Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live in such an awesome city. Pittsburgh has a variety of treasures around the city to explore. This long, holiday weekend I was able to hit up a few different areas of Pittsburgh. One of the reasons I love this city so much is because of the various neighborhoods that are on the outskirts of the city. During the three day weekend, I was in Gibsonia, Bakery Square, Shadyside, Southside, and the North Hills area. It was a fun-filled weekend with lots to do but there was also some time to relax added in which is essential.
On Friday, we had a brunch buffet at the Rivers Club, where they had candied bacon and eggs benedict. A way to a girls heart is through a good brunch. Then, sadly work still had to be done before we commenced the weekend activities. After work, we went to the North Park Clubhouse to sample some Pura Still, the new non-carbonated alcoholic water. It is quite interesting! If you are looking for something to drink this summer without the fizz this is for you, but I would strongly suggest pouring it over ice. We headed down to Southside for some Winghart’s burgers. My go-to burger choice is anything with either bleu cheese, hot sauce, or an egg…or all three together!
Saturday rolled around, and we made it to Crossfit in order to complete the Murph workout for the first time. It was rough! But since we worked it, it means we could eat more holiday food right?!? The Bakery Square summer quick-off party was going on 1-5 pm, so we stopped by for a bit. It was the perfect temperature and was not overly crowded at all. They had a beer tent that served Sam Adams Porch Rocker that was very fitting for the day. We each tried a different food truck. I had Parrot Bay Cafe where I got their buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese. It was really good! My belly was certainly please. My boyfriend tried La Palapa’s for the first time. He had three different tacos. The pork one was definitely the best and most flavorful. My friend got a rice bowl at Pittsburgh Po’Boy, and it looked really tasty. I am always excited to try new food trucks and support the local Pittsburgh businesses. Bakery Square put together a nice event. Later that evening, we headed over to Walnut Street for Jam on Walnut. Since it had rained, the crowds were limited. Normally, I can barely move at this event but Saturday night hardly anyone was there. Plus, you no longer had to pay for a wristband to drink which made it much more worthwhile. We stuck around Steel Cactus for a little, until we headed to Southside. This was just like an old Duquesne college night where we started at Tad’s and ended at Jimmy’s. It was not where I thought the night would go, but we had a lot of fun!
Sunday was spent drinking lots of water HAHA my 25 year old self cannot keep up with holiday weekends anymore. We indulged in some delicious Mad Mex for dinner. You can’t go wrong with that place in my opinion. We started with the trio dip – roja salsa, cheese dip, and guac. We were both starving and this certainly hit the spot. Each of us ordered a burrito the size of our face. I had the wing-o-rito with their General Zaragoza sauce. If you have not yet tried this sauce, you are missing out! Also, I ordered a side of fries because they have incredible waffle fries. But not only are their waffle fries great, the bleu cheese they have is out of this world. It has a hint of spice and whole chunks of bleu cheese. Yum! We each took our burritos to go in order to eat them after our soccer game. We got our butts kicked but at least our bellies were full.
On Monday, we headed to Crossfit again for a Memorial Day Hero WOD. It was one of my favorite workouts in a while. My family was having a midday cookout, so we showered and headed there for some grub. It was another beautiful day outside. We had cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, baked beans with sausage, sweet and spicy chicken thighs, pasta salad, and fruit. Also, my boyfriend and I collaborated in making some guac. This was a process and a half because we decided to buy avocados an hour before making it. The avocados were rock hard so smashing them was very difficult. At least the guac tasted good. I love some good cookout food! When the sun is shining and the grill is cooking, you know it is going to be a good day. We had such a lovely time with the family. The whole weekend was wonderful, and I wish we never had to work again.