 1,600 ‘burgh yogis! Stacey & Sally taught a challenging class, but also workable enough, that a beginner yoga student could enjoy.

Before the yoga class, Chelsea Collective (an athletic clothing line for women, whom just opened up a store at the Ross Park Mall) provided yoga mats for everyone! Also, students had the option to buy a “HOPE” t-shirt for $25, benefitting breast cancer.

Yogis in the city!
Yogis in the city!
Yogis in the Outfield
Yogis in the Outfield!
After class, each participant was given a FREE official Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap! Once I receive my baseball cap, my friend Steve and I walked over to brunch at Meat & Potatoes (reservations made at least three weeks in advance).

Chicken & Waffles at Meat & Potatoes
The main event: chicken & waffles (cheddar jalapeño waffles, no less), with bourbon maple syrup! Just out of shot: a French 76 cocktail
By the time Steve & I walked over to Meat & Potatoes for brunch, I was for some SERIOUS food! I went with some old stand-bys that never disappoint: Chicken & Waffles (fried chicken, cheddar jalapeño waffles, and bourbon maple syrup), with a wonderful brunch cocktail (French 76)! This was everything I hoped for, and more! ❤

After brunch, back to the field to be “honored” on the ball field before the game, & then onto our seats to watch the Buccos play ball! 😎👍🏻⚾️  

 My happy/blissed out, yet exhausted face, as I pass out on my bed (lol), once the day was done. 
Three cheers to health & fitness,

-Friendly Fitness Foodie

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! 😉
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Whirl Magazine, Edible Allegheny, nor the vendors at the Festival. I’m just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie (and Yogini), who enjoys sharing her foodie and cultural adventures! All photos were captured on an iPhone 4s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop Extended CS4, and Instagram! 🙂

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! 😀 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! 🙂

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! 😉
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! 😀

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! 😉

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!
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! 🙂

Chorizo Taco
Yes folks, heaven does exits, and it has Chorizo! 😀
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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